School Details

Piney Branch Elementary School

7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-8000
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 3-5 479 students 16 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

65%
73%
74%
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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
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
81%
89%
89%
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
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
74%
73%
91%
92%
89%
69%
68%
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
  • Montgomery County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Piney Branch Elementary School is a public elementary school in Takoma Park. 479 children attend Piney Branch Elementary School and identify as Multiracial, Asian, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 12% of the Piney Branch Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 479 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Piney Branch Elementary School is 16:1. Takoma Park Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 4%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 14%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 21%
Hispanic 16% 26%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 32%
Limited English proficiency 12% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Mrs. Dubois and Mrs. Nelson are outstanding leaders who know all of the students individually. The staff and teachers are outstanding as well. The school has a very private school feel to it in that the teachers all know the students so well and are in tuned with their needs. We are lucky to have such a wonderful school in our neighborhood.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers Staff Students and Community make this a wonderful place for children to learn. Many parents debate whether to keep their students in this school or to send them on to the highly gifted centers. My vote for my younger son is to have him stay at PB. I want my children to have the love for learning which is encouraged at Piney Branch.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are so fortunate to have Piney Branch as our neighborhood school. I would have chosen it from 100 others. One unique thing is that PBES has a swimming pool on site and the students swim as one of their PE units.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school. The teachers do an excellent job of managing such a diverse group of students!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Very well done education program for gifted and talented children. Highly recommended.

  • (5 years ago)

    Good school top notch teachers who care about their work.

  • (6 years ago)

    Piney Branch has one of the highest percentage of students taking accelerated (Middle School) math in the elementary grades in Montgomery County Public Schools. At every grade level more than 50% of students are performing at or above grade level in both reading and math.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is finishing his second year at PBES. This year he has had top notch teachers. The school encompasses all of the diversity of Takoma Park. It is also one of the most racially and income-wise diverse schools in Mont. Cty. Thereby lie it's strengths and challenges. The staff are dedicated yet are stretched to meet the needs of a widely diverse student body. With limited staffing they must cover highly skilled students and remedial students with tough home lives. If you want your kid to experience this world we now live in with all it's diversity and challenges PBES is the place. If you're looking to cloister your kid. or they need a lot of hand holding PBES probably won't be a good fit. HTe PTA has a good number of dedicated parents with wonderful programs for the kids. A real plus.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school that values all of its students. It's a community not just a school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is currently in the fifth grade at Piney Branch and has attended the school since the third grade. I have found the staff to be responsive and helpful. The teachers and staff are always available via email. This year has been a very challenging one as they have eight third grade classes. I would suggest that the parent speak with her son's teacher if he or she doesn't address the issue then she should contact Mr. G or the counselor regarding any concerns she had regarding their child's performance or the classroom atmosphere. During my daughter's first year at the school I had some concerns about my daughter's teacher. The issues were resolved.

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Overall score

(based on 15 ratings & reviews)

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