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Tuscarora Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 734 students

 

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Posted August 13, 2013

Tuscarora ES is by far the best school my daughter has attended. She attended two other elementary schools for kindergarten and first grade, but she's grown in her education here more than the prior two schools. I have one child going into fifth grade this year, and another going into first grade. Both kids received a high quality education during the 2012-13 school year and they're excited to go back to school next week. We've had the opportunity to move again since my kids starting attending school here, but we've declined because we didn't want them to have to leave Tuscarora. They also now have an intercom system (since Sandy Hook) so that no one can enter the school without authorization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

I have had three children in Tuscarora starting the year it opened until now. We have gone through two principals and our third is to start this coming school year. Our first principal was fantastic, the second well let's just say the school depreciated SUBSTANTIALLY in quality. The teachers remain top notch throughout the administration changes but the front office really could use some updating. Here's hoping the next principal takes the bull by the horns and gets Tuscarora whipped back into the shape it was when it first opened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS THE BEST! I NEVER WENT HERE BUT I LOVE AND LIKE IT


Posted August 22, 2012

I have two children here and this school is just okay. Way over capacity - all 5th graders in portables this year. Most concern is with the principal, she seems weak and inattentive. Perhaps she's overwhelmed with nearly 800 students and working on a doctorate in education? There are much better choices in this county or neighboring Loudoun...Do your homework!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Great school. I have two children that attend the school. The staff is great. Will answer any questions you may have about your child The administrators are usually available if not they will call you or email you as soon as possible. Most times they will stop what they are doing to assist you. The front office staff can be a bit more friendly but they are not mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Great school!!! It is still fairly new I have 2 children that attend the school. The teachers are top notch and do a great job with our students. The princpal is usually available to meet with parents and if she is not she will call you the minute she gets time in her schedule. She cares about the school. The secreatries are not mean but need to smile a little more to welcome everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

My son is in 1st grade. The bldg build in '04. At least 2 computers in each classrm Plus a computer Lab. Private Bathrms in each class. Plenty of sunlight. The PTA President consistantly kind, welcoming & instructing any volunteers (and there are a lot)The teachers welcome volunteers. My experience: Any questions/concerns have been answered via email or phone by end of the day I've contacted them. Health rm excellant employee! Secretary makes sure noone enters bldg who shouldn't...guard dog! No dealings w/ Principle. Learning is interesting & fun here. I love this school. One Neg..Large class size avg: 24-25. Yet teachers handle the kids beautifully!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

Special ed services are lacking at this school. It is almost like it a battlefield to acquire services instead of everyone working as a team. The school educationally is a good one, but if your child needs special ed services you would be better to find another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

My daughter has gone here for Kindergarten and 1st grade. The teachers are very patient (my daughter has trouble staying focused) and very open and available to speak with parents. The school does a good job of keeping parents involved. There is a lot of homework but I feel my daughter is being challenged every step of the way. It is a very new school but it looks awesome and there's lots of technology there. It's very clean and state-of-the-art. I have not had any problems with the faculty or staff there. It's in a very safe area too and all the parents are very involved. I commute an hour every day to work just so my daughter can stay at this school because I like it so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

This is the third year my children are attending. I think the school wants parents to be involved and there are a lot of great things about it in general. However, I've had difficulty with teachers there in the enormous amount of homework they give. They do not abide by the rule of thumb for how much time homework should take. Then when I tell my child that they have struggled for an hour and that's enough, they are punished by sitting in at recess the following day. There was a child who was just a provoker to my child and my child responded or retailiated twice and both times he was in trouble and the child who provoked it was not. So, I have a few issues with this school or specific people in it but the bottom line is they are getting a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

The school is great! The teacher wants parents to get involved and they really help the students on what the student needs. Teacher give student a special attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

Great School! Teachers and Administrators care and it shows. The school welcomes parents in and encourages involvement. This is a newer school starting it s 4th year and it has wonderful technology available to the students, such as power point presentations and live broadcasted visual morning messages, great school and it is only gong to get better in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

This is a wonderful school. The principal and assistant principal are top notch and it shows! The staff is very stable and the academics are great.
—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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 42%
Black 15% 35%
Hispanic 14% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Two or more races 8% 4%
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 27%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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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

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Language learning

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

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

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Counseling
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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6321 Lambert Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: (240) 566-0000

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