About This School
Magnet schools are public schools that offer a specialized curriculum or educational philosophy, often with a specific focus or theme. Magnet schools promote student diversity because they are open to students outside the normal school district boundaries and often attract high caliber students through competitive programs. See Fountaindale Elementary School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Fountaindale Elementary School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Grade 3 Reading Performance
Fountaindale Elementary School Reviews
My child was part of the 2nd grade magnet program. She went into the class knowing far more than her fellow students. Now, after one year, her performance is suffering terribly and not even up to what she had been performing to previously. The year, in my opinion, was a complete and utter waste of time.
Why? I believe it is for several reasons. First, having a computer in a classroom is NOT an advantage, contrary to popular belief. It teaches you to take shortcuts and not think deeply. It teaches you typing instead of writing skills. Sloppy handwriting is not corrected whatsoever. Kids get more interested in gaming than thinking.
Second, being exposed to the population of the remainder of the school is more of a hinderance than the benefit received from the magnet classes, because the attitudes of the lesser performing kids rubs off and gets impressed on the student.
Third, the "dancing" amounts to no more than a bunch of jumping around to music. Having witnessed the recent performance, I was simply embarrassed for the kids and parents who had to tolerate how bad it really was.
Fourth, the after school daycare if full of kids with no ambition whatsoever. Again, this rubs off on the student to the point it degrades performance and attitude. The overall attitude I saw from most kids there was that "mistakes don't matter" and that sloppiness doesn't matter
Fifth. No homework given out WHATSOEVER for the entire year. WTF!? And this is a magnet program school? No way, no how.
We are pulling our child out of this school and sending her back. I wouldn't put my child in this school for anything.