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Indian Head Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 421 students

 

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2011:
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Posted January 28, 2013

My son has attended this school for sometime and I think it's great. Administration, as well as teachers, We are in the Second report is great to know that my son and others are going so well. thanks to all the staff and thier support. My wife and I would like to thank the Strong principal and the Excellent teachers as well their leadership and new programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

I was just wondering why the test scores haven't been updated. It says you are using the test scores from 2012 - 2011. The 2011-2012 data has been in for some time and Maryland is now using a new system to analyze certain schools, identifying schools as a strand 1 to strand 5. (1 being the best and 5 being the worst, requiring intervention). Indian Head is currently a strand 2 school, which is the top 50% in the state.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 22, 2012

My son attends Indian Head Elementary School and my daughter will start kindergarden there next month. There is an active PTO and the school has lots of fun activities for children and families. It s easy to contact teachers to request conferences and I ve felt that my son s teachers have genuinely had an interest in him succeeding! There are pretty cool extra curricular activities like the math team and an awesome jr. robotics team for younger kids! Parents are also welcome to volunteer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

My child has attended this school for sometime and I think it's great. Administration, as well as teachers, have worked to pull out the best in my child. The school offers challenging programs, great extra curricular activities (Math Team, DI, MESA) and lots of after school events for parents and children to attend together (Math Night, Family Fitness) that are both fun and educational. As a parent, I am given many opportunities to volunteer and be apart of my child's learning. The school has so many technology resources that they have the ability to reach all types of learners. When I had an issue with my child's teacher, the Principal was always available to meet with me and to understand my feelings about what was going on. I was offered guidance that allowed me to not offend or make the teacher feel attacked, but to get the results needed for my child. They have a very active PTO that sponsors events and drives that teaches my child, and reminds me, to be more civic minded. AWESOME SCHOOL!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

Indian Head Elementary School is a wonderful school. Our adminstration is supportive and cares about the teachers and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2012

There are no walls and no doors on the the vast majority of the classrooms, making it a very noisy environment for learning. The classrooms are small under-equipped and overcrowded. My son's assigned seat this year is right *behind* the overhead projector. I have mentioned that they current layout of the classroom obstructs the view of 4 students, and I suggested an improved layout. The classroom teacher has still not corrected this significant impediment to learning. The Principal is not on top of her responsibilities and relies on parents to reveal the most efficient way to ensure the safety and orderliness of school. My son has been bullied, targeted, harrassed and is scared to attend that school. Office staff and teachers are rude, untruthful and do not appropriately respond to parent concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

the school feels like a prison, no solid walls that divied the class rooms, no doors or windows, This is a tremondous distraction as you can hear other classes going on. We have been lucky to have excellent teachers, Loved Ms Pounds for my daughter when she was in 5th grade, and my son loved Ms Heard for 1st and Miss T Davis for 2nd. My husband is military but I am glad we are moving soon! Not a very good learning enviroment when all you hear is teachers yelling at unrulely students and everyday lessons of other classes
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2009

This was a wonderful school for my daughter to attend K. Her teacher was excellent, along with the aide. She learned to read so well, it is amazing. We have moved, and I was sad that this school would not allow a waiver for her to continue attendance. The only down side is that sometimes the office staff is less than friendly and the Principle would not grant the waiver (I think b/c my child is difficult).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

My children have attended IHES over the past 5 years. During that time we have had 2 changes in the school leadership. That, however, has not dramatically impacted the nurturing and supportive environment that exists. IHES has several teachers and staff that have worked there for many years.
—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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%
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 61% 35%
White 26% 42%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 57%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4200 Indian Head Hwy
Indian Head, MD 20640
Phone: (301) 743-5454

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