Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is located in the heart of downtown Bethesda. With almost 2,000 students, B-CC High School reflects the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Montgomery County.
For the 2014-2015 school year, enrollment is 58 percent white, 17 percent Hispanic, 14 percent black, 6 percent Asian, 5 percent reporting two or more races, and 0.1 percent American Indian. Thirteen percent of its students qualified for the “free and reduced meals” program. B-CC students come from 66 countries and its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program has 86 students representing 24 countries and 18 languages.
B-CC High School provides education for the college-bound, those headed for the workplace, students for whom English is a second language, and students with disabilities. It offers extracurricular and co-curricular clubs and activities for myriad interests. If public education is to survive, schools like B-CC that mirror the nation’s diversity must continue to flourish.
B-CC’s Enrollment Jumps 85% in 20 Years
Since the Foundation’s start in 1995, B-CC’s enrollment has increased dramatically, an indication of the community’s confidence in the school. The total student population was 1,993 as of October 10, 2014, an 85% increase in 20 years.
B-CC’s Notable Numbers
- B-CC has a graduation rate of 96%; 78% of the Class of 2014 went to four-year colleges and 17% went to two-year colleges.
- In the 2014-15 school year, B-CC offers 58 AP/IB/Advanced Level courses.
- Over 94% of B-CC students are enrolled in Honors/AP/IB/College-level courses; among the seniors, 85% are enrolled in at least one AP or IB course.
- The senior class has 55 IB diploma and 160 IB certificate candidates, and the junior class has 95 diploma and 230 certificate candidates. B-CC’s IB program maintains an open admission policy, with a pass rate well above the international average.
- In May 2014, 1,214 B-CC students took 1,614 AP tests, with 1,239 tests scoring 3 or higher; 333 IB candidates took 700 IB tests, with 566 tests scoring 4 or higher; and 46 graduates in the Class of 2014 earned IB diplomas.
- Based on the 16-month college enrollment rates for Montgomery County Public Schools students who graduated in 2012, B-CC has an 81.8% college enrollment rate for African American graduates, 75.8% for Hispanics graduates, and 81.3% (the highest among MCPS schools) for graduates who received free- and reduced-price meals services.
The Foundation is instrumental in bringing several “firsts” to B-CC:
- B-CC’s IB diploma program was the first open-access IB program in Montgomery County Public Schools.
- B-CC was the first Montgomery County Public school to have a technology-based Language Lab for teaching foreign languages and for teaching English to students in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program.
- B-CC was the first Montgomery County school to have a Cyber Café which offers students access to computers before and after schools, and during lunch hours — an immense help to students who may not have access to computers or the needed software at home.
- B-CC was the first home of CollegeTracks which helps improve college access and success for students most at risk of not going to college — low income, first-generation-to-college, immigrant, and minority youth.
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