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Pleasant Plains Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 498 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

At first I was hesitant to send my daughter here because of the unfair comments I heard from people. My daughter just finished 1st grade and I couldn't be happier with our decision to send her here. We have another child who went through one of the "rigorous" Towson elementary schools and we see no difference between PPES in terms of a quality education. In fact the biggest difference that gives PPES the edge is the racial and socio economic diversity. That is hard to come by in this area because many schools are hyper segregated. Long story short excellent teachers, administration and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

As my oldest is wrapping up their first year at Pleasant Plains, I can honestly say that this is a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are positive, caring and responsive to all children and their families. As the school year closes, I could not be more proud of what my child acheived! An excellent student thanks to the teachers and staff at PPES!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

We are currently wrapping up 15 years as Pleasant Plains parents. All 3 of our children spent all of their elementary years here. It has been a great experience. My 3 kids have different learning abilities and all 3 were challenged whether they were GT or needed extra help. The faculty are exceptional and very willing to help with whatever we need. The older 2 were very prepared for middle school and I fully expect the 3rd is, too! I started off as a very involved parent but as the older kids moved on I became less involved with events at PPES but that didn't mean I didn't know what was happening there. The school does a very good job of getting the word out as to everything that is going on and all of the special events. It's a great neighborhood school and I'm thankful for the last 15 years there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

As a past student of Pleasant Plains, I was excited to have my children attend the same elementary school that I did. My son had a successful K - 5 experience, and my daughter is wrapping up fourth grade this year. The teachers are dedicated, caring and talented. Some of the faculty and staff even live in the surrounding neighborhoods! The principal is a strong leader who wants the best for every student in her school. Safety and academic success are her top priorities. This is obvious from the moment that you meet her. Families who live within the boundary for Pleasant Plains are fortunate to have such an excellent community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to send my child to this school because I had heard that it was a Title I school. After our first week in Kindergarten, we knew we had made the right choice with Pleasant Plains! Title I means that the school gets more funding and resources than non-Title I schools. The teachers and administrative staff are all excellent. My child has made many new friends among his classmates. There are so many involved parents at PPES; many of my child's classmates' parents volunteer in the classrom. We appreciate the supportive Parent Service Coordinator. There are lots of clubs and programs to participate in, like the LEGO Club and Robotics Club. PPES is a Green School, and there is a school garden being established. The school is also going to pilot a Spanish language immersion program for fourth graders next year. Now that the school year is coming to a close, I reflect on our first year at PPES. It has been a year of many positive changes in my child's life. He has learned so much so quickly. We look forward to next year and several more years of great education at PPES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

When it came time to enroll my oldest in kindergarten I was nervous about sending him to Pleasant Plains simply because of things I had heard from neighbors, the Title 1 status etc. I could not have been more wrong. In the 2 years that we have been at PPES I have continued to be impressed with the quality of the education, administration and the teachers. I have also learned all the benefits of having a child attend a Title 1 school- students have access to technology and experiences that would not be possible without the federal funding. If you are considering moving to the area or already live here and are thinking about school please take a tour, talk to some other parents and know that your kids will thrive here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I initially wanted my son to attend another elementary school but I have to admit that I have been very happy with PPES. The academics are great and challenging, the teachers are good and the principal is friendly, thorough and approachable. I suggest you tour the school to see for yourself if you are considering this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

My son attended this school and it was a very good school. However, he is now at Saint James Academy, which I think fits his academic needs in an exceptional way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I loved this school when I was in elementary and I still love it now.... even though Im in high school going to college I still love this school.


Posted November 5, 2012

Both my daughters went to Pleasant Plains. My youngest is still there, this is her last year. I have no complaints with the school. Overall it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

Pleasant Plains Elementary School is a great school. I had one problem with the staff- not very friendly. I don't understand how one can walk past another without a greeting. I understand manners start at home. I am a firm beliver in that. It doesn't hurt to be friendly. The neighborhood is a great place to live and raise kids . Most people in the neighborhod are very friendly . It makes me wonder when I would enter the school walk right pass a teacher and nothing. No hello or smile ! I would definitely wonder about the surroundings in the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

This is our 'real' school and she loves it there. We love her teacher and all the opportunties our daughter has had at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Excellent teachers, fun learning,activities, safe,informed, and family oriented
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Posted September 21, 2009

My kids have been going to this school for 5 years and it has the best and nicest staff. Everything about this school is great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

This school has resources for all students be it special education or gifted and talented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2007

My children go to pleasant plains i love the teachers they do such a good job i can not tell you how good they are!!!!the office staff needs an attitude check,and as far as the parent involvment some of us have to work sorry .The teachers do a great job and are great at what they do i would not send my children to another school if i could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

I love the curriculum. My daughter is in the gifted and talented program. She gets a lot of support to excel. I am a devoted single parent and really had to go that extra mile to make my daughter's experience a good one. I see some parent involvement among the mothers who are lucky enough to have that extra time during the day. That does not mean a lack of dedication from those of us whose circumstance does not allow us that time. Although I like Ms. Partilla, her staff can be off putting. I worked past that and not every parent will feel they should have to do that. Not every parent will have the time to do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

My son attends Pre-K at Pleasant Plains. The teacher and her aids are the best!! If you have the opportunity to attend Mrs. Lansingers class you are very lucky. Over all it is a good school. But the students lack parent envolment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

My son is cuurently a fifth grader here,since day one in the kindergarten class I have had that special feel for this school it is a special place.The staff is amazing and the students are as well.I highly praise the entire group for all there efforts and only hope my sons experience will continue as positive as he passes on to loch raven academy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

The teachers at Pleasant Plains are excellent. They definitely go the extra mile. Both of my children had wonderful teachers when they attended Pleasant Plains. Parent involvement could be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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80%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

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 73% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
58%
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 59% 35%
White 22% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 4% 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 65%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
  • Instrumental music lessons

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

Staff resources available to students
  • School counslor
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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8300 Pleasant Plains Rd
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 887-3549

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