Demo Schools




Showcasing Best Practices in Physical Education across the State

Demo Schools


Program Overview


The Maryland Physical Education Demonstration School Program recognizes exemplary physical education programs and teachers across the state and encourages visits to these sites by other physical educators. By doing this, innovative programs and good practices are shared and promoted statewide.


Any Maryland grade school may apply for recognition under the program.  This is done by completing and submitting the application, which is a part of this packet.


All applications will be reviewed to determine which schools should receive site visits.  Schools receiving a site visit will have a three-person team visit the school for an entire school day to evaluate the school's program and determine its worthiness of Demonstration School status.

Demonstration School Term

A school is designated a Demonstration School for a period of three years after which the school may apply for a second term.  Schools seeking a third term are eligible for Honor Roll status, which will not require a site visit provided that all facets of the program have remained consistent with the conditions that satisfied the criteria for selection during the previous term.  Example:  A site visit may be required for a school seeking Honor Roll status if there has been a change in the instructional teaching staff.                                                                           



Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD)

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCPFSN)

Local Education Authorities of Maryland



Cedar Lane School
11630 Scaggsville Road
Fulton, Maryland  20759
Jody Zinn

Cockeysville Middle
10401 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Russ LeBlanc


Evergreen Elementary
43765 Evergreen Way
California, Maryland  20619
Sabra Szczyglowski

Forest Hill Elementary
2407 Rocks Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Stacey Sewell


John Archer School
100 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Jessica Willson


Julius West Middle School
651 Great Falls Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Jeff Brink


Park Hall Elementary School
20343 Hermanville Road
Park Hall, MD 20667
Mary Wood

Pleasant Plains Elementary School
8300 Pleasant Plains Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21286
Steven Ey



Stoneleigh Elementary School
900 Pemberton Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Tim Lane



Demo Schools

Every three years, teams of professionals visit public schools which have applied to be a MARYLAND Demonstration School. After a staff review of the school's program, and completion of the application, the team visits the candidate school and spends the day observing classes, looking at the curriculum, and evaluating the support of the school for the discipline of physical education. This program, originally started by MSDE and now totally funded by MAHPERD, is co-chaired by two dedicated professionals, Mike Mason and Jamie Hitchner.

The Demonstration School Winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet at the Convention in October and will receive a plaque and banner to display. They welcome visitors to their schools to see quality physical Physical Education in action.

2017-20 Demo Schools

Schools interested in becoming demonstration schools should conduct a self evaluation of their physical education program using the Maryland Physical Education Demonstration Schools assessment instrument available through the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance website. The school principal and physical education personnel should discuss their ratings in each program category and determine whether to pursue Demonstration School status. Demonstration Schools serve as state models for physical education programs and are also used as presenters at the MAHPERD Convention. Demonstration school staff are highly encouraged to showcase their programs for their school systems as well as serving as presenters at local professional development trainings. Observation of Demonstration Schools by other physical education personnel, including pre-service majors from Institutions of Higher Education is also encouraged.