School Details

Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School

12872 Rock Point Rd, Newburg, MD 20664
(301) 934-4091
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 421 students 16 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

85%
74%
74%
85%
74%
77%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Charles County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
79%
81%
96%
88%
86%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Charles County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
69%
73%
87%
86%
89%
78%
60%
64%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Charles County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School is a public elementary school in Newburg. 421 students go to Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0% of the Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 421 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School is 16:1. Potomac Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 34%
Multiracial 6% 5%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 52%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 3%
Asian 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 29%
Limited English proficiency 0% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We have found the teachers to be very good at this school. They appear to genuinely care and have done an excellent job teaching my child. The administrative staff does seem to be lacking however. They mostly just seem out to lunch or something. I see some reviews about how the school encourages parents' involvement. If by encouraging you mean they give you lots of paper to cut and make copies of then yes you would be right. I wanted to be able to help in the classroom with things that are difficult for just one teacher to accomplish but was told during the volunteer orientation that volunteers could go check the boxes to see what the teacher needs done. Volunteers were not allowed in the classrooms. I have also been concerned with the lack of safety precautions the school has taken. Primarily volunteers wandering the halls are not given background checks. It would also be nice to see staff in the hallways (especially by the front door) when kids are arriving at school. Anyone could waltz in there and go wherever they please with no accountability. I've seen it happen.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school!!!! We could not be more happier with this school. They still celebrate all the holidays and are very hands on! They love parent involvement. I think it is the closest we can get to a private school. The teachers are very nice and helpful as well as the rest of the staff and all the kids are happy when you go into the school like they enjoy being there. I do not agree with the score of a 6 for this school. I have done research on this school and others in the county and Higdon has the highest testing scores and most certified teachers who love what they do.

  • (4 years ago)

    No school is perfect. Overall I have been very happy with Higdon Elementary. The teachers are excellent. The P.E. teacher is every child's favorite and I am paticularly fond of the librarian who obviously loves children and her job. Curriculum is well rounded although indoctrination into a liberal viewpoint is over the top in my opinion. But I think this is common in most public schools. There are plenty of clubs and extra-curricular activities for every interest including a very effective chess club. Parental involvement is highly encouraged. On the one hand this provides transparency into the schools inner workings. The downside of this is that childrens academic rewards are based on the parents level of volunteerism as opposed the childs actual performance level. It's all in who you know. Such a shame as promising children are purposefully overlooked.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would like to improve to have more interesting books in the library for kids to be intereste. Also have more activities and encourage kids to read more and more. also to reward them for if they read a lot of books or atleast read.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at Dr. Higdon. We have been here for two years now and we WILL be moving and putting her in a different school. Her 'primary' teachers are great. Some of the other staff is not! One teacher in particular is like a drill sergant. The principal boasts all the time about this is the best elementary school in the county (and at times state). And that everyone wants their kids to come here or to work there. Just because you say something out load does not make it so! I've met alot of parents of students who are either current or former students and as of yet I have not met one person who is happy with this school! At times it seems like they are more interested in the bottom line and 'appearnces' than anything else.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am not impressed by the staff at this school. Hopefully one day there's a change over and things will improve. The curriculum is substandard. I am very involved in my children's education both at school and at home; however I found this school to be lacking. And it definitely shows in how this school rates compared with other primary schools in Charles County.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter's math and reading skills have really accelerated since going to this school 2 years ago. The teachers don't just teach the kids what is required for the present grade the actually prepare them to excel in the next grade the following year! The Principle and staff are wonderful! Parents should be involved and show an interest in their child's education. You will then appreciate the talent and dedication of the staff at Higdon Elementary.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal and teacher for my kindergartener were very unsupportive of parent involvement. Also if you accidently drive in the wrong way (the sign was extremely small--they've since replaced it) during bus hours the Principal will remember you and seems to hold a personal vendetta against the person. I'm very surprised at the unprofessionalism amongst the leadership at this school. I disenrolled my child and took him to a different school (which has been very supportive of parent involvement!!!).

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is wonderfull. I feel that that they welcome any and all parent involvment. The pricipal and teachers all work together to provide a continuity in the school. My son has excelled in his education at this school and I am sure he will continue to do so. The school is very willing to work with the parents to make sure that the child is recieving the best care. I have had the opportunity to research other schools in the area and choose to stay in the area that would allow my children to attend this school.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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