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Galway Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 829 students

 

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Posted June 6, 2014

Galway is AWESOME and it's getting better every year. Growth is evident in our school's scores. My child is in the 2nd grade and is thriving at Galway. We have had wonderful teachers, who have helped make learning fun. The Principal has instituted amazing programs that provide all of the children with leadership opportunities, recognition for achievements, and she has been a great partner to our PTA. Please visit Galway's PTA website at www.galwaypta.org to learn more about our school, contact a PTA member if you have concerns, and look for ways to get involved. There are opportunities for working and stay at home parents. Parent involvement is the key to academic success for our children, our school, and our community. I encourage all parents to volunteer with the PTA....it's a great way to be your child's biggest advocate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

Was a great school in the past. It is too bad because teachers are leaving and the principal is not very effective. Fights daily at an elementary school level, on the bus, on the playground, not acceptable. The school itself is beautiful but it is being run into the ground. The principal has to work with the PTA not against it. There has to be meaningful punishment for children but also love and respect. Children should not wish to stay inside for recess merely because they are scared to go outside. I wish Galway the best as it tries to right the ship. MCPS should help in this endeavor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

Very sad to see a great school in the past being run to the ground bc of lack of leadership. 2 prior principals took leadership in the school & all teachers parents & students loved & admired. Mr. Mohammed and Ms. Stanislav left the school, the new principal has let the school go down hill. Tenured teachers retired bc they didn't want to deal with the new principal. Drop off & pick up of children is dangerous & total chaos. New design of drop off was given to Stanislav & was going to be implemented to improve this horrible situation but when Fuller came aboard, nothing was done. Too many cars going too many ways & parents all over the place, just trying to get their kids. We have lost so many great teachers bc of this administration change, & parents had little if no input of this change. Gladly my child is leaving this school, but I hope MCPS really takes a look at how this school is being handled. There are little if no supervision on playgrounds, volunteers have no control of the children fights breaking out and no discipline. Lunch rooms again run by volunteers out of control. Its a shame this school is rated a 4 because when I went to school there it was rated a 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

Just an update for anyone who was turned off by all of the negative reviews and bad things you might of heard about the principal Ms. S-- she is no longer the principal as of the 2013-2014 school year. I do not have a child old enough to attend this school, but I live in the community, so my 3 star average rating is just based on things I've heard in the community and from teachers about this school (and because great schools makes you give a rating in order to make a post).


Posted August 8, 2013

I went to the school in the early 2000's under the guidance of Principal Muhammad. It was amazing. I met a lot of my friends that I still have today from Galway. Sad to know my favorite teachers are gone .The new principal is okay, But Galway back then was better :)


Posted July 12, 2013

i used to go to this school and it was amazing, but many of my favorite teachers have left.


Posted July 16, 2012

Thank heavens this school finally has a strong principal that is about the business of educating students. Over the past two years Ms.Stanislaus (principal) has worked to hold the staff accountable to do the jobs they are being paid to do. Quality education starts with those who are providing the education and Ms. Stanislaus is sending the message that she wants quality instruction every day for every child. You can tell that she is living these words and holding all the teachers accountable to do just that, because the reading and math scores are finally going up! Before Ms. Stanislaus got there the test scores where stagnant or going down. I look forward to seeing her as the principal of Galway for many years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

Thank Heaven's for the new principal at Galway ES!!! Under her dynamic, "let's make it happen" leadership style,, Mrs Yolanda Stanislaus has expanded Parent outreach and involvement to include Dads& Donuts, Grandparent Day, Walk for Autism, Iinternational Day, Health Fair, Art Shows, picnics, Curriculum nights and more. Her efforts have been recognized by MCPS as exemplary models for other schools. I live in the Calverton community and volunteer in the office and the classrooms. I found Mrs S and her staff to be warm, welcoming, and supportive of parents and community members. She makes time to listen to your ideas or concerns. Parents appreciate her honest and knowledgeable responses . Ms. S is also a parent of 2 children in MCPS schools. She is very child focused and sensitive to the role and needs of parents. My grandchild insists that I come to all events at Galway when her mom can not attend. She is so proud of her school as am I. Great Work Galway! . PS Unfortunately, there are a few parents who paint an unfair and negatively biased view of this wonderful school and staff. They DO NOT speak for the Majority of the more than 850 Galway families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

It's a shame so many good teachers are leaving so quickly. Many parents are starting to pull their children out as well. The reason being the principal. Her dishonesty and favoritism seems to guide her decisions more than what is good for the children. Children are treated differently based on background and several staff members describe the principal as evil. I hope the district wakes up to this behavior soon before the test scores at this school slip even more.


Posted April 30, 2010

Becuse my babygirl love her teacher Mrs Wilson,And i like her too .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love this school. The staff is friendly and professional. My daughter has met great friends here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Galway is truly a wonderful school with great administration and caring/qualified teachers. They are very concerned with the students and as a result they excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2008

I was surprised with the low rating at this school. My son came from another school where the teachers wanted to keep him a grade behind because THEY did not have the resources to meet his needs. He went to Galway and their program has worked wonders. The teachers are very attentive and work very hard to make sure the students are learning. I am very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2008

I am very impressed with the administration as well as the instruction. I have two children that attend Galway and I am pleased. Their teachers are extremely attentive, Mr. Muhammad is amazing, and they are truly positioning the children for success. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

My daughter is a second grader at Galway. I am impressed with the quality of education she is receiving in all areas. The teachers have high expectations of their students and display many outstanding qualities. They follow up with parental questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner. The leadership under Mr. Muhhammad is excellent. He offers thoughtful guidance and consistent support to the staff. As a speech and language pathologist, I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%
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
Black 56% 35%
Hispanic 23% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
White 4% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 58%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

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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12612 Galway Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 595-2930

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