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Pemberton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 616 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If i had known how bad this school was looked for our home in that district, I would have tucked tail and run. It may be more the county board of uneducation, but this school is beyond bad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

When is the county going to change up the leadership? PTA meetings used to have standing room only with the prior principal, now there are rows of empty chairs. As if that isn't obvious enough, several parents pulled their kids out for this school year and sent them to a different school all because the administration doesn't give parents or the kids any respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

I would bet that the parent you are referring to was once a very involved parent! I am sure they met the principal, which exactly explains the rest of the comment about how the school has gone downhill. I totally agree that this year has changed Pemberton for the worse. I used to be proud when I said my child attended Pemberton, but now I am looking to change schools if the same admin will be there next year. There is no point wasting another year at a school sliding into the slums of despair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

I wonder what this parent is doing to make Pemberton the school they would like it to be? Have they met with the principal? Have they volunteered in the classroom? Have the met with the PTA president? OR Is this their big contribution to the betterment of Pemberton...trashing the school on a random website.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

The 2010-11 school year has been miserable for PES. The change up of the administrators has backfired and the school has become increasingly dismal. The current (new) principle and vp have changed so much at PES without regard to the history or tradition. Gone are the priorities of reading 20 min each day, and many more free and easy incentives. Gone are the happy welcoming morning announcements only to be replaced by a scripted borefest. Gone are the cheerful good bye announcements reminding students to read and to follow the 4 R's. The 4R's were the basic principles of which the school lived by...Respect to others, Ready to learn, Rethink choices and Responsiblity. The parental involvement has all but dimished and the PTA is not strong. PES was once a place of fun and learning. I bragged about it to other parents in the community. PES has become a sad place and I can not wait for my children to be out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

Pemberton is a wonderful school. The teachers care about their students and go the extra mile to ensure success. The principal is one of a kind and far exceeds expectations. Thank you for all you do!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

This is a very great school for kids, it's fun and the teachers are nice. It would be wonderful if the school went up to the 12th grade. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

This school is perfect for any student wanting a thriving and successfuly education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2007

I love this school and bought our house b/c it was in Pemberton's district. Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Collins go way above and beyond to get the children involved, give them positive feedback and relate to each child individually. From my understanding this school used to have problems but from my viewpoint it has all changed. Of course, like all schools there are a few 'bad apple' teachers & students but I am constantly telling people that if my children couldn't go to this school I would probably be finding a way to put them in a private school.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
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

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
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
Black 42% 35%
White 42% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Hispanic 4% 12%
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 52%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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

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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Programs

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

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  • School counslor
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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1300 Pemberton Dr
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: (410) 677-5809

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