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Montgomery Blair High School

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Posted May 2, 2014

Montgomery Blair High School is outstanding. Highly experienced teaching staff, great principal, wide range of challenging course work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

I am a current senior at MBHS and my experience at Blair is an unforgettable one! Blair is so diverse and you meet different people everyday. There are so many opportunities at Blair you just need to take advantage of it. Teachers are really good too, they always give u chances for help and you can come in if you don't understand something. Also, college planning help is really good as well, we have a career center, counselors, etc. Blair is a safe school and there is never a dull moment. We have days were people blast music and dance, we have kids to play guitar, sing, rap and people who Just chill in the library. BLAIR= DIVERSITY


Posted August 9, 2013

My experience in the Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program was incredibly instrumental to my growth as a student and as a person. The teachers there inspired me to learn for the sake of learning - to be curious and ask questions. My math/science teachers from within the program and my AP teachers from outside the program were equally important in my education to be a student that thinks critically and communicates effectively.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2013

Montgomery Blair HS is one of the largest high schools in Montgomery Co. and it earned the reputation of being one of the best. It is known for the diversity of the student body and teachers. Many kids on my street attend this school, and their parents are quite pleased with their progress. The only possible negative I have to say is that many of the kids take public transportation to school, so they appear to "roam" the surrounding area after school hours and loitering results. The school is frequently mentioned as a winner in various contests and competitions, but perhaps a wider variety is needed to engage more of the students in extra-curricular activities...


Posted February 2, 2013

Great school, finished my freshman year and Q1 of sophomore year, sadly i had to move. Blair means a lot to me, the teachers are so interactive with the students, there is a variety of clubs and people might say it is challenging but nothing comes easy. Even after adapting to a new high school i still feel like a Blazer. If you are someone transferring to Blair i can assure you, you will be welcomed. The whole school gives out a sense of family, once you go through those doors you are officially a Blazer. Go Blazers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2012

My two sons go to Blair and they adore it! This school is so extraordinary in so many ways. My sons are getting a wonderful and rigorous education with the wide rage of honors and AP courses offered at Blair. Their bell schedule is only 4 classes a day with longer period classes, so students can get a better chance of understanding what they learned. This school has been tremendously improving over the years, and it is one of the best schools in the county now. This school in addition, requires all students to pick a program to be in for their future career which is very beneficial. The student body is also extremely diverse and mostly friendly. The parents are active in the school community along with superb teachers that really care about the students. My sons enjoy Blair and appreciate the quality education they are receiving. Overall, I am pleased with the education my children are getting and highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

All I can say is that this school is great. i transferred from S.C and they teach Japenese!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2010

My child is in the coveted Communication Arts Program, and yes, he is getting a rigorous education (meaning rigid and and intense). But what a competitive unpleasant place to be. I hear parents say they want their kids to get used to the real world. What real world is this? The real world I live in is full of pleasant people. The better I cooperate with my colleagues the better I do at work, and everyone in my world has learned that sleep, exercise, relationships and meaningful work is what makes a good life. Blair neither teachers nor encourages any of these real life skills. If your child will be fine anywhere (you know what I mean-- they make friends easily, are generally good students, like to join things and don't mind intense competition) they will like Blair. My child is thriving academically in the CAP program but has no sense of community. It's a really big school, but oddly there doesn't seem to be room for everyone; I know many kids who hated it so much they dropped out. The prior reviewer said that Blair was a lot like college. I guess for kids who are ready for college in 9th grade it's great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

This school is awesome, and I recommend it wholeheartedly as a recent alumni. The best part of the school is that it is sooo huge, since, you are bound to find some group to fit into. Everyone gets along very well, and the teachers are some of the best in the county. The Academy programs are great, as are the CAP and Magnet programs. It makes Blair more attractive to some of the best teachers out there, which at least on my part made my experience in high school excellent and prepared me for college. In fact, college doesnt seem too different from life at Blair, just bigger classes. Take advantage of the expertise of your teachers, and get them to help you get internships, which have really helped me in college, and in my career. The teachers have lots of connections, be nice to them!


Posted October 30, 2009

Way too large. It's the size of a community college - who wants that for their high school kid? On the plus side is the magnet program, which is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

I love this school. They are more then i would ever ask for. Ever since i started this skool nd had all the nice teachers i started reading book that i did not like to read before this school get 5 stars from this student
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2008

the school is awesome- everyone gets along... the teachers are great- they teach me everything i need to know so i don't fail the class- i usually get sraight A's because of my teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

Montgomery Blair is a terrific school. Tons of school spirit; an inclusive, supportive PTSA; a capable administration; many excellent teachers who also regularly make themselves available outside of class; an 'Academies' program that breaks the large school population into smaller learning groups; a magnet math/science/computer program; an honors comunication arts/humanities program; a new principal who listens to parents and students, shows up at school events, combines knowledge and experience with humor, and reaches reasoned conclusions; consistently fantastic music and theater offerings, and a still attractive, modern structure. Of course it's not perfect -- what school is? But for a large high school, it does very, very well and I'm proud to be associated with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

Blair is one of the best schools my son has ever attended. The teachers are nice. The students are mostly nice. I mean the education is just great. There are also so many extracurricular activities. Blair might not have the best sports team but Go Blazers. As for parental involvement, the PTSA strives to hear everyones word. So, I love Blair!!! Go Blazers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

It's a very nice school...!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

Blair looks like a good school but it really isn't. there is more fights and gangs then any other school. Blair has gotten every crowded every year more students enroll into Blair so it means more dangers
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 7, 2004

There is no better high school in Montgomery County than Blair. The atmosphere is unlike most schools because of the diversity. Not only does Blair have racial diversity, but also academic diversity, as there are many challenging classes and opporitunites (for example, the highly praised school newspaper) students are encouraged to persue. Blair is as close to the real world as any high school can get. Students who graduate have pride in Blair and so do the faculty. I would advise parents and students to invest in Blair (especialy if deciding between Einstein, RM or Blair). But on another note, the school may change with the retirement of principal Philip Gainous, who has remained the staple of Blair's identity throughout all these years. Mr. Gainous was a principal who fought for all students and was respected among all staff members. Hopefuly the next principal will remember his remarkable values and leadership.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 27, 2003

My two children just completed. Have two there now. Great teachers, great discipline despite the large student body. My children recently migrated from Cameroon, Africa. MBHS was and continues to be a big part of their smooth transition into the USA. The school does super with handling all these people from all over the world. It is the UN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Blair is a wonderful high school with a diverse student body and a devoted staff.
—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.

675 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

676 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
English II

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

690 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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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
Hispanic 29% 12%
Black 26% 35%
White 24% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 6%
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 35%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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51 University Blvd East
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone: (301) 649-2800

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