A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Poolesville High School is an elite, public, magnet school located in Poolesville, MD. It has 1,225 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 93% in reading.
Address
17501 Willard Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
Telephone
(301) 972-7900

Poolesville High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1380
238 responses
Average ACT
31
114 responses
AP Enrollment
63%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Pep rallies
    23%
  • Poolesville Day
    20%
  • Mr. and Ms. Poolesville
    14%
  • Decorating homecoming hallways
    13%
  • Teacher Performance at the end of a talent show
    13%
  • Pennies for Patients Month
    6%
  • Football Games
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,225
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.4%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,685/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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Poolesville High School Reviews

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Poolesvillle High School is one of the best schools in the State of Maryland, going there opens a lot of doors for your students future, especially for college. The perks of having the magnet programs are endless they make you a better person and a more enriched learner. The academics at the school out compete all the other area schools. Having graduated in 2017 I can attest to the fact that because of Poolesville I was awarded more money from many of the schools I applied to go to college to. While the academics are amazing the school isn't perfect. The majority of the teachers at Poolesville were really amazing and super engaging .The biggest problem with the school is the building itself. It is old very very old, and slightly rundown. The school consists of two buildings one is very new and is beautiful its the main building that is lacking in beauty and practicality. The environment at the school is amazing I loved going to school there.
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I'm currently a junior at Poolesville and I can say that I've mostly enjoyed my time here. I feel that we have a very special community in terms of how easy it is to find a group you can belong in. There are numerous clubs to participate in and you can always create your own. The town itself is pretty safe, but the building is in need of revival and there are many in the community advocating for it in local government. The academics are advanced, but I feel that the teachers are aware of how many extracurriculars and other workloads their students have and try to work with them. There is a high level of stress here though. Almost everyone is college-bound and you can very easily feel like you're a failure as the student body is so skewed towards higher test scores (my senior friends got into schools like MIT and Cornell). It's a special experience and you come out with some very close friends.
Poolesville High School is considered the #1 school in Maryland for a reason. The education I have received there will help me be well-prepared for college. The rigorous competition between students because of its magnet programs helped me become smarter. The only aspect that I do not like about this school is that it is one of the , if not the, oldest school building in Montgomery County. It was built over 50 years ago, and has not been renovated in approximately 30. The paint is chipping, there is mold behind the sports photos in the gym hallway, the halls tend to get cramped when trying to maneuver through. Although the building needs some serious renovation, I would not trade my education there for anything.