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Paint Branch Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 405 students

 

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Posted August 8, 2013

This school is one of the worst schools, that my kids had ever attended. There isn't really much that I liked about it. The kids are not properly supervised at arrival or dismissal. The teachers are not visible when the kids arrive, I really think that they should stand at their doors. There is not much organization with this school. The teachers seem like they really do not care to be there. They need new doors the school is so old. The location of the school is not good. There is to much traffic as far as walking trails, community center and doors that can't be lock due to fire hazard. The lunch menu isn't good and the cafeteria staff is so ghetto. I think they just need more staff that cares and need they to be more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2011

This school by a principal who aims high for student success. All signs are present that the students are learning and enjoy what they learn. Teachers engage their students and inappropriate behavior is at an all time low. My child enjoys school and I visit the classroom unannounced from time to time and like what I see. As a parent who was about to give up on the school system and home-school, this school's innovative ways changed my mind. I too love this school environment for my child. Thanks Paint Branch!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

Test scores continue to go up. Faculty is very stable and has a strong partnership with the University of Maryland. Parental involvement in school activities are at all time high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Because the principal is a very good leader, he find other ways to teach, with trips to other countries with the best students, parents and staff and this travels open the mind and the way to see the world of all of us, there are a lot of needs, books, but the money in the hands of a good leader, make it very useful, thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

This school was on track to offering students a variety of opportunities for a 'whole-child' development until the new principal showed up and with his micro-management took away all that was good about the school, set up his own agenda and shows no support for excellence and innovative thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

The teachers at this school are very focused on the education of children. The adminisration of this school has tried to put many new things in place only to be shot down by a handful of digruntled parents (who were used to running the school with the old quasi-administrator) and not supported by central office staff. I think that this is a great school and has a potential for more if this small group of parents with their own personal agendas would let the principal and staff do their jobs.
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Posted May 19, 2009

Most teachers at this school are entry-level teachers (lack of teaching experience). Class rooms are getiing crowded. My child's teacher does not care much about teaching her students. She is lazy and absent many times. This school used to be OK but not anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

The principal and most of the teachers are focused on bringing the very large English as a Second Language students to a point where they can perform adequately on the SOL tests. If your child is average or above this school has little to offer. Active participation in the PTA is pitifully small.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

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 81% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%
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
Hispanic 40% 12%
Black 39% 35%
White 11% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 73%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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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5101 Pierce Ave
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 513-5300

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