Award Year: 2015

Severna Park Elementary School

6 Riggs Avenue
Severna Park, MD, 21146-3814

(410) 222-6577

Mrs. R. Lynn Birus M.Ed., Principal at time of Nomination

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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Severna Park Elementary creates a respectful, dynamic learning community, developing leaders and independent thinkers. We REACH TO TEACH and TEACH TO REACH.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
“Inquiring minds want to know, What makes Monarch butterflies so special?”

“Inquiring minds want to know, "What makes Monarch butterflies so special?”

At Severna Park Elementary we “Reach to Teach and Teach to Reach” every student! Severna Park Elementary is nestled into a quaint waterside community in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. We were established in 1852, demonstrating a long history of dedication to education. At SPES, we are focused on making sure every student not only achieves, but excels. We have been in the top 5% of schools in our district and state for over 7 years running, ranking among the top 4% in Maryland. Maintaining that high level of achievement is challenging, but SPES has clear vision, a strong, talented and dedicated teaching staff, and a true heart for kids. Our teachers facilitate learning at the highest levels using innovative teaching strategies, effective learning models, and every form of technology. Inquiry Based Learning is incorporated into the curriculum, making sure students make meaningful use of knowledge and understand why they are learning. Our differentiated approach celebrates diversity and our careful groupings, individual monitoring, and specifically selected materials enrich learning for every child. Students learn the values of Respect, Effort, Attitude, Cooperation, and Honesty (REACH) which goes beyond the classrooms. We welcome an army of volunteers who help with programs like our Chessie Reading Program, motivating students to read. We engage the community through our business partnerships and work with our PTA who helps us bring technology and material dreams to life. The rigorous standards paired with the loving atmosphere makes Severna Park Elementary a very special place to reach and teach!