Application Process

2020-2021 Academy Applications are now open! Apply now!

Please read the following terms and conditions regarding the 2020-2021 Pathways Application process.

  • All online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  April 17th, 2020.  No applications will be accepted after that date.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All applicants will be notified about acceptance status via the contact email address provided by Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Please make sure your email address is valid and can accept messages from an SMCPS address.
  • Please direct any questions regarding this application process to your school counselor. You may also email or call 301-475-5511 ext. 32104.

Links to academy applications

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About us

St. Mary’s County Public School System has developed a rigorous and unique program of study emphasizing the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering. This STEM program is available to all SMCPS students grades 4-12 through an application process and is housed at three schools: Lexington Park Elementary School, Spring Ridge Middle School, and Great Mills High School.

Within the STEM program, there is an emphasis on critical and creative thinking in all academic coursework as well as an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum. Students are exposed to the most contemporary technologies to develop their scientific inquiry skills, mathematical calculation abilities, and problem-solving techniques. Reading and technical writing skills are developed and refined, and a focus on both verbal and visual communication abilities exists within the program. STEM students complete culminating projects, done both individually and cooperatively, to emphasize and apply learned concepts.


STEM at Lexington Park Elementary

STEM 5 website

Find out more about Elementary STEM with our informational brochure.  

Middle School

STEM at Spring Ridge Middle School

Find out more about STEM for Middle School with our informational brochure. 

High School

STEM at Great Mills High School

Find out more about the High School STEM Academy with our informational brochure.