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Westminster, MD
Students enrolled: 483

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1100 Gist Rd
Westminster, MD 21157

(410) 751-3650
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September 03, 2013
I would have selected zero stars if I could. The school smells like a pet store, don't know what they've been doing all summer, but NOT CLEANING. Stood through 1/2 hour orientation (not enough seats, or a big enough room) and I didn't hear a single word they said, they had a microphone, that they didn't use! So far I have had nothing but uncomfortable interaction with office staff, nurse and principal in this school. "Don't expect a call back" that was advice given to me by ALL the parents at the bus stop when I told them that I put a call in to the principal- they were right, it took several days! The nurse kept calling me "mom", even though I told her my name, and she could clearly see my sons last name on the paperwork I was handing in. And when I entered the office to drop off my sons lunch, the office staff didn't lift their heads to acknowledge me for an EXTREMELY long time, it was like they were each waiting for someone else to greet me so they wouldn't have to "deal with it" POOR COMMUNICATION POOR MANNERS School HAS AN ODOR uggg, I am so disappointed with how uncomfortable this school is making me feel. We have a long road ahead of us.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2013
My daughter has attended FVES for 2 years and we both love the school! I've had nothing but positive interaction with all staff and teachers. They were very helpful and considerate when a temporary hearing impairment was discovered and always open to communication whether phone call or email. I'm a single mom so far from wealthy and never experienced any snobbish attitudes and have actually become great friends with many of the parents.

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April 21, 2012
While my child attended school at FVE, I had high hopes that it would've been a great experience for her but instead it was awful. The front office is rude and with some teachers, I felt they pre-judged my child without knowing what her personailty was like. The parents were snobs and so were some of the kids. Very unfriendly unless you came from money and were into sports. The school nurse was fabulous and the gym teachers were encouraging as were the art and music teachers. However, all-in-all I decided to pull my child out and move her to a private school where more nuturing and one-on-one instruction was provided. I guess with the way our political system is, it's very obvious that teachers truly can't teach and the number of days you miss school is more important. Glad we're done with FVE.

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January 24, 2012
I am not sure why the last 2 have given bad reviews. Perhaps the staff had a bad day that day. My 2 kids have been attending FVE for 4 years now and I couldn't be happier. All their teachers were helpful and supportive. the front desk, lunch ladies and volunteers are all super nice to our family. One of my kids even has ADD and there is open communication on both ends and the teachers have the best interest at helping her out and moving on to middle. granted every school isn't perfect but I really love this school and can't wait til my last child goes through them.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2011
After a change in adminstration this year if my child wasn't already attached to the same amount of friends that she has here, I would change schools. There are a few great teachers who actually like children at this school, the office staff is horrible to the parents and the children. "Friend"ship Valley..totally does not live up to the name.

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June 09, 2011
This is a terrible school and the administration did not properly provide support for my daughter when she truly needed it. I would move before I sent my littlest one there!

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March 06, 2008
I am a new teacher at FVE and thus far have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. The students are wonderful and the staff is professional and for the most part very friendly. It is obvious that as a school community, we are providing each student with the highest quality education.

- submitted by a teacher

June 05, 2004
I am grandmother of Carmen Mora (gr.4 student) and I attended a musical concert on 6/4/04 morning. It was not only entertaining but the quality was magnificent. The band and chorus groups sounded like a high school concert and I attribute that to the dynamic and enthusiastic direction by both Mr. Stimmel and Ms. Isacs. I was impressed with the quality and ability of students learning to play their instruments as well as they did and the enthusiasm they showed in their performances. Both teachers certainly displayed their love of music and teaching. I had attended another elementary school concert earlier this week and it certainly could NOT compare in quality and/or performance. I was also impressed with the fact that the principal, Dr. Dorsey had not only accompanied the band with her piano playing but she also personally brought a chair over for me to sit in during the show.

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Friendship Valley Elementary School
1100 Gist Rd, Westminster, MD  21157
(410) 751-3650
Last modified Friendship Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Friendship Valley Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top