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Belmont Elementary School5
Posted November 23, 2014
- a parent
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.
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.
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).
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.