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Potomac Landing Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 461 students

 

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Posted July 23, 2014

My daughter attends PLES and will be entering 1st grade this year. I'm pleased with the school and the teachers/principal expectations for parent involvement. If you are a parent who would like to just have child taught by a teacher and you as the parent have no interesting in teaching your child this is not the school for you. My child's teacher helped to continue what have already as a parent instilled in my child that learning is the building blocks of FUN. This school in kindergarten required my child to have a 2min oral presentation and be involved in the spelling bee not for competition but enhancement in sight words and being able to verbalize her findings. So our past year experience with this schools has been pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

This school is horrible. The teachers are unfriendly, unprofessional, disorganized and lack passion. Everything is outdated....from the staff to the building to the curriculum. They only care about MSA testing. If you are okay with your child having a cookie-cutter education that lacks individuality and creativity, then this school is for you. The school lacks technological resources and any qualified individual that could perform, let alone teach, the students about computers and software. This school is a real museum and could use a major facelift inside and out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Potomac Landing Elementary School is great for instruction, parent teacher organization involvement, and a staff that demonstrates professionalism and care in every grade. My children both had IEPs and the special education program and leaders were exceptionally helpful. The Principal is a good delegates well, but he picks a hard working staff. I've sent 2 children there and have seen others that have come from private schools lacking the standards needed to succeed in this public school. Well done PLES family. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

My son just completed his first year of kindergarten at this school and I have nothing but positive things to say about the school, teachers, PTSA, and administration. They were all easy to work with no matter what the situation and most importantly they took an interest in my child and his education. I absolutely loved the entire Kindergarten teaching staff and the methods they used getting the child and the parent involved in the children's education. I would definitely recommend this school and look forward to the upcoming year with two more kindergartens there and one in first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

My son came to Potomac Landing from a private school with a great foundation. He excelled at Potomac Landing. The foundation couldn't have been any better if he had started there. I could have a larger college fund had I done my homework sooner. No complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2011

Could be better if the special needs population were serviced more. The services provided are okay, but the distractions of the "inclusion" students disrupts my son's class daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

I was a former teacher at PLES and I LOVED working there. The teachers were the best that I have ever worked with and really care about the students. The entire staff works as a team and helps each other out. It's not just a school, but a family.


Posted August 3, 2011

My son has been attending PLES for 2 years and I have been thoroughly pleased with the curriculum, staff and activities. The VP and Principal are always reachable and willing to help resolve any concerns. I would like to see more computers in the classrooms and the children to spend more time learning about them and then the school would be perfect to us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

This is an excellent school. The teachers really care about the students and the parents are really involved. I love it here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 10, 2007

PLES is an awesome school. I have three children there and a fourth to come and I would not recommend any other school. The teachers honestly care about their students and they help them in any way they can. The curriculum is great and my children have learned so much while at PLES. The faculty is wonderful and they are always friendly. The Principal and Vice-Principal are on one accord and they care about the students, test scores, parents, their staff, teachers and everyone they encounter. Overall, this school gets a five star from me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

Classrooms are overcrowed. quite a bit discpline problems. many students from District of columbia. Curriculum is supposed to be advanced howevr many students expereince failure, due to lack of prior knowledge of concepts presented. If you must place student here, please get extra tutoring support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Over the past seven years, I have had two children enrolled in PLES. I have been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism of all of the staff. The teachers possess knowledge in the areas they teach, they are caring, committed, and compassionate. The principle is extremely involved with school activities and the atmosphere is welcoming. I am blessed to have experienced PLES and for my children to attend this dynamic school. It is comporable to a private school education to say the least. Thanks for many years of positive learning, growth and development PLES. It has been an enjoyable ride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

We moved here from Northern Virginia mid-way through the year and I have to admit I was worried about leaving Fairfax County Schools and entering PG Schools, who wouldn't be right. I know that it is just kindergarten but everyone has been great here. I can tell that the faculty really care about each and every student. I can see how my child has grown and her work has improved. I am truly pleased with PLES. Thank you, you have made this an easy transition for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Totally awesome and the Principal is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

We have been pleased with Potomac Landing Elementary. We pulled our children out of a private school. Mostly because the curriculum at Potomac Landing is much better for the children. Here are the biggest advantages I see at Potomac Landing: the children who are here belong to parents who care and the energy level of the teachers (older and younger). When I decided to remove my son from private school after the 1st quarter I was a little worried, he doesn't adjust well to new environments. The teacher he was assigned to here was awesome. She really cared about him and his individual needs. Our daughter is excelling fine in kindergarten. What a mistake in thinking that because you pay for education you are getting the best. When my experience is just the opposite. This is a good public school with awesome teachers and administration.
—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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%
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
Black 80% 35%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 3% 4%
White 2% 42%
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 41%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(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

Language learning

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
Fax number
  • (301) 203-3226

Programs

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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
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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12500 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
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