Washington County Technical High School

August 20, 2006

50 W. Oak Ridge Drive

Principal: Jeff Stouffer

Phone: 301-766-8050

Fax: 301-797-9743

Web site:

Start time: 9 a.m.

Dismissal: 3 p.m.

Grades: 11-12

Date of construction: 1972

Age of building: 34 years


Latest renovation: 1996

Size of building: 106,373 square feet

State-rated capacity: 495

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 338

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. Transferring from a student's home school to WCTHS has been readily addressed after one or two school days. By meeting dozens of new friends, really enjoying their tech, academic and elective classes, students are acclimated quickly to this outstanding school.

WCTHS has several planned activities that assist students with the transition from their home school to WCTHS. The great news is that many new friendships are bonded, and many student athletes play sports (football, basketball, soccer, track & field, volleyball, cheerleading, etc.) at their home schools during the year.

Some students even stay active with band and orchestra. Also, students graduate from WCTHS but may also graduate from their home schools. Finally, students have the freedom to drive to WCTHS if they elect to not ride the school bus.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Currently, a little over 50 percent of our senior graduates go on to college after graduation. Hopefully, this percentage will continue to increase over the next several years to provide graduates with both the technology and the academic foundation needed in today's businesses.

WCTHS currently offers three Advanced Placement (AP) classes and hopefully, next year this number will increase to four or five AP classes.

WCTHS even offers pre-calculus, calculus, and other honors classes to our juniors. Wow! Also, all of our WCTHS students will develop life-long career skills in their tech areas. WCTHS students will graduate with knowledge and competence that is usually taught in post-secondary educational institutions. The primary goal for WCTHS is to effectively prepare students for real-world careers in Washington County.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. WCTHS's dedicated and competent teachers, and our caring parents.

Many of our students will be receiving scholarships, state and national awards, prizes, and a tremendous education that will last a lifetime. All of our WCTHS students will have a successful school year.

On a wonderful note, during WCTHS's end-of-the-year Awards Ceremony, dozens of awards and prizes are given to students. Prizes include one senior give-away car each year. Last year's give-away car was an Acura Integra, and this year's car was a Honda Accord. Really cool!

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. As the vast majority of parents always do, it is very important to academically support your son/daughter up to, and including, graduation. Proper parental guidance is critical in any high school. At WCTHS, the better the communication between home and school, the better it is for everybody when it comes down to student success (good grades, good behavior and good attendance). A successful two years at WCTHS can save parents thousands of dollars through articulation college agreements [credits], AP college credits, computer certifications, professional tech. training, Maryland State Board Licensing verses post-graduation enrollment payments, paid co-op programs with area companies and businesses, etc.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. At present, WCTHS is in the finishing phase of construction of a new Digital Communications lab, as well as adding the new Board of Education's e-print center. These state-of the-art facilities will be two of the many "gemstones" at WCTHS. The school also will be adding a second new computer lab to support the various academic and tech needs of both students and teachers.

WCTHS's faculty and staff are very proud of our outstanding technology high school, as well as the wonderful students are enrolled in this great school!

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