History

Riderwood Elementary School is named for the neighborhood surrounding the six-acre school campus. The school is a single-story, brown brick building. The original building built in1964 contains 21 classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria. An addition to the school built in 1997 added six new classrooms for kindergarten and first graders.

Riderwood Elementary School

  • Opened in 1965 with 396 students between kindergarten and sixth grade
  • Won the National Blue Ribbon Award for educational excellence in 1995, the first Maryland school to achieve this distinction,
  • 2016/2017 enrollment is 430 students
  • Parallel block scheduling has been implemented throughout Riderwood since 1998 to facilitate flexible grouping for reading and mathematics
  • 81% of our staff have Masters degrees
  • 100% are highly qualified
  • A dedicated Parent Teacher Association contributes and coordinates thousands of volunteer hours, another strength at Riderwood
  • Annual PTA sponsored activities include:
    • Holiday boutique
    • Science club
    • School play
    • Smart Art, an introduction to art and artists throughout history
    • Geography Club
    • Annual community gatherings including a Back to School Picnic, a Holiday Breakfast, and Field Day 
  • Riderwood supports a number of committees/focus groups to address priority issues including:
    • School Progress Plan - ELA/Math/Climate
    • Academically Advanced Review & Referral Committee
  • Riderwood hosts a variety of school functions including:
    • Annual art show
    • Turkey trot
    • Jump For the Heart
    • Winter and spring concerts
    • STEM fair                
    • Sing Along
  • Riderwood's extracurricular activies include:
    • School safeties
    • Girl Power
    • Green Team
    • Lego Play
    • Lego League
    • TV Crew
    • Student Council Association
    • Art Club
    • Morning Sports
    • Geography Club                    

In addition, numerous liaisons bring back countywide information to dissiminate among faculty and staff

  • Special areas including vocal and instrumental music, art, and physical education are superb additions to the enriching atmosphere at Riderwood.

"Achieving Excellence Together - Educating Students for Success in a Changing World."