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Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1036 students

 

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Posted April 5, 2014

Excellent school and safe environment. The teachers and principal are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. My older child especially benefited from the best teachers right from kindergarten onwards. Enriched curriculum that rivals magnet programs. Hi-tech classrooms. Opportunities for social development and volunteer work. Absolutely love this school! Attended the magnet school orientation and I think Matsunaga is superior to that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

I have had three children go here and it is an amazing school with a wonderful principal and administration and very down to earth and caring teachers. As a teacher in the county and having taught at two different schools under two different principals, there is no one like Mrs. Brubaker as the principal. My kids love it there and even with 1000 + students, it feels like a small community. Love the front staff - they will go that extra mile for the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

A great school. We are very quite satisfied with the school. The teachers of this school are great and quite accessable, they take extra effort ot see their students perform well. This is all possible under the able leadership of a energetic and friendly principal. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I did a lot of school research before deciding on moving to this Matsunaga neighborhood. The diversity of the students, the dedication of the principal and teachers, and the friendliness of the front staff is more than what we could have asked for in an elementary school. I have never met a principal of this caliber and am amazed by her energy. She is accessible even though there is a significant study body balances communication gracefully between teachers, parents and students. My son's teacher challenged him and kept the lines of communication open with us as parents. My son definitely matured during his first year and benefited from the disciplined and structured environment. He just completed kindergarten there and although he learned more from an emotional and social development point of view his first semester, he definitely was challenged academically in reading and writing second semester. The PTA is superb here and the parents are down to earth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

My daughter is in K. She wants to go to school 7 days a week. She is on reading level 16 now. The teachers there are the best. They spend a lot of time working with kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

My daughter attended Matsunaga K-1st and she is always happy to go to school. Matsunaga is a great school, great academic performance, strong leadership, responsive teachers and caring administrative staffs. The teachers are very attentative and they really work with students to meet the individual child's need. The on-site before and after school child caring program is very convenient, safe and fun for the kids. We are more than pleased with Matsunaga. 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

We relocated here last summer & before we settled we interviewed 12 principals & viewed 14 schools on the MD side of the beltway. This school was hands down the best! The leadership is outstanding! The teachers teach to each child's individual ability & are very caring. The PE, Art & Music teachers are all top notch & highly qualified. The PTA is very active & offer several extracurricular activities & school functins weekly (ie. foreign language programs, school break activities and several fundraising programs). Parent volunteers are encouraged & welcomed daily throughout the school. My two children have attended the school for half a year & they love going to school. We have been very impressed with the diversity of the classrooms & the special ed programs. The Great Schools Rating for this school is way off and not valid in my opinion. This school is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

My daughter attended Matsunaga K-1st, and as the other family (who Posted March 29, 2009), we moved to California as well. Now almost a year later after comparison I just want to say that Matsunaga is a great school, great academic performance, plenty excellent extra curricular activities, and strong leadership (especially the Principal) The school my daughter is attending now is rated by GreatSchools.org 10, while Matsunaga only 8 - Don't be fooled by this, In my opinion, Matsunaga at least should be rated 15 by comparison. (you know what I mean.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

Very Good school -- Very good leadership role from the Principal -- our son got very much motivated teachers both in Pre-K & 1 st grade
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2009

Our daughter attended Matsunaga K-4th. The challenging curriculum has put her ahead of students in her California school. She received a superb education while attending Matsunaga. The extensive extra curricular programs offered and the PTA events provided many family opportunities to share in her experiences. Matsunaga is missed by this military family. Our daughter's education has suffered by the transfer to a California school system. This family would choose to return to Maryland, in order, to place their children back in Matsunaga. The exceptional leadership ability of the Principal is reflected throughout the Staff members. Each one of the teachers and staff that we worked with and had the pleasure of knowing through our daughter's student years strive for the best for each student. For military families, your children would be blessed to attend this school, you will not want to transfer again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

My special needs child has received wonderful care and instruction at this school. He has only been to one other school so I do have a limited school comparison, but he has been in early intervention programs since the age of 9 months so we've been around the block so to speak. His teacher has done a terrific job of making him feel welcomed in a mainstream classroom, and she is always trying to think of new ways to break through his academic shortcomings. I could not be more pleased with his progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Matsunaga is an excellent school. My 2 daughters attended this school for 2nd through 5th grades. The teachers and administrators are caring and passionate about helping the students thrive. The students are challenged to learn. For example, if your child learns math at an accelerated pace or is advanced for the on grade level material, he or she is placed with a teacher teaching the next grade level math. The children also have music, art and p.e. each week as part of their curriculum. Instrumental music is optional for 4th and 5th graders. Chorus is optional for 5th graders. They can also take a foreign language (spanish, french or chinese) before school for a nominal fee. The PTA is phenomenal. Check out the school's website for all of their activities to include bingo night, family fun nights, etc... There is before and after school care available at the school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

I have 4 children that have gone to Matsunaga and 3 that still do. What can I say but the best school there is the teachers are there to help in anyway. I have 2 children with IEP's and feel they are getting great help at Matsunaga and are improving greatly. We are thinking about moving to another state and I have been looking up the other schools and nothing comes close to the test scores, teacher involment and parent reviews that I see and know about Matsunaga and the other MCPS that my children attend. If you are looking for a place to send your children here it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

Best Quality The Extracurricular Activities are very good. 45% Parent involvement to train the kids at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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86%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

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 81% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%

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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 37% 6%
White 32% 42%
Black 14% 35%
Hispanic 11% 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 14%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

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

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist

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

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  • Counseling
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13902 Bromfield Rd
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: (301) 601-4350

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