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Take College Courses Without Leaving Your High School

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) are partnering to offer a unique opportunity for students to take college courses at your high school. CSM instructors will teach the courses from the CSM campus. This program is offered to Chopticon and Great Mills high school students only.


  • Experience the rigor of a college course.
  • Earn transferrable college credit through CSM, without having to leave your high school building.
  • Students will get a 50% tuition discount on courses.
  • SMCPS financial assistance is available for students receiving Free and Reduced Meals.


It’s simple! You register for a class by following the outlined steps and upon successful completion of your course, request a CSM transcript. Your CSM transcript will show the amount of credits you have earned as well as your final grade. Students may request an official transcript be sent to a college of their choice for transfer considerations. The college has designed this program for students to earn a Transfer Certificate or continue on in an associate degree program at CSM.


  • College instructors teach from the CSM campus.
  • Students complete work online from their own high school.
  • Classes run through the Telepresence Rooms at each high school.
  • Courses are held four days a week; Monday-Thursday. Fridays are designated as a study period.
  • Students can earn up to six credits per semester.


Apply to CSM online

  • Complete the Access CSM Enrollment Form, which requires the signatures of both the student and parent/guardian.
  • Demonstrate college level placement by providing one of the following:
    • Submit high school transcript to with unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • Submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores:
      • 480 or higher on Evidence-based Reading and Writing section on the SAT.
      • 21 or higher on the English and Reading section on the ACT.
  • CSM will send confirmation of course registration by email.
  • Set up an appointment with an Enrollment Coordinator for registration and orientation.



Contact CSM Enrollment Coordinator Latasha Baker at or 240-725-5456.

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