Poolesville High School

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Poolesville High School
Poolesville.jpg
Location
Poolesville, Maryland
United States
Coordinates 39°8′36″N 77°25′6″W / 39.14333°N 77.41833°W / 39.14333; -77.41833Coordinates: 39°8′36″N 77°25′6″W / 39.14333°N 77.41833°W / 39.14333; -77.41833
Information
Type Public (Magnet) Secondary
Established 1911
Principal Deena Levine
Number of students 1,235
Color(s) Black and Vegas gold          
Website

Poolesville High School is a public whole magnet high school located in Poolesville, Maryland. It is home to the Global Ecology Program, the Humanities Program, the Science, Math, Computer Science (SMCS) Program and the Independent Studies Program (ISP).

History[edit]

The core of the building was built in 1911 as an elementary school. The school housed Poolesville's middle school and high school up until 1997 when John Poole Middle School was built.[1] Poolesville's first graduates were seven students in 1920.[2]

From the school's inception until 2002, the school's mascot was an Indian, and its logo was the profile of an Indian warrior in full head-dress. In 2001, amidst some controversy, the school's students and Poolesville Community voted on whether to keep the Indian mascot or to change the school's mascot to a Falcon. Although the students and community elected to keep the Indian as the school mascot, at the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year the Montgomery County Board of Education, under pressure from the Maryland Bureau of Indian Affairs, overruled the vote. Beginning the 2002–2003 school year, the students voted to change the school's mascot to a Falcon.

Academics[edit]

Starting in the 2006-2007 school year, honor students in northern Montgomery County ("upcounty") have the opportunity to become a part of one of three magnet programs called "houses": Global Ecology; Humanities; or Science, Math, and Computer Science. Students test into high school during their last year of middle school and, if accepted and enrolled, are "certificate" students and are required to take the standard courses pertaining to their specific program. Students who do not test in, but still go to Poolesville High School, are able to become a part of a house called Independent Studies, but are "non-certificate" and can choose to take specialized courses. Poolesville High School was recently ranked Washington Post's #1 Most Challenging High School in Maryland,[3] U.S. News' #3 Best High School in Maryland,[4] and Newsweek's #1 Top High School in Maryland.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Because Magnet students come from anywhere within upper Montgomery County, 18 buses service out-of-area students to and from the high school. For Poolesville local students, there are 9 buses.[6]

Sports[edit]

Poolesville fields teams in the following sports:

Demographics[edit]

Year Enrollment Native American/
Alaskan Native
 % Asian/
Pacific Islander
 % African
American
 % Non-Hispanic
White
 % Hispanic  %
2012–13 1,235 3 0.2 286 23.1 62 5 717 58 99 8
2009–10 1,150 6 0.5 243 21.1 70 6.1 768 66.8 63 5.5
2008–09 1,049 8 0.8 186 17.7 60 5.7 750 71.5 45 4.3
2007–08 1,012 8 0.8 127 12.6 50 4.9 790 78.0 37 3.7
2006–07 939 5 0.1 69 7.34 54 5.8 777 82.7 34 3.6
2005–06 861 3 0.2 32 3.44 46 5.3 757 87.9 23 2.7
2004–05 825 4 0.4 35 3.34 35 4.2 728 88.2 23 2.8
2003–04 776 3 0.1 35 3.21 29 3.7 696 89.7 13 1.7
2002–03 753 3 0.2 28 2.98 23 3.1 682 90.6 17 2.3

See also[edit]

Nearby schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town of Poolesville Comprehensive Master Plan" (PDF). December 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jewell, E. Guy (1976). From One Room to Open Space: A History of Montgomery County Schools from 1732 to 1965. Rockville, Maryland: Montgomery County Public Schools. 
  3. ^ "Maryland Schools - The Washington Post". apps.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Maryland Best High Schools". 
  5. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2015". Newsweek. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Poolesville HS - Bus Routes". www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 

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