School Details

Col. Zadok Magruder High School

5939 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20855
(301) 840-4600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1823 students 17 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Col. Zadok Magruder High School is a public high school in Derwood. 1,823 students attend Col. Zadok Magruder High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 5% of the Col. Zadok Magruder High School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 1,823 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Col. Zadok Magruder High School is 17:1. McPs Transitions School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 33% 39%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 28% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 23%
Asian 16% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 27%
Limited English proficiency 5% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    First thing is that every school has issues but magruder always has security and police so that when dummies fight they don't hurt other people and themselves! Magruder prepares you for college but you got to make an effort to want info! Sum teachers need re-evaluation but 99% of my teachers have been amazing! Not all the blacks are trouble.

  • (5 years ago)

    Graduation at last! I've had lots of great teachers and made the best friends of my life at Magruder. At Magruder you'll find rich and poor highly-motivated and ultra-lazy college-bound and work-bound. If you make a reasonable effort here there is endless opportunity. Large selection of AP classes ample opportunity to participate in athletics and mostly wonderful teachers. Yes there are some troublemakers at Magruder but you'll rarely find them in honors and AP classes and they have largely been eliminated from even the on-level classes. A final point is that the SAT stats at Magruder don't tell the real story. Magruder tries to get as many students as possible to take the SAT test including many students who are very unlikely to go to college. The work-bound students drag the SAT average downward a LOT but the college-bound students do very well on the SAT at Magruder.

  • (5 years ago)

    As with any school this school has great teachers and mediocre and every level in-between. Being one of the largest schools in the county it has its share of problems but also because of the large student body it also has a large selection of course to choose from. Required courses have many levels such as AP Honors on-level remedial and there's a nice variety of electives. AP classes are almost all college level which makes it difficult for students; college students have at least a day between classes to do the homework and prepare for the next class where these students have to get it by the next morning. Some teachers who teach AP aren't doing a good job because few of their students pass the AP exams while others have a high rate of student success. Overall though a great academic environment for AP/Honors. Wide selection of after-school activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    I accidentally came across this site and felt that the rating does not truly represent the heart of this school. I believe Magruder is a unique free-spirited school that helps students to discover their interest and plan for future. I see students energy and creativity through the float and hallway competition in the fall. I still see Magruder generating a crop of excellent students making into top colleges and universities. In 2008 Magruder sent two kids to Yale along with many prestigious institutions. I also saw Magruder producing many unique talents even at the national level. Being a large high school it has many faces some good and some not so good. Magruder has a heterogeneous student body that brings out much diversity. Magruder doesn t claim to be the most academically competitive school but it definitely produces one of the most talented kids. Continues below.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that most of the people who read this site probably have children that qualify for honors or AP classes and those children will end up being very well-prepared for college by the time they graduate from Magruder. Unfortunately a few small areas of Montgomery County that have extremely difficult-to-educate students also feed into Magruder which skews the school's overall scores downward. In the honors and AP classes your child will be treated almost like a college student and will be rewarded for their performance. Also the principal is a very straight-shooter (figuratively of course) and is honest with the community about the behavior issues of the relatively few troublemakers.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children in honors classes that have excelled here. Much better than the feeding middle school Redland. Activities after school are very good. Dicepline and safety remain a concern.

  • (7 years ago)

    Magruder is almost like two schools in one. The honors and on level classes are so different from each other. Honor classes are the best to sign your kids up for on level classes are chaotic. Our 'Acting principle' dispite many attempts has not been able to reach the student body. There are many fights and discipline problem and although it can be luring there are many resources there to help you stay away. There is a lot of great parent involvment due to the guidice office being over worked. The teachers there are almost all new and probably will have a new set of teachers next year which makes learning difficult. Magruder wouldn't be my first choice of schools but it's not horrendous

  • (8 years ago)

    An assistant principal has been appointed as the 'interim principal' for 2006 to 2007 and the school has seen a major turnaround. A major overhaul of the the culinary skills lab has been completed and it is now state-of-the-art. Many other areas of the school have also been refurbished. Teacher's attitudes have markedly improved and test scores are up signficantly in the first quarter. The interim principal established a new 'student support center' where disruptive students are sent to discuss their actions and given the opportunity to improve their behavior. Athletics which were already ranked high at Magruder have improved even further with several of the teams holding nearly undefeated records. (The Athletic Director Mr. Karl Heimbach received the 2006 Maryland State Athletic Director of Year Award'.) PTSA meetings which used to be attended by 20 to 30 parents are now being attended by 60 to 100 parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic quality is shaky at best along with teacher qualifications. On-level classes can tend to be wild noisy and out of the teacher's control. Current 'culinary skills' classes do nothing but worksheets since there are still no ovens or stoves available. (It's October now!) Many kids and parents are being repeatedly amazed at very poorly written information sent home by teachers. Security? It's a (sad) joke! Kids walk right by Security people and leave the building whenever they chose. Major lack of morals here too as school chooses to hold extra graduation tickets right up until the last minute and finds it okay to say that it's just the chance out-of-town relatives have to take (of getting a ticket or not). Leadership? Our Principal left last Spring; somehow we still haven't managed to get a new one. Perhaps no one wants to take on this mess?

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from MHS in 2001. My 3 siblings did as well. I took advantage of the many opportunities MHS and Montgomery County had to offer. I still keep in touch with some of my teachers most of whom are still teaching there. I had a great experience there. If you and your children are willing to get involved you will too. =)

  • (8 years ago)

    We have had two children graduate from Magruder and our third will graduate in two years...We are literally counting the days. If your child is enrolled in higher level classes it makes all the difference in the world. If your child has any trouble in school and is in on level classes forget it. I would not say that all the higher level classes have great teachers but at least there is order and the kids have a chance to learn something. I speak from experience from both sides. There are good teachers in the on level classes but the atmosphere in these classes is not positive. I have visited all of my children's classes so I speak from first hand experience not just what the kids come home and tell me.

  • (8 years ago)

    this school is not as good as it used to be and it seems to be getting worst. there is a fight almost every other day and the smoking problems in the bathrooms are horrible. the students are very disrespectful to the teachers and fellow students. so with that being said i wouldnt advise your children to attend this school. send them out to sherwood or private school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Magruder is really two separate schools in one building. About half of the students primarily those from the affluent areas of Olney Derwood and Rockville go to the honors and AP school' where they are provided an excellent education by caring teachers. Nearly all of the students in the 'honors and AP school' go to college and many go to prestigious colleges. The other half of the school attend the 'on level' classes where they are pushed through school with the hope that they will at least go on to the local community college after graduation. The students from the two schools generally do not mix except in Phys. Ed. and at lunch. Since they live is different areas they ride different buses and do not associate with each other outside of school.

  • (8 years ago)

    A frightening place for students. Major violence almost daily. I am trying desperately to find a scholarship so my child can transfer out of this school. He is a big freshman boy but scared of all the drugs and violence. The principal is very mean spirited. No help from guidance. They are too overworked.

  • (9 years ago)

    Avoid this school at all cost. Major violent/drug crimes committed within yards of the school boundary and unaddressed by security guards. I pay a small fortune to send my youngest son to private school because my eldest son graduated with third grade reading and writing skills.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have one child at magruder. we have been very happy with the education he is receiving. the honor and ap classes are challenging and are a good preparation for college. they have never discouraged my son from taking higher level classes. additional help is ALWAYS available be it from the teachers after school or NHS. the teachers have been approachable and interested in our concerns when they arise. we get email and postcard updates regularly. I hope we get a more engaged principal that is more genuine and less cerebral. there are endless athletics clubs and activities to suit all student interests. folks it is a public school after all so I don't know what the other posters expect. if there is lack of discipline and respect it starts in the home.

  • (9 years ago)

    I've had three children graduate from Magruder. In some cases their education was excellent. Other times no. Depended mostly on the teacher. However in general since principal Don Graham left the school has been in decline. Good teachers are leaving in droves. The administration does not seem to care about children or even like them. Sports used to be one way for students to excel and stay interested. Now the so-called leadership does not support 'violent contact sports.' All is not lost however. With new leadership at the top the school can excel once again.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have had the misfortune of sending 3 children to Magruder. My oldest son who has learning disabilities graduated without basic skills to pass the entry exams to Montgomery College. My second son was able to pass one. Unless you have children in honors your children will be ignored. My daughter is now in an alternative school because she was able to freely buy drugs and do them in school. This school is a joke. They will pretend to care but they don't. AS long as your child attends classes and doesn't make trouble they can get a diploma without learning a darn thing! I would homeschool if I had to do it all over again.

  • (9 years ago)

    I've had 3 children attend Magruder. The principal is excellent. The music department is excellent but has only one teacher however he does a good job of it. Previously known for its drama department the genius behind the program bailed midyear for Mont. Blair.The teachers are terrible/overworked as a rule. 'No child left behind' translates into lowered standards and passing all students. I have substituted there for 3 years and the students have been trained to be disrespectful by their teachers. Unless it's an AP class the students are just not interested in being there. Honors classes are not much better. The school is terribly over-crowded as are the classes. Athletics are on target for high school. Playing rivals does cause rowdy crowds; mostly the parents. The location is bad; on a 2 lane heavily traveled main road with no traffic lights at either of the 2 entrances/exits.

  • (10 years ago)

    Teachers at this school seem to dislike children. The turnover rate for teachers is very high. The administration seems to discourage parental involvement and the number of fights at athletic events is alarming. It seems to be a ship without a rudder.

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