The Academies at Montgomery Blair



51 University Boulevard East

Silver Spring, MD 20901-2451

Welcome to the Academies at

Montgomery Blair High School!

(301) 649-2880            @mbhsacademies

Attention All MMA Students & Film Fans:

AFI DOCS Volunteers Needed!

The time is now to apply for available opportunities to volunteer with the American Film Institute’s Documentary Film Festival (AFI DOCS 2018) this summer. Every year, more than 100 volunteers work together to make AFI DOCS Washington DC's premier documentary film event. Their volunteers assist in all areas of the festival — from working at the box office and ushering at screenings to providing key support in a number of areas including social media and photography. For anyone interested in film, documentary storytelling, and community / event organizing, AFI DOCS is a great place to learn and experience some of what goes on to keep cinema alive.

Anyone interested can reach out to Mr. Conor James, the 2018 Volunteer Coordinator, at or check out our community hub to sign up!


2018 Councilmember for a Day Challenge Announced

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, who chairs the Council’s Education Committee, will host, for a third consecutive year, one Montgomery County high school student as an honorary Councilmember for a Day. Councilmember Rice announced the start of his 2018 Councilmember for a Day challenge, in which the winner will be the guest of honor at a Council breakfast, receive a Council proclamation, participate in a full Council meeting and receive a top prize of $500. In addition to shadowing Councilmember Rice for the day, the winning student and his or her parents also will have dinner with the councilmember and his staff. The challenge is part of Councilmember Rice’s efforts to expand opportunities for students to learn more about local government and how they can affect change.

Councilmember Rice is asking current eighth grade students and high school students (current freshman, sophomores or juniors) to submit videos (of two minutes or less) or written essays (500 words or less) addressing the following:

* In your opinion, what is the most important public policy issue facing young people today? What suggestions do you have for national, state and local leaders to address this issue?

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

Ten students will be selected as finalists based on the quality and creativity of their entries. The finalists will receive prizes ranging from $25 to $250 and official Council certificates at the Council’s Youth Town Hall meeting in the fall. The winning student will be selected from this group.

The 2017 Councilmember for a Day winner, Moira Johnson from Montgomery Blair High School, had an enriching day at the Council. Watch her experience at: .

The Council has created an on-line form for all contest submissions. The form can be accessed at:  A flyer for the challenge can be found at:  For further information or questions about the challenge, contact Sonya Healy at or at 240-777-7926.


Summer Engineering for Rising 9th and 10th Grade Girls

Rising 9th and 10th grade female students from the 13 Project Lead the Way programs are invited to participate in this year’s Girlz Engineering Camp.  The camp is being held at Rockville High School from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 25 to June 28, and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 29. Rockville is located at 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville.  Project Lead the Way high schools are: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Col. Zadok Magruder, Paint Branch, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Rockville, Seneca Valley, Sherwood, Thomas S. Wootton, Walt Whitman, Watkins Mill and Wheaton.  The application deadline is Monday, May 14. The cost to attend is $75 and includes snacks, a T-shirt and field trip. Transportation to and from camp is not provided.  Registration is available here.  For more information, contact Jennifer Forrest or Kimberly Starks.


Calling All Shakespeare Fans!!!

Here is a camp that is perfect for all voracious readers and self-described “Shakespeare nerds,” even if you are relatively new to performing.  Traveling Players Ensemble has select spots still available for its award-winning summer theatre camp, including several spots earmarked for scholarship applicants. Call today; they are currently finalizing our scholarship awards.  Traveling Players offers a range of programs for campers in grades 3 – 12.  Each session culminates in 4-9 performances which go on tour to places like Shenandoah National Park where we perform “Shakespeare in the Park” while backpacking off the Appalachian Trial.  Their Advanced Camps (Traveling Troupe and Commedia Troupe) feature expert instruction in Shakespeare and Commedia dell’Arte and extended tours to perform in venues like Colonial Williamsburg, and the Lime Kiln Amphitheater.


Scholarships are based on financial need, and can cover up to 100% of tuition.  There is no annual or lifetime cap on our scholarship awards.  Many Traveling Players students receive scholarships from colleges, including scholarship students, in whom we have invested nearly $20,000 over 4 years, and who then receive 4 times that amount in college scholarship awards.  


Programs include:

· High School Ensemble (4 weeks, grades 8-12)

· Technical Theatre (4 weeks, grades 8-12)

· Commedia Troupe (5 weeks, grades 8-12, by audition only)

· Traveling Troupe (7 weeks, grades 9-12, by audition only)

Traveling Players provides a transformative multi-year youth community that fosters critical thinking and a lifelong love of theatre, learning, and the outdoors.  A leader in arts education, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) selected Traveling Players as a Summer Schools in the Arts, and suggests that others programs use its comprehensive intensive curriculum as a model.  Called “a little known summer gem” by The Washington Post, TPE was named the nation’s top arts camp by CampEasy in 2016 and Northern Virginia Magazine ’s #1 summer camp for 2017 and 2018.  The Arts Council of Fairfax County granted Producing Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison the 2016 Strauss Artist Award for her innovative merging of classical and physical theatre, as well as selecting her as one of three Middle School Artists in Residence in 2015.  For more information, visit or call 703-987-1712.


New STEM and ISL Opportunities Posted!

Opportunities with MedStar, Holy Cross, and National Park Services now up on the STEM Opportunites page.  Also, check out the new post on the International Studies and Law page about the 2018 World Affairs Council Leadership Academy on International Affairs!


NEW: Global Education Certificate

A Global Education Certificate is being offered!  The purpose of the Academy Global Education Certificate is to prepare our students to be college ready and globally competent.  Exposing our scholars to global issues and other cultures is a gateway to college, graduation, and leadership.  Students who complete the requirements will receive a personalized college recommendation letter and a special honor cord at graduation.  See the Global Education Certificate page or Ms. Blaha in Rm 342 for more information.


Take advantage of the opportunities and resources available

and make this the year you work to reach your full potential!

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The Academies at Montgomery Blair High School are committed to providing a nurturing environment in which students are:

· challenged to achieve the highest level of academic rigor,

· supported in their pursuit of academic and career goals,

· provided access to career pathways that meet their interests/needs and,

· equipped with the skills to be successful beyond high school.


K. Moose, K. Murley, L. Blaha, S. Jacobs, J. Haigh, M. Horne