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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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