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Maryvale Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted February 26, 2014

my daughter is in the French immersion kindergarten and we have been thrilled with the program. We do not speak French at home and she is soaking it all up and doing wonderfully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

My daughter is in the French Immersion program. Her year in 3rd grade was stellar. Mme. Sawadogo is a wonderful teacher who really cares and takes the time to nurture students. She deserves many awards for all the students she has helped in progressing through not just French, but math, science, and reading. Our experience has been good with the school, and the principal has addressed my concerns successfully. I can't speak for the general English curriculum, however. Also parents need to make sure that their kids are prepared for the rigor of learning a foreign language full-immersion style. Most kids in the immersion program has at least 1 French speaking parent. Many kids get scared and intimidated by the program, and just because it is a special County program parents rush to put their kids in the lottery. But all in all, we have had a good experience with the school from kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Two years ago I gave this school 4 stars. I have since changed my mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

After 2 1/2 years, we took the decision to transfer our daughter from the french immersion program. She was getting behind and her room teacher did not help at all, all the opposite she made my daughter and us think was my daughter fault, later we found out, half of her second grade class was taking private tutoring, because kids in general did not understand well this teacher, not her accent but the way she communicates. We brought issue to principal office and their attitude was even worse. We contacted the county education department, they have what is called parents-school mediator and did not help much, but we were not the first parents contacting them for the same issue. 3 kids dropped from this particular class in one year and the problem with this teacher has been for years and nobody does anything!! Several of the parents that decide to transfer their kids to other schools are French native speakers, which speaks volumes about this big problem this program has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

My daughter is learning a lot at Maryvale Elementary School, the curriculum is very good and the teachers are very dedicated. The PTA is very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2011

My daughter was in French immersion for two years many years ago and now our neighbor's son is attending the program with the same teacher. At the time Madame Lomis told us that the program was not good for my daughter because she was struggling with sorting out words. Six years later my neighbor is also being told that the program is not for them because of sotings words. I looked that the work he had and I saw the exact things that that my daughter was having difficulty in first grade. At the time we were told teachers make their curriculum. For a program with such good reputation this is very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Maryvale Elementary School has a great French Program. It also conducts activities that are great for the community; they conduct a yearly event to raise funds for the school where they have silent auctions, rides, games, food and entertainment.


Posted May 27, 2009

The school has some problems, but the French Immersion program is excellent. Mr. Sy is amazing teacher, my son loves him and everything about French and French culture. It is wonderful for students to be exposed to kids and teachers from all around the world. PTA is very active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

My daughter is doing very well in the French Immersion program. We are amazed at how quickly she has learned to speak, read and write in French, and she really enjoys school. Her teachers have been great so far- very dedicated and creative. The art teacher at the school is very good too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

My daughter graduated from GSMS last year. I think the staffs have done a great job preparing her for the next level. I admire the dedication of the teachers and wish the school the very best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Our daughter absolutely loves school and is excelling in the French Immersion Program. The PTA is active and involved parents make all the difference as we work with dedicated teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

This is a crisis school in MCPS. The administration and French program is in disarray.This school should be considered for closure.
—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 82% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 89% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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
Hispanic 32% 12%
Black 27% 35%
White 25% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 8% 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 44%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1000 First St
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 279-4990

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