Burning Tree Elementary

Summary:

Burning Tree Elementary is a highly-rated public elementary school in Bethesda, Maryland that serves 437 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools district, which is ranked 6th out of 24 districts in Maryland and has a 4-star rating.

Burning Tree Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Maryland, with students performing exceptionally well on state assessments. The school has a relatively diverse student population, with a racial makeup that is more diverse than some of the nearby schools like Wood Acres Elementary and Bethesda Elementary. Additionally, Burning Tree has a low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 5.71% to 9.84%, which is significantly lower than the nearby schools.

Burning Tree Elementary also has a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 12.5 to 13.4 in recent years, and a higher per-student spending compared to the nearby schools, with expenditures ranging from $15,971 to $19,846 per student. These factors, along with the school's consistent high performance and ability to support the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, contribute to Burning Tree Elementary's reputation as a standout institution in the Montgomery County Public Schools district.


Detail:

Public K-5

 7900 Beech Tree Rd
       Bethesda, MD  20817


(240) 740-1750

District: Montgomery County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
72nd of 855 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,846 Help


Students who attend Burning Tree Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Thomas W. Pyle Middle
High:    Walt Whitman High

Student/teacher ratio:  13.4 Help
Number of students:  437

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.1%
Asian:
22.7%
Hispanic:
11.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  9.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Burning Tree Elementary ranks better than 91.6% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks 29th among 129 ranked elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.09. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (50.1%), Asian (22.7%), Hispanic (11.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 9.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Burning Tree Elementary is 13.4. 72 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Burning Tree Elementary is $19,846, which is the 39th highest among 129 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Burning Tree Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Montgomery County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Montgomery County Public Schools 6th of 24 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Burning Tree Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 6.48 749th 803 6.7%
2005 8.19 751st 805 6.7%
2006 7.89 751st 804 6.6%
2007 3.58 792nd 818 3.2%
2008 83.07 91st 838 89.1%
2009 78.57 154th 850 81.9%
2010 72.56 237th 855 72.3%
2011 61.87 356th 853 58.3%
2012 61.71 376th 857 56.1%
2013 63.32 329th 847 61.2%
2014 74.82 221st 867 74.5%
2015 94.80 36th 859 95.8%
2016 93.91 39th 845 95.4%
2017 95.48 29th 847 96.6%
2018 96.36 25th 857 97.1%
2019 95.99 30th 853 96.5%
2021 96.74 29th 802 96.4%
2022 94.95 41st 862 95.2%
2023 91.09 72nd 855 91.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.12 58th 136 57.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 98.75 6th 796 99.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 88.77 71st 788 91.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 66.57 44th 128 65.6%
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Rank History for White students at Burning Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 91.64 22nd 528 95.8%
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Data source: test scores: Maryland State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Burning Tree Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 332 10 51 18 1 n/a n/a 0 412
1990 330 9 56 26 2 n/a n/a 0 423
1991 321 7 68 23 0 n/a n/a 0 419
1992 345 5 73 26 0 n/a n/a 0 449
1993 341 10 69 25 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1994 340 10 66 27 0 n/a n/a 0 443
1995 393 12 64 35 0 n/a n/a 0 504
1996 393 12 64 35 0 n/a n/a 0 504
1997 377 15 51 31 0 n/a n/a 0 474
1998 363 12 53 32 0 n/a n/a 0 460
1999 380 10 64 30 0 n/a n/a 0 484
2000 373 17 72 31 0 n/a n/a 0 493
2001 376 14 82 27 0 n/a n/a 0 499
2002 360 17 76 44 0 n/a n/a 0 497
2003 360 17 76 44 0 n/a n/a 0 497
2004 367 15 75 48 0 n/a n/a 0 505
2005 386 18 85 52 1 n/a n/a 0 542
2006 368 25 93 37 2 n/a n/a 0 525
2007 348 23 96 35 1 n/a n/a 0 503
2008 346 23 100 44 1 n/a n/a 0 514
2009 343 24 92 35 2 n/a n/a 0 496
2010 345 34 90 43 2 n/a n/a 0 514
2011 314 25 86 44 1 1 31 0 502
2012 306 25 80 46 1 1 38 0 497
2013 330 17 83 35 1 1 39 0 506
2014 330 17 92 25 1 1 36 0 502
2015 309 19 97 31 1 1 37 0 495
2016 300 22 89 37 1 1 47 0 497
2017 299 33 86 48 1 1 44 0 512
2018 274 32 84 39 0 1 33 0 463
2019 269 38 87 45 0 1 33 0 473
2020 263 36 97 46 0 1 26 0 469
2021 230 37 95 35 0 1 22 0 420
2022 207 34 92 37 0 1 34 0 405
2023 219 32 99 52 0 1 34 0 437

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Burning Tree Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 412 21.3 19.3 n/a
1990 423 21.3 19.8 0
1991 419 21.3 19.6 0.5
1992 449 21.4 20.9 0.9
1993 445 22.1 20.1 0.9
1994 443 22.2 20.0 0.9
1995 504 28.8 17.5 3.4
1996 504 28.8 17.5 3.4
1997 474 27.9 17.0 3.4
1998 460 28.2 16.3 1.3
1999 484 28.2 17.2 2.7
2000 493 31.2 15.8 1.2
2001 499 30.8 16.2 1.4
2002 497 31.5 15.8 2.4
2003 497 31.5 15.8 2.4
2004 505 31.2 16.2 2.6
2005 542 30.0 18.1 1.7
2006 525 36.0 14.6 1.9
2007 503 33.8 14.9 3.2
2008 514 33.7 15.3 3.7
2009 496 32.7 15.2 2.8
2010 514 33.3 15.4 2.7
2011 502 32.1 15.6 4
2012 497 32.6 15.2 2.8
2013 506 31.7 15.9 2.4
2014 502 33.7 14.8 2.8
2015 495 33.0 15.0 4
2016 497 32.0 15.5 6
2017 512 32.3 15.8 6.1
2018 463 32.4 14.2 5.6
2019 473 32.2 14.6 5.3
2020 469 32.8 14.2 5.3
2021 420 33.6 12.5 5.7
2022 405 31.7 12.7 6.7
2023 437 32.4 13.4 9.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Burning Tree Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 412 21.3 19.3 n/a
1990 423 21.3 19.8 0
1991 419 21.3 19.6 0.5
1992 449 21.4 20.9 0.9
1993 445 22.1 20.1 0.9
1994 443 22.2 20.0 0.9
1995 504 28.8 17.5 3.4
1996 504 28.8 17.5 3.4
1997 474 27.9 17.0 3.4
1998 460 28.2 16.3 1.3
1999 484 28.2 17.2 2.7
2000 493 31.2 15.8 1.2
2001 499 30.8 16.2 1.4
2002 497 31.5 15.8 2.4
2003 497 31.5 15.8 2.4
2004 505 31.2 16.2 2.6
2005 542 30.0 18.1 1.7
2006 525 36.0 14.6 1.9
2007 503 33.8 14.9 3.2
2008 514 33.7 15.3 3.7
2009 496 32.7 15.2 2.8
2010 514 33.3 15.4 2.7
2011 502 32.1 15.6 4
2012 497 32.6 15.2 2.8
2013 506 31.7 15.9 2.4
2014 502 33.7 14.8 2.8
2015 495 33.0 15.0 4
2016 497 32.0 15.5 6
2017 512 32.3 15.8 6.1
2018 463 32.4 14.2 5.6
2019 473 32.2 14.6 5.3
2020 469 32.8 14.2 5.3
2021 420 33.6 12.5 5.7
2022 405 31.7 12.7 6.7
2023 437 32.4 13.4 9.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Burning Tree Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $413 (2.6%) $15,558 (97.4%) $15,971
2020 $223 (1.4%) $16,123 (98.6%) $16,346
2021 $606 (3.1%) $19,240 (96.9%) $19,846

Data source: Maryland Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Burning Tree Elementary

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 30th of 853 Elementary schoolsRanks 72nd of 855 Elementary schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students473437
 7.6%
African American3832
 15.8%
American Indian00
Asian8799
 13.8%
Hispanic4552
 15.6%
Pacific Islander11
White269219
 18.6%
Two or More Races3334
 3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients5.3%9.8%
 4.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Burning Tree Elementary

Students who attend Burning Tree Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Thomas W. Pyle Middle
High : Walt Whitman High

In the 2022-23 school year, 437 students attended Burning Tree Elementary.

Yes. Burning Tree Elementary ranks in the top 8.4% of Maryland elementary schools.

Students at Burning Tree Elementary are 50% White, 23% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 7% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Maryland State Department of Education.

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