About PBES

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Overview

Piney Branch Elementary School, located in Takoma Park, MD and first established in 1971, offers a rigorous academic program to grades three through five. Its comprehensive program including studies in English , Science , Mathematics , Social Studies/History and the Arts is home to over 500 students.  Piney Branch is part of a feeder articulation pattern that receives students from both East Silver Spring Elementary and Takoma Park Elementary, as well as students from other communities of Montgomery County who attend on approved transfers. Piney Branch students articulate on to Takoma Park Middle School and Blair High School, all part of the Downcounty Consortium.

Piney Branch offers an enriching and memorable experience to students during their intermediate years in elementary school.  As we hold students to a high and challenging standard, their learning opportunities are full and varied including weekly instruction in fully equipped science and computer laboratories. During their three years at Piney Branch Elementary students;

  • Compete in an annual school wide science fair,
  • Create multimedia and technology products,
  • Participate in art and poetry presentations, band and orchestra, and chorus productions, represent other students in an active Student government, and enjoy school clubs that represent a wide range of offerings

Piney Branch is the only school in Montgomery County with its' own indoor Olympic size swimming pool.  Students enjoy two 6 week units of swimming instruction and often use the pool for special occasions.

The 1000 gallon aquarium in the lobby of the school represents emphasis on curiosity and enrichment that permeates our instruction and learning climate.  Students annually compete in events such as; Math Olympiad, Final Frontiers, Student Inquiry Project, and Destination Imagination.  Additionally, students are involved with such programs as; Herring and Shad Hatch and Release, Anacostia Watershed Study and Growing and replacement of Chesapeake Bay Grasses.

Students are instructed through the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum. It is a curriculum that has gone through major revision in the past few years and is now aligned with Maryland state and national standards. We expect all students to be instructed at or above grade level and select students are provided multi-levels of intervention to meet that expectation.

We also accelerate students beyond grade level expectations utilizing programs such as; William and Mary Reading Language arts, Junior Great Books, and Hands on Equations.

Fifth grade students have an opportunity to test into a rigorous Middle School Math program designed to move them into Algebra or Geometry by eighth grade.

All the programs and offerings listed above are taught by a well-trained and experienced faculty, numbering over 40 professional teachers and 22 support staff.  The parent community is active and supportive with strong leadership providing informed input into the yearly academic goals and new initiatives.  Numerous social activities are planned to bring families together and celebrate our similarities as well as our cultural diversity. Generous in their funding of extracurricular and enriching opportunities for students that include; cultural arts programs, field trips, guest speakers, instructional materials and support to families in need in the community, the PTA leadership is an integral part of the vision and ongoing efforts to make annual improvements to the learning experience of all students who attend Piney Branch Elementary. We are very proud of our accomplishments and the wonderful experience that Piney Branch Elementary offers students each and every day.  We hope they look back on their third, fourth and fifth grade years with fond memories and the excellent preparation they received for future endeavors.  

  

Vision

 

Piney Branch ES provides a world class elementary education reaching all students with diverse cultures and abilities 

Mission

 

The mission of Piney Branch ES is to work collaboratively among staff, students, parents, and community to ensure the highest level of achievement for each student.  We instruct and support students in an environment powered by high expectations, supportive relationships, and a rigorous academic curriculum. Piney Branch is a safe place for students to learn, explore and share while having fun. 

History of PBES

History of Piney Branch Elementary School 

 
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