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Sligo Creek Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 557 students

 

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Posted yesterday

My kid is a first grader in Sligo Creek. So far so good. French Inmersion parents overrate the school simply because they got in this lottery program. Sure, the kids learn another language that the parents in most cases ignore, and they praise it. But it is known they do fall behind as much as kids in the Academy. We are in the Academy, my daughter is thriving, but she does speak multiple languages, so excellence has NOT to do with the FI program, but with the kids, and their extended environment. The programs are the same, but in different language, so there shouldn't be a difference in the quality of what is learned. The principal should be more receptive and sensitive to kids with learning issues. Like in any school, the quality of what your kid will learn, will depend on the teacher, and the family environment, NOT the program kids are in. This is one of the biggest failures of Sligo Creek, the bias of parents that think they are superior because they are in a lottery program, and their inability to recognize that they are praising what they do not know. If the quality of the parents was better, the school would be a total 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

It was the best of times, it was the Worst of times. For those in the french immersion and some who excel in the Academy, it was great. However, for the average to below average students in the Academy, the school is fraught with classrooms where learning is much more difficult than it should be. My child was there from K-5th grade; The older he got, the more senile the principal seemed. Her decision making was horrible. She is arrogant, stubborn, and condescending. My child was placed in a "mixed class" of fourth and fifth graders last year. When we found this out just before school started, I asked the principal if she was planning to make the mixed class a little smaller, more manageable for the teacher. No was all she said. In the Spring, when I realized my child wasn't progressing, we hired a consultant to go in and observe the class. From the feedback, we realized the teachers were working really hard, but the classroom "mix" made for an environment that was not very conducive to learning. Teachers are the saving grace there, as is the assistant principal. They are caring and dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

Well based on the letter regarding your policy of inclusion, appreciation, and respect of students with special needs and / or autism, it appears you should get a rating of ZERO. LETS HOPE ITS NOT POSSIBLY TRUE. You wouldn't make the cut in our school district in Canada.


Posted May 21, 2014

MD school systems are ridiculous, I am a New Yorker, I moved into this area due to my military service obligation. My experience with this school was very unpleasant, my 5 yr old was placed on a bus, when he was supposed to go to the "in-school" aftercare program. The bus driver dropped off my child without a parent present. Luckily, while I was at work, a friend of mine saw my child wandering my apartment complex and picked him up. The teacher's response was:"a 5yr old is old enough to follow instruction" ... No apologies, but that if my child was placed on a line to attend aftercare he shouldn't have strayed; their dismissal is total kaos at that school. We moved to another district because this is only 1 of the many many issues I had with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I think Sligo Creek Elementary school is great. Our child is in the French immersion and has learned so much. Last summer we enrolled our kid in an expensive French camp and were actually less impressed with their offerings than the ones at SCES. We are so pleased with the teachers, who are engaged and attentive... and even the aftercare has been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

We have been very happy at this school. Our child is in the academy program and instruction is strong. Our child excels in math and writing and he receives appropriate enrichment in math and the teacher works with him to home his writing assignments. We love the specials teachers, especially music and PE. We are very excited for the outdoor classroom and the unique And spontaneous learning opportunities it will provide. I have not noticed staff turnover or spoken to anyone who was demoralized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

I am not sure where parents are obtaining some of the data. The most recent post states that there is a high turnover. As an involved parent volunteer with children in the school for 12 years, there has been no turnover in staff for the past 4 years. The principal is responsive and caring. She is outside almost daily to greet students, even in the snow. We may not like her response and the answer may be no, but her mission is clear for the school and our children are the beneficiary of academic gains and a school that is child centered. Teachers across the board are dedicated and hard working. It is a diverse school with three programs, who are blessed with outstanding staff. My children are doing extremely well in high school, and middle school as a result of the strong foundation provided at Sligo Creek. Any child would be fortunate to be here...and PS...my child is in the Academy program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

School leadership is not responsive to needs of students with learning issues. The staff is hindered by administration in what they can do. There is regular turnover of staff and many new teachers at the school. I would not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

We have found Sligo Creek to be...OK. In one of the other comments a parent in French immersion stated that "Both programs appear to be given equal attention and resources." I disagree. As a parent of an academy child the difference in attention and resources between the two is painfully apparent. The French immersion children have more cultural opportunities, without corresponding "science" or "technology" opportunities for the "Academy" children. The school could do more to make it feel like the Academy is not just a place for the kids who weren't lucky enough to get into the French program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

We have a child at Sligo Creek Elementary School. We find the school to be average. Our child's class sizes have ranged from 26 at the low end up to 28. We find most of the teachers to be wonderful, but they have expressed their frustration about the limitations put on them by the Principal in how they can teach. Forget about going outside for a spontaneous teaching moment, if going outside is permitted at all. Recess is often held indoors when the slightest of weather conditions occur. The Principal is not responsive to parents and is condescending to both parents and children. The PTA is a nightmare, social-wise -- very clicky. We were warned about it before we sent our child there and all the tales turned out to be true! The great thing about this school is the French Immersion Program. Everything else is average, but mainly due to the leadership and not the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

Sligo Creek is a wonderful school. My daughter has had outstanding teachers. Class sizes have been good -- 17 to 20. The facility is well maintained. The Principal and other school leaders are doing a top notch job. There's also a very caring ethos -- lots of nice kids, good parents, healthy diversity too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

My son has been at Sligo Creek since Kindergarten and has loved every minute of it- until this year.... Ms. Scott in K and Ms. Martin in 1st grade were phenomenal. He is gifted in Math and they recommended he attend the next grade level math program all without any parental encouragement (in a good way!) This year (2nd grade) he also had 4-5 different teachers by mid-year and I haven't been impressed with his now full time teacher. She was withholding recess as punishment and justifying it because there were behavioral problems (you wonder why- after 4 different teachers!!) I did talk to her and she changed her methods- which is great- but it wasn't without alot of headache on my end and a very upset child for some time. So overall- the school is a very good one, but if you aren't careful and involved, there are some disappointments. And unfortunately alot of teacher turnover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

We feel so lucky that our child has the opportunity to attend this wonderful school and the French immersion program. Every teacher has been outstanding. Yes, the gym teacher is simply the best and the art and music teachers are equally great. I can't speak to the academy program, but the french immersion program is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

I want to say that I believe that this school has a lot of great people working there. Unfortunately last year in 2011 this school lost their Title 1 and received an influx of FARMS which has increased the overall strain on the schools human and financial resources. My son had 4 teachers before the middle of the year which had to deal with the major behavioral issues in the classroom. My son found it very difficult to focus and concentrate and was not progressing academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2011

Best school ever .French immersion program is the best.Principal and assistant principal very nice .BEST GYM TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted November 16, 2009

Our child is in the immersion program. We feel that we are blessed to be in this school. There is a lot of parent involvement, an excellent PTA and lots of teacher support. Our child is doing very well and I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

We feel extremely fortunate to have found Sligo Creek Elementary School for our two children. The leadership is strong, the staff is dedicated and the facilities are warm, welcoming and adequately equipped. Our children transferred to Sligo Creek ES from an independent French immersion school and we feel that the structure of the Montgomery County curriculum undergirding the immersion program is an improvement. In addition to the language-based program there is an Academy program with a focus on math, science, and technology. Both programs appear to be given equal attention and resources. The community is fantastic--we are dedicated to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

This is a great school. I attended private school, including college, my entire life. I would encourage all parents to enroll their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

This school has some issues. The teacher turnover rate is very high. The french magnet program is extremely good but the academy program really does not have the support it requires. I loved the teachers but was very dissapointed with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2006

Have been very happy with this school. Caring teachers, wonderful extracurricular and arts activities, beautiful facility, and active parents make for a nice place for kids to spend their formative years. My child was in French Immersion, and what a gift that was! Fluency in another language and much more of a world view than I ever had at a really early age. There is a lot of teacher turnover this year though (2006), but I still expect good things to come out of this school.
—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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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93%

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89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

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78%

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85%

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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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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87%

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97%

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91%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%
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 53% 42%
Black 20% 35%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
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 16%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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Silver Spring, MD 20910
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