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Garrett Park Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 630 students

 

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Posted November 13, 2014

I have one child that goes to Garrett park elementary this is his second year and I do not like the school at all. If my child does something he always get in trouble but let another child do something to him nothing happens it's time for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2014

My child attended this school a few years ago and I was just checking up on it again and I really have to say that the principle is amazing. She knows all of the students on a first name basis, and always pays attention to each of them; one year there was this little immigrant girl and she even went out of her way and talked to that student in her own language for a bit. Many of the teachers, as well, have unique teaching methods that work perfectly with the diverse mix of students, and encourage each individual to achieve their best. The extracurriculars are rich as well; art class in particular seemed to make a positive impact upon my child. And to top it off, the school events were fantastic and relevant to my child's own contentedness. The rotation of classes taught by one teacher within a grade and inter-grade "buddies" is yet another great idea that could only have come up at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2014

I love the Garret Park. My daughter didn't speak English. But when she was in kindergarten, she started! The teacher explained so amazing, that my daughter 2 month later started to understand instructions, made her work like other children and try to bring me letters like 'I love my mom' =) They are very friendly and always try do something for children. We had some parties, fun theme weeks and walking-tours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

The staff is not qualified enough and does not want to teach kids. From a discussion with a stuff development I understood that they believe the later a child start learning anything the better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My son just joined Garrett park elementary in first grade.. He really likes his school and has adjusted really well. The teachers are really undestanding and professtional. .Overall it has been a welcoming experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

This is my second year at the school and I think Is wonderful. The teachers are great and the principal and Vice principal are really professional and willing to help anytime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

In a climate of shrinking resources and ever more complex elementary curriculum, Garrett Park is nothing short of miraculous. It puts complex educational theories into practice while recognizing the unique gifts of each student. The principal is very hands on. I see her in the hallway almost every visit I make. She continues to surprise me by being up-to-date on each of my children's progress. The faculty is dedicated to high-level education and very skilled in its execution. The staff is professional, courteous, and quick to smile. I always feel comfortable calling. Three of my children have gone to Garrett Park. Each has had individual needs met with competence and understanding. Two have IEPs that reflect their learning style and support both their strengths and weaknesses. The principal worked with me and the team to insure that the proper staff and testing were involved. I feel my children s issues were well defined and the proper accommodations were put in place. The school nurse has been highly professional and attentive in helping manage my son's asthma. I have nothing but praise to offer for the entire operation at Garrett Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

Parent of a special education pre-schooler who goes to GPES for speech therapy weekly and will attend GPES for K this fall. We LOVE the school and the staff we have interacted with to this point. The counselor is AMAZING, the resource teacher supportive and accomodating, the PTA is very involved and pro-active, and the speech therapist is sensational. The new building is beautiful, and the staff makes it even more appealing. We have been nothing short of 100% impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

Garrett Park Elementary School is a great school. The Prinicipal is a very helpful and supportive to parents and students. Three years back when my kid had in trouble and conflict with his class teacher she voluntarily helped us to resolve the issue peacefully. From our experience the class teachers were really patient and sincere shaping our kids. The school has recently renovated the building with all new facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

The principal was unwilling to take appropriate action to ensure that my child and classmates received appropriate instruction by their teacher in the classroom setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

New parent and not very happy with the administration office. Not welcoming and uninformative. I had to keep calling to get information that my child needed and go pick it up instead of the administration mailing it to my house like everybody else. I do hope my child have a better experience this upcoming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

I have a child going into first grade, and I love the school and the teachers. The admininstration has responded to issues quickly and the morale seems to be really good. Even though I have no idea who the prior poster is, I feel somehow responsible. If any parent or prospective parent has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to the administration. We are going into a new school year, so I hope everyone gets off on the right foot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

Brand new to this school and not happy at all. I have never seen a school that was not welcoming AT ALL .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I've had two kids go through Garrett Park and I haven't had a single complaint. The teachers are excellent and the morale throughout the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

This school is a great school, the teachers are fantastic! The after school activities are fun and the classes are not tedious. The principal is fun.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

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 81% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%
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 45% 42%
Hispanic 23% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 6%
Black 8% 35%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 9:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Elaine Chang-Baxter

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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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
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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