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Preston Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 435 students

 

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Posted January 5, 2014

My son is currently is Preston Elementary. He has done well so far. I read some of the reviews and agree about the recess is way too short. I don't blame the staff for their restrictions on that or what is taught I blame the Maryland Dept. of Education. The teachers and principals are doing what they are directed to do by the goverment board. If changes need to be made, then it has start there. I am not a BELIEVER in any state tests. It directs how much funding they get federally and state wide. Other schools across the bridge get a whole lot more. I would have a really hard time being a teacher and have to teach a way that I felt could be so much better for my students. I can only imagine how hard it is to be a teacher these days. Out of all the schools in the county, this is reported to be one of the better ones in addition to Ridgely Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

The staff and admin. put on a good show at this school, but behind the scenes it is all about helping the lower students pass the state test. Many of the higher students go on to private school once they leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

My daughter is in 5th grade. She has done wonderful in school and if ever she has had a problem with a subject they made sure it was addressed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

High faculty turnover, new principals every couple years, parent apathy. When a friend recently pulled her daughter out of Preston to send her to an independent school, the principal said, "That's too bad, she would have been great for our scores." I moved to get my children out of Caroline County schools. Children may leave Preston ES with good handwriting and know how to stand in a line, facing forward, not moving like a statue, but they certainly don't know how to problem solve, or think for themselves. Take a good, thorough look and do some classroom observations before sending your children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

I had 4 kids go through Preston Elementary and it was the best part of their education yet!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

I am a former parent.Former, because I moved out of state to get my boys out of that school system. They only teach to the test,do not challenge the students and I feel the administration is to blame. I have four children that attended that school and most of the teachers were great but were held back by administration. I hear you have a new principal. Thank goodness and good luck! I knew it was bad but, didn't really know the extent until I experienced the expectations after entering a new school. The difference in the level of expectations is incredible, beyond belief! You really have no idea what your kids are not getting there. Do not let the test scores fool you because they definitely do not reflect the level of education your child is getting!! I have to mention the biggest exception, Ms. Phelps(K), she rocks!! Good luck, Sharon Molden
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

My 3 daughters have attended Preston elementary for two years now and they absolutely love it. This school is superbly managed and the atmosphere is warm and posotive. My oldet daughter is off to middle school this year and she is not looking foreward to leaving Preston elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

I've found the teachers and staff at Preston Elementary to be caring, patient, kind, well-informed and wonderful educators. We couldn't be more pleased with our son's school and the people who are helping to educate him there. I've also been enormously impressed with the level of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

Any school that has only 20 minute recess for 5 year old kindergarten students, doesn't understand developmentally appropriate practices. While the school is clean, it is run down and in desperate need to be renovated. This is definitely a school that 'teaches to the test,' just ask any teacher. It is more concerned about their scores, than the children.
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

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 73% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
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 82% 42%
Black 10% 35%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 46%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special staff resources available to students Math 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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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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
  • Math specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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225 Main St
Preston, MD 21655
Phone: (410) 673-2552

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