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Gaithersburg, MD
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15800 Quince Orchard Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

(301) 840-4686
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January 24, 2015
I am a little miffed about the statements that this school is not racially diverse - I have found the exact opposite of that. Not only are the racial stats on this website showing diversity with 49% white, 22% hispanic, 16% African-American (which is an almost exact replica of the national statistics of the american population), the kids at the school come from a variety of cultural & economic backgrounds - nationalities of my children's friends include families from Poland, Jamaica, the middle east, India, Korea and Japan as well as African-Americans and Asian-Americans. My family would fall under the Hispanic category. It's like the United Nations in there. Plus, the school's diversity extends to economic background since the district pulls from many neighborhoods that include high income (mansions), middle income (houses and townhomes) and low income (apartments/townhomes communities with assistance). This school also has a diversity of programs from engineering certificates and art focus to upper AP college prep. There is something for everyone who is willing to utilize what is available. This school offers a lot and can give a lot depending on your drive.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2015
Quince Orchard is an excellent school. It is what we want a neighborhood school to be in North Potomac. My daughter has been going there for the past two years. I have found the staff to be always very helpful, and there are a wide variety of classes for students to take. The school does very well in sports teams, especially in football, and the students are quite pepped up before a home game is played. Considering the fact that the school represents a large section of North Potomac with very educated parents in a nice suburban setting, I am quite surprised sometimes as to why the rating for the school is not higher. The school offers a large number of AP courses, and definitely challenges students to get higher grades. However, the pace is easy going, and it does not have a stifling atmosphere where students are disturbed at the workload. The idea is to create well-rounded students that are ready for college and the next phase in life.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
There is little to no racial diversity at this school and frankly the teachers and staff here are all very biased. It is also difficult to talk to teachers, as some are very intimidating and not very welcoming. The big deal about sports seems to be an off factor as well. Since sports are considered a "big deal" at QO, other programs seemed to be belittled or outshined by the sports program. Not only other extracurricular programs are outshined, but classes and academics are as well. Students tend to focus more on sports over academics and the teachers here seem to support it.I also have to include my opinion on the student body name "red army." From what I've learned it could be considered a slur for communism.The "red army" is also very vulgar and spirited up to the point where it's rude.I appreciate all of what the staff and teachers have done but the lack of openminded thinking is very hard to adapt to.The overall school atmosphere is there of course (excessive workload,bullies,discrimination,being a pain in the butt experience,etc) and that was expected, but this not being my first year attending here I am not looking forward to the coming years learning in this environment.

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2014
Absolutely love this school. It has a lot of different academic programs to meet various student needs. The school has all students eat lunch at the same time making it so that every teacher is accessible during lunchtime to help students. Every teacher has been ready and willing to help both of my children who are students there. There is a top notch football team and other great sports too. If your child isn't into sports, there are tons of clubs and activities for them to pursue. Excellent participation in AP classes plus a Cisco Engineering program and Project Lead the Way with a STEM focus. Great mix of students and lots of diversity make this a wonderful, enriching environment. We are thrilled with this high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Has several subject specific and overall National Honor Societies, Has a full 5 course Project Lead the Way for teaching Engineering to students that translate to College credits. High student participation in AP credits There is significantly low incidents of troubled kids and very few overly spoiled kids in the cluster. Principal is very well respected by the students, parents, County School Superintendent and the school board. In addition to great academics has one of largest music programs in the County and some of the best sports teams in the state. Parents are very active and there is broad community support for the school. Happy we moved to this area. We were able to be in one of the best Elementary through High Schools and also get a good sized house at a reasonable cost for this close to DC.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2013
Quince Orchard High School is a great school that attracts great community support, active PTA involvement, great teachers' and principal's support for students. My daughter and nieces graduated from this school and all loved everything about school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
Administration and teachers have no control over the classrooms or campus. My freshmen son reports the following; students leaving class without notifying the teacher and slipping back in before bell rings, groups of students in hallways during class, zoo like atmosphere when substitute teachers are leading classroom. I have witnessed students during school hours (not lunch) at local fast food restaurants and students walking in the opposite direction of the school minutes before the first bell is to ring. There is a big lack of leadership at QOHS.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
I like this very school ,this is a wonderful school, full of happy and knowledge, the teachers in this school are all good, I love this school!!

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2013
Quince Orchard is the worse school ever!!!! Special education teachers this past school and the years before that was the worse years of my kids life. I should have removed my kid from this school from the very beginning. The teacher with the worse experience we have had was with Rori Silver and the aides that helped her. They were horrible!! Rori Silver is not honest and is not qualified to be in this type of special education handling kids with needs. Rori Silver should never handle any special needs children at all. She was also very rude and very arrogant. The nurses are also not so good with handling kids with special needs. The worse school ever!!! Don't go to this school. Run away!!! Go some place else. They will make your life miserable. They left my kid unattended thousand times and they blame the parents for their mistake of not taking good care of them. Horrible counselors and not a good school for any kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I'll have to second what a previous parent said about the lack of cultural diversity at the school. The teachers are a mixed bag too. Some are very good and cordial, while others are nasty and unprofessional. I'd also not recommend kids of color to participate in the orchestra as the director needs a lesson in fairness and cultural diversity. Overall, I'd say that my daughter received a good education at QO, but it came at the price of her not having many peers she could relate to.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
There is poor class room management and the students are allowed to do what ever they like. It sucks

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
On a grand scale, this school is not culturally diverse and differences are not respected. The environment is quite insular. Carole Working, the principal, is never involved with the students and teachers who bully students are supported by the administration. My child has been attending about 1.5 yrs and it's been many complaints of select teachings being a bully. There are some teachers who are altruistic but the other bad apple teachers are a hazard to the learning environment. I'm in the process of removing my child from this place as quickly as possible.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
All three of my kids attended QO and all had great eperiences. There is a huge diversity of backgrounds due to families from all over the world living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Huge school spirit follows all groups including sports and music& arts. Academically challenging for those who will take the AP classes and while there are a few exceptions, most teachers are great and will provide lunchtime and after school tutoring if needed. Current principal is not as active than the one who retired a few years ago but parent involvement in the Booster Club has never been more robust. I will be sad when my last child leaves this great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
My daughter just graduated frm this school and had a pretty hard time in her AP classes due to not enough attention and not enough tutoring available. I found the guidance counselor not to be very helpful with her college or career information and guidance she needed. She came here from Florida in her 11th grade year, and struggled with her academics but exceeded in sports. That doesn't really help as far as scholarships are concerned. I was pretty much disappointed and expected far more from a Montgomery County school.

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January 06, 2010
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December 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2008
Quince Orchard is great. It has great teachers, the academic level is high, and it also has many clubs in which any student can join. This school has so many different things one can do for extraccuricular activities and they provide help for anyone who needs it. The electives here are really fun too. Plus this school shows great school spirit and helps even the shyest of students increase their social levels.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
The academics are strong and they have a well balanced program of music, arts, and sports. There are a large number of AP courses available as well.

- submitted by a former student
May 22, 2006
The academics are adequete depending on the teacher. The asistant principals are terrific and always get back to you. The school is a very safe environment. So in general the education is okay/good, the environment is safe, the school is clean.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
My son goes to Quince Orchard. I am very impressed with the teaching and administrative staff. All are first rate. Should you be looking for a great school for your children, public or private, this is it. Before QO, our son attended a private school for three years (at a cost of $20,000 per year) in Potomac, MD. What we have found is that there is very little difference between one of the best private schools in Potomac, MD and Quince Orchard. On the other hand, his social development at Quince Orchard from a real world perspective is head and shoulders beyond what he was able to attain at the private school. I believe this is primarily due to the cultural and social diversity he has experienced at Quince Orchard. As a plus, our son is much much happier at Quince Orchard than he was at private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I graduated in 1995 from Q.O. and loved it! It's a very caring school. The school is first of all, beautiful. The academic experience is second to none. You basically get a private school education free. The teachers do not cut you any slack either, no matter what. The students all strive for A's and are overall successful. Our sports teams were great, all of them. Our band was even amazing. This is definatly the best high school in Montgomery County or at least was when I went there. The students had little conflict between themselves and the staff was great. You will be lucky if you have Mr. Maslow for Government in 10th grade, he's the best!

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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Quince Orchard High School
15800 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg, MD  20878
(301) 840-4686
Last modified Quince Orchard High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Quince Orchard High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top