Albert Einstein High School

Albert Einstein High School, named after the German-born physicist Albert Einstein, is a four-year high school located at 11135 Newport Mill Road, near Kensington in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The principal is Dr. Christine C Handy.

Albert Einstein High School
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11135 Newport Mill Road

TypePublic secondary
Motto"The Place to Be"
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
PrincipalDr. Christine C Handy
Enrollment1803 (2017) [1]
Color(s)Red, Columbia blue, and white               
NewspaperThe Nucleus

Coordinates: 39°02′22″N 77°04′02″W / 39.0395°N 77.0672°W / 39.0395; -77.0672

It is within the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) system, and is the home high school of Newport Mill Middle School and Sligo Middle School, which in turn are fed by all or part of the districts of Glen Haven Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Rock View Elementary School, Singer Elementary School, and Woodlin Elementary School.

As a part of the Downcounty Consortium, Einstein offers four "academies," academic programs that concentrate in specific fields. These include the Academy of Finance, Business, and Marketing; the International Baccalaureate Program; the Visual and Performing Arts Academy; and the Renaissance Academy. It is also home to Montgomery County's Visual Art Center.[2]


Albert Einstein High School opened on September 7, 1962. Its first principal was Mr. Thomas Conlon. In 1995, architect and Einstein alumnus Steve Parker '66 was awarded a contract to redesign the school.[3] The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program was introduced under principal Jan Mills in 2006, with the first IB diplomas awarded to the Class of 2008.[4]

International Baccalaureate programEdit

Einstein is home to an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, which is considered one of its academies. This program allows students to take high-level, IB-specific classes in pursuit of a specialized diploma. The program approaches education from a global perspective.[5]

Visual and Performing Arts AcademyEdit

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VAPA), Einstein's largest academy, teaches theater, visual art, music, and dance. Students must participate in music concerts, art shows, dance concerts, and theatrical productions. VAPA also includes the school's theater program, STAGE.


Einstein STAGE (Society for Theatre Arts Growth and Encouragement) is the school's theater company. It puts on three major performances every year: the Fall Play (November), the Winter One-Acts (student-directed plays in December), and the Spring Musical (usually in March), along with the occasional Musical Theater Revue in May. During the 2008-2009 school year Einstein won for "Comic Actress in a Musical" for their production of the musical Urinetown.[citation needed]


Einstein's dance program covers hip-hop, freestyle, ballet, modern, salsa, tap, and jazz. Einstein holds annual winter (December) and spring (April) dance concerts. Winter dance concerts are usually themed. The spring dance concerts are not themed, but showcase dance classes and the club-based dance companies, for which students must audition.

The Einstein Pom Squad won the county championship two years in a row, for the 2012 and 2013 school years, and were promoted to Division Two-level competition.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Albert Einstein High School - #789. MCPS, 2018,
  2. ^ "Albert Einstein High School." Academies. Albert Einstein High School, Oct. 2012. Web. 05 Oct. 2012.<>.
  3. ^ Monte, Joseph A. (2007-12-17). "Albert Einstein High School's 45th Birthday" (PDF). Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  4. ^ "ABOUT US | Einstein HS IB Diploma". ibdiploma. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  5. ^ "Albert Einstein High School." International Baccalaureate. Albert Einstein High School, Oct. 2012. Web. 05 Oct. 2012. <>.
  6. ^ Turque, Bill (October 5, 2013). "Phil Andrews goes door to door in campaign to become Montgomery County executive". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Elirch, Marc (June 2014). "Montgomery County Council At-Large – Marc Elrich". Takoma Voice.
  8. ^ "David Fraser-Hidalgo, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  9. ^ Cavna, Michael (November 1, 2013). "'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar is a Cartoon Network trailblazer". The Washington Post.

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