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Hickory Elementary School

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Posted September 26, 2013

The administration at this school is pretty bad. The principal, who I don t think is there anymore nor is my child thankfully, was simply put, a very cold person. I know her job isn t to be the students and teacher s best friends, but her demeanor, which sets the tone for the whole school, left a lot to be desired. This negative attitude trickled down and made Hickory a less than desirable place to be for students and staff alike. On top of not being a nice person, I truly think the principal was in over her head. To compensate for her ineptitude she micromanaged every aspect of the school. I would avoid this school as well as most in Washington County. Make no mistake, there are lots of good teachers in the county, but leadership leaves a lot to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

We are so thankful that we are in the Hickory Elementary School area! Please don't take the rating of "4 out of 10" to be bad! There are children from many different backgrounds and cultures in this school and I am sure that does contribute to a difference in test scores. The teachers and staff have been very supportive of certain personal beliefs. I have volunteered at the school and on field trips, and having had an "inside" look, I really love that my kids attend here. They welcome and even encourage parent participation at the school and in school activities at home. You are welcome to come and eat lunch with your child. It is a small school with Title I status, so everyone gets a free breakfast before school starts, and all school supplies are provided. My kids love their teachers and look forward to going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

My son learned more in the first half of Kindergarten at a public school in Frederick, MD than he did throughout the entire first grade at Hickory. Thank goodness he got out before second grade because he was accepted into a magnet school. Despite conferences with the principal, teacher, and academic advisor, Hickory made no efforts to accommodate his intelligence and move him along faster. Instead let him stagnate and had him teach other students who were having trouble with basic skills when he should be learning, not teaching. If your child is having difficulty, would you want him/her being taught by a teacher or a student of the same age? If the latter is fine with you, then by all means Hickory will be a fantastic choice. The first impression my children (4th grade and 1st grade at the time) got when they arrived to Hickory was their shock at how far behind the class was, how much the students cursed, and how much violence they witnessed when compared to their public school in Frederick.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

My oldest son is in 5th grade and has attended Hicory since he started school. I can't begine to say how much I love this school. The teachers are top notch and go above and beyond, which is hard to find these days. The principal is easy to talk to and willing to help. It has been a great experience and I'm thrilled my other children will attend this great school. Recently the school won the blue ribbon award. It speaks to it's high quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

My daughter currently attends Hickory Elementary. She's in kindergarten and I couldn't ask for a better school. There are many activities for the children to participate in and they are encouraged to do well in their school work. My daughter attended Pre-K here also, and she's already at a 3rd grade level. I love the smaller school and that there is someone outside to greet the students when the get off the bus. Its a great sense of security for me as a mother of 4 yr old when she was first starting to school and riding a bus because I work FUll-time. The teacher are very involved and are great to interact with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

Both my children attended Hickory. It is a small school where all the teachers know you and your children. The staff is very dedicated to the children and very helpful with any issues that arise. The PTA is very active with monthly activities for the children. I highly recommend this school to parents.
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Posted August 22, 2003

My children have attended Hickory for 9 years and have gone through many changes. But they have always adapted well and both have always been on the honor roll and both have been recognized as Hickory Huskie of the month. We like this school very much.
—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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
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 74% 42%
Black 9% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 70%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11101 Hickory School Rd
Williamsport, MD 21795
Phone: (301) 766-8198

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