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Dufief Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 374 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 14, 2008

It has great teachers and the PTA is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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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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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

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 73% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
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 52% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 6%
Black 6% 35%
Hispanic 6% 12%
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 6%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15001 Dufief Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: (301) 279-4980

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