Updated 9/20/16


For ease in navigation to a particular question you may have, the following frequently asked questions are arranged in several different categories:





1. How many students are admitted?


 There are three “tested-in” programs at PHS, the Global Ecology House ( GEH), the Humanities House (HH) and the Science, Math, Computer Science House (SMCSH). Fifty out-of-the-area students are accepted into each of the three programs for a total of 150 out-of-the-area students. Local John Poole Middle School (JPMS) students do not count against the 150. JPMS students are admitted based on the decision of the selection committee which is made up of about 20 local and central office staff. There is a fourth rigorous program at PHS which is only for those families that reside in the PHS catchment area. This program is the Independent Studies Program (ISP). Additional information may be viewed at the PHS website.


2. What is the ratio of boys to girls in each of the programs?


 In the Global Ecology House the ratio is just about 50-50 boys to girls. In the Humanities House there are more girls than boys. In the Science, Math, Computer Science House there are more boys than girls.


3. How do we identify on the application form which school we want to apply to?


 You are to check off whether you are applying to Montgomery Blair High School, Richard Montgomery High School and/or Poolesville High School on page one of the application. If you are applying to more than one high school the criteria for application is listed on page one of the application booklet under the heading Overview. Each high school needs its own application. If you are applying to more than one program at Poolesville High School only one application is needed but an essay for each program (i.e. Global Ecology House; Humanities House; Science, Math, Computer Science House) is required. The essay pages are located in Section V of the application.


4. How do students interact with the entire student body?


 Each instructional house (i.e. Global Ecology House; Humanities House; Science, Math, Computer Science House) has core courses that are required and sometimes linked. Students will interact with the entire student body in foreign language courses, physical education courses and many other courses. For example, students from the Science, Math, Computer Science House will be in an Honors English class with Global Ecology students as well as Independent Studies Program (ISP) students.

5. How do the magnet kids interact with non-magnet students?



 Poolesville High School is the first Whole School Magnet in Montgomery County Public Schools. As a result, all students are considered magnet students. The Whole School magnet model engages and challenges students selected through an application/screening process, as well as local school students interested in the magnet focus areas. Local students who did not go through the application/screening process benefit from an Independent Studies Program (ISP) during their 9th and 10th grade years. When choosing courses for their junior year, students select a house focus from: Biological and Physical Science, Cultural and Political Studies, Music/Arts/Media Studies, Technology and Math Studies, Project Lead the Way (engineering program) and Original Studies. These students may also earn an ISP Certificate of Achievement based on the courses that they select as juniors and seniors. Please see the Poolesville High School magnet website for further details.


6. If you are a Poolesville resident and don’t get invited into the magnet program can you still take the magnet courses?


 In the junior and senior years, there are many courses that are open to all students at PHS Magnet.

Poolesville residents benefit from an Independent Studies Program (ISP) during their 9th and 10th grade years. When choosing courses for their junior year, students select a house focus from: Biological and Physical Science, Cultural and Political Studies, Music/Arts/Media Studies, Technology and Math Studies and Original Studies. These students may also earn an ISP Certificate of Achievement based on the courses that they select as juniors and seniors. Please see the Poolesville High School magnet website for further details. http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/poolesvillehs/magnet/


7. My child loves science and wants to apply to the Science, Math, Computer Science House. They do not like programming. Will they be successful?


 So much of the correct answer to this question depends on the child and their past programming experience and their willingness to learn something new. If the experience was bad it may have been the teacher or the expectations for the child. A child who does not like programming at all needs to really consider perhaps entering the Global Ecology House which is a highly rigorous program as well. The first computer class in the Science, Math, Computer Science House is not really a programming class. It is entitled Fundamentals of Computer Science and teaches independent computer science units using computers as tools for science and engineering fields. The second class is entitled Algorithms and Data Structures and does deal with computer programming.


8. What happens if the courses are just too hard for my child?


 Our first goal would be to support the student to make sure that they are successful.

Students who do not find success at PHS for whatever reason may always return to their home high school at any point during the four years.


9. What types of expenses are there related to the field trips and projects?


 Cost should never be a consideration in determining whether or not to be part of the magnet programs at PHS. While there are fees associated with activities, funds are available for students who cannot afford to pay.


10. How many students applied to each house last year?

 Almost 690 applications were received last year. For the SMCSH there were 424 applications, for the GEH 487 applications and for HH 376 applications. Realize that these numbers do not add up to 690 because students may apply to more than one house.


11. Why did you not take questions from the floor on Information Night?


 The sheer number of people in the audience made it impossible to ask and answer questions. Many times people ask questions that are so specific to their situation that it is a waste of time for others. It is truly out of respect for my staff, parents and the students in the audience that we do not entertain questions during the presentations on Information Night. The questions are collected and then answered on the web.


12. Are there people currently in the program who did not have straight A’s?


 Yes. Please review question 2 in the Selection Process section for further information about the criteria for selection in the Screening and Selection Process.


13. If a student selects a specific house in ninth grade are they able to switch later?


 No. Students are not allowed to switch houses during their four year stay at PHS.


14. If your child does not start in the program in 9th grade can he or she transfer in a higher grade?




15. What information will be given out on at the application workshop?


 The Application Workshop is for families who do not have easy command of the English language. Interpreters will be present in the following languages: Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Please look at the grid under Upcoming Events to determine the date and location of the Application Workshop.



16. Do students in the three magnet programs participate in sports?


 Many students participate in sports as well as other extra-curriculars such as clubs, band, and drama. Band is different from a sport or a club in that it is both a class and an extra-curricular activity. As a magnet student, your priority will be your magnet academic program, which must take priority over any schedule conflicts during the school day. Since the heart of a magnet program is a block of back-to-back classes some magnet students find that it is hard to take Concert Band or Jazz Band more than one year of their high school career.


17. How many students came from the middle school magnet program, Roberto Clemente?


 28% - Roberto Clemente; 25% - John Poole Middle School; 47% - 19 other middle schools


18. What is the difference between PHS and the IB program at Richard Montgomery?


 The interdisciplinary method of teaching is the main difference between PHS and RM. PHS integrates/blends subjects to be able to get real world application to the subjects that are taught. Richard Montgomery will be able to issue an IB Diploma that is recognized around the world. The prescribed path of courses offers little flexibility. The PHS students will receive a Maryland diploma with a Certificate of Achievement from their chosen path of study. PHS students have more opportunities for course selection based on their interest.

19. How much time is spent on homework each night? 


 The average time spent on homework each night is about 3 hours. Students who procrastinate may be looking at 6 hours on some nights. This question is always hard to answer because students work at different rates.


20. What advantage are these programs over just an aggressive load of AP classes when it comes to applying to college?


 The difference would be the magnet designation which implies a higher level of scrutiny than just an AP class. When the high school transcript is sent to a college, a program description for each house is included which lists specific SAT and AP data for that house. At PHS Magnet we also offer courses which are beyond AP like: Thermodynamics, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Optics, Introduction to Genetic Analysis, Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus, Writing Mobile Apps for Android Devices, Robotics, Quantum Physics, Vector Calculus, Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry.



21. Are there any other schools in upper Montgomery County being considered for this type of program?


 PHS is the only magnet high school for upper Montgomery County just as Montgomery Blair is the only magnet high school for lower Montgomery County. Students from all of Montgomery County may apply to Richard Montgomery’s IB program.


22. Are Science, Math, Computer Science students getting any college credits?


 As juniors and seniors the SMCSH students have many choices of courses available to them. Some will offer AP credit. The SMCSH elective classes mentioned in question 20 are considered beyond AP in scope and sequence.


23. Are the field trips during the school week or does it involve weekends too?


 On rare occasion a field trip may be part of a weekend. For example, in 10th grade the Science, Math, Computer Science students take a 4 day trip to Wallops Island which runs into the entire day on Saturday.


24. What are the differences between the Poolesville Media Component of Humanities and the Media class at Roberto Clemente’s Magnet Program?


 It is important to first realize that the teachers from PHS are in close contact with the teachers from RCMS. The media component is a continuation of what the students have studied in middle school. The background knowledge gained by some students who attended RCMS will also be accessible to students who did not. There might be some overlap, but it is important to recognize that there is greater depth of analysis compared to what can be accomplished in middle school. It is important to recognize that the cognitive aptitude that a 6th grader brings to a discussion of media is very different than that of a 9th grader or a 12th grader. A few of the objectives from units are:

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the use and meaning of symbols and images in visual media
  • Analyze the basic elements of advertising in visual media (e.g. sales approaches and techniques aimed at children)
  • Evaluate the ways in which the deregulation of media ownership shape the media landscape and the content of media products
  • Evaluate how media concentration affects consumer control and consumer choice
  • Evaluate the role of the media as the “fourth estate” in a democracy
  • Analyze the relationship between advertising, media concentration and journalistic freedom
  • Analyze the role of media in addressing social and cultural issues and/or creating or promoting values such as the UN, military action, election of political candidates, use of media to achieve governmental, societal and cultural goals
  • Define and identify strategies to analyze stereotypes in visual media
  • Evaluate the use of stereotype and biases in visual media
  • Assess bias in the media in race, class, and gender
  • Examine the role of media and violence
  • Analyze the role of media in the creation of a celebrity
  • Research on the reliability of the media
  • Analyze media in business and entertainment (e.g. who controls media and who does media control?)


25. Currently how many students are in each house for the ninth grade?


 In the Global Ecology House there are currently 90, which translate into three classes. In Humanities House there are around 60 students or two classes of students. In Science, Math, Computer Science there are 60 students therefore two classes of students.



26. Do kids in Global Ecology get to take electives from the other houses?


 There are many classes that are open to all students at PHS in the junior and senior year.


27. If my child gets into the Humanities Program, but wants to be a medical doctor will he be adequately prepared?


 There will be many opportunities for Humanities students to take rigorous science classes. It is also important to recognize that your child has his entire undergraduate college career to prepare for whatever endeavor they wish to pursue.


28. How many students are in the programs have a 504 or an IEP?


 Currently there are 3-5 students in each house for the ninth grade who have special accommodations.


29. What is the Independent Studies Program (ISP) program?


 Students whose home high school is PHS who have not “tested-in” to the Global House, Humanities House or Science, Math, Computer Science House are in the Independent Studies Program. These students may choose a focused plan of study in their junior and senior year. They may also earn a certificate of recognition in Biological and Physical Sciences, Cultural and Political Studies, Music/Arts/

Media Studies or Original Studies or Project Lead The Way. ISP students will be recognized at graduation with a notation in the graduation program and receive a special tassel recognizing their hard work. ISP students are also eligible to be Falcon Ambassadors as well. You may visit the following website for more information.




30. Can you apply to two programs? Do you have to decide at the time of testing?


 Students may apply to any and all of the three “tested-in” programs at PHS. The selection committee will invite students, put students in a waiting pool or say no. When parents and students receive the notification letter it will list the programs that the students are invited to. There is a return form that must be mailed to the school with a parent signature indicating which of the programs the child has chosen. The family decides which program is chosen if more than one invitation is extended by the selection committee.


 On the day of the test students are asked to rank their order of preference of programs but this information is not used in making a decision about whether or not a child is invited to a program.



31. What is the difference between the Communication and Arts Program at Montgomery Blair and the Humanities House at Poolesville?


 Selection is one of the main differences in the programs. The selection process for the Humanities House at PHS is very rigorous using the same selection criteria as for the IB program at Richard Montgomery. The Humanities House does not have drama as a main component of the course selection. Drama and theatre may be taken as an elective, but these courses are not required.


32. My son is GTLD – gifted, talented, learning disabled and has an IEP. Should I discourage him from applying to the Global Ecology House?


 We currently have students with IEPs in the Global House, Humanities House and the Science, Math, Computer Science House who have had great success. In Global because of the number of field trips it is important to recognize that the students must make up all work from classes that are missed because of a trip. I would not discourage a child who is GTLD from applying to Global, but I would make it clear that while the program is a field based program it is a program for highly-able students who love science. The program is not a work/study program.


33. What are the foreign language needs for students coming from the middle schools?


 Most of our students in every house come to PHS with at least one year of foreign language taken in middle school. If your child has not completed the first year of foreign language it does not exempt them from being chosen. Taking foreign language in middle school is strongly encouraged.


34. What dissections (if any) will be done by the students?


 Dissections in biology are not mandatory in Montgomery County Public Schools. Alternative assignments are given for students who morally have an objection.


35. When does school start?


 First period starts at 7:45 AM.



36. Do parents have to contribute financially to the costs of field trips? If so, what is a rough cost estimate per year?  


 If a family cannot afford the cost of fieldtrips confidential help is provided to fund their field trips. The annual cost of field trips varies by house, grades, and in some cases, which trips a student chooses to participate. For example, Global families are assessed an annual fee of $45.00 to cover the costs of a minimal of 8-10 field trips per year. The funds are used to pay for the substitute coverage that is needed when a teacher leaves the building. There could be additional optional trips offered and even overnight trips, which would have additional transportation, lodging, and food costs.


37. If we start the SMCS program at PHS, but relocate our residence to the Wootton cluster, where do we go to school in the 10th grade.


 For the SMCS program, once accepted, if you live in the upper county area you would attend Poolesville, but if you move out of the area serviced by Poolesville you would attend the SMCS program at Montgomery Blair. Poolesville is the only school offering a Humanities House, so if you move to the down county area you may attend your home high school or you may apply for a Change of School Assignment (COSA) but would be expected to provide your own transportation to PHS. The Global Ecology program is open to students living in all of Montgomery County. The bussing is limited in the down-county area.


38. What math teams or competitions does PHS have or participate with?  


 PHS completes in the Montgomery County Math League and the Maryland Math League. PHS participates in math competitions at GW, University of Maryland, and the AMC competition.


39. What is the difference between what is covered/taught in the Global House and the Science, Math, Computer Science House?


One big difference is that GH students take 7 classes for all 4 years and SMCSH students take 8 classes each year. Both houses are rigorous science programs. GH has a focus on the environment. SMCSH has a focus on research.


40. In SMCSH when does a student have time to do an internship?


 The internship takes place in the summer between the junior and senior year. It is at least a 6 week internship. Some student continue the internship during their senior year of high school..



41. How is the math sequence of Curriculum 2.0 affecting magnet math at PHS?


 The history of over acceleration in math was noticed by the magnet schools first. We found that many students had been so accelerated at such a young age that they had forgotten math that was taught in their 6th grade Algebra 1 class. We welcome the new changes in the math curriculum. As Montgomery County rolls out completely Math Curriculum 2.0 we recognize that more students will be coming to us needing to take Magnet Geometry.


42. My child is not good in math will they be competitive in SMCS and GH?


 Both SMCSH and GH are high level science magnets. Math is the language of science. It is important to recognize that the magnet programs are not honors programs. The programs are for students whose needs would not be met at their local high school because their desire is for more rigorous course work. The students are truly highly-able. It is so important to recognize that Maryland is the #1 state in regard to education. As a result, the level of rigor that exists in all high schools in quite high when compared across the country. There is always more than one pathway to success.


43. What programming languages are taught?


 Arduino, C++,Java, Python, Processing


44. Do top universities look more favorably at an average student in a magnet program or a student in the top 5 percentile attending a non-magnet school?

 The top three criteria that colleges use are:


  1.  CGPA – Cummulative Grade Point Average – This is often the first sort that is done.
  2. SAT/ACT Scores
  3. Strength of Schedule – a thorough examination of the transcript to determine whether or not the student has taken high level classes. This is also reflected in the WGPA – Weighted Grade Point Average


Schools are looking for students who are good citizens. This translates into the child’s involvement in extra-curricular activities.


45. Which electives are distinctly Global Electives?


 The electives are not really categorized by the house designation. All students are able to take electives based on whether or not they have the prerequisite courses. For example, Wildlife Biology or Marine Biology are electives that many Global students take. Other students are present in the class. Our school is much more inclusive rather than exclusive when it comes to electives.



46. What level of math and science courses are available to Humanities students?


 Depending on the child’s ability and prerequisite courses needed, the answer is all courses.


47. Do students take classes with only students in the same house?


 When GH, HH and SMCSH students are in their blocked classes they are with students in the same house. All other classes are mixed.


48. What kind of internships do Global House students do?


 Global House students have the opportunity to do internships in just about any area. Some students have secured internships at NIH, NIST, and University of MD. Many are high level internships with working under a Phd scientist. Some students set up internships that are more of a service approach. They have in the past given time to the Second Hand Nature Center, National Zoo, Peachtree Animal Clinic. It really depends on the student and their interest. Global House students are welcome into the SMCS research classes in junior and senior year so that they can prepare high level papers that are entered in the Siemens and Intel science competitions. The sky is the limit!




1. How do students get to school?


 MCPS provides transportation for students in and out of the Poolesville area. Out-of-the-area students meet at central locations referred to as localized hubs. Please see the website below for the current bus routes and times. Routes are subject to change for the following school year. Most buses arrive to PHS between 7:00 AM and 7:10 AM. Please visit the website below to see our current bus routes. When you are looking at the main page of the Poolesville High School website please look on the left side to find the Quick Links section. Bus Routes is the top entry.






1. My daughter is applying to the IB program at Richard Montgomery and the Humanities House program at Poolesville High School. Just one set of teacher recommendations will do?


 MCPS teachers will fill out the recommendations on an MCPS database. PHS Magnet will then print out the recommendations. Likewise, RM will print out their recommendations from that database.


 Non-MCPS teachers need to fill out the recommendations and then print them out and send them to each school. If the child is applying to RM and PHS Magnet, a set of recommendations is needed at PHS Magnet and RM.


2. How many teacher recommendations are required?


 Four teacher recommendations from the 8th grade teacher are required: English, Math, Science, Social Studies.


3. How many applications do you receive for each house?  


 Applications vary by year. For example the Class of 2018, 690 total applications were received: 487 Global applications, 376 Humanities applications, and 424 SMCS applications. Of course these numbers do not had up to 690 because students can apply to more than one program.


4. My son currently attends a private school and doesn’t have an MCPS ID number. What do I put on the application?


 In the space for the MCPS ID number please put Private or “P” for private.


5. Can essays be typed on the application?


 I would recommend that students type the essay in WORD and then copy and paste them into the application. In that way the child benefits from spell check and a grammar check. The application does not have spell check and a grammar check imbedded.


6. I am still unclear if we fill out one application for all “houses”?


 Yes, you fill out one application for all of the “houses”. On Page 1 of the application you check boxes to inform us of the houses that you want to apply to.




1. Is preference given to applicants that would attend PHS anyway, or to applicants from outside the PHS area?

 Preference is not given to one group over another during screening and selection. Students whose home high school is PHS, do not preclude out-of-the-area students from being invited into the programs, nor do out-of-the-area students preclude students whose home high school is PHS from being invited.

Students who have a sibling that attends PHS Magnet are not given preferential selection either.


2. What selection criteria are used?


 The selection committee is made of 20 staff members. Ten of the members come from Central Office and 10 are from PHS. Every folder is read twice. If the student is applying to all three programs the folder is ready six times. The contents of the folder are used as the criteria for selection. The folder contains: the application with an essay for each house that is written at home, 7th and 8th grade (first nine weeks) report cards, 4 confidential teacher recommendations – English, math, social studies, science, scores from the Pearson math and verbal test given on the testing day, and a writing sample that was created on the testing day. In addition MAPR and MSA scores are used.

3. For students who took SATs through the Johns Hopkins program, will their scores be considered?


 Parents may send in SAT scores but they are not required. The scores will be considered but would never be a determining factor because most 8th graders do not have SAT scores.


4. If a student is in the waiting pool, will they be notified in the middle of February as well?


 Yes, all students who tested will be notified of three possible decisions: no, waiting pool and yes.

The waiting pool is open the entire summer. The waiting pool is a very valued position.


5. What if you live in Poolesville and don’t make it into the programs?


 If you live in the Poolesville area and do not make it into the programs you will be eligible for the Independent Studies Program (ISP), which is part of the Whole School Magnet at Poolesville High School. Many students who have graduated from PHS who were not in Global Ecology have gone on to be doctors, dentists, research scientists and attorneys.


6. If my child is invited to Poolesville and Richard Montgomery, will she be allowed to select the program she wants to attend?  


Yes, a child may only accept one program. It is up to the family which program they choose to accept.


7. If Poolesville is my second choice is it going to affect my chance of selection?  


 Screeners do see student preference data when they are examining files, this fact however is never used as a final deciding factor.


8. If a student takes the PSAT in 8th grade will those scores be used in the screening and selection process?


 Everything in the child’s folder is read by the selection committee. Because PSAT scores are not required and most students have not taken a PSAT test the results would never be used as a deciding factor. The results would be viewed as additional information.




1. Do all three high schools, Montgomery Blair, Poolesville High School and Richard Montgomery all use the same test?


 Yes, the same test is used at all three sites.


2. What is the total length of the test, if you apply to all three Poolesville Programs and the IB at Richard Montgomery?  

 The Verbal and Math portions of the test are together 2 hours. The writing portion of the test is 30 minutes.


3. Is the essay portion of the test computer-based or handwritten?  


 The essay portion is handwritten. IEP and 504 writing accommodations are honored.


4. My child is taking the entrance exam for the Archdiocese to apply to a catholic high school as well. The testing date is the same date as the test for PHS Magnet. What do I do?


 When you submit your child’s application please include a note stating that you have a testing day conflict. The magnet coordinator will contact your family directly. Usually students take the test on the following day (Sunday) at Richard Montgomery.


  1. What is the cost of the test and how do I pay?


 The cost of the test is $65.00. You may pay for the test with a credit card online. Go to the PHS Website>PHS Online School Store>Special Programs>Magnet High School Program. If you are paying for the test with a check, please make the check out to “Poolesville High School”. If you are applying to both PHS Magnet and Richard Montgomery, please make the check out to “Richard Montgomery” and send the check to RMHS. Please put a copy of the online payment in each application. If you are writing a check to Richard Montgomery, please put a copy of the check in the application to PHS.


  1.  Where do I take the test?


 Last year 1,700 students took the magnet test at one of three high schools: Montgomery Blair High School, Richard Montgomery High School or Poolesville High School. To guarantee that the students are divided evenly you will take the test based on what your home high school is.


Test at Montgomery Blair High School if your home high school is:

  1.  Bethesda Chevy Chase
  2. Montgomery Blair
  3. James Hubert Blake
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. John F. Kennedy
  6. Northwood
  7. Paint Branch
  8. Sherwood
  9. Springbrook
  10. Wheaton


Test at Richard Montgomery High School if your home high school is:

  1.  Winston Churchill
  2. Gaithersburg
  3. Walter Johnson
  4. Col. Zadok Magruder
  5. Richard Montgomery
  6. Rockville
  7. Thomas Wootton
  8. Walt Whitman


Test at Poolesville High School if your home high school is:

  1.  Clarksburg
  2. Damascus
  3. Northwest
  4. Poolesville
  5. Quince Orchard
  6. Seneca Valley
  7. Watkins Mill




  1.  What are the topics on the test?


There are three sections to the test: Pearson Verbal, Pearson Verbal, Writing Sample


Pearson Verbal – The test has questions that fit into three categories: vocabulary, logical reasoning, reading comprehension.


Pearson Math – There are questions that fit in to two categories: mathematical problems, quantitative comparisons.


Writing Sample – Students will be given a writing prompt that has them explain, analyze a quote that is provided for them. The students are asked to use their previous life experience to answer the question.


 Remember that there is a test preparation booklet on the PHS website. Click the Magnet tab. Please call if you have any questions. 301.972.7976




1. Why does PHS need an extended day?


 In order to provide the full program for students in Science, Math, Computer Science House (SMCSH) an extra course is needed to meet certificate and state requirements. SMCSH students have an 8 period day for all four years at PHS. The extended day will allow PHS to offer the additional courses for the certificate and electives. Currently Montgomery Blair High School operates on an extended day schedule for their Science, Math, Computer Science program.. (The Global Ecology House and the Humanities House run on a seven period schedule.)


2. What is the extended day? Study time?


  • The standard instructional day remains the same – 7:45 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Local and out-of-the-area buses depart at 2:30 PM
  • An extended instruction period is added from 2:40 – 3:25 PM
  • Students who can provide their own transportation may leave the school at 3:25 PM
  • Students who participate in extra-curriculars join their groups at 3:25 PM
  • A Study Time occurs between 3:30 – 4:20 PM
  • Local and out-of-the-area buses depart at 4:30 PM


3. Who is affected?


  • Extended day bus service will be provided for Grade 9-12 students.
  • Students in the Science, Math, Computer Science House participate in 8 periods day for all four years in order to fulfill the certificate requirements
  • Global Ecology House students and Humanities House students are not required to stay for the extended day


4. What classes are being offered during the extended day instructional period?


 For the 2016-2017 school year eight classes were offered during the extended period: Advanced Science 1 & 2, AP US History, AP NSL, Magnet Precalculus C/D, Analysis of Algorithms, Research Design/Research Project A, AP Literature, Genetics.

5. What happens during the study time period?

 The study time period allows students to have time to do homework and extended computer time. Students who are involved in extra-curricular activities do not attend study time on days when those activities meet. Students who can provide their own transportation home do not have to attend study time.


6. How will extended day affect sports and after school activities?


 Coaches and club sponsors will adjust schedules to accept students arriving at 3:25 PM on an individual basis. Depending on the sport, some students will not have the exact same amount of practice time as a result of their academic class. The expectation for the coaches is that the academic class comes first and then practice. SMCS students have been the quarterback of the football team, starters on the basketball team and soccer teams. The house designation does not limit the playing time of the athlete.


7. How does transportation work for extended day?


 Every day there are two bus runs. One is at 2:30 PM and one is at 4:30 PM. Please review the answer to question 2 above for additional information.

8. How often does the 8th class for SMCSH students meet?


 PHS has an 8 period day. There are 8 academic class each day. There are exceptions such as half-days or the day before a holiday. For the exceptions, students have longer 8th periods and shorter study halls during such weeks to make sure no instruction is lost.




  1. Can I shadow?


 This question is often asked. Because of the high volume of applications we cannot have students shadow at our school. We are at capacity in terms of the enrollment of the school. The extra students would interfere with our instructional day. Please know that on the Magnet Home Page you can find over 10 videos that give you a very good view of the school in action. Please take the time to view them. Additionally, recognize and remember that Poolesville High School is the #1 school in the State of Maryland.




1. Are students allowed to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities if they are part of an extended day program?


 Coaches and club sponsors will adjust schedules to accept students arriving at 3:25 PM on an individual basis.


2. When do tryouts occur for sports?


 Poms and cheerleading have tryouts at the end of the 8th grade year. Students who receive an invitation to be at PHS Magnet as 9th graders will receive the information about poms and cheerleading tryouts by email.


 All other sports begin around the second week in August each year. Students must have a health form filled out by a doctor before they can begin practice. The form may be found on our school website. Click on the Athletics tab.




1. What sports and music are available at PHS?

 PHS offers all sports that are available to secondary school in Montgomery County Public Schools. For the 2016-17 school year the following music courses were offered: chorus, guitar, concert band and AP Music Theory


2. What levels of foreign language are offered?


 At PHS we have classes in French and Spanish. For French we teach French 1,2,3,4,5. For Spanish we teach Spanish 1 – 5 and also AP Spanish and Spanish Literature.


 We offer the AP Chinese test each year because we have many students who go to Chinese school on Saturdays. We currently cannot find a Chinese teacher who has the State of Maryland certification credentials to teach in public school. Please contact the magnet office if you know of any high level candidates.


3. Are there plays put on at Poolesville?


 Yes, in the fall there is a drama play and in the spring a musical. The productions involve over 100 students for each performance with dual casts to involve even more students.


4. Do any of the Poolesville science classes teach about genetics?


 Genetics is taught in biology classes routinely. A special class called Introduction to Genetic Analysis, which is beyond AP in difficulty, is offered for juniors and seniors in any house.


5. How much time is there between classes?


 There are five minutes of passing time between classes at PHS.


6. What schools have PHS students gotten into in the past?


Adelphi University

Agnes Scott College

The University of Alabama

Albright College

Alfred University

Allegany College of Maryland

Allegheny College

American University

Appalachian State University

Arcadia University

Arizona State University

The University of Arizona

The University of the Arts

College of the Atlantic

Auburn University

Austin Peay State University

Averett University

Babson College

Baldwin-Wallace College

Baltimore County Community College

Baltimore International College

University of Baltimore

Bard College

Barnard College

Barry University

Bates College

Baylor University

Belmont Abbey College

Beloit College

Bennington College

Bethany College

Bethune-Cookman College

Binghamton University

Biola University

Bloomsburg University

Boston College

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Bowie State University

Bowling Green State University

Bradley University

Brandeis University

Bridgewater College

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University, Idaho

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Butte College

Cabrini College

University of California at Davis

U of California at Los Angeles

U of California at Santa Barbara

U of California at Santa Cruz

California State U, Long Beach

California Polytechnic Institute

Calvin College

Campbell University

Carleton College

Carlow University

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Catawba College

The Catholic University of America

Cazenovia College

Cedar Crest College

Centenary College

Central Christian College of the Bible

University of Central Florida

Central Michigan University

Champlain College

Charleston Southern University

College of Charleston

University of Charleston

Chatham College

Chestnut Hill College

University of Chicago

Christopher Newport University

The Citadel

Claflin University

Clark University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colby College

Colby-Sawyer College

Colgate University

University of Colorado at Boulder

U of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Colorado College

Colorado State University

Columbia College

Columbia University

Connecticut College

University of Connecticut

Cooper Union

Cornell College

Cornell University

Covenant College

The Culinary Institute of America

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

University of Dayton

Delaware State University

University of Delaware

University of Denver

DePauw University

DeVry University

Dickinson College

U of the District of Columbia

Drew University

Drexel University

Duke University

Duquesne University

Earlham College

East Carolina University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern University

Eastman School Music, U of Rochester

Eckerd College

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Elizabethtown College

Elmira College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U - FL

Emerson College

Emory University

The Evergreen State College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairmont State University

The University of Findlay

Flagler College

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Florida Southern College

Florida State University

University of Florida

Fordham University

Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin College Switzerland

Franklin Pierce University

Frederick Community College

Frostburg State University

Furman University

George Mason University

The George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Southern University

University of Georgia

Gettysburg College

Goucher College

Green Mountain College

Greensboro College

Grinnell College

Grove City College

Guilford College

Hagerstown Business College

Hamilton College - NY

Hampshire College

Hampton University

Hartford College for Women

University of Hartford

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College

Hawaii Pacific University

High Point University

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hofstra University

Hollins University

College of the Holy Cross

Hood College

Howard Community College

Howard University

Humboldt State University

Husson College

University of Illinois at Chicago

U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Immaculata University

Indiana State University

Indiana University at Bloomington

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The University of Iowa

Ithaca College

Jacksonville University

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales University

Juniata College

Kalamazoo College

Kean University

Kennesaw State University

Kent State University

University of Kentucky

Kenyon College

Knoxville College

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

La Salle University

Lafayette College

Lasell College

Lebanon Valley College

Lehigh University

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lewis & Clark College

Liberty University

Limestone College

Lincoln University

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Long Island U, C.W. Post Campus

Longwood University

Louisiana State University

University of Louisville

Loyola College in Maryland

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Lycoming College

Lynchburg College

University of Maine

Manhattanville College

Marist College

Mars Hill College

Marshall University

Mary Baldwin College

University of Mary Washington

U of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Maryland Institute College of Art

U of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, College Park

Marymount University

Maryville College

Marywood University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Boston

McDaniel College

The University of Memphis

Mercyhurst College

Messiah College

Methodist University

Miami University, Oxford

University of Miami

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

University of Michigan

University of Michigan, Flint

Midlands Technical College

Millersville University

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Mississippi College

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri Columbia

University of Missouri, Kansas City

Molloy College

Montana State University, Bozeman

The University of Montana, Missoula

Montgomery College, Germantown

Montgomery College, Rockville

Montgomery College, Takoma Park

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mountain State University

Muhlenberg College

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

New England College

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

The College of New Jersey

University of New Mexico

New York University

Newberry College

Newbury College

Norfolk State University

U of North Carolina at Asheville

U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

U of North Carolina at Charlotte

U of North Carolina at Greensboro

U of North Carolina at Pembroke

U of North Carolina at Wilmington

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Northland College

Northwestern University

Norwich University

College of Notre Dame of Maryland

University of Notre Dame

Nyack College

Oberlin College

Ohio Northern University

The Ohio State University

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Old Dominion University

University of Oregon

Otis College of Art and Design

Pace University, Pleasantville-Briarcliff

University of the Pacific

Parsons School of Design

Paul Mitchell, The School

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts

PSU Erie: The Behrend College

PSU: University Park

University of Pennsylvania

Pepperdine University

Pfeiffer University

Philadelphia University

Pittsburg State University

University of Pittsburgh

Pomona College

Pratt Institute

Princeton University

Providence College

Purdue University

Quinnipiac University

Radford University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of Rhode Island

Rhodes College

University of Richmond

Rider University

Roanoke College

Robert Morris University

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Rochester

Rollins College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rowan University

Rutgers University

Saint Anselm College

Saint Augustine's College-NC

Saint Francis University

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Leo University

Saint Michael's College

Salem College

Salisbury University

San Diego State University

University of San Diego

San Francisco Art Institute

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

The University of Scranton

Seminole Community College

Seton Hall University

Seton Hill University

Shenandoah University

Shepherd University

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Siena College

Skidmore College

Slippery Rock U of Pennsylvania

Smith College

University of South Carolina

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

Southern Methodist University

University of Southern Mississippi

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern Virginia University

Spelman College

St. Bonaventure University

St. John's College

St. John's University - Queens Campus

St. Lawrence University

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Stanford University

Stevenson University

Stonehill College

Stony Brook University

Suffolk University

SUNY at Albany

SUNY at New Paltz

SUNY Coll-Envir Sci and Forestry

SUNY College at Potsdam

SUNY Maritime College

Susquehanna University

Syracuse University

The University of Tampa

Temple University

Tennessee State University

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Texas Tech University

The University of Texas, Austin

The University of Texas, San Antonio

Towson University

Trinity College

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

US Coast Guard Academy

US Merchant Marine Academy

US Military Academy – West Point

Universal Technical Institute

Ursinus College

Utah State University

University of Utah

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

University of Vermont

Villanova University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Intermont College

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Virginia Wesleyan College

University of Virginia

Wagner College

Wake Forest University

Warren Wilson College

Washington and Jefferson College

Washington and Lee University

Washington Bible College

Washington College

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Washington

Webb Institute

Wellesley College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wesley College

West Chester University of Pa

West Liberty State College

West Virginia University

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Western Carolina University

Western Michigan University

Western New England College

Western Washington University

Westminster College

Whittier College

College of William and Mary

Williams College

Winthrop University

University of Wisconsin, Madison

The College of Wooster

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

University of Wyoming

Xavier University

Yale University

York College of Pennsylvania

Youngstown State University


7. What kind of clubs do you have?


 The following clubs are available for the 2013-14 school year: Art Club, Asian American Club, Badminton, Book Club, Business/Investment Club, Chemistry Club, Chess Club, Computer Team Club, Dance Club, Debate, Equestrian club, Falcon Ambassadors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Forensics, Gay and Straight Alliance, Grill Masters, Harry Potter Club, Hero Club, History Club, Hockey Club, Independent Film Club, Interact Club, It’s Academic, Key Club, Leo’s, Linguistics, Literary Magazine, Matheletes, Midnight Players, Mission OSOP (Overseas Soldier Outreach Program), Mock Trial, Model UN, National Science Bowl, Otaku (Anime), Pink Ribbon, Physics, Random Acts, FIRST Robotics, Rock Band Club, Rubik’s Cube, Science Olympiad, Shakespeare Club, Theoretical Physics Club, World Cultures, Wounded Warriors, Young Life.


8. What kind of Art Programs do you have?


 Currently the following art classes are offered at PHS: AP Studio Art, Studio Art 1 & 2, Ceramics & Sculpture 1 & 2, Drawing and Design, Photography


9. What is the racial breakdown of Poolesville High School?  


 For the 2016-2017 school year Poolesville High School is 30.6% Asian, 5.0% African-American, 7.5% Hispanic, 5.7 % Multiple Races and 51.2% White.


10. Does Poolesville have an orchestra?


 PHS Magnet does not have an orchestra. We do offer chorus, guitar and band. We have offered orchestra each year but last year only 8 students signed up. Students are not signing up for music. Student choice drives the schedule. We do have an abundance of science and math courses because students are choosing to take those classes.


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