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Park Hall Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 620 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2014

I echo another reviewer who said you might have a great opinion of this school if you have never been anywhere else. I have had kids in six different elementary schools in three states. This is by far the worst. This was the first place my daughter experienced bullying and theft. I did like their monthly ceremony for kids who exhibited that month's positive quality. However, the overall education quality was minimal, at best. I don't know if the problem was the administration, Maryland education system (which I found to be horrific), or the demographics of the area, but I believe that one or all of these issues were the problem(s). I do not think the teachers were the problem. The ones with whom I had communication definitely had their hearts in the education effort, but their efforts were far outweighed by the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Park Hall Elementary School is so accommodating and supportive to my child who started school almost 2 wks late due to military move. The staff Ms Bailey(?) who was in the front office that day helped us and was so nice when I registered my daughter, as well as the rest of the Administration. Also, i would like to commend her 1st grade teacher, Ms Powell who made my daughter felt at ease on her first day. The staff from the drop off and pick up were so caring enough to make sure she knows her way to the cafeteria and to her room. This support and care from Park Hall Elementary School really means a lot to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

Teachers are great.. Libriaian isnt so much.. but we love this school.. Very parent friendly. Always there to help. My daughter loves it. You are always in the know with everything that happens. Park Hall is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

My son has been attending this school this year and so far it has been GREAT for him. He loves going to school. His teachers are great and not to mention that 3 months into school he is already reading!!! Very happy with this school and the staff!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

My child attended this school for 2 years, and I can't say enough good things about the school. I was extremely nervous, having heard some bad comments, and also having a previous bad experience at a different school in a different state. However, this school was nothing but a positive experience for my child. Everyone she came in contact with was extremely polite, and caring. She even called it her other family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2010

Very unhappy with this school. My son has been bullied and teased the entire year. Not once did I speak with the principal. They celebrated a 100 days of peace. Did they forget the times my son was chocked and punched in the stomach?? Where's the peace in that? My son was in 2ND grade. Very disappointed in this school and staff!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

Teachers are very dedicated..however several do not have control of their students in the classroom. Several of the students are out of control and have no consequences for their actions. The good kids get left behind while the teachers are trying to discipline the out of control kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Kindergarten was a great experience for my son and I, but when we reached 1st grade; I felt that my son was not challeneged enough. I felt like the teacher focused on just the basic fundamentals and didn't have enough time or interest to see how he can be challenged. I was not impressed with his homework. I just basically continue to challenge him at home. I felt that because he was soft spoken, extremely bright that he just shadowed around other children. Parent and teacher conference was not what I expect it to be. Very basic information and nothing really thorough. I think it lasted about 5 or 7 minnute conference. Not like our kindergarten teacher, where we felt a sincere connection with our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

This school was fantastic. My daughter attended for 1st and 2nd grade. The teachers were excellent. The few problems we had revolved around a bully and my feelings that things should have been handled differently. The good feelings were about the quality of the teachers, the programs offered and the excellent care my daughter received while enrolled. I would be very happy for my daughter to continue in that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

I have one child at Park Hall currently, in Kindergarten. He attended the first half of Kindergarten in a Howard County ($$$) school and truly--the curriculum as well as facilities and activities are quite comparable The staff is great--teachers are great--my son's behavior has remained great...and the mid-year transition from one school to another could not have gone smoother. In closing...my Kindergartener is reading complete books (beginner of course!), can count well into the 100s, can do light adding/subtracting, and comes home everyday with new science knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

My son has gone to this school all grades. Hes enjoyed it and I have enjoyed it. The school is clean and in good condition. I have been happy with all staff members of the school. He has excelled beyon what I was excepting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2006

My son attended kindergarten and 1st grade at Park Hall. We have since moved away. My son is very far ahead with his reading and math skills compared to the other kids in his class. This really is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

My son has been at Park Hall for a year and is in first grade. I have been stunned at the speed in which he has learned the material presented. His teacher is good, and he enjoys school. I am not terribly thrilled with certain policies, such as no recess for kids who have not finished their morning work, but a quick call to the teacher sorted that out. The ladies in the office are wonderful and know each child by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

I have to say, if you have never been anywhere in the world you would think this school was great...but I have traveled and have since moved away from this school. I found it to be a limited school to say the least. Lice outbreaks, no playground to speak of, field trips to the same park over and over. Lunch was so bad my children would cry if they had to eat it. (I tried it myslef and would have cried if I had to eat it)My son even needed stiches, no one even called me! Most children are sad when they have to move, My children when so excited and LOVE there new school. This schools only saving grace is it has a few wonderful teachers, but the enviroment they are forced to work in is toxic. This school and its teachers need some help. I hope they get it soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

I moved my daughter from a local Montessori to Park Hall when she entered 2nd grade. She has had a wonderful experience (she is now in 5th grade). Her teachers have been exceptional. The Principal is very involved, very community oriented, and very caring. I have found that it's important to volunteer, to be in the classroom and the school, and to see the environments that my child does well in, and to advocate for that. Parental concerns are listened to and respected. Teachers have open doors to their classrooms. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

What a wonderful and great place for my kids. I have a son in 5th grade and a daughter in 1st grade. The teachers are great, the principal is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2003

Wonderful school, I believe it to be the best elementary public school in the county. I have one child who has attended all the way from K to 5th. Enjoy the school very much.


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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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

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 73% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%
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 42% 42%
Black 40% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 56%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(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

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  • Band

Language learning

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

Gifted & talented

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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

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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20343 Hermanville Rd
Park Hall, MD 20667
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