Carroll Manor Elementary is Md. Blue Ribbon School

Principal credits success to staff, pupils, parents

November 25, 2003|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County's Carroll Manor Elementary is one of six schools named Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the State Department of Education yesterday.

The schools will represent Maryland in the 2004 national Blue Ribbon award competition. Two Baltimore County schools -- Summit Park Elementary in Pikesville and Timonium Elementary -- were named national Blue Ribbon schools this year.

Carroll Manor Principal John Kroh attributed his school's success to three factors: "We have an extremely good staff, and they're dedicated and committed. We have students who come to school ready to learn with a wealth of experience. We have parents who are very committed and extremely involved. Put the three things together, and I guess you've got a key to success."

With just 320 pupils, Carroll Manor in Baldwin is a school where teachers like to come and stay for many years, Kroh said.

If a teacher calls a parent and says a child's homework wasn't done, "it's done the next day," Kroh said. "That's difficult in some schools. We don't have anything that's really magic."

Three of the winning schools, including Carroll Manor, scored in the top 10 percent of all Maryland schools on the state's standardized tests. The other three are schools serving economically disadvantaged communities whose test scores have shown substantial improvement in recent years.

At Carroll Manor, 97 percent of fifth-graders passed the state's standardized test, the Maryland School Assessment, in reading last spring. Seventy percent of fifth-graders scored at the "advanced level" in reading, compared with a state average of 26 percent.

Centennial Lane Elementary in Howard County also is a metropolitan Baltimore area winning school. The other winners are in Montgomery, Prince George's, Caroline and Worcester counties.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and others will honor the six schools, selected using national criteria, at a banquet in March in Annapolis.

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