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University Park Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 661 students

 

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2011:
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Posted October 11, 2014

School is great. Teachers are fantastic with 2 or 3 exceptions. Some are very snob and nasty. Overall this school is just the most amazing place to educate a kid. So much parent involvement I love it!!! It is like a little family. New principal... I am not in love with. She is not what I expected. I tried several times to talk to her and she never paid attention. Other than that it is wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2014

Culturally-enriching, academically-engaging and strong community support. This is our 3rd year at UPES and we have 2 children attending the school. Knowledgeable & caring teachers & staff along with a diverse selection of extracurricular activities & classes to supplement what has been squeezed out due to current trending educational models and philosophies, has kept us happy with our children's educational experience. Examples of this are the school's annual Azalea Classic (AC), after-school enrichment classes (AEC), book log events, Dr. Seuss celebration, FallFest, Hispanic Heritage Night, Family Game Night and more. For the AC, the teachers incorporate into their math and physical education curriculum with charts, graphs, goal tracking and a weekly recess running club complete with pedometers. AEC supplements the public school system offering a diverse class selection on topics ranging from foreign language-ceramics-drama-chess & more. The add'l activities help foster a strong community which is proven to be a strong predictor of producing successful students. A school is what you make it and, like anything, at a minimum, you'll get out of it what you put into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2014

I loveed it at UPES. It was some of the best years of my life. Shout out to Mrs. Young, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Bijou, and Mrs. Freeman


Posted August 4, 2014

What a welcome change in the selection of a new principal for a once great school in a still very nice neighborhood. The teachers here are excellent and the "supportive" parents are basically an extension of community cliques, which I am ashamed to say that I too am a part of. The former principal dismantled all true cultural activities in favor of her American ideal which was definitely not Prince George's County or the world, and ended up with a slew of mediocre, white-washed, hoe-down styled activities that was not all representative of the beautiful diversity found in our community. She had trouble relating to minority faculty, parents and students in Prince George's County. Glad to see her go and looking forward to a new school year led by seasoned professionals who have experience with all types of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

I do not feel this school can meet the needs of children with specials needs, especially those with an IEP. From my experience, students who start at UPES with an IEP seem to transfer or families move to a different county before reaching the fifth grade. Very unfortunate and hopefully the school's (and the county's) culture will become more open to inclusion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

Excellent organization !! principal is always cheerful and engaging around kids activities! love the staff and teachers they all seem like a wonderful family =) !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

We love this school because the teachers are outstanding and the community is very involved there. The in-school music program is also wonderful. The vast majority of teachers at the school are able to effectively challenge all the kids in the class, no matter what their level by differentiating their lessons on the classroom. They are able to juggle the county, state and federal requirements while also integrating creative ideas and interesting projects into the school day. There is a great Science Bowl team that competes at the county level, and there are numerous other afterschool activities, including PTA-organized language and art classes. It is an incredibly diverse school, both socioeconomically and ethnically, which offers children a terrific introduction to many different cultures and worldviews. Though the building is aging, the education and administration are top-notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2011

University Park Elementary School offers an excellent education which is enhanced by the strong sense of community. The children feel part of the warm environment. They are welcomed warmly by the Principal, Asst Principal, Teachers, and staff from the moment they walk in the door each day. The Principal is excellent - a true leader who demonstrates a positive, can do attitude. This is an excellent school. We feel our children are getting an excellent education at UPES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

A bit of light in a historically troubled school system. Bolstered by support from the community and the PTA, and anchored by good teachers, this school has much to offer its diverse student body. If anything, it may be a victim of its success, and everybody has perhaps unrealistically high expectations of the teachers and curriculum. In sum, many good teachers, a supportive administration, and very involved parents help keep this a high performing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2007

UPES is above the rest! This is definitely one elementary school that the Principal, Assistant Principal, teachers, staff, and even the UP Police force, are always visible and there to ensure that the children are safe, and well educated. The parent involvement, due to a dynamic PTA Committee, is over the top, wonderful. The school's after-school programs, and many school events during the school year are one of a kind. I love the beautiful University Park neighborhood and its families; they have a sense of togetherness and welcome other families to feel as if they are also a part of that community. UPES, again, is above the rest for education and involvement. Definitely a hidden gem in P.G County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

University Park is an excelent school, I personaly like it because promote diversity and involves parents in all the activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2006

Upes is a wonderful school teachers and parents are very intuned with the students and I wish there was a University Park Middle and High Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2003

A great neighboorhood school. The students know each other and the parents are very involved. A hidden gem in PG County
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

University Park is an excellent school. The environment that the UPES staff creates for the children to learn in is dynamic. Both my son and daughter attend UPES and they can't stop talking about it. If you are looking for an elementary school for your children I recommend UPES.
—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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

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 81% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
98%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
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 68% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
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
Hispanic 35% 12%
Black 31% 35%
White 23% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 54%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • After school
  • Before school
Fax number
  • (301) 927-1181

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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

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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