School Details

Seneca Valley High School

19401 Crystal Rock Dr, Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 353-8000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1326 students 17 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2012-2013 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

Seneca Valley High School is a public high school in Germantown. 1,326 children attend Seneca Valley High School and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 10% of the Seneca Valley High School students have "limited English proficiency." 35% of the 1,326 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Seneca Valley High School is 17:1. Northwest High 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

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 21%
Hispanic 26% 26%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 34%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 14%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 32%
Limited English proficiency 10% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is a new student to the Montgomery County Public school system. Overall I have to say Seneca Valley has several teachers who take pride in what they do. Educating the students appears to be a high priority to them as well. My son is taking Physics this year and he has thoroughly enjoyed what hes been taught. He says that his teacher makes learning fun! Kudos to his Physics teacher!!! His counselor who is new to the school but has worked in the MCPS system for 19 years was a huge disappointment. The other issue is the daily STEALING. Although the ultimate responsiblity is the students to protect their personal items the school administration does nothing to inform the parents of what is going on. Mr. Cohen the Principal needs to get the parents involved. Mr. Cohen was emailed addressing my concerns and thus far no response yet about informing the parents. I believe if parents were notified of the STEALING situation and noticed their child bringing home things that didn't belong to them maybe the parents would turn the item(s) in. A strong school principal dictates positive leadership.

  • (2 years ago)

    Driving around the area and seeing students leave the school I'd have to say that this place was pretty "multi-cultural" . . . certainly dominated by a non-Caucasian population. If that's what you want . . .

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school! I have 2 students currently at Seneca Valley HS (my daughter is a Senior & my son is a Sophomore) & another daughter who graduated in 2009 & our family is very involved at the school. All 3 of our children are/were in the Marching Band & my husband & I have served as volunteers with the Marching Band since our oldest daughter joined back in 2006. The teachers are amazing & Mr. Cohen is a great principal. My daughter who is now a Senior will be graduating with an IB diploma this Spring. Our son joined the Varsity Tennis team last Spring & my husband & I volunteered to help with transportation to Away matches. We have had nothing but great experiences with all of our children's teachers & coaches. Mr. Singleton the Marching Band Director is amazing with the students & they all love him. If my children have ever needed extra help or extra time to complete an assignment whenever I have contacted a teacher about the situation they have always bent over backwards to help my child. SVHS is a great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am disappointed that this school does not offer the level of advanced courses that other schools in the more affluent parts of the county do but the teachers here are great and the administration really seems to care about the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is now a freshman at Seneca and I think the school is ok so far. I agree with the other postings that Seneca being such a diverse school it serves a excellent staff. Now if I can only get the school to give students textbooks.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a freshman this year at SVHS. She had applied for the magnet programs at Poolesville and Richard Montgomery but after touring all three and talking to staff at the schools we all felt most comfortable at Seneca. The school is in the process of getting an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) program which makes the school even more appealing. For such a diverse school it is amazing how positive and friendly the school is. Seneca has always had an excellent sports program (even when I was in high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and their integration of academics sports and the arts gives the school an excellent atmosphere. The new Principal Mr. Queen has stepped in and done an fine job of making academic achievement and rigor a priority. The biggest issue is he building which is a few years from complete renovation.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very impressed with SVHS. I am an involved parent and I have donated more than 100 hours of community service to the school and to other community events too. These were to help my student get her SSL hours. What excites me about the leadership and the administration and the teachers too is everyone has made me apart of the success package to help my daughter be prepared for graduation and college opportunities. Mr. Queen the principal of the school has had meetings with me and we have joined together to start The Father's Circle Meeting to attrack fathers to help our needy students to aim at working hard to be prepared for life and higher learning. It is a impressive high school of leadership only needing African American Parents to get more committed and connected to their students and principals. This is the main weakness in the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Seneca Valley's staff does a great job in a very diverse community. My youngest son will be a Freshman this year at the school and I feel confident that he is in good hands. This is based on interactions I have had with staff at the school. Like most schools in MCPS it does great with high achieving students but does not serve students with special needs very well. The Germantown area is not horrible. We have lived in the Germantown community for the last 10 years and have never had a problem with crime.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school! Seneca Valley is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal community. The new principal is fantastic. The administration and staff are student focused and results driven. We are very happy with Seneca Valley High School. Unfortunately the surrounding community is dangerous. Crime in Germantown is out of control. The school does an excellent job of protecting the students on campus. However the Germantown area is truly horrible.

  • (6 years ago)

    It is great! Very nice staff and great atmoshphere to learn. So many oppurtunities!

  • (6 years ago)

    In the 2 years that my child has gone to this school I have seen a top notch principal and security staff and teachers who care about the kid's education. The incoming principal has some large shoes to fill but in meeting with him and talking to everyone who has worked with him before I am positive he will bring even more to the already fantastic school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a freshman at SVHS and so far its a good school the staff are very nice and so r the students. Although the only thing thats wrong with it is that the building is old and needs to improve.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is great! The teachers are fun and exciting while teaching the student what they need in life. The new princaple that I have already met is excilent and plans to enforce some new and interesting ideas! And there is no way you cant feel safe in the school because there are no gangs and a top nouch security. They focus on school and good grades before they go out and woop all the near by school in all major sports!!! I love this school

  • (7 years ago)

    Very worried with current principal leaving. She did a very good job changing the atmosphere there and adding accountablity to a very undisciplined student body

  • (7 years ago)

    Amazing football team. This school concentrates on both academics and sports which is great for the students and parents. No doubt about it Seneca Valley is probably the friendliest school around. It welcomes students and staff of all cultures.

  • (11 years ago)

    Go Eagles! Excellent leadership under new principal has improved an already great school - Seneca becomes only one of two schools in Maryland with international Cambridge Program starting Fall 2004. In addition students not selected for Cambridge Program will select Career Academy Pathway. Great teachers diverse community and excellent sports - many State and Regional championships with opportunies for all students to participate. Great group of kids with lowest Expulsion Rate in the county. My only complaints are the age of some of the facilities but school is scheduled for partial renovation Summer of 2004. Have had four kids go to this school. Some great teachers have really inspired my kids to excel. http //

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