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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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Pot Spring Elementary is a great community school with involved parents and dedicated teachers. The vast majority of the teachers have been at the school for years. They know the community, families, and kids and are committed to helping the kids learn. Each of my kids has had different needs and we've had experiences with staff members who have recognized the specific needs of my kids and gone way above and beyond to teach my kids exactly as they needed. One of my kids has moved on to middle school and one is still at Pot Spring. I'm very glad that Pot Spring is our school...I'd send kids there again!



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Pot Spring Elementary is a wonderful school staffed with committed, capable, innovative teachers and administrators. Our children continue to thrive and have opportunities for success; extending to our family as the whole community benefits from an active PTA. As for this site's rating of PSE, a number based on an experimental test score is no measure of a school.


Supports LD students: Strongly agree


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PSE has been great about providing additional in class opportunities to keep our kids engaged, as well as working with us to best find ways to approach the different learning styles for our kids.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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As our kids have been at the school, we see the leadership continue to improve the learning experience. They are also open to parent participation.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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Pot Spring offers a diverse community reflective of the world at large. This strengthens the opportunities for students to learn respect and compassion. The student code focuses on a positive core.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Our experience with the teachers has been first class - they are genuinely interested in the success of their students, and welcome opportunities to partner with parents to that end.

Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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Homework is designed to supplement in class lessons.



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Pot Spring Elementary (PSE) has been a fantastic fit for our kids. In addition to engaging teachers, PSE has offered additional learning opportunities for kids working above grade level. The PTA is active and the school hosts many extra events that help build community. School is more than just test scores - and PSE is a great example of how to educate our future!




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This is a strong school with an active administration and good teachers. There are lots of possibilities for parental involvement (at home, special events, etc). Test scores, especially the 2015 PARCC ones, are not reflective of student achievement as Pot Spring students were given that test online and other schools were not. The County has assessed the online version and pencil version were not equivalent. Please do more research other than see this grade.



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This Great School score is based solely on test scores from the PARCC test – a new test that was introduced in 2015 replacing the MSA. In 2015, Pot Spring students took the test via computer, while neighboring schools took the test with paper and pencils. When the results were tabulated, the differences were striking. BCPS admitted that, “What we found when we analyzed our results was that the online and paper PARCC assessments were not equated, meaning they did not have the same level of difficulty.” The Pot Spring test was more difficult than the test given to neighboring schools. It should be noted that results for both pencil and online tests were well below that which were realized under the former testing regime. The 2016 scores have yet to be updated in this system, but are available online, and Pot Spring students are showing measured improvement. But if you are looking solely at standardized test scores to evaluate a school (this is the only metric used by Great Schools website), you are doing your child a great disservice. Arthur Costa, emeritus professor at California State University, states: “What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So now we measure how well we taught what isn’t worth learning.” As a parent of two children attending Pot Spring, I can attest that the school is committed, compassionate and innovative - attributes that are hard to measure but are educationally significant nonetheless. An attribute not used in “ranking” schools is diversity. The research is clear – diverse schools make every student smarter, and Pot Spring is nothing if not diverse. It is diverse culturally, ethnically, as well as socio-economically. In a Teachers College Columbia report, “researchers have documented that students’ exposure to other students who are different from themselves and the novel ideas and challenges that such exposure brings leads to improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.” In addition, 96% of major employers, say it is “important” that employees be “comfortable working with colleagues, customers, and/or clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.” (https://tcf.org/content/report/how-racially-diverse-schools-and-classrooms-can-benefit-all-students/) Don’t bet your child’s future on a single number.

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Last modified Pot Spring Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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