This is an absolutely fantastic school. The teachers are warm, caring, and truly excellent at their jobs. Very strong parent involvement.
I am am graduate of Folger McKinsey and my kids attend there now. The new school is beautiful and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the education and the teachers. When I ask my kindergartener what he liked about school each day, he always responds with "All of it!!"
We moved into the area for this school and have been thrilled with our decision to do so. The teachers and staff are fantastic. The curriculum is quite impressive, and the amenities they make available to the students in above and beyond. They take a lot of pride in their school and making it the best it can be. I couldn't be happier to have my son attend Folger McKinsey.
I truly cannot say enough great things about Folger McKinsey. Both the staff and the facilities are top notch. Parental involvement is outstanding. There is an abundance of before and after school programs to keep the kids excited about learning. This is our third year at Folger and I am incredibly impressed with the curriculum. I look forward to having all of my children attend this fantastic school.
This is an excellent school with excellent teachers. It is a refurbished school so it is completely up to date with all the new technology and academics are extraordinary!
Folger McKinsey is a beautiful school inside and out. With the completion of the new facility in 2012 teachers have access to all the latest technology and beautiful classrooms at their disposal. The school has recently been named a "Green School" and has a large focus in recycling. There is even an outdoor classroom where the classes can plant gardens, compost, spend time in the sunshine for lessons or make use of the outdoor stage! Excellent teachers, strong principal and parent involvement, challenging academic programs and SO SO many after/before school clubs! Our oldest daughter currently attends Folger and we can't wait for our other two kids to follow in her footsteps. I can't say enough about our experience at Folger McKinsey!
The parental involvement is amazing. The kids of our school are very fortunate to have hardworking volunteers pull off the many great learning as well as fun events, fundraisers and community work. The staff is flexible and genuinely want to see our future succeed. We are very happy here and would reccomend this school to anyone moving to the area.
We've had an extremely positive experience at Folger in the 3 years we've been there. The teachers and staff we've encountered have been positive, supportive, and inviting of our participation. The parent volunteerism is a phenomenal contribution to this school. Our new principal's energy and openess to new activities, such as Drama Club, school dance, and Bingo night is refreshing. This school is definitely worthy of its Blue Ribbon and Green School status!
Folger McKinsey is an excellent school. The teachers are receptive to parent involvement and the children love going o school. Our principle is very involved with the families and answers questions and concerns swiftly and fairly after finding the answers needed.
This school has been a wonderful part of our lives. I have two children at Folger. There are so many parent volunteers and a great sense of community. The Principal is making it fun to learn and keeping high expectations of the students. This and the dedicated teachers make Folger a great place to attend.
I have 3 children in Folger now and it is my 6th year at the school. I am thrilled with our new principal who has a passion for learning and leading. I am thrilled about the new school being built. It is long over due and will help the students and teachers achieve at the hightest level. Changes are tough at times, but the Folger community can handle it.
As a family who moved to the neighborhood specifically for the schools, we are very disappointed. At the start of the year, we were surprised when other parents, unbidden, offered us sympathy and support upon learning who my child's teacher was. This seemed very odd! Now we know why. Throughout the year, the teacher has failed to meet our child's needs. Additionally. I have witnessed the teacher being unkind to other children and complaining about them in their presence. More than once, she has compared one child unfavorably to another, by name, when talking with parents. Principal turnover has been high the past few years. Tension between the teaching staff and the principal is palpable, and students get caught in the middle of 'battles' over what a teacher thinks his/her responsibilities should be vs what the administration thinks they should be. Positives? Committed and involved parents and a great support staff!
I have four children who have attended/are attending Folger McKinsey. They have received an excellent education and there is an amazing sense of community. The parent involvement is great - I don't think I've ever been there when I haven't seen at least two or three other parents who are volunteering at the same time. Teachers who come to Folger tend to stay for a long time, and I'm guessing that we only lose one or two teachers per year. We have moved away once and chose to move back to Folger, and we are preparing to move again and keep our house so that we can come back to Folger next time we are living in the area.
I regularly volunteer and have 3 children at the school. The office staff and all teachers do a great job!!! I see the difference in my children vs. The children of freinds of other local elemetary schools. They are amazed at the reading levels of all my children at the 1st grade level.
As a very involved parent at Folger I can say all students are getting a very good education. The school facility is old but has been funded for a major revitalization project in 2010. A new school will provide many more opportunities for afterschool programs and advanced programming. teachers and administration to offer much more to their students.
My grandson attends this school. His teacher was very harsh and arrogant towards him. She would belittle him in front of other students and even teachers. He had transferred from another school where he was a honor roll student. My family is not happy about this school. It is not a blue ribbon school. There are no special programs for students. Parents aren't allowed to visit unannounced. When asked about volunteering, we are told that all spaces are filled and they didn't need our help. As a 'retired teacher' this school is not what it is made out to be in our community. Thank you.
Wonderful school. Small and pays special attention to every child. It has got the feeling of a private school education without the huge price!
My son has gone to Folger since he was 5 years old. Folger is a great school. It is a 2004-2005 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. There are many after school programs offered, spainish and science just to name two. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal and vice principal are kind and know each child by name. The PTA is extremely involved in making sure that both teachers and students have everything they need to be successful. There are no major safety or discipline problems. The children come to school ready willing and eager to learn.
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