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Potomac, MD
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11300 Gainsborough Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

(301) 469-1200
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November 09, 2014
I am currently a junior at Churchill and im not very satisfied with it. Obviously it is technically the best academic public school in the state, but there are many downsides to it as well. The school is very inconsistent. You either have a great teacher who is very open to helping students, or you have a stubborn, ignorant and untalented teacher. But one of the largest problems at Churchill is the amount of homework give. I know I may be whining, but as 2 sport varsity athlete (Football and track) and an active member in many clubs, the homework given is just too much. On a good day, I might go to sleep at 10:30 pm, doing hw from the time I arrive home. Thats during the spring, when I have no sports. But during fall and winter where many people participate in sports, teachers dont even consider your well being and assign alot of hw. With all the homework and extra cirriculars, many students are caused to sleep late, (12 pm - 2pm) and be really stressed out. The school also has a poor athletic base, with very little athletes and people dedicated to their sports.

- submitted by a student

July 21, 2014
I am a student at WCHS. This school is absolutely terrible. The teachers are mean, the students are self-centered, and the attendance lady is extremely moody. Your child has to wake up at 6AM every morning, and do hours of homework every night. This school organisms every test, for every class, on the same day to make it stressful for your child. If you want your child to have no childhood, this is the perfect school for him/her. I would rate this school a 0 out of 10

- submitted by a community member

February 22, 2014
The goal is to achieve mastery. Churchill succeeds. Offers Spanish and Chinese Offers instrumental music Offers drama Top test scores Lots of honors courses and AP

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2013
I am just going to be brutally honest here. I went to this school, as did my brother, 3 cousins, and several people I know/have met over the past 15 years. My parent's house is just down the street as a matter of fact. From a learning perspective - the school prepares you for a top tier college, and I, myself, went onto GWU, my brother at Georgetown. This is similar to others I know that end up in colleges of the same level or better. No issues here - its great. The main problem -- which is very likely not be change anytime soon is the people. I am positive of this, as it hasn't changed in 15 years --- don't expect it to now. The surrounding area is relatively affluent, and thus the kids generally are stuck-up or feel the world owes them something. Fast cars and money at a young age generally lead to bad things. And in some cases -- parents aren't around due to travel/work etc. There is a HUGE designer drug problem. Promiscuity is also extremely high. Don't expect your kid not to have tried and/or been approached for either before graduation. As I said, parents are not around - so house parties where anything goes is a frequent occurrence. 90210 syndrome.

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2013
I am a parent of a WCHS graduate, and I graduated from Churchill in 1973. I can't say enough good things about Churchill -- the teachers, the parents and the administration is deeply committed to students and their families. The school not only cares about the top students as is the case of many high schools, but they care about all of the students. I found the teachers to be accessible, and the lines of communication were always open. The parents are also very involved in every aspect of the school. It is not surprising that Churchill is a blue ribbon school and one of the very best across the nation. If someone is moving to the DC area, I highly recommend that they move into WCHS district for an education that is second to none. High quality education, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2013
Stellar education in a great neighborhood. Very pleased with academics and administration as well as extracurricular offerings.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2013
Top notch school in every respect. Many Churchill graduates go on to top tier coleges. The wealth of the surrounding neighborhoods is certainly reflected in the student body, but I have found the kids here to be generally respectful and intelligent. In addition to outstanding academics, the school offers many opportunities for enrichment (a phenomenal orchestra, drama, sports--even a great crew team). Truly one of the best high schools in the area (if not the nation). Also, I disagree aout the helpfulness of the administration, since our experience has been very positive.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2013
Everything about this school is terrible. Most teachers are rude, the kids are stuck up, and the administration and office people are idiots. The one star is for a few teachers who actually care about the kids and truly want to help them with their education. If you're a parent considering sending their child to Churchill, I strongly recommend that you reconsider.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2012
Located in one of Maryland's safest neighborhoods, Winston Churchill High School proves to be of the top tier in educational institutions. Each department makes sure that parents are in the loop when it comes to their children's progress by keeping an electronic record that is easily accessible with a password or sending progress reports midway each quarter. Moreover, the staff is open to new ideas of possible interests and extracurricular activities that the school may provide. This enables students to be comfortable in pursuing their interests by creating new after-school clubs or addressing them to their teachers for more resources. Athletics are highly recommended and the celebration of games are a school-wide effort. Music and performance arts are equally praised and recognized. This is a school that cares about providing all opportunities to its students.

- submitted by a community member

October 27, 2011
As a parent of two kids in Churchill I couldn't be happier. Academically this school is amazing. The teachers work hard to make sure the kids understand what is being tought. The Churchill Spirit is fantastic. My kids have never been this involved before and they feel a great pride in their school. They have outstanding friends that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2011
As a parent of two children at Churchill I feel fortunate to have a public school that provides a great education and opportunity for my children. Overall the seasoned teachers are well suited to provide a top notch experience. This is a very competitive environment that is placing students in many of the best colleges in the Country. If students are taught the proper values at home this is a fine place for them to succeed.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2011
My stepdaughter's mother sent her to Churchill. While the academics seem to be good, I would never choose to send a child to this school. The social/academic values of the students and many parents is to win and succeed at all costs - that may mean cheating, bullying, and buying your way to success. Unless your child is "the best" at something, they very well may slip through the cracks due to the size of the school and attitudes toward competition. My stepdaughter's friends - while some were very nice - were undeniably spoiled. Although the student population is diverse racially, the economic class is not diverse. One reviewer says the parents are accomplished and bring that "energy" to the school - I find that energy to mostly be living vicariously through their children, not allowing their children to experience consequences of poor decisions and often, giving their children various anxiety & drug problems due to pressure to get in the "right" colleges, look the "right" way and hang out with the "right" crowd. I'm very middle class and don't have a "chip on my shoulder" regarding money, but no matter how much money I had I would not want to have my kid learn these values.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2010
The two stars are for the teachers, who are overall friendly and good people. However, Churchill has an extreme bullying problem that needs to be handled. Kids will gang up on other kids, and pick a target and turn the entire school against them. Churchill has one of the highest rates of children transferring schools because someone decided to turn everyone against them. Class of 2011, 2012, and 2013 are the worst and the children try to emulate the rude actions of those older than them. People are excluded unless they grew up with the kids meaning new kids are not welcomed. Stay away from this school unless you are rich, blonde, and Jewish. I'm not being racist or rude, but it's the truth that anyone who went to Churchill knows.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 03, 2009
Winston Churchill High School has a very friendly atmosphere. My child is in the Bridge program, which is children that need extra support with transitions and social situations (lots of high-functioning autistic children and the like). He is incredibly happy at school for the first time in his life, and the administration has gone out of its way to make sure he can be included in activities with the non-Bridge children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2009
My step-son is having a great time and getting a great education there.

- submitted by a community member

October 03, 2009
I am a student there and I love my school!

- submitted by a student

November 11, 2008
I loved Churchill! I graduated last year and coming from Churchill helped me greatly with getting into college. I am very prepared with all my college work because of what I had to do at Churchill. It can be hard at some times, but that only helps you later in life. Some departments (foreign language) did not seem to be as good as some of the others (math and science) but most of the teachers are very good. I really enjoyed my 4 years at this school and believe I got a very good education.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 07, 2008
I'm so proud of the work my daughter's doing in Churchill!! This is a great school and affords the kids so many opportunities - the student base is diverse, the programs are world-class, the teachers are among the best and very dedicated and having gone to this school is undoubtedly going to help my kid get into a great college. Highly recommend it for ambitious students.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2008
teachers are terrible, work is hard, kids are self centered

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2008
I really liked the school, great teachers, especially if you're in the sciences. You know what I mean if you've ever had Boppana. And for the person who rated this as a two, I think it's safe to say that you aren't a parent, because how would you know that?

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2008
As a former student, I could not have asked for a better high school experience! The teachers were very knowledgeable in their subjects and extremely available in offering extra help. The majority are very friendly and seem interested in really getting to know the individual student. The classes are challenging but teachers find ways to incorporate different teaching techniques and make the content as fun as they can. There are countless clubs & sports & activities available; there's almost no reason a student could feel left out - literally something for just about everyone (from the clubs to to student-run pulications (I personally was on 2 of the 3) to competitive varsity sports). The only downside is the student population; there's an attitude of spoiled children who know how to work hard but often look for the easy out. Students are diverse in interests, but not usually really otherwise. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a student

April 16, 2008
Awesome academics, terrible group of kids. It's a completely overrated school. A lot of the students are extremely snobby and stuck up. I know people say that you'll find this in any school, but in WCHS, there is a much higher percentage of it.

- submitted by a community member

December 10, 2007
There are many things I like abut this school. The academics are great with some outstanding teachers and fanastic test score. There is also a wide variety of electives, many extracurricular activities, and a lot of great sports programs. Being a former student at Churchill, I noticed that socially, this school can have problems, especially since there is a large student body. It seems that it is hard to fit in if you are not in the 'popular' crowd. Dr. Joan Benz has done a fantastic job trying to improve this with her long work of experience being a principal.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2006
Churchill high is a truly great school. It is really challenging for teh academics, while also placing a equally high value on extra curricular. Overall i believe this school is one of the best in America!

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2006
This is a great public high school. It is large and both benifits and suffers. There is a great diversity of special options (e.g. AP Music) but it is a bit daunting. My children had very different needs and managed to find their nitch and get considerable individual attention. I wish they had gotten more interested in science, but probably can't blame the school for this. The parents tend to be very accomplished in their own professional life and bring some of this energy to the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2006
Although academics at Churchill are excellent it is hard to fit in socially if you are not in the 'popular' group. Unfortunately, kids who are not popular tend to get swallowed up in the large size of the school. Some teachers and administration tend to favor popular kids. I am glad to be out!

- submitted by a student

October 22, 2005
I tutor students from this demanding high school, and I have found that they have strong fundamental skills in mathematics, science, and academic habits. I question the school's ability to teach English because not enough emphasis is placed on writing. Also, I question the school's ability to handle students with unique needs because their class size is about 30 students per class. Nevertheless, the school has an outstanding track record for placing students in competitive colleges. They have a lot of school spirit and students participate in many unique clubs. They have many sports such as lacrosse, club hockey, and club ultimate frisbee that are not traditionally offered in high schools. For example, Churchill's club hockey team was not satisfied with losing in the state hockey finals even after an undefeated season. For a savvy parent, I would recommend this school without hestitation.

- submitted by a teacher

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Winston Churchill High School
11300 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD  20854
(301) 469-1200
Last modified Winston Churchill High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Winston Churchill High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top