Diamond ES

Basic Info

Diamond ES is located at 4 Marquis Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. The principal is Mr. Dan Walder.

Rating

Please rate your experience at this school with respect to the following aspects on a scale from 0 to 10.
  • Inclusiveness: Does the school have a culture of inclusion and inclusive practices in place (e.g., co-teaching)? Are these practices effectively and systematically implemented?
  • Staffing and resources: Does the school have staff and resources to accommodate a wide range of special needs?
  • Cooperation: Does the school staff exhibit a cooperative approach by accepting/requesting the parents' input, listening to concerns, and attempting to resolve disagreements?
  • Communication: Does the school implement progress monitoring plans? Does the staff regularly communicate with parents with respect to their child's progress and challenges? Is the staff responsive when contacted?
  • Academic expectations: Does the staff systematically set high expectations for students with special needs? Does the staff systematically raise expectations when IEP goals are met ahead of time?

Diamond ES

Diamond ES
8.38

Inclusiveness

8/10

    Staffing and resources

    7/10

      Cooperation

      8/10

        Communication

        9/10

          Academic expectations

          10/10

            39 comments

            1. Inclusiveness

              10

              Staffing and resources

              7.3

              Cooperation

              7.4

              Communication

              9.8

              Academic expectations

              9.2

              My son went to the Asperger’s program here. Mrs. Reed is phenomenal and so were her aides Ms. Terril and Ms. Chai. Mrs. Nieto and her aides Mrs. Rupert and Mrs. Theodore were awesome too. We had a life changing experience here.

            2. Inclusiveness

              10

              Staffing and resources

              9

              Cooperation

              10

              Communication

              10

              Academic expectations

              10

              Our son is on the spectrum and in a general ed classroom. The school and teachers have made every accommodation that we have requested. They have been very communicative and helpful with sharing his daily activities and trying out different supports that may help him.
              Only thing is there is no teacher supervising lunch or recess, rather they have contractors to do that. I would prefer if a teacher was present.

            3. Inclusiveness

              10

              Staffing and resources

              7

              Cooperation

              10

              Communication

              10

              Academic expectations

              10

              Diamond ES was great because of the teachers in the Aspergers program. The teachers and paras loved working with the ASD kids and had the personalities that is needed for kids like them – forgiving and willing to start over. The principal Mrs. Lang was very supportive and let the teachers provide the input.I think this helped considerably in having what was right for the kids be a priority. My son was mainstreamed for as many classes as he could be and was put in academically advanced classes which kept him interested and less distracted. I used to be desperate to know about successes from the program but really didn’t know of many so want to let folks know that my son is on his way to 4yr University to pursue a degree in engineering.

            4. Inclusiveness

              8.8

              Staffing and resources

              6.2

              Academic expectations

              9.3

              Kids beat on doors when being secluded. The entire school hears it as they walk by to use the bathroom.

            5. My son is in the Asperger’s program and thriving. His teacher and her para’s are very responsive to any questions or comments I might have. In conjunction with my son’s therapeutic team, we all work together to provide him the support he needs. He will be returning to the Asperger’s program next year. The best praise I can give is that I have yet to meet the principal–there has not been a reason to have a meeting that included him.

            6. Inclusiveness

              6.5

              Staffing and resources

              7.2

              Cooperation

              7

              Communication

              8.3

              Academic expectations

              9.8

              My son is on the spectrum in general ED classroom and was receiving IEP until last year. While he was in IEP, he received great services and support. I made a mistake to exit him from IEP last sprint and now he is in 504 plan. He is not receiving the support he needs. His teacher is very unresponsive to my concerns. I never had to remind teachers in Diamond remind of his services etc. when he was in IEP, but now I do. I am working on reviewing his 504 to see if he can either go back to IEP, or receive the proper services.

            7. Inclusiveness

              4.3

              Staffing and resources

              6.3

              Cooperation

              4.4

              Communication

              6.3

              Academic expectations

              9.9

              Kids are left to bang on the walls and doors when secluded, and other students have to walk past and line up outside the door. It isn’t an appropriate place to have a quiet room.

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