2017-2018 School Year Off to a Great Start
The 2017-2018 school year got off to a great start on Tuesday, Sept. 5, as MCPS opened its doors to a record number of students. More than 161,000 students are expected to attend the district’s 205 schools this year, an increase of more than 2,300 students from the 2016-2017 school year.
The district also welcomed nearly 1,000 new teachers, more than 130 new supporting services professionals and 26 new administrators this school year.
To accommodate growing enrollment, the new Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington opens its doors to more than 550 students in sixth and seventh grades. The school, led by Principal Traci Townsend, is more than 155,000 square feet and features 11 laboratories for technology, computers and science, four project rooms, special education classrooms and support spaces. MCPS has also completed four other capital projects, including the revitalization/expansion of Brown Station, Wayside and Wheaton Woods elementary schools, and an addition at Diamond Elementary School.
Additionally, two new two-way language immersion programs (Spanish/English) are launching at Brown Station and Washington Grove elementary schools. These programs join eight other elementary immersion programs across the county (seven immersion and one two-way immersion), in placing young students on the path to biliteracy and bilingualism.
Parents and students were invited to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots on Tuesday. MCPS received hundreds of submissions; and you can view the gallery of first-day photos here.