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            @awall_of_art

Welcome to the Virtual Home of the Academies!!!

Ms. Amanda Wall, the new Academy Coordinator, and the Academy Lead Teachers are available in room 342 to help you with your Capstone questions, as well as to help you find interesting opportunities, clubs, and activities.  Stop by the Academy Office for more information!


High School Summer Apprenticeship Program

Are you a student who is interested in STEM?  The Army’s Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) offers several summer apprenticeship programs for high school students - all provide educational stipends while working with a mentor in a research lab. 


The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) and the Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) are accepting applications for summer opportunities.  Since each program has unique requirements, please ensure that you read the descriptions carefully so you will apply for the one that best suits you. 





Please note that no housing is provided so it is important to choose a location within close to you.  Students are encouraged to apply at multiple locations for a greater chance of participation.


If you do not find a location nearby, the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) opens on January 2, 2019 – new universities will be available at that time.  You can visit that site on January 2, 2019


Applications close on February 28, 2019.


Are You Interested in a career in Social Work or Sociology? 

Do you want to help meet the basic human needs of all people with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable or oppressed?


If this sounds like you, attend this in-school field trip!  

When: Monday, November 26, 2018,

In-School Field Trip: 3rd Period

Where: Media Center

Interested? See Ms. Jacobs in Room 142 or in the English Department, Room 141

for information and field trip notices.


16th Annual Young Artist Award Competition and Concert Program

The City of Gaithersburg is pleased to announce an exciting and prestigious opportunity for your music students!  The Young Artist Award, now in its’ sixteenth year, is a competition and concert offering enriching performance experiences to instrumental and vocal musicians between the ages of 12 and 18.  Students will compete by performing before a live jury in a closed audition on Saturday,February 2, 2019. A concert featuring the top prize winners will be held on Friday, March 1, at the Rosborough Cultural Arts Center at Asbury Methodist Village.


Please find additional information the fact sheet and flyer. The following are the general guidelines and information regarding the Young Artist Award:

·         Open to vocal and instrumental soloists between the ages of 12 – 18 years. Applicants must be at least 12 years old but no more than 18 years old by December 31, 2018.

·         Performers must provide their own piano accompanists, but may play pieces that do not require accompaniment.

·         Previous First Place winners may not apply in the category in which they won.

·         All participants will receive written feedback from the jurors. Written feedback will be mailed to participants within ten business days.

·         Top prize winners will be presented in the Young Artist Award Concert on Friday, March 1, 2019. Participants MUST be available in order to be eligible for a prize.

·         Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

·         Apply online at The application fee is $30. 


If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator, Monica Harwood at 301-258-6394 or via email at


Art Opportunity: Inaugural, One-Night Only,

Art @ Levine: Student Art Exhibit

Students are invited to submit their work for consideration into our inaugural, one-night only, Art @ Levine: Student Art Exhibit, tentatively scheduled for February 1st!


Five to seven winners will be chosen from those who have submitted throughout Montgomery County, to show their work at the exhibit.  Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work (2-4 pieces), network with other artists and engage with the Silver Spring community, at no charge!

Canvas paintings, drawings, and table top sculptures,

as well as photographs and multimedia pieces are all welcome.

Additionally, select students will be chosen to have their artwork displayed at the Levine Music Silver Spring Campus, for up to 90 days.


The Submission Deadline is December 15th. 

Participants will be notified on, or before, January 5th along with Exhibit specific information. 
Parents, friends, teachers and family are encouraged to attend!

If you are interested, please submit your work here.  Melissa AB Graetz, Campus Coordinator: Silver Spring – Strathmore, will be available for any questions and can be reached via email at, or by phone at 301-328-5335, x1502. 

Use Your Art to Fundraise for a Cure

Arts4TheCure inspires young artists to leverage their passion for art to advocate for loved ones affected by cancer.  The program encourages them to actively participate in fundraising for the National Foundation for Cancer Research to make a difference.  In the past, students have dedicated performances, hosted concerts, held bake sales, and organized fashion shows, among other things, to support the National Foundation for Cancer Research.


100% of what is fundraised through Arts4TheCure will be donated to cancer research.  As an MCPS alumna, I think that this is a great opportunity to bring the community together for a good cause.  Our organization is local, so we would be happy to help in any way possible.


Check out the flyer for more information

or call Francesca Montalto, Grassroots Marketing Associate, at (301) 961-9160. 


2019 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards: Call for Songwriters

The fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards is seeking the best local songwriters! The competition will award a Grand Prize of $10,000 and 25 hours of recording studio time with Innovation Station Music. A Young Songwriter Prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. Full-time residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply. Each song must have lyrics. All genres of music are accepted. 


The competition’s first round judges, who include professional artists, booking agents and music academia, will choose the semifinalists. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The award winners will be announced at the close of the show. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 5, 2018.

For more information and the application, please visit:


NEW: Global Education Certificate

A Global Education Certificate is now being offered!  The purpose of the Academy Global Education Certificate is to prepare students to be college-ready and globally-competent.  Exposing today’s 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 the Science office 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.