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Montgomery County Public schools is excited to collaborate with Montgomery College (MC), and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) to offer the ACES program. The ACES program is free for students—and their parents—at 14 MCPS high schools. Through the ACES program, students receive help with navigating the college process: selecting the right college, applying to college, and paying for college. The program offers a seamless pathway from high school to college completion.

The ACES program provides support from MC academic coaches to targeted high school students in the fourteen Montgomery County Public School high schools.   When ACES students graduate from MCPS and attend MC, an academic coach is provided to assist them while at MC and on to Universities at Shady Grove, if the student selects to attend there.

The coaches provide both academic and student support, using a case management approach. They meet individually with students and provide test preparation, tutoring, assistance with college applications and financial aid/scholarship applications, and college visits. ACES is an intrusive approach to student success by identifying and neutralizing barriers that may prevent an at-risk student from graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

High School Students in the 14 ACES schools interested in ACES must complete the application process. Each of the 14 high schools select 60 juniors and 60 seniors for a total of 120 ACES students per school.

Contact MCPS

Dr. Karen Crews, Supervisor, School Counseling
T: 240-740-5641
Spanish Hotline: 240-740-2845


Montgomery County Public Schools
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Participating High Schools
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