• Winston Churchill High School9

    Potomac, MD | Montgomery County

    November 9, 2014


    I am currently a junior at Churchill and im not very satisfied with it. Obviously it is technically the best academic public school in the state, but there are many downsides to it as well. The school is very inconsistent. You either have a great teacher who is very open to helping students, or you have a stubborn, ignorant and untalented teacher. But one of the largest problems at Churchill is the amount of homework give. I know I may be whining, but as 2 sport varsity athlete (Football and track) and an active member in many clubs, the homework given is just too much. On a good day, I might go to sleep at 10:30 pm, doing hw from the time I arrive home. Thats during the spring, when I have no sports. But during fall and winter where many people participate in sports, teachers dont even consider your well being and assign alot of hw. With all the homework and extra cirriculars, many students are caused to sleep late, (12 pm - 2pm) and be really stressed out. The school also has a poor athletic base, with very little athletes and people dedicated to their sports.

    Submitted by a student

    July 21, 2014


    I am a student at WCHS. This school is absolutely terrible. The teachers are mean, the students are self-centered, and the attendance lady is extremely moody. Your child has to wake up at 6AM every morning, and do hours of homework every night. This school organisms every test, for every class, on the same day to make it stressful for your child. If you want your child to have no childhood, this is the perfect school for him/her. I would rate this school a 0 out of 10

    February 22, 2014


    The goal is to achieve mastery. Churchill succeeds. Offers Spanish and Chinese Offers instrumental music Offers drama Top test scores Lots of honors courses and AP

    Submitted by a parent

    October 26, 2013


    I am just going to be brutally honest here. I went to this school, as did my brother, 3 cousins, and several people I know/have met over the past 15 years. My parent's house is just down the street as a matter of fact. From a learning perspective - the school prepares you for a top tier college, and I, myself, went onto GWU, my brother at Georgetown. This is similar to others I know that end up in colleges of the same level or better. No issues here - its great. The main problem -- which is very likely not be change anytime soon is the people. I am positive of this, as it hasn't changed in 15 years --- don't expect it to now. The surrounding area is relatively affluent, and thus the kids generally are stuck-up or feel the world owes them something. Fast cars and money at a young age generally lead to bad things. And in some cases -- parents aren't around due to travel/work etc. There is a HUGE designer drug problem. Promiscuity is also extremely high. Don't expect your kid not to have tried and/or been approached for either before graduation. As I said, parents are not around - so house parties where anything goes is a frequent occurrence. 90210 syndrome.

    Submitted by a student

    October 6, 2013


    I am a parent of a WCHS graduate, and I graduated from Churchill in 1973. I can't say enough good things about Churchill -- the teachers, the parents and the administration is deeply committed to students and their families. The school not only cares about the top students as is the case of many high schools, but they care about all of the students. I found the teachers to be accessible, and the lines of communication were always open. The parents are also very involved in every aspect of the school. It is not surprising that Churchill is a blue ribbon school and one of the very best across the nation. If someone is moving to the DC area, I highly recommend that they move into WCHS district for an education that is second to none. High quality education, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 17, 2013


    Stellar education in a great neighborhood. Very pleased with academics and administration as well as extracurricular offerings.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 26, 2013


    Top notch school in every respect. Many Churchill graduates go on to top tier coleges. The wealth of the surrounding neighborhoods is certainly reflected in the student body, but I have found the kids here to be generally respectful and intelligent. In addition to outstanding academics, the school offers many opportunities for enrichment (a phenomenal orchestra, drama, sports--even a great crew team). Truly one of the best high schools in the area (if not the nation). Also, I disagree aout the helpfulness of the administration, since our experience has been very positive.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 3, 2013


    Everything about this school is terrible. Most teachers are rude, the kids are stuck up, and the administration and office people are idiots. The one star is for a few teachers who actually care about the kids and truly want to help them with their education. If you're a parent considering sending their child to Churchill, I strongly recommend that you reconsider.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 27, 2012


    Located in one of Maryland's safest neighborhoods, Winston Churchill High School proves to be of the top tier in educational institutions. Each department makes sure that parents are in the loop when it comes to their children's progress by keeping an electronic record that is easily accessible with a password or sending progress reports midway each quarter. Moreover, the staff is open to new ideas of possible interests and extracurricular activities that the school may provide. This enables students to be comfortable in pursuing their interests by creating new after-school clubs or addressing them to their teachers for more resources. Athletics are highly recommended and the celebration of games are a school-wide effort. Music and performance arts are equally praised and recognized. This is a school that cares about providing all opportunities to its students.

    October 27, 2011


    As a parent of two kids in Churchill I couldn't be happier. Academically this school is amazing. The teachers work hard to make sure the kids understand what is being tought. The Churchill Spirit is fantastic. My kids have never been this involved before and they feel a great pride in their school. They have outstanding friends that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 5, 2011


    As a parent of two children at Churchill I feel fortunate to have a public school that provides a great education and opportunity for my children. Overall the seasoned teachers are well suited to provide a top notch experience. This is a very competitive environment that is placing students in many of the best colleges in the Country. If students are taught the proper values at home this is a fine place for them to succeed.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 24, 2011


    My stepdaughter's mother sent her to Churchill. While the academics seem to be good, I would never choose to send a child to this school. The social/academic values of the students and many parents is to win and succeed at all costs - that may mean cheating, bullying, and buying your way to success. Unless your child is "the best" at something, they very well may slip through the cracks due to the size of the school and attitudes toward competition. My stepdaughter's friends - while some were very nice - were undeniably spoiled. Although the student population is diverse racially, the economic class is not diverse. One reviewer says the parents are accomplished and bring that "energy" to the school - I find that energy to mostly be living vicariously through their children, not allowing their children to experience consequences of poor decisions and often, giving their children various anxiety & drug problems due to pressure to get in the "right" colleges, look the "right" way and hang out with the "right" crowd. I'm very middle class and don't have a "chip on my shoulder" regarding money, but no matter how much money I had I would not want to have my kid learn these values.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 13, 2010


    The two stars are for the teachers, who are overall friendly and good people. However, Churchill has an extreme bullying problem that needs to be handled. Kids will gang up on other kids, and pick a target and turn the entire school against them. Churchill has one of the highest rates of children transferring schools because someone decided to turn everyone against them. Class of 2011, 2012, and 2013 are the worst and the children try to emulate the rude actions of those older than them. People are excluded unless they grew up with the kids meaning new kids are not welcomed. Stay away from this school unless you are rich, blonde, and Jewish. I'm not being racist or rude, but it's the truth that anyone who went to Churchill knows.

    October 3, 2009


    I am a student there and I love my school!

    Submitted by a student

    October 3, 2009


    My step-son is having a great time and getting a great education there.

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