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1-5
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Greenbelt, MD
Students enrolled: 592
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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66 Ridge Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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(301) 513-5911
(301) 513-5319
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December 15, 2014
This is my son's second year, and I am very happy with Greenbelt Elementary School. He's had excellent teachers and bright classmates. I've been impressed with the family and community involvement at the school. Our biggest complaint so far has been that our son has too much homework, and some of it seems inappropriately advanced for his grade level.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
We have been researching this school as we consider options for our 3 year old. Based on recent and very positive reviews of several neighbors and friends with kids at GES, it appears this school has really improved the past few years. The test 2014 scores (well above the state average and on par with many of the better school districts) back this up. In addition to the better scores, they have added more arts and music classes, and parental involvement is quite strong.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
My daughter will be starting her 4th year at GES this fall and I have thus far been happy. All of her teachers have been very communicative and accessible. My daughter is enthusiastic about going to school each day and is always eager to share the day's events over dinner. I have no complaints!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
All in all a good school. The problems are rooted in the fact that it is a public school and has to comply with regulations that don't necessarily benefit the students. Too much state testing, not enough flexibility. Kids have to be totally quiet traveling between classes and speak softly in the dinnng hall because lunch times have to be staggered, this coupled with a riidiculously short reces, makes for some stifled kids. An impossible balancing act. Yes, kids in the halls at GES are silent, in the dining hall they are quiet, in the classrooms they are quiet, on the way to the playground use soft voices, then for the 10 minutes in the playground they can let off steam. All this in a 6 hour day, with a slight reprieve in PE and music. None of these things are the school's "FAULT" but they are reality. Of course there are some teachers who communicate better than others. My personal preference is for the principal to be more hands on and more involved in resolving communication problems. We now homeschool in order to provide a more child friendly learning environment. Our daughter loved GES but says she much prefers homeschool.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I'm posting this because the earlier reviews were several years old and there is now a new principal since those postings. A parent in our local community listserve was looking for a review and called attention to this so I am probably joining other parents who are now proactively posting reviews about our experiences. We have had a very good experience with GES. Our son is now in 4th grade and I will unequivocally state that every year I have been impressed with the quality of his teachers. This could just be dumb luck or it could be indicative of high quality across the board. There are things I don't love (limited recess, worksheets galore), but my son's attitude, his positive experiences and the consistent enthusiasm he has for learning far outweigh the negatives. I also believe the strongest shaping force of how a child learns is the support of their parents and GES has a pretty active PTA. We are committed to helping our son embrace the importance of a love for learning, personal responsibility, integrity and self-initiative so the school's philosophy fits well for our parenting style.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I whole-heartedly encourage families to stay in Greenbelt and send their children to our local school. Our second-grader has had a very positive experience so far. She had some adjustment issues when she started kindergarten and the principal, guidance counselor, and classroom teacher really worked with her to help her feel comfortable and confident at school. The school is safe, orderly, and quiet and students are engaged and learning. They have a Positive Rewards Behavior Program so there is a lot of emphasis on prizes for good behavior rather than punishment for bad. This is a very diverse school -racially, culturally, and socio-economically. That is an educational opportunity in and of itself. It is a community school! That means you know other families, can make friends right in the neighborhood, can walk to school (or short ride), participate more easily in your child s education. The staff are very committed to the kids and their education and the more people who get involved, the better it will be. Our daughter loves school -her current teacher is wonderful- we even passed up on a spot at the TAG school to keep her here since she is so happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I consider Greenbelt Elementary School as an oasis in a desert of PG County budget and social issues. The school has a high academic ranking and is driven by the local support of parents and community. Both my children have expanded academic and extracurricular opportunities at GES more so than my eldest child had at a limited local private school. The atmosphere is clean, vibrant, safe and educational from the moment you walk in the door. No school can completely substitute for a supportive learning environment at home; however, GES is the closest I have seen in over 14 years of having children in both private and public schools. My only complaint would be that the school, like other public and private schools in this area, has to try too hard to cater to families who just want a babysitter rather than an education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I have found the new leadership at Greenbelt Elementary School to be implementing a lot of positive changes. The communication between the teachers and parents has improved drastically with weekly emails outlining what the kids will be learning as well as helpful links to websites with games kids can use to further their knowledge or skills. We use these at home to continue to challenge our kids. The teachers our kids have are doing a lot of innovative things including more hands on work and differentiating learning to help keep kids excelling based on their reading or math level for instance. I think the teachers and staff are very dedicated and the PTA continues to help support the work of the school with some volunteers helping to incorporate more art into the classroom for example. More parental/volunteer involvement is always welcome. The PTA meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Also, check out mdreportcard.org for our school's most recent data as well as comparisons to all PGCPS and MD schools. We have been very happy with the school overall.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2011
My older son goes to this school and I am an involved parent. With over 600 students in the school, only about 10 (yes only 10 not even 10%) parents regularly attend the PTA meeting monthly. Only they show interest in their child's and school's development and other activities? I am surprised what the others do? may be many parents are not well-educated? Principal's involvement is excellent and she is friendly. I have experience with only a couple of teachers. one of the KG teacher was very dynamic and challenged the students well. the things that we hate now are: having substitutes in the class many times. insufficiently challenging the students. and insufficiently paying attention to students showing interest in studying. low standard peers in the class(lacks peer competition). insufficient teacher involvement in educating the child if he/she does not understand a concept after the testing is done. thats what teaching is, right? homework is far less. my son finishes his weekly homework on the 1st day and the on the rest of the week only reading.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
How come children are given homework that they don't know to do? The teachers are not teaching or meeting the thresholds established by the county instead they forcing the work as homework on the kids and these kids are moving through the school without fully grasping the concept. No guidance is given to these children. Just lots of homework which I guess they expect them to be self thought and in the end tested. This school need academic reassessment they are not teaching on graded level as I've seen in other schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
I rate this school half star There is an immense disparity among certain class of children which is impacting the academic progress. Teachers don t acknowledge or foster any level of communication with parents I ve written my concerns and never received an acknowledgement. I think this school is being rated blue-ribbon because of its community / class/ location. My three children have attended without much progress academically. It seems the academic progress is fully dependent on the parents. So why send children to school? My last child is still attending this school and is frustrated not knowing what is expected off him: other than read 20 mins daily. Learning is dependent on homework too much homework for 6&7 years old teachers are more out than in and so the child s academics are stagnant. No guidance and instructions on homework are provided.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
The teachers and staff are excellent and dedicated. A core group of parents is strongly involved. As other reviews point out, the problem is the peer group of students who seem to come to school with no idea of standards of behavior and discipline. The staff did work to solve the bullying problem that my son experienced, but I was shocked to see the behavior that went on as early as the Kindergarten level. It's a good school, but demands a lot of viligence and attention from parents--above and beyond what you normally exercise as a parent

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
I think this school is good and progressing forward. The PTA is doing a great job. Teachers are good as well. I had no problem with my child, and Ms Holinsworth in 3rd Grade did a very good job.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
My child is a fifth grader at GES and I am heavilty involved with the teachers and administrators . The principal has a 'zero tolerance' policy for bullying and bad behavior. Parents often blame the school and/or other children for their child's unruly behavior. What role does your child play? The teachers and administrators work dilligently with the students. As parents, we must enforce what is taught at school. Sure there will be times when the assignment may not be clear to both student and parent, but parents, we have a responsibility to actively engage the teachers. Private school is fancy for 'day care'. You pay for before and after care and to be taught religion. Teach your child how to deal with life and real life situations. The school is great academically and all other ways.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2009
I have only experience one good teacher there at Greenbelt and that was the 2nd grade teacher. The others have no patience with kids. They are off work more than they are there. Every time I turn around there is a sub in the class. They send home piles of work when they been out all week. Then the parents have to be the teacher as well as the parent. I don't know how many times I had to re-teacher an assignment to my child. The last two years straight have been the worst I have experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
I love this school. The teachers are great, very caring. And they really try to cover all the needs you have as a parent and student.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My family has had very good experiences at GES so far. My children's teachers have been innovative and creative. My children enjoy going to school every day. Their teachers have taught my children as individuals, worked with them and their needs (whether below or above grade level), and listened to me as a parent. I feel that the staff listens to my concerns and ideas. Parent involvement is on the rise, but could be greater. Overall, most of the staff is hardworking and dedicated to the school and the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
The principal and teachers are a great team who really care about the kids. They do fun projects in class - at all grade levels - as well as studying for the unavoidable tests. The school is known county-wide for its excellent Talented and Gifted program. There are no discipline problems that I have ever seen (I have kids in 2nd and 4th grade and am frequently in the school volunteering), so I don't know where those other reviews are coming from. I would recommend this school without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
I have two children at GES, now in 2nd and 4th. They have been there since Kindergarten. The teachers work very hard to make sure they are engaged. They interact with the kids as individuals. Discipline problems are addressed both individually and with letters home explaining the issues. I have worked many excellent teachers at GES.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
The teachers are a nightmare and do not care. My children haven't experienced the bullying but touching and language is a different story. Bullying goes on everywhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
My child experience at Greenbelt elementry is like a nightmare. The fighting and bullying at the school is so out of control. I see why people put their kids in private schools even if the parents must work two or three jobs to pay for tuition. Their children would not be in a hassle environment. There's nothing like knowing your child is safe and in a discipline setting.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
I definitely agree with the previous reviews. My children currently attend this school and have been exposed to many problems related to behavior and discplinary issues... from innappropriate language to fighting and bullying. And yes, this is especially seen in the upper grades. I do think there are a number of quality, dedicated teachers and staff but the discplinary problems tend to overshadow the great work that they are doing. I currently looking to remove my children from this environment as I am afraid of the impact this exposure could have on them in the long-term.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
I have to agree with the previous review. My children have had many problems with other students (language, behaviour, bullying) More so in the upper grades. Which is unfortunate because the staff and teachers are wonderful. I would give them 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
The staff, location, and facilities of Greenbelt elementary are positively top notch. It also has a strong PTA. The problem, however, is the peer group your child will encounter. A sizable portion of the student body is comprised of unruly, foul-mouthed, and out-of-control children. Fighting is at least a daily occurance. Cursing is nonstop. The fault, as always, lies with the parents who are not involved, and not with the school staff or teachers who are doing their best with what they are given.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
I taught briefly at this Elementary school and found the staff and principle highly motivated and very professional. They were also well equipped technologically.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
Greenbelt elem is a great school i have a 5 year old there now , and i have a 21 year old son who also went there. Greenbelt is great!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2004
This school is an excellent school. The statistics of the school are accurate based on the demographics of the student population and abilities of some parents and students to make strides in learning. The school is lacking a 3rd grade teacher that has forced that grade to have 36 pupils per teacher in two classes instead of 3 classes in 2004-2005, it is because of an unplanned event where a teacher left. They have made great strides in math and reading and have excellent carint teachers and have an excellent principal in Ms. Curl. This school is an overall outstanding facility with outstanding parent involvement and faculty capabilities that can mobilize to get anything accomplished if needed.

- submitted by a parent
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Greenbelt Elementary School
66 Ridge Rd, Greenbelt, MD  20770
(301) 513-5911
Last modified Greenbelt Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 1-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Greenbelt Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top