Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Summary:

Kensington Parkwood Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school serving grades PK-5 in Kensington, Maryland, part of the Montgomery County Public Schools district. With a student population of 592, the school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Maryland, boasting exceptional academic achievement across all grades and subject areas.

Kensington Parkwood Elementary's students demonstrate remarkably high proficiency rates on the MCAP assessments, significantly outperforming the district and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, 78.5% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 54.4% in the district and 47.9% statewide. In Mathematics, 66.8% of Kensington Parkwood students were proficient or better, compared to 32.8% in the district and 23.3% statewide. The school's performance is particularly strong in 3rd and 4th grade, where over 80% of students are proficient in ELA and over 70% are proficient in Math.

While Kensington Parkwood Elementary outperforms many nearby schools, such as Rock View Elementary and Ashburton Elementary, it is important to note the significant socioeconomic differences between the schools. Kensington Parkwood has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 11.07% to 16.39% in recent years, compared to nearby schools with rates as high as 73.67%. This highlights the importance of considering the broader context and challenges faced by schools serving more economically disadvantaged populations.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 4710 Saul Rd
       Kensington, MD  20895-4299


(240) 740-3700

District: Montgomery County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
47th of 855 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,917 Help


Students who attend Kensington Parkwood Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    North Bethesda Middle
High:    Walter Johnson High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8 Help
Number of students:  592

Racial breakdown:

White:
55.1%
Hispanic:
17.4%
Asian:
10.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.4% Help


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Compare Details Kensington Parkwood Elementary ranks better than 94.5% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks 23rd among 129 ranked elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (55.1%), Hispanic (17.4%), Asian (10.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kensington Parkwood Elementary is 15.8. 114 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kensington Parkwood Elementary is $14,917. 118 elementary schools in the Montgomery County Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Kensington Parkwood Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Montgomery County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Montgomery County Public Schools 6th of 24 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 6.07 754th 803 6.1%
2005 5.28 766th 805 4.8%
2006 8.70 750th 804 6.7%
2007 6.92 766th 818 6.4%
2008 82.08 103rd 838 87.7%
2009 83.93 73rd 850 91.4%
2010 82.53 87th 855 89.8%
2011 83.16 73rd 853 91.4%
2012 84.04 54th 857 93.7%
2013 84.60 50th 847 94.1%
2014 83.99 89th 867 89.7%
2015 90.03 86th 859 90.0%
2016 88.27 104th 845 87.7%
2017 93.14 52nd 847 93.9%
2018 92.81 60th 857 93.0%
2019 94.98 39th 853 95.4%
2021 97.05 24th 802 97.0%
2022 95.73 30th 862 96.5%
2023 94.00 47th 855 94.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 96.57 2nd 52 96.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 98.78 2nd 136 98.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 93.13 36th 796 95.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 96.03 25th 788 96.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 95.65 5th 347 98.6%
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Rank History for White students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 91.57 23rd 528 95.6%
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Data source: test scores: Maryland State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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by a parent
Friday, July 18, 2014

Open Quote High expectations of students. Hard working and caring teachers. Students are motivated and challenged. Parents are friendly and very involved in the school as volunteers. Strong and well organized PTA. Principal and VP are professional and approachable too! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 240 35 15 16 0 n/a n/a 0 306
1990 234 34 17 18 0 n/a n/a 7 310
1991 276 45 25 29 1 n/a n/a 0 376
1992 292 52 26 37 1 n/a n/a 0 408
1993 276 46 23 32 1 n/a n/a 0 378
1994 240 47 16 26 1 n/a n/a 0 330
1995 239 46 17 26 3 n/a n/a 0 331
1996 239 46 17 26 3 n/a n/a 0 331
1997 242 46 18 25 3 n/a n/a 0 334
1998 247 39 25 37 2 n/a n/a 0 350
1999 231 46 31 27 2 n/a n/a 0 337
2000 250 37 31 24 4 n/a n/a 0 346
2001 276 37 38 23 3 n/a n/a 0 377
2002 291 31 31 45 1 n/a n/a 0 399
2003 291 31 31 45 1 n/a n/a 0 399
2004 290 38 36 41 1 n/a n/a 0 406
2005 301 42 42 39 1 n/a n/a 0 425
2006 345 42 38 43 0 n/a n/a 0 468
2007 370 38 31 45 1 n/a n/a 0 485
2008 400 29 26 41 3 n/a n/a 0 499
2009 455 29 28 39 3 n/a n/a 0 554
2010 484 32 30 42 2 n/a n/a 0 590
2011 491 43 33 71 1 0 28 0 667
2012 491 35 53 75 1 0 28 0 683
2013 483 37 46 56 0 0 32 0 654
2014 492 43 45 60 1 0 32 0 673
2015 461 44 42 63 2 0 48 0 660
2016 456 29 34 68 2 0 55 0 644
2017 433 35 42 81 1 0 64 0 656
2018 431 37 48 73 1 0 67 0 657
2019 426 36 50 83 1 0 60 0 656
2020 396 40 61 81 0 0 64 0 642
2021 346 52 56 83 0 0 59 0 596
2022 333 51 62 100 1 0 50 0 597
2023 326 47 64 103 1 0 51 0 592

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 306 17.5 17.4 n/a
1990 310 18.0 17.2 8.4
1991 376 21.0 17.9 8.2
1992 408 23.5 17.3 9.1
1993 378 21.1 17.9 9.8
1994 330 19.1 17.3 11.5
1995 331 17.2 19.2 11.8
1996 331 17.2 19.2 11.8
1997 334 16.8 19.9 13.2
1998 350 15.6 22.4 14.9
1999 337 15.6 21.6 14.5
2000 346 19.5 17.7 14.7
2001 377 20.2 18.7 10.1
2002 399 21.2 18.8 12.8
2003 399 21.2 18.8 12.8
2004 406 25.8 15.7 10.8
2005 425 26.0 16.3 8.2
2006 468 30.0 15.6 9.2
2007 485 30.6 15.8 8
2008 499 32.0 15.6 5.8
2009 554 33.3 16.6 4.9
2010 590 34.8 16.9 4.2
2011 667 36.6 18.2 5.7
2012 683 37.7 18.1 7.5
2013 654 38.1 17.1 6.1
2014 673 38.5 17.4 6.4
2015 660 37.0 17.8 6.4
2016 644 36.0 17.8 5.3
2017 656 37.7 17.4 8.7
2018 657 36.5 18.0 8.5
2019 656 35.5 18.4 8.4
2020 642 35.3 18.1 6.9
2021 596 37.8 15.7 11.1
2022 597 38.1 15.6 13.4
2023 592 37.4 15.8 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 306 17.5 17.4 n/a
1990 310 18.0 17.2 8.4
1991 376 21.0 17.9 8.2
1992 408 23.5 17.3 9.1
1993 378 21.1 17.9 9.8
1994 330 19.1 17.3 11.5
1995 331 17.2 19.2 11.8
1996 331 17.2 19.2 11.8
1997 334 16.8 19.9 13.2
1998 350 15.6 22.4 14.9
1999 337 15.6 21.6 14.5
2000 346 19.5 17.7 14.7
2001 377 20.2 18.7 10.1
2002 399 21.2 18.8 12.8
2003 399 21.2 18.8 12.8
2004 406 25.8 15.7 10.8
2005 425 26.0 16.3 8.2
2006 468 30.0 15.6 9.2
2007 485 30.6 15.8 8
2008 499 32.0 15.6 5.8
2009 554 33.3 16.6 4.9
2010 590 34.8 16.9 4.2
2011 667 36.6 18.2 5.7
2012 683 37.7 18.1 7.5
2013 654 38.1 17.1 6.1
2014 673 38.5 17.4 6.4
2015 660 37.0 17.8 6.4
2016 644 36.0 17.8 5.3
2017 656 37.7 17.4 8.7
2018 657 36.5 18.0 8.5
2019 656 35.5 18.4 8.4
2020 642 35.3 18.1 6.9
2021 596 37.8 15.7 11.1
2022 597 38.1 15.6 13.4
2023 592 37.4 15.8 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $590 (4.6%) $12,167 (95.4%) $12,757
2020 $421 (3.3%) $12,259 (96.7%) $12,680
2021 $772 (5.2%) $14,145 (94.8%) $14,917

Data source: Maryland Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Kensington Parkwood Elementary

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 39th of 853 Elementary schoolsRanks 47th of 855 Elementary schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students656592
 9.8%
African American3647
 30.6%
American Indian11
Asian5064
 28%
Hispanic83103
 24.1%
Pacific Islander00
White426326
 23.5%
Two or More Races6051
 15%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients8.4%16.4%
 8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Kensington Parkwood Elementary

Students who attend Kensington Parkwood Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : North Bethesda Middle
High : Walter Johnson High

Students at Kensington Parkwood Elementary are 55% White, 17% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 9% Two or more races, 8% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 592 students attended Kensington Parkwood Elementary.

Yes. Kensington Parkwood Elementary ranks in the top 5.5% of Maryland elementary schools.


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