Ronald McNair Ranked Best Elementary School in MoCo
By Kevin O’Rourke
An online firm which ranks schools has ranked Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown the best in Montgomery County and 11th in the State of Maryland.
Niche.com said of McNair Elementary, “It has 734 students in grades PK and K-5. According to state standards, 97 percent of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading.”
“I am delighted about the ranking,” said Ronald McNair Elementary School Principal Sherry Moses. “It is an honor to work with the awesome students, staff and parents of Ronald McNair. We are happy that we have been recognized for our hard work and commitment to student achievement.”
“Our students benefit from being able to work and learn in a diverse environment that puts an emphasis on valuing each other’s experiences,” said Moses. McNair staff establish positive relationships with students, which allows them to be available for learning. “The parents and community have a strong working relationship with all staff. It is a true partnership,” said Moses. “Our teachers plan together weekly to provide a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students.”
At McNair, all staff members play a key role in students’ academic and social-emotional success. It is a collaborative effort involving everyone from building service, support staff, classroom teachers and administration, she said.
The only other Germantown area elementary school making the top 50 in Maryland was Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary coming in at No. 47. However there were a number of other Germantown schools in the top 100 – including Cedar Grove Elementary School at No. 57, Lake Seneca Elementary at No. 58, Germantown Elementary at No. 60, Great Seneca Creek Elementary at No. 63, Clarksburg Elementary School at No. 68, and William B. Gibbs Elementary School at No. 70.
The highest ranked elementary school in Maryland was Waverly Elementary in Ellicott City in Howard County. In fact, the entire top ten was made up of Howard County schools.
The company also ranked middle schools and high schools.
The highest ranking Germantown area Middle School was Kingsview Middle School, which ranked 27th in the State of Maryland. The highest ranking MCPS middle school was Herbert Hoover Middle School in Rockville which holds the No. 13 spot.
When it comes to high schools, Poolesville High School took to the top spot in the State of Maryland. Six of the top ten high schools in the ranking were from Montgomery County. Indeed, the top four spots were filled by MCPS high schools.
In the Germantown area Northwest was the highest ranked at No. 31 in the State, followed closely by Damascus High School at No. 35 and Quince Orchard High School at No. 36. Clarksburg High School came in at No. 64, while Seneca Valley High School was ranked at No. 84 in the State. Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village was ranked 102 in the State.
“We are aware of the rankings and certainly are happy that many of our schools are being recognized among the best in the state and the nation,” said Dana Tofig from MCPS. “But these rankings — and others like them — are very subjective. It all depends how you slice up the data. There are many high school rankings that come out in the spring and each uses similar data but analyzes it in a different way.”
Tofig said that if parents and community members want to see how their schools are doing on multiple measures, MCPS has launched the new School Support and Improvement Framework report. “It shows how our schools are performing on a variety of measures and what schools are doing to improve” Germantown Pulse reported on this last week and the link to the MCPS School Support and Improvement Framework is here.
The rankings, which were released last week, were conducted by Pittsburgh-based Niche.com, provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at public elementary schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It uses data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s proprietary data, and 4,624,238 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,606 current students, recent alumni, and parents.