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Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2013

A great school where there is collaboration, building up of each other and safe environment for teaching, learning and development of students, staff members, parents and all stake holders of public education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 20, 2006

My daughter attended FSK from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The only reason she left is because we relocated. The school is exceptional in all aspects of the word. The academic curriculum as well as human morals of the staff are gratifying. Enrolling her in FSK is one of the best things I could have done to assure that her education experience is a success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

My grandchild has gone to FSK for 2 years, 5th and 6th grade. FSK is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are the greatest. They treat each child as if they were their own. You never see children running in and out of classrooms or disobeying the teachers. They make learning fun. The principal, is the best. She greets parents everyday and takes time to talk with them. Everyone greats you with a smile and the people in the office always have nice things to say. I will miss seeing them as my she graduates this year. Thank you FSK for bringing out the best in my granddaughter and giving her the encouragement and confidence she needed. Because of you all, she received the President's certifcate of achievement this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

When I first moved to this area years ago I was very concerned after looking at the test scores. However, Ms. Gilchrist is making things happen there and is setting a positive, goal minded tone that is clearly picked up by the studens and staff. Like a lot of schools in PG there is little parent involvement, however the staff has worked hard over the years to change that and it seems to be working.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2005

The first grade teacher my son had was very good with his first grade class. however, the adminstration is terrible. i was never notified about conferences and phone calls were never returned by the office. the principal might as well have been AWOL beause she was never there to answer questions. FIND ANOTHER COUNTY!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

Top notch public school in the district - school has won awards. A gem in the neighborhood (Palisades) a unique area of Washington, small town feel which reflects a bygone era when schools were warm and accepting environments - has excellent program for the hearing impaired. Pricey neighborhood which attracts high achieving and creative types - the parents are very involved and down to earth. Principal is wonderful and really knows every child individually, it carries through the rest of staff - Some of her teachers run around like chickens without heads scared the sky will fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

My son attends and he is in the 2nd grade. His teacher this year is from the District. I like her approach with the children. The school is wonderful. The teachers work together with the children. I think the challenge for them everyday is what is being done at home, reflects on the child at school. If the parents are not involved, than how can we expect the teachers to put so much forth without any cooperation. Overall, I love this school, some of the children just need some guidance. My son to be included, he loves to talk. You can't talk and listen & learn at the same time. The building is presentable, well-kept and very clean. The teachers are very professional. Mrs. Gilchrist stays on top of things.
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
34%
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 77% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
71%
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
Black 89% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2301 Scott Key Dr
District Heights, MD 20747
Phone: (301) 817-7970

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