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K-5
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Potomac, MD
Students enrolled: 381

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9201 Falls Chapel Way
Potomac, MD 20854

(301) 279-8480
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October 23, 2014
Excellent school. My daughter has a 504 plan and every accommodation has been accomplished so far (she has been there from K to 4th so far). The Principal is compassionate and very Professional. Cold Spring staff make a great team, everyone is efficient, professional and friendly. Kids work hard. It is a positive and nourishing environment with high level of academic performance. My daughter is not part of the GT and we love the regular program. Her 4th grade teacher is exceptional as every other teacher that she has had at CSES. Our little daughter has had the same teachers as the oldest and her experience has been extraordinary as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
We have a middle-schooler who went K-5 at Cold Spring ES, and now have two siblings currently attending. We bought into the area specifically for this school and have no regrets. The Gifted and Talented Program kids do tend to stick to themselves, although the students in regular classes who score high enough in reading or math will share some curricula. Principal is great, of course some of the teachers were much more effective than others, but overall we are very pleased with CSES. Understand that this could be the only ES in the district (I'm frankly not sure) that has only single-family homes in the immediate area that feed into the school. (The exception is the GT folks.) I know parents who go to somewhat extreme measures get their kid to go here. We love the tight-knit community, great parental involvement, active PTA and volunteers, and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
We moved into the neighborhood based on the school ratings and were disappointed. My children had bad experiences with a couple of teachers. The culture of the school seems to focus primarily on the "gifted" program. If you have a child with any learning differences or special needs, stay far, far away! The best decision we ever made was to remove our children from this toxic environment because they are now thriving in their new elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
I attended Cold Spring Elementary School for 4th and 5th Grade to take part in the Gifted and Talented Program. I have now graduated from one of the top high schools in the nation and I attribute a lot of my success to the great teachers I had at Cold Spring. They made learning interactive and fun. We dissected pig's eyes, put on a science-based Model United Nations, learned Latin and put on a only slightly abridged (it was in the original language and still almost 2 hours long) Shakespeare play. You cannot go wrong with Cold Spring, whether you take part in the Gifted and Talented program or not.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
Best school I have seen so far (having 5 kids I have seen MANY schools). And it's best school becasue it has BEST (by far) principal. The principal DOES love kids (compare to many principals who likes to be high ranked ADMINISTRATOR). The principal participates in daily school life (read below about DAILY meeting kids outside in carpool lane rain or shine). The principal DOES not sit around in his office - he works there - and he shares what he does with kids: every kid has a chance to be a "assistance principal" for a day - go through entire school day with principal (including lunch out!). The stuff is excelent. From time-to-time the school gets a teacher who has issues, but such teacher does not last more than a year. (I don't know how the principal makes such teachers to go, but he does it well). Get to this school! *if you can afford housing in the area :)

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
Absolutely excellent school. I have 3 kids in elementary school at Cold Spring. It's an experience you would be willing to pay for. The facilities are old. The classrooms are open (who ever thought that was a good idea?!) but you simply cannot beat the exellence of the teaching staff. There are a few that are just OK but the large majority are phenomenal teachers that have been teaching for decades are still enthusiastic and LOVE teaching, LOVE being at CS, are entirely engaged and incredibly good at what they do. It's enough to make a parent incredibly thankful. No gym stinks (but wea gettin one). Yes, we paid for the small playground. Large K class stinks but still I would never trade.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 02, 2009
It's small and everyone knows each other--very 'neighborhoody'

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Cold Spring is a school with a warm and friendly atmosphere, wonderful teachers, and a high rate of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Cold Spring Elementary School is the best school! It is by MD assessments and how wonderful staff is. How about principal helping kids out from cars in car pool during sun, rain and snow! We came from private school - I never saw director outside, in car pool line!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Cold Spring Elementary is the greatest school on earth. The Principal and Staff create a supportive and family oriented enviornment which leads to the highest quality education for our children. They truly care about the success and well being of each individual student. We are fortunate to be members of this school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
They have a fabulous gifted program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
The principal, Mr. Barnett and the teachers really care about the students. Additionally, the friendly atmosphere and the parent participation makes a school experience for the children well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Moved into our house just for the school and we are not disappointed. We've had phenomenal teachers so far and the school provides a warm and nurturing environment. We haven't used the childcare so I can't comment on that. All in all, we are extremely happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Strong PTA and enjoyable environment. Parent volunteers make active student programs. Majority of teachers are great but few slip through. We are happy to settle in this neighborhood. Less than 30 % of home school kids needs before and after school care. Not so good onsite Daycare center. So working parent has little choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2007
Great school we moved to the neighborhood, just for the elementary school, and are extremely pleased with our decision. Tying up a home buying experience with school choices was nerve wrecking and stressful. Good nurturing environment. Excellent teaching staff, ably led by outstanding principal. In a nutshell, private school environment with public funding!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
Excellent school on the teaching front. Children are challenged, and the parents are involved and helpful. Teachers are generally very experienced and competent, and get children engaged in learning. Poster who complained about the facilities has a point, but that is more the fault of the county versus the school. There are other schools in less affluent areas where it is more 'politically correct' by District to spend money. This school is consistently one of the top ranked statewide as well as nationwide.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
An excellent, well run school. Strong principal and staff. Many after school programs available. Children are challenged academically and well prepared for middle school. Parents are very involved. This is one of the best schools in Montgomery County.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2004
Old, noisy school ignored by district because parents are affluent and children test well without extras. Roof leaks when it rains and tarps have to be put over computers. 40% of children are transfers. G/T program deflects from mission of teaching neighborhood kids. Parents had to pay for the playground equipment because district wouldn't. I guess middle-class kids don't need jungle gyms? Principal very political. Some of the staff should just retire. Thanks god for the active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2004
Cold Spring is inviting and very warm to students. Teachers constantly challenge kids to do their best but dont push them to hard. All teachers make their program fun and interesting so that the children enjoy going to school each day. Cold spring is also very good at prepping students for middle school. They switch classes, teachers, and grading and assignments are done how it will be in Middle school. Teachers are always their to help no matter what the subject. And, Cold spring is one of the top schools in the county. It is an overall fantastic school!

- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2004
Great school. Hard working environment, teachers friendly and very close to the students. Lots of activities involving active participation of children (Science fair, International Fair, Broadway show, etc...). Parents are very involved at school, they volunteer a lot. Unfortunately, each year they have to welcome more students than before and classes are crowded.

- submitted by a parent
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Cold Spring Elementary School
9201 Falls Chapel Way, Potomac, MD  20854
(301) 279-8480
Last modified Cold Spring Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cold Spring Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top