• DEMOGRAPHICS
    YEAR SCHOOL OPENED
    1968
    ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
    95.0
    student Enrollment
    635
    Race/Ethnicity (%)
    African American....................... 2.3
    Hawaii/Pac. Islander.......................... -
    White.............................. 78.0
    Multiracial...................... 6.4
    Hispanic......................... 10.4
    American Indian/AK....................... -
    Asian.............................. 2.0
    GENDER (%)
    Male................................ 49.4 
    Female........................... 50.6
    Special Services** (%)
    FARMS........................... 8.0
    504.................................. 2.6
    Special Ed..................... 6.7
    LEP................................. 3.4
    Title 1............................. No

     **Special Services Terms Glossary

    School Renovation Details - 2000, 2012; 2000 - Addition of classrooms, gymnasium, office suite, media center; 2012 - addition of Kindergarten wing

Cape St. Claire Elementary School

Cape St. Claire

Who We Are: Our Community and School Culture

  • Each of our schools’ leadership teams analyzed the factors that impact their students’ ability to engage deeply and achieve academic success. They shared stories of their students and families, some of whom are facing serious challenges associated with physical wellness, social-emotional stability, unique learning needs, family security, mental health, violence, and food/housing uncertainties. They discussed the obstacles that their students face daily when preparing to come to school on time, ready to learn.

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    Questions such as the following drove discussions around Anne Arundel County: 

    • What are the challenges and obstacles that negatively affect our students’ engagement and achievement most significantly and why?
    • Are we analyzing our data and listening closely to learn about all of our students when we seek to understand our learners’ social-emotional and academic struggles?
    • How do cultural differences, language challenges, transportation difficulties, health problems, and frequent family relocation (mobility) serve as obstacles to school success for our students?
    • What resources and supports are available within AACPS and across our county to support students and families in need?  How do we help our families receive the supports they need?

Our School Culture

  • Below is the school’s story as seen through the eyes of school leaders. They discuss the culture of their school and the community.

    The culture of Cape St. Claire Elementary is best described as a family; wherein educators, parents, and students all take responsibility for our students’ success. Cape St. Claire has a comprehensive instructional culture that actively engages students in academic learning  to prepare them for college and careers. Even though we are a large school of over 600 students, our staff and community work together to support a shared vision.

    Our school culture encourages teaching and learning with intention, optimism, respect, and trust. Collaboration is crucial in creating a positive and respectful school culture.  This is evident through the successful implementation of Morning Meetings, positive recognition of student behaviors, and our Enhancing, Elementary, Excellence (Triple E): Global Studies.  Students are also engaged in learning that is project-based during their weekly Global Studies instruction provided by the Triple E teachers. Global Studies lessons bring world issues to the elementary classroom giving students the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of responsibility.

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    Providing a safe, nurturing, and caring environment where ALL students strive and thrive is a priority for all members of the Cape St. Claire CREW.  Our students rely on the highly trained professionals who greet them each morning with engaging and enriching opportunities to learn while having fun.  We begin each day with a Morning Meeting - greeting, sharing, playing and preparing for a great day while building a community of learning. As a Green school, our students become stewards of the environment through their educational field trips to Historic Goshen Farm as well as to Arlington Echo, and other community-based environmental education centers.  Through these educational partnerships, our Cape St. Claire students engage in research and take action to solve local environmental problems. Additionally, students also explore our community by visiting the Broadneck Branch Public Library, as well as local businesses.

CHALLENGES TO STUDENT SUCCESS

  • The leadership team in each AACPS school reviewed all of the factors that may influence their students’ engagement and achievement in school; these challenges include academic data elements, community history, and socio-economic aspects of each community. The school’s leadership team identified the following elements as impactful for their students.

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