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Poolesville Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 387 students

 

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Posted August 21, 2014

Poolesville Elementary is a great school. The principal is very involved and is always willing to meet with parents. The faculty is very dedicated and goes above and beyond to make students feel welcome. The school is located in the charming town of Poolesville surrounded by a tight knit community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

Overall excellent plus plus. A few "average" teachers but many are extremely good and focused on the kids inside & outside of class. I also agree that the principal is amazing - he knows every student and parent by name, and lines of communication between school and families are fantastic. Very safe environment bolstered by anti-bullying program and strong parent involvement (though it's a pretty small and tight-knit community anyway). Only drawback is imposed by Montgomery County, as their let's-draw-everyone-down-to-the-lowest-common-denominator standardized approach hamstrings the creative teachers. Welcome to the Obama age, I guess, where excellence will not be tolerated. That aside, this and Monocacy are the only places I'd even consider sending my son in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

We have been at this school for a year and it is so much nicer than where we moved from. Unfortunately, we have to move back to NC and I am very sad to leave this great school. The teachers were excellent at reporting my son's progress and working through whatever problems arose. They are pleasant and not condescending at all. I can not express enough what it means to have a principal that focuses on the happiness of the students instead of playing politics with the teachers. He really knows his stuff and is a joy to speak with. Our family has gained so much just from being here for a short time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

Many of the staff at PES are wonderful and caring. There is an "in the box" thinking that is an overall detriment to any child who is not absolutely average, though. If there are any challenges, there is a lot of shuffling of feet and great talking, with very little action taken on behalf of the child. With a little work and some willingness to learn new strategies, PES might be a great place for all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

Our child has been at Poolesville Elementary for several years. We've been impressed with the overall quality of the teaching at this school. The school has a positive behavior incentive program to encourage good behavior, which has been quite successful. The administration and staff put great emphasis on teaching positive social interactions and preventing bullying. The school's art teacher is terrific, there is a good music program, and there are after-school enrichment activities offered through the PTA and other groups. In short, this is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

This school has a new principal and he is amazing. The staff goes above and beyond for the kids. They have a higher standard than the average and expect more but help guide the children to this success level. Fun incentive programs for the children to succeed. This year the school received an award for the most volunteer hours from parents. Parents are completely involved and there is an open door policy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

The teachers are very agile when it comes to teaching their students. When it comes to students, their numbers are far greater than their close rivals, monocacy elementary school. The school is very small for the amount of children but many friends can be made. The majority of the students participate in sports so it would be smart to put your child on some sort of athletic team.
—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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

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84%

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96%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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91%

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92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%
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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
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 76% 42%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Black 6% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
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 15%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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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

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

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

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19565 Fisher Ave
Poolesville, MD 20837
Phone: (301) 972-7960

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