Capitol Heights Elementary

Summary:

Capitol Heights Elementary is a public elementary school serving 289 students in grades PK-5 in Capitol Heights, Maryland, which is part of the Prince George's County Public Schools district.

Capitol Heights Elementary stands out as a high-performing school, significantly outperforming the district and state averages in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency across all grade levels. In 2022-2023, 45.6% of students were proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to just 10.7% in Prince George's County and 23.3% statewide. In ELA, 77.4% of students were proficient or better, compared to 38.7% in the district and 47.9% statewide. The school's performance in Science for 5th grade is also notably higher than the district and state averages. Capitol Heights Elementary has consistently ranked in the top 30% of Maryland elementary schools over the past several years, earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger in 2022-2023, a significant achievement given the district's overall low ranking and 1-star rating.

Capitol Heights Elementary's success is even more impressive when compared to nearby schools. For example, in 2022-2023, the school had 45.6% Mathematics proficiency, compared to just 5.4% at Francis Scott Key Elementary, 8.5% at Carmody Hills Elementary, and 8.5% at District Heights Elementary. In ELA, Capitol Heights Elementary had 77.4% proficiency, while the nearby schools ranged from 12.7% to 21.5%. Despite having a relatively high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, Capitol Heights Elementary is able to achieve these strong academic results, making it an interesting case study for understanding the factors that contribute to academic excellence in a challenging educational environment.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 601 Suffolk Ave
       Capitol Heights, MD  20743-3028


(301) 817-0494

District: Prince George's County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
129th of 855 Maryland Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,987 Help


Students who attend Capitol Heights Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Walker Mill Middle
High:    Central High

Student/teacher ratio:  10.5 Help
Number of students:  289

Racial breakdown:

African American:
68.9%
Hispanic:
20.1%
White:
8.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  60.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Capitol Heights Elementary ranks better than 84.9% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranks 3rd 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 83.8. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (68.9%), Hispanic (20.1%), White (8.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 60.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Capitol Heights Elementary is 10.5, which is the 8th best among 138 elementary schools in the Prince George's County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Capitol Heights Elementary is $17,987, which is the 34th highest among 138 elementary schools in the Prince George's County Public Schools District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Capitol Heights 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 Capitol Heights Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Capitol Heights Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 59.66 379th 803 52.8%
2005 64.31 316th 805 60.7%
2006 66.66 297th 804 63.1%
2007 69.83 256th 818 68.7%
2008 24.86 705th 838 15.9%
2009 20.85 754th 850 11.3%
2010 31.52 660th 855 22.8%
2011 62.74 350th 853 59.0%
2012 73.89 198th 857 76.9%
2013 67.08 279th 847 67.1%
2014 69.67 291st 867 66.4%
2015 61.86 304th 859 64.6%
2016 65.07 285th 845 66.3%
2017 61.03 299th 847 64.7%
2018 58.49 325th 857 62.1%
2019 66.86 268th 853 68.6%
2021 57.37 237th 802 70.4%
2022 73.01 237th 862 72.5%
2023 83.80 129th 855 84.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Capitol Heights Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 72.25 50th 546 90.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Capitol Heights Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 53.96 251st 796 68.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Capitol Heights Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 55.84 241st 788 69.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Capitol Heights Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 66.28 84th 504 83.3%
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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, August 17, 2012

Open Quote I have been a parent and volunteer at this school for 4* years. I have watched the change and growth and am truly impressed with the faculty at the school. The Positive Behavior (PBIS) program truly works. They have a number of community based organizations that work hard to ensure that all needs are met. This is an excellent school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Capitol Heights Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 93 329 12 4 1 n/a n/a 31 470
1990 89 327 20 4 0 n/a n/a 37 477
1991 81 344 15 7 0 n/a n/a 0 447
1992 78 324 13 5 2 n/a n/a 0 422
1993 72 317 13 3 2 n/a n/a 0 407
1994 68 318 14 4 6 n/a n/a 0 410
1995 65 326 19 7 2 n/a n/a 0 419
1996 65 326 19 7 2 n/a n/a 0 419
1997 62 337 16 8 2 n/a n/a 0 425
1998 66 321 14 9 3 n/a n/a 0 413
1999 69 356 10 7 5 n/a n/a 0 447
2000 51 356 10 9 3 n/a n/a 0 429
2001 44 351 16 9 5 n/a n/a 0 425
2002 22 352 10 7 4 n/a n/a 0 395
2003 22 352 10 7 4 n/a n/a 0 395
2004 19 334 5 6 3 n/a n/a 0 367
2005 15 302 2 10 2 n/a n/a 0 331
2006 10 221 3 7 2 n/a n/a 0 243
2007 8 217 1 3 1 n/a n/a 0 230
2008 4 273 1 11 1 n/a n/a 0 290
2009 2 227 1 12 0 n/a n/a 0 242
2010 1 205 1 12 0 n/a n/a 0 219
2011 6 200 1 15 0 0 6 0 228
2012 3 231 0 21 0 0 6 0 261
2013 3 209 1 17 0 1 2 0 233
2014 4 203 0 19 0 0 1 0 227
2015 2 205 1 22 0 0 1 0 231
2016 2 203 1 28 0 0 1 0 235
2017 2 240 1 29 0 0 0 0 272
2018 0 198 1 29 1 0 0 0 229
2019 25 238 1 40 1 1 1 0 307
2020 27 254 4 45 3 1 2 0 336
2021 19 224 5 41 4 1 3 0 297
2022 24 184 5 39 0 1 1 0 254
2023 24 199 7 58 1 0 0 0 289

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 Capitol Heights Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 470 22.1 21.2 n/a
1990 477 21.1 22.6 24.7
1991 447 23.0 19.4 27.7
1992 422 22.3 18.9 29.9
1993 407 21.3 19.1 31
1994 410 20.3 20.2 31.5
1995 419 20.3 20.6 43.7
1996 419 20.3 20.6 43.7
1997 425 20.5 20.7 42.8
1998 413 20.4 20.2 40
1999 447 20.5 21.8 57.9
2000 429 24.4 17.6 64.1
2001 425 20.4 20.8 62.8
2002 395 24.4 16.2 67.1
2003 395 24.4 16.2 67.1
2004 367 25.2 14.6 61
2005 331 20.0 16.6 66.5
2006 243 16.0 15.2 76.1
2007 230 17.1 13.5 60
2008 290 17.8 16.3 70.3
2009 242 18.1 13.4 71.5
2010 219 16.9 12.9 63
2011 228 16.8 13.5 68.4
2012 261 16.6 15.7 65.9
2013 233 15.4 15.1 68.7
2014 227 16.9 13.4 70.9
2015 231 20.0 11.5 70.1
2016 235 21.0 11.1 68.1
2017 272 21.8 12.4 66.2
2018 229 22.6 10.1 65.1
2019 307 28.3 10.8 56
2020 336 30.7 10.9 55.1
2021 297 27.2 10.9 56.2
2022 254 27.4 9.2 52.4
2023 289 27.5 10.5 60.6

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 Capitol Heights Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 470 22.1 21.2 n/a
1990 477 21.1 22.6 24.7
1991 447 23.0 19.4 27.7
1992 422 22.3 18.9 29.9
1993 407 21.3 19.1 31
1994 410 20.3 20.2 31.5
1995 419 20.3 20.6 43.7
1996 419 20.3 20.6 43.7
1997 425 20.5 20.7 42.8
1998 413 20.4 20.2 40
1999 447 20.5 21.8 57.9
2000 429 24.4 17.6 64.1
2001 425 20.4 20.8 62.8
2002 395 24.4 16.2 67.1
2003 395 24.4 16.2 67.1
2004 367 25.2 14.6 61
2005 331 20.0 16.6 66.5
2006 243 16.0 15.2 76.1
2007 230 17.1 13.5 60
2008 290 17.8 16.3 70.3
2009 242 18.1 13.4 71.5
2010 219 16.9 12.9 63
2011 228 16.8 13.5 68.4
2012 261 16.6 15.7 65.9
2013 233 15.4 15.1 68.7
2014 227 16.9 13.4 70.9
2015 231 20.0 11.5 70.1
2016 235 21.0 11.1 68.1
2017 272 21.8 12.4 66.2
2018 229 22.6 10.1 65.1
2019 307 28.3 10.8 56
2020 336 30.7 10.9 55.1
2021 297 27.2 10.9 56.2
2022 254 27.4 9.2 52.4
2023 289 27.5 10.5 60.6

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 Capitol Heights Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $390 (2.2%) $17,360 (97.8%) $17,750
2020 $316 (2.0%) $15,873 (98.0%) $16,189
2021 $580 (3.2%) $17,407 (96.8%) $17,987

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Capitol Heights Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 268th of 853 Elementary schoolsRanks 129th of 855 Elementary schools
 16.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students307289
 5.9%
African American238199
 16.4%
American Indian11
Asian17
 600%
Hispanic4058
 45%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White2524
 4%
Two or More Races10
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients56%60.6%
 4.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Capitol Heights Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 289 students attended Capitol Heights Elementary.

Capitol Heights Elementary ranks 129th of 855 Maryland elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Capitol Heights Elementary are 69% African American, 20% Hispanic, 8% White, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Capitol Heights Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Walker Mill Middle
High : Central High


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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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