Is this school better the Gaithersburg Middle School?

Asked by David, Gaithersburg, MD Fri Jan 23, 2009

Which school is better?
This question is about Shady Grove Middle School:…

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Bridget McG…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Marriottsville, MD
Mon Sep 16, 2013
Though I know this is an old question, I am sure there are lots of folks who want information about schools in the area they are considering. is a good resource to get information about schools. Parents and students rate the schools and give info.

David, I hope you found a wonderful place for your children to learn and grow!

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recentral, Home Buyer, Tilghman, MD
Sun Sep 15, 2013
Most people would select Shady Grove. We have a child at Gaithersburg and he's doing very well. My personal opinion is that they are fairly equal. Success in schooling is probably as much geared toward the child's personality as the school environment, all things being equal.
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Marilyn Emery, Agent, Chevy Chase, MD
Tue Jan 27, 2009
It is really hard to answer that question because I don't know what is important to you in a school. Montgomery County Schools system maintains a website that is pretty comprehensive. It is You can go to any school and see stats on MSA scores, demographics on the population, suspension ratings etc. You can also compare each school against the averages for the county.

Another way to find out about specific schools is to get a hold of someone on the PTA. You can get a good feel for parent involvement, and support programs.

Good luck
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Bruce Lemieux, Agent, Gaithersburg, MD
Fri Jan 23, 2009
Hi David,

There's no way to answer this question -- ultimately, only a parent can assess if a school is 'great' based on their own child's experience. MCPS maintains a wealth of stats and reports, however, so you can compare reported metrics across schools. You can access the report for Gaithersburg from the link below. Shady Grove Middle school is in the Magruder cluster -- you can get this link from here:

Good luck - hopefully this helps.
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