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Gaithersburg Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 654 students

 

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Posted September 11, 2014

If your kid is average or above average, do not send this to school. teachers are good but the school policies regarding work in class and homework are not focused on enriching their existing knowledge. Look at test scores below (obtained from county website). For grade 3, Math scores went from 81.5 in 2010 to 49.6 in 2014 . Scores for Math : Enrollment year Ending 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Grade 3 81.5 78.2 75.9 70.1 49.6 Grade4 78.4 85.7 82.3 83.5 78.8 Grade5 74.4 78.0 71.7 62.2 60.8 Scores for Reading : Enrollment year Ending 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Grade 3 75.9 74.4 75.9 64.4 70.8 Grade4 83.1 88.3 86.3 86.1 74.1 Grade5 81.7 93.3 81.4 83.8 73
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Posted September 10, 2014

My son as been in this school since preschool, it's a great school with friendly and knowledgeable teachers.He is doing great academically and making friend's, there is no place we will rather be but G.E.C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2013

Great, dedicated teachers. All three of my children had great experiences. The principal is wonderful and caring, and the school is cheerful and bright.
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Posted November 3, 2013

We couldn't be happier with the education and care our children have gotten at GES. The principal, Stephanie Brant, is smart, caring and helpful. Almost all of the teachers we have dealt with have been terrific. People sometimes ask me how my kids do at GES -- they are blond-haired, blue-eyed boys in a school that's very multi-culti. The answer is: They do great! We value the diversity and appreciate all that our boys learn about other cultures. I do wish there were more ways for parents to get involved, but that's not a huge issue. My involvement has been welcomed, and I've been as involved as I can for a working mom. Also, one of my sons has a learning issue, and the school was so helpful in finding him resources and creating an IEP. In short, we're thrilled with GES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

DEFIANTLY RECOMMENDED! My child attended GES from Pre-K to 4th grade. It is a fantastic school! I can't remember one bad teacher; actually there wasn't any! They were all funny or kind, or serious but not mean! But they sure did teach well! I have to other children who didn't have one problem when they were at this school. Wonderful school!
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Posted July 6, 2010

A fantastic school with great teachers. We were hesitant at first but the county supports this diverse school population incredibly well. Our kids needed a higher more demanding curriculum than the rest of the student body and the great teachers there teamed up and found the solution that fit each kid. Even the lack of parental involvment is improving quickly. Great school. Thanks GES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

My daughter attended Kindergarten at Gaithersburg Elementary for the 2004-05 school year. She also attended the ELO program during the summer of 2004. I was truly impressed with the ELO program and how the program helped prepare my daughter for kindergarten. When she started Kindergarten in the fall, her teacher, Ms. Day, was simply wonderful with her. My daughter loved her so much that she often called me Ms. Day at home. My daughter is reading and writing short sentences. She has excellent math skills as well. Our family has relocated to NC due to military orders. I am hopeful that the school she will attend here will be half as good as GES. Thank you: Ms. Jones, Mr. Rowe, Ms. Day and the wonderful staff at GES. Thank you for giving my daughter a great foundation and introduction to school!
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%
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
Hispanic 65% 12%
Black 20% 35%
White 7% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 3% 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 78%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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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

Language learning

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

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  • School psychologist

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

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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35 North Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 840-7136

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