We moved to this school from DC, and as a result, our child needed some help to catch up with the rest of the class academically. The school was VERY accommodating and provided her with all the resources and assistance she can possibly need. Staff and principal are caring and committed. Can't ask for any more than that.
The teachers and the staff are very committed and friendly. I feel that the academic activities can be bit more intense. We moved to MD from a different state. My children went to public schools in that state as well. Comparatively the education content here seems little light. For example, the homework usually takes only 15 mins or so. There were very few project based learning activities. It may be the MCPS curriculum . So I don't want to blame the school. In all, this is a good school. If the teachers can adjust the work load for the children (for example, there could be 3 sets of homework depending on each kid's capability), it will help keep the kids challenged appropriately and make best use of the learning time. BTW, My kids absolutely love the music and art classes at Sherwood! Go Sharks!
Our family has been very pleased with Sherwood. The teachers are kind and committed and try to challenge the children at the appropriate level. The principal and administrative team are extremely dedicated to doing what is right for the children, and even survey the children to learn how they feel about their teachers and school environment, and use that information to improve the experience. The parent community is very active as well and supportive of the school. Older comments here do not take the new Curriculum 2.0 into account. We've been very pleased with the intensity and amount of work done at school, and the amount of time children are given to be children at home. I am often in the school and find the atmosphere to be very pleasant and see a lot of learning going on.
The administration's application of 2.0 and the ludicrous no homework policy has seen this schools reputation fall dramatically. We are delighted to see the back of this but are sorry for friends who don't have an option. The fact that the best teachers Mr. W. Has left speaks volumes to the environment in the school.
Our experience with the teachers at Sherwood has been very mixed which I think is typical of any educational institution. Our biggest difficulty was having a special needs student and being totally unsupported and at times feeling sabotaged by the Principal. I will admit that our child's disabilities can be challenging for adults but the Principal became almost hostile to our child. We are thankful to her though because her actions pushed us to MCPS to find a wonderful non-public where he will thrive. I cannot say enough nice things about Ms Strong in the front office and Ms. Ficco the guidance counselor.
This school has an amazing administration and staff. The teachers have really met the challenge of the Curr. 2.0 rollout with huge success. The PTA and Parents have a very good relationship with the school staff which makes for a fantastic learning environment. Love SES!
This is school's sole focus is on test scores and academics. They do not take into account the learning needs of the individual child and are not willing to work with the parents or child when there is a clear need for assistance outside the norm. We had clear documentation from a Pediatrician, therapist, Speech Therapist and Occupational Doctor with a full independent evaluation of our child indicating her needs for assistance and the school stated they would "evaluate" her. They told us " she was fine and did not meet their criteria for assistance. They put the kindergarten class with the latest lunch (12:50 pm) and would not allow them to eat their own healthy snacks - only offered pretzels. Very disappointed. This year grade 1 has the late lunch again (so Kindergartner class that had late lunch gets stuck again!). Poor planning. If you have a choice - don't send your child here! Teachers told us about her falling behind after the fact - very called or communicated with us until parent teacher nights. Never worked with us.
I'm a parent of two students of Sherwood es and I am a minority and I do agree that the school has some good teachers and my kids are challenged in math and science. Some teachers are not interested to teach and give no good feedback. There is no way to encourage ki
There are some great teachers at this school but there are some really poor teachers at this school. The administration does not listen to the parents when they have issues, instead backing up the teachers no matter what. The poor teachers have been there for years, in the same grades, teaching the same things, until recently. There is little to no innovation by these teachers. There is a bias toward girls and high achieving students, boys and minorities are not treated well by the majority of the teaching staff and administration. There are low expectations for all students when the bar should be much higher for the neighborhood it is serving. It is a shame as this could be an advanced and high achieving school.