Students may enroll in a variety of courses at the college, provided they meet the Early Placement criteria. The credits earned may be applied to a degree program at Montgomery College or may potentially be transferred to another institution.
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For standard admission into the Early Placement Program, students who are at least 16 years old will:
1. Have completed their sophomore year prior to their participation in the program.
2. Have an articulated plan for high school and college attendance during their junior and/or senior years which will include all courses required for high school graduation with time remaining in the schedule to include college courses.
3. Have an overall 3.0 (unweighted on a 4 point scale) cumulative grade point average at the end of their sophomore year or an overall 2.75 (unweighted on a 4 point scale) cumulative grade point average at the end of their junior year (verified by an official copy of their high school transcript).
4. Have met the prerequisite requirement(s) and assessment level(s) for each credit-bearing course they enroll in. Early Placement students may not enroll in developmental courses or courses that combine developmental and college level work. EP students must test beyond Pathways (53+ ACCUReading) to be eligible to take any college courses.
5. Have the approval of a parent (or guardian), high school counselor, and if necessary, the principal*. *Principal signature is required for all Maryland public school students.
6. Have submitted verification from their county's home school program office indicating that they are registered with the local school system. (HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS ONLY)
Exceptions (under extraordinary circumstances):
1. Students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in a public or private school, or equivalent, and who do not meet the requirements above, but whose achievement in a certain field of study is clearly exceptional may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. This achievement may be documented through testing or other means deemed necessary by the appropriate dean, department chair or faculty, and it must surpass the level of courses offered by the school attended. The College may admit the student upon the recommendation of the high school counselor or principal. The approval of the Dean of Student Services on the campus where the course is to be taken is also required.
2. Students under age 16 on the first day of class of their initial entry term and any subsequent terms, must be assessed at the college level in reading, English, and mathematics and meet the prerequisite requirements and assessment level(s) for each credit-bearing course in which they enroll (Including those who are home-schooled). The approval of the Dean of Student Services on the campus where the course is to be taken is required PRIOR to applying to MC or the Early Placement Program