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

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

Have a great time over vacation exploring your interests and learning more about what you may like to do in the future.  Also, keep a log of your experience so you can turn your passion project into a Capstone to be presented in the fall!

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


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. See Ms. Jacobs Ivey for more information.


Capstone Recognition Ceremony

The Career Academy Program at Montgomery Blair High School will celebrate the accomplishments of the this year’s Capstone Presenters at the 2nd Annual Capstone Recognition Ceremony.  The event will be held  from to 6:00-7:00PM in the Media Center, before the Senior Awards Program.


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. 


MCM Announces Digital Media Summer Camp Programs

Check out the new summer offerings from Montgomery County Media including: Digital Media Creators: PSA Edition!, Summer Backpack Journalism Academy, and Digital Media Creators: Green Screen Edition.  Check them out here!


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!


Ride On Video Contest

Do you want to put your video creation skills to the test? We’re looking for middle and high school students to help us spread the word about Ride On’s FREE and discounted kids programs by producing a fun and educational video about the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card, the Monthly Pass, and the Summer Pass.


Send us your multimedia creation and you could win FREE bus passes for an entire year, Ride On gear, and the opportunity to have your video featured on the county’s website, Montgomery County Cable Television and Ride On’s YouTube channel!


Entries should be sent to or uploaded to by May 1, 2015.


For more information, including the contest flyer, rules, and entry form, see go to the Ride On Kids Ride Free webpage at:


HSP Speaker Visits Blair

Margaret Ryan, from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences spoke to our students on Monday, April 20, about medical career opportunities that students are less familiar with, including radiology, physical therapy, and chiropractic medicine.

Thank you Ms. Ryan!


Student Volunteer Opportunity to Help with Social Media Campaign with Takoma Park JazzFest

Organizers of the Takoma Park JazzFest -- an annual, free jazz festival in Old Town Takoma -- are seeking a student volunteer to help devise, and implement, a social-media publicity campaign to drive attendees to the festival, which is June 14, 2015.

Those interested in volunteering for the position should contact

Bruce Krohmer at 240-277-6291; email:


Help with Registration?

Now’s the time to start registering for next year’s classes.  Be sure to visit your academy’s page to find a link to available, recommended classes.  Consider enrolling into these classes to help you get one step closer to completing your Capstone requirements.


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