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Catonsville Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 445 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted January 10, 2014

I would never allow my children to attend a school that did not have committed teachers, a warm environment, and high academic expectations. This school exemplifies these traits. I have watched my son s teachers bend over backward to ensure he reaches his full potential. I am, furthermore, forever impressed with the student s kind and considerate interactions with one another. Oddly many area residents do not seem to realize what a fantastic gem Catonsville Elementary school is. They instead clamor to be in the super overcrowded neighboring Hillcrest Elementary School. This greatly puzzles me. Perhaps they do not like that there is more social economic diversity within this school then its neighbor Hillcrest. This diversity may also account for its high albeit lower then Hillcrest test scores. I am certain that my son receives the same opportunities for success that any of the highest rated schools on this site could afford him. Thank you Catonsville Elementary staff for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

I have two kids attending this school nd we've been involved parents there for a few years now. This is a wonderful school. The teachers have all been very nice and helpful. The other parents we've met at the school have been great and with so many people living so close to the school, there's a real sense of community. The PTA is very active, offering different activities for the students multiple times a month. The school can be very accomodating of any special needs kids have. Do not be thrown off by the GreatSchools Rating - this is a terrific place for kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

As a school Administrator I am dismayed to learn a child was denied access to a school nurse by two teachers on 3/4/2013. The child got off the school bus and was too ill to walk home and had to be carried by her father. This child is still ill and would not have gotten so ill if a call home by the nurse had resulted in the child being picked up early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

My youngest just graduated from Catonsville and I must say that I am going to miss being a part of the CES family. Between all of our children we spent about 8 years at the school and had an opportunity to witness the many changes it has endured. CES has traditionally been a VERY tightly knitted community (meaning the relationships between families, staff, and administration) and I have noticed a decrease in that area over the years. However, overall, this school is top notch and I would pit it against ANY of the private schools in the area. I hope that CES chooses to continue with its fine tradition of providing an excellent, pleasant, and safe educational environment for the children, parents, teachers and staff. The choice to continue in excellence must be an INTENTIONAL one for all involved. We thank you for the wonderful experience that you gave our children and we wish you well! You are one of the jewels of Baltimore County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

I am a current teacher at this school and I couldn't think of a better place to work. The teachers are 100% committed to the education of each student. While some teachers feel that stronger support is needed from administration, I personally feel that the administration team works very hard to meet the needs of all staff members, families, students, and community stakeholders. The school has a very involved PTA and offers a variety of activities throughout the year for fundraising, fun, and educational support. Come join us ... you'll love it here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 30, 2011

In our 3 years at this school, I've noticed a decrease in extra involvement from the teachers. Not that they are expected to spend their personal time on CES, but it used to be that they came to everything. I wonder if the inner workings of the school (too much emphasis on MSA and test scores from administration) are starting to take a toll on the teacher's personal resources. Are they too fed up with how their school day goes that they don't want anything to do with the school after hours? There doesn't seem to be much collaboration between the school/teachers and PTA--activities are EITHER the school or PTA...whatever happened to the whole school community? I think that comes from the top down...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

We are so impressed with this school. Our children came from private school before we moved to this area. Catonsville Elementary teachers and staff are so dedicated to the students. One of our children has some learning disabilities and the care and attention our child has received has our daughter thriving in school. Parental involvement is high and teachers and administration are very communicative and helpful. Kudos to this small school for making a safe and nurturing environment for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

My daughters just completed the 5th grade at CES and I have to say that we are really going to miss it. The staff is nurturing and kind and is truly committed to making sure that the needs of each student is met. Kudos to all of the teachers that made our 2 years at CES very memorable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

I have been so impressed with the teachers that my daughter has had. Everyone goes out of their way to make sure that the children are not only learning a lot but having fun too! My son can't wait to start kindergarten next year because he sees how much fun school can be! They enjoy math and literature night and all the fun extra activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

I have a son entering 3rd grade this year, and can only hope it will be just as wonderful as the past three years have been. The teachers are great to work with, and my son has only exceeded in all of his subjects. The parent involvement is very strong, which I think attributes alot to the school. This year we are starting out with a new principal, and asst. principal. I am a little nervous about it. I just hope they have the same hopes and concerns as our past principal. She was fantastic! I'll let you know how it works out for the 2007-2008 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2006

This school is the world's best kept secret! We transferred here from Philly in Jan.'06 and our children(a 5th grader & kindergartener) both felt at 'home' from day one! They love it at CES! From the administration to the faculty & staff...we are so pleased to find so many helpful and friendly people, who truly do care for each student as individuals. PTA involvement is amazing! This is an overall excellent school! We are truly blessed & grateful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2006

My son did not have a good experience Catonsville Elementary & I wasnot satisfied with the teaching or homework habits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

My son attended Catonsville Elementary. We absolutly loved it. The teachers were wonderful and he loved his classes. There was a nurturing environment throughout his time there, and I think that is due to the wonderful adminstration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2005

This is a very warm friendly school. Has an emphasis on music with an additional instrument teacher. It has good all round teaching. Each grade is generally split into 3 classes for math, reading, science at different levels with a Gifted & Talented (fast track) program. Very active PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

Awesome schools. Parent involvement is very high. General and advanced education programs for Baltimore County are excellent. Discipline at CES is strict, which is a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2004

I have two children in this school. One of them is overseen by an IEP group. The quality of the teachers, the attention each student recieves and the high level of respect each student gets makes this far and away the ONLY school I would send my kids to in the area. The high test scores show how hard they work to have each child reach their highest potential.
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

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 81% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 43%
Black 20% 36%
Asian 10% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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615 Frederick Rd
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 887-0800

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