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Sunset Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 491 students

 
 

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4 stars

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11 reviews of this school


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Posted May 1, 2014

As a parent, I have been very pleased with this school. It is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate PYP school! The staff is very friendly and I have always received prompt responses to any inquiry I have made. My son's teacher is wonderful and effective evidenced by the tremendous growth I have seen in my son since the beginning of the year. I am also a high school teacher and very involved in my son's education. I love that my son comes home excited to tell me all about his school day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

As a parent, I am extremely happy with Sunset. The teachers go out of their way to support my children's education. The technology in the school is excellent. My children talk about using Smartboards and iPads. The cultural arts teachers are also top notch. There are many clubs offered after school including the Drama Club. The music teacher's productions are fabulous every year! The principal cares for the kids and does a great job of ensuring quality education. Overall, an outstanding school that stands out among other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

I have never saw a school that needed and wanted so much money! Every week theres a different fundraiser coming home. If not they want bake goods and different goodies for the teachers. There should be more activities for the children. And every child should have the chance to participate in these activities. Phone calls are not promptly returned. You have to keep calling to get a response. The secretaries are not friendly at all. And the principal acts iike she scared to open her mouth. Definitely not feeling this school at all!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Great School! great teachers! my daughter K-3 so sad to be leaving the teacher and art ,music programs are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

We had to switch schools in the middle of the year, and we were very nervous about it. Okay, I was nervous about it :) But the principle and all the office staff were very helpful and kind, and did a great job of easing my mind. We got to have a meeting with my daughter's new teacher just before she started. Her teacher is very motivated and all the students love her (the teacher). I think the school does a good job of finding the middle ground so that all the students are engaged, but I would like to see some options for students with more advanced skills, who need more of a challenge. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

I think that parents who have never worked in a school, don't understand how curriculums work. I've worked al over the united stated and every state has its own speical curriculium. I'm also a parent and I've been teaching for quite sometime and I can tell you that every school is different. My kids all go to Sunset and I love the fact that I can call anytime of day and talk to someone. They've al been there for us and our kids are doing great. However, Sunset isn't run the same as the school they went to in California but thats how it works. No State is the same when it comes education. You have to give these teachers the benefit of the doudt and understand that they are working off of what they are given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

Sunset is a below average compared to the others schools my son went too. His current teacher looks to be buying time till she retires, when we ask her to call us about how my son was adjusting to his new class she would not, then sent a two line note tell us he doing okay after we called several times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

The principal does an excellent job at Sunset. She identifies children that need additional help and those that are performing above grade level and follows up to give them the specialized instruction they need to suceed. The teachers are wonderful, many work on their own time to provide afterschool clubs for the kids. The music program is especially good, with orchestra starting in 3rd grade and band in 4th. Sunset has a very active PTA who provide in house field trips, artists in residence and evening family nights. I have one child who went to Sunset from kindergarten through 5th grade and a child who is currently enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I agree with this parent statement. I believe this school would have a much better appeal if there was better leadership. A school is only as good as its principal and this principal has no interest in change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2005

The school has an excellent atmosphere and the teachers are just above par. We transferred in from out of state and we found the teachers here do not challenge the students as hard as they did in the south. Since we've been here our sons reading level dropped off some. The principle makes some very obtuse rule changes and can be frigid to talk to. The open class setting is annoying to be in and for our son to be in. This is my candid opinion, but over all it's not a bad public school. I think a leadership change and more agressive teaching would help. The art and music department is a big plus here. Band starts in fourth grade which I was pleasantly suprised to find. The PTA and volunteer work is beyone belief, high regards in parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

My daughter went through Sunset and we were active PTA participants. The volunteer force is fantastic, the parents are very involved and openly welcomed to help out. The staff is great and there is not a teacher I couldn't recommend....they are excellent.


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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
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 81% 42%
Black 6% 35%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 27%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Pasadena, MD 21122
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