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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  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
    B+
Walt Whitman High School is a top rated, public school located in Bethesda, MD. It has 2,098 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

Walt Whitman High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1360
635 responses
Average ACT
31
332 responses
AP Enrollment
63%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$159,431
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,004
National
$949
Median Home Value
$897,400
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 50 responses
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Month
    16%
  • Talent Show
    14%
  • After-Prom
    10%
  • Clubs Night
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • International Night
    8%
  • Lls month
    8%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,098
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,917
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.8%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$18,250/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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My experience at Walt Whitman High School was relatively positive. When I look back at my high school experience I will have lots of wonderful memories thanks to the community that Whitman provided for me. The staff and administrators care a lot about the students and strive for each individual to do well while feeling comfortable in their surroundings. There are a lot of club opportunities that range from sports to charity to movie club. I personally love to go to football games and participate in the school spirit. There really is a place for everyone. As for classes there are lots to choose from and many great opportunities for developing academic interests. Overall, Walt Whitman gave me a really rewarding high school experience and I am proud to say that I definitely feel prepared for college next year. Go vikes!
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My time at Walt Whitman High School was an excellent experience. The school has a great size and the athletics are quite good. I played varsity soccer so one of my favorite attractions were the schools athletic facilities.

The academics prepared me for college very well. Some graduates go as far to say that Walt Whitman was more challenging than their university. All my teachers prioritized my well-being and academic success in a way I didn't experience at previous high schools.

Whitman had many clubs and extracurricular activities which gave students the opportunity to make new friends through a shared passion. Our school spirit was great, especially when it came to playoff basketball.

One con for the school was the lack of diversity, specifically for the African-American community. This has been an issue for the school for sometime and I hope there is some way MCPS increase the number of African-Americans attending. As a person of color, I found it hard at times to "fit in."
I received an excellent education at Whitman, and made many meaningful connections with peers and teachers. However, Whitman, while academically outstanding, is not very diverse in race, ethnicity, religion, or political ideology. Unfortunately, while I have never been on the receiving end myself, I have peers who have experienced racism, sexism, and homophobia at Whitman. In recent years, the administrators have been taking important steps to make Whitman a more tolerant place, and I believe that with the support of the community, this can be achieved. I would also like to see a change in the academic culture. Whitman students are very high-achieving, but there is a huge focus on college readiness, which combined with parental pressures can lead students to care more about their letter grades and less about their learning.