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Walt Whitman High School is a public high school in Bethesda. 1,951 students go to Walt Whitman High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Walt Whitman High School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 1,951 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Walt Whitman High School is 17:1. Landon School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 72% 39%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 23%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 15%
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 27%
Limited English proficiency 5% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Yeah the academics are good I guess but there is a lot of self conceited-ness at this school. This high school is just like any other MD public high school so there is no need to wast your money on a house in Bethesda when there are plenty of other schools that are even better than Whitman that don't require you to spend more than half of your income on a house. Many people who live in the Whitman district feel they are "very fortunate" to live in it. The students are amazing and I love them all but a lot of them are super self conceited and think that everyone outside of the Whitman district is less fortunate than the. But they are not very fortunate at all to live in a district which will leave them in major debt. Whitman is not worth it. It's not even that great. I don't understand why people freak out over it so much. That's just my opinion. The people at this school think that their money can get them anything they want and their school anything it wants. If you're looking for a good school try Severna Park High in Anne Arundel County.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am not sure why this school has the reputation that it does. Zero diversity and elitist. Students test well but many of them are incredibly rude self entitled non accepting - basically a-holes. If you do not come from a wealthy family you will not fit in. There are some down to earth teachers but not many - the others are just doing a tough job in a school where you have to deal with pompous parents complaining to you because you didn't give Biff Jr. an A on an assignment he did in the parking lot the morning it was due. Small cluster of what I consider empathetic and bright kids who will earn their way thru life rather than have mommy and daddy bully to get what their precious snowflakes deserve! Parents are involved - too involved in my opinion.

  • (3 years ago)

    I just graduated from Whitman and I can say that I know I'm going to really miss it. The administration is beyond phenomenal and I can say that this school has some great teachers (and some bad ones like every school) that I know I will visit on my college breaks. The extracurricular activities at this is school are abundant and worth it so make sure your child gets involved since they're all amazing. However Whitman is notorious for its elitist students which is only true to an extent but every school is going to have some kids that feels they're above everyone else. In all I would like to applaud Whitman's great staff and administration for giving an extremely rewarding and memorable high school experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    I a former student and now have a daughter that goes there she says she has loads of friends but sometimes she wishes that more people would feed to that school. I love their school.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former Whitman student currently studying at Princeton I can confirm that this school prepares you for the top U.S colleges. I find myself better prepared than most of my current class mates. I would like to express my thanks to Walt Whitman teacher's and students! Whitman for me will mean more than Princeton ever will.

  • (4 years ago)

    Don't let this school's reputation fool you. Whitman only cares about its 'smart kids' that is the kids who take AP and honors classes and who score well on standardized tests. I am an American white male with lawyers for parents and even I have struggle being part of the ethnic and social majority in the school. Though very similar to private school switching to Whitman was a tough transition for me and the school did little to help. My guidance counselor tried to 'help' me by pulling me out of honors classes and holding bureaucratic meetings various school officials giving me suggestions like 'underlining key words and phrases in class' and granting me 'preferential seating' though I made it clear I was having trouble adjusting socially rather than academically. The truth is the school doesn't know what to do with you unless you test well and get good grades.

  • (4 years ago)

    One of the finest if not the finest public school in montgomery county. My 2 daughters graduated from Walt Whitman and moved on to Under Grad + Gradschool. A wonderful community and great support.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the finest if not the finest public school in montgomery county.

  • (5 years ago)

    Whitman truly is a great school. As a former student who is now attending a top college I credit Whitman for making me well-prepared for the college atmosphere. I think the statistics speak for themselves Whitman has been rated a top 100 public high school for the past several years and sends boatloads of students to top universities. There are obvious drawbacks to the Whitman education. As has been mentioned previously the Bethesda environment can put an emphasis on grades rather than actually enjoying school. Cheating is also a significant problem. That being said I think this is a side effect of many 'competitive' high schools around the nation. Dr. Goodwin also deserves credit for his job as principal. He is a very down-to-earth guy and has chosen a very competent assistant principal in Mrs. Webster. The administration at Whitman truly runs like a well-oiled machine.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a whole Whitman is a great school. I am currently a student and I love it. The academics are rigorous and demanding and most of the teachers are sweet and push you to your best. There are many sports to choose from as well as clubs. Although some students might be a little too arrogant and uninteresting this proves to be the case at any school. If you find the right group of friends join the right teams or clubs and take the right classes you will have a fabulous experience here.

  • (5 years ago)

    Whitman is an extremely impersonal and arrogant school as a whole. I know. I go there. Yeah it has competitive academics and athletics. But in most of my classes if i wanted to i could just sit through four years of high school and never be noticed by anyone. Unfortunately the surrounding area is too invested in their own egos to realize their children's school is this way. They think that because they live in bethesda there school must be 'The Best'. The fact is while other schools may not have as great test scores chances are that students will have a more fulfilling experience. Another thing. The students. Oh my gosh. While there are many perfectly down to earth students that go there a good percentage of them are just people you would never want to know. They are just arrogant materialistic and very boring.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent I feel that it is my duty to provide my children with the best education possible. If this means paying a high premium to live in the Whitman district then so be it. Attending Whitman is on of the greatest experiences my children have ever had. There are few problems with misbehaving students and the teachers are extremely well qualified. The principal Dr. Goodwin deserves to be mentioned too because as the father of a high schooler himself he can relate to the students' needs. Whitman is a great school and I would not send my kids anywhere else.

  • (8 years ago)

    Dont get me wrong I did love it and the obvious affluence of Whitman's district does help in terms of the overall educational social and physical development of its students. But its really a different drive from both the parents and the environment than what I found in the experiences from my college and post-college friends' high school experiences.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been a college professor for nearly 25 years. It gives me great pleasure to observe first-hand as a parent the quality of education offered to students as Whitman. We paid a housing premium to live in this area so that our children could go to Whitman. It has certainly been a wothwhile investment in their education.

  • (8 years ago)

    Top scores and all - high pressure cooker.

  • (8 years ago)

    Safe clean studious intense focused high achieving this school has to be considered one of the very best public high schools in the nation. As parents we were and are thrilled with the education of our two children. Diversity is achieved by many many international students from around the world. Could it be even better of course but bottom line is that the Whitman school district is on the tongue of every buyer coming to this area. It an exceptional school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I thought I was a supporter of public schools but Whitman changed my mind.The kids there are bright but there is nothing in the culture of the school that encourages an interest in learning for learning's sake. It's all about getting ahead--by getting into an Ivy League school(otherwise your life will be over) and making money so you too will be able to afford living in the Whitman district. If that's what you want for your kid Whitman is the place. On the other hand if you want your kid to grow up to be a human being and associate with other human beings its better to find some other district to live in or to go to school somewhere else.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am former student/athete of the school. I found this site and felt compelled to leave give some feedback. Whitman is located in an afluent area thats why 'some' kids have the cars they drive and kids dress and act in the manner they do which is not schools but society and their parents responsibility. The school itself was a great experience. As a child of African diplomats divesity was not a big issue. There were Americans and there were a decent number of first generation Americans and foreign kids at the school. So there arent that many kids have a high melanin percentage in their skin. Montgomery county is in America Whitman isnt in the minority when it comes to this. The sports programs and classes were a great experience due to a diverse range of personalities of the faculty some of whom I still maintain contact with. email away oD

  • (8 years ago)

    An excellent school. Students who are motivated and take advantage of the learning environment are well prepared for any college or university in the country. Teachers work very hard to help all the students achieve their very best.

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of academic and extracurricular programs the maintenance of facilities and the teaching standards are all superb. I attended my freshman through junior years 1997-2000 and in retrospect no other public institution has awarded me so many opportunities. I want people to stop focusing on racial diversity when they criticize Whitman... The majority of my friends were foreign-born or first-generation American. They represented countries as diverse as India Korea Croatia Albania Brazil Lebanon... There were many bi-lingual bi-cultural people myself included. Such diversity is priceless. However there's an area where Whitman is very homogeneous and that is status and expectation. Everyone is quite affluent and hoping to become Ivy League material. It can be suffocating. I played a varsity sport for one season and found the pressure too much. I think as long as you keep a healthy perspective on things you can get a lot out of attending Whitman.

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