About Our School
Flower Hill Elementary School is located on Flower Hill Way, a residential thoroughfare linking Woodfield Road (Maryland Route 124) with Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 17 miles northwest of Washington, D. C.
A Little About Us
Flower Hill Elementary School opened in September 1985. By 1987, the enrollment grew to 924 students, requiring the use of 14 portable classrooms. Today, the school’s total enrollment of 500 students, Pre-K though grade 5, includes three resource rooms for children receiving Special Education services and three portable classrooms.
The student population is racially, economically, and educationally diverse. The student population is approximately 7.1% white, 30% African-American, 11.5% Asian-American and 46.4% Hispanic. The student mobility rate is 31.7%. All of this diversity enriches the school community and gives students, parents, and staff on-going exposure to a variety of experiences for educational growth.
Mission & Vision Statements
Flower Hill Elementary School is part of the Magruder Cluster. Students feed into Shady Grove Middle School and then to Magruder High School. Col. Zadok Magruder High School is ranked #10 in Maryland. Please click here for top ranked MD schools. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maryland?int=9abb08
What is Baldrige?
Baldrige is a way of focusing our efforts to help all students become independent learners, make good decisions, solve problems and take responsibility for their learning. It requires that we:
- involve the school community, including students, staff and parents
- have measurable goals and plans for achieving the goals
- make sure goals and plans are communicated and understood
- monitor our progress and make changes to improve results
- More on the MCPS main site
(FHES SIP) Flower Hill Elementary School Improvement Plan
The action plan is an organizational tool for setting goals and monitoring progress towards these goals. At FHES we have a schoolwide action plan that incorporates our reading, math. & equity goals. Each of the objectives/goals require resources, monitoring and an analysis of results/next steps. We are working to finalize our 2016-2017 plan and will post it toward the end of September.
Gifted and Talented
All second grade students are screened for gifted and talented during the second semester of the school year. Students in grades 3-5 who are new to MCPS or who have been recommended for re-screening (by parents and/or school staff) are screened during the first semester of each year. Gifted and talented screening occurs at the student’s school. The data gathered on each student is used to provide appropriate differentiated instruction.
All students have an equal opportunity to be considered for identification regardless of special needs, language, or cultural differences.
Grading and Reporting
All elementary schools in MCPS are using a standards-based grading system in grades K -5. Standards-based grading and reporting helps to improve student achievement by focusing on four critical questions:
- What do students need to know and be able to do? (Curriculum)
- How will we know that they have learned it? (Assessment)
- What will we do when they haven’t learned it? (Intervention)
- What will we do when they already know it? (Acceleration)
Grades based on curriculum standards become triggers for action. Standards-based grades help teachers plan their instruction so they can challenge and support all students. They help parents know the academic areas in which a student meets or exceeds expectations, needs challenge or needs support.