The Best Schools in MD, VA, DC

by Mel Golden
January 5, 2018

The Best High Schools in MD, DC & VA

Education is one of the greatest assets any individual can have. As easy as it would be for me to share the best schools (and it would definitely save you a lot of time!), as a Realtor I cannot make that statement and I certainly don’t want to influence anyone’s decision.

Every family is different and personal preferences along with children’s abilities will help determine the best school for your family.

As a father of two daughters who had the painstaking task of searching for a great school for my teenager, I’m happy to share my experience with you.

My wife Ashley and I started the search for a great school district just like any other family.

You ever hear that saying, Location, Location, Location? Most people know that it usually is in reference to Real Estate and where to buy a great home, but this time, it was in reference to the school system. At the start of our search we talked to our friends to hear about their experiences during this very challenging process. We determined that Montgomery County was the best place for us, began to look at MCPS’s website, and skimmed through the 25 high schools in Montgomery County. We made sure to look at the elementary and middle schools that filtered into those high schools before ultimately choosing the neighborhood that best suited our needs. Once we narrowed the options down, we were able to purchase our home in 2007 and rebuild it to match our lifestyle, tastes and needs. Happily, our home still suits our needs and we have enjoyed many wonderful memories there so far.

My construction and Real Estate experience in the county drastically helped us to complete the daunting search for a great home and school and ever since then I have been helping families like mine get exactly what they want.

With over 160,000 students, from more than 157 countries, speaking 150 different languages, the Montgomery County Public School system is the largest in Maryland and the 15th largest in the United States.

Below are some stats from MCPS ‘s web site that may aid in your decision:

Enrollment: 161,546 students (2017)

·       Largest in Maryland

·       15th largest in U.S.

·       2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient  

·       Students from more than 157 countries speaking 150 languages

·       Pre-K (incl. Head Start): 4,378

·       Elementary (K–5): 72,072

·       Middle (6–8): 36,006

·       High (9–12): 48,498

 Performance: 89.8% Graduation Rate

·       AP participation (Class of 2016): 65.5%

·       National Blue Ribbon Schools: 39

·       Average combined SAT Score (Class of 2017): 1126 (Revised)

·       25.1 average composite ACT score for class of 2017

·       Class of 2017 received more than $350 million in college scholarships

 While Montgomery County, Maryland certainly holds a special place in my heart, Virginia and D.C. are certainly not to be overlooked.

Check out the Top Ten Schools in our Tri-State area.

All information is taken from


 #1 Winston Churchill High

11300 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, Maryland 20854

 #2 Thomas S. Wootton High

2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville, Maryland 20850

 #3 Poolesville High

17501 Willard Rd, Poolesville, Maryland 20837

 #4 Walter Johnson High

6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

 #5 Richard Montgomery High

250 Richard Montgomery Dr, Rockville, Maryland 20852

 #6 Marriotts Ridge High

12100 Woodford Dr, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104

 #7 River Hill High

12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Maryland 21029

 #8 George W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology

938 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204

 #9 Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

7-11 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

 #10 Eastern Technical High School

1100 Mace Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21221


 #1 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

6560 Braddock Rd, Alexandria, Virginia 22312

 #2 McLean High School

1633 Davidson Rd, Mclean, Virginia 22101

 #3 Langley High School

6520 Georgetown Pike, Mclean, Virginia 22101

 #4 Oakton High School

2900 Sutton Rd, Vienna, Virginia 22181

 #5 Woodson High School

9525 Main St, Fairfax, Virginia 22031

 #6 Yorktown High School

5201 28th St N, Arlington, Virginia 22207

 #7 Stone Bridge High School

43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, Virginia 20147

 #8 West Springfield High School

6100 Rolling Rd, Springfield, Virginia 22152

 #9 Briar Woods High School

22525 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, Virginia 20148

 #10 Dominion High School

21326 Augusta Dr., Sterling, Virginia 20164


 #1 School Without Walls High School

2130 G St Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20037

 #2 Wilson High School

3950 Chesapeake St Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20016

 #3 Benjamin Banneker Academy High School

800 Euclid St Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

 #4 Ellington School of the Arts

3500 R St Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20007

 #5 McKinley Technology High School

151 T St Ne, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

 #6 Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School

2427 Ml King Jr Ave Se, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

 #7 KIPP DC College Preparatory

2600 Douglass Rd Se, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

 #8 Washington Latin Public Charter School Upper School

5200 2nd St Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20011

 #9 Anacostia Senior High School

1601 16th St Se, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

 #10 Ballou Senior High School

3401 4th St Se, Washington, District of Columbia 20032

These schools are just a jumping off point. Much time and consideration goes into choosing the right school for your children. I encourage all my clients to openly discuss this with me so that as your Realtor, I am able to find you the best home to suit your needs and the needs of your family.

For more information on all the different school districts within our tri-state area, head to our Resources Tab on our Webpage and click on Maryland, DC, or Northern Virginia Places and Info.

Mel received his MBA in Finance from Southeastern University in Washington, DC. He resides in Montgomery County, is married, and is a father of two beautiful girls aged 15 and 9. Mel has built and renovated 8 homes as an owner/builder in Montgomery County which gave him the knowledge, expertise and the connections that benefit his clients in every step during real estate transactions. With over 18 years of experience in Real Estate, Mel has established himself as a thorough, honest, hardworking and empathic agent. He is dedicated to his clients and will work tirelessly to find his clients the home of their dreams. He is an Accredited Staging Professional and is licensed to work in DC, MD & VA. Mel has consistently been recognized for his top performance by RE/MAX International and has won numerous sales awards since 1999.
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