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C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 591 students

 

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Posted July 3, 2014

Barnhart is a very good school. The staff and teachers are great. The administrators are fantastic. Everyone is one there A game. The kids are great with learning and being friends.


Posted April 17, 2014

I love Barnhart and especially my daughter's 4 grade teacher Ms. Johnson. In my opinion, she was the best teacher my daughter had. She does not coddle her students, she expects the best from them no exceptions. Ms. J also keeps parents informed and that is essential to helping children succeed. Thanl you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Sometimes all it takes is a smile, a hello and a big thank to let your school know that you appreciate what they've accomplished with your child. So when you drop off or pick up your child this year say "Good Morning!" , "Good Evening!" , "Have a good day" or whatever good comes to heart. It'll make your day feel brighter or pick your spritis up knowing your child(ren) are in good hands. I know I do:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

barnhart is a good school.. My daughter has enjoyed going there since kindergarten and they are all like a big family...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

My daughter has been going to Barnhart since the first grade, she will be going to middle school next year. All her teachers were good, but her 5th grade teacher, Mrs. E.R. Johnson was great. Mrs. Johnson really cares for the children in her classroom. My daugher, Asia loves to learn and has enjoyed the time she has spent in the class. Mrs. Johnson gives children one on one attention when they did it, she not only cares about what happens good in the classroom but also gives advise that will make your child a better human being. If more parents get involved with thier children in the classroom and for the school, and more teachers were like Mrs. Johnson the school rate would go from 5 to at least a 10. - YH
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

I don't care what anyone say about my favorite school it was fun and also made me very smart. After I left that school i read at an 8th grade level. My math skills also had me at an 8th grade level. Thanks to Barnhart I'm in 3 John Hopkins programs. Overall best elementary school I ever went to and I went to 4 elementary schools


Posted April 10, 2010

Not to thrilled here, this is my child's first year here in 5th grade and I am glad that it is his last. This is an average school that at times feel borderline to below average. Everything seems basic, with really no critical thinking for the child. My child comes home frequently saying he's bored. When there are science programs after school there is poor organization, never starts on time, and the presentations are to me below standard. If you are looking for basic teaching/schooling, then this school is it. The Principal/Teachers are good, but they don't push the kids enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

It would be wonderful to have more parents be involved. I can't count how many times I went to an event on education given by the school or Title 1 were there were I was the only parent from Barnhart. Even when they have give dinner and have child care for younger children. It's just sad. If there were as many people at educational events as there were in the parking lot when the kids went to Baltimore. Our school would be rated a ten. (yh)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Barnhart is a good school, my sons teacher is very concerned about his education and also makes learning fun for him, her nam eis Ms Baldwin Sincerely Mrs. Gamble
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

This is a great school! Both my kids go here one in the third grade and the other in the 3's program. There teachers are excellent and they really care about my children. I get updates about my childrens progress and they are learning alot here. If I were to move I would still want my kids to attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

I love Barnhart. My daughter is in Kindergarten and her teachers really care about her education. I am very impressed with this school.
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Posted November 14, 2008

This year both of my children started attending Barnhart Elementary. One is in Kindergarten and the other is in 3rd. I belive that their teachers are extraordinary. They go the extra mile to make sure kids understand their lessons before they move on. If my son's third grade teacher notices a child is lacking in a particular area she will send home suggestions for the parents on how we can help them as well as asking for permission to enroll them in special tutoring program that the school hosts. My daughter's kindergarten teacher sends her home with so much enthusiasm to learn that she even wants to practice her words, numbers and patterns on the weekend. I highly reccommend Barnhart and I do not do that lightly, my kids previously attended a military base school. So let's just say Barnhart measures up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

My daughter has attended Barnhart since the 1st grade and while I don't particularily like a few of the teachers, it would appear that most teachers make the students their priorities. The thing that most parents have to realize is that your child's education is dependent upon how much both you and your child are involved in the process. If there are issues then address them, and don't ease up until the issues are fixed. Overall my experience has been with bad parents and not necessarily bad teachers. Overall our experience with Barnhart has been positive and I feel as if my child is getting a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

C. Paul Barnhart has been a horrible experience for me and my kids. Many of the teachers act like they are children themselves. My son is in the accelerated classes and have attended the summer gifted program. He thinks the programs are boring and not very challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

My daughter attends Barnhart.. The teachers, staff, and administration care about all of the children. They bend over backwards to help out in any way they can. Teachers are dedicated and work very hard. There are many after school programs that the students can be a part of. Barnhart Elementary has the best staff and is the best school in Charles County!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

I am very pleased with the education my child has gotten at Barnhart. My child is in the excelerated classes there. The teachers are involved and dedicated. The teachers are on top of problems as they arise. Educating our kids is a two way street...it takes involved parents and dedicated teahers....I think that is why we have had such a great experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

In my opinion about Barnhart Elem., if your child needs special attention or assistance from the school then you can forget it. This school has to deal with a lot of 'baby sitting'(if you know what I mean) and my son didn't get the special help that he was due. If he had gotten that extra help then he would have done better. To me, my son went backwards instead of forward for this past school year 2003-2004. Paul Barnhart staff is friendly and helpful but not understanding to the students with health or mental problems like ADD or ADHD. They drag their feet in solving your problem or concerns. They also didn't give out enough homework. My son didn't have to do a science fair project in 5th grade (just a paper). Come on.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
49%
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 69% 35%
Hispanic 12% 12%
White 10% 42%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 63%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • 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

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • 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
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Waldorf, MD 20603
Phone: (301) 645-9053

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