A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Address
17501 Willard Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
Telephone
(301) 972-7900

Poolesville High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1370
170 responses
Average ACT
32
81 responses
AP Enrollment
63%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
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.21 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Pep rallies
    23%
  • Poolesville Day
    22%
  • Mr. and Ms. Poolesville
    16%
  • Decorating homecoming hallways
    12%
  • Teacher Performance at the end of a talent show
    12%
  • Pennies for Patients Month
    7%
  • Football Games
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
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.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,159
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.4%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,800/ year
National
$11,890
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.41 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.41 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.41 responses

Poolesville High School Reviews

223 reviews
All Categories
Great teachers! Good Classes. However, it is a very old building, so does not have the best facilities. But the students are nice, everyone is involved. it is a very close knit community.
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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.
My school was very unique because it is a magnet school. Because it is a magnet school, we have a lot of different cultures attending our school. Due to this, the students are more open and exposed to people of all races and cultural practices. My school is also very small with a graduating class of 102 students. The school body is really close to everyone due to the size of the school. This makes student's high school experience more personal.