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Turning Point Academy Public Charter

Charter | K-8 | 545 students

 

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Posted September 17, 2013

My grand children attend Turning Point Academy and our entire family loves this school because they listen and they care! Most of the parents feel the same way but are too busy to write about whats good. The principal reaches out with a parent meeting called "chat & chew" to discuss our concerns. There are discovery nights and family weekends that seem to be every month. They even have movie nights. Though I typically hate board meetings - every one of their board meetings seem to be lively and open to all parents - very informative. We attended a fireworks celebration that was awesome. The negatives about the school: the website needs work it's outdated. Ms. Clomax, the principal is great - she & Ms. Scales handled a bullying issue very quickly that originated on the bus. Mr. Grasky, the bus guy, was also involved and seemed to take a long while to get all of the facts. They need sports like tennis, volley ball, swimming, golf, etc. Also, robotics and real world activities should be introduced. There is a new program about "Innovators" that should happen soon so we know that the school is dedicated to making things better! One of our grands was promoted and we hope all will attend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

TPA is a law suit waiting to happen. Even though they are under the public school system in pg county, students with IEPs are not given the time and resources that they by law should receive. Not to mention all the behavior issues they have on the buses. Do you really want your young child on the bus with cursing teenagers. Also there is no library. Don't do it! They need to be sued.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

TPA is terrible!! My daughter attended TPA last school year and it was the most negative experience. The principal Ms. Clomax is not professional and a disgrace to have the title principal. I disagree with the July 25th parent. I was one of the 5 parents that attended all meetings and it was a waste of time. I don't expect a mountain out of a mole hill but I do expect excellent education and nothing less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

My child no longer attends Turning Point and that's only because we have moved to Anne Arundel county. If it wasn't for the move my daughter would still be attending the school. Mrs. Lewis was an excellent teacher and so was the other first grade teacher. The space is very limited and the security could be beefed up but the church won't allow it. I have been to many meetings where I have seen the same 5 parents attand. The ones who complain are the ones who never attend the meetings but want a mountain out of a mole hill. The only other issue I see is that the board members don't inform the parents as to what is going on. The less the parents know the less the parents help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

My son started at TPA 2012-2013 school year and this is his last year there. TPA is a disgrace to all Public Charter Schools in PG County. TPA principal (Rhonda Clomax) and teachers lack communication with parents and professionalism. TPA believes in retaining children at any grade level and not working with a child to be successful. My son was being bullied in his class and Rhonda Clomax and his teacher never addressed it. This review is only half of the problems but I hope parents will read this and keep your children away from TPA. Worst mistake of my life!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

My grandson goes to TPA and I agree with the previous two reviews. The school is extremely unorganized and crowded. The teachers do not appear to be on-top of what THEY should be doing. He was on the honor roll when he came - he isn't now. My grandson has one teacher that talks consistently about himself instead of the subject matter; another teacher is teaching from a book that the children DO NOT have access to she says there is NOT enough to go around. So the kids MUST rely on and take notes. WHY? That's ridulous, We are in the 21st century, that statement sound like the ones from post-slavery days. Lastly why is this school in trailers IN THE BACK of a church? Like the 4th grader's parent, I think this will be his first and last year at TPA. No wonder the score is so low.


Posted April 18, 2011

This school is a complete disappointment. My daughter is a fourth grader at TPA and this is her first (and last) year at this school. The school tries to communicate the importance of character, but the teachers treat the students with utter disrespect. The yelling and verbal abuse has gotten so bad, that I wrote the administration about it twice and nothing has been done yet. Do not send your child to this school if you want him or her to be a successful student. The school is overcrowded and completely unorganized. On the first day of school, the staff was still printing classroom assignments for the students. It took 1.5 hours for my daughter to get sent to her classroom. The homework assignments are about two grade levels lower than what they should be. In my opinion, this school should be shut down. It is NOT a good example of what a charter school should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

Overall, this school would be a lot better if it had more space and better organization. Another problem with the school is teacher turnover. They have more substitute teachers then I would care to see. The administration is nice and seems to have solid academic goals. However, they are not there because of lack of space and teacher absenteeism. Until these things are addressed - on a consistent basis- I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

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 73% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

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 63% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
62%

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 59% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
n/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 92% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 4%
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
Male 52%N/A51%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A42%
Female 48%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Speech and language therapist(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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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School basics

Fax number
  • (301) 552-7307

Programs

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
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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7800 Good Luck Rd
Lanham, MD 20706
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