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Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 571 students

 

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Posted September 5, 2014

I have a child on his third year going to TMES I love this school, love the teachers, principal, administrative staff, etc. My son has an IEP due to a language disorder and ADHD and the teachers have been great with him. The staff involved in the IEP meeting are always looking his best interest at heart. Mrs. Nazzaro is a very nice principal who always smiles but you can see she is firm when she needs to be. I am trying to stay as long as I can where I live just so my son can keep going to TMES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

TMES is a great school. At the moment, I have one child enrolled and my youngest will attend next year. This year, my child completed their first year. This school is everything that I expected and more. The principal, faculty, and staff are approachable and engaging. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Additionally, there are several activities throughout the year sponsored by the PTA. For parents with a busy lifestyle, the onsite Bar-T program is amazing. My child doesn't want me to arrive early because Bar-T is that amazing! If you are undecided about schools, TMES is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

We have our two kids currently in this school The teachers are very involved with parents and kids and their professionalism and commitment makes a good impact. School is clean and very well organized. Office staff are welcoming, efficient and great with the kids. Mrs. Navarro, the principal is very involved and take seriously any concerns that parents might have and always look for a good solution!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

We love this school! My 2 kids have been at the school the past 5 years and we are sad that next year will be our last at TMES as both kids will be at Ridgeview Middle School in 2011-12. Please disregard the 1 bad rating from several years ago as that was a DIFFERENT school under the old, horrible principal. Principal Nazzaro is excellent and really has turned the school around. The experience with both principals has taught us the importance of strong leadership. The parents are very involved through the PTA and volunteering in the classroom. I can't say enough good things about the school and have trouble finding negatives. In fact, for a Cub Scout activity, the boys had to survey parents and ask the good and bad points about their school. We had trouble coming up with many areas of improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

TMES is much better and more kid friendly than Rachel Carson. Principal Nazzaro is wonderful. The teachers are great. My daughter loves this school. This school can be characterized as a local school that is not too big and not too small. There is an active PTA that is great and has a surplus of funds this year! The environment is nice and peaceful tucked away in a valley surrounded by beautiful homes; where you would not even think there would be a school. Coming from one of the top school districts in the county, MN District 196, this school is above par. Kudos to the staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

I have had children in this school for five years and the experience has been excellent. The teachers and staff are outstanding and are invested in the success of their students. The curriculum is advance, though tailored to the individual child to ensure that they not only learn, but are engaged in the process. We are confident in the current leadership who are readily available and interested in the day to day lives of the students. We have close friends with children at other schools in the area and are confident that our children are receiving an exceptional educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I have two children at Thurgood Marshall and am entering our third year with the school. There is a very inviting and supportive community of parents and teachers. The curriculum is advanced and the teachers are very committed to ensuring that I as a parent am aware and involved in the educational advancement of my children. Parents are encouraged and invited to volunteer and be a part of the classroom experience. The extracurriculur activities offered are varied amongst sports and educational clubs. I have been told that there were a few issues with the principal that ran the school several years ago but the PTA fought hard for change and a new principal was hired. It is because of this new principal that the last few years have been so pleasant at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

I'm not sure where the February 11, 2006 poster is coming from, but he/she certainly isn't talking about Thurgood Marshall that my children go to. We live within walking distance of the school. The school and the community are wonderful. There have been minor issues, as with any school, but overall we couldn't be happier with security, services, leadership, the children, the principal AND the facilities. We are involved in PTA, sports, scouting and more. TMES is a core part of our lives. As to the claim that people are looking to move out of the because of TMES...I'd encourage you check your facts. As integrated as we are with the faculty and parents, we've never heard this claim/concern from anyone. TMES is a solid school and environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

The principal is engaging and enthusiastic. Safety does not seem to be a concern any longer. The new gym looks great and new playground equipment is coming soon. Two of the 3rd grade teachers are pregnant which will make continuity for the kids a challenge this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. We have a new principal that has been at the school for one year.She is fabulous!The school is wonderful. My children have always had great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

My daughter is a 1st year 1st grader at this school. From the very beginning, open school night, to the fundraisers, I have been very impressed. Having come from another elementary school in the Gaithersburg area, I see the difference in the teacher/parent relationship, how invovled the PTA is, and how approchable the principle is. I cannot say that I am faced with the same issues as the other parent regarding bulling, because my daughter has not complained or mentioned anything. I am very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

The leadership at Thurgood Marshall is weak at best. The principal lacks the skills necessary to create a safe and nurturing envrionment for all. Discipline and a culture of respect for all students is lacking. Parents are not given feedback regarding their children's progress. Bullies are rampant and many children go to school in fear. It's obvious that teachers are overwhelmed by the needs of some of their students. Many are ill equiped to deal with disciplinarian issues let alone closing the gap for all students. Many well behaved students with supportive parents are seeking private schools and considering moving out of the community. Much needs to be done.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%
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 40% 42%
Hispanic 25% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 6%
Black 13% 35%
Two or more races 6% 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 28%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
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School basics

Fax number
  • (301) 670-8256

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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