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Running Brook Elementary School

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 30, 2014

I'm a student here tell me is running Brook good or fake. I've seen good and bad reviews I need to know


Posted April 28, 2014

The biggest mistake you could make in a school. DO NOT send your child here. Too many reasons to list. My child attended and I couldn't move faster to end this disgrace! Teachers are good, Principle is horrible. Office staff is unacceptably unprofessional and rude. Parents are involved when they are allowed. But basically are spoken to and treated with such disrespect by administration that it makes it hard to cope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

RBES is a great school. Almost all of the teachers are nice the principal Troy Todd is incredibly nice!! This school is one of the greatest school in Howard county


Posted April 25, 2014

RUNNING BROOK ELEMENTARY- This school is The shame of Howard County. Rude/discriminatory administration/ staff. Coupled with an incompetent principle, Troy Todd who rarely interacts one on one with parents and looks totally clueless at assemblies. Don't believe the "this school is the best" fake reviews... RBES staff has been seen posting them at their work stations.Please review the actual Maryland Board of Education test and performance scores for a reality check..There is plenty of adult bullying and blocking certain parents out if they choose to encourage civility, equality and fairness for all students. Many know its wrong but say nothing. Administration allows break out fights while they are socializing when a child complains Troy Todd will just say.."man up" or "don't be a snitch". The disrespect towards parents is unbelievable. Troy Todd has even hung up on a parent before after being called to the carpet for violating their child's medical privacy. It took 3 yrs of witnessing this before I stopped making excuses for their rude unethical behavior and now I have reported it for redemption. I strongly encourage the Maryland BOE investigate this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2014

I have 2 children that have attend Running Brook since Kindergarten. In my opinion, they couldn't have received a better education. My son just took the Cog/AT test (for GT) and was in the 95 percentile for Math and 96 percentile for Reading. I feel like this is due to the education and support received at RBES. Since 1st grade he has been tracked advanced and gets pulled out for all core classes. The likelihood he would have been tracked and given this extra support at a more competitive school, i.e. Clarksville or Ellicott city is very not likely. My daughter was not originally tracked advanced but working with her teacher and administration she is now in all advanced classes. They are both being taught at a grade level above. My point is, there are many more opportunities at RBES for your child then other schools due to not having as much competition, you just have to be an advocate for your child. RBES is comprised of a diverse population that creates a learning environment more like the real world. YOur child will not only receive a great education but also grow up with the realization that not everyone is just like them.. Did I mention I love the administration?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

If you didn't know that Howard County has a ghetto, move here and you'll find out! Do not believe these post from unverified sources. Some may even be posted by RBES staff. If you are moving to Howard County make sure this is NOT your assigned school. Do your research, such as the Maryland State Government Department of Education 2013 study and you will see that the data does not support that this is a good school -- not in the least bit. If moving to Howard County ONLY CONSIDER PUBLIC SCHOOLS IF YOU PLAN TO RESIDE IN CLARKSVILLE, ELLICOTT CITY, FULTON, MARRIOTSVILLE, ETC. Otherwise be prepare to send your children to private schools which cost $20+ and there are very few quality private schools within a 20-mile radius. Better off moving to Montgomery county and going to private, unless your happen to work in this area. Administration is HORRIBLE and teachers are APATHETIC!!!! Find and read the report for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

RUNNING BROOK GETS 100 MILLION STARS!!!!!!!!THEY ARE A REALLY GREAT SCHOIOL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS ARE GREAT THEY CONCERNED LOVING CARING THOUGHTFUL ATTENTIVE THEY ARE THE BEST SO FAR ETC.ETC.ETC. ALL GOOD (lol) YOU DONT HAVE ENOUGH STARS UP THERE FOR RUNNING BROOK!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

I think RBES is a great school!!! I have two children here at very different ends of the spectrum...the school has done a great job in challenging my gifted child, as well as providing extra support for my child who has reading challenges. The staff is always wonderful and easy to reach. They have resolved issues proficiently! To commenter #3-I am a single parent who is very involved in my children's lives and education (and so is my ex-husband for that matter)...I take offense to your labeling of single parents as one of the "tough demographics." Regardless of circumstances, it's at a family or individual level whether one is involved or not...NOT class or group characteristics. Shame on you for (mis)labeling!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Running Brook provides an awesome environment for learning. The principle and most of the teachers are great. My son is a 2nd grader who has challenges with reading. He has made alot of progress in reading this year with the help of the reading program. The school has several activities for the students. Also, has tons of after school events for families. Mr. Todd is an amazing principle! The school has a men on campus program. Which encourages the fathers to get involved. Love the school and Ms. Bettinger!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

I have been pleasantly surprised by RBES. The staff has a tough job given the demographics of the school - lots of single parents, uninvolved parents and the transience of the students. Teachers have to work extra hard and there are a lot of resources at this school to help them succeed. I disagree with the comment about the school counselor - she has been a great resource for me. There are a lot of kids with behavioral problems and the teachers & counselor have to make sure that they are not preventing other kids from learning. I volunteer a few times a month and see how difficult this is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2011

The home room teachers are great and they try to bring the best out their students. However, the school counselor and her followers either lack training or have nothing to do but pick on students. Shame on you!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2010

This School is GREAT!!! my son attends and before he started this school had a lot of difficulties, in every school her ever went to. Everything has changed in his life and I'm happy for him. He loves his school and offered comes home to tell me about his day and his teachers. The principal is great!! as well as staff. this message has been approved by Ms. Mallory :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2010

RBES is a wonderful little school. The teachers do a great job of differentiating their instruction so that students not only achieve, but are challenged. There are many resources to support and educate students who are not only struggling, but who are advanced and above grade level as well. These resources often mean a lower teacher student ratio during classroom instruction. RBES has a wonderfully diverse population, and the vast majority of the teachers are fantastic. Every school has areas in which they can improve and the administration is very approachable and receptive to praise and crticism from parents. We have been very pleased with our child's experience at Running Brook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2010

I am a parent of now two Running Brook Elementary Students, and am very happy with this school. Since Troy Todd has started as principal, I have seen positive changes here. I have been on the PTA for four years, and served as room parent for both childrens classes. I volunteer as much as possible, b/c I believe it is up to us as parents to raise our children right..quit whining, get involved and DO something!! It's not the governments schools job to raise our kids, but ours. The faculty are great!! (most of them) and as parents, we have a voice!! If you aren't happy with a teacher, by all means, take it to the top, if need be. There is no excuse for administrative staff or any one else to be rude- I think the school is a great little school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

I'm a student at RBES and I disagree with all the criticisms here. The school is an interesting place to go to in my opinion, and most teachers & staff are at least reasonably nice. We do have some rude teachers, but they're outnumbered by friendlier and more enthusiastic ones. And what's wrong with an unbalanced student:teacher radio, anyway?


Posted May 26, 2010

First of all, what the writer above sees as " teachers parenting children" I would have to disagree. Running Brook is a very nurturing environment. The teachers and staff alike go out of their way to make kids feel welcome. Unfortunately, there are those situations where the teacher needs to step into the parenting role as it has not been effectively managed at home. I would state that the administration is new as of last year( principal and asst principal) and therefore you need to give them the time. They have two uniquely different styles of management and you need to respect that. I will say this. If you have a problem in a classroom or with another student or students they work with you to make it right. The office staff is unprofessional. I agree with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I very concerned, I think they need to hire a whole new staff, administrative that is. very unprofessional. and would you believe its a family running the front office (mother and daughter) and they are the rudest! teachers you are not the kids parents, YOU ARE TEACHERS. some of you seem to forget that part. The school needs to make a change, now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

I made a serious mistake sending my children here, and I'm hoping that they don't suffer academically after coming from a High Achieving school. The principal only seem to be concern with his next advancement in his field and he very hands off, the Asst. Principal seems more involved. The school is boring and uninviting, while at the same time not secure. The teacher/student ratio is very unbalanced. Don't even get me started on the Administrative Staff...Unprofessional. I feel as if I have failed my children by subjecting them to Running Brook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Running Brook is a nice school. Troy and Kevin both do a fantastic job.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 29, 2009

The staff at Running Brook is top notch! They go out of there way to look after the kids and not just educate but also to care for them
—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 82% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 89% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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
Black 48% 35%
White 19% 42%
Hispanic 14% 12%
Two or more races 11% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
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 43%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5215 West Running Brook Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 313-6893

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