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Pleasant Plains Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 493 students

 

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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 September 18, 2013

This is the kind of school parents dream about sending their kids to. There's great support for students and parents. This school has a racially diverse student body. Title I funding here means that there's extra money for technology and staff. The admin staff is friendly and helpful. Don't let the Great Schools Score fool you!
—Submitted by a parent


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
—Submitted by a parent


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


Posted September 9, 2003

We have wonderful teachers here at Pleasant Plains elementary schools. All of my son's teachers go the extra mile in helping each child exceed. Being a concerned parent and a teacher assistant for Balto. Co. Schools, I would like to see more educated teachers and smaller classroom sizes. Our children need to have one on one attention for them to have successful academic years in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

The staff at pleasant plains has created an excellent learning environment for my child. The teachers have pushed my daughter to work to her potential and have given her a quality education that is evident in through her work and national test scores.
—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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
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 58% 36%
White 23% 43%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian 7% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
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 66%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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8300 Pleasant Plains Rd
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 887-3549

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