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Waterloo Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 756 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2013

I heard good things about this school. It had been around for a very long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

I'm a parent of a 5th grader and I think the school is great. Good teachers that communicate well with parents. Principle and other staff are friendly and approachable. Great supportive environment with a well behaved student body. My daughter has done well here and has good grades
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

Waterloo fosters excellent academic preparation. Furthermore, the principal and every teacher I've met have been warm, caring people who are truly interested and supportive of my children's growth and development. Hooray for Waterloo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

My son started Waterloo preschool 2 months ago and it has been amazing! The staff is very supportive and makes everyone feel welcome and special! I have not encountered any member of staff that did not offer assistance. The Principal, Mrs. Webster is truly great, very involved and fosters a positive atmosphere within the school.
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Posted May 22, 2011

Waterloo is a very good school. I have 3 kids here and they love it! The principal, Mrs. Webster is very kind & dedicated. She is present at all the after-school events and is also very active at these events. I have subbed a few times at Waterloo and the staff & teachers are friendly. I am pleased with the quality of education my kids are getting. There are so many fantastic teachers from Mrs. Bray, Ms. Yakscoe-Markle, Mrs. Kuegler, Mrs. Billey, Mrs. Pleasant & Mr Fellin to Mrs. Cutick, just to name a few; who are doing a wonderful job of adding value to our kids. Thank you to all the staff & teachers at WES. God bless you all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

I can't ask God for a better school and staff than we have at Waterloo. I have two daughters who have been at Waterloo for 3 and 2 years. The quality of instruction and the staff are top notch. From Mrs. Webster to Ms Yascoe-Markle, to Ms. Clark, to Ms kuegler, to Ms. Pleasant, thank y'all for all that you do to add value to my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

My son just started Pre-K and had never been out of the care of his family before. He was welcomed so warmly by the staff, from the principal down and he now loves school. We moved from California in hopes of starting our children off right in good schools and we are pleased with this school already.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

I have a child who has been at waterlloo for 3 years and one who is starting and my husband and I love it.Our child is happy there, The staff is great and my 2nd child cant wait to go.Good job to the staff, teachers,and parents who make waterloo a great success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

My child was transfered to Waterloo right before the end of school year, my husband and I were very pleased with how well Waterloo welcomed our child and made him feel like he belonged right from the beginning of the school year. Staff are very friendly and professional, teachers are sweet and made him feel right from the begining. very pleased with this school. Kudos, Mrs. Reyna Vargas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

The school is friendly and accomodating. My sons are special needs and started in the middle of the school year. The school went above and beyond to integrate them and make them comfortable. The principal is good, the vice principal is also nice and having school age kids as well he can relate. The school psychologist is pretty cool. The lunch ladies are neat. There are fun activites run by the pta every so often. Although, I wish they taught foreign languages. They don't. Overall, this school is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

We have had three children attend Waterloo over the last 12 years and feel very fortunate. The staff is stable, well-trained, friendly and organized. The facilities are clean and inviting. Testing levels have gone up. At times we have had discipline problems and the staff has been prepared to work with us, even coach us on progressive discipline. The parent volunteers tend to be the same ones every year and that needs to improve. We will remember Waterloo fondly (this is our last year).
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Posted September 3, 2004

Our children were transfered to Waterloo. We were extremely pleased with how well Waterloo welcomed our children and made them feel like they belonged right from the beginning of the school year. We were also very pleased that Waterloo has a warm and friendly learning environment where each student is encouraged to excel and learn in a positive yet relaxed atmoshphere. The school environment is welcoming and smiling faces meet and greet you wherever you turn. The students classwork and artwork are proudly displayed all through the building as well as incentive and achievement walls and showcases. Kudos to a staff that does an A+ job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2003

Our daughter was transferred from Worthington, which our other children had attended. We were very worried that Waterloo would not meet the very high standards we had come to expect at Worthington. In fact, we believe it has exceeded them. We are very very pleased with Waterloo on all levels.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%
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
White 36% 42%
Black 29% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 6%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 12%
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 24%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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

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Programs

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
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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5940 Waterloo Rd
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (410) 313-5014

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