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Laurel Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 553 students

 

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Posted February 19, 2013

My son has gone to this school since he was in Kindergarten. They have focused more on his behavior than on his actual studies. They complain that he moves around while they are walking to and from the portables and he is often left alone outside the lunchroom because he was "talking" a few times they even forgot to let him go and eat his lunch. The Principle is unfriendly and rarely communicates directly to the parents. Outside of band, there are no extra curricular activities offered unless your child gets into TAG, the TAG teacher is not friendly and only selects the students that he likes whether they test into it or not. I find the school a very unprofessional environment overall. There are a few teachers who want to make a difference but most seem satsified with the status quoe. I can't wait until I am able to move out of this school's boundaries.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Because the teachers and staff really care about our kids and the community we live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The overall climate of the school is very positive. The PTA and community are very supportive of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

All my three children attended Laurel Elem School. My eldest son is now at University of Maryland with excellent grades- a reflection of good elementary education. My second son is at Laurel High with a consistent GPA of 3.5. I still have a 6th grader at LES. The school has been one of the best in the area- exclusively known for it's high expectations for students. In my opinion, it's a five star school with distinctive discipline, safety, teacher quality, parent involvement and principal leadership. I have no regrets sending my children to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I can agree that administration/teachers at Laurel Elementary are more concerned with the discipline aspect of my childs school day then the learning aspect. I send her to school, not bootcamp...and I can't get over that the school administration is so ill prepared for the start of every school year!! This is my childs 2nd year at Laurel, and she's now in 2nd grade, and I haven't met her teacher officially yet. It seems the the teachers, have extended summer vacations for a number of reasons, and the school doesn't find that to be an issue, that students and the parenst have to get adjusted and comfortable with their teacher....only to have to do it again! And I am not at all impressed with the teachers, curriculium, or the so called extracurricular, Laurel Elementary offers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

My child attended Kindergarten at Laurel Elementary School, I was very disappointed with the curriculum. My husband and I had to spend a significant amount of time supplementing our child's academic development because she was so bored with what was being taught as the basics and fundamentals. The homework for the week my 'gifted & creative' child was given was so easy that it was done within 15 minutes of the close of the school day on Monday afternoon. The teachers are more concerned with getting the children to follow the rules and regulations and organized structure of the school day and less concerned about creatively challenging them academically. The school does allow opportunities for parent involvement, however given the wide variety of students who attend the school, they tend to treat all like they are on the lower, disadvantaged, or behaviorially challenged side of life and less like individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

My child started at Laurel Elementary in the middle of the second grade. He is now attending the 3rd grade at Laurel and I hope it will be the last year at this school. I hope to move, get him transferred or enter private just so he no longer has to go to this horrible school. I agree with the previous poster regarding their childs' academics being worse after attending tLaurel. My son was way above grade level in Kindergarten, 1st and the beginning of second grade before Laurel. He has not done well since being at Laurel and the teachers even grade papers wrong and make excuses by saying 'we havwe alot of papers to grade!! Horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

I have a child in 3rd grade and a child in 4th and a child who is now in middle school who attended Laurel. The best thing about Laurel is that the teachers communicate quickly when there is a problem with either learning or discipline quickly. They really want to help the kids excel in learning and I appreciate that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

This is one of the great school. Teachers are very much dedicated to uplift the quality of education. They continuously monitor pupil's progress and allow them to participate in a lot of diverse activities. They have awards to keep student committed to discipline and dedication. Their monthly reports about all the activities are very good to review about strength and weakness of student. They are able to generate curiosity to learn something new on science, which, I think, will help a lot more to build good career of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

Two of my children attended this school. One attended from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, and the other from Pre-K to Kindergarten. I was extremely happy with both the Principal, and the Assistant Principal, the office staff and the teachers. I could go into the school anytime with my concerns, and if I ever needed to talk to one of my children's teachers, they were happy to meet with me and address my concerns. Academically I feel the school is also doing a wonderful job. They challenged my older son who was able to work his was onto the Honor Roll for the first time by the third marking period. Prince George's County has a bad rap for education/schools, but this school is a huge credit to PG County in my eyes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

My child is now a second grader at Laurel Elm., and the experience that we've had has been horrible. Before coming to this school he was doing great academically. As this year went by his academics have deteriorated. The school really needs to figure out a program to work with the teachers, especially the newer ones. They need a lot of guidance with class control and ideas on their teaching methods. The quality is poor.
—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 82% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 89% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 42% 36%
Hispanic 40% 12%
White 10% 43%
Asian 5% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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516 Montgomery St
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: (301) 497-3660

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