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PK-8
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Baltimore, MD
Students enrolled: 492
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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100 East Heath St
Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 396-1575
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August 17, 2014
We've been very happy at TJEMS. Oldest now in second grade and youngest starting pre-k this year. Great city school in South Baltimore.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
School is run well. Children are happy here. Teachers are good role models and good teachers. The Spring Festival was really great. Thanks to Mrs. Raina Somogyi for all of her hard work in organizing it. The children had a lot of fun....We can't wait for this years Spring Festival!!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
The staff and teachers keep Parents informed of projects, events and the academic achievements of the students.

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2014
I love this school and whoever that parent was that said advoid at all cost was not right. What was said was very wrong.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2013
Great Grandparents' Day. Teachers were lively and engaging. Three year old class had an awesome Mayflower re-enactment. Their word of the day was nocturnal. You should have seen all the little hands waving to define the word, wow. Pre-k were into math working on patterns. You should see the lovely new library. Just goes to show that the key to good public education is strong leadership, the principal, and caring teachers. With all the talk of under performing schools in Baltimore this school should be touted. The principal is still relatively new but the changes he has made are dramatic.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2013
Terrible school, terrible kids, avoid at all cost. Curriculum is 2 years behind what it should be. Absolute trash.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
TJEMS has been by far the best move I have made for my son as a parent. My son was in the title I program 2 yrs ago to which I was given an option of schools for him to transfer to. Even though Thomas Johnson was not my first choice the school picked him up and I am truly grateful that they did. Since he has been at TJ he has been on the honor roll since he started in the 2nd grade and still is continuing into the 4th grade. The teachers are caring and loving to every student. My son love the ground Ms. Grinath walks on and he is not even in her class anymore. I dont care where I live in baltimore I will travel to make sure my son is in school everyday. Thank you Thomas Johnson Principle Dendinger, teachers, and staff for all you have done doing and continue to do to make sure each student get the proper education they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Great little school in the neighborhood, teachers are friendly, enthusiastic, and intelligent. The principal and vice principal are spectacular. Love that my kids are able to attend here.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
This is an amazing public school in the city! The principal & staff are enthusiastic about the the education of our children and the parent involvement/PTO is huge support to the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
Both the administrative and teaching staff are fantastic here at TJEMS. I was a student myself and am so happy the school has maintained the high standard of excellence. The office staff is always helpful and friendly, and I have never had a negative experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
They have the best principal. The teachers are amazing and the parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
Three years ago my husband, son (then 3 yrs old) and I moved to Baltimore so that I could finish grad school. We had no intention of making the city our permanent home primarily because we THOUGHT there weren t any good public school options. That changed after I visited TJ s open house. My son is going to 1st grade this year and we re amazed at how much he s already learned in Pre-K and K. The building is in good shape; the new state of the art library is remarkable; the teachers genuinely care about the students; the staff is friendly & easy to work with; and the PTO involvement is amazing. Before one of the reasons I refused to think of staying in the city was the reputation of city schools; now TJEMS is one of the reasons I can t think about leaving. Thomas Johnson is truly a gem and I can t express enough how pleased both my husband and I are.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
this scholl has gone thru a major transformation since principal Dendinger set foot 5 or so years ago. My daughter is going into 2nd grade and is excited to start school already. The teachers from PreK to 1st grade are exceptional and I have heard thet 2nd grade teachers continue on the same path. We have had the chance to go to other schools but we will be staying her.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I have been thrilled with this school so far after one year's experience. Excellent teachers, a principal who is a real leader, beautiful new library, and a terrific and affordable after-school program available. And the best result of the year: a child who has clearly learned a lot. I would move or pay a lot for my child's education if I thought it was necessary, and kind of expected to-- I was so happy to find out that not only is it not necessary, it would be silly to give this up. Hopes for the future are that the music program is expanded and diversified.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Innovative elementary programming. New state of the art library facility. Active PTO. Green school rating.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Teaching in a school in the county for years, I was timid about sending my kids to a Baltimore City public school. Some of the things I had heard (or was it just that I perceived) made me think twice about sending my kids to a city school. After visiting the school with my daughter, and speaking with administration, we started to feel very comfortable with the school - we made the decision to attend TJEMS. My daughter is now entering 4th grade and my son is entering 2nd grade. We have become a part of the TJ family and have really connected with the teachers and staff here. We are pleased with the programming and quality of education that our kids are receiving. We feel fortunate to have this gem of a school in our own neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
We love this school. Great teachers, a great principal, and a great sense of community!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
TJEMS is a great school, with terrific teachers and staff, students are able to get a great education in a safe environment with teachers that care and do all they can to ensure success. One of the top performing schools on the Peninsula I would recommend TJ to any parent looking for placement for their child.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Thomas Johnson has an amazing early childhood program, Discover with Me, for 3 year olds. My daughter started after just turning 3 and before she turned 4 she was able to identify every letter, its sound, started blending letters, decoding words and has built a substantial sight vocabulary. In addition to this there was a huge shift in her level of independence while playing and working in large part due to the Montessori influence in the classroom. The teachers at TJEMS are highly effective, dedicated and hardworking. I am so happy that my child has such a wonderful option right here in the city!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
We have had the best experience at Thomas Johnson over the past 2 years. Our son has thrived in compassionate classrooms for both kindergarten and first grade, and is heading off to 2nd with advanced skills in reading, science, and math. He's been encouraged to be creative and be himself, and the education he gets is top notch. When we moved to Baltimore 3 years ago, we never dreamed that we'd be able to enroll him in the neighborhood's public schools. I've been beyond impressed and am grateful for the teachers, administration, and wonderful parents who help make it a great place to learn. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
With having a child in the middle school and a child in elementary I can tell you the education they are receiving is wonderful. My children feel safe and the teachers truly care about the students whether they are in there class or not. We came from another school in the same district and it was a great move.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Last year was our daughter's first year at this school and we couldn't be more pleased with how the year went. The teachers were great, very easy to communicate with, open to new ideas and flexible while still sticking to the curriculum. The principal, is a no-nonsense kind of person and runs a pretty "tight ship" but is also willing to listen to new ideas and make improvements. The entire staff care about the students and you can tell the teachers genuinely love their jobs. The PTO is growing and is excited to continue to make improvements at the school. The over-all atmosphere is one of enthusiasm and excitement for the kids and for learning. This is a great school and we're so happy to be a part of something with momentum, where the kids are safe, cared for and the environment for learning keeps improving!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
My son just completed his first year at public school (Pre-K). While the year was a bit of a review for him, the teachers and staff did a lot to keep him encouraged and learning new things. Today is his last day of school and he is sad, not because he'll miss his friends but because he's going to miss his teachers. That, to me, speaks volumes about the instruction being given. We're looking forward to Kindergarten at TJEMS.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
My son attends Thomas Johnson, and I have come to your school plenty of times to bring him to school, or to pick him up. As a young father, Im very pleased with the care and concern for my son, who is Autistic. His teachers take notice of my son, and made me aware of things they dont feel comfortable about with my son, and the treatment, or care his mother provides for him, and this only proves to me that the job, the hold is more than a job, its a passion, and they take pride in protecting, as well as educating these lil angels that we put in their hads everyday. Im so greatful to you, and the staff at Thomas Johnson. (Especially Mrs. Smith), thank you sincerely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2008
Thomas Johnson is a great school which is now expanding to include the middle school years of grades 6 & 7 with grade 8 added in SY 2009-10. James Dendinger is the new principal (7/1/08). Parent support is excellent. Faculty is dedicated and very involved. Model Instructional Consultation program to assist students & teachers be successful. 'IC' was developed by the Un. of Maryland. TJ has a long history of excellent, outstanding principals. Consistently in the top ten of BCPS.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 16, 2008
I just want to say that this school has active, wonderful, and motivated teachers. When I visit or volunteer, the students are participating and the teachers have planned engaging activities. The school treats the students as individuals and helps students at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I have two children that attend thomas johnson.last year I withdraw one of my kids out to a closer school which was a nightmare.I transferred her back to thomas johnson and they have done wonders for us. I love this school and the whole staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
Hopefully the new principal will make a difference here. The entire student body needs a lesson in bullying and in self-control.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
This is a wonderful school. The staff are happy and love coming to school everyday. The only draw back is that the school is in need of a rehab badly. There are open classrooms and the carpets are thread barren. The principal is wonderful. He listens to parents, students and his staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
The school lacks diversity in administration, staff, student body, and instruction. Black history, Hispanic history, Asian history or any other cultures history's are minimally recognized and/or celebrated considering the fact that there are a few students that represent those categories. However, Halloween, Christmas, NOT HANUKKAH, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, 100th Day of School etc., are heavily recognized. The level of parent involvement is wonderful. The parents also respect the staff and administration; they trust and allow them to do their jobs and help in anyway that they can. The availabilty of resources/specials is of the highest quality. The school does well at providing extracurricular activities for the students of all grade levels. For parents: The over morale of the school seems to be high and the students and parents appear happy. For employees: It could be a pleasnt place to work depending on who you are.

- submitted by a teacher
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Thomas Johnson Elementary School
100 East Heath St, Baltimore, MD  21230
(410) 396-1575
Last modified Thomas Johnson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas Johnson Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top