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Pershing Hill Elementary

Public | 1-5 | 600 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted July 11, 2014

We are a military family and our oldest daughter attended here from 1st through 3rd grade. She had fantastic teachers and most of the staff is great. The only poor choice was the principal, however the vice-principal was FANTASTIC. The students are held accountable and the parents that volunteer at the school are also good. There are plenty of parents at this school that bring down the atmosphere and want to complain when their child is at fault. As a parent volunteer, I have seen that many times. This is a fantastic school and Ft Meade is lucky to have it on post.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

The only reason my child has continued at this school as long as they did is because of the great teacher and instrument program. However, my child will now be home schooled. The students are constantly yelled at. The lunchroom feels like a prison and often the kids are punished for it being too loud when it actually isn't. Poor staffing choices, a lack of communication, failure to do what was promised, and no self-accountability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

We just transferred to this school. The staff and students have been unhelpful and rude to my daughter. She has complained about the lack of discipline in the classroom and that certain students can do whatever they want. Being new she still doesn't know all the rules (she's been there 5 days) and was made to sit on the stage by herself and eat her lunch in front of all the other 5th graders because she didn't see the talking light turn red. To top it off her teacher told another student to sit their a$$ down yesterday. My normally happy go lucky daughter has come home crying almost everyday. This is NOT her first time being at a new school but this is the first time she has had a problem. I would have thought being a base school would have made this transition easier for her but that has not been the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

My sister and I went here as kids, and the school was ok. There was ALOT of bullying for me. And I don't remember if teachers noticed. I went here from '03-'05. The classes were good, and the teachers were friendly, but really, the students (who are now out of high school) who were in my classes were jerks. So really, my rating isn't really about the education or staff, more along the lines of students.


Posted August 29, 2013

Our child came home with a HUGE black eye! Nobody at the school noticed. How is this possible? What is the best way to hold this school and staff accountable. This is absolutely horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

It is funny how the comments about the quality of special education at Pershing Hill keeps getting deleted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Worst experience at a school, EVER. My child was placed in her class by the secretary. Not based on her knowledge or past achievements, but by which class has the least amount of students. The teacher had never experienced military life before and knew nothing about his students. My daughter is an advanced learner. Before he even got to know my daughter the teacher told us that she wouldn't be able to be involved in the advanced learners program. There was no classroom management and the rules of the class changed every day. Children were breaking pencils and slamming their desks around the room. When this was brought to the administrations attention they said they would take care of it. After some time passed and nothing was done to correct the deficiencies it was brought to their attention again, and again nothing was done about it. My daughter was taught more about the teacher's fraternity than the history of the state of Maryland, or the United States. We will be homeschooling, and then moving out of this horrid school district. Don't believe the hype of "best schools in the nation" that is standardized testing scores, not quality of teachers or education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

This is not the correct naming of the school. Pershing Hill and Meade Heights are two completely different schools. The address here is for Meade Heights not Pershing Hill. We loved Pershing Hill! We had a first grader and had no issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

Upon attending this school, many parents have decided to warn me about the staff there. I want to make sure you give the school a chance before making any decisions, the staff is very committed to the students and for their success. I believe many parents do not trust the teachers to do their jobs which can cause many problems. My child did not have an issue and had a great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

My child attended first grade at this school in 2011-2012. I homeschooled my son and when I registered him the principal didn't even look at my sons portfolio to place him in the most appropriate class. She placed him by his age. She said that after 30 days they would test him and they never did! My son had a horrible year. He would cry at night and in the morning about how bad his teacher was. He even had melt downs and crying in class. My son has ADD ADHD and mild autism and his teacher did not work well with this. We switched to South Shore Elementary this school year and my son has had a wonderful year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

The special education department of Pershing Hill was over worked and under staffed. The administration was not willing to be proactive to resolve issues and instead tried to pass blame for shortcomings on to the teachers. The principal was not the least bit understanding of the needs of the special needs child and had zero interest in helping achieve the goals of the student. The principal actually sat in the IEP meeting and worked on her computer instead of being an active participant. The staff is over worked and try the best the can for their students but sadly administration is more concerned with meetings than the actual military child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2012

This school needs lots of Special Education training. Military children endure lots of unexpected stress, the most we can give them is a solid, positive education environment in order for them to succeed. The administration needs to be more informed on military life and the changes that military children have to experience especially special needs children and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2012

This is our 3rd year at PHES. The past 2 years were fabulous. This year, however is a different story. The school was merged with another one on post and enrollment went from 200 kids to over 600. Classrooms have an average of 27-29 students. Teacher morale is extremely low due to the administration, namely the principal. She is completely unapproachable and does what ever the county wants not taking into consideration the military community at all. Younger siblings are not allowed in the building, not even for lunch. So, I can't go have lunch with my daughter b/c my son is 2 and he is not allowed in. We are happy to be leaving this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

Pershing Hill is an excellent school. The entire school staff is professional. They care about children. They value collaboration, diversity, high expectations, and they ensure that all students are moving toward success. The motto at Pershing Hill is, "Together we can achieve greatness!" I am committed to working with Pershing Hill along the journey to greatness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2011

Amazing school that strives to meet high state academic requirements. As a military spouse I expect state academic levels to fluctuate. Pershing Hill teachers strive to meet those requirements in fun and innovative ways. They are friendly and genuinly interested but understaffed in higher grades. I recommend getting involved in the volunteer and PTA programs offered to spouses, active duty and community, during and after school hours. The children enjoy many military volunteers to include the whole family. The administration could handle the military transition with more compassion by being aware of children whose parents are deployed and offering them some form of a support group. Administration poorly addresses the different grade requirements of each state which seem to be much higher in the northern states. I was happy that the school made aware, the variety of community resources, often run by military volunteers, that addressed children who required individual assistance. Overall I found Pershing Hill to be a small, community friendly school with open arms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

We transferred to PHES from a Mid-Western State. My daughters - 2nd and 3rd grade - were considered ahead of their classes academically in the previous school, but they were average and below average when we arrived here. The teachers were wonderful about evaluating their strengths and weaknesses and helping the girls to pull up and even excell academically here. The art, music and PE programs are wonderful! I don't feel there is good communication between the teachers and working parents and would like to see a better special needs program. Overall, it is an excellent school and I thank the staff for doing such a wonderful job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

I have two children at PHES, one in 2nd grade and one in 5th. I have found Pershing Hill to be an excellent school. The teachers are strict, yet effective. The class sizes are small (my 5th grader only has 15 students in his class), and the children get a lot of individual attention. My 2nd grader has trouble reading, and I do wish that he could get more help in the school, but there are many outside facilities in this area which offer help to children with special needs. Overall, I am very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2006

I have only positive things to say about Pershing Hill. The Staff and Teachers are focused on the children, and yes they are strict but I think that with today's pressure that the kids have to deal with, it's at least controlled at P.H.E. I had both kids at the school and both loved it and made lots of friends from the first day they got there. The staff and Principal are there to help you with the transition and the teachers understand the military life eventhough it's a public school. Keep up the Great Work P.H.E!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

I felt this school's special education staff needs training. The principal is well-intentioned and the teachers of strings, music, and P.E. are exceptional. However, the school stresses rote memorization and seemed to lack, in my opinion, up to date teaching practices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

This has been a good school for my 3rd grader. Teachers are somewhat strict but seem genuinely interested in children succeeding. It's a small school, but my daughter has enjoyed the activities offered, such as learning to play the violin.
—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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

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 81% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 42%
Black 25% 35%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Art teacher(s)
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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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Gifted / high performing
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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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7600 29th Division Road
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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Phone: (410) 222-6519

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