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Beach Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 16, 2013

They introduced the Common Core curriculum for the first time this year. Not impressed. The standards are "dumbed" down. Everything is taught in a group, all children are grouped and they basically teach themselves. My child is frustrate with having to learn math in a group the kids in the group bicker and argue but they are taught to resolve their differences, iLooking into the local private schools or moving to Virginia (they didn't adopt the CC standards). Curious to see what the MSA scores will be like since the test is going to be more advanced than what is being taught. The Common Core test won't be released till 2015. The children are the ones that will suffer if we parents don't put a stop to this. Do your research parents about common core. Let me just be clear, the teachers are doin their best with what is given to them to teach, the staff including the principal are all top notch and they truly care about the kids, my problem is the curriculum and that within itself is enough for me to seek for something better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

Beach Elementary really is a great place for kids. I cannot say enough good things about the hard working principal, Dr. Shisler; his energy has made the school (and the chess club) one of the best in the area. The teachers and staff are excellent and create a community atmosphere. In addition, the PTA and high level of parent involvement have a strong impact on the school's overall success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

NEED IMPROVED ACTIVITY FOR P/E AND RECESS P/E TEACHER NEEDS NEW PHILOSOPHY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PAYS MANY TYPES OF DIVIDENDS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I have had four kids start in this school and almost all of them finish here. We have since moved but we loved everyone at Beach. The Principle is one of the best principles anywhere. My kids love their time at Beach and are in all Honor classes as they have moved forward. All of my kids can now play chess and because of the Principle and Vice Principle my kids are going to take something with them that no one can take away. Thank You Beach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

I would have to definitely agree with the previos review, the PE and recess time are definitely being deprived to our children. This is so sad since obesity is becominga widespread epidemic in the US and now our schools are enforcing that behavior. These are the years children need extra excercise, especially the best excercise of all....running..... to keep their minds sharp and focused and to burn off excess energy and here they are limited to 2 PE periods a week and one very short recess a day. I feel the teaching staff is doing amazing especially with very minimal break times and trying to get very young children to focus for a full 7 hrs. The lack of natural sunlight in the classroom is very depressing on top of the lack of outdoor activity. Parent involvement is very low from the schools we came from which is very sad for the teaching and support staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

Our children have been at this school for two years and we have been extremely happy with their education and the sense of community they feel. As kindergartners they were welcomed and into a warm environment where they could adjust to being away from home all day and get a feel for this whole "school" thing that will be their life for the next 13 years. They continued to grow in first grade and their reading comprehension and math skills really took flight. They are only allowed to choose Accelerated Reader books from the library and have time during each school day where they DEAR, Drop Everything And Read. The teacher has provided many math manipulatives for the students to practice their facts. The other reviews have commented on the principle and it is all true. He is fantastic. He is very involved with all of the students and welcomes them at the door by name. Before the upper grades are dismissed from the cafeteria to go outside for recess he chooses a student from each table (class) to stand up and the group must correctly solve a math problem. He is also very involved in Chess and encourages all students to learn the game. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

We love this school! The principal goes above and beyond his job title. Since we've been there, I've seen the principal there 7 days a week (Most weeks), teach (on a regular basis) struggling students that needed extra help, greet each student with a hand shake every morning and every evening and remember every student and parent's name! He is truly a gem! The Washington Post even recognized his leadership in 2009. Because he is so supportive of the educational process, he has high quality teachers that assist him in making Beach A Great Place for Kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

The staff is wonderful - the teachers care about the kids and the principal goes above and beyond to make sure the school truly is a 'Great Place for Kids'. It's more like an extended family. I'm so glad my three kids were able to be a part of such a great learning experience in such a caring atmosphere. My two older daughters look forward to any opportunity to go back and see their teachers, because each teacher made a great impression in their lives. Go Beach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

From the principal down through the teaching staff and even bus drivers this school is class! As a military family we need that sense of 'family' and this school understands that to its core. If you've got a youngster and you want quality instruction with a caring attitude you won't beat this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Beach always has fresh idea how to make school a friendly and great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Beach is not just a school.....it's a home away from home. Once a Beach baby, always a Beach baby. One of the best rewards of being a teacher is when a past student comes back to visit because you cared. Our staff is like family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2009

It is a great place for kids and the community is so caring and close. The staff is the best.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2009

Because everyday we put our son on the bus it is always without worry because we feel we are releasing him to family. Beach Elementary's principal is the best of the best. Our daughter went to Beach years ago and he still remembers her name and so do all her teachers. Even with hundreds of kids coming in and out each year, The Beach staff interacts with you like you are one of their own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Both of my children have wonderful experiences there and are academcially prepared for anything. The teachers are caring and concerned, the principal is outstanding, and the environment is always positive. We are thrilled with their experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

My son had the best learning experience at Beach. The teachers and administrators are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Beach is a strong and devoted educator of young children. I have 2 sons on the high school honor roll to back that up as well as a daughter in Beach's own honor roll program. The teaching staff is supportive of each child and gives their very best to each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

I love that we are a close knit school. Everyone knows each other and cares for each other! We have a great group of teachers and wonderful kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Both of my children went to Beach. The teachers are enthusiastic and kind and there is a blend of younger teachers and teachers with 20 years of experience. And they take the time to make your child feel special and accepted and parents are always welcome at the school. The administrators are not people who sit in the office and direct, they are in the hallways and out on the playgrounds. Dr. Schisler greets the children every morning and is in the hallway every afternoon shaking the kids hands asking how the day went. It's a great place for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Beach is a great place for kids. I love the fact that the principal knows every student by name. It's his usual practice to greet the kids each morning and say goodbye to each of them at the end of their day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are wonderful and both of my grandsons go there.


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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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

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 81% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
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 78% 42%
Black 11% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 25%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7900 Old Bayside Rd
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
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Phone: (410) 257-1513

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