JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS
education to residents in our area? The
short answer: very.
More than half of the adult residents
of Montgomery County have attained a
bachelor’s degree—or higher—and that
percentage goes way up in many of the
towns in our community.
Approximately 80 percent of Bethesda’s
residents ages 25 or older have bachelor’s
degrees, and 56 percent have graduate or
professional degrees. In 2016, Bethesda
topped Nerd Wallet’s list of the “most
educated places in America,” and Potomac
was No. 4.
When it comes to their children’s
education, local parents want nothing but
the best. As a result, the county’s public
school system, the largest in Maryland
and the 14th biggest in the country,
boasts some of the best schools in the
nation. It has 41 National Blue Ribbon
schools, a distinction bestowed by the U.S.
Department of Education on high-performing
or high-improving schools, an 89. 5 percent
graduation rate and a 66 percent Advanced
Placement participation rate for the Class
Potomac’s Winston Churchill, Poolesville
Montgomery County’s 206 public schools
High School, Thomas S. Wootton High
School in Rockville and Quince Orchard
High School in Gaithersburg ranked among
the top 200 high schools in U.S. News &
World Report’s 2018 national rankings, and
the high schools were among the top 5 in
Maryland, according to the same rankings.
serve nearly 163,000 students from 157
countries. The school system offers 134
elementary schools, 40 middle schools and
25 high schools.
And for families choosing to go the
independent school route, the Bethesda
area has some of the ;nest private schools
in the country.
According to the Private School Review
website, there are 187 private schools in
the county, serving 34,528 students. And
there are many others in Washington, D.C.,
and Northern Virginia that Bethesda-area
Students walk in a hallway at
Glen Haven Elementary School
in Silver Spring, one of the
schools in the county.