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Atholton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 477 students

 
 

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Posted December 2, 2010

My son has only started kindergarten this fall, but overall feel that he is making good progress, his teacher is very nice and nurturing (the teacher aide in his class seems very good as well), and I have a good impression of the principal, and feel she is well liked and respected by staff and parents. The VP is new this fall, but very friendly and works to engage parents. It is not uncommon to see one or both of their cars at school at 7:30 am...or at 5 pm. In my experience, teachers return emails very quickly--I have sent emails at 10 or 11 pm, and received a response within minutes. I am also impressed with the sheer number of parent volunteers at the school every day. The county as a whole also places a high emphasis on modelling good behavior in the schools, my impression is that AES seems to take that very seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

The Principal is nice but her administrative skills are lacking. She attempts to placate parents in conferences, says the right words but that is where it ends. No follow through. She clearly has an agenda which isn't necessarily in the best interest of the main population of the school. The VP is abrasive but responsive. In her first year at this school, she has managed to alienate the parents making it almost impossible for the PTA to recruit volunteers. GT classes are hit or miss. Discipline is inconsistant at best. Having heard what a wonderful school AES was, I'm hoping for administrative changes to bring that atmosphere and learning environment back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

The school was once an excellent institution of learning, but weak leadership has taken its toll. The schools decreasing standardized test scores and increasing parent discontent should be noted and addressed by the Board of Education. The school neglects the basics of elementary education in order to push forward an experimental agenda. Though some of the teachers are excellent, overall I cannot and will not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

The principal @ this school is dedicated and work for the success of each student regardless of any difficulties the student may have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Due to having to relocate, we had to leave atholton. Not only do I miss the school, but my 5 year old son does as well. Wonderful pta, dedicated and professional staff, and absolutely marvelous kindergarten teachers. The teacher is able to sit down individually with the child and see what level the child is at. Group and individual activities done in class, art, and field trips too. Kindergarten goes to library and music. The wonderful balance esp for a public school! I highly recommend this school! We would even pay out of county tuition for our son to go back! principal and vice principal are super taking the time to get to know students and parents. The staff truly cares about their students, and have a desire for everyone to suceed. Parental involvement is outstanding with pta functions, volunteering etc. You wont be let down by attending this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

My child has had a wonderful experience at this school with dedicated teachers with a variety of teaching styles who have provided her with a top notch education. The principal is a great administrator who has a 'children first' attitude! I will be forever grateful to all of the staff at Atholton Elementary School.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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81%

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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

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 81% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
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 48% 42%
Black 26% 35%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 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 23%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6700 Seneca Dr
Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: (410) 313-6853

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