We've been really impressed with Spellman this year. We have a first grader. Principal Smith is strong, the PTA is vocal and active, teachers are solid and overall, the school has a positive energy and you get the sense that things just keep getting better. There are unfortunately a lot of negative perceptions about PG schools as a whole, but I wish more people would take the time to visit their neighborhood school, talk to parents and teachers and get a true sense of what is going on. We were skeptical at first, too, but now we are so glad we gave it a chance. We are thrilled our child is happy and thriving.
My kids are doing very well in the school. The fourth and sixth grade teachers are great. My only concern is the sixth graders have to walk around with a ton of books in their bags. If this school continues to have 6th graders they need to put lockers inside. The best thing is to buy your child a roller bag with wheels. The sixth graders also have a massive amounts of homework including math and on the weekends. It can be good at times but, it stresses students out over time. The principle Ms. Smith is ok, but she seems a little dismissive to the students. As a parent I have seen it with my own eyes. And, what is it with teachers not letting students use the bathroom? My 6th grade son almost had an accident coming home from the teacher not letting him go. Same thing happend to him in the fifth grade, he asked to be excused to the restroom teacher said no, he threw up all over thr classroom floor. PTA IS EXCELLENT, I take my hats off to them. Other than that school is good, I just don't approve of the tons of books with no lockers and the teachers being strict about bathroom usage. I can't really complain about my son having too much HW because it keeps him off the video games, and his phone.
I absolutely like the new principal Ms. Brandy Smith. She's involved. She's humble. She's open to ideas and suggestions. My two kids are in 1st grade and I don't have any complaints. 6th grade teachers are involved and caring to prepare the kids for the real middle school.
The 2015-2016 school year started with a new principal at Gladys Noon Spellman. Although we were sorry, and a bit panicked, when we heard Ms. Holiday was leaving, Ms. Smith has been doing a fantastic job and is making improvements everyday! The school has added Pre-K and a permanent Art teacher to the faculty. My family is very happy with both the quality of the education our child is receiving and the culture of the school.
Both my husband and I grew up in Bethesda and went through the MoCo public schools. When it came to sending our own kids, we were admittedly a bit skeptical about sending them to PGCPS and Spellman. That said, my daughter is in 1st grade at Spellman, and we couldn't be happier. Principal Holiday is an absolute GEM - she never misses an opportunity to share a hug and a warm smile with the kids, plus she is very open and accessible to parents and families. Likewise, the teachers in our experience are top-notch. They are warm and caring while meeting the students' individual academic needs. Ms. Gilliard, the PE teacher, constantly wins awards and grants for her excellence in teaching and her innovative programs to promote healthy living. The PTA is doing great things to increase parental and community involvement. They host fun family events including outdoor movie nights on the field and a "Monster Mash" family dance for Halloween, and the monthly PTA meetings always include an informative parent workshop or outside speaker on various topics. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Spellman Elementary!