Award Year: 2014

Robert Goddard French Immersion Elementary/Middle School

8950 Edmonston Road
Greenbelt, MD, 20770-1013

(301) 918-8660

Mr. Nasser T. Abi, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Prince George's County Public Schools

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We prepare every student for global citizenship in an environment that uncovers their natural genius and learning style to foster high academic achievement.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 79%
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
, Green Team students, parents, teachers, and administrator assist Park Rangers

, Green Team students, parents, teachers, and administrator assist Park Rangers

Robert Goddard French Immersion School (RGFI) is a public K-8th grade French immersion school located in Northern Prince George’s County, MD. Starting in kindergarten, and continuing through 8th grade, students receive all content instruction in French. All academic courses are taught by highly qualified Francophone instructors. Starting in 2nd grade, students receive an hour of English Language Arts. In middle school our students study Russian.

Does a language immersion school prepare students for the rigors of English standardized tests? This is a typical parental concern that we confront. Our students perform very well on high stakes tests for English and French such as the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) and the STAMP test (Standards-Based Measurement for Proficiency) with a ten year data trend showing them consistently outperforming their peers on the local and state level. Our 2014 MSA overall score for proficiency in reading is 97% and in math 92%. In 2013, the Alliance Francaise and the French Embassy recognized 97% of our 5th graders for passing the Diplome d'etudes langue francaise (DELF A2), a proficiency test for non-native speakers of French.

Additionally, RGFI has rich and vibrant extracurricular learning activities including the Model United Nations, chess clubs, and environmental studies through participation since 2003 with the Maryland Green School initiative. All activities are designed to foster a caring school and provide authentic learning opportunities.
The school’s goal for 100% proficiency remains.