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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Poolesville High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Poolesville, MD. It has 1,183 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Poolesville High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1400
410 responses
Average ACT
32
171 responses
AP Enrollment
65%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$170,093
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,786
National
$949
Median Home Value
$445,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 121 responses
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  • Pep rallies
    20%
  • Poolesville Day
    17%
  • Decorating homecoming hallways
    12%
  • Mr. and Ms. Poolesville
    12%
  • Teacher Performance at the end of a talent show
    11%
  • Football Games
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,183
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,840
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.9%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,192/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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Poolesville High School Reviews

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I love poolesville high school for many reasons. Our diverse and rigorous magnet programs complemented with our large variety of clubs and sports make a fantastic educational experience. Our school spirit is unwavering and the student body loves to get involved whether it is with Student Government Association events such as Spirit Day or normal athletic games such as our football or soccer games. Though our school may not feel too segregated by grade level, it can seem segregated by magnet programs which is a shame and hopefully might be something that will change in the future. And of course, a few renovations to some dilapidated parts to our school would be appreciated!
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The academics and teachers are mostly great. Easy to talk to and very accommodating for the most part. They want you to succeed, with the exception of the unusually rude front desk secretary, the one with the bowl-cut hair. Most students perform with above average marks and get into some pretty great schools after graduating because of Poolesville's reputation.
What really stood out to me was the diversity. In my 4 years there, I didn't have a dull moment. The school really is a weird mix of everything and everyone, and embraces it completely. It's quite beautiful.
But it really really really could use an update, the main building is practically crumbling before our eyes. The students cope with it using humor but it's actually upsetting thinking back to how horrible the facilities were. There's an entire room full of macs but the students sit in there using chromebooks because none of the macs work for some reason, just to give you a glimpse.
The quality of overall educational experience was outstanding. PHS develops the whole student in academically and socially as well as prepares them for college. I am very pleased with the opportunities that my child had to excel, become a leader and provide service!