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Viers Mill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 580 students

 

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13 reviews of this school


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Posted November 25, 2013

It is a great school my son is in Kindergarten and he is enjoying it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This school has the most nuturing environment. I feel safe sending my child there. She has shown tremendous growth. The special education team works hard with my child and I am pleased with the results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Since Viers Mill is a Title One school, there are many benefits including class sizes of around 15 students and teachers with masters degrees. There are also a ton of free events for family and student involvement. The school has just been renovated and has a two new playgrounds and a new ball field. We love how family oriented the school and think it is a true gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I was very much on the fence about Viers Mill before my son was ready for Kindergarden. I am so impressed by the teachers dedication to the students & their willingness to go over & beyond. I love how they work together as a team as well as always being available to parents. The leadership is amazing as well & you can tell they really care about the students & having them do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Viers Mill is a wonderful, unique school that is really educating its students well! The staff are engaged and supportive, and work collaboratively to teach. You will often find 2 or 3 teachers in one classroom working with students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

My family recently moved into an area which feeds into Viers Mill Elementary. I had already done my own research and took note right away of the GREAT SCHOOLS rating of "9" for this particular school. As a parent, there's always some level of anxiety when your kids are transitioning to a new school. We are almost 2 months into the school year and I must say that I am very much impressed! So far, I am having great communication with my son's teacher and I feel the Principal has great interpersonal skills. The door is always open to parents and my son LOVES going to school. So far everyone is very supportive and invested in ensuring the success of all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I love Viers Mill! My daughter has had a great experience with caring teachers who really get the kids exciting about learning. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Viers Mill is an excellent school. The teachers go above and beyond for the students, and the administration gives them the support they need to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Is the best. Excellant teachers. Ive moved about 11 miles north to Montgomery Village md and I still take my daughter to VMES. Love IT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

My daughter is in kindergarten and I'm just impressed with the quality of teachers and staff at Viers Mill. This is not just another public school, this school is outstanding, their work to engage the parents is fantastic, here doesn't matter where you are coming from ...your child will be successful and will get as good grades as those kids in opulent schools. At Viers Mill, excellent education is possible regardless how much is annual income.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

What can you say. This school is an awesome school. They have won the blue ribbon of excellence for the state of maryland. They are focused on read read read. They have a parent night where you can come and learn new topics to help you make your child the best student possible. They serve pizza and have childcare availble for you at no cost which is a godsend to alot of parents with younger children. They provide transportation and teach you and your child how to learn better. They have afterschool music program and afterschool foriegn language classes that your child can start in kindergarten. The pta is very involved in the shool as well. I loved the school when i went and i love it even more now that my son goes here. A truly great school with great teachers and great administration. Top notch if you ask me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2005

Viers Mill is an exceptional school with administration, staff and parents who really care about children and helping them to achieve all they can. The PTA and school work well together to provide programs that will help support the school programs as well as to supplement the academic school day. There is an exceptional gifted and talented program at this shcool which strives to enrich and challenge both students who have been identified using the usual indicators as well as those children who show potential to excel; there has been a lot of training for staff to implement GT differentiation in the classroom, as well as to meet the needs of students who struggle to stay on grade level. These challenges are not easily met at any school, yet at Viers Mill,they do a fantastic job at realizing all student potential. And they have the test scores to prove it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2005

VMES is an ethnically diverse campus, with a very focused staff. Literacy is their highest priority in the K-2 population, which is the students/teachers I have observed. The PE dept. is making a concerted effort to teach kids about life fitness, encouraging daily exercise, even though in school, PE is only a once a week event. I would like to see more PE, and more music programs after school. There is a new principal this year, so I am unable to comment on him at this time, but he inherited a great school with a great staff.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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97%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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97%

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94%

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95%
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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
98%

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>=95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
49%
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
Hispanic 64% 12%
Black 12% 36%
White 12% 43%
Asian 9% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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11711 Joseph Mill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Phone: (301) 929-2165

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