My son has been attending Kindergarten at Orchard Grove Elementary and is in special education. The administration has not listened to anything I had to say about his disability and has basically told me flat out that my son didn't have the medical issues that I've been telling them that he has, despite the doctors' notes confirming appointments and diagnoses. The general ed teacher is fine, but once the staff started to realize that my son didn't have typical issues that they know how to deal with, they had it out for him. They told me they were following his IEP, and then 8 months into the school year told me different things they had just barely started doing, most of which had been in his IEP since beginning of the year. They're self-righteous, and think they know everything (in fact, the Principal told me that she has more years of experience with kids with medical needs so knows more about my sons' medical issues than I do, apparently.) If your child is normal, it may be an ok school, but if your child is not typical, they just don't know how to deal with the kid, and push them and push them to act out until they can finally get rid of the kid to another school.
This school is OK at best if your kid is perfect. If your kid is even slightly outside of the "norm" they are targeted for retribution quickly. Several students are driven out through early targeted harassment. The teachers are aggressive, and the atmosphere is hostile towards children. Watch them carefully if you must have a child attend this place.
THIS SCHOOL IS THE BEST! I GRADUATED FROM HERE IN 2009 @ SHEAVILLE! IT'S AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL! THIS SCHOOL IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN WAVERLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN FREDERICK MD! SPECIAL THANKS TO KATIE SHEA-MILLER KATIE GRAY MICHAEL RAMAGE PAM WEST CHERYL CRAWFORD AND MARILYN MATTHEWS
The Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club salutes Orchard Grove's running program for healthier kids and is fully supporting their efforts to get a track built for their school! We congratulate them for their exceptional initiative!
There are so many things that are great about OGES but I'd have to say that what really stands out is the teachers. They care, are involved and work hard each and everyday to give the kids a GREAT education.
I like the school and the staff is wonderful. I had a child in the school for 2005/2006 school year and all was great. But now that my middle son (who has Autism/PDD NOS) has attended OGES for 3rd grade 2006/2007 and now 4th 2007/2008. In my experience with special education staff in the past, from another state, and even another local school my son attend. I have regretfully noticed that OGES needs a lot of improvement in the special education department. I feel some of the OGES staff seems to know very little in regards to Autism. Now, 1+ years later, we are finally making progress. OGES also has a serious lack of communication with the parents of special needs children.