Walt Whitman High

Public 9-12

 7100 Whittier Blvd
       Bethesda, MD  20817-6199


(240) 740-4800

District: Montgomery County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
3rd of 127 Maryland High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,077 Help


Feeder schools for Walt Whitman High:

Elementary:    Bannockburn Elementary
    Bradley Hills Elementary
    Burning Tree Elementary
    Carderock Springs Elementary
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Middle:    Thomas W. Pyle Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  17.2 Help
Number of students:  2,018

Racial breakdown:

White:
60.2%
Asian:
15.2%
Hispanic:
12.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.5% Help


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Compare Details Walt Whitman High ranks better than 97.6% of high schools in Maryland. It also ranks first 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 82.54. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Walt Whitman High is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (60.2%), Asian (15.2%), Hispanic (12%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Montgomery County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Walt Whitman High is 17.2. 17 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 Walt Whitman High is $15,077. 18 high schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Walt Whitman High was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Walt Whitman High 3rd of 127 Maryland public high schools. (See Walt Whitman 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 Walt Whitman High

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Rank History for all students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 63.60 5th 201 97.5%
2005 86.96 3rd 204 98.5%
2006 83.58 7th 204 96.6%
2007 84.73 4th 209 98.1%
2008 83.28 13th 214 93.9%
2009 83.95 8th 213 96.2%
2010 84.29 14th 220 93.6%
2011 85.16 15th 183 91.8%
2012 81.68 19th 187 89.8%
2013 82.37 24th 185 87.0%
2014 80.51 26th 231 88.7%
2015 70.36 38th 233 83.7%
2016 60.66 80th 233 65.7%
2019 89.09 2nd 138 98.6%
2021 92.94 2nd 32 93.8%
2022 90.06 2nd 225 99.1%
2023 82.54 3rd 127 97.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 96.68 1st 3 66.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 92.78 2nd 31 93.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 94.08 2nd 35 94.3%
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Rank History for Asian students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 91.84 2nd 25 92.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 96.59 1st 14 92.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 98.61 1st 9 88.9%
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Rank History for White students at Walt Whitman High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 87.57 5th 40 87.5%
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Data source: test scores: Maryland State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Open Quote Superb education for my two sons. Well known by colleges. Good peer groups Close Quote



Enrollment information for Walt Whitman High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 1129 62 246 101 2 n/a n/a 0 1540
1990 1015 66 230 97 2 n/a n/a -4 1406
1991 973 57 232 94 1 n/a n/a 0 1357
1992 946 62 245 106 1 n/a n/a 0 1360
1993 949 59 262 104 0 n/a n/a 0 1374
1994 973 57 277 103 4 n/a n/a 0 1414
1995 1149 59 264 117 3 n/a n/a 0 1592
1996 1149 59 264 117 3 n/a n/a 0 1592
1997 1153 58 290 113 3 n/a n/a 0 1617
1998 1170 58 312 120 4 n/a n/a 0 1664
1999 1200 62 306 103 4 n/a n/a 0 1675
2000 1278 55 300 95 3 n/a n/a 0 1731
2001 1335 62 281 87 3 n/a n/a 0 1768
2002 1480 64 247 100 3 n/a n/a 0 1894
2003 1480 64 247 100 3 n/a n/a 0 1894
2004 1462 75 233 104 2 n/a n/a 0 1876
2005 1491 67 235 103 1 n/a n/a 0 1897
2006 1443 70 240 115 1 n/a n/a 0 1869
2007 1424 68 256 137 1 n/a n/a 0 1886
2008 1438 72 228 126 2 n/a n/a 0 1866
2009 1394 82 241 125 2 n/a n/a 0 1844
2010 1465 93 241 141 1 n/a n/a 0 1941
2011 1403 79 230 164 2 1 72 0 1951
2012 1357 75 236 175 1 1 83 0 1928
2013 1338 68 235 168 0 2 98 0 1909
2014 1347 63 236 172 2 0 101 0 1921
2015 1322 68 232 171 3 0 106 0 1902
2016 1365 62 260 184 6 1 99 0 1977
2017 1387 73 293 198 6 2 96 0 2055
2018 1392 86 316 182 3 2 104 0 2085
2019 1438 75 295 169 2 1 118 0 2098
2020 1366 80 284 179 3 1 126 0 2039
2021 1284 81 278 205 3 1 138 1 1991
2022 1277 75 290 227 3 3 153 1 2029
2023 1214 83 306 242 2 5 161 5 2018

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 Walt Whitman High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1540 86.5 17.8 n/a
1990 1406 83.0 16.9 0.4
1991 1357 77.8 17.4 0.3
1992 1360 76.4 17.8 1
1993 1374 74.0 18.6 1
1994 1414 77.4 18.3 1.6
1995 1592 88.4 18.0 1.9
1996 1592 88.4 18.0 1.9
1997 1617 88.5 18.3 1.8
1998 1664 88.8 18.7 1.9
1999 1675 88.8 18.9 2.1
2000 1731 99.7 17.4 1.7
2001 1768 101.6 17.4 1.8
2002 1894 107.6 17.6 1.7
2003 1894 107.6 17.6 1.7
2004 1876 106.3 17.6 1.9
2005 1897 105.0 18.1 1.5
2006 1869 106.0 17.6 1.6
2007 1886 111.7 16.9 1.5
2008 1866 110.4 16.9 1.9
2009 1844 109.5 16.8 2.1
2010 1941 108.2 17.9 2.7
2011 1951 113.8 17.1 1.9
2012 1928 114.2 16.8 2.5
2013 1909 115.4 16.5 2.9
2014 1921 112.3 17.1 2.4
2015 1902 113.0 16.8 2.5
2016 1977 112.0 17.6 2.2
2017 2055 118.8 17.2 1.9
2018 2085 120.0 17.3 2.4
2019 2098 123.6 16.9 1.9
2020 2039 114.4 17.8 2.3
2021 1991 112.7 17.6 2.5
2022 2029 111.6 18.1 2.9
2023 2018 116.8 17.2 5.5

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 Walt Whitman High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1540 86.5 17.8 n/a
1990 1406 83.0 16.9 0.4
1991 1357 77.8 17.4 0.3
1992 1360 76.4 17.8 1
1993 1374 74.0 18.6 1
1994 1414 77.4 18.3 1.6
1995 1592 88.4 18.0 1.9
1996 1592 88.4 18.0 1.9
1997 1617 88.5 18.3 1.8
1998 1664 88.8 18.7 1.9
1999 1675 88.8 18.9 2.1
2000 1731 99.7 17.4 1.7
2001 1768 101.6 17.4 1.8
2002 1894 107.6 17.6 1.7
2003 1894 107.6 17.6 1.7
2004 1876 106.3 17.6 1.9
2005 1897 105.0 18.1 1.5
2006 1869 106.0 17.6 1.6
2007 1886 111.7 16.9 1.5
2008 1866 110.4 16.9 1.9
2009 1844 109.5 16.8 2.1
2010 1941 108.2 17.9 2.7
2011 1951 113.8 17.1 1.9
2012 1928 114.2 16.8 2.5
2013 1909 115.4 16.5 2.9
2014 1921 112.3 17.1 2.4
2015 1902 113.0 16.8 2.5
2016 1977 112.0 17.6 2.2
2017 2055 118.8 17.2 1.9
2018 2085 120.0 17.3 2.4
2019 2098 123.6 16.9 1.9
2020 2039 114.4 17.8 2.3
2021 1991 112.7 17.6 2.5
2022 2029 111.6 18.1 2.9
2023 2018 116.8 17.2 5.5

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 Walt Whitman High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $538 (3.8%) $13,515 (96.2%) $14,053
2020 $523 (3.7%) $13,606 (96.3%) $14,129
2021 $809 (5.4%) $14,268 (94.6%) $15,077

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Walt Whitman High

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 2nd of 138 High schoolsRanks 3rd of 127 High schools
 0.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students20982018
 3.8%
African American7583
 10.7%
American Indian22
Asian295306
 3.7%
Hispanic169242
 43.2%
Pacific Islander15
 400%
White14381214
 15.6%
Two or More Races118161
 36.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients1.9%5.5%
 3.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Walt Whitman High

Students at Walt Whitman High are 60% White, 15% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 4% African American.

Yes! Walt Whitman High is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 3rd of 127 Maryland high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,018 students attended Walt Whitman High.

Walt Whitman High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Bannockburn Elementary
Elementary : Bradley Hills Elementary
Elementary : Burning Tree Elementary
Elementary : Carderock Springs Elementary
Elementary : Wood Acres Elementary
Middle : Thomas W. Pyle Middle


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