#13 High School in MD and #5 in Montgomery County

Walter Johnson High School

6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814

How Good is Walter Johnson High School?

Report Card

A Academic Results
B+ Learning Enviroment
A+ School Safety
A+ Overall Grade

Walter Johnson High School is a high school located in Bethesda, Maryland. It has 2345 students and 131 teachers and serves grades 9-12.

This school received an overall grade of A+. Compared to other state schools Walter Johnson High School scores are significantly above average. The school ranks 5 for high schools in Montgomery County and 13 in the state, when compared to similar schools.

The school data used in our analysis is collected by the U.S. Department of Education and state boards of education. These data are analyzed to calculate a grade for safety, academics and learning environment for each school. An overall grade is then calculated based on a weighted combination of those scores. Our methodology page has details on our grading system.


The academic score for a high school is calculated by looking at a number of inputs, such as student scores on standardized tests and indicators of college readiness. Walter Johnson High School performs above average compared to other Maryland high schools for academics. The school's grade for this metric is A.

Source: MD Standardized Tests
Academics Grade A
Test Performance Excellent
AP/IB Participation Excellent
SAT/ACT Participation Excellent

Learning Enviroment

The learning environment at a school is estimated by comparing a variety of factors including teacher certification rates, student attendance and percentage of novice teachers. Walter Johnson High School received a grade of B+ for learning environment. For this measure, this school is slightly above average when compared to other high schools in Maryland.

Students : Teacher
MD Avg. 12
Uncertified Teachers
MD Avg. 18%
New Teachers
MD Avg. 16%
Learning Enviroment Grade B+
Student–Teacher Ratio Fair
Student Absenteeism Good
Teacher Absenteeism Good
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Excellent


A school’s safety score is calculated by inspecting data such as a suspension rates and physical altercations. Walter Johnson High School earned a grade of A+ for safety. For this measure, this school is significantly above average when compared to other high schools in Maryland.

Safety Grade A+
In-School Suspensions Excellent
Out-of-School Suspensions Excellent
Physical Altercations N/A


The demographics of the student body at Walter Johnson High School are summarized below. A school’s demographics play no part in determining its score.

Students w/ Disablities
MD Avg. 17%
Free Lunch
MD Avg. 61%
Econ. Disadvantaged
MD Avg. 70%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 2,345
Minority Students 1,067
Diversity Index 50
Students with Disablities 248
Economically Disadvantaged 7%
Limited English Proficiency 5%
Gifted Students 85%


A+ School - Only the top 5% of schools are awarded the distinction of being an A+ School. Schools that receive this grade excel in academics and cultivate a safe and effectual environment for learning. They represent the top schools in the nation and are eligible to display our award badge on their homepage. You can download your award here.

Compare Nearby Schools

Below are high schools nearest to Walter Johnson High School. Use the table to compare The School Review’s grades for each of the nearby schools. To get a full list of schools in Bethesda, visit the Bethesda, Maryland schools page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Winston Churchill High School A+ A+ B- A+
2 Walt Whitman High School A+ A+ B+ A+
3 Albert Einstein High School B C+ B A+
4 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School A A A- A+
5 Richard Montgomery High School A- A- B A+

Walter Johnson High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students are at Walter Johnson High School? 2345
  • Is Walter Johnson High School a good school? The school received an overall grade of A+, which means it is significantly above average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Walter Johnson High School in? The school is located in Montgomery County.
  • How can I contact Walter Johnson High School? The school's number is (301) 803-7100. You can visit their website at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/wjhs/.
  • Where is Walter Johnson High School? 6400 Rock Spring Dr, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Winston Churchill High School
11300 Gainsborough Rd Potomac, MD 20854
Walt Whitman High School
7100 Whittier Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817
Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Rd Kensington, MD 20895
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
4301 East-West Hwy Bethesda, MD 20814
Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Dr Rockville, MD 20852