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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
James Hubert Blake High School is a highly rated, public school located in Silver Spring, MD. It has 1,624 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 34% in reading.

James Hubert Blake High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1150
420 responses
Average ACT
24
87 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$131,217
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,653
National
$949
Median Home Value
$475,900
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
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.52 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.52 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 164 responses
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  • Pep Rallies were pretty fun.
    21%
  • Athletic Events
    20%
  • Field Trips
    13%
  • Usually anything pertaining to my clubs.
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • School Plays
    7%
  • Shows/Performances
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,624
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,840
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.74 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.74 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.74 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,192/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.87 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.87 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.87 responses
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I enjoyed all of my 4 years here! Although there have been some hiccups along the way (with certain teachers), my grades have perfectly reflected my involvement with the school along with the effort I put into my schoolwork. This warm and diverse community has become a very comfortable environment and allows everyone to feel comfortable enough to do their best in school and extracurricular. Although our school is known for it's art programs (which are fantastic), our sports teams are very underrated. Our football and basketball games are the most fun because the students' section is always full of excitement and of large pictures of our beloved principal Bob Sinclair! Other than that, our sports teams have good records: football ended the season with 5-5, Girl's Varsity Soccer ended 6-6-1, Boys Varsity Soccer ended 7-5-3, and our Varsity Field Hockey team ended 8-7.
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Overall, this high school is excellent when it comes to arts and humanities. It provides students a variety of subjects to choose from such as Fashion Production or Illustration, Photography, Ceramics, Studio arts, Drawing and Design, etc. As someone who wants to major in Fashion in the future for example, this school is one of the few that actually has that program for students. One can learn how to sew, create their own designs, and even participate in the school's fashion show! Otherwise the art program provides students with the chance to brush up on their creativity skills, make something that resonates with the student, as well as provide assistance in the technical side of it. Overall, the school's pride, and its pep rallies are amazing, the variety of subjects one can choose from is great, as well as the help they provide to ensure students are college ready is helpful as well. If you really want to pursue the arts, I definitely recommend this school!
My overall experiance with this school is very positive. There are a few flaws in the school system and the way they handle academics. I would appreciate a more open dialogue between counselors and students. I've noticed in increase in programs and opportunities offered at this school. The teachers are motivated to teach their students to the best of their ability and it is a refreshing feeling. The students are shown an array of classes from all types of interests and is very useful in navigating student's passions and interests. The administration is very easy going and truly try their best to help the students and staff prosper and enjoy their experience. I just wish the focused more on personalizing the student's experiences and having a more open, honest dialogue about college, careers and anything that follows high school.