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Aberdeen Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1043 students

 

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Posted November 13, 2014

Sadly, I tried to give this school the benefit of the doubt, attempting to reach out the administration and teachers with NO success. There is ongoing bullying, teachers that do not care, false reporting of grades and absents, disruptive kids in class and to top it off, administration acts like the child is not being honest. The previous review is very accurate. My child is also in the 6th grade, out of control students, cussing, hitting & fighting. Horrible. Disgusted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2014

If I could give this school zero stars I would. Please avoid moving to this area, especially if your child is gifted. There is no gifted program, instead they moved my child into a higher math class...that is not the same. Watch the online grading system, I caught two teachers giving my child a failing grade because she was out at musical instrument practice. Communication is a nightmare because their website is terrible and finding a teacher's email address is only if they've entered it into the system. So far this year, there's been a major fight and a lock down scare. Private schools are pricey here and competitive which is why I'm taking my child back to our home state for school. This school is a dumping ground for new teachers to get their credit and then move on to a higher paying school district. It's one of the worst, unorganized, and unsafe school districts. My 6th grader says the kids "curse like sailors" and that she has two disruptive kids that are in ALL her classes. Could you concentrate if someone was banging on a desk all day? Thanks, BRAC commission for sending jobs down here. You don't know or care how many families you have broken up because of this situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

Aberdeen Middle School is ok, at best -- and only if you have a child that absolutely conforms to the state minimum requirements. If you happen to have a "gifted" child, you get the run around, you have to fight to get classes and most of the teachers seem to be intimidated by students who excel. It is unfortunate that logical conversations with a teacher is so difficult to come by in the school -- saying "like" every other word makes students, and parents, think you are a bit uneducated. Simple sentence construction is lacking. We have had a student in this school for the past 2 years, and would give anything to get him out of here. We feel completely helpless about this situation. The bullying of kids by teachers is unacceptable and the "mean girl" attitudes of the 7th grade teachers toward the parents is disgusting. As you can see from many of the student's comments, misspellings and lack of grammatical "know how" is apparent. All in all, being told that the reason there are no enrichment services is due to the "socioeconomic" condition of the area, it wrong! Being poor or working class DOES NOT mean you are not intelligent. This school is a total FAIL! #smhschoolfails
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

Avoid sending your children here at all costs. The administration is wholly incompetent in both running the school and communicating with parents. Teachers are underqualified and generally incapable speaking or writing in complete sentences and do the very bare minimum to keep their jobs. Maryland judges schools with standardized testing. This school teaches to the test and no more. There will never, ever be a chance your child will have the opportunity to learn anything beyond the scope of the MSA, which is quite rudimentary. Should your child fail to conform to AMS's lowest-common-denominator style, he will be bullied by both teachers and students. If he attempts to stand up for himself, he will be punished. If he attempts to advocate for himself, he will be punished. If you attempt to advocate for your child, you will be met with close-minded confrontation. The teachers and staff at AMS assume that their students and parents are too poor and stupid to hold them accountable. Read the reviews written by students; that's the product this school puts out. If you find it acceptable that an eighth-grader can't spell or compose a sentence, by all means send your child to AMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

There are a number of things this school is lacking, but the most important issue they have is a lack of safety. The school buses actually drove through running water during a flood. Rather than taking into account the safety of the students and returning to the school for release, they endangered them. They did used to have some great teachers, but it seems they all leave to go work at other schools in the area once they have "done their time". Unfortunately, no information flow is the norm of AMS and I am thankful that we no longer have to subject our kids to subpar education, as they are both finally in high school elsewhere. If you are considering moving to Aberdeen with children, reconsider -- Havre de Grace, Bel Air, Churchville all have better schools. Aberdeen High School is excellent but the chances of getting into a magnet program in your town is slim if you suffer through the other lower level schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

i love this school great teacher and students and i went to this school i will miss it so mucso have fun in this school


Posted June 7, 2012

My daughter went here for 3 years and now we are preparing for our son to enter 6th grade. I have no hesitation in sending my son after the experience we had with our daughter. The teachers are terrific and many have taken the time to go above and beyond for their students by volunteering for additional training as well as taking the time to go the extra mile time wise for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

I went to this school in the mid 90s for the full 3 years. Not sure how much it's changed but when I went I had an good experience. I only had one teacher I didn't like. The school has a zero tolerance policy for fighting which provides a safe atmosphere, and encourages students to excel effectively. My grades were never better, before or after Aberdeen. Partly this was because when students do poorly, there is a system wherein teachers write daily progress reports about what the student turns in. These reports get signed by the teacher and parent. You couldn't get away with missing homework if you wanted to. This helped me stay on track significantly my 2nd year. So whether you have an over achiever or your child is having problems, Aberdeen can sort them out. You just have to work with them. Though sometimes a teacher would raise their voice, I never saw one do so without good reason. The school gets a bad reputation in the local area but pay no attention. This is only because it is racially diverse, which is actually a great thing about it. Many of the children are from military families and know how to behave. The friends I made at Aberdeen are the one's I have kept for life.


Posted June 22, 2010

I had a student here for only a short time but knew many students who attended for the full 3 years. As a military family, we would love to move back to MD and have my children attend this school, faults and all. Parents need to get more involved in MOST schools. But my daughter misses what she DID experience and hates the school she is currently assigned in Texas. Parents make all the difference yet some schools, from our experience, are MUCH worse than AMS. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Better than many!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

This school means well, but has a few flaws. If you are an achiever, you get special attention, but I've noticed several students struggling who get left behind. They group students into teams based on achievment, but often place students in the wrong areas. For example, I am a self-motivated student, but was placed in a slower-moving class in the beginning of this year. Despite all these flaws, they really do try hard. I'd let my kids go here, if I had kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

I have two children in AMS and am so positively surprised at how positively my daughter has excelled since going there. My son is in his final year and we have always had exceptionally good communication with the school. No matter what grade or teacher. They are so responsive and eager to share information on what is going on in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

i think the school iz vary good even thow the school needs new desk and cheirs and that the teacher are vary good at some ponts. thanks for a good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

I think AMS is moving in the right direction, but the school lacks in after school activities such as volleyball etc. The kids need to feel that they are truly part of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

My son attended Aberdeen Middle School last year as a 6th grader. His teachers were very easy to talk to. I felt like my child was challenged and did very well. He is in the excelled group, so most of the students in these classes want to learn. There seemed to be an excellent environment for him to learn. However, I do believe, in the classes with the below average students, was chaotic sometimes. I think this is probably the situation at most middle schools. The new principal at Aberdeen is simply a 'new' principal. She has to learn the ropes just like everyone else. I have had the privlidge to speak with her and found her to be very genuine and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

I think Aberdeen's school is an excellent place for kids to learn but the new principal isn't invovled in much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2005

My children went to the school and there are some good teachers but for the most part the word that comes to mind is apathy. We moved because most schools in Maryland seem to share the same 'get 'em in and get 'em out. My son consistantly got E s in Math, a core subject and was passed. I requested conferences and got no response. Both of my children are getting special help in our new state because they are so far behind their peers here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

Painfully lacking on the extra-cirriculars, and like most school systems these days, physical education gets pushed farther and farther to the bottom of the priority list. I do, however, really like the 'Enrichment' that's offered to some of the pupils. Wish I'd had that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

This school is okay. My daughter attended there for sixth grade, but we have since moved. The only complaint I have is that there are no sports programs available to the students (basketball). Also, the office staff is less than easy to get along with. Very rude and demanding in my own opinion. Once you get past the office staff, one will see that this school is good and a provides a safe, fun learning enviornment for middle schoolers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

I love AMS. It rocks! It is a school tha teaches you yet you still have fun in a safe environment. I went there last year for my 6th grade year. I now go to a different school. I yet want to go back for the remaining years of my middle school life.
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Math was 68% in 2014.

370 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

370 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

340 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

359 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

358 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

358 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 42%
Black 34% 35%
Two or more races 9% 4%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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111 Mount Royal Ave
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Phone: (410) 273-5510

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