Westland Middle School

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Westland Middle School
5511 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816

Type Public Middle School
Established 1952
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Alison L. Serino
Grades 6–8
Enrollment 1,174
Student to teacher ratio 17:3
Campus Suburban
Mascot Wildcats
Information 301-320-6515

Westland Middle School is a public school in Bethesda in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. It opened in 1952 as Western Junior High School, it then changed its name to Westland Jr. High School when it merged with Leland Junior High School, and later to Westland Intermediate School.[1]

The school serves the Chevy Chase area, part of Silver Spring, and some areas considered to be Bethesda. Several municipalities, including the towns of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, and Somerset, and the villages of Chevy Chase Section Three, Chevy Chase Section Five, Martin's Additions, and North Chevy Chase, are assigned to Westland Middle School. Roughly 1100 students are currently enrolled at Westland.

The school is part of the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School cluster. Half of the students at the school enter when they are in the seventh grade, as many go to Chevy Chase Elementary and North Chevy Chase Elementary which end in sixth grade, unlike Somerset Elementary School, Rock Creek Forest Elementary, Westbrook Elementary, and Bethesda Elementary which end in fifth grade. The school has a rivalry with the school Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, a nearby middle school. The mascot of the school is the Wildcat (Westland Wildcats).

Alison Serino became principal as of July 1, 2012, replacing Daniel Vogelman who had served as principal before becoming an Assistant Superintendent in Wilson, NC. Prior to Mr. Vogelman, the school was led by Ms. Ursula Hermann, Ms. Sarah Pinkney-Murkey and Mr Daniel Shea.


  • Principal: Alison L. Serino
  • Assistant Principal: Christopher W. Merrill
  • Assistant Principal: Laura J. Hennessy
  • Assistant School Administrator: Shawaan T. Williams

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "History - WMS". Accessed April 25, 2007
  2. ^ a b Aratani, Lori. "Chilean Leader Walks the Halls of Her Youth." The Washington Post. Accessed April 25, 2007
  3. ^ "Biography for Maria Shriver." IMDb. Accessed April 25, 2007
  4. ^ "Mi paso por la educación pública." Qué Pasa. Accessed April 25, 2007

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Coordinates: 38°57′38″N 77°06′35″W / 38.96056°N 77.10972°W / 38.96056; -77.10972