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Welcome to Elementary School: Grades K–5 in Montgomery County
During the summer, you will receive a mailing from your child's school with important information, such as bus routes, school procedures, and school supplies, that you need to know before school begins in the fall. Most schools hold an open house the week before school starts when parents and students come to school to meet the teachers and visit the classrooms. You also may be able to purchase student planners or assignment books for your child, deposit money into your child's meals account, sign up to participate in the PTA, and take care of other details related to the starting of school.
Seven Keys to College Readiness
MCPS Elementary School Keys to Success
The pathway to college begins in kindergarten and the 7 Keys will open the door to college. To stay on the pathway for college, your child should:
Read at advanced levels in Grades K-2
Score 'advanced' in reading on the Maryland School Assessment in Grades 3-8
Complete advanced math in Grade 5
The introduction to elementary school starts long before the first day of school. Kindergarten orientation is held in the spring prior to your child starting school. At this orientation, you can register your child, visit the classroom, meet the teachers, and learn about the school and the instructional program. Your child also will have the opportunity to meet some classmates and participate in learning activities. Contact your local school to find out when kindergarten orientation is scheduled and to make an appointment.
The Typical Elementary School Day
Elementary schools either start at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. or start at 9:15 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Your school's schedule is included in the information that is sent home during the summer. It is important that your child is at school on time every day. Make sure your child is well-rested, is dressed appropriately for indoor and outdoor activities, and has completed homework assignments.
Breakfast is offered in either the classroom or the all-purpose room, depending on the school. Most students eat lunch in the all-purpose room, and lunchtimes vary from grade to grade. If your child forgets his/her lunch, you can bring it to the school office. If you are not able to do this, lunch will be provided for your child.
Your child may have different teachers for math, reading, social studies, and science. Most students change classrooms for art, music, and physical education and are taught these subjects by teachers who specialize in these areas.
All elementary students have a 20-30 minute recess where students can play and socialize. Weather permitting, recess is held outdoors.
At the end of the day, students are dismissed through an orderly process. Check with your school for information about specific dismissal procedures for bus riders, walkers, and students picked up by their parents.
Students will be assigned homework in the elementary grades. Teachers assign homework three to five nights per week to help students practice skills, enrich learning, and develop study, organizational, and time management skills.
All students in elementary school receive instruction in four core subject areas: reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students receive instruction in reading and math every day. Students also have classes in physical education, art, and music. Classroom instruction is differentiated, which means that teachers vary the pace of instruction or adjust the difficulty of the material based on students’ level of performance. For example, for students who are ready for more advanced work, teachers can give them the opportunity to study a subject in greater depth or present material from the next grade level.
Schools provide students who need extra reading and math support with help during the school day and/or in before- and after-school programs. For information on the specific programs available at your school, contact your child’s teacher.
Instrumental music classes, offered in Grades 4 and 5, allow students to learn to play instruments. Check with your child’s school to find out where instruments can be rented and about arrangements for parents who need financial assistance.
Parent Guides to the Curriculum
Parent Guides to the Curriculum explain what your child will be learning in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art and physical education in grades K through 5. The guides are available at your school and online.
Sports, and Special Events
Elementary schools offer a variety of activities before and after school, such as homework club, chess club, foreign language classes, and other activities based on student interests and availability. Schools also may partner with outside organizations to provide other opportunities. Check with your school to find out about afterschool opportunities for your child.
Student performances are an important part of elementary school. Your child may participate in the school chorus, an instrumental music group, or other groups that will perform for students, parents, and school staff. Other special events that take place in elementary school may include field day, talent show, art showcase, international night, and many other activities that showcase and recognize students' talents and work.
All elementary schools have "picture day." Class and individual photos are taken of students by a professional photographer. Parents have the option to purchase photos if desired.
Do Schools Provide Before- and After-school Child Care?
Schools do not provide child care; however, some elementary schools house before- and after-school child care programs operated by private organizations. For information about on-site child care, check with your school.
- Locate Child Care, 301-279-1773
- The Montgomery County Child Care Resource Network, 240-777-3110
- The Child Care Information Resource Book, available in county public libraries
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Who We Are: DC Public Schools
- We are 45,000 students committed to graduating from high school, prepared for college and work.
- We are 4,000 teachers determined to live up to our unparalleled role in ensuring the achievement of our students.
- We are 125 principals who demonstrate the vision to build positive school communities focused on academic achievement.
- We are 2,300 classroom aides, social workers, counselors, custodians, and other support staff who understand that our students must be safe, healthy, and supported in order to achieve at the highest possible levels.
- We are countless parents and family members supporting our children and demanding a high-quality education for them.
- We are more than 1,000 community organizations and thousands of volunteers who provide support for our students and staff in their daily work to achieve excellence.
- We are the residents of Washington DC, who know that a strong school system and high-achieving students are the backbones and the future of this city.
A Capital Commitment: Better Schools for All Students by 2017
The years 2012 to 2017 will be a time of dramatic progress for the District of Columbia Public Schools. With this strategic plan, we recommit DCPS to providing every student with a safe, academically challenging, and inspiring learning experience.
DCPS’ five-year strategic plan, A Capital Commitment, provides a roadmap for building DCPS into a high-quality, vibrant school district that earns the confidence of our community. The plan defines an overarching purpose as well as five goals that will guide DCPS’ work through 2017.
Our stakeholder commitments reflect our promises to the community and underscore our dedication to improving the quality of education in the District.
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Arlington Public Schools
The Arlington Public Schools boast of very high performance among its students, compared to the National Average. Arlington Public Schools have just been recognized as award-winning schools in the nation. Click Here for Information. For Boundary Information, Call Arlington Public Schools at (703) 228-6000.
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