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Gorman Crossing Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 699 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2014

I have 3 children in GCES. They have wonderful teachers who are very helpful & great community of parents who are very much involved. Wouldn't trade it for any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I have two children in this school and have had wonderful experiences so far. The teachers are great, the parents are involved and the leadership has renewed energy! We are thrilled to be part of such a great elementary family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

I believe our school stands above the rest because of its teachers and parent involvement. I volunteer a great amount of my time in my kids' classrooms by helping in guest reading. The teaching staff knows the students' strengths and weaknesses. If a child is reading or doing math above grade level, they are moved to an above grade level reading or math. This helps the child to continuously be challenged. They cater to gifted children as well. Students in the gifted and talented program learn 2 grades above their grade level. Students who need extra help are pulled aside with another teacher to help them get caught up. Our school is an amazing school and I am very happy with their teaching methods.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

Gorman Crossing Elementary is a school full of diversity. Being in the military, our children are used to being around students with various backgrounds. This school embraces the differences. The teaching staff is amazing. I always feel as though my child is being challenged and met on his level of learning. They go out of their way to make parents feel welcomed and comfortable with the level of instruction that is taking place. I am glad that we relocated to the area. I hope that my child will be able to complete his elementary school years there. Looking forward to another great year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

Gorman Crossing is simply an amazing school. I have two children who just completed their first year. One son has an IEP and the other is a young genius. The school has met each child at their level and has surpassed any expectation I had. The special education dept provides services over and above the IEP as noted our private clinican psychologist. This school is like a mini UN and is one of the best kept secrets in Howard County. The PTA is strong and all are accepted. Who could ask for more?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

I have 4 year son that goes there. He has development delay, but ever since he has started going there I have seen a lot of progress. I love this school. Teachers are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

This is our 4th year at Gorman Crossing and we love the school. One of our children had an IEP for the first 3 years and during that time i thought he received amazing support from all the staff, not just his immediate Special Ed teachers. He has now dropped the IEP and has thrived in the regular inclusive environment. We also love the diversity there. Our kids have gotten a superb education and have a great attitude about school - we couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

Read comments about IEPs when we moved here, but wasn't concerned because it didn't affect us yet. First child was in GT classes and did very well as he would anywhere. Second child has been released from an IEP twice now just to lose ground and have to start over. He has a disability and gets zero accommodation. If your child is not "normal", you will have some long painful years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

I am so happy that my child is no longer at Gorman Crossing. While the principal was very warm and inviting. The 5th grade team was very standoffish and did not nurture and make the children feel welcomed. It really was very disheartening to see my child come home every day (180) and have a sad look on her face. I think that the 5th grade team should be replaced with teachers who care about the students and want to educate and nurture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

I have to kids that go here. One has an IEP, and I couldn't be happier. Parents need to be involved, volunteer. As for the 48 hrs. notice comment, I have never heard of that. The school has an open door policy. You can and I have many times popped in to see whats happening and check on things, you only have to stop in the office and get a visitors pass for safety reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My two children attend Gorman Crossing. We have been extremely pleased with the school. The teachers and staff are caring and commited to providing a positive learning experience and environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

GCES is an excellent school, very caring staff and principal, focused learning environment and great parent community. We definitely would recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

Very caring and motivated staff. Lots of of extracurricular activites for parents, students, and staff to participate in.


Posted October 9, 2008

No school is perfect, but the staff at GCES comes close. Both students and staff come from diverse backgrounds with much to offer. Be active in the PTA, support the program, and continue to make it a great place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

My children have gone to this school for the last four years and our experience just gets better each year. Mrs. Dutterer is fabulous, as mentioned by another reviewer. They have an active music program with two concerts each year. The teachers and administrators are really caring people, and are committed to the success of the children. All in all, this is a really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

It is a wonderful school, with a well trained and caring staff. I appreciate the opportunities to get involved with the classroom activities, field trips and PTA events. For those parents with IEP issues, I can understand your concerns and want the best for your child, but would judge the school on a case by case basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

I have to agree with the others that if you have a child with any kind of special needs, whether they have an IEP or not, this may not be the best school for you. On the other hand, if you have a good student already, the school is the best. Of special note about the school is the school psychologist, Mrs. Dutterer, who has implemented a great program for teaching students about how to handle their behavior and their emotions using self-monitoring techniques that some parents could use themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

the principal and staff can seem great,they do great things there.If your child has an IEP.There better off some where else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

Great school for elementary students....not so great if you have a child on an IEP. 48 hours notice required to walk past the front door (what are they hiding anyway?) You really get the feel of 'us against them' I had heard great things, so we bought a house in district. Now we are moving to get away from this place. Check it out for yourself before you let the test scores fool you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

The school is great, the Principal is awesome, and the children are in a motivating, clean, and safe environment. Parental involvement is key, and as long as the parents stay involved and continue to support the staff, Gorman Crossing will only get better and better.
—Submitted by an administrator


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
86%

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 81% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
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 35% 42%
Black 27% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 6%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 4% 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 16%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • 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

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school

Programs

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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School culture

Dress Code
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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9999 Winter Sun Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (410) 880-5900

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