I am quite proud to say that i have had a total of 3 kids attend Mt. Washington, and have another two still attending. In terms of what most might see the public education system as being, I can say that the faculty and staff is top notch, and strives to maintain the highest standards socially and academically. this is supplemented by an outstanding PTO and an overall atmosphere of family that makes my kids love attending. Outstanding school!
Great school. The CTY (Hopkin's Center for Talented Youth) Math program is great for kids who like extra challeges. Great new art and music teachers! Really nice, caring teachers and the kids are well behaved. Very active PTO. Definitely one of the best city schools
Excellent school with diversity, tremendous parental and alumni involvement and staff that has both the experience and sincere caring attitude towards the kids we had hoped for. My kindergarten child loves this school and we are excited that she has the opportunity to stay here through the eighth grade. Blue Ribbon school for a reason!
Mount Washington Elementary clearly lives up to its well-deserved reputation as one of the best public schools in the City and the State - as exemplified most recently by its award of a coveted Blue Ribbon for academic excellence and improvement. Sue Torr is an experienced administrator who has begun to instill a culture of academic rigor and strong student values. The expansion to include the middle grades, and the introduction of the renowned International Baccalaureate program should extend the school's success into grades 6-8. Parental involvement is key, and has been outstanding, especially during this expansion project.
This is a standout elementary school (and soon to be K-8) in Baltimore City. Our kids love going here, and my husband and I value the education, community, and leadership at the school. The addition of an IB Middle Years program is the icing on the cake!
Diversification and education go hand-in-hand to create well-balanced children.
We have loved MWES. The parental involvement is incredible, as is the sense of community. Last year our kindergartener w/ Mrs. Zimmerman and 2nd grader w/ Ms. Lough both had excellent experiences. Their teachers were caring and skilled and their peers were supportive. The new principal Ms. Torr welcomes feedback and has handled budget issues and more-than-expected students very well. My sons also both loved the Advanced Academics program--a rare opportunity for all K-5 grades. We highly recommend this school.
My son is enjoying a great year in kindergarten. Fantastic staff, committed parents, and support from the entire Mt. Washington neighborhood community! There are a full range of special subjects: Music, Art, Spanish, Strings Orchestra, P.E. Library, as well as Advanced Academics programs for every grade from K through 5th - with two dedicated teachers. We couldn't be happier! My older son went to a highly rated private school in Baltimore, which we felt was a good choice at the time, but I don't think the quality of instruction he received was any better than the experience that my younger son is getting at MWES.
I am a parent a MWES. My children are enjoying their time at the school. the diversity is pretty good and most of the teachers really care. The Admin staff is great. You recieve great customer service from the office staff Mrs. Vondahar and the rest. The Music and Library Teacher are great also. Mrs. Lombardi Kindergarden is great. There are several great clubs my children attend as well as The After School Sports Club run by Mr. Day. He also does wonderful summer camps. The program is amazing. Mr. Day teaches my children sportsmanship, and leadership and aligns it with the classroom. If anyone attends MWES send your children with Mr. Day ,we love him, his program is also online, www.campunited.org. Oh and we will miss Dr. Shepley, but Im sure they will get a good principal in return.
My princess enrolled in MWES Fall 2007, 1st grade. She came from a private Catholic school so I was concerned with quality of education, student body behavior, and parental involvement. MWES definitely impressed this protective parent. MWES satisfied all my concerns. Kudos to Principal Dr. Shipley and staff, esp. Music Instructor Ms. F! Plus the afterschool childcare, Majestic Minds, is great.
Our experience with Mt. Washington Elementary was excellent. The teachers and staff are really caring and our son went from hating school to enjoying it. They also have an excellent, privately run, after care program.
Mount Washington Elementary has been my child's introduction into the Baltimore City Public School System. It has been a tremendous disappointment. Sadly, my child does not appear to be learning a thing. This concerns me greatly, as the school enjoys this 'reputation' of being one of the best schools Baltimore City has to offer. In addition to the less than challenging academic environment, I am less than satisfied with the physical security of the building. Anyone can freely walk into the school, particularly the side entrance off the cafeteria. I am on the fence about this place. I have have made my discontent known.
My child has excelled since he left MWES. The school is not well-administered by the city's public school system. The turnover among principals reflects that, though there has also been trouble with teachers, as well. Bullying is a serious problem. The school has a policy against it which is pretty much unenforced. All in all, MWES is overrated.
Our daughter has excelled beyond measure academically, socially, and emotionally. The test scores, attendance records, and feedback reflect mount washington's image in the community. The capable staff is dedicated to the children as a whole without overlooking individuality in such a pleasantly diverse population. Low staff turnover, outstanding volunteers, and high parental involvement make for a welcoming environment. The high-quality academic program combined with such expansive extracurricular activities has maintained mount washington es's stellar reputation in an era uncertainty in batlimore city public schools. We thank and appreciate every staff member for their dedication.
Our children are excelling here. We are pleased with the academic rigor, and feel that this is a gem among the elementary school options--both public and private. We are particularly pleased with Dr. Shepley, the school principal. He commands respect, is thoughtful with the children, and supervises the playground each morning prior to the start of school. Further, the combination of parental involvement and low turnover in teaching staff gives strong support to help the school shine.
Mount Washington Elementary School is most defenitly one of the best public schools that Baltimore City has to offer. I recently had a child graduate from Mount Washington and I found their overall test scores, as well as my own daughters, quite satisfying. One thing that has disappointed me in recent years is the leadership of the school administartors. The constant change of principles and their policy on dicipline has been satisfactory, but has plenty of room for improvement. I find that their policies on absences and truancies are very reassuring about the safety of the children. My daughter had many extracurricular activities availible to her and I think that this was a great way to keep the children active and out of trouble. I would reccomend this school for its unsurpassed academics and interesting activities.
Mt. Washington is a great school, however the leadership tends to change frequently. There was one male principal and he really connected with the parents, students and staff. There is a disparity in the teaching staff versus the student body, there is no reflection of racial diversity. Most of the teachers do their jobs as expected, but seem to connect to the parents. In the four years in dealing with the school, there definetly has been a decline in the atmosphere with the 'constant changing of the guard' in the leadership.
My children have gone to the school and benefited. It is one of the better public schools in the city, but it is in decline. The principals have been disappointing. There have been several in the past few years. Only one stood out but he left after one year. None of them have been good at communicating with parents or the neighborhood. The school is not very open to inquiries or criticism and often it seems they make decisions without informing parents or neighbors. The teachers are uniformly good, but turnover in kindergarten has been embarrassing to the school. One teacher has painted the phrase 'Creation 05' across the back window of their car, which raises questions about the academic integrity of the school. Why start a controversy? Student discipline and safety are also problems the school does not like to talk about.
Mount Washington is certainly one of the top schools in Baltimore city. In spite of what many would consider an inept system, this school shines because of the faculty, staff, students, and involved parents. When I hear of other city schools and their plethora of problems, I look at Mt. Washington and all it has to offer. And without a doubt the big difference has nothing to do with money (that's an easy excuse). Instead, it has to do with the desire (or lack of desire) of parents to be involved in their children's education. No money in the world will fix that problem. It all starts at home. Mt. Washington is model on many fronts.
Mount Washington Elementary Schools is one of Baltimore City's educational crown jewels. The faculty is highly experienced and their daily teaching reflects this, as does their tireless commitment to go the extra mile for both students and parents alike. Many teachers have advanced degrees and the Principal holds a Doctorate, runs an efficient 'ship', yet maintains a personable managing style. There is a comradery between the faculty and administration that seems rare in other city schools. In addition, there is a sense of community which is present in all aspects of school life from fundraising, teacher wish lists fulfilled by the Parent Teacher Organization, and most importantly parents and others from the community who donate their personal time to better the school, whether it be cleaning up or organizing events for student-parent nights or teacher appreciation activities. It is a joy to be a part of a caring learning environment.
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