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

MBHS Science National Honor Society Applications Due 6/7!

There’s still time but download the SNHS application and fill it out TODAY! 

See Mr. Haigh in 342 with any questions.


SilverDocs Volunteers Needed!

Every year, more than 100 volunteers work together to make the festival Washington, DC's premier documentary film event. 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.

Anyone interested can reach out to or check out the website to sign up! Let them know if there is any other information you need.  They look forward to hearing back from you!


STEM Internships with the FDA!

STEM Week at FDA internship through Blair High School.

June 26th- June 30th      10:00am – 3:00pm

See Mr. Haigh in room 342 or e-mail him at if you would like to apply.  


Spring Capstone Candidates Shine at Showcase!

A wide variety of topics were presented at the annual Academy Capstone Spring Showcase on Thursday, April 27. Those lucky enough to attend were truly engaged and impressed by the exciting accomplishments of our Academy students.  If you missed it this time, stay tuned for information about a Fall presentation happening in September.  If you are interested in completing a capstone project and presenting, speak with Ms. Blaha or your Academy lead teacher today!  


So Many STEM Events, So Little Time...!

Looking for a something STEM to do?  Check out the STEM Events page for all new listings, including Blair’s very first TEDx event!

AND...'s listing of scholarships valued at over $100,000 targeting women in STEM!


MBHS Orchestras “Overall Superior”

Congratulations to the MBHS Concert Orchestra who received an Overall Superior Rating and the MBHS Symphonic Orchestra who received Straight Superior Ratings at the MCPS District II High School Orchestra Festival yesterday at Quince Orchard High School!  Students performed prepared selections and sight-read music for four adjudicators.

All three of our orchestras have now qualified for the Maryland Music Educators Association State Orchestra Festival!  This performance will take place the last week April at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Congratulations also to the MBHS Chamber Orchestra who received Straight Superior Ratings at the MCPS District II High School Orchestra Festival yesterday at Walter Johnson High School!

Students performed level VI music (the highest difficulty as determined by the Maryland Music Educators Association) and sight read music (having two minutes to look through the music, then perform it) at the festival.  Four adjudicators evaluated the orchestra's performance, and all four adjudicators gave the orchestra a rating of I (Superior).


Film Festival Opportunity

The Madeira School Film Festival is once again opening its doors to film submissions by students from all area schools in the DMV.  The Film Festival event is on Friday, May 19, 2017.  The deadline for submitting films is April 20, 2017, by midnight, at

This year’s student film festival committee has made a few changes for 2017:

  1. 1)Films can be up to 10 minutes long

2) Although invited and encouraged to attend, non-Madeira students who submit films will not be required         to attend the film festival in order to be considered for cash prizes.  

3) The event will be set up like the Grammy awards, with finger foods and hors d’oeuvres served before the event, and trophies given out to award winners

4)  The number of awards and certificates will be limited, but everyone will be invited to the stage at the end the event to be recognized for their submissions

5)  Everyone in the audience will have a chance to vote on each film by participating through a voting app at the event itself.

To review all the rules, and how to submit your film, visit  Films can be of any genre - travel videos, class projects, documentaries, PSA's, music videos, or narrative fiction films.  They can be as short as 30 seconds or up to 10 minutes long.


Montgomery County Youth Media Festival Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2nd annual Montgomery County Youth Media Festival! Students can submit their videos (documentary, environmental or original screenplay), photography and visual art. The event is open to all middle and high school students living in Montgomery County. Finalists will have their work shown at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and winners will receive a cash prize. The submission deadline is March 18. Click here to for more details.


Gandhi Brigade Library Programs Underway

Our Winter-Spring 2017 programming season is underway and we still have some spots available at our Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville), Kensington, Olney, Rockville and Twinbrook library sites.  Contact Gandhi Brigade at


Devcon Home Security Scholarship Opportunity

Devconhomesecurity is offering a $2,500 scholarship to the winner of an essay contest. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident and at least 18 years old. This scholarship is merit based, requires an essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $2,500 dollars towards their costs of education. For additional information and to apply, go to the website.


The Sherwood Student Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

The Sherwood Student Film Festival is now accepting submissions!  If you have made movies for a school project or just for fun, enter your work in this competition.  They have great cash prizes for the winners.  They are accepting original documentaries and narratives that are 6 minutes or less.  Check out their website for more information:


HSP Academy Field Trip to the University of Maryland  

On December 2nd, members of the HSP Academy visited the University of Maryland ‘ College of Education.  Students toured the campus, met with faculty and staff, and learned what the program has to offer.


Potential Blazers Visit Blair During Open House

Eighth graders throughout the downcounty consortium cluster schools visited Montgomery Blair High School on Monday, October 10th to learn about the many programs and opportunities available. 


Blazers Shine in  Fall Capstone Showcase

About 50 students presented their Capstone projects on October 10th in the Media Center.  The event proved to be not only educational but also incredibly entertaining. 

Those Blazers inspired by the work of their peers who are interested in presenting their work in the Spring Capstone Showcase should speak to their lead teacher and check out the Capstone Information page.


New Opportunities Posted!

Interested in ISL, MMA, STEM, or even just another scholarship opportunity?  Well check out the new postings in the respective opportunity page today!


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.


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