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Odenton, MD
Students enrolled: 633
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2641 Strawberry Lake Way
Odenton, MD 21113

(410) 672-7591
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November 21, 2014
I have two children enrolled in Piney Orchard this year and could not be happier with their teachers. I like how the teachers communicate with me frequently through written notes and emails. There is a lot of homework to do, but I appreciate that my children are being challenged and the work, for the most part, appears to match their skills and abilities yet pushes them a bit in terms of stretching their thinking. The women in the office seem alright, although I haven't really interacted with them very much.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
The negative reviews are accurate. The children are rushed through the day in a series of 20 minute "lessons"with no teaching done at all. Children go completely unnoticed if they aren't top 2%. The teachers cannot explain the grades given because they don't know your children. In order for your child to learn you will need to teach them at home or obtain tutors, which most parents are doing. The teachers are mediocre and cruise since the parents are doing all the work. Although the student population is diverse, there is a noticeable lack of diversity in the staff outside of one white male music teacher every staff member is a white female. The relationship between the staff diversity and the achievement gap of the schools minority and male students is evident as this children are ignored and are not given opportunities to participate in the limited extracurricular activities/clubs. It took me a few years to see the issues because it is in a great middle class community, after spending time at other schools in the county I realized this school is doing a disservice to its students. Class size is 25-30 per class with one TA in each grade alternating between 4-5 classes monthly.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Can anyone give me an updated review of the school? Trying to decide whether to live in Piney Orchard or Seven Oaks and my decision is strongly based on the elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
Our son will be going to Piney Orchard in the fall and the staff has been great in terms of going through the process to get him registered. If this is the way they run the school, I'm sure it will be a superb environment. Everyone is polite, professional and organized. I like the way this is going.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2014
Overcrowded, larger than normal class sizes, and teachers/faculty that just seem to be doing a job. No ownership of their roles of educating our youth. Very disappointed in this school. Looking forward to the ability to move out of the enrollment zone of this school. Looked great on paper, but does not live up to the hype.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
I have been following this school for years as my daughters were enrolled here since kindergarten. Pleased to see the ratings start to reflect the change in administration as I have seen and felt the difference and was concerned it was only myself.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
Piney Orchard Elementary School is a topnotch school. The teachers and staff are committed, dedicated professionals. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the school community, whether it be by volunteering at home or in the classroom, joining and being involved in the PTA, or attending school events. The school has been recognized by the State of Maryland for excellence in gifted and talented education. All students receive increased opportunities for advanced instruction in both math and language arts. The cultural arts classes are engaging, and the instrumental and choral programs are incredible. Being located so close to a military base, it is understandable that the student population changes throughout the school year. We are thrilled that our children have had the opportunity to attend such a fantastic elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
I am so glad that I am not the only person head over heels in love with this school. My son attended POE last year for the first time. We are military so I picked the location to live in based upon the reviews. If your child is not a "genius" they are very likely to be over looked. You must advocate for your child, ask questions, and stay on the teachers. His teacher recommended him to be placed in another "on level class" for next year, even though his reading Dibels score at the end of the year was double the requirement. Her reasoning was he needs to finish work in a more timely manner. I 'm not buying it. His teacher showed no genuine interest in my child, and had I not addressed my concerns he would have just been passed on by.. another child left behind. The office is not welcoming, The principal is almost none existent, field trips are done by lottery picking (so they say) and only 5 parents can go; you can't go to field day to be with your child unless you are volunteering, you are limited to eating lunch only on birthdays and can't bring younger siblings to any functions! For meet the teacher, or any other events, children are not allowed. Please proceed with caution

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
This school is in a great area, but its only viewed as a GREAT school if your child is smart. My child has been struggling since grade K and i have talked to teachers and everyone else you can think about in order to have him tested to see if he can get whatever extra help i can get him. In the meeting EVERYONE voiced the same concerns, but apparently when they "tested him" to see if he qualifies for "extra help" his scores were on the lower side, but not low enough to qualify. As his mother, i can tell you whatever test they did with him was not correct because my son is probably more on the lower 2nd grade level and here he is about to go into 4th grade. This school is all about "ratings" and having that bonus in their checks. Its sad that these people don't have a true desire to help this children. I guess since it isn't their child it isnt a big deal!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
My daughters LOVE going to school everyday because of the teachers and staff at POES. The teachers are quick to respond and really care about the success of my girls. Great school and proud to live in Piney Orchard.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
My son and daughter attending this school for the past 3 years. They love it more than home. Both of them love their teachers. Once when we were just discussing moving out of this area, my son was crying. When I asked him why, he replied he does not want to leave his school and his teacher. Teachers response any of parents question is super fast and their really act quickly on your concern. I would rate more than 5 stars if there were :)

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
My family just moved to the area. So we weren't sure what to expect when it came down to the school my son was going to attend. To my surprise, my son loves the school. His grades have gone up, he participates and socializes with other kids in school. His teacher is absolutely amazing and the principal is awesome. They truly care about the kids education. The parent/teacher communicaton is great. We really lucked out in finding this school. I look forward to enrolling my younger son next year. I highly recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
Piney Orchard is a wonderful school. My son is now and fifth grade. All the teachers quickly respond to you when you have a question or a concern. They truly seem to want the best for the kids. The band instructor is awesome! The school offers afterschool activities including a Stock Market Club among others. My son has enjoyed this school. I agree that it is a topnotch school! Thank you teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2009
i love this school!! my son loves this school!! thanks teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2009
We are new to this community and really researched schools in this area before moving here. We called and dropped by unannounced and had positive experiences each time. Now that our son is in school, we feel comfortable recommending POES to others. The teachers and staff are terrific and we feel our son is learning and socializing quite nicely. Top notch school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
This is the best school a parent could ask for!!! Unfortunately my family is being transfered out of the state. I am so sad that my children have to leave this school - the teachers and staff are always helpful and keep you informed. The music program is out of this world! We will miss POE tremendously:(

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
Piney Orchard, is agreat school, with a great staff. Also the after school program is WONDERFUL and has a great staff. We started with one child in the program and we are now on our thrid and they all love the program. Way too go. Thanks

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
My sons love this school, even when dealing with problems the staff is always helpful and considerate. It's also nice that it's right in our neighborhood!!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
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May 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2007
I went to this school for pretty much my whole elementary experience, i can personally say that those were probably the best years of my life. Everyone was just absolutely incredible, and if i could change anything about it, i wouldn't! i went to that school the very first day it opened, and after a few years, it is still a fantastic school...i highly recommend it!!!

- submitted by a former student
March 13, 2007
Wonderful experience! It has a great music program with band and choir. The principal is very focused and proactive. The car line is rough. I am so glad we moved to this school. Safety is a high priority and they tackle it well. The field trips are expensive but very good.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
My son has gone to Piney Orchard since Kindergarten. His kindergarten teacher was a wonderful, gentle, and caring teacher which is just what he needed to begin his transition into school. He did have the first grade class that had four teachers. The children were familiar with each of the teachers before they took over the class. I do not feel it affected his academics at all. He does very well. The teachers and guidance counselor have made looked after my son in all aspects of his life in which I am truly thankful.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
I have been so happy with Piney Orchard Elementary. The teachers go above and beyond in everything they do. My son's teacher, Mrs. Richards, not only wants to make sure all her children succeed in their academics, but takes the time to work on behavior. All of my experiences with this school have been fantastic. We moved hear because of all the great things we heard about this school and the community surrounding it.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Piney Orchard is the only school my son has attended, but I could not be happier. My son knows most of the staff and loves everyone there that even though he is in second grade, he still stops by and says hello to his kindergarten teacher. The staff is very interested in having the children succeed and go out of their way to communicate with me. It is a wonderful environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
I have not seen a real sense of community here at POES. The office staff have not been helpful or friendly. Great teachers, however one first grade classroom has had FOUR different teachers just this school year. People claim to move here for the school, I certainly will not base my decision on staying or leaving for this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Active pta, new principal with some 'different' philosophies from what parents are used to , but great teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2006
Great School, my children have attended this school for 2 years, the teachers are excellent, school is clean, orderly and focused on the creating the best learning environment for the children. PTA is very involved and provides excellent support for the students, teachers and school. Great Principal and staff. Music program is very good.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
We recently moved to Piney Orchard from Ft. Meade housing and the kids just love it here. The curriculum seems to be more advanced than others in the state.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Great School! Love the staff, love the activities. Lots of positive energy and activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
I think that Piney Orchard is a great school,my daughter started attending since August 2005. In this short space of time,I have seen remarkable leadership in the new principal and the dedicated staff.My daughter enjoys the music lessons,sports and after school activites that are offered by the school.I plan to become very involved in the PTA and encourage other parents to do the same.By doing this ,it will ensure that all voices are heard and our children will experience EDUCATION AT ITS FINEST!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 24, 2005
Piney Orchard is a great school. My daughter has attended since it opened in 2000 and now my son will attend also. The teachers are wonderful, they are truly dedicated to educating the children. The art and music programs provide many great opportunities for the children to showcase their talents and creativity. The Parent Involvement level is excellent! The Principal, teachers and staff welcome all parents to volunteer and help when and where they are needed. The PTA has been very active from the day the school was built and continues to sponsor many great programs for the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
Piney Orhard is a really good school considering it's in AA county. I am pleased with the education my children are receiving. I feel the teachers are dedicated to the children. The only change I would make is the principal. I think for a young school like PO, they need a young and energetic principal. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
GREAT School! The staff is just wonderful. This school is a real 'peach' and attracts the best teachers. The art and music programs are incredible.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 28, 2004
Piney Orchard Elementary School is all that you could want and more for your children. I have two children that have attended Piney Orchard, one has moved on to Middle School and the other is now in the second greade there. The teaching staff is fantastic and take a true interest in each child. The media center (library at other schools) is amazing, as is the science lab. The music teacher is truely devoted to the students and puts on wonderful band and chorus concerts with the children in the fall and spring. Piney Orchard offers children a loving, nuturing, and diverse enviorment with field trips that the children look forward to and can't stop talking about. Sending my children to Piney Orchard Elementary School is one of the best decisions I could have made for them.

- submitted by a parent
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Piney Orchard Elementary School
2641 Strawberry Lake Way, Odenton, MD  21113
(410) 672-7591
Last modified Piney Orchard Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Piney Orchard Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top