School Details

University Park Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

72%
64%
74%
84%
70%
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
  • Prince George's County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
73%
81%
89%
80%
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
  • Prince George's County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
60%
73%
96%
83%
89%
76%
53%
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
  • Prince George's County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
57%
68%
85%
78%
83%

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
  • Prince George's County Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

University Park Elementary School is a public middle school in Hyattsville. 661 students attend University Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 24% of the University Park Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 54% of the 661 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at University Park Elementary School is 15:1. Concordia Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Asian 8% %
Hispanic 35% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 68%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 5%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 58%
Limited English proficiency 24% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    School is great. Teachers are fantastic with 2 or 3 exceptions. Some are very snob and nasty. Overall this school is just the most amazing place to educate a kid. So much parent involvement I love it!!! It is like a little family. New principal... I am not in love with. She is not what I expected. I tried several times to talk to her and she never paid attention. Other than that it is wonderful!!

  • (5 months ago)

    Culturally-enriching academically-engaging and strong community support. This is our 3rd year at UPES and we have 2 children attending the school. Knowledgeable & caring teachers & staff along with a diverse selection of extracurricular activities & classes to supplement what has been squeezed out due to current trending educational models and philosophies has kept us happy with our children's educational experience. Examples of this are the school's annual Azalea Classic (AC) after-school enrichment classes (AEC) book log events Dr. Seuss celebration FallFest Hispanic Heritage Night Family Game Night and more. For the AC the teachers incorporate into their math and physical education curriculum with charts graphs goal tracking and a weekly recess running club complete with pedometers. AEC supplements the public school system offering a diverse class selection on topics ranging from foreign language-ceramics-drama-chess & more. The add'l activities help foster a strong community which is proven to be a strong predictor of producing successful students. A school is what you make it and like anything at a minimum you'll get out of it what you put into it.

  • (6 months ago)

    I loveed it at UPES. It was some of the best years of my life. Shout out to Mrs. Young Mrs. Phillips Mrs. Bijou and Mrs. Freeman

  • (6 months ago)

    What a welcome change in the selection of a new principal for a once great school in a still very nice neighborhood. The teachers here are excellent and the "supportive" parents are basically an extension of community cliques which I am ashamed to say that I too am a part of. The former principal dismantled all true cultural activities in favor of her American ideal which was definitely not Prince George's County or the world and ended up with a slew of mediocre white-washed hoe-down styled activities that was not all representative of the beautiful diversity found in our community. She had trouble relating to minority faculty parents and students in Prince George's County. Glad to see her go and looking forward to a new school year led by seasoned professionals who have experience with all types of students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I do not feel this school can meet the needs of children with specials needs especially those with an IEP. From my experience students who start at UPES with an IEP seem to transfer or families move to a different county before reaching the fifth grade. Very unfortunate and hopefully the school's (and the county's) culture will become more open to inclusion.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent organization !! principal is always cheerful and engaging around kids activities! love the staff and teachers they all seem like a wonderful family =) !!

  • (4 years ago)

    We love this school because the teachers are outstanding and the community is very involved there. The in-school music program is also wonderful. The vast majority of teachers at the school are able to effectively challenge all the kids in the class no matter what their level by differentiating their lessons on the classroom. They are able to juggle the county state and federal requirements while also integrating creative ideas and interesting projects into the school day. There is a great Science Bowl team that competes at the county level and there are numerous other afterschool activities including PTA-organized language and art classes. It is an incredibly diverse school both socioeconomically and ethnically which offers children a terrific introduction to many different cultures and worldviews. Though the building is aging the education and administration are top-notch.

  • (4 years ago)

    University Park Elementary School offers an excellent education which is enhanced by the strong sense of community. The children feel part of the warm environment. They are welcomed warmly by the Principal Asst Principal Teachers and staff from the moment they walk in the door each day. The Principal is excellent - a true leader who demonstrates a positive can do attitude. This is an excellent school. We feel our children are getting an excellent education at UPES.

  • (5 years ago)

    A bit of light in a historically troubled school system. Bolstered by support from the community and the PTA and anchored by good teachers this school has much to offer its diverse student body. If anything it may be a victim of its success and everybody has perhaps unrealistically high expectations of the teachers and curriculum. In sum many good teachers a supportive administration and very involved parents help keep this a high performing school.

  • (7 years ago)

    UPES is above the rest! This is definitely one elementary school that the Principal Assistant Principal teachers staff and even the UP Police force are always visible and there to ensure that the children are safe and well educated. The parent involvement due to a dynamic PTA Committee is over the top wonderful. The school's after-school programs and many school events during the school year are one of a kind. I love the beautiful University Park neighborhood and its families; they have a sense of togetherness and welcome other families to feel as if they are also a part of that community. UPES again is above the rest for education and involvement. Definitely a hidden gem in P.G County.

  • (7 years ago)

    University Park is an excelent school I personaly like it because promote diversity and involves parents in all the activities.

  • (8 years ago)

    Upes is a wonderful school teachers and parents are very intuned with the students and I wish there was a University Park Middle and High Schools.

  • (11 years ago)

    A great neighboorhood school. The students know each other and the parents are very involved. A hidden gem in PG County

  • (11 years ago)

    University Park is an excellent school. The environment that the UPES staff creates for the children to learn in is dynamic. Both my son and daughter attend UPES and they can't stop talking about it. If you are looking for an elementary school for your children I recommend UPES.

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