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Padonia International Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 424 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 13, 2013

My son has been attending since 2011 and I have not seen a reason to praise this school. They do not stay on top of my son's academic, but rather spend more time on his behavior. The teachers are always out, how does one expect the kids to learn with substitutes daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

We moved here from the Midwest midway through the fall semester and found the staff and teachers to be very welcoming. There was a bit of a learning curve as far as getting up to speed on school processes and culture, but we never felt lost or like we were being a nuisance when we asked for guidance. By far, the best experience has been with my child's teacher: very experienced, extremely caring, yet consistently firm. He's gaining independence, learning, growing, maturing, all the things you want to see happen in the early years of school. We also love, love, love the diverse cultures our child is being exposed to. He's making new friends from all over the world, which is so important now days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

We moved here from CT and really knew nothing about the schools here. It would have been nice to have something set up to greet new people moving here so this first year, was more of a struggle with trying to figure out what to do and how to do it. The Teachers are nice and up to par when it comes to the use of technology to keep in contact with them. I didn't understand why International is in the name but later found out this used to be a magnet school. I guess with the high turnover of students, they couldn't maintain that. I wish they taught languages at this school. Learning a language at an early age makes it easier as the kids get older. It would also be nice to have 6th grade as elementary-just seems a bit young to be middle school and forced into the population of older kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

My daughter is finishing first grade. So far she has had a great learning experience at Padonia. She has had great teachers and the administrators are very welcoming and great at keeping the discipline and respect among the children. My only concern is the bad MSA scores from the fifh graders, specially in science. I would appreciate some feedback from other parents. Why there is no improvement on their scores? Padonia has the lowest score among its neighboring schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

I went to padonia for half of 5th grade and i can tell you that if you are transforing from a different state to padonia for fifth grade things will be completely different...lets just say if you sharpen your pencil while your teacher isnt at his/her seat and the teacher sees you he/she will harras you if you have the chance to go to a different school take it padonia is not a good place for fifth grade. And also the staff is mean and horrible if you get mr felter i feel sorry for you the only person that is nice there is the principal ms wolf.


Posted May 19, 2009

Padonia International School is the factor that has hooked me to cockeysville area. The teachers are very much involved with the development of students. The diversity adds value on top of quality education students get in school. I am contended with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

Padonia International is a great school. I like the diversity of the students and the emphasis put on hard work and commitment. No school is perfect, but we have been very happy with our girl in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

After attending a private school, I decided for my son to sswitch to Padonia. They have offered wonderful academics, services and reliablity to the table. I was afraid at first because my son had never attended a public school. But in a short amount of time I was able to feel at ease and welcomed with open arms. My son loves it there, and has made a diverse group of friends. I feel in this environment my son will be able to grow and develop until it's time to move on. Thank you Padonia!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

Padonia is a small and welcoming school for the children coming from different ethnical background, just as the school name 'international' standing for. I feel my child can identify himself in the school just as in a real world. Ms. Cashen and Ms. Wolf are wonderful as well as the school's secretaries and teachers. My son learns a lot in this school. Thanks to the teachers and the rich curriculums in math and reading. Students are grouped in the level that best fit them so they can learn in their pace. The only concern I have is that most teachers for the lower grades are young and don't have experience raising their own children. They seem to be too nervous and too rigid in discipline young children at times, especially with young boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Padonia is a wonderful mix of cultural diversity--like the great American melting pot. The teachers at Padonia are outstanding and have open lines of communication with parents. Also, the principal and vice principal are marvelous. My only complaint is the large turn-over in student population each year, due to the fact that apartment renters make up the majority of Padonia's student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

Wow! what more can I say! wow! Since moving from PG. Co to Baltimore Co. And my daughter attending Padonia! I see a change and excitment about school in her. The teachers are really intune with the children...Can I say this school(cares) about their future and the students...The parent involvement is out of this world.. I have never seen anything like this in Maryland....They are right when they said that Padonia was Baltimore Co's best kept secret! Thanks...Ms.Cashen, Ms. Wolf, Ms.Eisenklam and Ms.Berman.... For teaching the wave (Our children)of the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

An excellent school with an emphasis on overall development of a child is their aim. Though feeling is believing, I strongly recommend parents living in this area not to give a second thought. God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

Padonia is a excellent school. The teachers are wonderful. I am very pleased. I've watched my children grow educationally very quickly. Padonia is very family oriented no matter your individual family size you are a part of the whole Padonia family. The children actually look foward to going to school thanks to Ms Cashen, Ms Brooks and the entire staff. I feel this is the best school in Baltimore County.
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

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 89% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
67%
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
Asian 28% 6%
Black 26% 36%
White 25% 43%
Hispanic 18% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
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 43%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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9834 Greenside Dr
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Phone: (410) 887-7646

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