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James Mchenry Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 686 students

 

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Posted January 10, 2010

My son attends school at James McHenry.It all depends on the teacher.The principal is hardworking.Problem I have is that some teachers do not grade homework.My son is in 5th grade and the teacher does not grade their maths homework.The students know this.She gives point for doing homework.How can a child be motivated to do homework or even study.However,since no feedback is given,how will the parent or the child know that what they did on the homework is correct?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

It teaches students so well. My child had a wonderful experince.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I give James Mchenry four stars. This is my children's second year attending the school and I am pretty pleased with the school overal.
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Posted March 10, 2004

James McHerny is a very good school, the principal Ms. Handelsman, the staff and teachers are all wonderful role models and leaders. They really care about the children and their education. My family and I really like this school, keep up the good work and support James McHenry.
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Posted February 19, 2004

Generally, I feel that James McHenry is a good school. Ms. Handelsman is a great principal and cares about the kids. She is always willing to put herself out for the student. Getting in a dunking booth and putting on a cougar suit is real love and commitment. There is also a dynamic PTA board at James McHenry. The PTA and the principal work very closely together and have accomplished a lot during the school year 2003-2004. But parent's involvement is much needed at James McHenry.
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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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
47%
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 47% 35%
Hispanic 44% 12%
White 5% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • 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

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • 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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  • Assistant principal(s)
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  • Counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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8909 McHenry Ln
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: (301) 918-8760

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