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Camden-Rockport Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 370 students

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Posted October 4, 2010

I am proud to be the principal at CRMS. We are a school that has worked especially hard to incorporate a variety of best practices into our school the past several years. We have enhanced the overall school climate by promoting positive behavior with "Schooner Tags", a monthly celebratory assembly, explicitly promoting Sportsmanship during all competitions, and the Wall of Greatness. We have also instituted a restorative approach to discipline whereby students are encouraged to repair relationships damaged through inappropriate behavior. Teachers have done great work on refining our learning outcomes and making sure assessments promote and accurately measure learning. We have a strong teaching staff that works hard to engage students in their education. We hold students accountable for their work and continue to increase the rigor of our expectations. We offer many enrichment and intervention programs during the school day, and a wide variety of after school activities. And yes, we have a dress code that prohibits holes in pants above the knee. We want to keep the focus on academics! There is a great vibe to our school, despite some of the comments you read here. The vast majority of teachers, parents, and students are very happy with life at CRMS!

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Posted November 26, 2010

Great school! The teachers work very hard to develop a rich curriculum and do a splendid job teaching it. All three of my unique children have had the very best teachers. Not one of those dedicated teachers stopped to try to figure out their learning styles. I was able to ask questions and respectfully got answers and help that was required for my kids! Thank you all-principal, teachers, and ed techs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

Our daughter started at CRMS at the end of the school year during her 6th year. She is now entering grade 8. We are extremely happy with CRMS. The staff was very helpful in helping her adjust to a new school and state. Her language arts teacher recommended her for Horizons (gifted and talented) within the first few weeks of attending CRMS. I feel that the teachers care deeply about their students. So glad we made the move to Camden!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Poor leadership and administration. The teachers run the school, create havoc and the principal has to go in to clean things up...which is also not done well. Have had two kids go through the school. Absolutely agree that you have to push to get your kids in the gifted classes but once they are in, the teachers are amazing. Kids are so micromanaged down to what kind of holes you can have in your jeans and if they can 'high-five' in the hallway, the administration has no idea what it is like to manage in truly challenging situations. The teachers hold 'class meetings' during which they address the whole grade at one time. Both kids have been part of meetings in which the kids are told they are the worst class to ever pass through the school. The definitely focus on the negative rather than the positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

The administration is well intentioned but focuses more on enforcing rules than innovation. Conformity is valued above anything else. Good teachers, and there are quite a few committed ones, have less space to be innovative. The music program is excellent and computer use seems good as do efforts to help those kids with learning challenges. Any who think the gifted kids get special treatment would be surprised -- they do if they tow the line and don't challenge anyone's thinking. Bright kids that dont 'make it' into the gifted program are not well served. Middle school grades are tough years for kids, this place doesnt make it any easier on them. Quite frankly, we cant wait to get our kid out of this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Stagnant curriculum. Minimal computer usage. Sports are too important. Administratively top heavy both in personnel and procedures. Same curriculum for years. Still showing 1980's films. Minimal science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2008

I have had two children go through the middle school, and I have been pleased with what the school has to offer. There are a lot of programs that cater to a wide range of interests and needs. The school leadership and teaching staff is excellent. The school is continually looking for ways to improve in the areas of curriculum, assessment, parent involvement, and school climate. The atmosphere is friendly, safe, and nurturing. I always found teachers and administrators to be approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

My child is not one of the gifted students. My child requires extra attention and so far has been given this attention. My childs needs are great and they have been addressed so far with the staff at CRMS. I feel that they are willing to work with the me to get the educational goals met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2008

CRMS is a great place to be as a student. The teachers make you feel welcome and secure. Thumbs up, CRMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2007

There is a great principle-as well as wonderful teachers-at CRMS. This school definitely caters to gifted children, and offers wonderful programs and extracurriculars for everyone. I'd definitely say that CRMS has a very diverse community, and is learning-not teaching-oriented! A wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

I am very disappointed in the academic standard set for the children.You literally have to push and push to have your children in the high/honor programmes.They don't care if your child is an A student they don't encourage reaching for the stars. If anything they take from one's confidence by not letting children who are well able for the higher programmes into them.They certainly don't instill confidence in these children. I also feel politics plays a big part as to who gets in and who doesn't.The discipline is good and has much improved over the last few years.I pulled both my children out and now they go elsewhere.They both are doing very well and are automatically put into the higher classes as it's based on ability,grades and motivation. No more pleading with teachers to give my kids a chance even though they have shown their true colors over and over again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

The schools want no part of parent participation. If you have a daughter entering middle school watch out.. The cliques are the worst; the school is well aware & offer nothing to help your child deal. Therefore, no matter what you have done to build up your child for all these years just one day here can destroy your efforts. Sorry,, just the truth. They are very sports oriented & if you are not in the clique, you really do not count. & If you are really good & have something to contribute, they are all threatened. It is heart breaking. You need to push hard to get your child into the upper classes that they belong. I just want you to know , you are on your own! & Your child, too..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

This school system caters to the upper academic ability students and places other children to the side. They are all about the testing. Good teachers, poor leadership. Fancy looking schools with little vocational direction for kids. Heavy in administration lacking student support.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MEA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maine used the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in writing. The NECAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Maria Libby
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (207) 236-7815

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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34 Knowlton St
Camden, ME 04843
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