Kent Island Elementary School

Kent Island Elementary School is located in a rural setting in Queen Anne’s County. The school opened in September 1956. It was the first school to service all students of elementary age in one facility on Kent Island.

Over the years, KIES has been renovated several times including major renovations throughout the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. KIES was completed as it stands now at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. It houses Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades.

Kent Island Elementary School works to provide each student with a successful educational experience.

Mission & Vision


To provide Kent Island Elementary School students a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow socially, emotionally, and academically.


Students will leave Kent Island Elementary socially and academically prepared for the next stage of their education with confidence and a love of learning.

Maryland Excels Rating – FOUR

Maryland Excels 4 star rating

Maryland EXCELS is the state’s quality rating and improvement system for licensed child care and early education programs that meet nationally recognized quality standards.

Maryland EXCELS promotes quality by awarding ratings to the following programs: Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Programs, Family Child Care Homes, and Public Prekindergarten programs. These ratings are available to families, allowing them to make informed choices concerning the care of their children.

Programs earn quality ratings that form a pathway to excellence. A rating of 1 is awarded to providers and programs that successfully meet initial requirements. A rating of 5 is granted to those with the highest level of quality and who are state or nationally accredited.

For more information: https://marylandexcels.org/about-us/

Maryland Green School

MAEOE Green School Logo with a blue tree sitting on the earth

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS) is a sustainable school program that is nationally recognized as having a significant impact on students and schools. The program is aligned with the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards.

This program provides PreK to 12th-grade students with educational opportunities that empower them to make changes to reduce environmental impact, practice environmental stewardship, encourage sustainability, increase awareness of how our relationship with the environment ultimately impacts public health and society and fosters environmental literacy.

There are currently 680 Maryland Green Schools. This is 36% of approximately 2,200 public and independent schools, there are approximately 430,000 PreK to 12th-grade students attending these schools. Green School communities represent a significant opportunity to maintain and improve environmental sustainability, with over 125 million square feet of building space and grounds covering thousands of acres.

Maryland Green Schools benefit from the instructional support and partnership of Green Centers and Green Leaders. Green Schools have access to an extensive network of partners in their community and statewide resources. https://maeoe.org/green-schools-and-green-centers/green-schools-program

Message from the Principal

Kent Island Elementary is an exciting place to be! We have just over 400 boys and girls in our “bushel basket” here at KIES.

Our parents are “number ones” in that they are critical to our success. They show support by volunteering and joining the PTA. The PTA provides funding to support our school for which we are grateful.

Our staff is “steaming” with compassion, innovation, competency, and confidence. They work endlessly to make a difference in the lives of our students. They support the vision “All students will be challenged to achieve their maximum potential academically in a nurturing, challenging, and safe learning environment.”

We believe Kent Island Elementary School is the “pot” to be in, where children are respected, nurtured, and celebrated. Here at KIES, students will always be encouraged to strive as they grow and develop. We will always expect and maintain high expectations for students, staff, and families as we “clinch” on to learning in the 21st century.

– Mrs. Cassandra Cornish, Principal

KIES Crabby Courier

The Crabby Courier is KIES’s electronic newsletter. Check out our latest issues and be sure to follow so that you never miss an update!

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School Leadership & Staff

KIES is home to a dedicated team that loves seeing our students succeed! Please use the links below to access staff contact information and bios.

School Improvement

School improvement planning is an ongoing process designed to improve the total school environment. The process revolves around the cyclical analysis of data to develop, implement, and monitor goals and strategies specifically designed to address needs, eliminate gaps, and increase student achievement.

KIES 2023-2024 School Improvement Plan

Water Test Results

Water test results for all QACPS schools, including KIES, may be found at the following link: