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Watkins Mill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 574 students

 

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Posted January 17, 2014

This is my daughters first year at this school and i hate it... My kids have gone to multiple schools throughout montgomery county and this is by far my least favorite.. The office staff and her teacher do not know how communicate with parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

My daughter went to this school and she enjoyed it. We also met with teachers time to time, and we got good feedback from teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

Watkins Mill Elementary is a great school. The staff are caring and have always been responsive to any questions or concerns that I have had. The PTA has become more active in the last few years and with a little more parent involvement could be very successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

My child had a great K experience but when she got to 1st grade it just seemed like her teacher did not really want to be there. Very disappointing. The school leadership also leaves a lot to be desired.
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Posted June 3, 2011

My child went to Watkins Mill Elementary and she loved it. We have moved all over the local area and have had school with in walking distance and I wouldnt take her out of the school because i have notice the great education that she has resived thanks to the great teachers there that made a diffrefrence. There might have been a few downs but they make sure everything gets better as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

This school is over burdened the majority of the community is not involved with their children or the school. A lot of the teachers care but can't possibly handle all of the issues the kids have. This school is a sad example of what happens when parents aren't involved in their childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2010

Most of the teachers in the school should retire.They are not intrested in making a difference in the community.They seem tired and burnt out. THIS IS A TITLE 1 SCHOOL!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

I love Watkins Mill Elementary School because the staff love our children and treat them with respect and encourage them to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love how they have the NO KIDS LEFT BEHIND program. It's wonderful how they try to get the parents and children involved as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

My child attended Watkins Mill for two years. There are serious safety issues that arise from the majority of unsupervised lower economic status children. We moved out of the school district due to these issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

My child goes to Watkins Mill Elementary School and really loves it. She had a kindergarten teacher last year that was extremely knowledgable, firm and kind. They participated in many field trips (Zoo, Pumpkin Patch, Children's Museum, etc.) This year her 1st grade teacher is just as good. We are really pleased with the leadership of the principal and the education provided, especially in the area of reading. WMES won a reading award last year. They strongly encourage parent participation and make parents feel very welcome. My daughter has now started participating in Bar-T after school and loves it there too. The director is extremely professional and is very aware of the children's needs. I would say WMES is the best. We love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

Our children have attended Watkins Mill since kindergarten and we wouldn't put them in any other school. There is a real community feeling about Watkins Mill and a sense that everyone there is looking out for our children. The caliber of the teachers is very high and the school deserves praise for the level of education our children are receiving.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%
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 41% 12%
Black 33% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
White 7% 42%
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 65%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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

Gifted & talented

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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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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19001 Watkins Mill Rd
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
Phone: (301) 840-7181

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