Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Winston Churchill High School

Public | 9-12 | 2085 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

26 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted August 17, 2013

Stellar education in a great neighborhood. Very pleased with academics and administration as well as extracurricular offerings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted March 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 3, 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


Posted October 3, 2009

My step-son is having a great time and getting a great education there.


Posted October 3, 2009

I am a student there and I love my school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted October 23, 2008

teachers are terrible, work is hard, kids are self centered
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

500 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 6%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Black 7% 35%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
School psychologist
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

11300 Gainsborough Rd
Potomac, MD 20854
Phone: (301) 469-1200

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools




The Heights School
Potomac, MD


The Bullis School
Potomac, MD



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT