DR. JAMES CRAIK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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7725 MARSHALL CORNER RD
POMFRET, MD 20675
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Phone: 301-934-4270
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Charles County Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 77.1
  • Number Students: 540
  • Number Teachers: 35
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 7053
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Penny Berg Nye
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  • VOC-TECH
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (21 ratings)
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    School Reviews (18 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-23
    "A school should be valued/evaluated by more than Test Scores. When we received news that a new Principal would start the Fall Season of 2014, we were elated. "All children" are precious - not just the one's that score well on tests... and hopefully this new Principal and staff will focus equally on the most talented to the least talented - in a more compassionate and less militaristic manner then the previous regime. Most teachers at Craik are very caring... but some of them have been allowed to exhibit such quick fuses and bad tempers - that our kids are learning this is the way in which frustation should be handled -and now that the old Principal is gone - hopefully Love, Caring, Patience, and Compassion will be their mantra !! "Love is kind" - would be a great start - in attitude adjustments - and, in addition - we as parents should gently remind our children... not to receive another's slight as a garment they should ( permanently or temporarily wear - even when it is the highest authority figure in the school; but rather, to know - they are loved for their own uniqueness, and in spite of any shortcomings - they exhibit... as they learn and grow to their future potential !"
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    Posted 2013-08-09
    "I spent many years at Craik. The kids are top-notch, the parents are top-notch, and 95% of the staff are top-notch. That being said, I will concur with others about the administration. It is so disappointing - Craik could be such a well-rounded, exciting place to learn. Instead, it is a place where creativity is not allowed. The focus is on the test scores, and not much more. Teachers have made this school the best in the county, yet most of them are simply rated satisfactory. Explain that one? The students are the highest performing but all the teachers are "C" teachers? If you want your child to be successful, Craik is a fantastic school. If you want your child to be creative, well-rounded, and successful, you will leave disappointed. Craik has so much potential, but it will not be realized until the focus is beyond the test scores and on creating healthy, well rounded children."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-28
    "Reading the other comments about this school, I concur with most of the comments. I rate the school low because of Principal Nye. She has overexagerated my child's behavior to the point I refused to take her phone calls any longer. I have spoken with other parents thinking it might just be me and a personality confilct only to learn that the overall opinion of Ms. Nye is that she singles students out that she thinks will hurt the overall school's test scores and berates the parents to the point they pull their child from the school. She finally stopped singinling my child out when I told her he would be there until he graduated to middle school so she better get to liking him. One year a teacher wanted to hold my child back because he wasn't where he should be, when only weeks before I had contacted his teacher to be informed and was told "everything was fine - he's doing great" I refused to let my child be held back due to the schools lack of communication, now he's top of his class in math and other skills. Craik is a good school, it's not a great school because of its leadership...The music program needs work too. The clear disregard for traditional christmas music is offensive."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-03
    "My wife and I love, love, love the teachers and quality education Craik has to offer...but we will echo the comments about the principal, Penny Nye. We recently had a bullying issue with one of the students on the bus and when my wife called to address the problem, Ms. Nye was condescending, rude, and refused to acknowledge the behavior, instead asking for resolution of an administrative issue we had not known about previously (we are new to the state). When I personally called Ms. Nye she was obtuse at best and told me the incidents clearly did not constitute the application of the bullying label despte what the Charles County website clearly describes as such. To her credit, when I made an in person visit, her tone changed and she promised to provide resolution on the issue."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-04-21
    "I have read all of the reviews and agree, teachers are great. It take a special kind of person to put up with the principal at James Craik Elementary. She has falsified my child's behavior and frustrated our patience to the point of wanting to pull our child out of school, but I refused to let her win. She threatened me once, to call Social Services because I didn't pick my child up from school when she thought I should. Frivolous phone calls, to the point I stopped taking her calls. She refused to listen to us from Pre K until our child's last year in terms of what kind of teacher we needed our child to have to be successful. Other teachers in our district refuse to consider teaching under her. I agree with all the other statements about her rudeness, lack of "bedside manner" as a school official and her overall "profiling" of a student. Other parents in our neighborhood have all the same complaints - yet the district will not remove her or put her where she belongs - in High School where I thinkshe would thrive. She had the audacity to tell me how to raise my kids in one specific mtg. I'm glad our elementary days are very soon behind us. Lots of other issues, but out of space."
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