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About This School

Burning Tree Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bethesda. 502 students go to Burning Tree Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 10% of the Burning Tree Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 502 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Burning Tree Elementary School is 15:1. The Primary Day School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 22%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 39%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 15%
Asian 17% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 27%
Limited English proficiency 10% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I do not understand with the previous reviewer. I have been a parent at Burning Tree for five years and have two children passing through the system. Their teachers have been consistently exceptional. Their work is challenging and stimulating. Yes there are tests to deal with but that's an issue with the Board of Education and will be the case at any public school. Arts and Music at this school are also thriving. We'd love more sports but sadly that's not in the curriculum. Parental involvement and the PTA are extraordinary at Burning Tree. I can't imagine a more supportive community. We know several families who have left their private schools and opted instead for Burning Tree and are very happy with their decision.

  • (10 months ago)

    This school disappoints on so many levels. The staff is either "getting ready to retire any day " to quote one or very young and inexperienced. The level of bullying is outrageous and scary. For some reason the administration believes harm only comes from physical bullying not the psychological games some of the kids play at the expense of other children. As a parent volunteer at recess I leave each day so sad at what I see. There is also a surprising amount of fraternizing of "moms" with teachers. I'm not against friendly relationships but being BFFs with your child's teacher is strange and suspect. I look forward to moving to Pyle.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school disappoints on so many levels. If you want your child to memorize for test scores and not learn you will love it here though.

  • (2 years ago)

    gr8 school i went to it and the teachers are gr8 and the best part is that the 5th graders of 2012 got 2 correct the washington post!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has become much worse with the new principle but the teacher are amazing and try to really get to know the students. So i still think this school is a good choice for parents

  • (4 years ago)

    It just is a fantastic school and there is nothing else to say! I would never ever sign my children up to any other school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school. My daughter's teachers have ranged between very good and phenomenal. The work is challenging and yet they seem to do an excellent job of accommodating differing abilities. The parents are very involved and many parents do a lot of volunteering both inside and outside of the classroom. There is a real sense of community and I think that is reflected in how many families get involved with the myriad fundraising activities. As another poster mentioned this is a very diverse community with children from literally all over the world. Highly recommend.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school was good before Erdrich became principal. I'm taking my kids out now. Way to driven by test scores then learning.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a new parent to the school and my daughter is in Kindergarten at Bruning Tree. I have been thoroughly impressed with her teacher and the types of things that she is learning. Even in Kindergarten they break into smaller groups to work on different projects which allows children of similar abilities to work on activities appropriate for their level and spend time on both academic endeavors (reading math) and social skils (working through problems understanding others). Parents frequently volunteer to assist in the classroom with some of the smaller groups. One thing that I did not realize before my daughter started is how internationally diverse the school population is. One of the first school wide activitites was International Night where students and parents from over 40 countries had small tables with information activities and food related to their country. It was very impressive.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school spends way too much time attempting to comply with teach to the test rather than educate the students.

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