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Beall Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

 

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Posted September 28, 2014

We love this school. Our children had a fantastic experience here as Kindergartners and are having an equally great time as 1st Graders. The staff are loving and caring and the education has been superb. I whole-heatedly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2014

I am disappointed with this school. It is overcrowded, teachers are stress and focusing on safety only and forgetting some human input to the kids. Not knowing anything about discovering possible ADHD, autism etc. and at least talk to the patents! I have 2 kids there, one was recently evaluate with ADHD, autism, and all of these years we heard how he is not paying attention, fulling around in the hallways, punishing ...Not focusing... Distracting. Couldn't joint reading club in second grade, because it is only for 4th grade and higher. He is an advance classes now, but because different school and way of teaching. Very sad we all had to go thrue this without addressing this and finding some solution. If you have kid with these problems, find better supporting school and professionals who could help you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2014

We just had two kids finish all 6 years (k-5) at Beall and I couldn't be happier. The teachers and staff are caring and attentive and the curriculum was challenging (both were in all advanced classes). Both my kids were happy and social during their time at Beall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My kids just starts at Beall, but we are think that is a good school and very atencious with the students and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

I only have one child at Beall but have had nothing but positive experiences there. The school seems to have about 200 more students than other nearby ES but has handled the load well. My sons teachers have always been very communicative with me and have helped my son in areas he needs extra attention in as well as gave him opportunities to advance where he does well (ex: let him have reading time with a higher grade). The front office staff could probably be a bit more energetic and helpful but I've never had them be rude to me so I can't complain. The principal is fantastic. They have an active PTA. The school does Movie Nights, Disco Dances, a Science Expo, Tea with the Principal, Read-a-Thons, etc. I don't have any other school to compare it to because my son started there but he is very happy and therefore I am too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

Absolutely Awesome school with the perfect balance between academia and social engagement. The children are bright and happy. The staff is caring and on-point. I have two kids at Beall. A Kindergartener and a first grader. The teachers actually know my kids. They know their strengths and weaknesses and offer ways for me to help them at home. I am an involved parent and the staff is very welcoming and supportive. The principal is awesome, open-minded and fair. I love the school for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

Pros: some really great teachers, enthusiastic, caring and dedicated; Cons: generally everything else. The administration and staff seem overwhelmed, insincere, and out of touch. The general feeling I get is that many staff members would rather be somewhere else than at work helping children maximize their elementary school experience. My general motto for any job, especially one that involves interacting with people, is that you should be enthusiastic 9 out of 10 days. The feeling I get from Beall staff is more like 1 out of 10 days. My child has been punched and teased in class, called names and threatened by rougher boys and girls. I do not have a special needs child, but if you have a child with ADHD, autism, or Asperger's this is a school to be avoided for the staff's lack of support, knowledge and over all implementation of IEP directives. I would rate Beall as more of a 6 than a 9.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

I have two children at this school: a kindergartener and a third grader. Just about everyone who teaches at this school really care about the children - especially the teachers and the administrators. About 60% of the teachers have an advance degree. The principal is committed to making the school great and getting the students to try their best. There is no discipline problems. The parental community is involved with the school and are supportive of the staff.


Posted October 15, 2009

I have four kids and all for have attended this school. Two are still there. I have only ever had one issue with a teacher. My oldest is 17 youngest is 6 I love how nice the staff is, not the just teaching staff but the entire staff at Bealle. From the cafeteria employees to the building service employees. They know my kids by name and are always willing to help them. If ever I have a question or need a teacher to direct me in an area to challenge my child more there is always someone there to help me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

Teachers are not experienced. Discipline is non existent. Security is non existent. School is always asking for supplies and food. Curriculum is weak even for an average student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

Top notch facility, extra nice staff. Just a great school to send your kids each day!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Everything a parent could ever want in a school! Just Excellent! There are so many different programs and activites along with all of the support that this school offers. Many people think of an elementary school just for the kids, but this school thinks of the whole family! Beall is one of the best schools anyone could ever hope to have their children attend! The award structure for students who behave and follow the rules really reinforces good behavior! I can never say enough good about this school. Thank you for your great work and dedication!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

We are thrilled with Beall. Both our son and daughter love school and have thrived here. The principal, staff, and teachers are incredibly dedicated and caring. The student body is wonderfully diverse. Class sizes are small through second grade (15 or fewer). Our only concern is that there is a wide range of student ability, making it difficult for teachers to differentiate to the extent that some kids need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

One of the strengths of this school is its socioeconomically/ethnically diverse student body; differences are celebrated. However, this diversity is double-edged when it comes to academics; there are many struggling students below grade level. Teachers work hard to reach them, at the expense of adequate challenge for advanced/gifted students. Too much time is devoted to test prep/re-teaching. The staff and principal are caring, responsive and well-meaning, but overwhelmed. Teacher quality is uneven. Many families in this neighborhood choose private school instead, which further reduces the number of advanced/serious students. Parent involvement is low and limited to a few burned-out super-volunteers; this restricts extracurriculars (no science fair, no sock hop, etc.). Staff turnover is medium-to-high, with too many first-year teachers being hired while veteran teachers leave for other schools. Uneven student discipline, due to untrained staff. This school would be a good fit for a student of average ability and expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

All the teachers my son has had so far have been excellent. Staff and teachers care very much about the kids and are open to parent involvement. Being a large school however, sometimes communication does not flow very well. Academically however, I see this school very strong in reading/math/science. History is not stressed too much. The children are treated with respect and kindness. My son is very happy there, and we are happy with the progress he is making. Teachers are very helpful with the challenges he may encounter.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
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 35% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 6%
Hispanic 16% 12%
Black 14% 35%
Two or more races 9% 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 25%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • 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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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • 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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451 Beall Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 279-8460

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