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Bells Mill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 560 students

 

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Posted October 24, 2013

Bells Mill School offers a warm and welcoming environment where children are taught by enthusiastic and caring teachers. My granddaughter entered Bells Mill School two months before the end of the last school year, a difficult time to make a transition. Her teacher was kind and understanding and went out of her way to make my granddaughter feel right at home. This year, as she began first grade, my granddaughter could not wait to get to school! Every day she hurries across the parking lot to be among the first students to arrive. She never wants to miss a moment with her teachers and classmates. Bells Mill is technologically advanced compared with other schools in our area. They offer a curriculum which in my granddaughter's words is "not too difficult but never boring. There is always something new to learn, and it is always fresh!" What more can anyone hope to find in an elementary school? Friendly teachers, exciting lessons, lovely children, caring families: Bells Mill has it all! I am, indeed, a grateful taxpayer!


Posted June 12, 2013

We just moved to the area. the school is amazing and our kindergartner was very happy all year round. We were not expecting our child to improve the way she did at Bells Mill in terms of reading, math...etc. They teach the kids to be ahead and they have a great math and science curriculum. Top class school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

Phenomenal school in every respect. Great teachers who are challenging and supportive. My daughter is very happy both academically and socially. Afterschool program a plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Great Diversity! Great academics! Teachers , Councelors and Principal are the biggest asset of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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99%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

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 55% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 6%
Black 14% 35%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 5% 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 12%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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8225 Bells Mill Rd
Potomac, MD 20854
Phone: (301) 469-1046

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