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Thomas G. Pullen School

Public | K-8 | 722 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 12, 2014

As a student at tgp since 4th grade I've enjoyed myself. Middle school was fun and I learned at lot and meet a group of amazing people I'm currently about to do my last year at thomas pullen and overall the social aspect of the school is great but sometimes people don't know when it's time to shut down the behavior problems and that you should respect everyone and sometimes there are things that go on that in my opinion aren't that necessary


Posted May 8, 2014

Thomas G. Pullen has excelled in academics and art for 25 years. Keep up the excellent work!


Posted March 25, 2014

I was excited when my child started in drama in 6th grade; it appeared to be an arts school that still prioritized academic achievement. Now with an 8th grader, I still agree, but the arts part of the school is a let down. They offer little variety in elective courses or opportunities for kids to cross participate in other arts. For example, a vocal student participating in guitar or a drama student participating in vocal performance. So you end up with health and gym every quarter. The vocal department used to have lots of high profile opportunities, not quite anymore, the band/orchestra I think went to the white house, drama has none. The building is rundown, but the energy inside is positive. Parents are involved & show school pride & support their children's education. The principal is OK, but there is little evidence of her leadership or growth. The kids are good but there is a great deal of mean spiritedness happening and I doubt that it's being addressed widescale which helps with prevention instead of handing a few individual cases. Overall, personal experiences not withstanding, I'd still say it's a pretty good school, better than most even. But you may find better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2014

At first my family and I were excited when my child was accepted after their audition to be in the orchestra. If you have the great pleasure to have your child instructed by Mrs. Shieh, consider your child fortunate! The rest of the environment, however, leaves much to be desired. The school houses some of the most ill behaved,supposedly AP,TAG/Magnet students you will ever come across. For some reason discipline in this school is lacking, bullying is ramped and overlooked or seen as a "thing kids go through"....and that was told to me by the guidance counselor!!!! The parents are encouraged to be involved and from the performing arts standpoint, most if not all parents show up. Teachers are very active in responding to emails when contacted, but cliques, bullying and all out foul language and cursing spoken by children in the hallways as young as 7 is the order of each day......What they provide in instruction should not come at the cost of breaking the spirit, well being and mentality of a child just because they may be shorter, taller, darker, lighter, thicker or slimmer than their counterparts.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

Thomas Pullen is one of the best middle schools in Prince Georges county. the arts program is excellent and the academic program is too. Their test scores are good. Also for the past few years this school is one of the only middle schools to get people from PG county into the junior all-state chorus band and orchestra. this school may be old and worn down but the staff is great and students love this school


Posted December 5, 2013

This is a great school with great faculty. Pretty much everyone I know agrees. Keep up the good work!


Posted October 24, 2013

My daughter just started Kindergaten in the fall. Everything seems good so far. They really try hard to give their students the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

This school has potential and was a good school at one time. They offer great performing arts programs, but what's the point if the kids are unable to learn? Nothing but constant FIGHTS at this school and the staff doesn't have control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Nothing good to report at this time - in need of a NEW principle, The staff is unprofessional the moral is LOW - it has potential to be a good school if they revamped a lot of things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

I absolutely love Thomas Pullen my son has been there since grade K and is now in the 3rd grade,and I have LOVED all of his teachers thus far. As many of the older schools in the PG county area this is one of them so its not very pleasing to the eye BUT the inside of the school (teachers, students, and etc) are all well worth it! I highly recommend Thomas G. Pullen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

One of the BEST schools in the nation... that really made me laugh out loud...I think not... I would beg to differ...These reviews MUST be coming in from staff members, or friends of the staff members there because as a parent I have had the worse experience dealing with this school... unprofessional would be an understatement, the appearance of the school is an eyesore The Principle is nice but lacks enthusiasm The ONLY good thing is that they do offer some pretty good programs as far as dance, music, etc.,but not enough to keep us there...I'm currently debating on whether to keep my child at this school or not... 1 year and 3 weeks and I'm pretty much fed up with this school. Going to this school should be a privilege and an honor but I really don't feel that way. I've been holding out hoping it would get better and so far no such luck. The only reason I'm still there is because my child (as resilient as kids are) doesn't appear to be affected by any of this..My child has made friends there so this makes it hard...Luckily for me it's still early enough to transition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

Thomas Pullen is one of the best schools in the nation. The staff is amazing. They not only teach the kids, but they nurture and invest in them. They know most of the kids by name, have built relationships with both students and parents and quickly respond to any concerns expressed by the children and parents. Their arts programs are enjoyable, but challenging, and they allow the kids to be who they are, while loving them. Its a fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

Very challenging curriculum and a multitude of activities make this a very enriching learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

Pullen has excellent teachers that really care about the students! The school leadership definitely puts the kids first and provides great leadership. The academic programs are challenging and they are teaching the students to be responsible and accountable. The creative & performing arts programs are also excellent and offer many opportunities to the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

this school is awesome it lets u be urself while havin any major but also learnin and gettin a good education


Posted May 26, 2010

My daughter has attended Thomas Pullen since the fifth grade and we are seeing the hardwork from the staff. . I do think overall the transition has push Pullen back since they transfer many staff members to the new school. In the end, I recommend Thomas Pullen for its strong principal leadership, engaging staff and outsiding art support to help make our children the best in Prince George's County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

i love this school. i have been here since kindergarten and will be graduating next year. because of them i have been in the honors class the whole time. we have gotten high scores on our test. i would highly (10 stars) recomend this school for your child. i hope to see your child at thomas g. pullen creative and performing arts school next year as a polar bear. we also adopted our own street. our address is 700 Brightseat Rd Landover, MD 20785. it is directly next to fedex field 'home of the redskins'. the phone number is (301)808-8160
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2008

My child came from a private school and entered first grade 2007-2008 and just in during that time I think she has fallen behind. i don't think the teachers have the assistance that is needed with 25 7yrs olds. The homework that came home did not get challenging until the third quarter. I think too much time is taken to review. I don't get the family feel that I experienced with the private school. I may give it one more year and review this again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

Well I graduated last year, and I am glad to get out. Being there since kindergarden, I had a good elementary career filled with teachers who made learing fun, and A principle who strived us to do better. But middle was not that great, Nothing ever interesting happened because all the teachers were watching our every move. it was filled with the worst lunches, bathrooms, teachers, and middle school administators. Some of our teachers could never control us. But there were 2 good teachers that taught us through those three years. And the arts program was way underfunded. Overall, the K-5 is good, 6-8 is severly overrated and poor, with bad administation,teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2006

Ms. Lucas and staff are doing a great job at thomas pullen. We had a few problems in the being of this year, but all that has been taken care of.
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

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 73% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

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 63% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%
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 59% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
79%
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 90% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
White 1% 42%
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 41%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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700 Brightseat Rd
Landover, MD 20785
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