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Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School

Public | PK-8

 

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2013:
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Posted March 15, 2014

Francis Scott key is a great school I went there in middle school I'm the crossingguard at the school the staff is great the students are great so keep up the good work


Posted March 5, 2014

my son is graduating from the 5th grade this year and was accepted to attend this school.The online reviews, yes I am very pleased with, I just hope the school is up to it's potential that people said and that I made a good decision for my son future
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

I am a parent of PreK and Kindergarten students at FSK (both of my children had previously attended a private Montessori school in Locust Ponit. I have been so impressed by the school thus far and amazed at the speed of transition the school has taken. A new principal (Mary McComas) took the helm a year ago and it has been an absolute sea change at the school. With several new teachers and a re-invigorated returning staff, there is a great mix of new energy and strong tenure. The school is set on a transformative journey and the school leadership has fully enrolled the parents, faculty and community. Many area business are taking a vested interest in the school, so a recent (and large) uptick in donations has allowed for a rapid rate of internal change including robotics and technology labs, cafeteria renovations, with volunteers who painted every classroom. This school has MOMENTUM and we couldn't be happier with our choice to send our children to FSK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

My daughter started FSK this year as a Prek student. We were very nervous initially - what parent sends their kid to a Baltimore City Public School by choice?!?! But after many positive reviews by neighbors we decided to move forward and give it a shot, its only prek after all, right? Well, its been 8 weeks and my daughter has learned so much already! She has an incredible interest in learning and plays "school" at home, where she teaches her animals letter sounds and how to add. The preschool teacher, Ms. Demski, in amazing. She is young and energetic and teaches in a modern style - through exercise, creative thinking and outdoor activities. We also love the support staff, Principle McComas is completely engaged with the community and the students and is committed to making this school the best in the state. There is a ton of support both through volunteer time and financially by the local businesses in the community including Under Armour. We are very happy with the school and will continue to send her there for Kindergarten and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Francis Scott Key is quickly transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. Faculty participates in professional development at the state and local level in order to understand the demands of the new standards. Teachers are able to access innovative curriculum to deliver lessons designed to meet the challenges of upcoming PARCC Assessments and more importantly, ensure that all students are provided a foundation that will make them college and career ready.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2013

The school has gone through a lot of renovations! The cafeteria is very inviting! The new school uniform is awesome!


Posted May 13, 2010

The school is unsatisfactory. There is a lack of vision among teachers and the principal. The school's teacher turnover rate and attendance is one of the highest for Baltimore City Public Schools. Overall, the schools attendance is down 200+ students.


Posted May 10, 2010

I love this school because the school have excellent teachers and students. This school teachers teach their heart out to the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

this school is decent. good quality of work coming home. diverse school. involved helpful staff, and a great neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Francis Scott Key is a awsome school all the teachers are so excited to teach and teach their heart ouy to the students.This school has so many computer labs like for every grade.Extra curricular activties so many can't even name
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2007

i absolutly loved that school the teachers learn from us and we learn form them. Class 07..Andrew Page
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2006

I really like this school. They teach your child a valuable trade in computers and for the most part the teachers and staff are really involved and care about my childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

I love this school. this is the best school ever. I would recomend this school over any other school. In Baltimore. Andrew Page Student
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 65% 35%
White 29% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Orchestra
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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1425 East Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 396-1503

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