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Guide to Potomac's Public Schools

Most households in Potomac feed into the Winston Churchill cluster; near the border between Potomac and Rockville or Gaithersburg, some Potomac households are in the Thomas S. Wootton cluster; near the Potomac/Rockville border, some households feed into the Walt Whitman cluster.

Notes on school data:

Racial/ethnic composition percentages do not add up to 100 percent because only the top four ethnic groups have been listed.

ESOL: students for whom English is a second language

FARMS: students who receive free and reduced price meals

Schools where 2002-2003 enrollment is projected for more students that the school is designed for are marked with an asterisk (*).

For more information about MCPS Special Programs, contact the school or visit the website www.mcps.k12.md.us

Source: Montgomery County Public Schools www.mcps.k12.md.us

<ro>Winston Churchill Cluster

<lst>Winston Churchill High School

11300 Gainsborough Road

Potomac, MD 20854

301-469-1200

Grades: 9-12

Principal: Joan C. Benz

PTA President: Sharon Bourke

Special Programs:

Academy of Mathematics, Technology, and Science

Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

Autism

Bridge

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Career Development for Business Management and Finance,

Human and Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism,

Engineering, Scientific Research and Manufacturing,

Education, Training, and Child Studies,

and Information Technologies

The Academy of Mathematics, Technology, and Science at Winston Churchill High School offers all students the opportunity to develop their skills and interests through a variety of summer programs, career exploration activities, senior year internships, interdisciplinary projects, and rigorous coursework. The Academy builds a partnership between the school, parents, and business community.

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Winston Churchill High School enables students to explore the creative and performing arts academically and artistically. The Academy offers a challenging curriculum in all the arts, visiting writers and artists, residential programs, continuous exhibitions, and field trips to enhance students’ appreciation of the arts.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 5.7%

Asian: 23.3%

Hispanic: 4.4%

White: 66.4%

% Receiving Spec. Ed: 10.1

% ESOL: 0.2

% FARMS: 1.8

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.5

Average Class Size (English): 25.1

Average Class Size (Other): 26.5

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 2,025/2,012*

Cabin John Middle School

10701 Gainsborough Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1150

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Donna S. Hollingshead

PTA President: Suzanne Weiss

Special Programs:

Autism

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Learning for Independence

School/Community-Based

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 9.0%

Asian: 28.2%

Hispanic: 5.0%

White: 57.8%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 10.7

% ESOL: 2.7

% FARMS: 7.3

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.0

Average Class Size (English): 23.9

Average Class Size (Other): 25.6

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 992/947*

Bells Mill Elementary School

8225 Bells Mill Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1046

Grades: Pre K-5

Principal: Jerri B. Oglesby

PTA President: Wendy Wilson

Special Programs:

Autism

Head Start

Head Start provides education and early childhood development services for low-income children. The program offers individualized services for medical, dental, and mental health, and encourages parent involvement.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 13.9%

Asian: 21.7%

Hispanic: 4.7%

White: 59.2%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 10.7

% ESOL: 6.7

% FARMS: 13.3

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 10.9

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 24.8

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 25.9

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 21.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 470/373*

Seven Locks Elementary School

9500 Seven Locks Road

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-469-1038

Grades: K-5

Principal: Rebecca T. Gordon

PTA President: Chris Rigaux

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 2.3%

Asian: 11.7%

Hispanic: 7.0%

White: 78.6%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 5.8

% ESOL: 7.0

% FARMS: 0.8

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.7

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 22.0

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 23.2

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 15.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 254/294

Herbert Hoover Middle School

8810 Post Oak Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1010

Grades: 6-8

Principal: TBA

PTA President: Geri Shapiro

Special Programs:

Partial Chinese Immersion

Bridge

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.5%

Asian: 23.4%

Hispanic: 4.2%

White: 67.8%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 9.1

% ESOL: 2.6

% FARMS: 2.7

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.2

Average Class Size (English): 24.5

Average Class Size (Other): 25.8

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,123/968*

Beverly Farms Elementary School

8501 Post Oak Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1050

Grades: K-5

Principal: Laura Siegelbaum

PTA President: Joanne Sperling

Special Programs:

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 5.3%

Asian: 23.0%

Hispanic: 5.3%

White: 66.4%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 11.1

% ESOL: 6.0

% FARMS: 2.5

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 11.8

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 22.4

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 26.5

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 17.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 497/627

Potomac Elementary School

10311 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1042

Grades: K-5

Principal: Linda Goldberg

PTA President: Julie Dodson

Special Programs:

Partial Chinese Immersion

The Partial Chinese Immersion Program at Potomac Elementary, continuing into Hoover Middle School, teaches students one half of their core subjects in English and the other half in Chinese. MCPS has found that these students demonstrate high levels of academic success in both languages.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.1%

Asian: 15.8%

Hispanic: 3.3%

White: 76.9%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 4.5

% ESOL: 1.6

% FARMS: 2.2

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 16.0

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 23.8

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 26.5

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 18.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 604/488*

Wayside Elementary

10011 Glen Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-279-8484

Grades: K-5

Principal: Suzette M. Chagnon

PTA President: Nancy Fitzgerald

Special Programs

School/Community-Based

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 6.8%

Asian: 33.9%

Hispanic: 2.3%

White: 56.6%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 4.5

% ESOL: 4.7

% FARMS: 2.5

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 15.8

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 24.2

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 25.0

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 19.3

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 624/613*

<ro>Walt Whitman Cluster

<lst>Walt Whitman High School

7100 Whittier Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-320-6600

Grades: 9-12

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,885/1,910

Principal: Jerome M. Marco

PTA Presidents: Lafe Solomon, Anne Hutchens

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 3.4%

Asian: 13.0%

Hispanic: 5.3%

White: 78.1%

Special Programs:

Emotional Disabilities

Learning and Academic Disabilities

School/Community-Based

Career Development for Business Management and Finance,

Human and Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism,

and Education, Training, and Child Studies

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 8.4

% ESOL: 5.1

% FARMS: 1.9

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.7

Average Class Size (English): 25.4

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

6311 Wilson Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Michael Doran

PTA Presidents: Lorri Veivenheimer, Noelle McHugh

Special Programs:

Emotional Disabilities

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 3.0%

Asian: 11.6%

Hispanic: 5.1%

White: 80.2%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 11.6

% ESOL: 4.3

% FARMS: 2.3

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.3

Average Class Size (English): 23.9

Average Class Size (Other): 25.3

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,280/1,125*

Carderock Springs Elementary School

7401 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-469-1034

Grades: K-5

Principal: Linda Jackson Jones

PTA Presidents: Paula Laboy and Liz Sobrino

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 2.2%

Asian: 12.2%

Hispanic: 6.9%

White: 78.8%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 6.9

% ESOL: 3.1

% FARMS: 1.6

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.1

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 25.8

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 22.6

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 17.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 295/319

<ro>Wootton Cluster

<lst>Thomas S. Wootton High School

2100 Wootton Parkway

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-8550

Grades: 9-12

Principal: To be announced

PTA President: Karen Askin

Special Programs:

Humanities Signature Program

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Learning for Independence

School/Community-Based

Career Development for Business Management and Finance,

Human and Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism,

Engineering, Scientific Research, and Manufacturing,

Education, Training, and Child Studies,

and Information Technologies

Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Humanities Signature Program provides challenging coursework, expanded elective offerings, seminars, field experiences, professionals-in-residence, and internship opportunities to students interested in the fine arts, foreign languages, history, social studies, philosophy, and English.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.1%

Asian: 29.8%

Hispanic: 4.5%

White: 61.4%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 8.9

% ESOL: 0.0

% FARMS: 2.4

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 14.6

Average Class Size (English): 26.2

Average Class Size (Other): 27.9

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 2,251/2,098*

Robert Frost Middle School

9201 Scott Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-3949

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Joey N. Jones

PTA Presidents: To be announced

Special Programs:

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.3%

Asian: 29.7%

Hispanic: 3.8%

White: 61.9%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 9.0

% ESOL: 2.7

% FARMS: 4.2

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 14.0

Average Class Size (English): 24.0

Average Class Size (Other): 26.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,156/1,143*

Cold Spring Elementary School

9201 Falls Chapel Way

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-279-8480

Grades: K-5

Principal: Martin J. Barnett

PTA President: Myrian Myer

Special Programs:

Center for Highly Gifted

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Cold Spring Elementary’s Center for Highly Gifted is one of six centers in the Montgomery County Public School System for exceptionally gifted and motivated elementary students in the fourth and fifth grades. The program provides a full-time accelerated instructional program to encourage the use of higher mental processes and interaction among students with similar interests.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.1%

Asian: 21.1%

Hispanic: 4.1%

White: 70.0%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 9.4

% ESOL: 1.5

% FARMS: 3.4

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.5

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 24.0

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 24.2

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 18.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 401/458

Stone Mill Elementary School

14323 Stonebridge View Drive

Phone: 301-279-4975

Grades: K-5

Principal: Kimberly A. Williams

PTA President: David Fialkoff and Allison Wise

Special Programs:

Preschool Education Program (PEP)

The Preschool Education Program (PEP) provides a variety of preschool classes and programs for children ages three to five with multiple and/or moderate disabilities that impact their ability to learn. PEP offers a thematic instructional program with 2.5 hour daily classes. Children with significant physical, communication, or learning disabilities receive special classes and services.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 8.4%

Asian: 40.5%

Hispanic: 3.5%

White: 47.6%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 7.4

% ESOL: 4.3

% FARMS: 6.1

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.9

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 22.4

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 24.4

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 20.8

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 720/767

Fallsmead Elementary School

1800 Greenplace Terrace

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-4984

Grades: K-5

Principal: Dennis Nelson

PTA President: To be announced

Special Programs:

Language Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 5.4%

Asian: 26.4%

Hispanic: 9.3%

White: 58.6%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 12.7

% ESOL: 5.8

% FARMS: 7.8

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.1

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 24.3

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 26.9

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 18.3

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 494/449*

Lakewood Elementary School

15101 Bauer Drive

Rockville, MD 20853

Phone: 301-279-8465

Grades: K-5

Principal: Elaine Chung

PTA Presidents: Lori Steinman and Lisa Rotelo

Special Programs:

Learning and Academic Disabilities (2-5)

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 3.1%

Asian: 30.7%

Hispanic: 4.6%

White: 61.6%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 10.4

% ESOL: 5.4

% FARMS: 3.1

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 14.1

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 23.6

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 26.8

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 24.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 520/464*

Travilah Elementary School

13801 DuFief Mill Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Phone: 301-840-7153

Grades: K-5

Principal: Eileen B. Lorenz

PTA President: Mary Tonelson

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African American: 4.2%

Asian: 33.2%

Hispanic: 4.6%

White: 57.8%

% Receiving Spec. Ed.: 7.3

% ESOL: 4.2

% FARMS: 5.5

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.93

Average Class Size (Grades 1-2): 23.9

Average Class Size (Grades 3-5): 25.7

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 24.3

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 494/413*

PROGRAM DISCRIPTIONS

The Autism program serves children from ages 2 1/2 to 21 who have autism or pervasive development disorder (PDD). The program provides a highly structured curriculum based on functional skills development, behavior management, and communication. Mainstream related services may attend to individual needs.

The Bridge Program provides an intensive program for adolescents with emotional disabilities that interfere with education success. The program also serves students with behavioral difficulties, health impairments, or secondary disabilities. Students receive individualized instructional accommodations, behavior management, and alternative learning structures.

Learning for Independence offers students with mild to moderate mental retardation many opportunities for interaction with regular education peers, including peer tutoring, inclusion in general education classes as appropriate, and extracurricular activities. The program uses the Fundamental Life Skills (FLS) program or a combination of FLS and adapted general education curricula. At the secondary level, students receive community-based instruction and vocational training.

The School/Community-Based Program (SCBP) emphasizes individualized instruction in school and community work environments for students with moderate to severe disabilities in the areas of communication, behavior management, and socialization. School-based instruction uses the Fundamental Life Skills (FLS) program or a combination of FLS and adapted general education curricula. Community-based instruction exposes students to real-world settings.

Learning and Academic Disabilities helps students with learning and academic disabilities through a variety of services, depending on individual student needs. Services may be found in elementary and secondary learning centers, the Carl Sandburg Learning Center, or school-based cluster model programs.

The Division of Career and Technology Education (CTE), a part of the MCPS system, coordinates programs that prepare students for the transition from school to careers. Career-oriented curricula intend to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for the future.