School Details

Sunset Elementary School

8572 Fort Smallwood Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122
(410) 222-6478
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 491 students 15 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

90%
86%
74%
92%
86%
77%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
90%
81%
93%
92%
86%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
85%
73%
98%
93%
89%
87%
76%
64%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunset Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pasadena. 491 students attend Sunset Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0% of the Sunset Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 27% of the 491 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sunset Elementary School is 15:1. Riviera Beach Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 61%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 21%
Multiracial 6% 5%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 29%
Limited English proficiency 0% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Both my girls have gone to Sunset! I love the school and the staff there! Teachers are easy to talk to and respond to my emails quickly if I have a question concerning my child. This is my youngest last year there and it upsets me to know she is leaving such a great school. There are so many clubs kids can join and so many family fun nights for family fun. The PTA is a fantastic group of volunteers to help raise money for technology such as IPads the children get to use and smart boards in almost all the classrooms. Great school!

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I have been very pleased with this school. It is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate PYP school! The staff is very friendly and I have always received prompt responses to any inquiry I have made. My son's teacher is wonderful and effective evidenced by the tremendous growth I have seen in my son since the beginning of the year. I am also a high school teacher and very involved in my son's education. I love that my son comes home excited to tell me all about his school day.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I am extremely happy with Sunset. The teachers go out of their way to support my children's education. The technology in the school is excellent. My children talk about using Smartboards and iPads. The cultural arts teachers are also top notch. There are many clubs offered after school including the Drama Club. The music teacher's productions are fabulous every year! The principal cares for the kids and does a great job of ensuring quality education. Overall an outstanding school that stands out among other schools in the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have never saw a school that needed and wanted so much money! Every week theres a different fundraiser coming home. If not they want bake goods and different goodies for the teachers. There should be more activities for the children. And every child should have the chance to participate in these activities. Phone calls are not promptly returned. You have to keep calling to get a response. The secretaries are not friendly at all. And the principal acts iike she scared to open her mouth. Definitely not feeling this school at all!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great School! great teachers! my daughter K-3 so sad to be leaving the teacher and art music programs are great!

  • (4 years ago)

    We had to switch schools in the middle of the year and we were very nervous about it. Okay I was nervous about it ) But the principle and all the office staff were very helpful and kind and did a great job of easing my mind. We got to have a meeting with my daughter's new teacher just before she started. Her teacher is very motivated and all the students love her (the teacher). I think the school does a good job of finding the middle ground so that all the students are engaged but I would like to see some options for students with more advanced skills who need more of a challenge. I would definitely recommend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that parents who have never worked in a school don't understand how curriculums work. I've worked al over the united stated and every state has its own speical curriculium. I'm also a parent and I've been teaching for quite sometime and I can tell you that every school is different. My kids all go to Sunset and I love the fact that I can call anytime of day and talk to someone. They've al been there for us and our kids are doing great. However Sunset isn't run the same as the school they went to in California but thats how it works. No State is the same when it comes education. You have to give these teachers the benefit of the doudt and understand that they are working off of what they are given.

  • (6 years ago)

    Sunset is a below average compared to the others schools my son went too. His current teacher looks to be buying time till she retires when we ask her to call us about how my son was adjusting to his new class she would not then sent a two line note tell us he doing okay after we called several times.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal does an excellent job at Sunset. She identifies children that need additional help and those that are performing above grade level and follows up to give them the specialized instruction they need to suceed. The teachers are wonderful many work on their own time to provide afterschool clubs for the kids. The music program is especially good with orchestra starting in 3rd grade and band in 4th. Sunset has a very active PTA who provide in house field trips artists in residence and evening family nights. I have one child who went to Sunset from kindergarten through 5th grade and a child who is currently enrolled.

  • (7 years ago)

    I agree with this parent statement. I believe this school would have a much better appeal if there was better leadership. A school is only as good as its principal and this principal has no interest in change!

  • (9 years ago)

    The school has an excellent atmosphere and the teachers are just above par. We transferred in from out of state and we found the teachers here do not challenge the students as hard as they did in the south. Since we've been here our sons reading level dropped off some. The principle makes some very obtuse rule changes and can be frigid to talk to. The open class setting is annoying to be in and for our son to be in. This is my candid opinion but over all it's not a bad public school. I think a leadership change and more agressive teaching would help. The art and music department is a big plus here. Band starts in fourth grade which I was pleasantly suprised to find. The PTA and volunteer work is beyone belief high regards in parent support.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter went through Sunset and we were active PTA participants. The volunteer force is fantastic the parents are very involved and openly welcomed to help out. The staff is great and there is not a teacher I couldn't recommend....they are excellent.

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