• DEMOGRAPHICS
    YEAR SCHOOL OPENED
    1952
    ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
    92.4
    student Enrollment
    287
    Race/Ethnicity (%)
    African American....................... 21.3
    Hawaii/Pac. Islander.......................... -
    White.............................. 42.4
    Multiracial...................... 10.7
    Hispanic......................... 21.3
    American Indian/AK....................... -
    Asian.............................. 3.7
    GENDER (%)
    Male................................ 48.6 
    Female........................... 51.3
    Special Services** (%)
    FARMS........................... 84.3
    504.................................. -
    Special Ed..................... 12.0
    LEP................................. 8.9
    Title 1............................. Yes

     **Special Services Terms Glossary

    School Renovation Details - 2011- All finishes, equipment, and building systems were replaced. Two additions expanded the school, providing additional program space and creating a more prominent entry accessible from a new entrance road that better circulates traffic through the surrounding neighborhood and school site.

Belle Grove Elementary School

Belle Grove

Who We Are: Our Community and School Culture

  • Each of our schools’ leadership teams analyzed the factors that impact their students’ ability to engage deeply and achieve academic success. They shared stories of their students and families, some of whom are facing serious challenges associated with physical wellness, social-emotional stability, unique learning needs, family security, mental health, violence, and food/housing uncertainties. They discussed the obstacles that their students face daily when preparing to come to school on time, ready to learn.

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    Questions such as the following drove discussions around Anne Arundel County: 

    • What are the challenges and obstacles that negatively affect our students’ engagement and achievement most significantly and why?
    • Are we analyzing our data and listening closely to learn about all of our students when we seek to understand our learners’ social-emotional and academic struggles?
    • How do cultural differences, language challenges, transportation difficulties, health problems, and frequent family relocation (mobility) serve as obstacles to school success for our students?
    • What resources and supports are available within AACPS and across our county to support students and families in need?  How do we help our families receive the supports they need?

Our School Culture

  • Kids playing in classroom Below is the school’s story as seen through the eyes of school leaders. They discuss the culture of their school and the community.

    When walking through Belle Grove Elementary School, the warm atmosphere is visible in smiles and hugs from both staff and students. Our 2018 climate survey results indicate that the vast majority of our stakeholders view the culture at Belle Grove as being mostly positive. Adults within the building demonstrate a high level of respect towards one another, and adults and students also have positive relationships. In fact, over 95% of our students believe that their teachers care about them. Many families in the community also report having a high level of trust for the school. Our commitment to supporting all of our students is also evident in the hard work and dedication of our staff. Several staff members participate in extended day and summer school opportunities funded through Title I.  They also attend additional Professional Development offered through Anne Arundel County Public Schools and nearby college institutes and universities. Staff members offer up their own personal time to attend evening events held at the school. They provide instructional tips for parents and interact with families on a more personal level.

    We are fortunate to have several programs available to meet the needs of our students and their families. The Judy Center, which is housed in our building, works with families to improve early education so young children are prepared for school.  Belle Grove is extremely proud to offer the Enhancing Elementary Excellence (EEE) program, an interdisciplinary curriculum that nurtures the qualities of intelligence and imagination necessary for success in the 21st Century. The EEE program is designed to spark creativity and teach students to approach problems with an open mind through the Arts & Humanities. Students in our primary grades also have the opportunity to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), a program that promotes nutrition and physical activity to help our students learn to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.  

    Several community stakeholders work closely with the school to support our needs. Below is a list of community supporters from various groups and businesses. In addition to the list below, Belle Grove also offers a monthly HEART Market that supplies families with free produce and canned goods.  

    • Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church
    • J.Burke Catering Services
    • Abundant Life Church
    • First Mt. Olive United Methodist Church
    • Andres Air Force Base
    • Services from the Heart, Inc.
    • H.O.P.E. for All
    • Brooklyn Park Community Church
    • Annapolis Woodworkers Guild
    • First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church
    • I5 Church
    • Sharing Foundation
    • Chick-Fil-A
    • U.M.B.C.

    These community organizations work with our staff to provide resources for our students and families at various times during the year.

CHALLENGES TO STUDENT SUCCESS

  • The leadership team in each AACPS school reviewed all of the factors that may influence their students’ engagement and achievement in school; these challenges include academic data elements, community history, and socio-economic aspects of each community. The school’s leadership team identified the following elements as impactful for their students.

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