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5215 West Running Brook Rd
Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 313-6893
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December 29, 2014
Excellent & supportive staff. 4th Grade and 5th Grade Teaching Teams worked with me to help my son acclimate from a vastly different school system. By the 5th Grade, he had moved up to the Howard County GT Program and Honor Roll. He also achieved several Perfect Attendance Awards. Running Brook ES - Where a kid can learn and love being an excellent kid!! PS. My son's test scores were in the highest range for Maryland School Assessments all years. Now in the 6th Grade @ WLMS, he is tackling five GT Classes, including Research. As an involved parent, I KNOW the results of a good education. My oldest is in her first year at Columbia Univ., NYC. Proof is in the pudding!! RESPECTFUL - RESPONSIBLE - READY!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
Running Brook is a good school with a diverse body of students. My daughter loves going to school everyday and she loves here teachers. The teachers and staff treat students and parents with respect.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
My daughter have been going to Running Brook since kindergarten and now she is in 5th grade. The teachers and staff are great. My daughter has positive experiences in this school.

- submitted by a parent
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 04, 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
December 06, 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
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
July 03, 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
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?

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
no rating September 30, 2009
Running Brook is a nice school. Troy and Kevin both do a fantastic job.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating 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
no rating September 29, 2009
we have a wonderful, committed staff and great students and parents!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2009
Running Brook has great teachers and super students!!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
The teachers and principals truly love what they do and really care about the children. They go over and beyond to ensure the children not only learn but truly understand what they are learning. They take the extra time when needed and we love that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I love that Running Brook is a small, positive school that values students, parents, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
A really hard working staff. We are Title 1 and our kids are great.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Running Brook has the best parents, staff and programs!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2009
Running Brook has a great collaborative community feeling. People work together to support students' needs in academics and personal development.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2009
Our school works as a team!! We are great at helping one another out - staff to staff, staff to student and staff to community !!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Running Brook is a great school. The staff and parents work together to make the best learning environment for the students. It is a great place to teach and learn!

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2009
Great and dedicated teachers really care about the kids and help them achieve to their full potential. Test scores are not an accurate assessment of teaching ability here as there is such a high turn over rate in student entrants/withdrawals each year...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I love this school because they have a great teacher-Kaie Harkness-teaching there.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
RBES is a small public school 400 students preK- 5th grade. We have a wonderfully diverse population which allows our kids to learn about many different culture.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2009
The staff is very caring, and does everything in their power to help their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Running Brook has some amazing teachers. They work hard and always have the students success at heart.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I loved Running Brook when my children went there. After nineteen years as a Para Educatto, I still love Running Brook. The staff really cares about the children and their families.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
The staff at Running Brook has been incredible as I work towards getting my Master's and completing my student teaching. They have all been both encouraging and helpful, willing to provide me with creative ideas and new experiences. I have learned so much from them that will positively influence my own future teaching style.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2009
My son has been a student at Runnigg Brook since he was in 2nd grade; he is now a fifth grader and has enjoyed every year and teacher he's had the honor of being in contact with. From the Administrative Staff, Educational Support Staff, Principal and Assistant Principal this school is top notch. 'It takes a village to raise a child.' and RBES recognizes and promotes this slogan as they sponsor events that involve the entire family. They make every attempt at welcoming new families to the school but also reaching out to existing families. With my son heading to middle school next year I am definitely going to miss the RBES family...they are truly one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
This is one of the most underrated schools in the County. Yes, I know the test scores don't indicate that, however, test scores are an average, and while averages describe everybody, they also describe nobody. The teachers, administration, and assistants are all top-notch. Like at any school, whether it be Centennial, Bryant Woods, or St. John's, if you don't value and promote education at home, and get involved in your child's education, it won't matter - they will do poorly. Yes, Running Brook has a higher population of kids who have, let's say, parents that don't have a high degree of education, however, if your child's one of those that excels, they will be grouped accordingly. Don't waste your money on private school, or spending $200,000 more for a house in a different school district. If they don't excel at Running Brook, they won't excel anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
My grandson is a kindergarten student at Running Brook Elementary. His teacher is Ms. Forman. We have been impressed with the organization of his school work, the materials sent home for work and his enthusiastic response to Ms. Forman and her team. It has been an outstanding experience for hom.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Great teachers and employees. Great learning enviroment. I feel it is better than a rating of 5 out of 10.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
Running Brook is great and making more improvements every day, thanks to Mr. Todd and Mr. Mulroe. It will be a super year!

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 04, 2008
We were in Germany for 4 years and then moved to MD. We picked Howard County for a place to live because of the schools. Both of our kids went to Running Brook and they received all the services they needed. One child was accelerated and one had special needs. Kudos to Mrs. Booth and all the teachers!! We have since moved and miss the school very much.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
We just got redistricted to Running Brook from another school and we were quite apprehensive just prior to the beginning of this school year. By the end of the first thirty days our mindset has changed completely! The Principal, Lisa Booth is 'all business!' Don't get me wrong, she is very very nice, but you can see that she has high expectations, and would not settle for anything less, and she is well respected. The teachers are great as well. Both of my children absolutely LOVE their new school! The teachers truly challenge the students. There could be a little more parental involvement, but I think that is a reflection on parents, and not the school. We are very happy with RBES!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I arrived to Columbia from another country with a different school system and so far my children from K and Second Grade are adapting perfectly. The support and help they have received from RBES has been great. They have excellent control and organization in all aspects, teachers are open to conversation and the programs like ESOL are good too. The school liasion for non speaking English families is completely efficient, she is for me as if I were at school helping and assisting my children . They are always asking to parents to involve in school activities. RBES provides Music, Art,P.E. clases and has a full time Psychologist, Speech Therapist, ESOL teachers,name it. I highly recommend RBES

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2004
I love this school. My son loves this school. The teachers are great, they offer so much to the students. I couldn't ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
My daughter was in Montessori when she came to RBES in the second grade. RBES far exceeded my expectations of a public school. The staff, teachers and counselors all helped my daughter adjust to the public school system so well that she made many friends, including her teachers, and was put into the Gifted and Talented programs because they took the time to recognize her talents. This could not have happened without RBES' professional and talented staff. I give this school a A+ not only Howard County but, all of Maryland.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2003
Our son was in a private school for the first several years we lived here. Our concern was not to jeapardize his education but RBES's curriculum had exceeded our initial expectations.

- submitted by a parent

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Running Brook Elementary School
5215 West Running Brook Rd, Columbia, MD  21044
(410) 313-6893
Last modified Running Brook Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Running Brook Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top