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Hollifield Station Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 675 students

 

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Posted December 23, 2013

The teachers are good, but the administration is terrible. The Principal, Asst. Principal, counselors are all biased and if your kid has problems, they will suspend versus work with you. One of the few elementary schools in Maryland that suspends elementary school children - disgraceful!! The teachers tend to be more caring and understanding. Avoid this school at all costs, it's not worth it. Got to St. John's or Veterans.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

This is a fantastic school. I have a daughter who started there in 2003 and now in high school and I have another daughter who started K in 2009 and in 4th now. We have had great experience consistently. The principal and teachers are so involved, encouraging,supportive and understanding. They have so many activities that you can do as much as you like to and keep challenged. PTA is great. Parent involvement is amazing. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

After my child transferred from another local but larger school, I thought the experience would be a good one (hence a smaller community school). For starters, the schools drop off and pick up is horrible leaving parents waiting in line for several minutes causing a huge inconvenience. The front office staff can be rude, less than accommodating, and provides poor customer service to the parents in and out of the building. They have some great teachers but also have teachers who are less than par and single out students based on race, etc; My child constantly receives paperwork home with not only grammatical errors but spelling errors, as well (with the principal's initials on it). I've tried to figure out why majority of the community sends their children to private schools or home schools them but I now know why. Next year my child will be attending private school for elementary. Steer clear of this school! I've spoken to several other parents with similar complaints. I encourage them to make it known regarding the school so that there isn't any bias.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

My daughter goes to this school. She needed extra support in the beginning. Mrs. Brusio and Mrs. Castelbaum have been extremely helpful. They both are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

My kids go to Hollifield Station Elementary school, this has great teachers, principal and not the least school nurse. My son has feeding issues and the nurses (School cluster Nurse - Sue Wilson & Rosa) here will take great care of him. My son goes to Kennedy Krieger Institute for feeding therapy and to our surprise the nurse also visited the institute to see how they are doing feeding therapy so that the nurse can do the same at school for quick improvement for my son. This was never expected by me as parent and i love the staff and never go out of this school region. Once again thank to Lisa Booth, my sons teachers Ms Bailey and Ms Dewind and nurses Rosa & Sue for their continuous support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

This is, indeed, a truly great school. The teachers are inclusive, and take personal interest in your child's progress. Lisa Booth, the current Principal, knows every student by name, and how each is doing. The music program is exemplary. Aimee Winner is the current musical director. Every year they put on brilliant plays that are just a joy to watch, especially if you have a child participating. They have orchestra and band also. Additionally, they have an audition-based choir called the Station Singers, who have sung the anthem at Baltimore Orioles games. And the music students take a trip every year to the annual Music in the Parks festival at Hershey Park, PA. Social studies is also highly advanced. They do a mock Congressional Hearing - a simulation of an actual one - to get first-hand experience of how our government works. There is also a science fair for 4th and 5th graders. Students from the high school ask them about their projects and offer constructive feedback to mentor them.. Homework and exercises are challenging yet not excessive. Recess is sufficient to ensure adequate physical activity and there is an annual Field Day also. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

I have a 19 year old as well as a 12 and 10 year olds,who all attended Hollifield. With our youngest starting the 5th grade we know we are going to truly miss Hollifield Station Elementary School. We have been more than pleased to have been apart of the school and the community for 15 years. The current principle has taken charge with few bumps in the road. Parents and grandparents in the community need to continue to support her in her efforts to exceed expectation with outstanding academic performance. She has lead the school to tap into the vast diversity and talent of all the students and parents. I have marvelled at the advanced programs and level of detail in all performances and programs given by the students. The talent particularly at this years science fair was spectatcular. The yearly International Day makes us be thankful to live in a place where there is truly diversity at all levels. We believe our community realizes it takes a villiage to raise a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

I think, this school is one the best schools of Howard County. We have extremely pleased with both the staff and the Principal. Can't ask for anything more from an Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

I really really love this school. The teachers are very well knowledgeable and very friendly with the kids. My daughter has been going to this school for past 3 years and she loves every moment of her school life. I think this is one of the best schools in Howard County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

I think this school is great! The teachers work efficiently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

We moved to Ellicott city to join our daughter in a good school where we don't need to worry about her Education. Our experience with the school has been well beyond our expectations. School staff members are very professional & knowledgeble and encourage kids to develop various skills in academic and non-academic areas. The teachers are very knowledgeable and dedicated to help each kid to learn the skills they need to learn. They are very prompt in responding to parents requests and queries. Curriculum planning and execution are exceptional. Teachers encourage parent s participation. Only one little thing I would like to see improvement is taking school level to next level in few years to compete with best schools in the state and county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

Hollifield Station ES, is a great school where people are environment friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2009

The principal who opened the school (Mr. Heisey) put together an excellent staff and set a tone of high achievement for all students, including the large ELL population. The current principal, Mrs. Booth, is carrying on this climate of high expectations. The school is a safe and nurturing place for our kids and we thank the staff and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

Anyone parent who has a problem with this school should take a look at themselves and how poorly they may run their household. Whenever there have been issues, both the principle and the staff have been quick to respond. The teachers have very good control over the overall environment and the class sizes have gone down since the opening of new schools in the area. This is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

The staff have been amazing. The principal was excellent! i had the opportunity to intern at the school this year and am going to start working there in the fall. The students are very respectful and it is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 10, 2007

This is one of the best schools in Howard County. The teachers are amazing and the principal is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

Our experience at Hollifield was very unsatisfactory. The classroom was not well managed and our child had difficulty learning in a chaotic environment. When we voiced our concerns, the situation did not change. We would not send our child there again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2004

I love this school, though public school in many ways it acts as a private school. The staff is awesome. They have a genuine concern for each child and they work 'hand in hand' with the parents The are able to compensate children at all achievement levels in all grades. The parent and PTA involvement is enormous. The principal is very much in touch with his staff. You can clearly see the dedication and loyalty that the staff embraces they love what they are doing. The principal is thorough and is a firm believer of quality education which is a direct reflection on the staff he chooses. I have 3 children - 2 that have attended and 1 that will start kindergarden this fall. I love this 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 74% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

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 73% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

114 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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 42% 6%
White 29% 42%
Black 13% 35%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School psychologist
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school

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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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8701 Stonehouse Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2550

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