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1 Laurentum Pkw
Abingdon, MD 21009

(410) 638-3900
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December 08, 2014
WSJ is a great elementary school. I love how the principal, Mr. Richardson, knows each child by name and even most parents. He's extremely involved in everything and the children really enjoy him. My daughter has loved both teachers she's had so far. I think the work could be more challenging, but I think this is more of the new common core aspect that's being implemented in schools and not the teachers fault. The school is a little outdated but they make do with what they have to work with. Overall, I love the school and I'm happy with my daughters education there.

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October 24, 2013
my school is william S James Elementary. This is a very good school with exceptional leadership and parent involvement.

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April 28, 2011
I have a son that went through the pre-k program and is now in kindergarten here and I have to say I am very pleased with the school. While it is a bit older and smaller then most of the other elementary schools in the area the faculty is great. While some additional funding would be great to update some of the more outdated aspects, I have seen well thought out improvements over the last 2 years with the funding they do have. I don't know about the previous principle but all my interactions with the current one (Mr. Schmalzer) have been excellent. I am quite impressed how he greets most all the children by name as they enter the school in the morning. Overall I am very happy with the school and hope to see more improvements over the next few years as my younger son will soon be starting school there as well.

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November 07, 2010
I have a kindergartener and a 3rd grader new to this school and they love it. The teachers are great, the parent involvement is incredible as well compared to the last school they were attending. I am so pleased with the change in schools.

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June 15, 2008
Things are looking up for the better at William S. James. The principle they have had for the last 5 years did not do the school justice but the teachers are very helpful and the community does come together.Could use some fresh ideas and challenge the kids a little more who excel.Reading specialists are excellent (especially Jennifer poynton).Involvement from parents are the key,no matter what school your child attends.

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February 19, 2008
My daughter loves her school. The teacher's are supportive, the Principal and AP run the school well. Sure it doesn't have as much to offer as a private school, but compared to city and other county schools, it's quite good.

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May 31, 2007
William S. James is a fine school that two of my daughters have attended. I believe part of the dissatisfaction results from parents today refusing to make their children be accountable for their actions, and refusing to get involved in their children's upbringing. Teachers today are required to do too much for too little in return. The administration does what it can w/money issues galore, but overall I am happy with this school. I won't blame the principal and teachers for doing what they can with an underfunded school system. You want private school, pay for it - see if the quality of education is as good as you think. You'd be surprised.

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July 24, 2006
I feel this school is horrible! My daughter just started after attending school in NY. Wow, what a change. She gets good grades, but is not challenged! I asked for them to give her advanced work at the beginning of the year and it never happened! I even asked several more times, but they put it off, then the end of the year came. I feel I have to teach her at home just so she can be ahead! I too wish I could afford private school! Also, the staff is very unproffessional! Maybe I have high standards, but this is my daughter and the children of the future I am talking about! We only have 2 more years and I can't wait to leave!

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January 12, 2006
I have one child in fourth grade and one that went through this school and is now in middle school. This school has changed dramatically, and not for the better. Academics and school spirit is way down. They need MATH programs. These children are far behind their peers in area schools. The 'fun' has gone from this school and now feels more like an 'institution'. Not a fun place to learn. The principal and assistant principal need to loosen up a little and put some fun activities back into the elementary school.

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December 20, 2004
The school has gone bad over the past year or so. The new principal knows nothing of leading an elementary school. Very poorly run.

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November 11, 2003
Wm. S. James is a great school. I have 2 children that attend this school and both of them are A-B students. I have always had great communication with the teachers, and there is a lot of parent involvement.

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William S. James Elementary School
1 Laurentum Pkw, Abingdon, MD  21009
(410) 638-3900
Last modified William S. James Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William S. James Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top