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Excel Beyond the Bell

There’s always more to learn. Excel Beyond the Bell gives you the time and place to try something new like creative arts, STEM, sports, or leadership. You can also take the time to better understand the subjects that you’re taking in school.

EBB also gives you the chance to meet other students with the same interests. Together you can get closer to your goals by brainstorming new ideas, solving problems, and gaining new experiences as a team. You might come for the extracurricular activities, but you’ll stay for the people you meet.

Students at EBB get access to recreational and social programs, academic support, nutritious and delicious meals, and bus transportation to get home.

The Excel Beyond the Bell program is a partnership with Montgomery County Recreation, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families.

For more information, professional development opportunities, research, or information on how to become a program provider, please visit the EBB website at

To download a copy of your schools registration form, click here!

Who can participate in EBB?
Any student at partnering middle schools. Check out the link below for Excel Beyond the bell schools.
When does EBB happen?
The program operates four days a week from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm. The school year is split into two EBB sessions, and each lasts 10 to 14 weeks.
What kind of activities are there?
Here are some of the activities we have available in EBB:
Career exploration
Leadership and civil engagement
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Creative arts
Sports and physical activity
Health and wellness
How did this program get started?
In 2007, after learning more about the status of out-of-school time for Montgomery County students, we decided to create Excel Beyond the Bell. Thanks to the hard work of the Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative, the program launched in 2010 at three middle schools. It is now available in eight schools.
Who is behind the program?
The main partners working together to help students Excel Beyond the Bell are: the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, Montgomery County Recreation, and Montgomery County Public Schools. A variety of other youth-serving organizations, government agencies and individuals have also gotten involved with the planning, execution or funding of this program.
How do you know what kinds of programs and services to provide?
The EBB has an executive committee to oversee the whole program and strategize for its future. Every one of our EBB partners has a senior leader on the executive committee.
EBB also has a coordinating committee that includes school administrators from each site as well as youth development program managers. They make sure the program is running well each day.
This school site advisory committee makes EBB happen, addressing the unique issues at each middle school site. This committee includes school administrators, parents, students, community organizations and program site staff.
I want to know more. Who can I contact to learn more about EBB or other Montgomery County Youth Development programs?

Excel Beyond the Bell Middle School Program