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

Welcome DCC 8th Graders and Family!!!

On Monday, October 5th, Montgomery Blair High School will open its doors to next year’s prospective freshmen during their Down-County Consortium Open House.

The event begins at 6:30pm. 

We look forward to meeting everyone tonight!


Fall Capstone Showcase - October 12th!

The Fall Capstone Showcase is Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day),

during 5th and 6th periods in the Media Center. 

Parents are welcome to visit the school and see the presentations!


SSL Opportunities Available

Those seeking more Student Service Learning (SSL) opportunities should follow up with

Mrs. Hiscock, Blair’s SSL Coordinator, during 5th or 6th period in room 130. 

Every student must complete 75 hours of community service to graduate from a Maryland State Public School. The deadline for seniors to turn in service learning forms for this school year will be May 6, 2016. 

All seniors who have completed 260 or more community service hours by April 1, 2016 will be eligible for the Exceptional Service Award. This includes a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Maryland State Department of Education and Montgomery County Public Schools, as well as a purple tassel to wear at graduation.  Click here for more information.


New Opportunities Posted!

New opportunities in the ISL (National Security Language Initiative for Youth and Police Explorers Program) and MMA academies (City at Peace auditions) posted as well as the application for the Science National Honor Society in STEM.  Be sure to check out the

new opportunities in your academy today!


Got Early Decision?

Those students who wish to have an Academy recommendation letter included in their Early Decision college applications need to turn in their Capstone Projects by September 30th!


“History Makers” to Speak on September 25th

Billy Martin and Terry Jones will visit Blair later this month to talk about their “history making” experiences.  Martin, a lawyer, is best know for his defense cases of such clients as Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick, and Allen Iverson.  Jones, a CEO, has worked, and led, companies such as Citi Group Global Investment Management and Citi Group Asset Management, TIAA-CREF, Cyber Digital Inc., Iridium Communications, and Fox Entertainment Group.  For more information, be sure to check out Mr. Martin’s and Mr. Jones’ History Makers biography pages.


MCPS Television needs your help! 

Student volunteers make MCPS-TV’s Homework Hotline Live possible.  Each semester 15 high school students participate as members of the TV production crew.  MCPS-TV needs your help to work on a “live” interactive TV program.


Student volunteers participate in a wide range of activities while working on Homework Hotline Live.  They receive training in floor directing, preparing on-screen TV graphics, and screening phone calls and text messages.  Later, students move into audio mixing and technical directing.  Some may end-up directing our “live” TV program.


Homework Hotline Live is seen throughout Montgomery County.  Working at Homework Hotline Live is a great way for students to earn SSL hours, or even gain course credit through coordination with your intern coordinator.


We need to move quickly, as the first TV program is on September 15.  Students can contact Mr. David Frey by calling 301-279-3569 or sending an email to


Much Ado About Blair Theater:

New Fall Play, Audition Dates Announced

Auditions on September 8th and 9th - sign up at room 16.  See Ms. O’Connor in the English office (room 141) if you have questions.


Summer’s Passion Projects = Fall’s Capstone Projects!

Did you explore your interests and learn more about what you may like to do in the future this summer?  If so, you may have the makings of a great Capstone Project!     

Information about Capstone Projects can be found on the Capstone Project Information Page!

And be sure to follow up with your Lead Teacher!


Teaching as a Profession Class Offered This Fall

Interested in becoming a teacher?  Want to be a better BLISS tutor?  Consider taking “Teaching as  Profession”!  Learn the skills and pedagogy necessary to be an effective teacher.  Some activities during the class will include vocational training through an internship with East Silver Spring Elementary School and presentations from faculty of The University of Maryland, School of Education. This class will meet during period 1 for both semesters.

See Ms. Jacobs Ivey for more information.


Chemathon Victory!

Blair students Connor Smith, Andreas Robertson, Ravyn Malatesta, Jacob Popper, Amy Li and Patrick Chao, coached by Meghan Hart won 1st place at Chemathon!  Chemathon is chemistry competition consisting of 10 lab and computational events at the University of Maryland, College Park.  The team won three 1st place prizes, two 2nd place prizes and one 3rd place prize in individual events. 


Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Visits Blair

We were honored to host U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez as a guest speaker on Monday, April 20.  He spoke to several students from the Academy, LEAP, BOLT, and ACES programs about planning a successful career pathway.


85 Shine in Spring Capstone Showcase!

Eighty-five students presented their Capstone Projects on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Media Center during 5th and 6th periods.  It was a great display of the many talents and accomplishments of our academy students.  Great job!


EVEN MORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES posted for the five academies -


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 Ivey, J. Haigh, M. Horne