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Germantown Elementary School Ranked The Best in Maryland



An online firm that ranks schools has ranked Germantown Elementary School in Germantown the best in the State of Maryland and 176 in the nation.

Niche.com said of Germantown Elementary, “It has 290 students in grades PK and K-5. According to state standards, 94 percent of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading.”

“We are thrilled by this ranking, and I was very excited to share this with our students and staff,” said Germantown Elementary School Principal, Amy Bryant.

With 290 students, Germantown Elementary School is one of the smallest and oldest schools MCPS and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

“We have an exceptional staff,” said Bryant, who has been principal at GES for 13 years. “Our focus on instruction and building relationships is an important part of what we do her at GES. Our students have a thirst for learning, and that is very important, and we have a very supportive community in the families of our students. When you put all of those things together, it makes for a great combination.”


The eight other Germantown area elementary school made the top 50 in Maryland including Ronald McNair Elementary School, coming in at number 9; Little Bennett Elementary in Clarksburg at 21; Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown at 23; Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus at 35, Cedar Grove Elementary School in Clarksburg at 37, Clearspring Elementary School in Damascus at 42; and Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School coming in at No. 46 in the State of Maryland

However, there were a number of other Germantown schools in the top 100 – including Damascus Elementary School at No. 59, William B. Gibbs Elementary School at No. 63, and Lake Seneca Elementary at No. 83 in the State of Maryland.

All of the top ten schools in Niche.com’s ranking were Montgomery County Public Schools, and all but three of the top 25 were MCPS schools.

The company also ranked middle schools and high schools.

The highest ranking Germantown area Middle School was Kingsview Middle School, which ranked 13th in the State of Maryland, with John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus at 17 and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Germantown at 18. The highest ranking MCPS middle school was Herbert Hoover Middle School in Rockville, which holds the No. 1 spot, in fact, 18 of the top 20 middle schools in Maryland were from MCPS.

Niche.com’s full ranking of middle schools is available here.

When it comes to high schools, Poolesville High School took to the top spot in the State of Maryland. Seven 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 High School was the highest ranked at No. 15 in the State, followed closely by Damascus High School at No. 22 and Quince Orchard High School at No. 25. Clarksburg High School came in at No. 47 while Seneca Valley High School was ranked No. 87 in the State. Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village was ranked 91 in the State.

Niche.com’s full ranking of high schools is available 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.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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