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.
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.
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
9 out 10 is only because the ratings are mostly from 1 or more years ago. NOT impressed with this school at all. Definitely did not live up to the hype. It is overcrowded and transient. There always seems to be children being added to the roster. Very disappointed and had I known the truth, I would have moved else where in the county, so that my child would be able to get a better education. Envious when I hear friends talk about the elementary school's that their children attend. Staff is pretentious and unapproachable, email turn around time is well above the county timeline. They treat their job like work, and do not seem to be there for the right reasons. Office staff is not welcoming. When volunteering or attending field trips, it seems as if you are "bothering" them. Can honestly say the only time I have met the principal is via the computer introduction at Back to School night in September. Not what I wanted for my child's elementary education, and sad that we have a few more years here.
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!
The reviews need to be updated. Class size is well over 30 students per teacher. No teachers assistants in the classes. Unless your child is outgoing they are completely overlooked and graded average. The teachers in the rotating classes or "specials" do not even know most of the students names, but provide grades. The school needs to significantly decrease class sizes.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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!
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:(
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
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!!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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