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Smithsburg Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 423 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 25, 2014

Our daughter attends the AM Pre-K program and we are ecstatic. We could not have chosen a better teaching staff for our child. Right now I feel like they have already surpassed getting her ready for next year. I can not speak for the other grades, but if they are even remotely like our daughters class then I would be proud to send my other child there. Mrs. L and Mrs. H, thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Smithsburg Elementary has the closeness of a smaller town school yet has the educational achievements of much larger schools. With that closeness comes the comfort of teachers and staff knowing the names of the entire school population so that each student feels important enough to be known.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My son has been in Smithsburg Elementary since kindergarten. He is now in his final year, (5th grade), in this school and with all he has learned throughout the years, I can't thank all the teachers enough! The are just terrific!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

Smithsburg Elementary School is an excellent school. THe teachers are very dedicated and the overall experience is outstanding. As all schools should, they expect parents to do their part. The PTA is very strong, but it seems only an handful do all of the work - but that's usually how it goes. There are some behavior problems and most parents work with the administration to overcome the problems. But then again there are those few who are in denial and blame all of the child's problems on everyone else. I have had two children go through SES from K-5 and if I had to do it all over again I would choose this area to live in and this school. My kids are both well-prepared and confident and much of that I credit to the great beginning that had at Smithsburg Elementary. Mu hat is off to everyone there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

I am not happy with this school, i cant wait til we move this summer and find a better one. my oldest daughter has been tortured at this school by other kids and nothing has been done by it. plus, she has learning disabilitys and they are trying to classify her as something she isnt! the teachers that i know are good teachers but the overall experiance isnt good. this school is a good school as long as your kid doesnt have any problems learning or problems with other kids. the main child my kid is picked on by, they put that child in the same class as mine again this year after a school year of hell last year.
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
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 89% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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 88% 43%
Black 4% 36%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Asian 1% 6%
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 33%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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67 North Main St
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Phone: (301) 766-8329

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