Silver Spring Resource Guide

Silver Spring Resource Guide

List of schools, parks, community leaders and more

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Looking for a local park or the elementary school that serves your neighborhood? Here’s a list of resources to guide you. For information on shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Silver Spring, click here.


Silver Spring is part of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Downcounty Consortium, which includes five high schools and their feeder elementary and middle schools. Each high school offers distinctive academic programs. Admission outside a student’s home school is generally based on a lottery for each school. Students are guaranteed to get into their home school if it is their first choice, or if it’s their second choice and they don’t get into their first-choice school.  

Students can test into Montgomery Blair High School’s Math/Science/Computer Science magnet program and Communication Arts Program, Albert Einstein High School’s Visual Arts Center, and Richard Montgomery’s International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet program. Students have to fill out a detailed application for a spot in the Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at John F. Kennedy High School. 

MCPS contacts:

Community Superintendent for the Blair, Einstein, Northwood and Kennedy high school clusters: Bronda L. Mills, 301-315-7374

Community Superintendent for the Wheaton High School cluster: Christopher S. Garran, 301-315-7379

High Schools

Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, 301-649-2800

Academy programs: 

  • Entrepreneurship; Human Services Professions; International Studies and Law; Music, Media and the Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)

Application-only programs:

  • Communication Arts Program (CAP): Open only to students in the Downcounty Consortium
  • Science, Math and Computer Science Magnet Program: Open to students living in these high school clusters: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Winston Churchill, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, Thomas S. Wootton, the Downcounty Consortium and the Northeast Consortium

Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, 301-929-2200

Academy programs:

  • Academy of Finance, Business Management and Marketing; Academy of Visual and Performing Arts; Renaissance Academy; International Baccalaureate Program 

Application-only program:

  • Visual Art Center (VAC): Open to all MCPS students

John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, 301-929-2100

Academy programs:

  • Broadcast Journalism; Business Management; Creative Multi-Media; Medical Careers 
  • Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC); Physical Therapy; Public Communications; International Baccalaureate Program 

Application-only program:

  • Leadership Training Institute (LTI): Open to current eighth-grade students living in the Downcounty Consortium attendance area as well as those who attend a Downcounty feeder middle school on an approved change-of-school assignment.

Northwood High School
919 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, 301-649-8088

Academy Programs:

  • Academy of Technology, Environmental and Systems Sciences (TESS); Academy of Politics, Advocacy, and Law (PAL); Academy of Humanities, Art and Media (HAM); The Academy of Musical Theatre

Wheaton High School
12601 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, 301-929-2050

Academy Programs:

  • Bioscience Academy; Academy of Information Technology; Academy of Engineering; Institute for Global and Cultural Studies

Middle Schools 

Three schools—Argyle, Parkland and A. Mario Loiederman—offer magnet programs open to fifth-graders residing in the geographic area covered by the schools. Admission is based on a lottery. Eastern and Takoma Park middle schools also offer application-only magnet programs. 

Argyle Middle School
2400 Bel Pre Road, Silver Spring, 301-460-2400
Magnet Program for Digital Design and Development

A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts
12701 Goodhill Road, Silver Spring, 301-929-2282

Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology
4610 West Frankfort Drive, Rockville, 301-438-5700

Eastern Middle School
300 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, 301-650-6650
Humanities and Communications Magnet Program

Col E. Brooke Lee Middle School
11800 Monticello Ave., Silver Spring, 301-649-8100

Silver Spring International Middle School
313 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, 301-650-6544
Specialty Programs: Middle Years Programme (International Baccalaureate Program), French Immersion and Spanish Immersion programs

Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring, 301-649-8121

Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, 301-650-6444

Elementary Schools

Montgomery Blair High School Base Area:

East Silver Spring Elementary School
631 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring, 301-650-6420

Montgomery Knolls Elementary School
807 Daleview Drive, Silver Spring, 301-431-7667

New Hampshire Estates Elementary School
8720 Carroll Ave.,  Silver Spring, 301-431-7607

Oak View Elementary School
400 East Wayne Ave.,  Silver Spring301-929-2040

Oakland Terrace
2720 Plyers Mill Road,Silver Spring, 301-929-2161

Woodlin Elementary School
2101 Luzerne Ave., Silver Spring, 301-650-6440

John F. Kennedy High School Base Area:

Bel Pre Elementary
13801 Rippling Brook Drive,Silver Spring, 301-460-2145

Georgian Forest Elementary
3100 Regina Drive, Silver Spring, 301-460-2170

Glenallan Elementary
12520 Heurich Road (temporarily located at 11313 Old Columbia Pike during school construction),Silver Spring, 301-929-2014

Harmony Hills Elementary
13407 Lydia St.,Silver Spring, 301-929-2157

Strathmore Elementary
3200 Beaverwood Lane, ?Silver Spring, 301-460-2135

Northwood High School Base Area:

Arcola Elementary School
1820 Franwall Ave., Silver Spring, 301-649-8590

Forest Knolls Elementary School
10830 Eastwood Ave.,Silver Spring,301-649-8060

Glen Haven Elementary School
10900 Inwood Ave.,Silver Spring, 301-649-8051

Highland View Elementary School
9010 Providence Ave.,Silver Spring, 301-650-6426

Kemp Mill Elementary School
411 Sisson St., Silver Spring, 301-649-8046

Wheaton High School Base Area:

Sargent Shriver Elementary
12518 Greenly Drive, Silver Spring, 301-929-4426

Viers Mill Elementary
11711 Joseph Mill Road, Silver Spring, 301-929-2165

Montgomery College 

The community college has campuses in Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Rockville and Germantown. The Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus offers the Health Sciences Center, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center and the Cultural Arts Center with a 500-seat theater and dance studio.

7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park,240-567-1300

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