About Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
We'll stand together, though oceans may part us,
We will treasure, though years may be long,
Our high school, our own alma mater,
And the echo of this, our song--
To the Blue and the Gold we'll raise our song,
To the Blue of loyalty, to the Gold that stands
For the glory gained and the honor still to be.
To the work and fun and friendships won,
Evermore we'll give a cheer,
And we'll raise our Flag of Blue and Gold
Ever higher year by year.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School is located in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland (on East-West Highway, near the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue) and serves the communities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington and Silver Spring in Montgomery County (B-CC’s service area , MPCS school boundary map).
Established in 1926, B-CC is a comprehensive public senior high school with a full complement of challenging academics and innovative programs, including learning and academic disabilities education and English as a Second Language. B-CC has an Honors program, an Advanced Placement (AP) program, and a signature program – the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. B-CC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Begun as a two-story, 14-room facility on Wilson Lane, B-CC High School opened in its current location on East-West Highway in 1935. New buildings or additions to existing buildings were constructed in 1937, 1952, 1959, 1966, 1970, and 1976).
Then, in the summer of 1994, parents, teachers, administrators, business people, and other supporters of B-CC High School formed the Community Coalition for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (CC-B-CC). Its charge was to re-engineer and refocus the high school in an increasingly urbanized and cosmopolitan area. CC-B-CC representatives were encouraged to think broadly and innovatively to create programs that would lead B-CC High School and Montgomery County Public Schools into the next century.
Because of this effort, in February 2002, B-CC High School re-opened its doors after a two-and-a-half year, multi-million dollar, comprehensive modernization that, among other things, combined the historic 1935 and 1937 structures into one building. In January 2009, space in the lower level was completed into 5 additional classrooms.
The school now boasts 80 classrooms, a media center with 30 computer workstations and TV studio and media production facilities, a greenhouse, a music laboratory and choral room, 2 gymnasiums and a weight training room, a 900-seat auditorium, and a cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch. B-CC also has two "firsts" among Montgomery County Public Schools — a Cyber Café, opened in March 2003, and a state-of-the-art Language Lab, installed in the summer of 2004.
The Cyber Café and the Language Lab resulted from two major initiatives launched by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Educational Foundation . Founded in 1996 by a group of parents, alumni, teachers, and business and civic leaders in the B-CC community, the Foundation raises funds for projects that further the tradition of excellence for students at B-CC, now and in the future.
Cyber Cafe Language Lab
Students also have the opportunity to join or form their own special interest club or activity (Clubs List). Most meet weekly at lunch and were formed to pursue academic interests, hobbies, or service to the community. In addition, students participate in support programs in which students help other students.
The extracurricular activity program at B–CC High School offers many opportunities for students to develop and expand their interests, talents, service to the school and community and active participation in school life. Information regarding eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities is contained in the Student Handbook in the B-CC information section.
Feeder School Links
Westland Middle School
Bethesda ES (K-5)
Chevy Chase ES (3-6)
North Chevy Chase ES (3-6)
Rock Creek Forest ES (PreK-5)
Rosemary Hills ES (PreK-2)
Somerset ES (K-5)
Westbrook ES (K-5)
International Baccalaureate Program
B-CC has been participating in the International Baccalaureate Program since 1996. The program provides students a liberal arts, interdisciplinary education leading to a diploma recognized throughout the world. Instead of pursuing a full IB diploma, students at B-CC may choose to take one or more IB courses (except Theory of Knowledge) and obtain a certificate for the successful completion of the requirements for each course (more on B-CC's IB program).
IB Middle Years Program
The IB Middle Years Program is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum that provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to students ages 11-16. Students come to B-CC from Westland Middle School to complete their final two years of the program. Here in the ninth and tenth grades, the MYP curriculum emphasizes developing learning skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to participate in an increasingly global society (more on B-CC's MYP).
B-CC has an extensive performing arts program as well, with theater productions, and choral & instrumental music arenas such as Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble, Madrigals, and other groups that develop and challenge acting and musical skills. See the Music department and Theater Arts web pages for more information.
There are approximately 1,875 students enrolled at B-CC. Students come from more than 55 countries. Approximately 75 percent of students go on to attend a four-year college; 20 percent attend a two-year college.
B-CC’s Student Government Association (SGA) is led by officers elected by the student body as a whole. Representatives of each class, first period classes, and all student organizations are also part of the SGA. The SGA Executive Board (the officers) meets weekly, and the SGA has monthly general assembly meetings. The SGA serves as a liaison between students and the administration about issues concerning students such as student parking, dress code, and attendance policies.
This website is maintained by B-CC High School webmaster, along with a team of staff, student and parent volunteers. B-CC staff members, teachers, club sponsors, coaches, and student leaders are responsible for the content of pages that describe their programs. The PTSA is responsible for the information on the PTSA pages.
If you have questions and suggestions about specific B-CC programs, please look for the responsible person's name and e-mail address on the page that describes the program, otherwise please contact the webmaster.
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