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Greencastle Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 744 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 3, 2014

Excellent school with an excellent dedicated staff....they want to be there! Both of my children thrived here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

The staff is very caring and goes above and beyond daily. The PTA and parents work closely with the staff to provide assistance and great cultural events. There are over 800 students but the office and administration works patiently with the parents and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

Great teachers and students. New Principal coming in for the 2014 - 2015 school year. I hope it is our awesome Assistant Principal Mrs. Ruth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Most of what has been said about Greencastle is true, especially with the instability of leadership(Principal) in the school. This has got to change. There are great students and teachers but during RECESS more attention needs to be given to the kids.I have had 3 kids injured severly during recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

1. younger students get hurt a lot during recess because the recess staff is not watching them! 2. monthly homework instead of daily homework (which doesn't not benefit the students, only the teachers) 3. principal is not listening to the parent's concerns 4. some incompetent teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

At first, Greencastle was ok.. but based on recent incidents, I realized how rude the principal and his secretary were towards concerned parents. The secretary raises her voice and talks to parents like they're not educated or something. The principal, Mr. Payne does not care about parent's concerns at all. He just let other people in his staff "deal" with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

I have a 7 years old attend Green castle. The teachers and staff are so dedicated. I have real admire for teaching and management staffs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I am a community member and a former teacher from this school. It has come a long way and is only getting better!!! Today, as the assistant principal, I am proud that we are on our way to be a National School of Character...AND that we have met adequate yearly progress every year on the state assessments! Principal Kevin Payne, is just the Leader the Noble Knights need at the Castle! Under his leadership, the Students, Staff, and Families are thriving!


Posted August 14, 2012

I just completed my first year as a staff member at Greencastle. I was very impressed with the students and the staff. This school has met the state benchmark for the passed 12 years. Based on county climate data, parents and students seem very happy with the school. I will let you know how year two goes...
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 19, 2012

This school continues to excel! Great family, terrific staff, wonderful school community!!! This is a fabulous place to send your children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2012

my daughter recently started attending Greencastle and we are so pleased with the proffessionalism of the staff, the effort and concern from the teachers. She came from a private school and we are not dissappointed with our descision to transfer her to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I heard a lot of things, according to this website the rate is very low (3/10) but my daughters doing great . My daughters been there two years each they will be there for the third years. I saw a lot of effort from the school staffs. This year the school will be have new Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2008

The rating on this website does not do justice to the quality of teachers and the amazing leadership of Principal Winter at Greencastle ES . I was very uneasy when my daughter first started kindergarten there, but once the school year got underway, I was amazed by the quality of teaching there. My daughter had a wonderful educational experience in Ms. Debolt's class. What I most loved about her teaching method is the encouragement she and the parent teacher Ms. Buroughs gave to the students. These teachers are working in a very depressed area of Silver Spring and have to deal with children who are a challenge in terms of discipline. And despite the recent incidents, I feel Principal Winter is very involved and you can always see him walking around the school keeping an eye on things and making sure everything is ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

My daughter has attended Greencastle for the past two years and I am very disappointed with her overall expereince. The teachers have pre-coneived notions of the student's abilities and tend to have low expectations. This could be due to the high minority population, and the perpetuation of negative stereotypes. Moreover, there are serious safety concerns. Within the past 6 months, there have been two incidents. For parents with no other option but to send their children to Greencastle, they must be diligent and constantly stay on top of the teachers. I'm sure Mr. Winter tries very hard but some aspects of the school are just .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

My daughter has attended Greencastle Elementary school for 2 years now and each year has been a very successful one for her. I think principal Winters and the rest of the staff are doing a good job. Mr. Winters is genuinely concerned about the success and welfare of the students and he's always willing and available to meet with parents to discuss their concerns, even soliciting their advice, suggestions, comments, etc., to make Greencastle Elementary a better school. Mr. Winters is making a great effort to address any issues of poor performance in academics AND behavior that has been present in the school for the past few years or more. There's not a lot of parent involvement, which is a great challenge for him and the rest of the staff. Overall, I think Greencastle Elementary is a good school; WE JUSTNEED MORE PARENT INVOLVEMENT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

My daughter has attended Greencastle for 3 years. She has been extremly blessed with 3 wonderful teachers. Initially I thought Principal Winters was a little stand offish, but he is actively involved in all activities at the school. I think parent participation has fallen off some. But overall the new proactive programs (rap,hip hop,greencastle academy, and the pillars of character) are great. My daughter loves Greencastle and looks forward to school. In the end as adults we need to put aside our personal likes and dislikes and look at the full picture. Also as parents we need to be proactive and ask for the things we feel are lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

I have seen a lot of growth and continuing potential, which took place when Dr. Lee was there. There was a lot of turnovers with the educators during the 2005-2006 school year when a new principal took over. The turnover lost a good assistant principal last year. There's a great need of parental involvement for the school's growth to continue. A lot of things can change for the better but cannot be done without the help and support of parents. Especially when the principal doesn't feel that the educator's views are important when making decisions about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

I was some what pleased with the school last year but this yaer the quality has gone down.Last year we moved into the county and I thought this was going to be great for my sons education, but that only lasted 3 months.It took them 1week to get my son enrolled int othe school and place him with a teacher.The teacher was great with my son.This year on the first day of school they didn't even have him assigned to a teacher or on the roll.And his teacher this year is not very helpful or sympathic towards working parents who don't have time to attend every PTA meeting.Kids should not miss out on class activities due to the fact that the parents had to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Greencastle recently suffered the loss of its longtime and beloved principal, Dr. Lee. Since then, there has been no real stability in leadership and it shows. There are some very good and dedicated teachers at Greencastle and, depending on the teacher, children can get a good education. However, I advise interested parents to take a very active and visible approach to their child's experience at Greencastle. Insist on higher class standards; insist on the enforcement of disciplinary action against fighting, bullying, etc. Greencastle has great potential, but parental involvement will be the key to your child's success at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

This is an underperforming school with no free support programs. The facilities are very good but the county has deprofessionalized the principal's position by having an 'intern principal.' My child's teacher was in great need of training and mentorship. Unfortunately, I had a few things happen over the semester which demonstrated the teacher's lack of respect, sensitivity and receptivity. I do not think this is typical of all teachers here, but it did happen to me. I do not recommend this school to anyone. If you are relocating, just stay a semester, then transfer. There are better schools around the corner. I hope the county pays more attention to this school. These children deserve an education implemented by professionals, not interns. The kids, like everywhere, are wonderful.
—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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

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 81% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
57%
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
Black 71% 35%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
White 1% 42%
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 59%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Amharic
Arabic languages
Chinese (Cantonese)
French
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Pennies for Patients (2012)
  • Jump Rope for Heart (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • 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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Step team
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Amharic
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • R. Kevin Payne
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (301) 902-1222

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • 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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Amharic
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Institute for Building Men
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Benjamin Banneker Middle School
Briggs Chaney Middle School
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13611 Robey Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20904
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Phone: (301) 595-2940

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