A nonprofit founded in 1992

Montgomery County, Maryland

Montgomery County case study

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery County Council (MCC), and the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation chose BellXcel to empower over 4,000 of the county's most vulnerable youth and their families with high-quality summer learning. Since 2016, rising third, fourth, and fifth-grade scholars have gained academic and social-emotional skills, and confidence through dynamic summer learning experiences. BellXcel delivers the five-week program at no cost to families at eight Title I Elementary schools across Montgomery County. 

The program consists of evidence-based, rigorous academic instruction in small group settings. Hands-on, dynamic math instruction enhances problem-solving skills. Literacy classes expose scholars to stories of perseverance, personal transformation and social justice. Enrichment activities in theater, photography, creative writing, cooking and STEM, spark scholars' interest in new subjects and increased their social skills and self-confidence. Field trips to local farms, museums and zoos expose scholars to new people and new experiences.

At the request of the Board of Education for MCPS, the Office of Shared Accountability evaluated BellXcel to assess academic gains, program implementation, and professional development.


  • Statistically significant evidence of positive impact on MAP scores in math in Grades 3 and 4, and among all students and four subgroups: Hispanic/Latino, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) recipients, Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) recipients, and special education recipients
  • Statistically significant evidence of positive impact on MAP scores in reading for Grade 3 among all students and among three subgroups: Hispanic/Latino, ESOL recipients, and FARMS recipients
  • BellXcel earned high marks for the way it administered the program, and for providing timely and useful support throughout the summer

  • Professional development made site staff better educators, and was recognized as a very valuable aspect of the summer learning program



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