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Burning Tree Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 497 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2014

Terrific school! Great teachers, good education, all-round child development, diverse...Keep it up Burning Tree Elementary School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I do not understand with the previous reviewer. I have been a parent at Burning Tree for five years and have two children passing through the system. Their teachers have been consistently exceptional. Their work is challenging and stimulating. Yes, there are tests to deal with, but that's an issue with the Board of Education and will be the case at any public school. Arts and Music at this school are also thriving. We'd love more sports but sadly that's not in the curriculum. Parental involvement and the PTA are extraordinary at Burning Tree. I can't imagine a more supportive community. We know several families who have left their private schools and opted instead for Burning Tree and are very happy with their decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This school disappoints on so many levels. The staff is either "getting ready to retire any day," to quote one or very young and inexperienced. The level of bullying is outrageous and scary. For some reason the administration believes harm only comes from physical bullying, not the psychological games some of the kids play at the expense of other children. As a parent volunteer at recess, I leave each day so sad at what I see. There is also a surprising amount of fraternizing of "moms" with teachers. I'm not against friendly relationships, but being BFFs with your child's teacher is strange and suspect. I look forward to moving to Pyle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

This school disappoints on so many levels. If you want your child to memorize for test scores and not learn you will love it here though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

gr8 school i went to it and the teachers are gr8 and the best part is that the 5th graders of 2012 got 2 correct the washington post!!!


Posted April 18, 2011

This school has become much worse with the new principle but the teacher are amazing and try to really get to know the students. So i still think this school is a good choice for parents


Posted May 31, 2010

It just is a fantastic school and there is nothing else to say! I would never ever sign my children up to any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

Great school. My daughter's teachers have ranged between very good and phenomenal. The work is challenging and yet they seem to do an excellent job of accommodating differing abilities. The parents are very involved and many parents do a lot of volunteering both inside and outside of the classroom. There is a real sense of community and I think that is reflected in how many families get involved with the myriad fundraising activities. As another poster mentioned, this is a very diverse community with children from literally all over the world. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

This school was good before Erdrich became principal. I'm taking my kids out now. Way to driven by test scores then learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

I'm a new parent to the school and my daughter is in Kindergarten at Bruning Tree. I have been thoroughly impressed with her teacher and the types of things that she is learning. Even in Kindergarten, they break into smaller groups to work on different projects which allows children of similar abilities to work on activities appropriate for their level and spend time on both academic endeavors (reading, math) and social skils (working through problems, understanding others). Parents frequently volunteer to assist in the classroom with some of the smaller groups. One thing that I did not realize before my daughter started is how internationally diverse the school population is. One of the first school wide activitites was International Night where students and parents from over 40 countries had small tables with information activities, and food related to their country. It was very impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

This school spends way too much time attempting to comply with teach to the test rather than educate the students.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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87%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
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 62% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Black 5% 35%
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 3%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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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

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist

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

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7900 Beech Tree Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 320-6510

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