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Shipley's Choice Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 401 students

 
 

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Posted September 16, 2013

We weren't happy there. Very cliquey and if you don't fit in, you don't fit in and are basically excuded from a lot of social events. Kids learn from their parents and our son had a miserable time as he got older when his old friends decided they didn't like him anymore. We have encountered rudeness (from parents and children), exclusion, fakeness (when they want $$$ for PTA, etc.). I tried to get involved and interacting with some of the parents made me feel like I was back in high school again. The worst part about it is, you can't just ignore all of this. The community is so intertwined you can't ignore when you aren't invited to parent hosted social gatherings or if your child isn't invited to a birthday party. We moved into another district and are much happier. If you are into cliques and are accepted you will probably be happy here. Otherwise be prepared to go thru high school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

It is a decent school. No diversity. Parent involvement is over the top and not in a good way. Very cliquey. Wasn't a good fit for us but others love it. We moved and are happy with our current choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

Our son just finished Kindergarten at SCES, and we could not have been more pleased with his introduction to public schooling. The teachers and staff at SCES are wonderful, and the varied programs that are available for after school enrichment were a pleasant surprise. Our family is looking forward to many more enjoyable years as part of the Shipley's family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

Shipley's Choice Elem is situated in one of the most amazing, community-based neighborhoods we've ever lived in. With a teacher ratio of 1:11, the closeness of student friendships spills over into this close knit neighborhood. This school is one of those rare gems that exist in a community that supports its neighbors and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2011

We picked this neighborhood primarily for the school and I would have to say overall, it's very, very good. There is an enormous level of parent involvement and the students rank high in state test scores. The principle seems to have the children as his number one priority. That being said...I believe there is TOO much focus on test scores and they probably teach to the test. The school also severely lacks cultural diversity and some individuals are a bit cliquey and gossipy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2010

We were well pleased with the school. A great positive principal, dedicated teachers, and hardly any discipline problems are a wonderful combination. The only downside to this community is you may have to wait 4 years for a pool/ tennis bond if you own and if you rent, forget it. That is a long time for kids and EXTREMELY disappointing to them. Therefore, I do not recommend this school if you like to use the pool or tennis courts because it is not a community pool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

Fantastic teachers, great kids, wonderful principal and highly involved parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

We moved into Shipley's for the school. The teaching staff is good and the principal is excellent. Unfortunately, a lot of the children who attend this school seem to lack basic manners and can be down right mean. Because of this, I would suggest a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

Truly a 'one in a million school!' The faculty is outstanding and the parent participation is evident - over 14,000 volunteer hours this year alone! Parents choose this neighborhood for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

Great school in a great neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Principal knows the names of parents by heart and greets students at the main entrance. Quality of school matches housing price .
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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99%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Black 1% 35%
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 1%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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