Award Year: 2020

Bayside Elementary School

301 Church Street
Stevensville, MD, 21666-3576

(410) 643-6181

Ms. Louisa Anne Welch, Principal at time of Nomination

Queen Anne's County Public Schools

School Website


Bayside Elementary School will meet the social, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of all students in a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Bayside teachers make learning engaging and meaningful for their students.

Bayside teachers make learning engaging and meaningful for their students.

Bayside Elementary serves grades 3-5 on rural Kent Island on the Chesapeake Bay. Our island comprises a diverse socio-economic group of working-class families with blue-collar jobs or service-related professions, professional workers, and a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. We also house our regional PARC-D program (Program for Children with Autism and Related Communication Disorders) which specializes in meeting the needs of students with severe cognitive challenges.

Visitors comment on the positive, warm and welcoming feel of our school. We provide many events for family and community involvement, such as our Veterans Ceremony, Bingo night and Reading/Math family nights that are all highly attended.

The single-most influential practice contributing to Bayside's success is our ability to establish and sustain positive and trusting relationships within our school and community. BES believes that fostering a sense of safety and trust in our students is the cornerstone of new learning. These two student-centered questions: "Do you know me?" and "Do you care about me?" inform our multi-prong approach to valuing and educating the whole child, and build on our foundation of social-emotional learning and relationship building between students, staff, and families.

The culture at BES embraces and epitomizes inclusion, acceptance and caring. Our school utilizes a holistic approach in developing the potential of every child academically and emotionally. Our teachers are diagnostic practitioners who work hard to differentiate to meet the needs of all students through weekly professional development and staff collaboration. All these integral components build strong student-centered learning that result in high student achievement.