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4500 34th St
Mt Rainier, MD 20712

(301) 985-1890
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October 21, 2015
My child is in his second year at Thomas Stone. I cringe reading some of these reviews -- and not just for the awful grammar. (When someone says a school is terrible and then he can't get the English basics right in his comment, does that prove him right or wrong?) My son is one of the 7% of white kids in the school and when we were first considering where to send him, I worried that being in such a tiny minority would be isolating for him. Thus far, it hasn't been. His crush is African American, his best friend in class is Latino, and so on. The school seems to make a real effort to have the kids treat their different backgrounds with respect, and the kids really seem to. As with any institution created and staffed by human beings, there are some staff members who’ve been rude on some days, some teachers who seem burnt out, and so on. But by and large we’ve been impressed by the administrators, teachers, staff, and paraprofessionals who work at Thomas Stone. Far from ‘working for a paycheck,’ they know the kids’ names, care about the kids’ success, work to engage parents, etc. The principal holds a monthly chat for any parent who wants to talk about his/her concerns or ideas. At one I attended last year, a parent made a suggestion that was then implemented almost immediately. A lot of the kids in my son’s class are whip smart and their parents are active participants in their education so if I had to guess why the school is ranked 1 out of 10, I'd guess it’s due to the impact on test scores of the large English-as-a-second-language immigrant population. (And truly, if Donald Trump has your vote for president, this school is not for you. Many of the parents speak no English and all of the materials are sent home in both English and Spanish.) But we have never felt like our son wasn't getting individualized attention. So I would urge you, before judging a school by its test scores, get in and talk to the principal, observe the classrooms. In fact, nearly all of the concerns I have about my son’s education have little to do with Thomas Stone or even PGCPS and a lot to do with the national shift in education policy priorities away from unstructured free play to shorter recesses and mandatory testing. And none of that is going to change if people like me abandon quality public schools just because Congress has its head up its ass.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2015
Worst teachers ever do not care about the kids at all only teach for a pay check if teaching is what you wasn't to call it.....principal only helps the Spanish community when asked to speak with her she sends out her side kick who in my eyes should be in her seat

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July 19, 2014
The Headstart Program at Thomas Stone is wonderful! My child is getting ready to go into kindergarten with a very good foundation as provided by her headstart teachers, Mrs. R and Mrs. C. Very happy that we were able to utilize this resource!!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2014
This school is by far the worst I have ever seen. This was my child's first year at Thomas Stone and I don't think she will return, the staff is unfriendly and they are unorganized. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2013
This is the first year in this school for my kids and I think its going to be the last one too. This school is awful the kids seem like they are always running around without any supervision . I once went to pick up my daughter and she was suppose to be at the park but yet she was walking to the restroom by her self without a grown up and she is a kindergarten. The principal seems like she never have time to speak to the parents and the teachers are always in a I really don't like this school very disappointed :(

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
This school is just an elementary school, but it is a far superior school since my friend is a teacher there. She is very smart, and very courteous to all. Her students like working with her.

- submitted by a community member

September 04, 2013
Thomas Stone Elem is by far the worst School for my child. No one there Makes my child feel comfortable. I walk in there and It seems like no one smiles. Especially my child's Teacher. I have always wondered why she would cry when I would walk her to School. It's because they don't they don't make her feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
I'm was a student at Thomas stone elementary and I have to say that it is a great school the principal is very great and the teachers and staff are very nice and they truly care about each and everyone of the students and they are all encouraging the students to do a great job which I am sure they will.

- submitted by a community member
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November 09, 2009
The arrival and dismissal coordination is chaotic and a bit unsafe. Buses and cars drive up to the same drop off spot. People are crossing in front of cars. The administrators are also rude and do not treat parents with much respect. The teachers are great, but the school has some challenges with its safety and drop off procedures.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 28, 2007
I am parent and believe they need a better system when it comes to dismissing the students. They need to provide better parking for the parents and I haven't heard anything about the aftercare programs. Or course the teacher's are great and that is important. The parents need some love also.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2004
I love this school. It has wonderful progams and it is a safe place for everybody and I have to say the teachers are very, very, very, smart indeed. I think that everybody should come here.

- submitted by a student
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Thomas S. Stone Elementary School
4500 34th St, Mt Rainier, MD  20712
(301) 985-1890
Last modified Thomas S. Stone Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas S. Stone Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top