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  • Walt Whitman High School9

    Bethesda, MD | Montgomery County

    March 18, 2015

    The organization is good. The Math department (and all STEM) are wonderful. Languages are ok though Japanese is very good (though an acquired taste). The English department is full of amateurs and is quite laughable. This makes for a stark contrast in terms of faculty quality. Also if your child is 2e do not bother with this school. It's all lip service and when push comes to shove, they don't know (and don't want to know) about teaching 'these' kids. y contrast there's a good program for mentally challenged (Down synd, ment. ret etc) children. But if your child is both gifted and LD this school is not the place for them.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 2, 2014

    I'm currently a student here and this school is a pressure cooker. Its so competitive here, and the students are all overly hard on themselves. The academics are good, and you will learn a lot if you decide to push yourself and take initiative. academic wise WWHS will definitely prepare you for college (ive taken classes at georgetown university while in high school and did very well). However, this school is very cliquey and not at all diverse. People don't really associate with a lot of people outside of their friend group and its really easy to get lost. WWHS is basically a typical high school with very good academics.

    August 29, 2014

    Resting on its laurels. Wealthy highly-accomplished children of parents who push hard will of course get great grades and high scores. And that makes the school look good. But remove that population and you have a middling school with a LOT of bad teachers, notably in the math department. Very few go the extra mile for a kid who is struggling academically. There is little to NO support for LD kids--even with federal accommodations. The administration seems blind to the problems with its staff because as long as the kids are scoring well, they don't take into account all the outside help (tutors, etc) required to keep students going in this hyper-competitive environment. Many children slip through the cracks here because the focus is always on the uber-achievers and not the regular kids. Prepare to have your average child traumatized by the social/academic double-whammy inflicted by these kids on each other. Not AP--you're a nobody. Whitman needs to take a step back and realize that a large part of their population is suffering from lazy teaching, indifferent counseling and peer prejudice. The pressure is unbelievable and often kids lose their innate love of learning.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 5, 2014

    Whitman is a great school, if you're willing to push yourself . The culture that surrounds Whitman and the students which attend it is what makes it a school full of successful and engaged students. I find myself having daily conversations regarding politics, literature, sciences, etc, because we are all very interested based on what we learn in class. I think that marks it exceptional. Parents push students, and those students indirectly push everyone else. Students take classes they enjoy, sometimes for the AP credit with some interest, and some solely for the interest. I love Whitman because of the classes and the inspiration I've received as well as how much I've learned about myself in that environment. There seems to be a "group" for everyone, and hardly any bullying without someone stepping in, occurs. Go to Whitman if you can push yourself, are willing to LEARN, and socially step up to the plate.

    Submitted by a student

    December 23, 2013

    Yeah, the academics are good, I guess, but there is a lot of self conceited-ness at this school. This high school is just like any other MD public high school, so there is no need to wast your money on a house in Bethesda when there are plenty of other schools that are even better than Whitman that don't require you to spend more than half of your income on a house. Many people who live in the Whitman district feel they are "very fortunate" to live in it. The students are amazing and I love them all, but a lot of them are super self conceited and think that everyone outside of the Whitman district is less fortunate than the. But they are not very fortunate at all to live in a district which will leave them in major debt. Whitman is not worth it. It's not even that great. I don't understand why people freak out over it so much. That's just my opinion. The people, at this school think that their money can get them anything they want and their school anything it wants. If you're looking for a good school, try Severna Park High in Anne Arundel County.

    Submitted by a student

    October 26, 2013

    I am not sure why this school has the reputation that it does. Zero diversity and elitist. Students test well, but many of them are incredibly rude, self entitled, non accepting - basically a-holes. If you do not come from a wealthy family, you will not fit in. There are some down to earth teachers, but not many - the others are just doing a tough job in a school where you have to deal with pompous parents complaining to you because you didn't give Biff Jr. an A on an assignment he did in the parking lot the morning it was due. Small cluster of what I consider empathetic and bright kids who will earn their way thru life rather than have mommy and daddy bully to get what their precious snowflakes deserve! Parents are involved - too involved in my opinion.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 23, 2011

    I just graduated from Whitman, and I can say that I know I'm going to really miss it. The administration is beyond phenomenal, and I can say that this school has some great teachers (and some bad ones, like every school) that I know I will visit on my college breaks. The extracurricular activities at this is school are abundant and worth it, so make sure your child gets involved since they're all amazing. However, Whitman is notorious for its elitist students, which is only true to an extent, but every school is going to have some kids that feels they're above everyone else. In all, I would like to applaud Whitman's great staff and administration for giving an extremely rewarding and memorable high school experience.

    Submitted by a student

    January 17, 2011

    I a former student and now have a daughter that goes there she says she has loads of friends but sometimes she wishes that more people would feed to that school. I love their school.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 7, 2011

    As a former Whitman student , currently studying at Princeton, I can confirm that this school prepares you for the top U.S colleges. I find myself better prepared than most of my current class mates. I would like to express my thanks to Walt Whitman teacher's and students! Whitman for me will mean more than Princeton ever will.

    Submitted by a student

    December 21, 2009

    Don't let this school's reputation fool you. Whitman only cares about its 'smart kids', that is, the kids who take AP and honors classes and who score well on standardized tests. I am an American white male with lawyers for parents, and even I have struggle being part of the ethnic and social majority in the school. Though very similar to private school, switching to Whitman was a tough transition for me, and the school did little to help. My guidance counselor tried to 'help' me by pulling me out of honors classes and holding bureaucratic meetings various school officials, giving me suggestions like 'underlining key words and phrases in class' and granting me 'preferential seating', though I made it clear I was having trouble adjusting socially rather than academically. The truth is, the school doesn't know what to do with you unless you test well and get good grades.

    Submitted by a student

    October 4, 2009

    One of the finest if not the finest public school in montgomery county. My 2 daughters graduated from Walt Whitman and moved on to Under Grad + Gradschool. A wonderful community and great support.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 18, 2009

    One of the finest if not the finest public school in montgomery county.

    February 26, 2009

    Whitman truly is a great school. As a former student who is now attending a top college, I credit Whitman for making me well-prepared for the college atmosphere. I think the statistics speak for themselves: Whitman has been rated a top 100 public high school for the past several years, and sends boatloads of students to top universities. There are obvious drawbacks to the Whitman education. As has been mentioned previously, the Bethesda environment can put an emphasis on grades rather than actually enjoying school. Cheating is also a significant problem. That being said, I think this is a side effect of many 'competitive' high schools around the nation. Dr. Goodwin also deserves credit for his job as principal. He is a very down-to-earth guy and has chosen a very competent assistant principal in Mrs. Webster. The administration at Whitman truly runs like a well-oiled machine.

    Submitted by a student

    February 24, 2009

    As a whole, Whitman is a great school. I am currently a student and I love it. The academics are rigorous and demanding and most of the teachers are sweet, and push you to your best. There are many sports to choose from, as well as clubs. Although some students might be a little too arrogant and uninteresting, this proves to be the case at any school. If you find the right group of friends, join the right teams or clubs, and take the right classes, you will have a fabulous experience here.

    Submitted by a student

    January 30, 2009

    Whitman is an extremely impersonal and arrogant school as a whole. I know. I go there. Yeah it has competitive academics and athletics. But in most of my classes, if i wanted to, i could just sit through four years of high school and never be noticed by anyone. Unfortunately, the surrounding area is too invested in their own egos to realize their children's school is this way. They think that because they live in bethesda, there school must be 'The Best'. The fact is, while other schools may not have as great test scores, chances are that students will have a more fulfilling experience. Another thing. The students. Oh my gosh. While there are many perfectly down to earth students that go there, a good percentage of them are just people you would never want to know. They are just arrogant, materialistic, and very boring.

    Submitted by a student

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