MCPS faqs - open, closed, and delays oh my! Get your Montgomery County Public Schools answered here! Hey there, AndreaTV, your fellow Montgomery County resident.  Hopefully this page can save you some time.

When is Christmas break this year.  They have classes up until Friday, December 21st.  So you are officially on holiday from 12/24 through 1/1/19.  The doors open again in 2019 on Wednesday, January 2nd at the normal time. 

What do you plan on doing with your kiddie kids for the week?  Share with us below!

The Last 2 Hour Delay for MCPS schools

Are schools open today, November 15, 2018?...Wouldn't you know it?  They started off with a 2 hour delay.  Then around 8:30am or so they decided to close the schools for the day entirely.  Lucky for us my husband was able to work from home today.

Are they closed tomorrow?...Well, tune in to your local news for updates.  The decisions are usually made and announced before 6am.

Well, I am writing this page on July 11th so the doors are closed unless you are attending a specialty camp or summer school.  But the doors will be open on Wednesday September 5, 2018, that is the start of the MCPS school year for 2018-2019.

Is there a dress code and/or do they wear uniforms?  At this time there is no required attire such as a uniform.  You can wear almost any clothes you choose.  The exceptions would be...

When is kindergarten registration? Kindergarten orientation occurred during the months of April and May of this year but there is ongoing registration for all public schools.  Just think about the countless children that may move in the middle of the school year and need to enroll in their new neighborhood school.

What is the last day of 2019?

Where is the main Rockville office located?

Who was the most recent teacher of the year?

How do you sin up for text alerts? In order to signup for (Montgomery County Public Schools) texts and alerts you have to go to You have to create an account and provide proof you live in the Montgomery county area.

MCPS is the 17th largest school district in the US and it has approximately 159,000 students enrolled currently. The exact number is not 100% verified since there is a number of students coming and going yearly. There is an average of 25 to 30 students per class and the ratio of teachers to students is approximately 1:30. Again that is an estimate, since some elementary, middle, and high schools have a different ratio of students to teachers. Some schools have fill in substitute teachers so that can affect the numbers also. Most elementary, middle, and high schools in MCPS go on from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Although some high schools start at 7 am, it was only a handful of maybe 4 or 5. To pay for a student's cafeteria lunch, it can be done on the website here, You don't necessarily pay for the lunch on that website but you insert prepaid credits for your student and they can buy lunches from the school's cafeteria. MCPS pays its teachers and staff approximately 60,400 a yr. That is 18 dollars and hour, 400 a week, 800 every two weeks, approximately 44,000 every 10 months, and 60,400 every 12 months. Again, the numbers above is a brief estimate and can vary from school to school.

When does MCPS start and how many schools are there?

When does MCPS start this year and how many schools are there?  The doors open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Below are a list of the schools:

Montgomery County Elementary Schools

Arcola, Ashburn, Bannockburn, Barnsley, Beall, Bel Pre, Bells Mill, Bethesda, Beverly Farms, Bradley Hills, Brooke Grove, Brook Haven, Brown, Burning Tree, Burnt Mills, Burtonsville, Candlewood, Cannon Road, Carderock Springs, Crason, Cashell, Cedar Grove, Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Clearspring, Coper Mill, Cloverly, Cold Spring, College Gardens, Cresthaven, Capt. James E. Daly, Damascus, Diamond,  Dr. Charles R. Drew, DuFief, East Silver Spring, Fairland, Fallsmead, Farmland, Fields Road, Flower Hill, Flower Valley, Forest Knolls, Fox Chapel, Gaithersburg, Galway, Garrett Park, Georgian Forest, Germantown, William B Gibbs, Jr., Glen Haven, Genallen, Goshen, Great Seneca Creek, Greencastle, Harmony Hills, Highland, Highland View, Jackson Road, Jones Lane, Kem Mill, Kensington Parkwood, Lake Seneca, Lakewood, Laytonsville, JoAnn Leleck ES, Little Bennett, Luxmanor, Thurgood Marshall, Maryvale, Spark M. Matsunaga, S. Christa McAuliffe, 

Ronald McNair

Meadow Hall

Mill Creek Towne


Montgomery Knolls

New Hampshire Estates

Roscoe R. Nix

North Chevy Chase

Oak View

Oakland Terrace


William Tyler Page

Pine Crest

Piney Branch



Judith A. Resnik

Dr. Sally K. Ride

Ritchie Park

Rock Creek Forest

Rock Creek Valley

Rock View

Lois P. Rockwell

Rolling Terrace

Rosemary Hills


Bayard Rustin


Seven Locks


Sargent Shriver

Flora M. Singer

Sligo Creek


South Lake


Stone Mill



Strawberry Knoll

Summit Hall

Takoma Park



Veirs Mill

Washington Grove

Waters Landing

Watkins Mill


Weller Road



Wheaton Woods


Wilson Wims

Wood Acres




Middle Schools

Argyle, John T. Baker, Benjamin Banneker, Briggs Chaney, Cabin John, Roberto W. Clemente, Eastern, William H. Farquhar, Forest Oak, Robert Frost, Gaithersburg, Herbert Hoover, Francis Scott Key, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kingsview, Lakelands Park, Col. E. Brooke Lee, A. Mario Loiderman, Montgomery Village, Neelsville, Newport Mill, North Bethesda, Parkland