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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
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Walter Johnson High School is a top rated, public school located in Bethesda, MD. It has 2,587 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.

Walter Johnson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1290
747 responses
Average ACT
30
259 responses
AP Enrollment
57%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$105,130
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,890
National
$949
Median Home Value
$562,400
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
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.42 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 181 responses
  • Pennies for Patients Month
    15%
  • Homecoming Hallways
    15%
  • School plays and musicals
    15%
  • Culture Assemblies
    12%
  • Football Games
    12%
  • Musical concerts
    8%
  • Spirit Weeks
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,587
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.46 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.46 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.46 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,917
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.2%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 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
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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Amazing teachers and staff. Students are pretty friendly and there is quite a bit of diversity at the school though there could be more embracing of this. There are great opportunities both academically, athletically and socially. Lots of great school spirit as well! I wish there was more improvement in the music area and some of the facilities need to be a little better. The school is getting a bit overcrowded and we have been having to use more portables now. There is a little too much emphasis on test scores and grades though between students.
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I believe that Walter Johnson High School is a very welcoming environment for anyone and has opened many opportunities for people. The teachers are motivated and passionate about what they do, making the classrooms fun and exciting. Many of my teachers througohut the years have made me feel excited to learn! Additioanlly, the school, in general, is well kept up and is filled with lovely staff. The staff tries to push their students to be the best they can be, in and outside of school. The school tries to accomadate for everyone and is a safe place where students come to learn, which is very important. The school makes sure to broadcast to the student body that everyone is accepted while teaching us life lessons we will have with us for college and so on. Overall, Walter Johnson has been an amazing place for me to learn and to better myself, and I know other would say the same.
I give WJ 5 stars because it is so developed in every way and big enough to film a whole high school movie. It has a great media center as well as a great number of other resources such as a college/career center, counseling offices, clubs, arts programs, and many more. It is so diverse and accepts any student, no matter where they come from. It honestly resembles a mini college because of its ginormous sports fields and school spirit. All in all, its the perfect place to be!