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[Information for Parents]
Last updated Summer 2018

Community Amenities for Kids

Area Schools

Washington Grove Elementary School

  • ~450 students in Head Start and full-day Pre-K through Grade 5.
  • 8712 Oakmont St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (5-minute walk, across railroad tracks) | (240) 740-0300
  • Website: https://bit.ly/2M6Q9Wf
    MCPS School-at-a-Glance: https://bit.ly/2HpMNKI
  • School day: 9:25 am-3:50 pm. Five bus stops in town, pick-up and drop-off 9:00 to 9:15 a.m., 4:05 to 4:20 p.m.
  • Campus modernized and expanded in 2010
  • Two-way English-Spanish immersion program beginning with WGES class of ‘23 (current 1st graders; see https://bit.ly/2LvZ6HU and https://bit.ly/2sCHIKt for more information)
  • New principal Amy Alonso starting the 2018-2019 school year
  • Average class size 15-20 students, depending on grade
  • S.O.A.R Child Care before and after school program, 7 am-6:30 pm: https://www.soarchildcare.com/

Forest Oak Middle School

  • ~800 students in grades 6-8
  • 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (8-minute drive) | (301) 670-8242
  • Website: https://bit.ly/2HspbEZ
    MCPS School-at-a-Glance: https://bit.ly/2kTkiMn
  • School day: 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Four bus stops in town, pick-up and drop-off 7:35 to 7:45 a.m., 3:15 to 3:25 p.m.
  • Campus constructed in 1999
  • Fantastic, relatively new Principal Mr. Shahid Muhammad
  • Average class size ~22 students

Gaithersburg High School

  • ~2400 students in grades 9-12
  • 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (6-minute drive) | 301-284-4500
  • Website: https://bit.ly/2Bt0VQo
    MCPS School-at-a-Glance: https://bit.ly/2sLS9dP
  • School day: 7:45 am-2:30 pm. Four bus stops in town, pick-up and drop-off 7:35 to 7:45 a.m., 3:15 to 3:25 pm
  • Campus expanded and modernized in 2013
  • Excellent Principal Dr. Christine Handy
  • Signature Academies in Arts and Communication; Business Studies; Leadership and Education; and Science and Technology create smaller schools within a larger school body.
  • Project Lead the Way STEM program in Biomedical Sciences
  • College Institute program allows eligible students to earn college credits at Montgomery College while completing high school.
  • Average class size ~24 students

Magnet and Other School Choice Programs

(more information: https://bit.ly/2JkOyus )

Elementary school level:

  • Magnet program at Clearspring Elementary (far away) for gifted 4th and 5th graders who can test in. Extremely competitive. Transportation provided.
  • Spanish, French, and Chinese elementary immersion programs at seven county schools including Washington Grove Elementary.

Middle school level:

  • Magnet programs: must test in; extremely competitive. Transportation provided.
    • Clemente Middle School in Germantown – science, math and computer science.
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Germantown – humanities and communications (this program was formerly housed at Clemente Middle School).
  • Lottery for three magnet schools, none close (and no transportation provided), with particular focuses:
    • Argyle – digital design and development;
    • Loiederman – creative and performing arts;
    • Parkland – aerospace technology and robotic engineering.

High school level magnet programs:

Must test in; extremely competitive. Transportation provided.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Richard Montgomery HS in Rockville
  • Poolesville HS in Poolesville (far away):
    • Humanities program
    • Science, Math and Computer Science (SMACS) program
    • Global Ecology program

Four-Year Colleges Attended by Washington Grove Kids in Recent Years

Allegany Bennington Brown* Duke Cornell Goucher Longwood Macalester* Mary Washington Mount Holyoke Oberlin Ohio Wesleyan Penn State Rochester Inst. of Technology Salisbury Skidmore Stanford St. Mary’s College of Maryland Towson* University of Alabama University of Maryland* University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester Ursinus Vassar West Virginia Wilson Yale
*multiple students

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