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Gaithersburg, MD
Students enrolled: 374

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15001 Dufief Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

(301) 279-4980
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 19, 2015
Great place for you kids if you have a stay at home parent, are not male and have no learning issues.

- submitted by a community member

July 13, 2015
Ok so some teachers are good and some are bad. For example one time a teacher took my son and told him to stay for the recess in the lunch room my son got sad and I wasn't happy with this...

- submitted by a community member
Develops honesty: Disagree
July 13, 2015
My son went to DuFief and sometimes when he came home from school he was mad. The teacher made him go to the principal office for getting out of the lunch. There are way more explanations...

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
We love the school. Great teachers!!!!! Low student to teacher ratio. New principal is making great changes in schools. We also have special Ed classes and the teachers are simply amazing and dedicated. Wonder why school rates lower than other schools in the neighboring area.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2015
All 3 Kids had a great experience. Two have graduated college. One in college. Dufief prepared them for the future

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2015
Great neighborhood school. New Principal has embraced new technology and kids have access to loads of updated resources. Music teacher (band/coral) - is awesome. Would like to see all schools in the area embrace language education opportunities before middle school.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2015
Great teachers, warm and caring environment, smart and happy kids. Dufief is great! We are so proud to have our 3 girls attend such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2014
My son graduated from Dufief last year, great school!!! excellent education He is well prepared for Frost MS

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2014
Our daughter has really excelled since starting at Dufief elemenatary. The teachers are fantastic, and are really attentive to the kids needs. The new curriculum challenges the children, but in a good way. The PTA is active but not pushy. The new principal Mr. Mascot is friendly and has brought good energry to the school. He always has a smile on his face and the children like him. A rating of 5/10 is completely wrong. The school is easily a 9 or 10!

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2014
We sent two kids to Dufief where they received outstanding education. Both kids are in top Ivy league colleges. Thanks to Dufief for helping them build a strong foundation. Neither my wife nor I spent any time tutoring our kids. The teachers at Dufief played this role. We shall be eternally grateful to the teachers at Dufief.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2014
This school should definitely be rated higher. We sent our two kids to this school and the oldest just moved to Robert Frost and he is doing very good, a testament to the good education at Dufief. The teachers are great and very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2014
I cannot understand how this school rating decreased from 7 to 5 it is said that it has improved with the new principal who's come with new ideas and dynamism. Both my children (2nd and 5th) were new to the state and the school last year and we felt welcome by the staff and the families. My 2nd yr old received a lot of support from the school counselor Ms Pope. She was great and so were my children's teachers. Very few times I felt that my teachers really know my children. 2013-2014 was one of our best years. We are very thankful to the dedication and support received. The school rating does not reflect the school's character and quality. The lowest I would rate this school is 9. We attended a Montgomery County school rated 9-10 last year and the environment was nothing like the family, small community we feel at DuFief. I am not in the PTA but I know the PTA is very active. I've enjoyed a number of extracurricular activities that they organized including a free Geography Club. The PTA is great, very committed parents.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2013
The scoring system is biased. It is unfair to the dedication and hard work of all the teachers of this school. It is extremely unfair to blame the former principle. This school has a special program for students with special needs. This is why there are about 10% of students are just at basic level.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2012
Principal is really checked out. We generally don't have very much direct interaction with the principals of the schools our children attend, but in this case we actively avoid school management. It's a shame, really, and could probably be corrected with more dynamic leadership.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2011
Super school! The teachers are caring and challenging. They take their time to return calls or meet with the parents. The principal and new vice principal are very visible and willing to speak with parents. My child has recieved a great education thus far.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2011
This school is EXCELLENT. The teachers really challenge the students, the activities are great and unique and the parents in the community are very involved. We are happy with the school and the community (Westleigh). I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2011
Excellent School, Great Staff! I've sent two of my children to DuFief and I'm thrilled with the quality of education they have received. The teachers my kids have had are truly excellent. I am grateful for their passion and enthusiasm. The PTA and parent involvement is high - leading to a community feeling that I am proud to be a part of. Overall, I couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2010
I have two children in the school and we have been very happy with the teachers that they have had. The PTA is incredibly active and supportive of the school. Our biggest complaint has been the amount of homework they receive, but it has all ways been a reinforcement of what they are learning and I have never felt it was being used to teach.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2009
The school is great if you get the good teachers. The principal doesn't listen to parents' complaints. So the worst teachers stay at Dufief for many years.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2008
It has great teachers and the PTA is amazing.

- submitted by a student

October 15, 2005
This is considered one of the top elementary schools in upscale Montgomery County, MD. Teaching is rather mediocre. Hoewever, parents are very supportive and success driven. Students are given a relativeely large amount of homework. They learn mostly from the homework, largely through the help of parents. As a results, test scores are consistently high.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2005
This school is clearly resting on its laurels. The principal smiles a lot, but she offers few solutions to childrens' problems. The atmosphere is one of discipline, control and test scores instead of helping children learn to love learning and love school. At least half of the teachers at the school are outstanding. They use kinesthetic activities to teach concepts, they clearly care about the students and they are receptive to parents. Unfortunately, the other half are not committed to their work. They say demeaning things to the children such as, 'You are on another planet.' and in front of the child's peers, 'I cannot believe you forgot your homework again. This is a new record for incompetence!' The most troubling part of this school is that the inferior teachers are not taught new techniques or counseled regarding the damaging effects their policies have on the children placed in their care.

- submitted by a parent
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Dufief Elementary School
15001 Dufief Dr, Gaithersburg, MD  20878
(301) 279-4980
Last modified Dufief Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dufief Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top