2018-2019 School Year Off to a Great Start
The 2018-2019 school year got off to a great start on Tuesday, Sept. 4, as MCPS opened its doors to a record number of students. More than 163,500 students are expected to attend the district’s 206 schools this year, an increase of more than 1,000 students from the 2017-2018 school year.
The district also welcomed nearly 900 new teachers, more than 250 new supporting services professionals and 25 new administrators this school year.
To accommodate growing enrollment, the Bayard Rustin Elementary School in Rockville opened its doors to more than 600 students in K–5. Additionally, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, North Bethesda Middle School, and Kensington Parkwood and Lucy V. Barnsley elementary schools were expanded to address increased enrollment.
MCPS has made investments in key areas for the new school year that will allow the district to continue to expand access to and increase instructional time in a wide variety programs that will enhance learning for all students. These critical areas include expanded language and literacy enrichment opportunities; early exposure to learning; increasing access to rigorous coursework and assessments; and a focus on career readiness.
Parents and students were invited to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots. MCPS received dozens of submissions; view the gallery of first-day photos here.
Watch a short video of Superintendent Jack Smith talking about the first day of school