Prior to realignment to a 2nd-5th grade school, Greenwood Elementary's Early Childhood Program was recognized as a Level 5, the highest level, as recognized by MD Excels. Greenwood Elementary was the first school in Somerset County to receive this recognition. GES is a PBIS Gold school and a 2016-17 Maryland Center for Character Education School of the year. Greenwood Elementary is proud to be a fully affirmed Coalition School! In May 2006, we went through a rigorous evaluation process. A team of accomplished educators from across the country spent three days with us, evaluating our portfolio, observing classes, interviewing all our staff, interviewing students and parents and looking at our students' achievement, classroom practice, organizational practice, community connections, and leadership. Greenwood Elementary School was the first elementary school in the south-east region of the United States to receive this recognition. Today we still continue following the practices of CES which have improved our instruction and the achievement of our students as well as facilitated the growth of our staff. Now that GES is a 2nd-5th grade school, we are shifting our focus to UDL (Universal Design for Learning) teaching and learning strategies to help our students be successful. In addition, our school is one of 3 schools in Somerset County to pilot a Mindfulness program with our students and staff by partnering with the Holistic Life Foundation.