Magnet/IB Prep

1. What’s about Richard Montgomery High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Program, Poolesville High School Magnet Program?

Each of these three prestigious high schools houses a rigorous academic program that is designed for highly motivated and talented students. These competitive programs provide an excellent environment for students to learn and explore far beyond what a regular high school usually can provide. For more information about their curriculum and courses, students and parents are encouraged to visit their web site or call the school for more information.

2. How to apply to these schools?

The application process is very similar to college application, and students need to submit (1) application form, (2) middle school grade report, (3) teacher recommendations, and (4) passing a very competitive battery test that covers mathematics, verbal and reading comprehension, and an essay. The entrance test is usually held in early December (the first Saturday in December).

Thomas Jefferson Science Magnet accepts approximately 400-430 students in total, while Montgomery Blair Magnet, Richard Montgomery IB and Poolesville Magnet accept 100 students each. The average acceptance ratio is about 10-15% of total participating students.

3. About APLUS Magnet/IB Prep

Class Schedule & Location

This prep course runs 19 sessions, including five (5) full practice tests that usually are held on Sunday. The class meets weekly, either on weekday or weekend, for three hours, 1.5 hours for Mathematics and 1.5 hours for Verbal and Writing. Currently, this prep class is held at three locations: Rockville Center, Germantown Center I (Northwest High School) and Germantown Center II (TBA)


Homework is an important part of the prep program and will be assigned weekly. Students are expected to complete their homework prior to the next class.

Placement Test

All students are required to take a placement test on the first day of the class (check the calendar for the time and date of placement test). The placement test is not a prerequisite to enroll but an assessment of students’ ability level.

Practice Test

Practice test is a critical part of this prep class and also serves as a tool to track students’ progress. Students are expected to attend all practice test sessions as scheduled.


Tuition fee covers all materials and instruction. Please refer to the application form for more details.


Rockville Center: 215 West Montgomery Ave.,Rockville, MD 20850
Germantown Center I: Northwest High School
Germantown Center II: Neelsville Middle School

Class size

On average, 12-15 students per class

4. Benefits of participating APLUS Magnet/IB Prep

  • A very competitive learning environment where students can develop their potentials

  • Extensive coverage of materials and practices that provides 8th grade students a great opportunity to review Algebra 1 / Geometry, vocabulary and reading comprehension

  • Structured curriculum and exclusive data bank that aims to provide students a competitive edge in test taking

  • Help students in taking standardized tests, such as SAT, SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination), or Johns Hopkins University CTY qualification tes