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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Gaithersburg High School is an above average, public school located in Gaithersburg, MD. It has 2,388 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.

Gaithersburg High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1130
401 responses
Average ACT
25
88 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$86,427
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,697
National
$949
Median Home Value
$389,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.46 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.46 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 193 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Sporting events
    17%
  • Mr. Gaithersburg
    17%
  • Talent Shows
    12%
  • Musicals
    8%
  • Seasonal Concerts
    6%
  • Plays
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,388
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.57 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,840
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.5%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,192/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.81 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.81 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.81 responses
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The building is nice and the negative attention we've gotten from misguided news sources is not true at all. There are fights at our school just like there are fights at any other school. Most students and teachers I know think that fighting is not as common as those news sources implied.

I think the only thing about our school that needs to change is that this recent year there has been a lot of restrictions placed on students that aren't needed. There has been the locking of bathrooms to avoid students skipping in them during the day. While it might be effective for that, it's disrupting class time for students who are trying to use the bathroom between classes quickly so they don't miss lessons. Students sometimes have resorted to going to entirely different floors to use the bathroom and end up missing a substantial amount of class time.
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Lots of issues with unfit teachers, their main focus was always looking the best and being picture perfect but also giving all their funds to the sports programs. My senior year we had a new principle and he was much much more involved in the students as opposed to the previous principle. He brought lots of positivity and showed that he cared about students. But the experience of this high school was not great I was into theatre and choir which had next to no funding, most of our trips or extra curricular activities came out of the teachers pockets but the coaches at the high school did not have that same issue. I was the most excited to leave that high school but there was some token teachers that I do miss.
Besides the math department, I would say every other academic department is very good. Gaithersburg High School offers an amazing science program called Project Lead the Way, as well as rigorous AP courses. The teachers I have had throughout my high school are superb, and I have made a lot of hardworking friends who are passionate about their future. I am actively involved in different clubs, as I am also the president of the National Honor Society and the Asian American Awareness Association, and sports. I would say our school has a healthy diversity in the student body, and one of the most school spirit in the state!