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Thomas Johnson Elementary School

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 17, 2014

We've been very happy at TJEMS. Oldest now in second grade and youngest starting pre-k this year. Great city school in South Baltimore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

School is run well. Children are happy here. Teachers are good role models and good teachers. The Spring Festival was really great. Thanks to Mrs. Raina Somogyi for all of her hard work in organizing it. The children had a lot of fun....We can't wait for this years Spring Festival!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

The staff and teachers keep Parents informed of projects, events and the academic achievements of the students.


Posted January 31, 2014

I love this school and whoever that parent was that said advoid at all cost was not right. What was said was very wrong.


Posted November 23, 2013

Great Grandparents' Day. Teachers were lively and engaging. Three year old class had an awesome Mayflower re-enactment. Their word of the day was nocturnal. You should have seen all the little hands waving to define the word, wow. Pre-k were into math working on patterns. You should see the lovely new library. Just goes to show that the key to good public education is strong leadership, the principal, and caring teachers. With all the talk of under performing schools in Baltimore this school should be touted. The principal is still relatively new but the changes he has made are dramatic.


Posted October 11, 2013

Terrible school, terrible kids, avoid at all cost. Curriculum is 2 years behind what it should be. Absolute trash.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

TJEMS has been by far the best move I have made for my son as a parent. My son was in the title I program 2 yrs ago to which I was given an option of schools for him to transfer to. Even though Thomas Johnson was not my first choice the school picked him up and I am truly grateful that they did. Since he has been at TJ he has been on the honor roll since he started in the 2nd grade and still is continuing into the 4th grade. The teachers are caring and loving to every student. My son love the ground Ms. Grinath walks on and he is not even in her class anymore. I dont care where I live in baltimore I will travel to make sure my son is in school everyday. Thank you Thomas Johnson Principle Dendinger, teachers, and staff for all you have done doing and continue to do to make sure each student get the proper education they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

Great little school in the neighborhood, teachers are friendly, enthusiastic, and intelligent. The principal and vice principal are spectacular. Love that my kids are able to attend here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

This is an amazing public school in the city! The principal & staff are enthusiastic about the the education of our children and the parent involvement/PTO is huge support to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Both the administrative and teaching staff are fantastic here at TJEMS. I was a student myself and am so happy the school has maintained the high standard of excellence. The office staff is always helpful and friendly, and I have never had a negative experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

They have the best principal. The teachers are amazing and the parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Three years ago my husband, son (then 3 yrs old) and I moved to Baltimore so that I could finish grad school. We had no intention of making the city our permanent home primarily because we THOUGHT there weren t any good public school options. That changed after I visited TJ s open house. My son is going to 1st grade this year and we re amazed at how much he s already learned in Pre-K and K. The building is in good shape; the new state of the art library is remarkable; the teachers genuinely care about the students; the staff is friendly & easy to work with; and the PTO involvement is amazing. Before one of the reasons I refused to think of staying in the city was the reputation of city schools; now TJEMS is one of the reasons I can t think about leaving. Thomas Johnson is truly a gem and I can t express enough how pleased both my husband and I are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

this scholl has gone thru a major transformation since principal Dendinger set foot 5 or so years ago. My daughter is going into 2nd grade and is excited to start school already. The teachers from PreK to 1st grade are exceptional and I have heard thet 2nd grade teachers continue on the same path. We have had the chance to go to other schools but we will be staying her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I have been thrilled with this school so far after one year's experience. Excellent teachers, a principal who is a real leader, beautiful new library, and a terrific and affordable after-school program available. And the best result of the year: a child who has clearly learned a lot. I would move or pay a lot for my child's education if I thought it was necessary, and kind of expected to-- I was so happy to find out that not only is it not necessary, it would be silly to give this up. Hopes for the future are that the music program is expanded and diversified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Innovative elementary programming. New state of the art library facility. Active PTO. Green school rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Teaching in a school in the county for years, I was timid about sending my kids to a Baltimore City public school. Some of the things I had heard (or was it just that I perceived) made me think twice about sending my kids to a city school. After visiting the school with my daughter, and speaking with administration, we started to feel very comfortable with the school - we made the decision to attend TJEMS. My daughter is now entering 4th grade and my son is entering 2nd grade. We have become a part of the TJ family and have really connected with the teachers and staff here. We are pleased with the programming and quality of education that our kids are receiving. We feel fortunate to have this gem of a school in our own neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

We love this school. Great teachers, a great principal, and a great sense of community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

TJEMS is a great school, with terrific teachers and staff, students are able to get a great education in a safe environment with teachers that care and do all they can to ensure success. One of the top performing schools on the Peninsula I would recommend TJ to any parent looking for placement for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Thomas Johnson has an amazing early childhood program, Discover with Me, for 3 year olds. My daughter started after just turning 3 and before she turned 4 she was able to identify every letter, its sound, started blending letters, decoding words and has built a substantial sight vocabulary. In addition to this there was a huge shift in her level of independence while playing and working in large part due to the Montessori influence in the classroom. The teachers at TJEMS are highly effective, dedicated and hardworking. I am so happy that my child has such a wonderful option right here in the city!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

We have had the best experience at Thomas Johnson over the past 2 years. Our son has thrived in compassionate classrooms for both kindergarten and first grade, and is heading off to 2nd with advanced skills in reading, science, and math. He's been encouraged to be creative and be himself, and the education he gets is top notch. When we moved to Baltimore 3 years ago, we never dreamed that we'd be able to enroll him in the neighborhood's public schools. I've been beyond impressed and am grateful for the teachers, administration, and wonderful parents who help make it a great place to learn. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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96%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
65%
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
White 62% 42%
Black 28% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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Baltimore, MD 21230
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