Information for Prospective WJ Students & Parents
Walter Johnson High School is part of Montgomery County Public Schools. Students attending the school must live within the school boundaries. If you are not sure whether you live in the WJ Cluster check the information in the How to Enroll Your Child in School web page and look at the maps on the School Boundaries page or use the MCPS School Assignment Locator page.
Students register to attend Walter Johnson HS by visiting Karina Toruno, the WJ Counseling Secretary. Questions can be directed to Ms. Toruno via email or by phone at (301) 803-7121. However, registration must be completed in person BY APPOINTMENT. The MCPS How to Enroll Your Child in School web page contains information on the documentation that must be presented for registration.
The Shadow Visit Coordinator for WJ is counselor Joe Thompson. Questions about the shadow program can be emailed to Cecil_T_Thompson@mcpsmd.org.
The WJ Shadow Program welcomes prospective students from out-of-area schools to shadow at WJ for 1 day. Students in WJ feeder middle schools are not invited to shadow because they have several other opportunities to familiarize themselves with Walter Johnson, their home school. These opportunities include WJ Counselor visits to the middle schools during 8th grade, and the New Student Picnic and WJ Orientation in August. Students in the WJ feeder middle schools are encouraged to make use of these opportunities as well as attending WJ sports, theater and music events during their middle school years. Area middle school students who are admitted to the APEX Program and wish to shadow a current APEX student for a day are permitted to do so and receive information directly from the APEX Coordinator on how to take advantage of the opportunity.
Parents of prospective WJ students who would like their students to visit the school and shadow a current WJ student for a day should proceed as follows:
- Students may ask to shadow a particular WJ student but Mr. Thompson can also arrange a match to a WJ student with similar interests. If the shadowing student's family knows the WJ student to be shadowed, they need to contact the family of that student before making the request.
- All shadow visit requests must be made in writing and are approved for one day only. There is no repeat shadow visit. Wait for confirmation that the visit/shadow experience has been approved for a particular day.
- Both the parent and the visiting student must sign in at the WJ Main Office no later than 7: 30 a.m. on the day of the visit and then proceed to the Counseling Department.
- Please note that shadow visits are not scheduled during the months of September and May and are limited during the month of June. Plan accordingly.