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Fountain Green Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 562 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2014

Our family loves Fountain Green Elementary. We moved to Harford County as our DD was entering second grade. We had concerns regarding our DD's progress in K and 1st grade, but her previous school dismissed our concerns and her progress reports indicated no issues. Based on entry tests, FGES validated our concerns and immediately conducted additional testing that concluded our DD suffers from ADHD and dyslexia. An IEP was quickly put in place. Our DD's second grade year is drawing to a close and we have been very impressed with the interventions FGES implemented and the committed and experienced teachers that execute them. Most importantly, we're happy with the results we're seeing from our DD. We are disappointed to read negative comments about our principal, Dr. Gerringer, because we have been supremely impressed by her. She is professional, knowledgeable, assured, confident, and assertive all traits that make her a great leader in our opinion. We are also very impressed with the parent involvement and the strength of the PTA. FGES is truly a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

my child was at FGES, but it was not good. The principal minimizes problems at the school and is dismissive of independent thought by parents. She dresses like a young girl seeking attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Both our children attended FGES and it was a great school with very good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

Our family moved out of NJ in October of last year. Needless to say, we entered the community, and hence the school, late, with little knowledge, and concerned about schooling. We sent 1 to K and 1 to 5th grade. Fountain Green was SO well organized and socialized that the teacher created a project for the kids in how to orient our kids for school. Mind you, NJ's schools are pretty good, however I noticed that that Fountain Greens cirriculum was @ 6 months AHEAD of the NJ school we had to leave behind! For the school year, our kids showed both an interest and ability in school not seen ever. Even though we were there just 9 months, there were tears when summer came. (Tears for summer ?!?!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

I jus had to share this with the school. We were at the "Dig It" program last evening. What a treat to see all of those children involved in a program that was done so well. You all have not only a lot of talented children, but the music instructors and all of the other staff and parents that helped with this program, were fantastic and you can tell how dedicated they are. Thank you for such an enjoyable evening. We attended with our Grand-daughter's Dad, and Uncle. Please feel free to share this with all. Thank you again for such an enjoyable evening with very talented individuals, teschers, staff and students. The Markham Family


Posted June 30, 2011

My children have done well academically at Fountain Green Elem. Many of my children's teachers have been caring professionals. The Principal is not helpful or forth coming towards parents in regards to conflict resolution or special education. She is sometimes hostile. She often dresses in tight fitting, short dresses and high heels. The school is inconsistent in meeting the needs of children with food allergies. Allergy safety has been a concern and ongoing issue. There have been a couple of teachers that were inconsistent with home work, parent communication, and following food allergies protocals. The PTA is cliquey and focuses on fund raising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

My husband and I think that Fountain Green is a fantastic school for our children and they love going to school! The professional staff is strong and caring, and the administration always puts students and their safety and academics first. At a Back to School night, a presentation was given to the parents showing us all the wonderful things that have happened In the past three years; the test scores in math and reading have gone through the roof. And, if anyone remembers, the building was not that clean a few years ago. The building is now clean and beautiful. There have also been little extras added like live piano music for the children to enjoy when they arrive in the morning and the opportunity for students to participate in a musical. We also appreciate all of the notifications which let us know that the safety of our children is foremost. Not sure why some of the other reviews have focused unfairly on Ms. Gerringer. We have found that she has been nothing but a professional and strong leader who advocates for the safety and academic success for the students at Fountain Green. Her leadership along with the rest of the staff has made Fountain Green a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

Most the teachers are good but the principal is a different story. This women does not belong around children. Her short skirts and cleavage baring outfits are very inappropriate for any school, let alone an elementary school. Ms.Gerringer is down right rude and fake. I hope for future children and parents, she is released from her duties at Fountain Green.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

The school is nice with a great set of teachers. The adminstration does make it more difficult for parents to be involved. Children do not seem to be the priority, but flexing control over parents does. If it were not for the great teachers and active PTA; this school would drop quickly in rating. Hopefully the adminstration will listen to parents and see them more as partners in the children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

The teachers are great as is the PTA and parent involvement. The current principal, however, is the worst ever. Rude, fake and rigid are the words that come to mind. The principal came to this school with a chip on her shoulder and has poisoned the environment for all. I will rejoice upon my child's matriculation to middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

Phenomenal administration and staff who have a genuine care for their students.


Posted April 17, 2008

Fountain Green is still a wonderful school with many fantastic teachers. But I am not impressed with the current 'don't make waves' principal and feel that is strongly effecting teacher morale. There is also a problem with some overly demanding parents but fortunately for FGES, they'll be moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

We love FGES! My daughter is in 3rd grade and has had wonderful teachers since kindergarten. Teachers and parents are wonderful! I do wish all public schools were more strict when it comes to bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

I find this school very difficult to work with. Obtaining information about your child and the problems they may have is very difficult. I believe there is a big problem between the Principal, (which you never see) and the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

We have moved around the country and my kids have attended numerous elementary schools, but none compare to Fountain Green Elementary. My youngest daughter is in speech therapy, and at previous schools they would schedule iep meetings with only the parent and the speech teacher. At Fountain Green the speech teacher, school counselor, school principle or vice principle, and my daughter's primary teacher would attend each meeting, and they scheduled several each year. Parental participation was great at the school, and the teachers were some of the most dedicated I have ever experienced. When we moved out of state in April, my daughter's teacher (5th grade) had the entire class write letters to her as a writing assignment, and even called her here in California to see how she was adjusting. I would highly recommend Fountain Green Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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>=95%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Black 4% 35%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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517 Fountain Green Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: (410) 638-4220

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