Award Year: 2015

Kemptown Elementary School

3456 Kemptown Church Road
Monrovia, MD, 21770-8799

(240) 236-3505

Ms. Kristen Elizabeth Canning, Principal at time of Nomination

Frederick County Public Schools

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Staff work to provide opportunities for all students to see their true potential by encouraging perseverance and hard work. Students are valued and celebrated for their talents and effort.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth graders engage in a collaborative, challenging math game.

Fourth graders engage in a collaborative, challenging math game.

At Kemptown Elementary School, we have changed the way we talk about learning. As you walk through classrooms, instead of hearing a student say, “This problem is hard. I’m never going to figure it out,” you may hear, “This is tricky, I am going to have to spend more time than I thought on it.” Words like perseverance, grit, and stamina are on the tips of everyone’s tongues. Students are engaged in lessons on productive struggle, neuroplasticity, and overcoming obstacles. It’s all about the mindset at Kemptown Elementary; and our staff, students, and community are committed to encouraging risk taking, fostering growth, and embracing failure as a critical part of learning. The result? A community of learners who encourage one another and stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone so new learning can occur. As a staff, we pledge growth for every child every day, which requires purposeful formative assessment and skilled differentiation. We work to create an environment where students are active participants, resulting in high levels of engagement and investment in learning. Kemptown is a great place to learn and achieve because everyone understands that it’s not all about getting it right the first time. It’s about sustained effort toward a goal, believing in each other and celebrating effort, progress, and growth every day!