The Northeast Consortium covers a large area in the northeast of Montgomery County bordering Prince George's County to the east and Howard County to the north. Homes in East County, Olney, Sandy Spring and Silver Spring feed into this consortium. Except for the Northeast and Downcounty Consortium, all clusters in Montgomery County have one high school that is fed by a hierarchy of middle and elementary schools. The consortiums are different. Here, a home will have an assigned elementary, middle school and a 'base' high school. When it's time to time to enter high school, a student can chose to attend any high school in the consortium.