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Poolesville High School again outclasses the others: #1 in Maryland!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville | Posted: April 29, 2020

Kettler Forlines Poolesville High SchoolA great school district presents significant influence to parents who are looking for a new home. In Maryland, the choice is easy: Poolesville, hands down. Poolesville High School again outclassed the others, according to U.S. News & World Report’s report of Best High Schools in the country, released in April 2020. Poolesville High School earned the top spot, #1 in Maryland. PHS also ranked #90 among 24,000 high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia, putting it in the top 1% of high schools nationwide! The publication gave Poolesville High School an overall score of 99.49 out of a possible 100.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the school as: 

  • #1 in Montgomery County Public High Schools
  • #3 in Washington, DC Metro Area High Schools
  • #31 in Magnet High Schools in the U.S.
  • #39 in STEM High Schools in the U.S.

The report cards are in

Poolesville High School has also earned high marks from other websites that analyze schools. gave it an “A+” and GreatSchools marked PHSt as a perfect “10” for college and career readiness. SchoolDigger also praises Poolesville High School, giving it a 5-star rating. The Washington Post included Poolesville among its list of the “Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

What’s so outstanding about this school? The academic program is stellar. The curriculum is designed to challenge students, while the low student:teacher ratio of 18:1 provides hands-on support. In the state-administered reading proficiency tests, a staggering 81% of PHS students met or exceeded expectations and another 30% met those standards, a reflection of the success achieved here.

Students continue to shine on academic challenges. Nearly every senior (92%) took an Advanced Placement exam; 88% passed, and 93% scored a 3 or better, meaning they qualified to receive college credit for their high school academics.

U.S. News uses a variety of sources to evaluate the schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data provides fundamental data on enrollment and demographics. Statewide math and reading level assessment tests, Advanced Placement  test data, and graduation percentage give a clearer picture of a school’s success. The analysts look at college readiness, a reflection of how many students took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test in the past school year, and how many seniors passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school.

Brightwell Crossing—another Poolesville top pick

So, if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, do the math. It all adds up to the fact that Poolesville is the smart choice for your next home. And you can experience the quality lifestyle in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods here, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Kettler Forlines Homes still has homesites in this master-planned community. We’re building distinctive homes that surpass indoor air quality and energy efficiency standards. Our floor plans offer so many options, including a first-floor owner’s suite and flex rooms that can be converted into a home office, homework zone, hobby area, fitness studio, rec room, or whatever your family needs. You can even add a guest suite to the first floor to give more independence to adult family members in a multi-generational household.

Browse our homes, sized from 2,493 to more than 7,000 square feet. Get creative with the interactive floor plans that make it easy to change the design to your liking. Reach out to Kettler Forlines Homes to set up a virtual or private appointment to exploreThe Reserve at  Brightwell Crossing, where the future is as bright as our students!


Raising Your Family in Poolesville

Categories: About Our Schools, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News, News Highlights | Posted: February 4, 2019


Nestled into beautiful Poolesville, a brand new home in the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is filled with wide open space for you and your family to call your own. A new year means a new chance to make an exciting change in your life, and nothing’s more exciting than moving into the home of your dreams with your family!

Energy Star and Indoor AirPlus Certified, our innovative, award-winning homes provide you with the comfort you and your family deserve all year-long, as well as a modern and cozy design that everyone loves. Best of all, our family-friendly Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is situated within Maryland’s best school district, so you can rest assured that your children will get the greatest education of all.


Poolesville High School was named the top high school in Maryland for 7 straight years by the Washington Post! Lead by the area’s most dedicated educators, our exceptional schools within Montgomery County School District challenge your children, develop their passions and skills, and empower them to thrive at every age. When your children attend a caring and supportive school that recognizes what makes them unique, they grow up happy, healthy, and eager to experience a world of opportunities.

Between Monocacy Elementary or Poolesville Elementary, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville High School, you can always count on incredible teachers to take good care of your children, whether inside the classroom or on the playing field. With over 92 unique clubs, a student government, Honors Societies, and countless sports teams, you can rest assured that your children will love growing up in Poolesville.

Ranging from 3-7 bedrooms and 2.5-6.5 bathrooms, our ½-acre to 1-acre homes offer gorgeous views of the peaceful woods, along with close proximity to the bustling activity of downtown. With innovative home designs like multi-generational spaces and first-floor owners’ suites, you’ll find our homes fit the lifestyle you desire. Including features like spacious family areas, large kitchens, and bedrooms, optional additions like sunrooms, home offices, and recreation rooms are just a few of the reasons why a Kettler Forlines Homes is fit for a family like yours.

In a brand new Kettler Forlines Home, you’ll be the first ones to share a family meal in the dining room, to hang your family photos on the wall, and to design your children’s bedrooms and play areas. Built with equal parts expertise and equal parts care, each one of our high-quality, energy-efficient homes is waiting with open arms to welcome you and your family into a wonderful new way of life.
Open your door, step inside, and take in the fresh scent of your brand new home. Your best days are just ahead, and the journey can start now. For more information on our spacious and comfortable homes in Poolesville, please visit our website or give us a call at 301-208-2588 or 301-807-8266. We look forward to helping you find your dream home!

It’s Back to School Season in Poolesville!

Categories: About Our Schools, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: August 22, 2018

Back to School

When you live in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in beautiful Poolesville, you have the chance to send your children to unmatched local schools that challenge them, develop their passions and skills, and empower them to thrive at every age. If you move into our quick move-in Kettler Forlines home in Poolesville now, you can drop your children off at one of these schools by the start of this September!

Between Monocacy Elementary or Poolesville Elementary, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville High School, you can always count on incredible teachers to mold your children into hard-working and happy adults. Located within Montgomery County School District, the largest school district in Maryland, these institutions provide your children with the tools that they need to go far.

Did you know that Poolesville High School and it’s Magnet Program was named the #1 school in the state of Maryland for seven years in a row by the Washington Post?  With over 92 unique clubs, a student government, Honors Societies, and countless sports teams, you can rest assured that your children will be getting the educational experience that you’ve always wanted for them.

Soon, you and your kids will do your annual back-to-school shopping, where you’ll fill their school bags with fresh notebooks, highlighters, and pens. As you’re helping your children get ready for the new school year, can you picture them attending and loving one of Poolesville’s incredible schools? If so, this welcoming and family-friendly town is the place for you!

Kensington Home

Aside from our stunning, 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, quick move-in home at Umstead Court, Kettler Forlines Homes has 9 beautiful and varied floor plans that you can choose from in Poolesville. With the highest-quality materials, energy-efficiency, and as much space as you need, you’re sure to find the dream home for you and your family to settle into.

For more information on our homes in Poolesville, please visit our website, or give us a call at 301-208-2588. We look forward to working with you!

Kettler Forlines + Poolesville = Great Place to Live, Learn & Play!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: October 23, 2017

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we proudly promote the incredible schools that our residents attend in Poolesville. Being able to give our homeowners access to such an incredible resource is one of the many reasons we chose to build our Brightwell Crossing neighborhood in this town.

Poolesville high school

We know that providing the best possible education for their children is a high priority for our homeowners. But we also know that kids need comfortable places to study, and safe and fun places to play. So, we’ve designed homes that are very kid-friendly.


Efficient Design

Every Kettler Forlines home has a variety of spaces that are ideal for doing homework – from bedrooms, dens and libraries, to home offices, rec rooms and flex rooms. Some are open and adjacent to the kitchen, while others are tucked away in quiet corners. Many of our homes also have game rooms, spacious yards, and even media rooms. No matter how they prefer to study or relax, your kids are sure to find just the spot for them.

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Flexible Floor Plans

Speaking of flexibility, we also have plans that are designed for multi-generational living. These unique suites provide self-contained living quarters (bedroom, bath, living room & kitchen) with private entrances that are attached to the main house for convenience. While it’s not for every family, we’re definitely seeing an increased demand for homes that can adapt to multiple generations.

Studies have shown that multi-gen living has a variety of positive effects on children – from more family dinners and increased adult supervision to better social skills and fewer behavioral problems. Not to mention the innumerable benefits of getting to know their grandparents better. If creating a multi-generation household is a possibility for your family, let us know.

living with parents


Nurturing Community

Of course, kids need plenty of extra-curricular outlets as well. Whether it’s piano lessons that improve math skills or club soccer that teaches teamwork, extra-curriculars help kids learn skills that help them in school and life. Luckily, Poolesville has a huge range of parks and playgrounds, along with miles of hike/bike trails, a county pool, a skate park, Girl & Boy Scouts, museums, and more. Music lessons, ballet lessons, art classes, karate classes, and horseback riding are also easily accessible.

extra-curriculars, cheerleading

Obviously, creating great places to raise a family is important to us here at Kettler Forlines Homes. If you’re looking for a home and community that value education and learning, Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville fits the bill.  Come see this remarkable neighborhood for yourself.

New Home at Brightwell

Move to Poolesville by Next School Year!

Categories: About Our Schools, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News, Move-In Ready | Posted: June 20, 2017

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, located in historic Poolesville, is a great place to live if you have kids. From the top-ranked Poolesville schools – Poolesville High School is the #1 school in Maryland – to the community’s plentiful recreational opportunities, your family will love living here.

The Reserve is adjacent to Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park, a 50-acre protected wooded area, which lends a serene feeling to the neighborhood. The community includes walking paths, a lacrosse/soccer field, a Village Green, a family picnic pavilion, multi-age playgrounds, and a multipurpose basketball court.


The Poolesville area also offers interesting and fun things to do, from picking your own fruit at Homestead Farms or Lewis Orchards, to grabbing a healthy breakfast or lunch at the Waterside Café. Poolesville also has a county pool facility that includes a 6-lane, 25-meter Main Pool, and an 8-lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. The shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. And an Activity Pool has 2 flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided. Poolesville has an extensive trail system, as well as a skate park. The Town is also known for its community events and festivals, such as Poolesville Day, Summer Movie Nights, and SpringFest.

We have a Move -In Ready home on a beautiful nearly one acre wooded lot currently available at 19552 Lewis Orchard Lane.  Priced at $849,900, The Kensington model has 4,140 square feet of living space on 3 levels, with 5 bedrooms and a 2 car side load garage. The home also has a gourmet kitchen with Timberlake cabinetry, double wall ovens, and a 5-burner gas cooktop. There is a first floor den or guest room, and an Owners’ suite with a sitting room. You can be all moved-in and settled by the time school starts in the fall!

If you’d like more information about this home or Brightwell Crossing, contact George Neill at 301.208.2588 or

Poolesville High School Ranked #1 in Maryland Seven Years in a Row!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville, Blog, Community News | Posted: May 25, 2017

Do you need yet another reason to live at Brightwell Crossing? How about the extraordinary quality of the schools!

Poolesville High School is ranked #1 in Maryland, #3 in the DC region among private AND public schools, and in the top 100 schools nationally on the Washington Post’s list of the Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.



The Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S. list includes 2,323 schools across the country and more than 180 schools in the Washington region. The Washington Post ranks schools through an index formula based on a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.


The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing includes 98 homesites, situated on lots that range from a half-acre to over an acre, including many cul-de-sac and walkout sites. It is designed to give residents exquisite homes in a prestigious neighborhood. Check out our available homes in Brightwell Crossing!


Life is good in Poolesville

Categories: About Our Schools, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Uncategorized | Posted: November 28, 2016

A recent article in The Washington Post described Poolesville, Maryland, as “a gem in a haystack”. We couldn’t agree more.

Poolesville is a throwback to the peaceful lifestyle that some of us still remember. That small-town life where you knew your neighbors, where you could sit down at the local café and the server asked if you wanted “the usual”. It’s a town where you will see kids playing in the park or riding their bicycles along the sidewalk.

In just four square miles, Poolesville houses a population of 5,201 people, amidst countless acres of fields and farmlands, orchards and vineyards. The town sits in the heart of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Preserve, 93,000 acres of unspoiled beauty, and is situated near Dickerson Conservation Park and the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. Yet, it’s just 30 miles from the nation’s capital.

Nature’s growth is complemented by the gradual growth of the town itself. The town’s leaders invest in the future of the community, beginning with the children. Poolesville’s public schools invest $16,548 per student—more than 33% above the national average of $12,383. Poolesville High School has been consistently ranked as the best in the state for six years in a row.

The infrastructure is growing steadily as well, with an eye toward preserving the uncluttered lifestyle that attracts people there.

“We’re using a lot of technology to be sure our infrastructure is good for the next 50 years,” explains Jim Brown, president of the town commissioners.

Poolesville’s population has grown 37% since 2000, perhaps a reflection of the desire to move away from urban living, but remain within reach of those amenities.

The quality of life here is a combination of the location, the neighborhoods, and the amenities—but most importantly, the people. Kettler Forlines Homes chose Poolesville for its Brightwell Crossing community. We expanded it to now offer The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, because the demand for new homes in this beautiful town must be met with commitment to preserving the quality here. If you’re interested in making the move to a small-town living within an easy commute of the Washington DC area, we invite you to look at this drone’s-eye-view of The Reserve, and contact us to learn more about your opportunities here.

Montgomery County Public Schools Among the Best in the Nation!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville, Blog | Posted: October 21, 2016

One of the best parts of living at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville, Maryland, is the award-winning public schools that are available – Poolesville High School, John Poole Middle School, and Poolesville Elementary School.wehangout

Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about our local schools.

  1. Poolesville is part of the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS).
  1. Poolesville High School has been recognized as the top high school – public or private – in the state of Maryland by both Newsweek and The Washington Post for SIX years in a row!
  1. MCPS has the top six high schools in the state of Maryland according to the S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools.
  1. All 25 MCPS high schools appear in The Washington Post High School Challenge.
  1. MCPS is the largest school system in Maryland, and the 15th largest school system in the U.S.
  1. The Montgomery County Public School System has 204 schools.
  1. The student body is diverse, with students coming from 157 countries.
  1. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized the high performance levels of 37 Montgomery County schools.
  1. Montgomery County Public Schools have 12,304 teachers, 88.2% of whom have a master’s degree or equivalent.
  1. MCPS has five National Green Ribbon Schools, an award recognizing schools and districts that have reduced environmental impact & costs; improved the health and wellness of students and staff; and provided environmental education.

Poolesville High School Tops the List for the 6th Year!

Categories: About Our Schools, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: August 30, 2016

For the sixth year in a row, The Washington Post has recognized Poolesville High School as the top high school – both public and private – in Maryland, as well as #2 in the entire Washington DC metropolitan area. Newsweek has also ranked Poolesville High as #1 in Maryland.


Poolesville High School ranks among the best schools in America according to the Washington Post and Newseek.The start of another school year is just days away in Poolesville, and while students and parents alike can look forward to what the new year has in store, one thing certainly isn’t new: Poolesville High School is #1 in the State of Maryland once again!

With so much to enjoy about our wonderful community, including its small town setting and close proximity to our nation’s capital, one of the most meaningful is the quality of our schools. Not only is Poolesville the best high school in Maryland, but it also nationally ranked in the top 100 in the United States by both The Washington Post and Newsweek. Buying a home in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing means knowing your children are receiving the best education possible, while you can stay right in the middle of everything that Montgomery County has to offer.

Our distinctive Brightwell Crossing community was built to match the uniqueness of the area, and focusing on what matters most to your family. Our homes allow you to enjoy a prestigious neighborhood located in a great area to raise a family. With community events and activities everyone can enjoy, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is the perfect place to call home to experience them all. We encourage you to learn more about our excellent area schools, and contact us for more information on living here!

George Neill

(301) 208-2588

5th Year! Poolesville High School #1 in Maryland Schools

Categories: About Our Schools, Blog, News Highlights | Posted: October 18, 2015

Poolesville High School Ranks #1 in Maryland!

Poolesville Falcons Ace The Washington Post’s Most Challenging School Rankings!

Once again this year, when The Washington Post released its ranking of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2015”, Poolesville High School was ranked first in Maryland, ranked #5 in Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and 83rd overall in the United States. This is the fifth year in a row that Poolesville High School has received this honor. One of the oldest high schools in Montgomery County, it is also the only “whole school magnet”, a program which was created in 2006.

This close-knit, western Montgomery County educational community offers diverse global perspectives, while challenging its students through real-world and tangible learning experience. With four areas of concentration, Poolesville High School is similar to a college curriculum; students take general classes the first two years and focus on areas of interest the second two years. They have the option to choose between Global Ecology, Humanities, Independent Studies, or Science, Math and Computer Science. The whole school model engages and challenges students selected through an application process, as well as local school students interested in a magnet focus area. One student notes, “It’s not a competitive environment. People are competitive with themselves, not each other.”

“The difference here from other schools in the county and state is a sense of belonging for all students. The bottom line is we set out to make sure that there are opportunities for all students,” says Billie Bradshaw, Magnet Coordinator for Poolesville High School.

Principal Deena Levine explains that the programs and coursework are challenging, authentic and rigorous at every grade level. Using real world examples and problems, students are constantly engaged and stimulated. Whether it’s setting the crime scene for a forensics class or developing a new product and sales pitch for a technical education class, teachers at Poolesville H.S. work with students to demonstrate how to be creative, while enjoying the challenges of problem-solving through these real world assignments. Levine explains, “It’s very welcoming, very open and encouraging for new students.
Building relationships and building friendships are key components of what we offer at Poolesville.”

Since it is one of the smaller schools in Montgomery County, Poolesville’s teachers are able to focus on helping each student succeed in whatever area of study they are passionate about. The unique types of course work and programs help students prepare for entry-level college classes.

For more information contact George Neill:

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