School Details

Poolesville High School

17501 Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
(301) 972-7900

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1194 students 18 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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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Poolesville High School is a public high school in Poolesville. 1,194 students attend Poolesville High School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Poolesville High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 5% of the 1,194 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Poolesville High School is 18:1. Potomac Falls High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 26%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 21%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 14%
Asian 23% %
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 5% 32%
Limited English proficiency 0% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    PHS offers challenging academic programs for many different areas of study. The sports program is well funded and well coached. It's a great place to go to high school!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is so amazing and fun. No matter what program you are in you will meet tons of fun and interesting people that you love to be around. ALL the programs work equaly hard and deserve praise. It's worht the 30 minute bus ride. )

  • (4 years ago)

    Incredible Teachers & Staff in an awesome community/town with awesome students.

  • (4 years ago)

    The parents get a lot of credit for support of this fantastic high school. Also to their credit the politicians in Rockville listened. PHS size and variety of atheletic academic and performing arts programs allows students meaningful participation in virtually any interest they may have or seek. The 2010 senior class of 270 students had over $17 million in merit scholarship offers. That is a stunning average of $63 000 per year per student. ACT's above 30 and SAT's above 2100 are common among the magnet students.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe that this high school is on its way to greatness almost comparable to blair. Though I must say the global program is very overrated.

  • (6 years ago)

    GREAT community and learning environment. I have met some of the most dedicated teachers here and hope attending. I am in the SMCS (Science Math Computer Science) magnet program and PHS will set me well on the path to an excellent career in science engineering or mathematics.

  • (9 years ago)

    Outstanding teachers and course offerings. New to this year is an Engineering program coupled with the Global Ecology program has this school dedicated to enhanced instruction. Students for the most part are friendly and very little trouble if any exist. Community is involved in assisting the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Wonderful school. The teachers and staff are focused solely of the children. The Global Ecology Studies Program is top flight. The course content and staff members participating are the best.

  • (10 years ago)

    Very friendly and welcoming place. Because of the small size there are sports and activities for every interested student. Teachers are on a friendly basis with most students and everyone knows everyone else hence less trouble overall. Excellent Global Ecology program.

  • (11 years ago)

    While this school does have a good enviroment it needs to be renovated. Non-white students often have a hard time adjusting and some even go as far as to leave the school.

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent school with a small community atmosphere. Students not just a number there every teacher knows and cares about each student. Community very involved in and around school as well as parents. People care very much there.

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Overall score

(based on 15 ratings & reviews)

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