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Essex Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 497 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2014

MY GRANDCHILDREN ATTEND ESSEX ELMENTARY SCHOOL. ESSEX ELM IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL. THE TEACHERS ARE CARING, PROFESSIONAL & OUR CHILDREN LOVE THE SCHOOL. PRINCIPAL GRABNER IS A GEM!


Posted July 29, 2014

I am stunned by the poor reviews. My son came in with an IEP. In fact, he was supposed to be put into a separate "special ed" school. An Essex teacher was at the meeting and asked to see our son. After speaking with him, she pushed to get him into Essex. Each year, the teachers helped him to grow in confidence and ability. He has progressed from the IEP to GT classes. This is because of the faculty and the leadership provided by Principal Grabner. Any time I had an issue, I was welcomed and they addressed my concerns. While I didn't always agree, they always took the time to explain their decisions. Bravo to Essex Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

I posted on May 28th...I was hoping to see another review. Unfortunately, you would have never gotten what your child needs from this school. This school does everything they possibly can do to work against you and your child. I believe it is their way of building a case against you, should you decide to go to mediation. The school systems have all of the resources, money and power to fight you. The parent rarely wins. Sure you can hire an attorney that will cost you your life savings. You can hire advocates to help you fight. They as well cost a ton of money. I know I have done this. Again, the school has the final say. Two bills are in legislation currently. Go to theburdenofproofmd.org and sign the petition. Also go to FB page Maryland Parent's Coalition for Education Advocacy and post. If enough parents speak we may be able to shift the burden of proof on the school systems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I am glad that I see two other parents that have posted regarding their frustrations with this school. We have just moved to the area and I have never seen any school like this. They fall short on basic communication between parent and teacher and make no apologies about it. In fact, they try and make you feel like you are being unreasonable when you speak up. Our child is special needs with an IEP and we pulled him out of the school after two weeks. It is very sad that you cannot send your child to school for basic education and special education and feel comfortable. I am hoping that the district will give me another option for the fall. Otherwise we might have to look at private programs. But not everyone can afford that and it is so unfortunate. Oh and by the way, I am still waiting on our IEP meeting that was supposed to be scheduled about 3 weeks ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

I am in total agreement with the parent who posted Feb5, 2014. I am not sure if you will see this comment, however, I would love to speak to you regarding your experience at this school. I also have experienced verbatim the same types of issues with the staff at this school. This has been an extremely frustrating sad experience at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

This school does everything possible to NOT spend money to help children. Teachers yell and nag children with attention issues and learning differences. The IEP/504 team meetings are given out grudgingly, and previous established 504 plans were wiped to nothingness by a new incoming AP. Common comments are "your child isn't going to get testing because you think he/she needs it." and "Your child is just lazy, he/she just needs to buckle down and do the work." Staff also likes to play "What diagnosis do we suspect today" among the adults involved. This is a "Medicate don't advocate" environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff is excellent and take their time with each child and help them grow. They are always attentive to the children's needs as well as the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

There is a positive spirit of learning and caring, evident in both the student body, the staff, and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

This is a wonderful Elementary School.. Our experience has been excellent. The teachers are warm, caring and fantastic. The principal Amy Grabner does her best to know all kids and parents by name. She is approachable and top-notch! I couldn't be more please my children attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

My son Darvius has beed attending Essex Elementary from the start and as far as I am concerned he will until he end. Principal Grabner is awesome! She has total control over the school and the kids still love her... Good job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

I have a daughter who started her school career at Essex and will be starting Towson State in Jan. I could not express my satisfaction with teaching staff and curriculum more. I now have a son who will be graduating from Essex this month and am sad to say that my family's experiences with Essex will end. Both of my children had wonderful experiences at Essex and learned a lot. My daughter graduated from Kenwood/Sollers Point last year and was inducted into several Honor Societies. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Technical National Honor Society, and the Tri-M Honor Society. I commend Essex with instilling the values of learning and hard work in her. My son seems to be right on track to follow in his sister's footsteps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2005

Essex Elementary school is a wonderful place for children to begin to fulfill their potential. There are varied learning levels and a great ciriculum for the gifted and talented children. The children have music, art, different types of sports and before and after school programs to enable the children to stay physically fit as well as learn in the process. The principal and teachers as well are always encouraging parents to get involved and they are extremely motivating. There are also family night activities for children and parents at the school so they have many oportunities for interaction with the principal and vp and teachers. This is a fine school and I would highly recommend it for any child of K-5. My daughter is now in 3rd grade and she just loves her teachers, principal and her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

My Daughter & I moved to the area last October of 2003. She had only gone to the 5th grade, everything was so nice and pleasant with our transition to the school. I was worried about my Daughter starting the new school and being in a different area but she did great. I think I was more nervous than her. The Teachers, Principal and the sudents assisted my Daughter like we had been there since the 1st grade. I wanted to say, thanks for being so friendly and open arms to make her school year so smooth! Keep up the good 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 74% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 42%
Black 10% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 58%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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100 MacE Ave
Baltimore, MD 21221
Phone: (410) 887-0117

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