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High Point Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 666 students

 

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Posted January 16, 2014

The teaching assistants at High Point are fantastic. My son especially love Mrs. Shugars. They truly are a God send to the children. The principle, Mr Merrick is great with the children as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Excellent Principal Merrick promotes school rules,spirit and activities. He has the letter kiosk working again after years of not working. The parents care and it shows. They excell here in reading, writing and math. Ms. Russo is the best Math teacher ever! I was surprised to see a rating less than 10 for the school at least a 9; I think that's due to the fact that Highpoint has some special ed children there too. My son had an iep when he came with a learning disability in grasping a pencil, writing and speach. This school helped him with a 1 on 1 and he graduated to main streamed by 1st grade. Ms. Reed was an awesome Kindergarten teacher and I think she's the reason he did so well! I can't say enough...they are patient and understanding of young children and their problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I think High Point Elementary is a wonderful school with great teachers and a really great staff. The teachers really care about their students and work with them to help them be successful. The teachers and staff have also planned many fun events for the children throughout the school year. The children love the school and you can really tell by the way they show their school spirit. My boys really love High Point and I am really glad they go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

I must say I absolutely love the Staff, Teachers & Volunteers, All the kids as well make this school such an awesome place!,,My boys have done great there in academics and social wise!,,Kudos to the teachers for there dedicated hard work and personal skills..I just love & so did my boys Ms. Winslow 5th grade, & Mrs. Shortall Kindergarten!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The teachers and staff make High Point the best school. I feel they go beyond limits to give the students the best education. They also work well with parents and students when problems arise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

High Point has been an amazing school to my step son. He had some health issues and they went above and beyond in helping him to stay up to date with the lessons and homework. His second grade teacher even tutored him since she already knew him. For a teacher that deals with students all day then to come to our home and teach our child is amamzing to me and it shows a real commitment to the development of our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

High Point is a wonderful school. Wonderful staff and teachers! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

I love High Point Elementary because of the staff. They are amazingly commited to the school and the students. They truely love the kids and do thier best to make sure that the students of High Point Elementary have a positive, productive and enriching experience at school. The High Point Elementary community is very supportive and embrace every opportunity to make the kids feel like they are part of something special and that they are important and valued. It is a great enviroment for my kids. Both academically and for thier self esteem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My gradchildren go to this school. One is in grade 3 and one is in grade 5. The teachers and staff are cordial and the teachers keep in touch with parents when there is a problem so it can be addressed promptly. The only difference I would like to see is separate classrooms. When I go there on grandparents day, it is very distracting to hear the other classes around having their instruction also. I noticed though that even through what I considered distraction, the children were listening to the teachers and responding accordingly.


Posted December 20, 2009

My child just started in the third grade this year and loves the school. The administration is fabulous and the teachers are great. A far cry from our previous school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

I have two children that attended this past school year. Their teachers were great. Mr. Merritt and the guidance counselors are very hands on. There is always something going on at the school as far as activities, either school sponsored or PTA sponsored. The only downfall is the lack of class room space.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

The teachers care for the children and are excited to teach them. The principle and his staff are excellent. Want the best experience for our children and always seem to make the events for them fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

High Point Elementary has been a wonderful school for my children. After moving so often with the military, it was nice to find a school that cared and ensured all children were involved in some form of activity. They have a wonderful principal, guidance counselor, and great teachers. They gently push the children to achieve their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I am very happy with High Point elementary. The teachers are very good with the children and the principal gets involved. My 2 daughters one is in 1st and the other in 5th. They seem to do very well in there classes. The band is awesome with great leadership with the teachers there also. They also have a reading called the Chessie which students read books and for reading so many at the end of the year get prizes. Keep up the good work High Point
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2006

I really love High Point Elementary. The teachers are great and the principal is very involved with the students, which is very important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

Excellent principal merrick promotes school rules,spirit and activities. He has the letter kiosk working again after years of not working. The parents care and it shows. They excell here in reading, writing and math. I'm proud my two children attend (after home schooling was no longer an option). They are benefiting from the social events and love their new friends who live nearby.
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
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

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

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 73% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%
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 77% 42%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Black 5% 35%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 36%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

Dress Code
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Tutor
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Pasadena, MD 21122
Phone: (410) 222-6454

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