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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
    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 1,205 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 96% 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
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1390
291 responses
Average ACT
31
127 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
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$150,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,085
National
$949
Median Home Value
$391,600
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Pep rallies
    22%
  • Poolesville Day
    18%
  • Mr. and Ms. Poolesville
    13%
  • Decorating homecoming hallways
    12%
  • Teacher Performance at the end of a talent show
    12%
  • Football Games
    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
1,205
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,471
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.9%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 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
$17,685/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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Poolesville High School Reviews

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Poolesville High School is a tight-knit community that brings in students from all over the county. The opportunity to meet students from various backgrounds was amazing. I got the opportunity to grow as a student and a person. The teachers care for me and want to see me succeed. I was able to join many clubs and extracurriculars because of the various opportunities Poolesville presents. I would like to see Poolesville became a bigger school in the future , so even more students can come. If you have the opportunity to come to Poolesville, do not hesitate!
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Poolesville is a magnet school like no other. There are more great teachers than bad ones, many are willing to give up their time to further help students academically and personally. The community is really friendly and welcoming, physical/verbal bullying and violence is rare. The long drive there is absolutely beautiful in the mornings and the town is safe. It feels like a second home. It's great to be surrounded by people who motivate you. PEP Rally weeks are plentiful throughout the year and a great way to de-stress together.
However. It's not perfect. Being in a school filled with overachievers can take a toll on your mental health. Especially in the SMCS house, the academic competition and raking can drive one mad and constantly make one feel inadequate. Hispanic and Black kids are also a rare find here, it's mostly Asian and white so it's easy for minorities (especially low income) to feel unwanted and out of place. The building is in dire need of renovation. Pros>Cons
What makes Poolesvile High School great is its teaching staff and administration. Academically, teachers are extremely well prepared and knowledgable to prepare students for college and activities beyond in life. They also pose as an amazing group to talk with about personal problems and bad situations. There are a lot of great things about the school, but it has its fair share of issues. Its clubs and activities are not as diverse due to the minimal resources outside of the classroom setting. While being competitive in some sports, sports are not an emphasis and are put in the back seat to academics. The worst part of it is probably the food, which is a similar issue in many high schools in MCPS; therefore, it is not much of a knock on Poolesville High School itself. The school is great for all types of people, especially for academically challenging and rigorous course seeking individuals.