Only eighth grade students who live in or go to school in the Downcounty Consortium may apply to be a part of the CAP. Applicants must have a B average or better in honors-level English and Social Studies courses. Once admitted to the program, students are required to successfully complete the thirteen CAP courses, maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA, and complete the CAP Portfolio to graduate with the CAP certificate.
Throughout CAP, there is a strong emphasis on preparation for the college experience. Recent graduates currently attend such noted schools as Amherst College, Brandeis University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, New York University, Northwestern University, Smith College, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Yale University, and many more.
CAP students are provided with the same transportation services as afforded students in MCPS magnet programs. Activity buses run after school Tuesday through Thursdays.