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K-5
Public district
Bethesda, MD
Students enrolled: 321
 

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7000 Radnor Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 469-1038
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May 21, 2015
I rated Seven Locks as average. On the one hand, the academic expectations are high, and progress is steady. From K-5, students are expected to perform. On the other hand, like many schools, Seven Locks can not wiggle out of the "one size fits all" mentality. Learning styles and differences are not addressed. Sure, there is differentiation, but not true differentiation where the teachers can teach to all the learning styles/differences. If your child learns differently, be prepared to make him/her like the others. If you don't, then they pull the child out of class for extra help. Likely, this leads to SPED discussions. At the same time, parents are heavily involved in this school. If you are a working parent, the stay at home moms will make you feel neglectful. In addition, there are great enrichment and after school activities for students.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 21, 2015
If not for the parents, students would get the short end of the stick. The teachers are effective, but there could be more of an aggressive approach rather than waiting until there is a problem to address it too late. I suppose this is true at any/all schools.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
May 21, 2015
Again, as a whole, respect is valued at Seven Locks. However, for kids of color, there needs to be a lot more attention to those kids who look/feel different. Likewise, families of color are routinely ignored.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
May 21, 2015
While there were pockets of bullying, including girls bullying boys, and swift action was not taken, as a whole, the school culture is pretty decent about invoking compassion.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
May 21, 2015
The outgoing principal, Carl Bencal, did a good job of maintaining order and a culture of fairness with routine practices. However, when loftier issues were discussed, he was not as strong. At the same time, he was very kind, polite, and demanding (i.e. of character and grit) with all the students. This is not the type of school where fights, arguments, and disruption occurred.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2015
Seven Locks is an outstanding elementary school. The principal is fantastic and most of the teachers are excellent. The parent community is diverse and welcoming to anyone who is interested in getting involved. There are a few subpar teachers but overall the school is a great place for kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2015
I disagree with an earlier post. My child has learning disabilities and they have not been able to help him in any way. Moreover, the school does not have a friendly climate. They also seem to tolerate bullying and some of the parents are just as bad as the kids. I think this is an okay school, if your child does not have any issues and you don't care about education enrichment.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Great support from teachers with kids with learning challenges. Excelent involvement from PTA. My kids love the after school programs.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2011
I just attended my grandson's kindergarten graduation party at Seven Locks Elementary School. It was a delightful time and it was so wonderful to see the among the camaraderie students.

- submitted by a community member

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Seven Locks Elementary School
7000 Radnor Rd, Bethesda, MD  20817
(301) 469-1038
Last modified Seven Locks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Seven Locks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top