Award Year: 2018

West Towson Elementary School

6914 North Charles Street
Towson, MD, 21204-3718

(410) 887-3869

Ms. Susan Hershfeld, Principal at time of Nomination

Baltimore County Public Schools

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Mission

The West Towson community will collaborate to empower and inspire all students to reach their greatest potential. Through a safe, authentic, and engaging learning environment, the West Towson learners will become insightful, compassionate leaders equipped to make a positive impact on our world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 17%
Application
The school community gathered to celebrate the school's success.

The school community gathered to celebrate the school's success.

West Towson Elementary School provides all students with a high-quality education through consistently rigorous and relevant instruction and engaging teaching/learning activities. Student performance on the state assessment reflects scores which have improved for the past three years. Customizing instruction to address students' individual needs has led to success for all including students receiving special education services, ELL services, as well as disadvantaged students. Classroom teachers differentiate their lessons by supporting their students with data-driven flexible grouping and small group instruction. Support staff members meet with students to implement targeted intervention programs designed to accelerate learning.

Staff members at West Towson understand the important impact that a positive school climate has on student learning. They ensure that the students have a safe learning environment, a focus on character development, and opportunities to connect to their school. To provide the students with a well-balanced education, a variety of initiatives supplement the school's academic program. These include STEM fairs, and math challenges. Students have showcased their dance, vocal and instrumental talents beyond the school house walls. West Towson is a Maryland Green School, implementing projects to extend the students' knowledge of environmental science. West Towson participates in Baltimore County Public Schools "Passport Program" providing the students with Spanish instruction.

West Towson has an active PTA and parent body, working collaboratively with the school to support programs which build strong home-school connections. The school community supports all students to achieve academic excellence and become contributing citizens, prepared to make a difference in the global community.