Award Year: 2017
Shipley's Choice Elementary School
310 Governor Stone Parkway
Millersville, MD, 21108-2433
Dr. Beth Anne Burke, Principal at time of Nomination
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Shipley's Choice Elementary School's vision is to create a nurturing, collaborative learning community that engages and inspires students to persevere and achieve.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 86%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 5%
- Two or more races: 4%
- ELL: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 11%
Students in MakerSpace club are creating contraptions.
Shipley's Choice Elementary School is a true neighborhood school that serves as an anchor for its surrounding community. In addition to its technology-rich, rigorous academic program, Shipley's Choice is set apart by its commitment to supporting the whole-child through a Growth Mindset philosophy. Shipley's Choice embraces the power of "yet" and encourages students to see success as hard work and perseverance, not simply what comes easy. Teachers plan collaboratively to use small group instruction, cooperative learning, and problem-based inquiry to challenge students intellectually.
In kindergarten through second grade, students engage in an innovative curriculum that integrates science and social studies themes with language arts and other subjects. In grades three to five, students are exposed to a rigorous curriculum that infuses technology and advanced learning strategies. With an advanced population of approximately 65%, teachers incorporate higher level thinking into a curriculum that has been differentiated to meet the students' abilities. Frequent movement or brain breaks help students remain sharp and on task throughout the day. Integrated lessons infuse art, science, technology, literacy, and mathematics to cultivate real-world connections for students.
In addition to the academic program, Shipley's Choice offers a vast array of exciting extra-curricular activities, such as Maker Space, Chess Club, First Lego League, Running Club, and Dance/Music Clubs appeal to the diverse interests of our students. Every day, you can find volunteers supporting learning throughout the building. The success of the school is rooted in dedicated teachers and staff and a supportive community!