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Ronald McNair Ranked Best Elementary School in MoCo


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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.