Guide to Potomac's Public Schools

Guide to Potomac's Public Schools

Winston Churchill Cluster


11300 Gainsborough Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1200

Grades: 9-12

Principal: Joan Benz

PTA President: Robyn Solomon

Special Programs:

Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (Signature program)

Academy of International Studies (Signature program)

Academy of Mathematics, Technology, and Science (Signature program)



Career Development through the College/Career Center

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Signature programs:

Winston Churchill High School offers all students unique opportunities to develop their interests and expertise through challenging and rigorous course work in the student's field of interest. Contact Barbara Blazer 301-469-1054. Applications are available online at

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts. All students are invited to participate. Students in the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts are encouraged and expected to challenge themselves in honors and advanced placement level classes. Students may indicate their interest in working toward a Certificate of Achievement in the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.

The Academy of International Studies at Students in the Academy will meet with an Academy advisor to develop an area of dedicated research study and participate in career exploration activities. Students will complete either an internship or volunteer work, or attend a model UN Conference. The International Studies Academy provides enriching experiences which will enable participants to develop a global perspective, connecting them to communities, groups, and cultures across the globe.

The Academy of Mathematics, Technology, and Science. Students in the Academy will participate in summer technology and mathematics institutes, career exploration activities, and interdisciplinary projects that will enhance the technology skills needed in our information-driven global society. Junior year internships will provide students with connections to the future while better preparing them both to enter today's highly technological society and to become a community of lifelong learners.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.6%

American Indian: 0.1%

Asian: 20.8%

Hispanic: 5.7%

White: 66.8%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.6%

% ESOL: 0.2%

%FARMS: 3.1%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.7

Average Class Size (English): 25.2

Average Class Size (Other): 27.6

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 2,146/2,007


10701 Gainsborough Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1150

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Paulette Smith

PTA President: Suzanne Weiss

Special Programs:


Learning and Academic Disabilities

Learning for Independence — Teaches special needs children to work independently without supervision.


Racial/Ethnic Composition:

African-American: 8.7%

American Indian: 0.2%

Asian: 29.0%

Hispanic: 4.7%

White: 57.4%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 12.6%

% ESOL: 2.2%

%FARMS: 9.3%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 11.6

Average Class Size (English): 23.2

Average Class Size (Other): 25.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 994/929


8225 Bells Mill Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1046

Grades: K-5

Principal: Jerri Oglesby

PTA President: Laurie Halverson

Special Programs:


Full-Day Kindergarten

Head Start — Half-day, pre-kindergarten for children 3-4.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 11.4%

American Indian: 0.9%

Asian: 18.5%

Hispanic: 7.3%

White: 61.9%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.1%

% ESOL: 9.1%

%FARMS: 15.5%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 9.7

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 20.3

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 19

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 22.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 464/329


9500 Seven Locks Road

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-469-1038

Grades: K-5

Principal: Rebecca Gordon

PTA President: Livleen Gill

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 3.6%

American Indian: 0.8%

Asian: 16.3%

Hispanic: 5.2%

White: 74.1%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 7.2%

% ESOL: 6.4%

%FARMS: 6.4%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 11.0

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 14.0

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 22.5

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 22.5

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 251/294


8810 Post Oak Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1010

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Billie-Jean Bensen

PTA President: Irving Smith

Special Programs:


Partial Chinese Immersion

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.3%

American Indian: 0.2%

Asian: 25.2%

Hispanic: 4.6%

White: 63.8%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.0%

% ESOL: 2.0%

%FARMS: 7.3%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.2

Average Class Size (English): 25.8

Average Class Size (Other): 25.9

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,085/972


8501 Post Oak Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1050

Grades: K-5

Principal: Dr. Beth Brown

PTA President: Janette Gillman

Special Programs:

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.9%

American Indian: 0%

Asian: 22.2%

Hispanic: 7.8%

White: 63.1%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.7%

% ESOL: 6.7%

%FARMS: 8.7%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 11.1

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 21.7

Average Class Size (1-3): 23.8

Average Class Size (4-5): 25.0

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 563/627


10311 River Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-469-1042

Grades: K-5

Principal: Linda Goldberg

PTA President: Dianna Conway

Special Programs:

Integrated Arts Model School

Partial Chinese Immersion

The Partial Chinese Immersion program at Potomac Elementary, which continues into Hoover Middle, teaches students reading and language arts in English and math and science in Chinese. Parents may select this program for their kindergarten and first grade students, and the students remain in the program throughout the elementary years. Children acquire Mandarin Chinese naturally in the classroom setting as they participate in hands-on learning experiences that are directly related to learning the MCPS curriculum. Application process:

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 5.5%

American Indian: 0.4%

Asian: 23.1%

Hispanic: 3.2%

White: 67.7%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 4.6%

% ESOL: 3.6%

%FARMS: 6.1%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.8

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 21.0

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 19.0

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 23.9

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 527/488


10011 Glen Road

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-279-8484

Grades: K-5

Principal: Yong-Mi Kim

PTA President: Kit Lunceford

Special Programs:

School/Community-Based for special needs children

Full-Day Kindergarten

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.5%

American Indian: 0.6%

Asian: 30.9%

Hispanic: 2.1%

White: 59.9%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 6.5%

% ESOL: 5.1%

%FARMS: 5.4%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.2

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 19.8

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 24.3

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 26.9

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 628/594

Walt Whitman Cluster


7100 Whittier Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-320-6600

Grades: 9-12

Principal: Dr. Alan Goodwin

PTA Presidents: Laura Cecala and Sarah Koines

Special Programs:

Emotional Disabilities

Learning and Academic Disabilities


Career Pathway Programs

Academy of Finance

Advanced Engineering Academy (Project Lead the Way)

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 3.7%

American Indian: 0.1%

Asian: 12.8%

Hispanic: 6.2%

White: 77.2%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 9.8%

% ESOL: 5.4%

%FARMS: 1.4%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.5

Average Class Size (English): 25.0

Average Class Size (Other): 26.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,869/1,913


6311 Wilson Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-320-6540

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Michael Zarchin

PTA Presidents: Karen Clarkson

Special Programs:

Emotional Disabilities

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 3.1%

American Indian: 0.1%

Asian: 12.3%

Hispanic: 6.0%

White: 78.5%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 9.1%

% ESOL: 3.1%

%FARMS: 5.6%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.5

Average Class Size (English): 23.6

Average Class Size (Other): 25.1

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,309/1,138


7401 Persimmon Tree Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-469-1034

Grades: K-5

Principal: Susan D. Thompson

PTA President: Kristy Keteltaf

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 1.3%

American Indian: 0%

Asian: 11.9%

Hispanic: 6.0%

White: 80.9%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.7%

% ESOL: 3.1%

%FARMS: 6.0%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 11.7

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 20.0

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 22.0

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 21.2

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 319/319

Thomas S. Wootton Cluster


2100 Wootton Parkway

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-8550

Grades: 9-12

Principal: Dr. Michael Doran

PTA President: Stuart Levin

Special Programs:

Humanities and Arts Signature

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Learning for Independence

School/Community Based

Career Pathway Programs

College Institute

Cisco Academy

Program Descriptions:

The Humanities and Arts Signature Program is a four-year program of core courses and electives in the humanities and arts that culminates in one of two certificates. Students generally enroll in the winter of grade 8 or 9 to participate in this program. On a space available basis, students may also enroll in grade 10. For more information, call Michelle Hanson at 301-517-8173. Application available at

The College Institute is a collaborative effort by Wootton and Gaithersburg high schools and Montgomery College to provide high achieving students with a unique opportunity to gain college skills

and earn college credits during their senior year. This program is intended to enrich the senior year by providing opportunities that allow students to develop both academically and socially, demonstrate maturity and responsibility, and receive support if needed for success.

For a student to be eligible, by the end of their junior year they have to have completed primarily all of their high school graduation requirements, achieved an SAT verbal and math score of at least 550 each and secured a minimum weighted grade point average of 3.5.

For more information, contact Jane Storck at 301-517-8170.

The Science, Technology and Research Scholars program (STARS) is a program of core courses and electives in science, technology and mathematics. The STARS program provides a student with a course of study that emphasizes strong preparation in science, mathematics, and computer technology. This program culminates in one of two certificates: a STARS Certificate of Excellence or a STARS Certificate of Achievement. There are five perspectives within the STARS program: the Global, Computer Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Molecular Biology (DNAcademy).

A student will elect to follow one of five perspectives based on their interest. Students may elect to join the program as early as in the winter of their eighth or ninth grade year with satisfactory performance (un-weighted 2.5 GPA) in academic subjects. Applications are available in the brochures mailed to every incoming ninth grade student, through science and math classroom teachers, from the Guidance office, and online at For more information, call A. Christine Canham at 301-279-8594.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.0%

American Indian: 0.2%

Asian: 34.4%

Hispanic: 4.2%

White: 55.2%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 9.6%

% ESOL: 2.2%

%FARMS: 4.6%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 14.1

Average Class Size (English): 24.9

Average Class Size (Other): 27.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 2,407/2,067


9201 Scott Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-3949

Grades: 6-8

Principal: Dr. Joey Jones

PTA President: Margie Halem

Special Programs:

Learning and Academic Disabilities

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 4.2%

American Indian: 0.1%

Asian: 31.0%

Hispanic: 6.1%

White: 58.5%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 9.9%

% ESOL: 2.5%

%FARMS: 8.5%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 14.0

Average Class Size (English): 25.3

Average Class Size (Other): 26.4

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 1,141/1,134


9201 Falls Chapel Way

Potomac, MD 20854

Phone: 301-279-8480

Grades: K-5

Principal: Martin Barnett

PTA President: Tamara Lazarev

Special Programs:

Center for Highly Gifted

Learning for Independence — for special needs children.

The Center for the Highly Gifted at Cold Spring Elementary provides exceptionally gifted and motivated elementary students with a full-time instructional program that is accelerated and enriched. It is designed for students who learn at a faster pace and who can handle advanced concepts of greater complexity. Each of the high aptitude students enrolled in this program has a relatively unique academic profile and has educational needs that are more easily addressed in the CENTERS than in a typical classroom.

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 5.8%

American Indian: 0.2%

Asian: 24.0%

Hispanic: 3.7%

White: 66.2%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 10.5%

% ESOL: 1.9%

%FARMS: 5.4%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.1

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 20.5

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 22.0

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 23.8

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 429/439


1800 Greenplace Terrace

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-279-4984

Grades: K-5

Principal: Dennis Nelson

Special Programs:

Language Disabilities (K-1)

Learning and Academic Disabilities (2-5)

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 5.4%

American Indian: 0%

Asian: 30.1%

Hispanic: 8.6%

White: 55.9%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 13.9%

% ESOL: 9.7%

%FARMS: 11.5%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 12.0

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 18.3

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 22.5

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 24.9

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 538/451


13801 Dufief Mill Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Phone: 301-840-7153

Grades: K-5

Principal: Susan Shenk

PTA Presidents: Chuck Thornton

Special Programs:

Full-day Kindergarten

Racial/Ethnic Composition

African-American: 6.8%

American Indian: 0.2%

Asian: 37.7%

Hispanic: 3.9%

White: 51.4%

% Receiving Special Ed.: 7.0%

% ESOL: 8.5%

%FARMS: 9.8%

Student/Instructional Staff Ratio: 13.4

Average Class Size (Kindergarten): 21

Average Class Size (Grades 1-3): 20.4

Average Class Size (Grades 4-5): 25.7

Projected Enrollment/Capacity: 459/366