Silver Spring

One of the best known cities in the DMV area

Silver Spring is an unincorporated area, census-designated place, and edge city inside the Capital Beltway, near Washington, D.C., in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The urbanized, oldest, and southernmost part of Silver Spring is a major business hub that lies at the north apex of Washington, D.C. As of 2004, this 360-acre (145.7 ha) central business district (CBD) held 7,254,729 square feet (673,986 m2) of office space, 5216 dwelling units, and 17.6 acres (7.1 ha) of parkland. The population density of Silver Spring’s CBD was 15,600 people per square mile. The community has undergone a significant renaissance, with the addition of major retail, residential, and office developments. Silver Spring takes its name from a mica-flecked spring discovered there in 1840, by Francis Preston Blair, who subsequently bought much of the surrounding land. Acorn Park, tucked away in an area of south Silver Spring away from the main downtown area, is believed to be the site of the original spring.

Silver Spring’s notable landmarks include the AFI Silver Theatre, the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration, and the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Silver Spring is served by a county-wide public school system, Montgomery County Public Schools. Of the public high schools in the region, prior to 2010, Montgomery Blair High School was the only one within the census-designated place of Silver Spring. It is nationally recognized for its Communication Arts Program and its Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program, the latter of which perennially produces a large number of finalists and semi-finalists in such academic competitions as the Intel Science Talent Search.

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Downtown Silver Spring hosts several entertainment, musical, and ethnic festivals, the most notable of which are the Silverdocs documentary film festival held each June and hosted by Discovery Communications and the American Film Institute, as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (Saturday before Thanksgiving) for Montgomery County. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival has become the biggest event of the year drawing 20,000 people to the free festival held on the second Saturday in September. Downtown Silver Spring is also home to the Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College. The Cultural Arts Center offers a varied set of cultural performances, lectures, films, and conferences. Dining in Silver Spring is also extremely varied, including American, African, Burmese, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican, Salvadoran, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Thai, Persian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, and fusion restaurants, as well as many national and regional chains.

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RATING* SCHOOL NAME GRADES SCHOOL TYPE
3 East Silver Spring Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
2 Glenallan Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Oakland Terrace Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
3 William Tyler Page Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
3 Galway Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
2 Jackson Road Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
1 Arcola Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
1 Cresthaven Elementary School 3Rd Grade - 5th Grade Public
3 Silver Spring International Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
4 Sligo Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
2 Francis Scott Key Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
1 John F. Kennedy High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St Andrew Apostle School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A St John The Evangelist School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A St John The Baptist School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A The Auburn School Silver Spring Campus Kindergarten - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Rock Creek Montessori School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Yeshiva Of Greater Washington Boys Division 7th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Montessori School - Kemp Mill 1St Grade - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Jamon Montessori Day School Preschool - 2Nd Grade Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.
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