Award Year: 2015

Pine Grove Elementary School

2701 Summit Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21234-1610

(410) 887-5267

Mrs. Jean A. Wilson, Principal at time of Nomination

Baltimore County Public Schools

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For each student, Pine Grove strives to develop an enthusiasm for learning, a respect for self and others, and the skills to become a critical thinker and problem solver.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 27%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Celebrating Successes and Ready to Reach Again for Increased Achievement for All

Celebrating Successes and Ready to Reach Again for Increased Achievement for All

The school motto at Pine Grove Elementary is “Reach, Achieve, Celebrate.” The staff and parents work diligently to support students so that they may achieve academic excellence and become responsible, caring citizens. With an increasingly diverse student population, Pine Grove ranks in the top tier in the state, averaging 96% proficient on reading and mathematics assessments. Tailoring instruction to address individual needs has led to high achievement for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or special education designation.

Rigorous and engaging instruction is the school’s hallmark. To this end, the faculty investigates best practices and leads high-quality professional development. Collaborative teams regularly analyze student work, review progress, and design programs that accelerate progress for students at all achievement levels.

Pine Grove faculty members are leaders in Baltimore County and Maryland. Over eighty percent have written curriculum, have presented at conferences, or have taught demonstration lessons. Parents appreciate the quality of the education, the frequent communication, and the staff’s genuine concern for each child. The Pine Grove Virtues and programs to help students feel connected, have created a positive learning environment.

Students experience a wide range of initiatives that enhance academics, the arts, and responsible citizenship. Children participate annually in STEM fairs, math competitions, and writing expositions. Extraordinary fine arts programs showcase students' artistic and musical talents. An outstanding PTA provides memorable extracurricular events for the boys and girls. Parent involvement is a key to the school’s success with 600 American Education Week visitors and 300 volunteers each year.