Somerset Elementary

Summary:

Somerset Elementary is a highly-rated public elementary school located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, serving 338 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.

Somerset Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Maryland, with students performing exceptionally well on state assessments. The school's proficiency rates significantly exceed the county and state averages across all grades and subjects. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 77% of Somerset students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 54.4% in the county and 47.9% statewide. In mathematics, 62.8% of Somerset students were proficient or better, compared to 32.8% in the county and 23.3% statewide. The school's performance is particularly noteworthy for specific student subgroups, such as ranking 7th out of 347 Maryland elementary schools for Hispanic students and 14th out of 115 schools for English Language Learners in terms of mathematics proficiency.

While Somerset Elementary is an exceptional school, the surrounding area is home to several other highly-ranked elementary schools, such as Bethesda Elementary, Burning Tree Elementary, and Westbrook Elementary. These schools also demonstrate strong academic performance, with proficiency rates that often exceed the county and state averages, though generally not to the same degree as Somerset Elementary. Additionally, the nearby schools show a wider range of socioeconomic diversity, with some schools like Rock Creek Forest Elementary and Rosemary Hills Elementary having significantly higher percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch compared to Somerset Elementary.


Detail:

Public K-5

 5811 Warwick Pl
       Chevy Chase, MD  20815


(240) 740-1100

District: Montgomery County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
56th of 855 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,845 Help


Students who attend Somerset Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Westland Middle
High:    Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  338

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.3%
Hispanic:
17.5%
Asian:
12.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  20.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Somerset Elementary ranks better than 93.5% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks 25th 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 93.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Somerset Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.3%), Hispanic (17.5%), Asian (12.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 20.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Somerset Elementary is 14. 83 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Somerset Elementary is $15,845. 105 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Somerset 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 Somerset Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 2.36 782nd 803 2.6%
2005 2.88 779th 805 3.2%
2006 5.56 766th 804 4.7%
2007 2.89 798th 818 2.4%
2008 87.33 26th 838 96.9%
2009 88.20 13th 850 98.5%
2010 77.89 152nd 855 82.2%
2011 82.81 75th 853 91.2%
2012 85.25 37th 857 95.7%
2013 83.45 74th 847 91.3%
2014 83.92 91st 867 89.5%
2015 89.40 95th 859 88.9%
2016 86.20 121st 845 85.7%
2017 94.14 42nd 847 95.0%
2018 94.28 45th 857 94.7%
2019 90.81 73rd 853 91.4%
2021 94.76 40th 802 95.0%
2022 95.63 32nd 862 96.3%
2023 93.05 56th 855 93.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 73.69 14th 115 87.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 92.56 40th 796 95.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 92.29 53rd 788 93.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 95.26 7th 347 98.0%
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Rank History for White students at Somerset Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 87.21 40th 528 92.4%
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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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Data source: Maryland State Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Open Quote Blatant racist bullying by the staff — they have ways to push minority and other unwanted families into pulling their kids out. Look at the playground and see for yourself: count how many minority kids there are in the lower grades and then compare with the upper grades. Where did the minority kids go? It’s been like this for many, many years. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Open Quote Some talented teachers but a persistent bullying problem. Children of Chevy Chase Club members pick on middle class and racial minority kids. Principal punishes those who report bullying. Over three years eight kids we know transferred out due to bullying. We left too. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Open Quote The school is not as a level of the taxes that we have paid since we lived in Montgomery county. The teacher will never respond to my e-mail and she is not nice to my son. You can barely speak wit principle or the teacher of the class. Two of my sons classmate had lice and we never received any notification and my son level reading and writing is not good with this class.

They don't even have a graduation party to kindergarten. I never heard of that even in prince George county. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Somerset Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 276 24 24 26 1 n/a n/a 0 351
1990 285 27 24 37 3 n/a n/a -11 365
1991 306 28 22 32 2 n/a n/a 0 390
1992 305 30 26 32 2 n/a n/a 0 395
1993 295 27 23 25 4 n/a n/a 0 374
1994 308 25 25 32 4 n/a n/a 0 394
1995 338 31 29 38 1 n/a n/a 0 437
1996 338 31 29 38 1 n/a n/a 0 437
1997 318 24 29 36 2 n/a n/a 0 409
1998 315 21 23 32 0 n/a n/a 0 391
1999 329 18 26 30 0 n/a n/a 0 403
2000 333 19 24 25 0 n/a n/a 0 401
2001 348 25 27 31 0 n/a n/a 0 431
2002 342 21 30 32 0 n/a n/a 0 425
2003 342 21 30 32 0 n/a n/a 0 425
2004 312 12 26 29 0 n/a n/a 0 379
2005 317 14 27 31 0 n/a n/a 0 389
2006 306 12 39 30 2 n/a n/a 0 389
2007 290 15 42 25 2 n/a n/a 0 374
2008 292 17 48 21 1 n/a n/a 0 379
2009 304 19 54 20 0 n/a n/a 0 397
2010 344 27 64 30 0 n/a n/a 0 465
2011 355 23 58 48 0 1 33 0 518
2012 369 19 56 39 0 0 26 0 509
2013 351 22 58 57 1 0 27 0 516
2014 356 26 47 67 3 0 32 0 531
2015 358 28 51 82 2 0 44 0 565
2016 358 22 51 92 1 0 46 0 570
2017 381 23 55 87 1 0 48 0 595
2018 378 34 52 82 1 1 48 0 596
2019 356 37 66 78 0 4 46 0 587
2020 358 41 55 78 0 1 49 0 582
2021 290 43 57 69 0 1 40 0 500
2022 245 50 41 70 0 2 26 0 434
2023 170 40 41 59 0 2 26 0 338

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 Somerset Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 351 19.5 18.0 n/a
1990 365 19.5 18.7 3.3
1991 390 20.0 19.5 3.8
1992 395 21.9 18.0 5.1
1993 374 18.5 20.2 5.3
1994 394 18.1 21.8 2.3
1995 437 21.7 20.1 3.9
1996 437 21.7 20.1 3.9
1997 409 20.9 19.6 2
1998 391 20.8 18.8 3.6
1999 403 20.8 19.4 5.5
2000 401 23.4 17.1 5.2
2001 431 23.4 18.4 5.1
2002 425 25.1 16.9 3.3
2003 425 25.1 16.9 3.3
2004 379 23.2 16.3 2.9
2005 389 22.0 17.7 3.6
2006 389 22.0 17.7 3.1
2007 374 26.6 14.1 4.5
2008 379 25.3 15.0 5.5
2009 397 25.0 15.9 3.5
2010 465 28.3 16.4 4.1
2011 518 30.3 17.0 2.7
2012 509 30.9 16.4 3.3
2013 516 31.0 16.6 4.5
2014 531 31.7 16.7 4.9
2015 565 32.0 17.6 7.4
2016 570 32.0 17.8 8.4
2017 595 34.5 17.2 6.2
2018 596 35.6 16.7 6.7
2019 587 34.7 16.9 7
2020 582 35.6 16.3 7.4
2021 500 34.7 14.4 12.2
2022 434 31.3 13.8 15.4
2023 338 24.1 14.0 20.7

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 Somerset Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 351 19.5 18.0 n/a
1990 365 19.5 18.7 3.3
1991 390 20.0 19.5 3.8
1992 395 21.9 18.0 5.1
1993 374 18.5 20.2 5.3
1994 394 18.1 21.8 2.3
1995 437 21.7 20.1 3.9
1996 437 21.7 20.1 3.9
1997 409 20.9 19.6 2
1998 391 20.8 18.8 3.6
1999 403 20.8 19.4 5.5
2000 401 23.4 17.1 5.2
2001 431 23.4 18.4 5.1
2002 425 25.1 16.9 3.3
2003 425 25.1 16.9 3.3
2004 379 23.2 16.3 2.9
2005 389 22.0 17.7 3.6
2006 389 22.0 17.7 3.1
2007 374 26.6 14.1 4.5
2008 379 25.3 15.0 5.5
2009 397 25.0 15.9 3.5
2010 465 28.3 16.4 4.1
2011 518 30.3 17.0 2.7
2012 509 30.9 16.4 3.3
2013 516 31.0 16.6 4.5
2014 531 31.7 16.7 4.9
2015 565 32.0 17.6 7.4
2016 570 32.0 17.8 8.4
2017 595 34.5 17.2 6.2
2018 596 35.6 16.7 6.7
2019 587 34.7 16.9 7
2020 582 35.6 16.3 7.4
2021 500 34.7 14.4 12.2
2022 434 31.3 13.8 15.4
2023 338 24.1 14.0 20.7

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 Somerset Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $342 (2.6%) $13,034 (97.4%) $13,376
2020 $172 (1.3%) $13,127 (98.7%) $13,299
2021 $530 (3.3%) $15,316 (96.7%) $15,845

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Somerset Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 73rd of 853 Elementary schoolsRanks 56th 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 Students587338
 42.4%
African American3740
 8.1%
American Indian00
Asian6641
 37.9%
Hispanic7859
 24.4%
Pacific Islander42
 50%
White356170
 52.2%
Two or More Races4626
 43.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7%20.7%
 13.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Somerset Elementary

Students who attend Somerset Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Westland Middle
High : Bethesda-Chevy Chase High

In the 2022-23 school year, 338 students attended Somerset Elementary.

Students at Somerset Elementary are 50% White, 17% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 12% African American, 8% Two or more races.

Yes. Somerset Elementary ranks in the top 6.5% of Maryland elementary schools.


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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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