Frequently Asked Questions - MCPS Middle School Special Programs
1. What is the Humanities and Communication Program? Which schools are these programs available at?
The program offers students intensive courses in writing and opportunities for written products to be published and broadcast through a variety of media, such as television, radio, and film. Students create position papers, plays, brochures, magazine articles, and research papers. The program also offers hands-on opportunities to work as a member of a production team in the program’s television studios. Students work in teams as performers, cinematographers, producers, directors, audio engineers, editors, and graphic artists. Students will study the human experience through analysis of historical events, literature, and art. Additionally, students will learn to document the human experience through written and visual media. These programs are currently available at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School and Eastern Middle School. (quoted from MCPS website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/middle/humanities.aspx)
2. What is the Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science Program? Which schools are these programs available at?
This program is much more than accelerated mathematics courses. Students have opportunities to work with professional scientists and mathematicians from government agencies. The program offers access to many academic competitions and the opportunity to conduct fieldwork. Throughout all of their specialized coursework, students work with an academic cohort to conduct independent inquiries using mathematics, computer science, and the scientific process to solve real-world problems. These programs are currently available at Roberto Clemente Middle School and Takoma Park Middle School. (quoted from MCPS website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/middle/math-sci-compsci.aspx)
3. How do I apply to these schools?
To apply to Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Humanities and Communication Program or Roberto Clemente's Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science Program, students must live in one of the following high school clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill. The criteria used to evaluate candidates may include: (1) application form, (2) middle school grade report, (3) teacher recommendations, and (4) a very competitive battery test that covers mathematics, verbal and reading comprehension, and an essay.
About APLUS Test Strategy Prep
This prep course runs 16 weeks long, plus five (5) full practice tests that usually are held on Sunday. The class meets on Saturday afternoon for three hours. The class time is equally divided for Mathematics and Verbal, i.e. 1.5 hours for Mathematics and 1.5 hours for Verbal and writing.
Homework is an important part of the prep program and will be assigned weekly. Students are expected to complete their homework prior to the next class.
Practice tests are a critical part of this prep class and also serves as a tool to track students' progress. Students are expected to attend all practice test sessions as scheduled. The first class of the semester is a practice test which serves to inform where the student's baseline is.
Tuition fee covers all materials and instruction sessions. Please refer to the application form for more details.
Rockville Center: 215 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Germantown Center: TBD
On average, 15-20 students per class
Our group of prep teachers all have many years of experience in teaching their subject of expertise as well as standardized testing strategies and techniques.
Benefits of Participating in APLUS Test Prep
- A very competitive learning environment where students can develop their potential
- Extensive coverage of materials and practices that provides 8th grade student a great opportunity to review Algebra 1/Geometry, vocabulary and reading comprehension
- Structured curriculum and exclusive data bank that aims to provide students a competitive edge in test taking
- Help students in taking various standardized tests and SAT, SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination), or Johns Hopkins University CTY qualification test