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Avalon Elementary School

Public | K-6

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 25, 2014

I HATE this school I wish my child never went there. There is many fights the school takes no control over. Also I feel like the school judges people from where they are. Example: I don't like that student because she looks ghetto and i'm not bout to work wit her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This is now my daughters 3rd year and last year in this school. I tried to give this school a chance. The school has some teachers that seem to care however, they can't carry the burden themselves. Some of the issues that bother me are 1). My daughter never brings home a reference book (English, math, science). How am I as a parent to assist with homework (when its given) if I have no instructions. 2). Class work is not graded and given back to the student. How is the student suppose to know where they went wrong and what they need to work on? I asked the teacher why the classwork wasn't given back to the student and the reply was it is kept as evidence for a grade! Really how is that grade supposed to be improved! 3) Homework is scarce my daughter is finished within minutes. When I ask what for homework she shows my 3 problems she copied off the board. Again no books no instructions 4). The tag program is a joke there, this program is suppose to challenge my daughter by giving her above grade level work. In the 3 years my daughter has only had 3-5 assignments from TAG and that is a generous estimate. In the fall my youngest starts school. She won't be going to Avalon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

This is a Great school! The Principal and the entire Staff is AWESOME! Avalon makes sure that parents are well informed via new letters and voicemails weekly! Now that the new school building is completed and occupied I'm quite sure that the students will go above and beyond their academic goals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

I have been a parent of Avalon Elementary for 12 yrs now. My 3 children were and still are Honor Roll students! This school is very disciplined and has excellent teachers! Dr. Bruce is a Top Notch Principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

I am a very displeased parent! My daughter will not be returning to the school after one term. There was no communication from the school to the parents throughout the term. I had no clue whatsoever about what happened at school - except from my child's point of view.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

My children just entered their 5th school year at Avalon and I am pleased with the educational opportunities that are offered. Dr. Bruce (the principal) runs a tight ship but that type of discipline is what is lacking in a lot of households so I commend her on that. She makes sure the students are receiving the best education possible and makes sure the staff are on the same page as she is. Most of the teachers work very hard to make sure the children are receiving a good education and the parents are kept in the loop of things. Avalon isn't perfect but what school is. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

I was not pleased at all with my child's year at Avalon. The staff is really unfriendly. With recent budget cuts to schooling last year, there are no parent liaisons and the parent teacher organization is run by the principal. My daughter was tested for TAG and we found out the last day of school when we were paying for a library book we hadn't heard about until the last week where we were told that she would not get her report card if the book was not paid for (A $6 book they charged us $20 for). The librarian (instructional media specialist) told my husband that our daughter could have done better on the test if she took it again and he was clueless b/c we hadn't even been told she had been tested the first time (she's in second grade and they had told us at the beginning of the year that only 3rd graders were tested for TAG). The school's communication is very off and disorganized. The entire year our child was there, we were never notified via email for important things even though the PTO had our email address and emailed us for fundraisers or trivial things. I would encourage parents to ask for a transfer or try for the lottery if you must do public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

school is not well run. my child's teacher was not adequate and the school had no parent involvement. will not be returning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2004

Avalon elementry is a great School the teachers their teach very well, inpaticularly the two six grade teachers they have changed my whole attitude about school now I am making strait A's. The principal is very nice to the teachers and students but also makes sure that they are doing what they need to do.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
83%
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 77% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
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
Black 74% 35%
Hispanic 19% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
White 1% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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