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Chapel Hill Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 599 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 5, 2013

Previous comments on the emphasis on MSAs should take into account that this is a reflection of our national education policy rather than CHE alone. Every public school in every state requires standardized testing and the schools feel the pressure to produce results. I also believe that overcrowding was not a problem until thousands of McMansions were built in this area over the last decade. However, I do admit that a lower student/teacher ratio would be nice. Regarding individualized attention: Your child is not going to have it in college or the workplace-- now might be a good time to socialize them into this reality. The only people who truly thinks that our daughter is special is me, my husband, and her grandparents. The same holds true for the child of anyone reading this. My daughter has performed well in K-1. Both teachers had very different teaching styles, yet both were effective. I also volunteer for my daughter's class when time permits. I'm very satisfied, however, the school needs air conditioning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

This school is average at best. The faculty is only concerned with MSA test scores and nothing else. A school rating system that has many flaws. The state of Maryland agree to lower the standard to score higher test scores. An overhaul of the current system is desperately needed to save this school and others like this one. All of the best qualified teachers moved on or retired in the last few years. We do what we can to help our kids go beyond what is being taught at this school. I hope to move out to a better school district. Perhaps to Howard County if I could afford to live there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

This school and administration rides on the laurels of MSA test scores. I agree that not enough attention is paid to the individual students; as long as those MSA scores stay high, that seems to be all that matters. But if the school teaches to the test ("prepare the children") and the children already come from affluent homes where parents spend time working with their children and providing supplemental education services, then it's really more the parents preparing their children than the school. The parental involvement and PTA is great, but can only work in the constraints of what the administration will allow them to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

My two sons transferred to Chapel Hill Elementary these year, one is in the kindergarten and the other third grade. I am extremely impressed with the staff and curricula taught. My sons really like to school and have been able to transition well, especially my son in the third grade. They feel welcome by both teachers and their peers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

Any tips of "the best" teachers...especially for Kindergarten and First Grade? My daughter is starting at Chapel Hill in the Fall. Thanks!


Posted March 25, 2011

Excellent School! Could not ask for anything better! I have one child currently attending and plan to have 2 more in the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

This school is pretty nice, although, the teachers (when it doesn't have anything to do with academics) will just go with the flow and not pay any attention to the kids behavior. But everything else is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

Not very sure about this school. My son's teacher seems very impersonal and just goes through the motion. Cannot speak for other teachers. School needs a lot of renovation. School management seems to be very responsive. Overall, i would give this school a good score.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

Husband went to Chapel Hill when he was a kid. Now my two oldest go there and we love it. Could not ask for better teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

Very basic school. Student teacher ratio is still too high. Not enough attention paid to children individually. Extra curricular activities are limited. Insufficien stimulation for students interested in arts, music, theatre. School is in need of serious repairs and upgrade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

We recently moved from a private school to Chapel Hill Elementary. I have been very impressed with both the curriculum for third grade and the quality of the staff. They immediately learned my children's names and made them feel at home. Having been a teacher myself I can say we are very happy here and appreciate the cultural diversity amongst the students! Also, a new elementary school was built nearby so the school is no longer overcrowded, now around 500 students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

Excellent School,my kids are in kindergarten and second grade and love they school. Teachers are excellent and very involved with the kids.Great parental involvement and participation, but over-crowded
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

Teachers are committed to students, but over crowded conditions exist without solid improvement plan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

My child started kindergarten this year and we had quite an adjustment period. The school counselor was wonderful, pro-active and receptive to the quiverings of a new kindergarten Mom (me)! I would have liked more encouragement from the teacher (for me and my child), but the guidance counselor made up for it. My child has now fully adjusted and looks forward to going to school every day! The PTA is wonderful, full of encouragement and wonderful opportunities to participate. The parents that I have come into contact with through the PTA have been very supportive to me. I do have concerns about the level of over-crowding; although the teachers and support staff seem to have a grasp on being attentive to every child...time will tell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Dedicated staff, great parental involvement and participation, but way over-crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

I have two children attending Chapel Hill, 1st & 3rd grades.Ihave no complaints about the school or the staff and I have no concerns in regards to sending my children there, I know that they are getting the best education that they can there. But...my only gripe is the over crowding and the lack of space outside the school in which to park for any type of extracurricular activities that we all attend. The amount of new home construction in this area is overwhelming our neighborhood schools, and this concern really needs to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

Excellent school!! Youngest child just moved on to middle school and I know they are well prepared for whatever assignments they are given in the next grade. The administrators, teachers and parents all have the same goals of the best education for the students. The curriculm is challenging and the teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Chapel Hill is an over all good school. I have had children in the school, with no problems, and I've had children with unbelievable problems. If your child is 'average' you'll do fine, if your child is slightly gifted, you may also be fine. If you should have a child with learning disabilities, you're going to be in for an education youself! Be tough, be strong for your child, and most of all do all the research you can to find out what your childs rights are, and don't let anyone take them away, either through actions or inactions. Push the school to do the right the thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2003

I have two children entering kindergarden and second grade this year. So far I have been pleased with Chapel Hill, especially with the way that the teachers relate to the children. Add to that lots of in school activities and fun classwork and you get children who want to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Excellent school. My children have been attending there for going on 3 years and have improved 100% since. The teachers and staff work with them very well, and care!
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
99%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
99%

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>=95%

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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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%

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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
96%

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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
White 60% 43%
Asian 16% 6%
Black 15% 36%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
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 10%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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5200 East Joppa Rd
Perry Hall, MD 21128
Phone: (410) 887-5119

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