Manor Woods Elementary School – Ellicott City, MD

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Manor Woods Elementary School

11575 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD, 21042-2016

(410) 313-7165

Mr. James Weisner, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Carol DeBord, Current Principal

Howard County Public Schools

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 40%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 47%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 7%


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Manor Woods Elementary Engaging in Academic Excellence

Manor Woods Elementary Engaging in Academic Excellence


Manor Woods Elementary, home to Manny the Duck in Howard County, embraces the core of our PBIS program. Students are Responsible, Respectful, and Ready to learn. While our students have consistently made strong academic achievements over our 23 years, Manor Woods exemplifies what it means to help students grow into well-rounded individuals. The orchestra and band boast over 250 participants, many are involved with the Howard County GT Orchestra and Band. Many choir members are accepted into the County Children's Chorus. Our 5th grade students bring home literary gold in Battle of the Books. Chess champions are made up of students in kindergarten to 5th grade. The commitment to be fit is evident in our recognition for the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs. Nestled on a wooded campus, our Green School initiatives take root. Our Math Olympians score in the top 10% of schools. None of this could be accomplished without the commitment of our highly-qualified staff.

The mission of Manor Woods is to foster an environment that upholds standards of excellence in teaching and learning, where students, community members and staff are valued and exercise mutual respect in a diverse and changing world. Academic excellence is achieved throughout the year as teachers model rigorous instruction and guide our children to be thoughtful learners. A growth mindset approach has been embedded into the climate. Staff members are sensitive to the diversity within our school. Throughout the year, we pride ourselves on maintaining the standards of the Common Core curriculum.