I am coming from the perspective of a parent with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. First, our family was terrified to send our child to any public school because of her special needs. We were delighted to meet a principle and staff people who made us feel comfortable and who strongly encouraged us to give them a try. So far, we have not been disappointed. The school has worked well with our own therapists as well as theirs and they have really helped in our desire in making sure that our child is socialized and not just meeting the academic requirements set by the state. I would highly recommend that if you have a child on the spectrum to give them a try first before choosing a private school. They will work with you to help your family and child have a positive and successful education. The key is to keep communication open and be proactive and make sure all those involved in the care of your child is included. It is a lot of work, but so far our child has had a successful social and academic experience.
Strawberry Knoll ES is a great school for family and community based learning. Centered in a nice suburban DC metro neighborhood, the school offers a host of learning opportunities for children of very diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, etc. The principal and many of the school's teachers are very good at educating and maintaining a positive learning environment. Our school also has a nice PTA that allows parents to lead afterschool programs and other activities to enhance the school life for all the kids. I am so proud to be a parent at Strawberry Knoll ES and expect this next year will be even better.
Strawberry Knoll is one of the best out there! The school leaders and teachers create a very friendly,upbeat atmosphere, which allows the children to take chances and push themselves academically.
We have been attending Strawberry Knoll for 5 years. We are so happy to have gotten into this neighborhood. The kids and parents are very friendly and everybody is accepted. The creme de la creme is the Principal and the teachers and staff he supports. It is an environment that boasts caring and involvement that truly benefits the students. Each student is placed based on his/her needs and not just to fill a classroom. This is truly a model school.
My son attended the Preschool Enrichment Program (PEP) many years ago. It gave a severely handicapped son a wonderful start to his education. We continue to live in the neighborhood and hear nothing but great things about Strawberry Knoll school. Our homeowners association continues to meet in their all purpose room and you can see, walking through the school, that the wonderful learning experience continues. My son's picture is still posted in the hall as a child who was in the first "graduating class" of Strawberry Knoll Elementary School. Over the past 28 years of living in the community the children who have attended the school and have grown up and gone on to higher education have succeeded. My belief is this is due to the wonderful start in their educational journey. I would recommend this school to anyone family who would like a positive educational experience.
We are military, and have been blessed enough to stay in one place long enough for our children to attend this school for a couple years. I cannot say enough good things about Strawberry Knoll. The teachers are fantastic, the kids are well behaved and friendly. We have yet to hear about any issues with bullying. The principal, Mr. Kaplan knows pretty much every student by name. He takes time out to speak to parents and is always giving encouraging words. We have purposely tried to stay in this area as long as possible so that the kids can attend for as long as we are able, maybe even finish elementary school here!
The Knoll is a great school! Almost all of the teachers we've encountered here have been very committed to the success of the children at the school. There are a pretty good number of parents who are. The Administration of the school has been stellar. Principal Kaplan and Assistant Principal Ford are both great leaders. Our family has had mostly great experiences here.
My two daughters attend SKES and love it! I have had nothing but good experiences there. Principal Kaplan is great and willing to help and take care of issues promptly. Had a small problem with bullying and spoke to principal and all was taken care of the same day. The problem did not repeat!
My daughter has attended "the Knoll" for three years now. Love Principal Kaplan, office staff and the teachers. The school is diverse which in the case of this school has really been wonderful. Most parents are deeply involved and genuinely care about their children's education. This really adds to the learning environment there too. Kidsco before and aftercare in the multipurpose room also a big value add for working moms and dads.
We have two children that attended SKES. We were VERY happy with the experience and the education our children received. We were involved parents and I always think that is a key to success. The administration knew us, the office knew us, and we had consistent open communication with their teachers. Principal Kaplan has been leading the school since our first year and we couldn't ask for more from a principal. He has tremendous passion and enthusiasm for his school and his school children. The school is very diverse and I think that is a good thing since the last time I walked outside, so is the real world. SKES feeds into Gaithersburg Middle and Gaithersburg High. We have have been very happy at both GMS and GHS as well.
I have two children who attend Strawberry knolls Elem. I think that it is a good school with the exception of the theft problem. I believe that the school needs and should implement a system that works in regards to retrieving students' stolen /lost items. I think that it is important for the children and parents to feel secure in the fact that if their child left an article of clothing/item it will be where they left it or go to an area where it has been secured and retrieve it. I am saddened to report, that each time my children lost an item at the school we have been unable to locate it even with the assistance of staff. It has been very discouraging and frustrating. School year 2010-2011
My children have attend Strawberry Knolls since Kinder and now they are currently in 2nd grade. I only have two concerns that I feel need to be addressed at the school. My first concern centers around the inconsistency between the same primary grade levels i.e. 1st grade the informal testing of children in Teacher A class verses Teacher B class and the methods of teaching all academic subjects. The aforementioned examples are not limited to the above. The list is very long. No grade level meetings implemented 2010-2011 school (lower grades). Secondly, I am concerned about the children's missing items. Time and time again my children have been left in the cold during the winter months because while playing on the playground their jackets have been stolen from them. The school took no responsibility and nor did the district (superintendent). I was baffled by the lack of concern for my children articles and broken lost and found system.
I too was concerned about the diversity of the school, but my daughter loves it here! Mr. Kaplan is wonderful and very accessible with any questions or concerns that parents may have. The teachers are also amazing!!!! This is a very good school!
This school is wonderful. We moved to this area last year. At first we have some concerns over the school, since this area is rated relatively lower compared to the nearby cities, such as Rockville, Germantown or even some other areas in Gaithersburg. But after my daughter started in this school, we were more and more impressed by the quality of staff. Almost every morning the principal Mr. Kaplan will be out to greet children. The teachers respond to our enquiries very fast. The school also does its best to meet the specific needs of students. My daughter loves her teachers and the school.
It is a wonderful school. My two daughters are in 1st and 2nd grade and we have had nothing but a positive experience. The teachers and staff really seem to care about their students. I love the fact that there are only 15 to 17 students per teacher. I have been very impressed with the ciriculum, my girls are learning a lot!
This is a very good school! The principal is one of the best I've known. Yes, there is a lot of diversity and at times it can be challenging. My son spent two years there and had two great teachers. The PEP and Autism staff are also just as awesome as the Reg. Ed. staff. Get involved and you'll see the Noble Knight spirit!
This is a great school. Highly diverse with a caring staff, the class size is kept reasonable and the discipline structure here is very fair. Parent involvement is probably average. The music program seemed a bit lacking to me, with one half hour session offered one time a week during recess. Overall this school is great, clean, well staffed, and well cared for. I have had 3 children attend Strawberry Knoll.
I am a parent of a Kindergartener so this experience is rather new to me. I have so enjoyed the environment at Strawberry Knoll. The school really focuses on getting the parent involved as much as possible. I love the newsletter that goes home with helpful hints on helping your child achieve success in school. There is a great deal of communication between the staff and the parent and the child its almost like family. The curricculum is challenging and the class environment promotes learning and development in every way. The fundraising events and volunteer opportunities are inviting as well. I recommend this school highly!
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