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Capitol Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 261 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

Capitol heights is a great school. The staff is very professional, courteous. The academics that are provided to the children are the best. The teachers are very dedicated and responsive to the children's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

Capitol heights is a great school. The staff is very professional, courteous, and helpful. From the janitors to the principal. When ever I had an issue with anything. It was addressed in a professional and timely manner. The academics that are provided to the children are the best. I encourage all parents to use school max. This helps you know what the children and teachers are working on. If any assignments are missing And/or not graded. You can catch it in a timely manner. Great job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

RUDE! I just called up to this school looking to enroll my daughter who is going to Kindergarten, and the receptionist or admin assistant was very rude. I inquired on when enrollment begins and she told me boundaries are changing so they won't know anything until July and to wait until then. I am an educator so I am aware enrollment has to start before then. I should at least be able to fill out an application in advance of July! She refused to give me anymore information, until I pressed her and said that doesn't seem right, she then told me enrollment begins in May. In a very rude way. After I told her my concerns, instead of connecting me with someone who wants to help, she hung up on me. WOW! I am completely turned off. I am happy the school has improved, but customer service is very important in my book. Especially when I, as a parent, am trying to get information. This is a bad bad sign. My advice would be to hire staff who are personable, friendly, and helpful. Still blown by this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

The school is a TAG program and this is why my child attends. The school needs a major building makeover. Some of the teachers don't seem to communication well with the parents until their is an issue. As a parent you want to know when your child is doing well and not so wel. l So we can immediately address the issue and correct the problem. The principal seems to be on board with academics and most of the teachers. My child likes the atmosphere at CHES. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

Only speaking about the Talented and Gifted program. While I have no complaints about the level or work being provided, I do have complaints about the staff. I find that the staff tends to be more evasive than helpful. That's not all staff, but just some of the staff. It would assist parents more if, when information is requested, that staff reply promptly. It would also help the children to grow if they would talk to them and not at them. These are our future men and women, yelling is not the answer. Communication with parents and students alike, could help solve many conflicts. These are some of the problems myself and other parents have encountered. Schools in PG County have really changed and is a total let down. Our kids really need help. Parents get involved for the sake of your child. Parent (former student of PG County) Casandra Hall
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Posted October 10, 2003

This a TAG (talented and gifted) magnet school and the comments here relate solely to that portion. I know little about the separate comprehensive classes. It's a happy school, conscientious staff, and pleasant environment.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%
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 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%
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
Black 89% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
White 1% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 66%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

Language learning

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

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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601 Suffolk Ave
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Phone: (301) 817-0494

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