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Rockville High School

Public | 9-12 | 1265 students

 

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Posted yesterday

Academically the school offers all the challenges any bright kid could ask for. Rockville has an IB program, an Engineering program, a Journalism program and Advanced Placement programs. While Rockville is large enough to offer every type of opportunity for education or extra-curricular activity it is not so large that there is not room for everyone who wants to participate. The school spirit is terrific. It is a small town atmosphere in an urban world. All the kids know each other. All types are accepted for who they are. The level of achievement is impressive. The student run school newspaper is a consistent national award winner (including this year) and was the national paper of the year in 2010. In 2010 our It's Academic team won the Washington DC Metro Area & Regional Championship. Last year Rockville produced a Maryland state swimming champion, an All-American Lacrosse player, a MD state record breaking football quarterback, a division winning basketball team and a host of students earning college scholarship offers. Those not participating in the sports form the rabid student cheering section they call The Inferno . They enjoy their school! Couldn't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2014

The quality of education varies a lot at this school. The mayority of teachers at this school have enough skills to teach adequately. However, there are some that lack of the sufficient skills to teach. There are two math teachers that cause a lot of complaints. The first one cannot make sure that students focus on the class and the second one does not know how to explain the topics. Almost all of the students at a math class failed the test. One of the best things about this school is that students with disabilities are integrated into regular classes. For example, some classrooms have interpreters for deaf students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

I'm a 10th grader here and I can honestly say it has been an overall bad experience. The school size is small yet I have 35+ people in most of my classes. Some parts of the school are dirty, overall decisions made by the school are bad, most students don't get along and are distractions to the rest of the class, etc.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2013

I recently graduated from Rockville, and I already miss it. One of the best things about RHS is that a student has so many opportunities due to the combination of the small population and the number of teams, clubs, and organizations offered at this school. I was a cheerleader, played in the orchestra, was a member of the national honors society, and wrote for the newspaper. I'm not going to say that there are no cliques, because let's be real, it's high school, but I will say that because you can be involved in such a wide range of activities, you also have the opportunity to make friends with a wide range of people. RHS is also a community that comes together and supports you when you need it. My sophomore year, a teachers 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. I have never seen so many people all come together to help somebody. We raised thousands of dollars to help the family pay for her medical bills. One of the criticisms I saw mentioned in other reviews is the strict dress code. I agree, it was crazy, but the principle who initiated that has since left the school. All in all, my four years at RHS were fantastic ones.


Posted April 15, 2012

My daughter came here after a below-par experience at a local private school. She has had an excellent 3 years here so far. Rockville High School has a special program to cater for gifted children, she has been achieving better grades and the teachers are for the most part fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

Rockville High School is a great school for many obvious reasons. It's small, has an IB and AP program, and an award winning newspaper. However, there are many negative aspects to RHS. First of all, the banning of yoga pants is absolutely absurd. They are the same exact cut as boot-cut jeans, if not baggier. I understand the the Principal would like us students to dress professionally, but they should focus on the academics rather than who is wearing what. Also, I have noticed that every single thin, young white girl who is wearing yoga pants gets in trouble by security, when girls of color are walking around with their cleavage hanging out and tight leggings, yet they are not getting in trouble at all! It is very unfair. Another part of RHS that I do not like is the math program. The teachers expect you to do an immense amount of work every night even when the teacher does not thoroughly explain what they are learning, and us as students must figure it out ourselves. Personally, I believe that the homework load should be up to par with their teaching, because if I am not being taught anything I do not understand how teachers expect us to figure out homework on our own.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2011

This school seems to be slipping. There have been many dangerous fights within the last two months or so but all the principal seems to care about is enforcing a nonsense dress code that bans yoga pants and leggings. The principal claims that she wants the students to look professional but it is hard to look professional when students are exposing people's chests and ripping people's weaves out of their scalp. And forget about attending school in the spring without overheating; shorts and tank tops are banned as well. Now, on a more academic note, the school is mediocre. The math department, however, has to be the worst. The teachers assign to much work that is not up to par with their poor teaching skills. My daughter is a quiet sophomore who tries to keep up with her work but we are both very aware of what goes on in the school. My verdict is that the school should relax on the dress code and take more time to get to the root of all these fights. It doesn't matter if the kids are wearing button up blouses, blazers, and slacks if they are physically mutilating their peers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

At Rockville your student can make the team. The team will not be state champions, maybe middle of our division. Large schools in division 4A often beat us. My kids have really enjoyed participating. Kids at Rockville often go to state universities. Rockville is very mixed, income and race. It is not snobby or poor. I love it, you can be social, arty, athletic or an amazing overachiever. The music program is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

I just graduated from Rockville and I have to say that I loved it. Classes are really small and there are so many opportunities that students can take advantage of. Also the just started a IB program there, plus there is a Journalism Academy and Computer programming Academy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2008

Couldn't be happier, my kids are comfortable and challenged. They have not been limited. Greatest advantage is small size, any kid can participate in just about any sport or extra curric activity they desire. Small size is a huge plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

Academic program is great! School newspaper 'Rampage' Nationally ranked.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

Rockville High is a hidden gem in the shadow of Richard Montgomery High. The smaller size makes personalized attention more possible, and kids don't get lost in the shuffle. The downsiide is that sometimes classes are canceled due to low enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
English II

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 42%
Hispanic 32% 12%
Black 16% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Two or more races 3% 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 32%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
School psychologist
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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
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • 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
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School basics

Fax number
  • (301) 517-8288

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
  • 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
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
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2100 Baltimore Rd
Rockville, MD 20851
Phone: (301) 517-8105

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