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Rachel Carson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 870 students

 

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Posted July 16, 2014

RCES is a great school that could use a little tweaking when it comes to their homework assignments. My son was in kindergarten last year and week after painful week we received the same unimaginative homework assignments that were varied ever so slightly to reflect what they were learning in class. It was very boring for my son and I. The staff are friendly and open to parent suggestions. I found afternoon dismissals to be a bit chaotic and disorganized. They have good academic, special education, and therapy resources. My son's kindergarten teacher who was rated quite well by other parents quickly jumped to conclusion that my focus-challenged son would not be much of a success in her classroom, even after explaining that he just needs a little more time to mature. She was wrong. During our last meeting she openly admitted that she had been wrong about my son and she had the test scores to prove it. I feel that RCES more than adequately helped prepare my son for first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My son started his KG at RCES this school year. This school is great. Staff are so friendly and responsible. We are able to communicate with the teacher and always getting prompt responses. The school neighborhood is great! We have very good interaction with other parents. I really admire the school Principal's leadership. We are so glad to find this school for our son.
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Posted December 13, 2005

This is a very special school. There is a great emphasis on all levels of ability. The children who can are pushed ahead and challenged and the children who need a slower pace are challenged at their own pace. A wonderful environment for children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I think that the school is off to a great change with the new principal in place. This is his second year and I am looking forward to great year in education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

My son attended Rachel Carson last year and loved it. I found the teachers to be sincere and truely care for their students. The staff even helped parents get the students in and out of their parents cars in the mornings and afternoons. That was a big help for a mother of 2, one an infant.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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96%

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99%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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92%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 42%
Hispanic 16% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Black 5% 35%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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100 Tschiffely Square Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: (301) 840-5333

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