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J. P. Ryon Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted August 5, 2014

My son just completed first grade at Ryon and I am very pleased with the education he is receiving thus far. He was in Mr. Brooks' class. Although my son has not had a very extensive educational career thus far, I don't believe any teacher he's had to date cares more about children than Mr. Brooks. Mr. Brooks was engaging, patient, with a strong focus on teacher/parent communication. My son is already reading on a third grade level, and his math proficiency has skyrocketed since the testing at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. My only wish is for the school to have more extracurricular activities for the children. And I would like more communication from the principal, other than at the beginning and end of the year, and when there is an issue at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

Since Mrs. McGraw left, the school has changed. I have faith in the electives staff and guidance. Some of the teachers are VERY young, without enough experience in the grade they're teaching (i.e. 3 separate grades taught in 8 years??). The classes are big, often not balanced by behavior/gender (boys often act out a little more), and the new PBIS color system is very cut and dry. I have a well-behaved student and she's been reprimanded (two times in two years) as if she's constantly in trouble; it's disconcerting that her 2 years of stellar behavior/academics isn't taken into account! As an educator and as a parent, I'm disappointed in how the school is now being run; we're looking to move to another school zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have been very pleased with the way the entire staff has made my children feel right at home ...all three of my kids are actually excited to get to school each morning and are all doing quite well...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I love j p ryon. My kids love jp ryon. The teachers and the other staff are helpful and passionate about what they do. You have to love your job to do it well, and I for one believe their doing a impeccable job. My son will miss this school when he complete's his 5th grade year. But my daughter still have 2 more years. Go jp ryon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

My kids have finished their elementary school years now. My daughter attended J P Ryon for grades 3-5 and my son attended for grades K-5. We love J P Ryon! The teachers are exceptional. We will truly miss this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

Our family truly misses JPRyon. In looking for a new home, I urged my husband to find one zoned for JPRyon so that we can return. Our oldest son only attended for three months, so the school didn't have MANY memories for him. However, our second son was in Mr. Brooks' first grade class five years ago and he loved it. Mr. Brooks allowed our son to use an electronic chess board that Mr. Brooks had brought from home and has since, become one of the highest ranked chess players of his grade, in Charles County. We owe his love of chess to Mr. Brooks. Unfortunately, none of the other schools we has attended has a chess club. Likewise, this same son was in Ms. Butler's kindergarted class and at the end of the school year, she took me aside and said, "Never accept less than a 'B' in any class from him. He is a remarkable student." That meant so much to us, and since then, he has never received anything below a B in any class. This son is now entering the 7th grade. We have a younger son, entering 3rd grade, and we WISH we could return to JPRyon. They're all great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

Great staff with the desire to challenge kids to think. Good location with large fields for outdoor activities.


Posted March 25, 2010

My children have been going toRyon for the last 2 years, coming from another state. Everyone comes home in a good mood. Some days seem longer than others... But all of my children are overall happy with theiir school. The teachers are involved and that lets a child know that they are in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

JP Ryon is a very caring school, when you enter the school you couln't ask for a friendlier staff. If a child has a problem all you have to do as a parent is ask for their help, and it's done. They put that little extra effort in the education and the safety of our children, which makes it easier to send our children to school knowing it is a safe and healthy environment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I currently have two sons that attend JPRyon. They actually enjoy going to school each day. The front office as well as all of my sons' teachers have been completely amazing. Mr. John Brooks won the 2007 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Charles County and he deserved it. I saw him in action with my son's 1st grade class and I was floored with how he connected with the six-year olds in the class. The staff's cafeteria crew is respectful and caring with the children. We are blessed to have our children be a part of this academic environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

Having been associated with this school over the past two years with my three children (5th, 2nd, K), I have nothing but accolades to say about this school. Everything from the facility, the text books, lunches, personnel are spectacular. I am in the military, and often deploy away from my family, and school is the last thing I want to worry about when I am separated from home. My kids look forward to school every day, although I am not sure if it's for recess or the social aspect, but none-the-less, I am pleased they have a positive reaction towards school. I feel the JP Ryon challenges those who want to be challenged, and works diligently with motivating those who do not have the proper social constructs at home. This aspect of JP Ryon shows in the faces of the children when you see them arrive at school in the mornings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

I have a fifth grade and a first grade. My fifth grade went to Ryon from kindergarten on up. He had a great experience there. All of his teachers were wonderful and he loved it. My first grader has also had a good experience. Her first grade teacher is amazing. Mr. John Brooks. I cannot say enough. We were blessed to have a chance for our child to have such a wonderful teacher that makes such an impact. We sadly got rezoned to a new school and will miss J.P. Ryon terribly. Mrs.McGraw and Mrs.Marsten are wonderful as well. I did not have any bad experiences there. As a parent to another parent, stay involved with your childs education. Have a close relationship with there teachers and you will thoroughly enjoy your childs education at J.P. Ryon Leslie Summers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

The school is not creative in challenging the minds of their students. Finding trending ways to tune into kids are important in communication. These are kids learning should be fun it's my observation that teachers have little patients with the students and minor issues get escalated into behavior problems and disciplinary action (repeatedly). Very little praise and character building. However the facility is well maintained, I also have great communication with my childs teacher and VP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

Mrs mcgraw is a wonderful, nuturing, and involved principal. She always has time to listen and knows involved parents and children by name. Hse is a great motivator and an inspiration to our community. The staff is great and supporitive. My only wish is that there were more programs for children who were above grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

J.P. Ryon is a great school. I have a son in K now and one who graduated in 05. The one who graduated was well prepared for middle school and the one in K has wonderful teachers. The administration there is wonderful and many of them know your child by name and it's not because of disciplinary problems. I think they care about your child and want them to receive a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

My daughter has been at J.P. Ryon since Pre-K and is anxiously awaiting to start 2nd grade. The teachers administration and staff are excellent, they get to know the children and greet them by name. The school communicates very well with home at both the classroom and school level. I volunteer at the school on a weekly basis and feel very confident the children are getting an excellent education at J.P. Ryon. Although extra-curricular activities are not generally available for children under 3rd grade we participate in all we can and enjoy every opportunity to do so. In addition to a strong curriculum Amanda enjoyed going to 'specials' everyday (P.E., Music, Art, and Computer Lab). Amanda has never missed a day, or even 1 minute of school since she started school and looks forward to every day. And that makes this parent very happy!
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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 89% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
45%
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
Black 64% 35%
White 17% 42%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 55%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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