School Details

Takoma Park Elementary School

7511 Holly Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 650-6414

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-2 560 students 13 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

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About this school

Takoma Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Takoma Park. 560 students attend Takoma Park Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 17% of the Takoma Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 38% of the 560 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Takoma Park Elementary School is 13:1. Piney Branch Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 14%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 38% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 21%
Hispanic 18% 26%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 32%
Limited English proficiency 17% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I am very happy with TPES. My son has ADHD and Aspergers - but he is happy and thriving at this school. He gets support from special educators but spends most of his time in his regular class - where he has friends and is doing very well academically. I especially want to commend the principal for always going the extra mile to do the best for our son even when MCPS bureaucracy made this difficult.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two kids at TPES. We travel a great distance for my son to go to school for the "magnet" program. If my older son didn't love TPES so much and the teachers administrators and support staff were not so incredibly dedicated we would not do the commute. The magnet program has lost a lot of funding but there are still a lot of high achievers who push each other. It is challenging for teachers to provide instruction for such a wide spectrum of ability but I know that my kids are still getting a superior education while studying among a diverse population. There is much more to an education than learning the material presented. I want my children to learn how to work within a population which is diverse in almost every way. At TPES each student is unique and recognized for who they are not just a number. They are more encouraged to perform than pressured to conform.

  • (3 years ago)

    We LOVED this school! Staff is great. My daughter had a wonderful and challenging experience there. Can't wait for my son to start kindergarten this year.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son attended kindergarten and first grade at TPES. We left due a cross-country move and couldn't be sorrier to leave. My son's teachers have been nothing short of outstanding. He has thrived at TPES and is sad to leave. I have spent years working inside schools and have never been as impressed with a school as I have been with TPES. I repeat TPES is hands-down the best school I have seen in terms of its operations administration teaching coordination among teachers (both within and across grade-levels) attention to all of the students' needs (academic emotional and sometimes even financial) including attention to its higher and highest academic achievers. TPES really does teach to the whole child with every child and it is not a small school. TPES also has a population of what some school administrators might refer to as a high-maintenance parent population. If there are any complaints about principal leadership in my opinion it is largely based on the principal sometimes failing to accommodate parent desires as she tried to balance ongoing major changes in the school (2 big moves and an influx of students due to boundary changes) as she kept all students in mind.

  • (4 years ago)

    This past year TPES had larger classes and a dedicated science teacher. The teaching staff was excellent. Our daughter had the same sub for the 1st 4 months of the school year and thrived. Other parents we spoke with were also pleased with the education their children were receiving. However most of us agree that there were problems with the principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am disappointed with TPES. I had heard such great things about the school prior to enrolling our daughter who is in 1st grade this year. The front desk staff is not very friendly they do not let you walk your child into their classroom EVER and they give you nasty notes or question you rudely if you need to take your child out for any reason. Forget about bringing a younger sibling into the school for a birthday treat - no sibs allowed. My daughter had a sub more than half the year this year and her teacher had a great excuse for being away and seems like a good teacher but it did our daughter no favors. She is in the Magnet program but I have seen no evidence of anything extra or interesting coming from that - this year it seems to be meaningless.

  • (7 years ago)

    i am very pleaesed with the school. The secretary lives across the street and knows almost if not every student by name. The classes are small. Our second grader was below level in reading but still in a class setting that encouraged him and gave him the confidence he needed to become an awersome reader. The staff is very involved with the students and the parents are also very involved.

  • (10 years ago)

    The ratio in my son's class is 15 1. His teacher is nationally certified. Although he is in the magnet program for science and social studies; he is intergrated with other students for reading and math. The school does an excellent job at meeting the varied academic needs of the children based on their ability. It has been a great learning experience. I also am happy with the ethnic diversity of the students and the parent involvement.

  • (10 years ago)

    A great little school. Very small-child friendly as it only goes through grade 2 and is a very pretty open building.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a child currently attending Takoma Elementary and she loves it. The school is great. There is a 15 to 1 ratio well structured programs great PTA group and a wonderful teaching staff. My child is in Kindergarden and she has advanced well (as far as learning is concerned). The school is located in a terrific community with heavy parental involvement and activities. I am pleased.

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