Award Year: 2018

Bannockburn Elementary School

6520 Dalroy Lane
Bethesda, MD, 20817-5410

(240) 740-1270

Mrs. Kathryn (Kate) Bradley, Principal at time of Nomination

Montgomery County Public Schools

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To teach children to be problem solvers while fostering creativity and compassion to contribute to a dynamic world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 18%
Bannockburn kindergartners creating electronic books through animal inquiry research project.

Bannockburn kindergartners creating electronic books through animal inquiry research project.

Bannockburn Elementary School serves 438 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is located in Bethesda, Maryland, eight miles Northwest of Washington D.C. Its close proximity to the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, diplomatic embassies, along with international business, research, and health organizations bring families from all points of the globe. The culturally diverse student body provides a lens with an expansive world view. The strong bond between staff and parents is a longstanding tradition at Bannockburn and permeates all facets of school life. The collaborative efforts of the administration, staff, and families create a productive partnership and strong learning community.

Teachers and staff are skilled collaborators and work diligently to build their instructional capacity. Analyzing data in real-time ensures that every student is making progress and ready for the next level. All teachers challenge students daily to build critical thinking skills through student discourse and writing. Further, students must prove their understanding by citing evidence from complex texts--both orally and in writing.

Social emotional skills are an important part of student development at Bannockburn. Mindfulness training, Character Cats Program, class meetings with student-centered discourse, and monthly counseling lessons that align with the school’s vision are just a few of the programs that positively impact student growth. The Bannockburn school vision statement promotes and guides instructional rigor and the social emotional development for every student. Stakeholders truly believe that "Bannockburn is an inclusive community of innovative thinkers; we challenge; we inspire; we achieve greatness!"