Award Year: 2018

Urbana Elementary School

3400 Stone Barn Drive
Frederick, MD, 21704-7787

(240) 236-2200

Ms. Tess Blumenthal, Principal at time of Nomination

Frederick County Public Schools

School Website


Urbana Elementary is committed to preparing all students to meet the ever-changing needs of a global, technologically savvy society by learning today and leading tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 23%
Our students and staff saying good bye to our building.

Our students and staff saying good bye to our building.

Urbana Elementary School has a long history of high achievement and innovative teaching. Yearly, our leadership team crafts a school improvement plan based on multiple data points to continue excellence in academics and school culture. Grade level teams meet with in-school specialists for literacy and math to ensure academic progress. Our students arrive eager to learn and our teachers are prepared to engage, inspire, and motivate.

This summer, we moved from a small building, where we had fourteen portable classrooms, to a state of the art building. We will be here for two years as our former building will be demolished and rebuilt. We’ll actively continue blended learning as Chromebooks are used in all classrooms to support personalized learning. Many teachers utilize Google Classroom for collaborative learning and student led presentations. Our staff made a shift from teacher directed outcomes to including students in knowing what success criteria are as well as identifying the learning goals. Students are empowered to have an active role in their learning and monitor themselves along the way with rubrics, peer reviews, and teacher conferencing. Character Counts Pillars are emphasized through a student Kindness Club, Positive Office Referrals, and Soaring with Pride accolades. Buddy classes are a special legacy for UES. Classes of different grade levels are paired and throughout the year share activities that promote social and academic growth for both classes. Lasting friendships and relationships are forged as a result of these special interactions. All Urbana Elementary staff members take responsibility and ownership for the achievement of all UES students.