Application for dance program, Stethem CTE programs reopened

Application for dance program, Stethem CTE programs reopened

The application for the dance program housed at Maurice J. McDonough High School reopened today for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) eighth graders. The application is available now through 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. The dance program also is open to eighth graders who are in private school and homeschooled for eighth grade.

Students who apply will need to complete the application and participate in an audition. Information about the audition is posted on the McDonough website here. McDonough is hosting a Feb. 19 information meeting for students who apply for the program. Parents and student applicants should plan to attend. An audition will be scheduled for students for March 3 (either in-person or through Zoom).

The dance program is for young performing artists and provides a learning environment that allows students to focus on their talent and passion for dance. Accepted students will receive a well-rounded, comprehensive fine arts dance education. Dance styles will include ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Rigorous daily training in dance technique allows students to further develop their physical capabilities. Read more about the dance program here.

Students accepted to the dance program will attend McDonough for both core and dance classes. Transportation will be provided by CCPS. Parents and students with questions about the application process should contact Zohra Cherif, McDonough vice principal, at 301-753-1755 or

Application window reopens Feb. 22 for all CTE programs housed at Stethem Center

CCPS sophomores can apply to attend one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs housed at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The application window reopens Feb. 22-26. The five programs are: Automotive Technician; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Interactive Media Production; Pharmacy Technician; and Physical Rehabilitation.

The application will be available here starting Feb. 22, and closes at 3 p.m., Feb. 26. 

Programs are offered as a half-day schedule at Stethem. Students enrolled in a CTE program at Stethem attend their zoned high school for core classes. High school juniors attend Stethem in the morning, and seniors take their CTE classes at Stethem in the afternoon. Students must apply during their sophomore or junior year. 

Students will receive bus transportation to and from their home school.

Videos about each CTE program are posted on the CCPS website at 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.  CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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