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Oakland Terrace Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 870 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2013

My daughter is in 2nd grade, so we were there for the last year of overcrowding and she was at the local Middle School for kindergarten. I was a bit nervous about the arrangement, but the principal handled it beautifully and did an amazing job to advocate for her students and get them what was needed. Now we are at or below capacity, have below average class sizes for the county, the teachers and principal are fabulous and the PTA is second to none. There are a large number of after school activities, so there is something for everyone. There is a very positive atmosphere with the focus being on positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than punishment. We lost two fifth grade classes due to reorganization and those two teachers opted to move to lower grades rather than leave this fabulous, supportive school. The principal also has an elementary school aged child in MCPS, so she looks at things with her "mom hat" on as well as her principal hat, so things are made clear and fair. She is no nonsense but garners the respect and the adoration of her teachers that work for her as well as her students. We really couldn't ask for a better neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

What a reviewer said about the classes being taught to the middle range is simply not true. The students are pulled out for advanced math and reading. My son just graduated and will be in the Middle School Magnet program along with a record *10* other students from this school! Plus, he and 9 other kids got into the Highly Gifted program and only 2 went because they were sufficiently challenged at OTES! And the MSA are way, way, way above average for the country! Plus the school is very diverse. Really, what more could you want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

We moved to this area so we could have our children in a great school but still live in a moderately priced area. The principal is one of the most committed educators I've ever met and now that the school is a normal size and almost all the teachers are veterans, the school will be even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

OTES lives up to its wonderful reputation. It is one of the best schools in the Downcounty Consortium. The PTA is active and the staff are great.


Posted August 24, 2011

the school is a very good school the teachers are always doing thier best but the principle is horrible she is very races and rude to people that come in and to the parents that ask her questions.


Posted November 3, 2009

The school has an amazing principal. When the principal is on her level the entire staff performs better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

ITS GREAT! Good teachers, diverse students and staff, interesting classes and events.


Posted October 3, 2009

Great staff and great ability to improvise with the limited space they have to produce year in year out terrific student results
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

OTES is a top-notch school. My child will be in 2nd grade next year and is thriving. The class sizes are small and the school is run very well. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in the classroom and have seen first-hand how dedicated the teachers are. The school is diverse and offers numerous before and after school activities. My child loves his school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

This school has serious problems. It is badly overcrowded, with enrollment more than 300 students over its capacity. This has created a number of problems, among which are oversized classes (my child's kindergarten class last year had 19 students), lack of adequate recess and little time for children to forge meaningful social connections. The wide spectrum of aptitude levels in any given class, along with inflated class size, means that instruction is often pitched to students in the middle-to-lower aptitude range. If you have a child who is already reading before he or she enters kindergarten, approach Oakland Terrace with extreme caution. Teachers aren't of uniformly high quality. Talented teachers seem not to stay; they are replaced by young, callow teachers who need professional development and mentorship, but aren t getting it at Oakland Terrace. After-school program offerings are not on par with those of other elementary schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

OTES is a wonderful place for learning. My child is in 3rd grade and her teacher has dealt wonderfully with the varying learning levels and social skills of the children. My child is an advanced learner and the school accommodates these children by grouping the kids by level and sending them to different classrooms for instruction(so the teachers pretty much team teach). The student body makeup is incredibly diverse, which is something of utmost important in a changing world. The children are from all over the world and of various economic levels. While the school is really big, I think the staff and parent volunteers do a wonderful job...school is clean, organized, efficient and best of all, the teachers know what they are doing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2007

Oakland Terrace is a wonderful school. The class sizes are very small. My daughter's kindergarten has 15 children last year. The school has very high academic standards. My child is thriving there. Also, there are tons of extracurricular activities. I couldn't even begin to name them all. If you can dream it, you can do it. Really. Every parent that has a child there that I have talked to feels the same way. We feel so lucky to have this as our home school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

My children have had a wonderful experience at OTES and we are sad to leave this school. We have to relocate for a job and will be leaving the state and will be sorry to have to say good-bye to the wonderful staff, teachers and families here. The Principal and Vice Principal are dynamic individuals who greet each child by name and make them feel welcome every morning when they arrive. This is a school that has high standards for behavior and academic performance and my children are being challenged. I can only speak for K thru 2nd grades but have been happy with the teachers that my children have had. The class sizes are smaller thru 2nd grade so my children have had plenty of personal attention which has helped them excel.
—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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%
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 41% 42%
Hispanic 29% 12%
Black 16% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 6% 4%
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 33%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

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

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist

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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

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2720 Plyers Mill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone: (301) 929-2161

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