Montgomery Blair High

Summary:

Montgomery Blair High is a large public high school serving grades 9-12 in Silver Spring, Maryland, part of the highly-ranked Montgomery County Public Schools district. With a total enrollment of 3,204 students, Montgomery Blair High stands out for its racial diversity, lower test scores, and higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to nearby schools.

While Montgomery Blair High has a more diverse student population, with 36.83% Hispanic, 24.34% African American, and 11.83% Asian students, its academic performance lags behind nearby schools like Bethesda-Chevy Chase High and Wheaton High. Only 51.3% of 10th-grade students at Montgomery Blair High were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 55.1% for the Montgomery County Public Schools district and 53.5% for the state. Additionally, the school has a relatively high 48.6% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting it serves a more economically disadvantaged population.

Despite higher spending per student at $14,687, compared to nearby schools like Bethesda-Chevy Chase High ($13,771) and Northwood High ($17,648), Montgomery Blair High's performance metrics have declined over the years, from a high ranking of 43rd out of 233 Maryland high schools in 2014-2015 to 97th out of 127 in 2022-2023. This suggests the school may be facing challenges in effectively serving its diverse student population and allocating resources to improve academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 51 University Blvd E
       Silver Spring, MD  20901


(240) 740-7200

District: Montgomery County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
97th of 127 Maryland High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,687 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  3,204

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
36.8%
African American:
24.3%
White:
22.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Montgomery Blair High ranks worse than 76.4% of high schools in Maryland. It also ranks 11th among 12 ranked high schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.87. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Montgomery Blair High has the largest high school student body size in the Montgomery County Public Schools District. Student population at Montgomery Blair High is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (36.8%), African American (24.3%), White (22.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Montgomery Blair High is 16.6. 15 high schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Montgomery Blair High is $14,687. 21 high schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Montgomery Blair High was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Montgomery Blair High 97th of 127 Maryland public high schools. (See Montgomery Blair High in the ranking list.)

Montgomery County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Montgomery County Public Schools 6th of 24 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Montgomery Blair High

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 47.73 94th 201 53.2%
2005 58.88 73rd 204 64.2%
2006 60.17 77th 204 62.3%
2007 56.79 97th 209 53.6%
2008 71.83 76th 214 64.5%
2009 70.80 75th 213 64.8%
2010 75.41 56th 220 74.5%
2011 68.54 67th 183 63.4%
2012 61.36 91st 187 51.3%
2013 59.94 92nd 185 50.3%
2014 68.29 102nd 231 55.8%
2015 69.40 43rd 233 81.5%
2016 57.30 91st 233 60.9%
2017 55.99 64th 180 64.4%
2018 49.96 82nd 197 58.4%
2019 41.94 74th 138 46.4%
2022 51.37 64th 225 71.6%
2023 35.87 97th 127 23.6%
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Data source: test scores: Maryland State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Montgomery Blair High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 748 666 321 306 5 n/a n/a 0 2046
1990 672 634 340 327 9 n/a n/a -5 1977
1991 683 639 388 352 7 n/a n/a 0 2069
1992 721 709 393 403 7 n/a n/a 0 2233
1993 662 723 387 417 6 n/a n/a 0 2195
1994 696 742 388 444 9 n/a n/a 0 2279
1995 736 754 383 497 7 n/a n/a 0 2377
1996 736 754 383 497 7 n/a n/a 0 2377
1997 762 770 416 472 15 n/a n/a 0 2435
1998 782 834 386 515 12 n/a n/a 0 2529
1999 791 941 426 587 10 n/a n/a 0 2755
2000 861 910 440 608 5 n/a n/a 0 2824
2001 868 947 427 692 3 n/a n/a 0 2937
2002 892 1006 460 834 5 n/a n/a 0 3197
2003 892 1006 460 834 5 n/a n/a 0 3197
2004 926 1054 464 842 7 n/a n/a 0 3293
2005 894 1046 486 855 10 n/a n/a 0 3291
2006 825 954 485 781 12 n/a n/a 0 3057
2007 761 899 482 769 6 n/a n/a 0 2917
2008 704 825 488 744 3 n/a n/a 0 2764
2009 692 780 498 707 4 n/a n/a 0 2681
2010 718 807 490 759 5 n/a n/a 0 2779
2011 676 752 456 828 5 3 107 0 2827
2012 672 725 470 814 4 3 105 0 2793
2013 656 735 468 838 4 1 104 0 2806
2014 649 760 444 827 5 1 104 0 2790
2015 649 770 453 897 3 0 120 0 2892
2016 655 735 441 931 1 1 118 0 2882
2017 657 724 452 988 0 2 129 0 2952
2018 695 734 464 1046 0 2 142 0 3083
2019 759 757 459 1080 0 3 138 0 3196
2020 770 779 450 1085 3 2 134 0 3223
2021 778 773 413 1106 6 2 139 3 3220
2022 739 783 396 1113 7 2 129 7 3176
2023 707 780 379 1180 7 1 136 14 3204

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Montgomery Blair High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2046 134.7 15.1 n/a
1990 1977 134.4 14.7 13.5
1991 2069 137.0 15.1 15.8
1992 2233 139.1 16.0 19.3
1993 2195 144.0 15.2 19.6
1994 2279 150.8 15.1 23.1
1995 2377 150.4 15.8 17.5
1996 2377 150.4 15.8 17.5
1997 2435 154.0 15.8 20.7
1998 2529 154.9 16.3 18.3
1999 2755 155.0 17.8 21.6
2000 2824 179.1 15.8 24
2001 2937 187.3 15.7 20.8
2002 3197 185.0 17.3 22.2
2003 3197 185.0 17.3 22.2
2004 3293 205.9 16.0 21.1
2005 3291 209.0 15.7 20.6
2006 3057 200.0 15.3 23.6
2007 2917 189.7 15.4 29
2008 2764 183.3 15.1 31.4
2009 2681 159.6 16.8 30.6
2010 2779 158.4 17.5 32.3
2011 2827 161.4 17.5 34.3
2012 2793 157.6 17.7 35.1
2013 2806 163.4 17.1 35.4
2014 2790 160.6 17.3 36.8
2015 2892 163.0 17.7 37.9
2016 2882 166.0 17.3 36.3
2017 2952 173.4 17.0 36.4
2018 3083 184.6 16.7 36
2019 3196 187.9 17.0 33.1
2020 3223 190.6 16.9 32.3
2021 3220 191.8 16.7 39
2022 3176 193.6 16.4 41.6
2023 3204 192.6 16.6 48.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Montgomery Blair High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2046 134.7 15.1 n/a
1990 1977 134.4 14.7 13.5
1991 2069 137.0 15.1 15.8
1992 2233 139.1 16.0 19.3
1993 2195 144.0 15.2 19.6
1994 2279 150.8 15.1 23.1
1995 2377 150.4 15.8 17.5
1996 2377 150.4 15.8 17.5
1997 2435 154.0 15.8 20.7
1998 2529 154.9 16.3 18.3
1999 2755 155.0 17.8 21.6
2000 2824 179.1 15.8 24
2001 2937 187.3 15.7 20.8
2002 3197 185.0 17.3 22.2
2003 3197 185.0 17.3 22.2
2004 3293 205.9 16.0 21.1
2005 3291 209.0 15.7 20.6
2006 3057 200.0 15.3 23.6
2007 2917 189.7 15.4 29
2008 2764 183.3 15.1 31.4
2009 2681 159.6 16.8 30.6
2010 2779 158.4 17.5 32.3
2011 2827 161.4 17.5 34.3
2012 2793 157.6 17.7 35.1
2013 2806 163.4 17.1 35.4
2014 2790 160.6 17.3 36.8
2015 2892 163.0 17.7 37.9
2016 2882 166.0 17.3 36.3
2017 2952 173.4 17.0 36.4
2018 3083 184.6 16.7 36
2019 3196 187.9 17.0 33.1
2020 3223 190.6 16.9 32.3
2021 3220 191.8 16.7 39
2022 3176 193.6 16.4 41.6
2023 3204 192.6 16.6 48.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Montgomery Blair High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $526 (3.9%) $13,065 (96.1%) $13,591
2020 $415 (3.0%) $13,373 (97.0%) $13,789
2021 $735 (5.0%) $13,953 (95.0%) $14,687

Data source: Maryland Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Montgomery Blair High

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 74th of 138 High schoolsRanks 97th of 127 High schools
 22.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students31963204
 0.3%
African American757780
 3%
American Indian07
Asian459379
 17.4%
Hispanic10801180
 9.3%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White759707
 6.9%
Two or More Races138136
 1.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33.1%48.6%
 15.5%


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Students at Montgomery Blair High are 37% Hispanic, 24% African American, 22% White, 12% Asian, 4% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 3,204 students attended Montgomery Blair High.

Montgomery Blair High ranks in the bottom 23.6% of Maryland high schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Maryland State Department of Education.

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