Where to learn; where to pray

Montgomery County Public Schools
(Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School)
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda 20814


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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s enrollment for 2008-’09 was 1,777, according to the county school system’s website, making it the largest in Maryland and the 16th largest school in the U.S. There are students from over 164 countries who speak 134 languages.

The average combined SAT score for the school is 1615 and they offer 888 special schools and alternative programs.

For more information on the school, visit their website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road
Bethesda 20817


Holton-Arms School, an all-girls school for those in grades 3 through 12, was founded in 1901 by Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms, who before women had the right to vote had a vision for the possibilities for women.

In 1963, the school moved to Bethesda and has been at that location ever since. Holton-Arms has an enrollment of 650 girls and a faculty of 97. Holton-Arms is great for those who desire small class sizes, as most are only about 15 students.

Holton-Arms seems to boast facilities that seem reminiscent of a small college, including a performing arts center, 400-seat theater and black box theater. There’s also a double gymnasium and an indoor pool. For those athletic students out there, the school also has seven tennis courts, three athletic fields, a weight room, three dance studios and a track.

For more information, visit www.holton-arms.edu.

All Saints Church
3 Chevy Chase Circle
Chevy Chase 20815


All Saints, located at Chevy Chase Circle, is an Anglican Church that has been around since 1897.

All Saints has a unique vision with five points — assemble, learn, invest, visualize and evangelize. All five words spell out “Alive,” which is its ultimate goal —to keep the ministry alive.

Services are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
7500 Pearl St.
Bethesda 20814


Our Lady of Lourdes describes itself as a diverse Catholic community in downtown Bethesda. A member of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, the church offers Sunday Mass at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. The church also offers a 1:10 p.m. Mass in Spanish. For those who wish to attend, there’s also a Saturday evening Mass at 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes has many active ministries, including prayer and worship and children’s and youth involvement, in addition to plenty of music.

For more information, visit www.bethesdalourdes.org.

Ohr Kadesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase 20815


The Ohr Kadesh Congregation, located in Chevy Chase, is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Jews. According to its website, the congregation welcomes Jews from a variety of backgrounds to celebrate Judaism through education with the Torah, through prayer with the Tefillah and through the practice of Chesed (social responsibility) as a Kehillah, or community.

Many of the synagogue’s members have been there since the congregation’s beginning. Visit the congregation’s website at http://ohrkodesh.faithoffice.com for more information on service times.