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Belmont Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 312 students

 

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, November 23, 2014

Relocated from Rockville for this school and community. Love the Olney community and we love the small size of this school. The new principal is enthusiastic and is holding teachers accountable. He knows parents and students by name and the teachers vary by grade like any other school but what makes this school exceptional is its community and dedication to helping our children succeed not just in education but in life skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2014

An outstanding school. The teachers work hard to make sure the needs of every child are met and the principal is enthusiastic and a very good listener. The PTA is very active and engaging. Couldn't be happier with our choice of schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2014

My child just finished Kindergarten and it was a positive overall experience. Unfortunately, my child had a substitute because the regular teacher missed the entire year on maternity leave. The the sub was very caring and tried hard, but was just not up to par with the full-time teacher skill-wise. PTA registration is huge, as they very strongly urge you to join at the beginning of the year, like some sort of cult recruiting campaign. However, parental involvement really isn't any stronger (or weaker) than any other school. The facilities (infrastructure) are average at-best and I understand the school will be torn down in the next 3-4 yrs (something to think about). Fortunately we're not sticking around the area anyway. I think the 7 rating is accurate. I would prefer Cashell or Olney Elem, but that's not my district. The Olney community is full of friendly people but, frankly, it's nearly impossible to make new friends. People in this area prefer to stick to their own circle of friends and concentrate on work. A big reason we'll be leaving the area in the next year or so (we relocated from another state).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Great School, bring lot of support with students needs , excellent communication with teachers and all the staff ....love PTA they work very hard ,lots of PTA involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

Belmont Elementary - Nice school with dated facilities. Decent staff with a few exceptional teachers. Class sizes are huge - my daughter has 29 students in her class. Teachers like (need/expect) lots of parent classroom volunteers. Like other MoCo Elementary Schools - constantly changing targets, testing and grading about every other year. I, P, ES for grades? Dopey! Teach to the MSAs so can't be particularly creative or innovative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

Lots of PTA involvment, All the teachers are very nice and helpful. Principal is just OK...
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
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 72% 42%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 7% 35%
Two or more races 3% 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 7%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
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19528 Olney Mill Rd
Olney, MD 20832
Phone: (301) 924-3140

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