Westland Middle School

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Westland Middle School
5511 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Coordinates 38°57′38″N 77°06′35″W / 38.96056°N 77.10972°W / 38.96056; -77.10972Coordinates: 38°57′38″N 77°06′35″W / 38.96056°N 77.10972°W / 38.96056; -77.10972
Type Public Middle School
Established 1952
School district Montgomery County
Principal Alison L. Serino
Assistant principal Shawaan T. Robinson
Assistant principal Laura J. Hennessy
Grades 6–8
Enrollment 1,223
Student to teacher ratio 14.3:1[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Blue and Gold
Mascot Wildcats

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.

The school is part of the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School cluster.[1] 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). The school is also part of the International Baccalaureate school program.


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 1,200 students are currently enrolled at Westland.[1]


  • Principal: Alison L. Serino[2]
  • Assistant Principal: Laura Hennessy[2]
  • Assistant Principal: Shawaan Robinson[2]
  • Assistant School Administrator: Jacob Lee[2]

Alison Serino became principal as of July 1, 2012, replacing Daniel Vogelman who had served as principal before becoming an Assistant Superintendent in Wilson, North Carolina.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Westland Middle School - #412" (PDF). Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Westland MS – Staff Directory". 
  3. ^ "MCPS Loses One of the Good Ones". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Aratani, Lori. "Chilean Leader Walks the Halls of Her Youth." The Washington Post. Accessed April 25, 2007
  5. ^ "Biography for Maria Shriver." IMDb. Accessed April 25, 2007
  6. ^ "Mi paso por la educación pública." Qué Pasa. Accessed April 25, 2007

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