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Bethesda Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 491 students

 

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Posted September 8, 2014

There will be a response to a parental complaint but in some of the most serious situations the principal will cave to a few teachers she is afraid to lose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2014

One of the best aspects of this school is the principal/vice principal team. We fled DC in part because of the system's inability to retain fine principals, and we have no regrets. The stability of the principal/vice principal; their steady, cheerful leadership during a time of tremendous growth in the student body, and their responsiveness to parental concerns (prompt responses to e-mails and phone calls) are wonderful and inspiring, day after day. I wish the school were smaller--but good schools like this one attract people (like us) who flee weaker schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

Great academics, great resources and involved families. Truly a neighborhood school. I have 3 children there now and they are thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

AMAZING SCHOOL I used to go to BE it was great the kids were nice the teachers were nice i don't know why anyone would give it any less than a five the principal is great and the teachers try to make everything fun plus the community spirit is great it may sound crazy but out of all the schools i ever went to elementary school was my favorite because Bethesda elementary is such a great school


Posted November 8, 2011

I agree with the foregoing review with an ironic twist. That is that after several years of overwelmed,sometimes first year teachers, the student could need extra help because of lack of instruction. Thirty-eight per cent of the budget in this school goes to special needs children who are mainstreamed. Essentially the class waits while they are helped literally by everyone in the room. They have a helper but that person can't help all of the autistic children in the class at once. So the children and the regular teacher must. After many years of this your child's hope for a good elementary education is toast. They do not receive curriculum assigned by the board of ed. If you the parent do not fill in the blanks, they don't get it. So maybe that seemingly below average child gets a leg up finally after years of neglect in the classroom because of the worst class assignments and parents who aren't picking up the huge slack in the classroom at home. The money drawn out of the budget for special needs children would make a great improvement in the iinstruction for the rest of our children. More teachers who are experienced is where we need to spend our money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

This "inclusive" school ignores good students until they become average. The no child left behind criteria has now defined this school as a failing school. To deal with this the teachers and principal devote an inordinate amount of time and attention to a handful of special needs children to try to bring them up to grade level. These kids have special needs and they should receive special attention but it should not come at the expense of the other students. If a child tests above grade level they are completely ignored at this school and receive very little instruction. Teaching has moved to small group instruction within the classroom. The more advanced students are grouped together and just given materials and expected to teach themselves and rarely get teacher instruction. The underperforming students receive the lions share of the small group instruction. If you have an advanced student then this is not an environment where they will thrive or be challenged. They will only stagnate until they are average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

This is an amazing school. The teachers, staff and parents work well together. The resources Montgomery County and the PTA provide is amazing. Promethean Boards are in every classroom; there are computers/laptops available throughout the school - not just in the computer lab. The arts and physical education remain priorities here as well. The extra curricular activities offered thanks to the PTA are excellent. Very well rounded school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2009

You get what you pay for with this school. It's free. The staff uses every opportunity to take a day off or close-up early. The student teacher ratio is Average. The parent involvement is Average (a few parents try hard but overall its average). For the most part, students don't have a choice, this is the free school assigned to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

A great school! The academics are outstanding as is the faculty and facility. The new principal sets a welcoming tone and has continued to move the school in a successful direction. The parents are educated and instill the value of learning in their children. It truly translates into successful student achievers. The PTA is involved and enthusiastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

High achieving school. But parents need to be involved. Sometimes the instructions given in class are not clear. But I like the racial mix. Many international students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

I attended the early grades at this school, through second grade. I had a fantastic start to reading with an excellent phonics program, which helped me to become a great speller. This was a very enjoyable way to learn about how letters and sounds work together, which of course, provides a good start. I remember some good science units about light and magnets and transportation.There were also opportunities to perform in plays. I remember one about vegetables in particular. I have very fond memories of Bethesda Elementary and would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 28, 2004

What a great school! A principal who instills pride and respect, a multi-cultural, multi lingual student body, extremely active PTA, and kids that are exceeding all state standards and then some. The buildng was fully renovated five years ago, and the teaching staff has been recruited and retained to be one of the best. Within a grade level, students are organized according to abilities in a way that encourages every kid to do their absolute best, in a non competitive atmosphere. The after school programs include languages, Math Challenge, art, science, drama, and chess club. The PTA sponsors back to school picnic, back to school night, bingo, square dancing, an adult silent auction, a Mayfair, and an International Night to celebrate the 52 native countries of the students. Very involved parents and a caring faculty make this a terrific school community.
—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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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76%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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87%

2013

 
 
96%

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90%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
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 63% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Black 7% 35%
Two or more races 6% 4%
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 5%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
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7600 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 657-4979

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