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Walter Johnson High School is the neighborhood high school or all students who are in North Bethesda Middle School’s geographic area. Another middle school, Tilden, also sends students to WJ.

Walter Johnson has a great website that shows many of its offerings.

Classes range from on-grade level, top honors level, to advanced placement level.

Go to the WJ parent Information Night on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00pm for more information.

Walter Johnson High School also has a special signature program called the APEX Program. It combines accelerated honors level and intensive advanced placement level course work. It is available only to students who live in the WJ cluster of schools. The APEX information night is Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00pm in the WJ cafeteria.  

You can find information about the program on the school website (look under “WJ quick links”) or

You must fill out an admissions packet which will be online at WJ soon. There are definite deadlines you must follow – these can be found on the APEX webpage.

Only students with completed admission packets will be considered for admission to the APEX program.

At the end of January you will hear if you are accepted to the program.


The Montgomery Blair Mathematics, Science, Computer Science Program is a magnet program open to all 8th grade students who are in Algebra I or higher. Students should have a strong interest in science, math, or computers. This program accepts 100 students form ALL of Montgomery County. If you are interested, you should go to the evening information night on Monday, October 9th, at 7:00pm in the Blair auditorium.

The admission packet is available at these meetings; a limited number will be available at North Bethesda in October. It is also available on the Montgomery County Website.

Deadlines for application must be observed. Application deadline is November 3, 2017 and testing date is December 2, 2017.

The school website has much more information about the process:


The Richard Montgomery International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a magnet program open to 8th grade students who are in Algebra I or higher and who are taking Spanish, French or Chinese (or if they are already fluent in any of these languages). If a student is taking Italian, they may also apply to the program but if accepted, they will be expected to take a level 2 language in Spanish, French, or Chinese. Students successfully completing the program earn an MCPS diploma, a Maryland Certificate of Merit, and the internationally recognized IB Diploma. An information meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24that 7:00pm in the Richard Montgomery auditorium. It will be conducted in English and in Spanish.


Applications will be given out at the information meeting; a limited number will be available at North Bethesda after the meeting; the high school will post the applications on their website.

The school websites have more information:  or

Deadlines for application must be observed. Application deadline is November 3, 2017 and testing date is December 2, 2017.

The Global Ecology Magnet at Poolesville High School – The Global Ecology Studies Program provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the scientific, cultural, social, political, economic, and technological conditions that affect the quality of life on our planet. The program involves an interdisciplinary approach to study of environmental issues with major emphasis on science and social studies areas. The information night is Monday, October 2nd in the PHS auditorium. Students with last name A – M at 5pm and students with last name N – Z at 7pm.  

Look at the school website for more information:

Deadline for application must be observed. The application deadline is November 3, 2017; the magnet testing is December 2, 2017.

Other high school choices (these represent two of many; high school counselors will tell you of others available when you are in grade 9).

The visual arts program at Albert Einstein High School…The Visual Art Center (VAC) offers students a broad perspective of the fine arts and deepens their understanding of the opportunities for art-related careers through exposure to art history, contemporary artists and artwork. This rigorous and comprehensive program, directed toward portfolio development, enables students to realize and achieve their full potential in visual art. Lessons consist of lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio activities, assigned research and group critiques. Most graduating students study fine arts or commercial art at a higher level. Courses begin in grade 10. Information can be found at their website:


Thomas Edison School of Technology offers programs for students in good standing in their home schools (WJ, for example). Thomas Edison High School of Technology (TEHST) is an application-only high school that offers half-day professional career and technology education (CTE) programs to students enrolled in all MCPS high schools. Accepted students attend TEHST for half the school day and attend their co-enrolled comprehensive high school for the remaining half-day in order to complete high school graduation requirements and participate in extracurricular activities. Courses begin in grade 10. Information can be found at their website:

*all dates are approximate; the high school will set those dates; use the website for final verification

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