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Nantucket Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 810 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 28, 2014

I finally found a great school for my daughter, she loves her teachers! They have great programs to help students improve their learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

The earlier reviewer was exactly right when they said Nantucket was very overcrowded. Their parent/student ratio is too high for teachers to meet student's needs as well as they could. Nantucket is being redistricted at the end of the school year, which will hopefully resolve this issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

I have two girls at this school and this is our second year here. Love it. The curriculum is challenging for my 1st grader (not so challenging for my 4th grader; but then again she thinks everything is easy). I love their music program, and educational after school programs (especially Destination Imagination and MESA). The technology is excellent, the teaching staff is awesome. The 4 teachers we've had so far have all been so helpful. Can't say many bad things about this school especially when you are an involved parent and know what's going on. The school is big on technology and my kids love learning that way. i could go on and on about this school: the principal, support staff, PTA! AWESOME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

This school is so OVERCROWDED that the entire 5th grade is housed in "portables" behind the school! Very surprising since it opened in 2008! The average ratio per class is very misleading (18 versus 27 to 30 in reality). The students have very limited access to actual textbooks. Everything is taught from the "smart boards". This means no references for homework. And less engaging teachers. Teachers and staff seem to have limited control over students. Deadlines are merely guidelines...they give students very little accountability for their work. We have experienced 3 other elementary schools (due to military transfers) and this is by far our worst experience with mean cliques (boys and girls). The only redeeming factors for this school are a fantastic guidance counselor and very friendly front office staff. After all the positive reviews online, we are very disappointed that this is the school assigned to the house we bought.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

I have my third child now attending this school, and it has been an excellent experience for all three kids, academically and socially. I have one child with special needs who has been very well attended to, as well...In fact, we had him in one of the county's public charter schools for a short while, then switched him back to Nantucket because it served him so much better. While there is always variability between teachers, I've delt with a dozen of them now, plus special ed services, and they all are somewhere between good and absolutely fantastic! One of my favorite times of the year is the annual talent show...You can't see it and not fall in love with the teachers, kids, and families that make this place great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

My 5 yr. old started her first year of school this year and I absolutely love this school, as does she. The principal is outside every morning and afternoon really taking a part in the school. And they have a great policy to make the school safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Nantucket is wonderful. My grandson will be graduating andf moving on to Crofton Middle School next year. We will miss Nantucket. The teachers are excellent and so caring of the children.


Posted November 21, 2011

I love this school. Of course, the building itself is really nice, being only a few years old, and it has current technology. My daughter attended 4th and 5th grade at Nantucket and was well prepared for middle school. She is now doing high school level math in 7th grade. My younger daughter had an amazing kindergarten experience. She loved going to kindergarten, reads well, and enjoyed the opportunity to read a book to her former kindergarten teacher's class now that she is in first grade. Her kindergarten teacher really got to know her students, even going to many birthday parties that she was invited to. The teachers work as a team with the other teachers in their grade, and the children benefit from that. They are also very accessible, responding quickly to emails. My only concern is with the growing class sizes - although the school is new, it is way over capacity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Most teacher are young and without much experience. Other school have more experienced teacher and that makes a huge difference. Reading program is poor comparing with other Elementary Schools in Crofton. Reading and spelling program needs to improve bid deal. Technology is good because the Principal focus more in technology than a serious reading program. PTA needs to reflect diversity and do more things for free for the children. Principal may not be open to suggestions or to learn from school that are alredy getting greater ratings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Great technology. Poor reading program. Other Elementary Schools in Crofton have better reading programs and spelling. School could do a lot better in reading. PTA not very diverse. PTA does not do much activities for free. If parents are not email or computer oriented they may not get to know PTA. Some NES teachers are young and not very experience. Friendly Principal but may not take suggestions regarding better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

My family moved to Crofton because of the reputaion of its schools. So far they have been very disappointed. My granddaughter is a gifted student, and now as a 9 yr old, has never received less that a "A" on an assignment or on her report card. Even though the teachers and staff are very nice, they have done very little to challenge her academically. They have a pull-out program that she attends once a week for math, but this does not address our concern that her teacher has not discovered a way to challenge her in the classroom. Sending her home with random worksheets is not the way to motivate a gifted child. She is totally bored. What a disappointment.


Posted March 6, 2011

We just moved here from Hawaii. We have two children. One of which is special needs. By far, this school is excellent. The teachers are wonderful, the atmosphere is great and my children love going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

Amazing school! State of the art technology, fabulous music program, focus on rigorous academics, citizenship and kids health and fitness. Couldn't be more happy with this school. Top notch administrators and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

We love this school. The technology is just amazing and the teachers are fantastic. We are so happy that they finally built this great new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

It is a new school in its second year now. The teachers are great and technology/facilities are excellent. My kids are so happy that they go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

This is an excellent brand new school, with incredibly talented teaching and administrative staff. I had two children attend this school. Each had very specific developmental, emotional, and academic needs. I was thrilled with the level of professionalism, thorough care, and dedication the staff gave my children. One of the best schools I have ever seen, and I've worked for public school administration offices. This one is top notch.
—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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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97%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
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 64% 42%
Black 17% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 4% 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 10%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • 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

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band

Language learning

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

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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2350 Nantucket Dr
Crofton, MD 21114
Phone: (410) 451-6120

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