We moved out of PG County to get the Montgomery County School experience. Two years later, it has been very clear that Burtonsville is not nearly far enough away from the county line...it is only slightly better than actually being back in a PG County schools. So, even though it means I am about to start driving over an hour to get to work each day, we are moving back to Harford County to make sure our kids have quality schools to attend.
Burtonsville Elementary School has the best principle in the world! She loves each and every one of the students that attend her school, and wants the best for every last one of them. She is so involved, and works so hard for these children; she knows who every child is by face and name. She is a remarkable woman! And wants the best for all of her students, as well as her school!
when we moved into the Washington DC area I picked this neighborhood because of this school for three reasons staff, leadership and results. All are very good. Mrs Goff the K1 is teh Michael Jordan of kindergarden and Mrs Renfrew is to reading what the Wayne Gretsky was to hockey.BES gets results that defy logic. It is the only school I know that has a rising diversity rate but maintains increasing test scores. How do they manage to teach so many ESOL student to read above the average? Of all the things I think we can indicate as the reason BES excels truly much of it has to be leadership. Ms Smith is both inspiring and disciplined. BES is the bes
Before my first child began attending this school, I was obsessed with its scores, which were not bad, but not the best. Now -- three years later with THREE children there -- I don't even check. This school is AWESOME. The PTA is active, it has a marvelously diverse population, the teachers are committed and caring and the principal is one of the most loving, straight-talking, committed women that I know. I used to shrug off assertions that test scores don't tell the whole story, now I've experienced that adage and know it to be true.
Yes, I agree with the posting from Dec. 2005. The school is in flux. The adminstration has a great deal on thier plate balancing the needs of a diverse group of students. However, my sons seems very happy and well adjusted.
BES is in flux right now, as it has experienced almost a total turnover in faculty and staff in the past from 1998 to 2005. It is very diverse, and it is a safe place to be, but some kids feel less stable as there are few, if any, of their old teachers still around. There is a small core of parents involved, and it can be difficult to break into the inner circle.
Burtonsville offers a very safe and family environment. Activities are plentiful and parental involvement is outstanding. Burtonsville before and after school program provided by 'Kids After Hours' is loved by all its attendees.