« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
PK-5
Public
Ellicott City, MD
Students enrolled: 885
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

Contact this school

8125 Old Stockbridge Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 313-5057
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Bellows Spring Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
December 05, 2014
We adore this school! Our child has attended for two years now. The teachers are nurturing and attentive. They are responsive to parents and committed to working together for the well being of the children. The school is wonderfully diverse and the surrounding community is cohesive and supportive. The PTA is active. Most importantly, my child is happy and he loves going to school! I am so glad we made the choice to attend Bellows!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
My daughter has attended BSES for 3 years. Even when overcrowded, the school was well managed operationally - highly organized. I have attended lunches and been present for arrival/dismissal and am impressed by the how well the logistics of such a big school are handled. All of the teachers we have interacted with have been highly qualified and extremely committed. I appreciated the former principal for making tough decisions and standing by them when they are in the best interest of the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
The teachers and staff at this school really care about the students. They work very hard to ensure they work with each child at their level. The administration is organized and effective in taking the right course of action when necessary. The school heavily encourages parent involvement and has many programs or activities throughout the school year to promote this initiative. My child has made great progress this school year. I am very pleased with this academic year.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
This school has been stellar since my children arrived there two years ago (even with overcrowding!). Now with redistricting, my kids are moving to another school next year, so Bellows overcrowding issues will mitigated. My children are already sad they are leaving. The teachers keep my children challenged, encourage them to do their Bellows Best, and have been great with communicating with me about my children's progress. The counseling team is great. My son, who sometimes needs an extra push to get things done, has been mentored by the counseling staff on ways to improve his attention to stay on task, and he's improving. My kids have never had any issues with teachers playing favorites or being treated unfairly. My kids have had no issues with bullying (which is much different from their previous school!), and even typical kid arguments and shoving matches are dealt with care and common sense. The library and the computer lab are large for an elementary school, and kids are given ample time to use them. They have just an average level of after school activities, and they tend to be expensive. Parent involvement is slightly above average

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
BSES is an average quality school -- overall environment is positive with a lot of extra-curricular activities. Kids seem to have good time. The school is crowded though and there are some teachers that rather be doing something else...

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
GREAT SCHOOL!!! We are a military family constantly moving around and are due to move this summer after being here for two years. I have two little boys who get excited about going to school and love their teachers. They are learning sooo much and the teachers are patient and dedicated. I've done my research to our next duty station and I hate that the schools are a downgrade! I almost want to stay here! Great Community, Parent involvement and School. I highly recommend this school and would rate it a 10!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
I really love this school and I do volunteer and visited at lunch time. I found it was organized however, my only complaint was that my daughter who is a kindergartener needed help opening something and it was difficult to get the helper's attention. My solution was to make everything as easy as possible for her and that has generally solved the problem. I think the core curriculum is a little confusing, but I feel as if my 5 year old is being challenged enough. My 8 year old who is in the 3rd grade has an excellent teacher. I think all of the teachers work very hard and are very competent . As parents, we are the primary ones responsible for our child's education. The school has all of the tools to help the children succeed. We have to do our part. I rate this school a 10, it is competitive and addresses all students needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
I totally disagree with "Average is More Like it". I absolutely love this school, the staff and the program as a whole. Our son is in the 5th grade and has attended Bellows since Kindergarten. We have stayed in this school district for so many reasons and so thankful that we have stayed here. Our sons math teacher is awesome and caring and stays in touch with any challenges or accomplishments he has had. The communication is wonderful and the communication has to be both ways. As a parent, if you are concerned about something, just ask the teacher

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
Average is more like it. The playground/play equipment is almost non-existant. The principal is hostile. They have unwaivering policies. Lunch is like a circus and the kids really don't know what is expected of them. The teachers are not very skilled, although they have a good time together. If your child has any issues, even minor - you are on your own. There are too many kids here and if your is unlucky - they will have a disjointed schedule and a classroom that is sparsely supplied.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
Bellows Spring elementary is a great school, with an excellent principal and exceptional teachers and support staff. My daughter went to this school for 3 years, and she had great teachers every year. We had to move out of the area, however we (and especially our daughter) still miss this school. I rate this school as a 10.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
I have 2 grandchildren that attend Bellows Springs and love to visit for their programs and events. From the moment you walk in the door, the atmosphere lets you know that this is a nurturing place where children are valued. I love the student body's diversity and the way it is embraced and appreciated. Music and art are such a valued part of the curriculum, and I love to see the artwork on display in the hallways. What a great place to grow and learn.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2010
I have 4 children at Bellows, including one with special needs. Bellows is a diverse and inclusive school. Wonderful administration and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
This is outstanding school. Teachers , Principal and office staff are great and extremely helpful. I have 2 kids attending this elementary school and I would say Academic standards are one of the best in Howard county. Superb PTA. I have never seen so much activities in any other school. I will give 5 stars to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Great teachers and staff. So much enthusiasm, mixed with top-notch teaching curriculum. Great programs such as Watch DOGS, International Night, Field Day, Green Day, Abrakadoodle art, and more.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
The teachers are great and the community is very supportive. During my daughters short but pleasant time at BSES the teachers have been such a delight to be around and interact. It seems as though BSES got all of the teachers that are genuinely interested in the profession. The Keep up the great work BSES staff and teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
I am extremely happy with my daughter's performance at BSES. Her progress for the past 2 months in her 1st grade has been amazing!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
Bellows Spring is the best! The teachers take a true interest in each and every student. They use a team approach to find the best way to allow for every child to succeed. The communication between home and school is great. I can not say enough about Bellows!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
Great school! Staff is dedicated and communication between home and school is great. It is too bad they don't qualify for a breakfast program.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
Excellent school! Teachers are great! Administration is great! The school is a bit too big, but overall, this school is a the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
My son started at BSES this year and I have been very disappointed with the school overall. My son's teacher is really nice and gives my son appropriate discipline as well as respect. However, I do not see the overall involvement that his prior school showed. My son has behavioral problems and the administration doesn't seem to know what to do and they don't get very involved, or so it seems. I am surprised that breakfast isn't offered, the school doesn't call if children don't show up for school, and none of the staff seem to be able to spell my son's name correctly even though his name is simple and he's been in the school for almost 3 quarters now. I'm glad we are changing schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
My children and I really love this school so much. Everybody in the school is just like a family. Mrs. Heinz is the best ESOL teacher who I've ever known. PTA is wide open to every parents and very friendly. The school has strict discipline; at the same time, it is very tolerable to multiculture. Every staff members are setting a great example for the future school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2007
This is a 5 star school. My husband and I are very fortunate that our children can attend this school. Every staff member truely is there to help promote the students education in a positive way.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a staff
no rating September 03, 2007
My daughter is in the 4th grade and we really enjoy the overall vibe of the school. We came from a smaller school and that was nice in the sense that everyone knew each other, but the teachers and staff at Bellows are very courteous and polite. I do wish they offered breakfast though. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
We refuse to move because we feel our kids are in the best elementary school in Howard County. Parents are very involved, the teachers are very attentive and the Principal Ms. Klamerus is phenomenal! It doesn't get any better than this!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
They had a rough first year as a new school, but my son as been there for 3 years now and they really have their act together. The staff is committed to education and my son is excelling. Obviously they are doing a great job or my son wouldn't be doing so well (he scored high on MSA scores in comparison to Maryland and the county overall, as did this school). We're happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
New school- staff still learning to work together- my daughter needed a little special attention and patience with reading in 2nd grade and teacher was too busy with misbehaving children to help her. New computer lab and they only used it periodically. I am now homeschooling her and she has improved greatly in her self-esteem and her reading comprehension.

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 16, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Bellows Spring Elementary School
8125 Old Stockbridge Dr, Ellicott City, MD  21043
(410) 313-5057
Last modified Bellows Spring Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bellows Spring Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top