School Details

Wood Acres Elementary School

5800 Cromwell Dr, Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 320-6502
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 733 students 18 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

91%
78%
82%
93%
85%
83%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
91%
89%
93%
91%
88%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
85%
81%
97%
93%
88%
91%
72%
67%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wood Acres Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bethesda. 733 children attend Wood Acres Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Wood Acres Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 1% of the 733 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wood Acres Elementary School is 18:1. Avalon School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 15%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 77% 39%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1% 27%
Limited English proficiency 5% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Woodacres Elementary school is an excellent school with capable and helping teachers and a strong and sincere principal Mrs Sharban. This school has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The new students never feel as this is there first week or first month. The teachers know how to help there students and get the best out of them . The way kids participate in every project in the class or in the community is remarkable. I am amazed why it has a rating of 8 from great school according to me it is the best school of the Montgomery County.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wood Acres' teachers are terrific and it is a generally happy place for kids. But I agree with the other reviewer who said kids get almost no supervision at recess and the administration is disengaged about this problem.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school has great facilities and very involved parents but is lacking on a many many qualities that matter for a grade school. Teachers are overwhelmed with large class sizes and have no additional support to cater to any above average bright children. Facilities are nice but kids are left alone to find their way including NO supervision at recess or lunch unless there are parent volunteers. School administration appears completely disengaged. Big disappointment.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love the kids and the staff at wood acres~

  • (5 years ago)

    REgarding the diversity issue parents move to this school district to avoid diversity. Diversity is a great thing when you choose when to engage it - but the demographics of this school district are self selecting and allow for a very safe non-disruptive and self-selecting group of families to give kids a great public school education that rivals many top private schools. Plus there is plenty of diversity with the kids from Embassy parents. It may not be the type that the reviewer below is looking for but is much richer from a cultural and global perspective than what the politically correct contingent is looking for which this school is not looking to foster.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved to the school last year and have found it to be superb. Not only are the teachers top-notch but the parental involvement is very high and the music and art teachers are fabulous. I haven't heard of anyone who is unhappy with their teacher and the school is run beautifully. Our daughter is advanced academically and her first grade teacher has gone above and beyond in her efforts to challenge her every day. In addition the school has a fabulous guidance counselor who brings a great deal of awareness to the kids as to behavior and respect issues.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has gone down hill in the last four years. Parents have become disgruntled and from what i hear the staff is disillusioned. It seems there is no leadership here one more year for me and my youngest will move on to middle school. Many good teachers have left recently and it's a shame.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son joined this school as a new third grader and loved it from the very first day. The staff went out of their way to make sure we settled nicely. Mrs Sherburne the principal is awesome! She connects with both children and parents and whenever I'm at the school I see her up and about ... always actively engaged and best of all our son's third grade teacher Ms Crabtree is just wonderful! Altogether its a great school. It also has a very active PTA - I haven't been too involved in that but I'm kept updated through regular emails.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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