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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  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 1,579 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.
Address
300 Norwood Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Telephone
(301) 879-1300

James Hubert Blake High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1140
304 responses
Average ACT
24
61 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$118,134
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,718
National
$949
Median Home Value
$468,000
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 111 responses
Report
  • Pep Rallies were pretty fun.
    24%
  • Athletic Events
    24%
  • Field Trips
    14%
  • Usually anything pertaining to my clubs.
    13%
  • School Plays
    5%
  • Shows/Performances
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,579
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,471
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,685/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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I went to Blake all 4 years for high school and as much as I loved it, there were also parts to dislike. I loved the music department which I was apart of and I just loved the arts and humanities which is what my school focused on. The only bad parts about it is that they tried to take what our school specialized in away. The worst thing is that our math department sucked. A lot of the teachers I had for math were racist and would insult us if we did not get the topic right away. I loved the English department and all of the other departments were great also! There werent many fights and our school is very accepting of people who are apart of the LGBTQ+ community. I loved Blake and really enjoyed going there.
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James Hubert Blake High School is amazing. It offers multiple programs related to liberal arts such as jazz dance, ballet, tap, history clubs, economics electives, political electives, music electives, arts (crafts, sculpture, photography, film,)- overall everything imaginable. It has a great marching band program, going to multiple parades, football games, competitions, and trips (Bahamas, Disney World, New Orleans, etc.) The environment is competitively uplifting, bright, and everyone is energetic here. Not only this, the students are generally well rounded, joining clubs in school of their choice. Even if you are interested in medicine or law, there are classes and programs (such as the NIH SIP or HiSTEP programs) the school helps and offers. The career center coordinator, Mrs. Prochnow, is especially great in helping all grades in the process for college or general student success. Come to JHBHS- its environment and every aspect is amazing.
Being enrolled at Blake is truly akin to being a part of a large family. The faculty at James Hubert Blake are very willing to help students who may be struggling their schoolwork, are hungry for work experience, are eager for extra learning opportunities, who are dealing with issues outside of school, etc. They are also transparent with their students and are evidently passionate about their subjects. In addition to great teachers, there is no shortage of clubs and sports teams. On the offchance a student doesn’t find what they are looking for, staff members will help students create new clubs. The art programs at Blake are magnificent; some groups have been invited to perform at venues throughout the country. The College and Career Counselor is top-notch as well. She has been incredibly helpful in navigating the college test prep process and has provided me with some wonderful information on schools that fit my interests and monetary guidelines.