William Paca Elementary

Summary:

William Paca Elementary is a public elementary school in Landover, Maryland, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Prince George's County Public Schools district. With a diverse student population, the school faces significant challenges in academic performance, ranking in the bottom half of Maryland elementary schools.

While William Paca Elementary has a higher percentage of African American (45.97%) and Hispanic (36.31%) students compared to nearby schools, its academic performance, as measured by MCAP test scores, is generally lower than state and county averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 13.9% of students were proficient or better in MCAP Mathematics, compared to the state average of 23.3%. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Maryland elementary schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Despite the school's relatively high per-student spending of $16,636 and small student-teacher ratio of 15.6, there are significant racial disparities in academic performance, with Hispanic students outperforming African American students. The school's location in a lower-income area and high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (92.49%) may be contributing factors to the lower academic outcomes. However, the school's resources and small class sizes suggest opportunities for improvement through targeted interventions and support programs.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 7801 Sherriff Rd
       Landover, MD  20785-4403


(301) 925-1330

District: Prince George's County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
655th of 855 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,636 Help


Students who attend William Paca Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Kenmoor Middle
High:    Charles Herbert Flowers High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.6 Help
Number of students:  559

Racial breakdown:

African American:
46.0%
Hispanic:
36.3%
Asian:
10.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  92.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details William Paca Elementary ranks worse than 76.6% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks 85th among 138 ranked elementary schools in the Prince George's County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 20.11. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (46%), Hispanic (36.3%), Asian (10.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 92.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at William Paca Elementary is 15.6. 113 elementary schools in the Prince George's County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare William Paca Elementary employs 35.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at William Paca Elementary is $16,636, which is the 63rd highest among 138 elementary schools in the Prince George's County Public Schools District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

William Paca Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Prince George's County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Prince George's County Public Schools 21st of 24 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for William Paca Elementary

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Rank History for all students at William Paca Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 83.26 88th 803 89.0%
2005 81.29 121st 805 85.0%
2006 83.16 99th 804 87.7%
2007 83.90 81st 818 90.1%
2008 18.68 742nd 838 11.5%
2009 22.31 739th 850 13.1%
2010 28.30 687th 855 19.6%
2011 31.50 643rd 853 24.6%
2012 30.32 660th 857 23.0%
2013 26.89 677th 847 20.1%
2014 28.06 687th 867 20.8%
2015 23.17 653rd 859 24.0%
2016 21.16 662nd 845 21.7%
2017 8.56 814th 847 3.9%
2018 16.71 719th 857 16.1%
2019 13.80 749th 853 12.2%
2021 13.37 751st 802 6.4%
2022 33.47 541st 862 37.2%
2023 20.11 655th 855 23.4%
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Rank History for Female students at William Paca Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 14.88 729th 796 8.4%
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Rank History for Male students at William Paca Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 15.66 707th 788 10.3%
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Rank History for African American students at William Paca Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 20.88 437th 504 13.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at William Paca Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 50.82 95th 347 72.6%
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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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Data source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for William Paca Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 114 417 11 19 3 n/a n/a 0 564
1996 114 417 11 19 3 n/a n/a 0 564
1997 181 503 18 20 8 n/a n/a 0 730
1998 161 530 32 27 6 n/a n/a 0 756
1999 147 519 29 21 5 n/a n/a 0 721
2000 125 556 26 31 4 n/a n/a 0 742
2001 122 597 29 34 5 n/a n/a 0 787
2002 40 579 3 8 1 n/a n/a 0 631
2003 40 579 3 8 1 n/a n/a 0 631
2004 30 615 3 17 1 n/a n/a 0 666
2005 15 590 5 15 2 n/a n/a 0 627
2006 4 542 4 12 3 n/a n/a 0 565
2007 3 413 2 7 1 n/a n/a 0 426
2008 2 345 2 11 2 n/a n/a 0 362
2009 1 342 3 11 2 n/a n/a 0 359
2010 2 401 9 47 2 n/a n/a 0 461
2011 0 373 4 59 3 2 5 0 446
2012 1 418 3 71 3 0 3 0 499
2013 0 371 5 55 3 0 4 0 438
2014 1 350 2 56 0 0 1 0 410
2015 14 323 2 72 0 1 2 0 414
2016 11 394 2 138 1 0 1 0 547
2017 31 378 7 145 2 0 2 0 565
2018 39 355 38 160 1 2 3 0 598
2019 30 326 41 159 1 3 1 0 561
2020 27 355 44 189 1 2 1 0 619
2021 24 298 50 164 1 4 3 0 544
2022 29 285 48 156 1 2 1 0 522
2023 32 257 58 203 7 1 1 0 559

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 William Paca Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 564 20.0 28.2 43.8
1996 564 20.0 28.2 43.8
1997 730 28.7 25.4 33.7
1998 756 35.1 21.5 33.5
1999 721 35.2 20.5 55.3
2000 742 36.7 20.2 51.8
2001 787 38.9 20.2 58.7
2002 631 46.4 13.6 74
2003 631 46.4 13.6 74
2004 666 34.8 19.1 65.3
2005 627 40.0 15.7 69.5
2006 565 37.0 15.3 70.3
2007 426 32.9 12.9 70.2
2008 362 25.4 14.3 75.7
2009 359 24.7 14.5 79.4
2010 461 29.0 15.9 85.5
2011 446 29.2 15.2 81.6
2012 499 26.6 18.7 80.4
2013 438 26.7 16.3 82.6
2014 410 25.6 15.9 88.3
2015 414 27.0 15.3 92
2016 547 36.0 15.1 84.5
2017 565 37.8 14.9 100
2018 598 32.8 18.2 100
2019 561 38.8 14.4 100
2020 619 42.3 14.6 87.9
2021 544 41.3 13.1 90.6
2022 522 37.3 13.9 51.3
2023 559 35.8 15.6 92.5

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 William Paca Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 564 20.0 28.2 43.8
1996 564 20.0 28.2 43.8
1997 730 28.7 25.4 33.7
1998 756 35.1 21.5 33.5
1999 721 35.2 20.5 55.3
2000 742 36.7 20.2 51.8
2001 787 38.9 20.2 58.7
2002 631 46.4 13.6 74
2003 631 46.4 13.6 74
2004 666 34.8 19.1 65.3
2005 627 40.0 15.7 69.5
2006 565 37.0 15.3 70.3
2007 426 32.9 12.9 70.2
2008 362 25.4 14.3 75.7
2009 359 24.7 14.5 79.4
2010 461 29.0 15.9 85.5
2011 446 29.2 15.2 81.6
2012 499 26.6 18.7 80.4
2013 438 26.7 16.3 82.6
2014 410 25.6 15.9 88.3
2015 414 27.0 15.3 92
2016 547 36.0 15.1 84.5
2017 565 37.8 14.9 100
2018 598 32.8 18.2 100
2019 561 38.8 14.4 100
2020 619 42.3 14.6 87.9
2021 544 41.3 13.1 90.6
2022 522 37.3 13.9 51.3
2023 559 35.8 15.6 92.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for William Paca Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $771 (4.9%) $14,941 (95.1%) $15,712
2020 $961 (6.7%) $13,452 (93.3%) $14,412
2021 $1,298 (7.8%) $15,337 (92.2%) $16,636

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

Impact of COVID-19 on William Paca Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 749th of 853 Elementary schoolsRanks 655th of 855 Elementary schools
 11.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students561559
 0.4%
African American326257
 21.2%
American Indian17
 600%
Asian4158
 41.5%
Hispanic159203
 27.7%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White3032
 6.7%
Two or More Races11
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%92.5%
 7.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about William Paca Elementary

Students at William Paca Elementary are 46% African American, 36% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 6% White, 1% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 559 students attended William Paca Elementary.

Students who attend William Paca Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Kenmoor Middle
High : Charles Herbert Flowers High

William Paca Elementary ranks in the bottom 23.4% of Maryland elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Maryland State Department of Education.

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