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Columbia Park Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 459 students

 

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Posted July 13, 2014

This school has some growing to do!!!!! Let my start off first with this! I agree with must of the comments posted! However; we as Parents have to stress our concerns in the correct way! This school year I (Kimberly Blue) we be reaching out to parents in an attempt bring ALL parents together for change for our children. And collectively we will be heard! My Son will be entering into the 5th grade this coming school year and after last years experience, I was not pleases at all with staff and parents, moreover the children! When my family came to the school we had know knowledge of the PTA or PTC to address grades, behaviors or improvements to be made or gains. As a parent that is descerning to me and left me feeling unaware of any progress through out the year. That has to change!!!!!! We as a family talked about leaving the school, however we are staying and in the process teach our son lessions beyond measure. If you are reading the comments and are thinking about enrolling your child. Be prepared to make changes, be committed to change and hard work for your child. A school is only as good as the community it serves! So let's be GREAT!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

This school is not good for children just for animals my daughter used to have a teacher there she was the worst kindergarten teacher ever she pulled children's hair slapped them and kicked them but she's not there anymore this school does not serve good food my other child got sick from the school bug virus and they do not serve good vegetables its a disgusting school I've never seen a school like this before I'm glad my children are about to finish the school year


Posted May 26, 2011

The most Negligent; Non-Caring; Unprofessional Staff. They do not properly instruct or supervise the students. When children are injured they do not properly notify Parents or Medical Personnel; worrying only about their liability. They should not be entrusted with any children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Columbia Park School offers excellent educational environment for all children of diverse backgrounds. The staff are very professional and caring. The school grounds are kept clean.


Posted June 29, 2007

I am a mother of three children that attended Columbia Park, and it was a pleasure in the beginning and I love all the teachers that my children have encountered. They have taken the time to teach them! Now on the downside of things, there is a lot of covering up, sweeping thing under the rug type of stuff going on. It just been a big headache here. Am glad to say goodbye to them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

I am very unhappy with the schools organization. They often have events that lack coordination and the only teachers that attend are the pre-k teachers. I acknowledge that the neighborhood my be stereotyped into a certain class, but how can they expect parent participation if the teacher's/employees do not even want to attend. There are not academic programs or extra corricular activites available to several of the grade levels. Parent involvement could be much better, but every event I have attended totally disgusted me. I have joined the PTO and have never been notified of a meeting or scheduled day. My child will not be attending next year if I have a choice. The pre-k teachers are GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

My children have attended since K. I am very dissatisfied with the school. Always have been but have no choice in the matter. They are terribly disorganized. At the beginning of the school year my son started out with a sub for two weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

When my son first started this school I was happy because he was attending the school that I went to and I knew how it was back then. But now I am very disappointed in this school. The teacher's, principle, and the vice principle are very unprofessional, have nasty attitudes, and cover problems with each other to avoid complaints. I have never been so disgusted with the actions at that school, not only that the school failed most of the state scores, and my son will be tranferring to a better school for more qualified education, professional staff, better programs, and to be in a school that is run properly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

My nephew attended this school which h was staying with me. I found the school and staff very helf in getting him settle in his new educational environment. He was tested and placed in his appropiate grade level. The principal took the time to meet with us to discuss my nephew's educational plan. The offers various of extracurricular activities for the student to be involved in. My nephew join the choir, the science club, the Black Saga Club, Technology Club and was identified as a TAG student. I was alway kept informed of his progress and able to visit anytime I was able. My family was very pleased with the administration, staff, and students of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

When my children started at CP, I was greatly distrub, with there academic program. This school is in great need of help and improvement. The teachers and staff are very unprofessional,including the principal and vice principal.No one cares about the students maybe with the expection of a few teachers. I'm greatly disappointed with this school. Someone really needs to look into the problems at this school. I'm pulling my kids out because it's not what I expected. Children don't have exposure to other cultures, they don't offer extra classes such as art etc, there not allowed to bring books home from the library.We moved here from a different county and I can tell you things are truly differenet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

I transferred my child from a private school to this school. I must admit, the children are left behind to a certain extent, but parents have to instill certain values and expectations in their child prior to attending school, this includes pre-K. I truly commend the primary teachers more than anything. They have a great 'team' that works together to complete what will be taught to the child on a whole. But since my son has attended this school, he's had a total of 6 teachers within 2 grades and I think this is where the problems arise. Even if your child has a great start in the primary grade, they have to continue to have encouraging yet stern teachers throughout elementary school or middle and high school will be overwhelming, especially for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

First I would like to say teachers at this school are not prepared to teach our students life lessons, by the way they talk, dress and they truly don't care. My child attended this school by force I couldn't send her to a school out of the jurisdiction. I was very disappointed in the Quality of academic programs. I am not the only parent that feels this way, when you address a concern instead of working toward positive results. Everyone is on the defense to cover each other and the child is the one who is left behind. My involvement allows me to see what was unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2005

My 7 year old attends this school. My child is in the second grade and can barely identify sight words taught in grade K. His grades reflect that he is not on grade level, however the school counselor has informed me that there is no special education or tutoring program available, except SOS which hasn't helped any. Where are the grants that are supposed to aid in no child being left behind?
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
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 76% 35%
Hispanic 23% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%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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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
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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1901 Kent Village Dr
Landover, MD 20785
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