About Our School

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Welcome to Forest Avenue Academic Magnet

Blue Ribbon School

Forest Avenue Academic Magnet (FAAM) was built in the 1920's, with twelve classrooms.  Eight years ago, thirty new classrooms and state of the art facilities were added with the addition of our new wing.  Annually there are approximately 750 students in grades K-5 who attend the school.  Admission to Forest Avenue is by application and a selection process.  Any student who lives in Montgomery County may apply to attend our school.  More information and admission requirements are available on the MPS/Magnet Schools website.

Forest Avenue is an academically accelerated instructional program.  Students work one grade level ahead in the subject areas of reading, English, spelling and math.  The science and social studies areas are enriched by numerous field trips, lab experiences and site visits.  In addition to the 35 classroom teachers, specialists in specific focus areas enhance our program. Students receive instruction in Spanish, computer technology, science lab experiences, and counseling.  There are also specialists in special education, speech pathology, physical education and music.  Students experience outdoor learning in our Living Science Lab in the center courtyard of the school.  There are gardens (flower, vegetable and butterfly), a small fishpond, a turtle habitat and a sidewalk with engraved brick pavers. 

A vital aspect of our school is the strong parental support we receive from the PTA.   We encourage each family to become involved in the life of your child by supporting activities and events sponsored by PTA.  Forest Avenue PTA is traditionally recognized for 100% membership.  Contact information is available on the PTA page.

We encourage you to call and schedule a visit to our school to experience this wonderful place for children to learn and grow.

Mission, Vision and Beliefs

Forest Avenue Vision:

The vision of Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary School is to teach, model and encourage children to become independent learners who are self-motivated, disciplined, and committed to life-long achievement.

Forest Avenue Mission:

The mission of Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary School is to encourage productive and responsible students by providing a challenging and stimulating curriculum taught by dedicated, innovative, professional staff, in a safe, positive and nurturing environment.

Forest Avenue Character Pledge:

I promise that each and every day
I will show my good character at work and at play
I promise to do what is right and fair
Even when nobody else is there.
I will work hard on good character, and soon you will see
I have grown up to be the best person I can be.

MPS Vision:

Montgomery Public Schools....where every student develops a love of learning, cultivates intellectual curiosity, and dreams of a future full of amazing possibilities.

Montgomery Public Schools Mission Statement:

The mission of Montgomery Public Schools is to engage, educate, and inspire our students to succeed in college, career, and beyond. 

MPS and Forest Avenue Beliefs:

All children, when challenged, can learn at a higher level.
High expectations produce high achievement.
Equity and excellence are necessary for success.
Schools must provide all students with challenging and engaging work.
Schools must be safe and nurturing communities where students and staff show respect for each other.
Teachers who are well-prepared and caring can guide students to success.
Every employee is a valued and respected member of the education team.
There is strength in diversity; working together we can address any challenges.
All resources received must be maximized to help students succeed.
Parents, community and business are are critical in improving our school system.

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