All About Montgomery County MD Public Schools

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As most people prepare to buy a house, they consider what’s most important to them. What do they want in a home, number of bedrooms, a garage, big closets? 

It’s no surprise that many homeowners also take the time to consider the school district of their future home. In fact, over a quarter of all homeowners surveyed said the school district was a top priority when purchasing a home.

If you’re home shopping in Montgomery County, you might want some information on Montgomery County, MD Public Schools. 

As you consider all the features of your future home, you also want to know about your children’s quality of education from the area schools. 

Read on to learn more about both public and private school options in Montgomery County, MD.

Get to Know Montgomery County MD Public Schools

As the largest school district in Maryland and the 14th largest in the US,  the Montgomery County Public Schools have much to offer to their wide range of student population. The district is ranked best in Maryland for athletes.

It also ranks in second place as the best district in the state

From elementary, until students leave high school, they will, of course, have all the best in math, reading, science, and social studies education. They will also benefit from a rich fine arts program, including Art, Dance, Music, and Theater.

The district also offers:

  • Health education
  • Physical education
  • World language studies
  • School library media programs
  • Outdoor and environmental education

The district also proudly runs Judy Centers at each level of schooling. The Judy Centers, named for early childhood advocate Judith P. Hoyer, are early childhood and family centers within the county school district. 

School Diversity

If diversity in schools is a priority for you, you’ll be pleased by the student demographics. 160,564 students make up the diverse population of Montgomery County Public Schools. 

The district population breaks down this way:

  • White: 26.9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 32.4%
  • Black or African American: 21.4%
  • Asian: 14.1%
  • Two or more races: ≤ 5.0%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: ≤ 5.0%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: ≤ 5.0%

In fact, the district is ranked first in diversity amongst other districts in the state. 

Students in the district speak 150 different languages and come from a whopping 157 different countries.

Teaching Staff in the Public Schools in Montgomery County

The district employs 13,994 teachers, administrators, and other school professionals. The district boasts a 15 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, compared to the national average of 17 to 1. 

15.4% of the teaching staff is in their first or second year of teaching. At the same time, the average salary for teachers in the district is $83,917.

Academics in Montgomery County

The district is proud to have 88.4% of its student population who graduate from the district. 

Students in the district were highly involved in AP classes, with 67.5% taking one or more AP sections.

Students taking the SAT scored well, with an average combined score of 1250. While the ACT composite test score was 29.

In 2019, the graduating class from the district’s high schools ranked in more than $393 million in college scholarships. Students heading to college were most likely to attend:

  • University of Maryland College Park
  • Towson University
  • Montgomery College
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Johns Hopkins University

Overall, 55% of students tested to be proficient in reading and 48% proficient in math in the district.

School Finances

As the largest district in the state, you can imagine they have a large budget to match. The district has a $2.78 billion operating budget. This budget allows them to run 209 schools in total, including:

  • 135 elementary schools
  • 40 middle schools
  • 26 high schools
  • Five special schools
  • One alternative school
  • Two early childhood learning centers

The district gets funding from the county, state, and federal governments. 

Funding expenditures are broken down this way:

  • 80.6% on student instruction
  • 13.6% on school support staff and programs
  • 2.8% on system support
  • 3% on food services

It’s worth noting that the district spends approximately $18,250 per student, while the national average is only $12,239 per student.

The district is also in the middle of a six-year capital improvement project.

Montgomery County Public School District

The Montgomery County Public School District is proud to have 41 schools designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

With so many buildings in the district, it’s challenging to highlight only a few when many are high-performing schools. 

These elementary buildings have been recognized:

  • Stone Mill Elementary School
  • Cold Spring Elementary School
  • Wayside Elementary School
  • Travilah Elementary School
  • Potomac Elementary School

These middle schools get A ratings:

  • Herbert Hoover Middle School
  • Cabin John Middle School
  • Robert Frost Middle School
  • Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
  • North Bethesda Middle School

The following high schools get the highest ranking through

  • Poolesville High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Winston Churchill High School
  • Walter Johnson High School
  • Thomas S. Wootton High School

As you consider a move to Montgomery County, check out their page for Schools at a Glance to get a better picture of a specific building.

Private Schools Worth a Look

In addition to many public school options, 171 private schools in Montgomery County provide education services for 32,679 students.

Tuition costs for private schools in the county average $19,314. This is slightly higher than the state average of $13,523.

44% of the private schools in the county have a religious affiliation. 

Some of the most regarded private schools include St. John’s Episcopal School, Norwood School, and Landon School. You can learn more about private schools in the county here. 

Living in Montgomery County, MD

If schools are a priority for you as you consider a move, you’ll appreciate knowing this is an excellent area for families. 

The cost of living is higher than in other places in the country, primarily because of its proximity to Washington DC.

The median household income is $106,576. The median rent for the area is $1,921, and median home prices are $540,000.

Consider a Move to Montgomery County, Maryland, to Take Advantage of the Best Schools in Maryland

The Montgomery County, MD Public Schools offer a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages. This is a family-friendly community. 

To learn more about buying or renting opportunities in the county, contact us today

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Enhanced Reporting

Your portal includes a selection of extremely useful reports. Reports are available in the “Reports” section, and are distinct from the financial statements. Unlike financial statements which are static records, Reports are dynamic real-time records that will update with current data every time you view them. 

Scroll down to learn more about Reports:

Navigate to the "Reports" module in your portal:

Owner Portal Reports
  • Keep in mind, these reports are dynamic records. They will refresh to display current information every time you view them. 

Enhanced Rent Roll Report:

Enhanced Rent Roll Report
  • The Enhanced Rent Roll Report will show the rent amount, last payment date, move-in date, lease expiration date, and security deposit amount for each of your tenants. 
  • It will also show a portfolio summary with occupancy percentage, vacancy loss, and more!

Unit Comparison Report:

Unit Comparison Report
  • If you own multiple units (or buildings) with Nomadic, you’ll get access to the Unit Comparison Report. 
  • This report enables you to quickly compare financial performance between your units at a glance without toggling between individual reports. 

Income Statement Month-Over-Month:

Income Statement by Month Report
  • The Income Statement Detail – Monthly Report serves as a month-over-month record of portfolio performance. You’ll see itemized income and expense categories and can track monthly. This report will update with fresh data every time you view it. 

Financial Statements

Financial statements will be published to your portal on a monthly basis. The statements are found in your Documents library, and provide a historical record of all financial performance. The statements serve as a snapshot of financial performance over a given period, and are static documents (unlike Reports, the statements do not update/change in real-time). 

Scroll down for more info about the Financial Statements in your Documents library:

The Documents area contains monthly financial statements:

Owner Portal Documents
  • The statements in the Documents are are static documents. They are posted to the portal once a month to serve as a historical record of financial performance. 

Download a statement to see month and YTD financials:

Owner Portal Property Statement

You'll also find a month-over-month operating statement:

Month over Month Statement

Portal Communication Tool

You can use your owner portal to communicate with our team. Any messages you send through the portal will go straight to your Account Manager. When we reply, you’ll get an email notification and you’ll also see the message in your portal next time you log in. 

Here’s an overview of using the communication platform:

Click "Communications" and navigate to "Conversations":

Commincation Dashboard Screenshot
  • The communications module will contain a record of all messages that you create through the portal. 

Click the "New Message" button and send your message:

Owner Portal New Message Screenshot

Responses will show up in the conversation ticket:

Portal Conversation Response Screenshot
  • You’ll get an email notification whenever you get a response, and you’ll also see the message in your portal next time you log in. 

You can reply in-line using the comment box:

Owner Portal Comment

Each conversation will be logged in its entirety:

Portal Conversation Snapshot

Understanding the Ledger

Your portal includes a ledger with all transactions. The ledger is populated with data in real-time as transactions flow through our accounting software. Much of this information is also available in the Reports area, as well as the Statements in your Documents library, but the ledger is the most comprehensive resource for diving into the details. 

Please scroll through the sections below to get a better understanding of how to interpret the ledger. 

By default, transactions are sorted chronologically:

Owner Ledger Dates
  • The date reflected in the lefthand column is the actual transaction date, not the “bill date”. This is the date the transaction was actually processed. 

If you have multiple properties with Nomadic, you'll see the address for each transaction in the "Location" column:

Ledger Property Column
  • You can filter the ledger to look at just one property, all properties, or specific sets of properties. 
  • If you only have one property with us, you’ll just see the ledger for that property. 

The Description column displays the transaction type:

Owner Ledger Description Column
  • BILL: this is an expense transaction, such as for repair costs or management fees.
  • CHARGE: this is a transaction  billed to the tenant, most typically a rent payment. 
  • NACHA EXPORT: this is a credit we processed to your distribution account. This type of transaction is how you get paid! 

The Amount column shows the dollar value of each transaction:

Owner Ledger Amount Column
  • Positive Amounts: if an amount is positive, it reflects a transaction that is payable to you. Typically, this will be a rent payment that we collected from your tenants. On occasion, a positive number could also signify a journal entry or credit adjustment. 
  • Negative Amounts:  if an amount is negative, this is a transaction that is either payable to Nomadic or is an amount that has already been paid to you. Typically this will be for repair costs or management/leasing fees. Owner draws (net distributions into your checking/savings account) also reflect as negative amounts, since they have already been paid to you. 

The Account Balance column shows a sum of positive/negative transactions at a given point in time:

Owner Ledger Account Balance Column
  • Account Balance should always equal zero after a net distribution has been processed. When the balance is zero, this means that all expenses have been paid and you’ve received the remainder as net operating income, leaving a balance of zero (meaning: no one is due any money, as all funds have been distributed appropriately). 

Navigating the Propertyware Owner Portal

Your portal includes some extremely useful features that help you understand your property’s financial performance at a new level, with real-time transparency into every transaction.

Scroll through the snapshots below for an overview of portal navigation! If you need more help or have specific questions about using the portal, you can reach out to your Account Manager any time for a screen share. 

You can filter all info by date range or property:

PW Portal Filters

View a snapshot of income and expenses on your dashboard:

PW Owner Dashboard View

See every transaction in real-time on your ledger:

Owner Portal Ledger View

Statements and forms will be posted to your documents library:

Owner Portal Document Library

View a suite of real-time financial reports:

Portal Reports View

See a running list of all bills, and drill down for more detail:

Owner Portal Bills View

Under Bill Details, you'll find dates/descriptions/amounts and more:

Portal Bill Details

You can also communicate with your Account Manager through the portal:

Owner Portal Communication Tools

How do net distributions work?

Net distributions keep your accounting clean and simple. Each month we’ll collect rent from the tenants, deduct any repair expenses for the previous month and any management/leasing fees for the current month, and credit the remaining net operating income to your account. 

Net Distribution

You’ll receive a statement via email each time a net distribution is processed, and can view all transaction details in your Propertyware owner portal.