We specifically moved to Howard County for the schools and we are thankful to be part of the Manor Woods community. The majority of the teachers we have had have been great and the principal is amazing. Our children have enjoyed MWES (and we have yet another child starting kindergarten in the fall) and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. There are many opportunities here and we have generally found the office staff to be helpful and friendly. There are multiple PE teachers, art teachers, and music teachers (not to mention Gifted & Talented & Technology) as opposed to where we moved from, where they only had part-time teachers for "special" classes like PE and music. One of our children was a victim of bullying his 4th grade year and his teacher and the principal were on top of it - because of their swift and consistent attention and action, my son is now a confident, unharmed, popular boy who even was able to get to friendly terms with the bully. Had his teacher, guidance counselor (who is fantastic!), and principal not been attentive or concerned, I would not have the thriving, unscathed boy that I do. Overall, I would say MWES is a great school.
Moving into the area but very hesitant to sign a lease because of the reviews on this school. Is this a school to stay away from? Please help.
I feel like I should rate this school twice- once for families who have kids who are "meant for school" and once for parents who have kids who aren't perfect little students. I have three children who have attended MWES. Two of them are the "perfect little student" type and they did well. They learn well, respond to instruction well.. in other words, they would have done well just about anywhere. They had a few exceptional teachers, many good ones, and a few duds. They've gone on to do well in other schools. My last child is not a child who naturally loves school. Don't get me wrong- he loves learning. He may well be the brightest and most curious of all my kids. But sitting still, passively, doing busy work etc is not his thing. I found that many teachers don't know how to handle this. While disconcerting, I could work with that. When I approached the administration about matching him with teachers who would best meet his needs, I was disregarded. In fact, the opposite was done. They felt that since he wasn't failing (Thank God!) that he needed no special consideration, regardless of what I know as his parent. The past two years he has survived but not thrived. What a shame.
My daughter went here. She said it was horrible! There are no doors in the classrooms so she couldn't concentrate. And her homeroom teacher was just so mean! She put my daughter in the below average math class but she was advanced! And she was really mean. I know this because I met her. My daughter only went here for a week because she just couldn't take it anymore.
CHANGE is coming..YEAH! I was just reading about the Core Curriculum & Race to the Top- not that I'm an advocate for the entirety of it- however to bring the instruction up to date & a little more current at MWES will be great! My children have brought home many copied worksheets they had done at school w/the date on the bottom (some OVER 15 years old)!!! I wonder how much of these worksheets were just busy work too. Now, lets address the student behavior a little more proactively and I'll be even happier. Don't understand why MWES is not a PBIS school?!...they could use it! Being proactive and less reactive would be a plus- previous school my children were at was a very nice school, similar to MWES & PBIS was used there. SO?! Finally, $$ shouldn't buy favors, & status at this school- but it seems too. I could easily join that bandwagon, but choose not too- admin & teachers time to address this situation head on, really!! Stop the elaborate gift giving, favors in moving students around, etc. IT is going on. Okay, ending on some positives- some really GREAT caring teachers there...some not...love the extras the school has- well rounded there. A warm, fun, kind place to learn.
I am not sure how anyone is complaining about teachers talking on cell phones during instruction...because it is nearly impossible to get a signal without going outside. My bigger concern is that what if there is an emergency where the phone lines are down in the building.
We loved Manor Woods. The staff are committed and G/T teachers are excellent. The over all environment of the school is healthy. However, last year they had a new 5th grade teacher and our son was unfortunate to be in her class. She is every negative and unprofessional. She clearly show favors in class and not a bit tactful about it. Though my son was very academic and well-behaved, she consistently battered him about other issues through out the year. Not until we happened to talk to other parents from her previous school had we realized that she was the problem. Our child is doing fantastic in middle school now. We feel bad for Manor Woods that a teacher like her did a lot of damage to the school's reputation.
The principal and staff of the school are organised and this rubs off on the students. It's a very conducive environment to learn
We have been extremely pleased with Manor Woods Elementary. Mr. Wiesner is a very involved and visible principal. The administration and teachers care about their students and provide top quality instruction.
Great test scores are NOT indicative to a high degree of what the teachers are doing; it is indicative of the students who are there- just responding to the previous reviewer. The scores could be HIGHER if the teachers changed things up a bit, & weren't apathetic in some ways. Since when does talking on your cell phone DURING instruction time increase a child's test scores?! Something I've seen way too many times in my time at the school, about time I look into the use of cellphones during instruction time if the Administration & other teachers won't address it. I'm all for a loving, caring, friendly environment however there seems to be a lack of motivation for some of the long time teachers at the school. Administration- the change of the VP hasn't really seemed to do much there- Principal is a great guy, but let's change in + ways.folks.
I love Manor Woods. Teachers genuinely care. Administrators are involved. Safe School. Perfect ! Great test scores. High Rated and well respected.
This is truly a great school. We moved 15 miles across Howard County just so our kids could go to this school, Mount View MS and Marriots Ridge HS. This elementary school is much better than the previous HoCo ES that we were in. The parents are VERY involved, the teachers are excellent and they have so much to offer. My kids love it and are very happy we moved!
I am over the moon for this school!!! The teachers are so caring and involved. The entire staff is so kind. The principal really loves his work. I have nothing bad to say except I am sad Ms. Merical is leaving.
I am disappointed in the reading program at Manor Woods Elementary School. It does not follow the National Reading Panel's scientifically supported recommendations for what a reading program should entail. Manor Woods uses a whole word approach to reading with a few phonics rules imbedded in the reading. The school does not screen for reading problems in kindergarden but rather wiaits til a child has fallen 2 years behind in reading to provide an IEP for a reading disability and won't diagnose dyslexia stating it is a 'medical condition'. Therefore we have had to find outside tutoring to prevent our child from falling further behind in reading.
I love MWES. Its a great school and we moved to this area becoz of this school . My daughter is in kindergarten and loves going to school . Teachers , the staff are all great. Teachers are so dedicated, loving and friendly with the kids. ESOL program is also great . My daughter started from a level where she could just speak simple english to a level top in the class. Its becoz of the teachers encouragement and dedication. Thanks to all kindergarten teachers.
Manor Woods Elementary School is staffed with professionals who truely care about your childs education. They consistently teach and evaluate your child to ensure they are learning and quickly act to institute extra help when needed.The academic programs are excellent and challenge your child to do there best. There is an excellent media center and computor room. This school has music, art, and physical education programs included in the curiculum and from the third grade on there is music instruction in strings and band .Also there is choir in 4th and 5th grade. Participation in these music groups is voluntary. The PTA is active all year long and provides a back to school picnic, cultural programs, and a fun day festival at the end of the school year. The teachers and the administrative staff encourage parent participation and provide several different ways for parents to volunteer at the school.
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