For the SMCS program, most ids are there for academics. Not to say they don't participate in activities besides academics, but if all of your friends are from SMCS, don't expect everyone to go to football games from freshman year. As someone who got more and more engaged as I got older, it's much more fun of a school if you get involved - go to football games, play sports, dress up on school spirit days, make friends outside of your core group. I would 100% go to Poolesville SMCS again. It's a great education, looks good for colleges, and I love the environment of Poolesville. Since the school has so many magnet programs, there isn't the regular hierarchy of cool and not cool, most people just find their own group of people they feel comfortable with and don't stress about being popular.