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Baltimore, MD
Students enrolled: 721

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6101 Old Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214

(410) 396-6375
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December 11, 2013
My children started at Hamilton Elementary/Middle 3 yrs ago and it was the best decision made. I would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
We moved to the city from Anne Arundel County. After having numerous people read me the riot act for pulling my kids (ages 6,9,12) out of such a "good" school system to move them into what they percieve as a terrible one..I admit, I was apprehensive. However, I must say that we have been absolutely impressed with my daughters teachers and the administration. The principle is thoughtful, engaged with the students, and driven to make this school a great school! Student safety is a priority and my kids have never felt unsafe. The school has numerous partnerships in the community, including a local urban gardening program. The school garden and greenhouse are wonderful, as they take time to engage the students in growing their own food. The academics are more challenging than what we had in AA county which was very surprising to me. Common Core is utilized and I am a fan of critical thinking required. I would like to see a greater parent presence and involvement. I also miss the financial resources that were present in AA County, but am impressed with the commitment of the teachers and staff to provide extra curriculars for the students out of their own free time.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
My daughter is a student here and she loves school. I originally intended to send her to a private school, but due to budget changes we decided to give Hamilton a try. It has been the single best decision that I've made for her. The PTO is involved with the regular decision making of the administration and I feel as if we can make a difference in her life and the lives of your children. Parent involvement is key, if you do not like Hamilton, I'd question if you regularly attend PTO meetings, you will see Dr. Drummond at each one, and if she can't respond to your email, I assure you twice a month, we have her undivided attention. Yes parenting involves more than dropping your children off or picking them up on time, imagine that. My daughter is in elementary school and with the direction of Ms Naughten, Ms Robinson, or Ms Scott, your little ones will receive quality instruction.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I have two kids at this school who love it. The teachers care and the students all work hard.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My son is in the ingenuity project and the teachers are terrific, the program challenging and interesting. The school is clean, the classrooms are nice although it is freezing in the basement and first floor and roasting hot on the upper floors. I dislike the principal very much. Dr. Drummond is out of touch with her students, does not return emails or phone calls and does not appear involved in the students lives in anyway. She is not friendly nor warm or inviting. I have never ever seen the two assistant principals at any time at school. This is a huge contrast to our previous school Hampstead Hill Academy and I miss Mr. Hornbeck and the administration of that school. If it were not for ingenuity I would not have sent my child to school there because of Dr. Drummond. The teachers I have met are very nice, some not effective educators but nice people who care about the children and their jobs. Our son is excited about returning to school for the first year of his life this year but it is only because of the amazing teachers of the ingenuity program.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I think , no I know it is a Great School. When you Look at the test data students from 236 score at or the same rate on MSA as schools in Howard County. We can not continue to blame the leadership for school climate when some patents have not done the job needed at home. We must challenge our children to do the best they can every day. We must also tell our children anything less than 85 is not good enough. Lets ask ourselves if we will give 15 hours a year per family to help with school climate. What can you/we do to develope a class (workshops) to ensure our children follow all school rules. I will just state for the record as patents of 236 we must fight for our children to attend a school that is not filled to the rim. I have seen the increase of outside zone students as the main reason for school climate decline. I am not talking about theather and science programs. We have a great school lets tell our children that we will not settle for anything less!!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
I was happy when our test scores came out this year. Somehow the school maintained decent performance. However, the culture continues to worry me. Once respectful children are now disruptive and the staff student relationship seems very weak. The leadership does not seem enthused about the school and great programs like the choir are gone. Thankfully some great teachers (like Ms. Kocis, Mr. Hartman, and Ms. Jackson remain) City Schools needs to do something about this former gem. The new principal needs some help.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
I do agree with the person that said this school has gone down hill... I am trying to give teh new principal a chance to get comfortable but she does not seem to have any control over not only the kids but the teachers as well... there are some teachers that still seem enthusiatic to be there but there are some that don't seem as eager to reach the children and I don't feel as though the new principal has the authority to change that... hopefully its just a matter of her getting more used to being at this school... we'll see!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
I have to completely disagree with the previous review. It's as if we are talking about two different schools. We have been with Hamilton since my son was in kindergarten, and he is now in 6th while my daughter is in 2nd. I have been on the PTA board since we started, as well as numerous committees over the years. I see a new principal forging friendly and professional relationships with students, teachers, staff and parents. I see dedicated and effective teachers who care about what is best for the students and who feel respected and appreciated by their principal. I also stick around after drop off and help during after school activities as well as volunteer on a regular basis and, if anything, I am seeing a better overall climate this year than ever before. If you are a parent considering sending your kids to Hamilton, please come and visit. Meet the principal and take a tour of our wonderful school so you can see for yourself what I am talking about. Also, the PTA hosts coffee for parents in the Parent Resource Room every Tuesday morning at drop off, so please join us!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
Hamilton is a community of great kids, engaged parents, skilled and committed teachers, and compassionate and forward-thinking administrators.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
Hamilton is a great learning environment. My child has been attending Hamilton since he was 5 years old. Each year the teacher's and staff amaze me. This school prepares kids to become successful students. They have above average test scores ever year. The teachers are dedicated and passionate. I feel safe and welcomed when I volunteer and visit the school. Hamilton is a school that is about learning, creativity, and family!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
I attended P.S. 236 for 6th grade (1960-1961). Miss Glock shared her enthusiasm for learning with us and to this day I fondly remember her and the wonderful school year with my classmates in Room 303. Carol Vettel Daub

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2012
I attended Hamilton Elem. during the 50's- lived on Westfield ave. Love it as a child .

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2011
I attended Hamilton Elementary ps 236 from 1964-1973. A tall statiesque red head named Mrs Erma Grafton was the principal. Her side kick was a Mrs Beasley or Beedle. I don't remember. Mrs grafton had a love of poetry and in later years when we reconnected she sent me a book of poems by her favorite author. She was a special part of my life as a child and I think of her from time to know but am sure she is gone by now. I remember the lime green walls, the scary cafeteria in the basement. I was a hall monitor for a week. Kids never did listen to me...LOL

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2011
i truley love this school. i am starting my third child here and i will definately recommend this school to any parent looking for a good and safe environment in a school

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
I just had the opportunity to meet the new principal Dr. Drummond. Initially I was very nervous that a change in leadership would mean a negative turn for our school. However I feel very reassured that she will continue to take us in a great direction. The parents and teachers on the committee who chose her did a wonderful job. She is smart, caring, child centered, and kind. I encourage everyone in NE Baltimore to take a tour and get to know our new principal. (Oh... and the garden is blooming with some delicious greens!)

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
have to rate this school from 1965-1971 great school back in the day.........."maroon and gold will never fade, our debt to you shall ne'er be paid......"

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
My son is in the 5th grade and my daughter is in the 1st. We have been with Hamilton since my son began kindergarten, and I have to say that this school is a treasure that will turn all preconceived notions of a BCPS upside down. There are so many reasons to brag, but I will try to keep it as brief as possible: great kids; talented, caring teachers, staff & administrators; award-winning band; rich academic and arts curriculum & after-school clubs; gorgeous, ever-evolving campus w/expansive community garden; beautiful murals co-created by community artists and students; state championship-winning chess team; wonderful musical theater dept.; active athletic teams; and the list goes on...Add to these assets the fact that Hamilton is one of only 3 city schools chosen to offer the Hopkins-based Ingenuity Project to high-achieving middle school students from around the city. I have been active on the PTA board since we came to Hamilton, so I know that the school's administrators value parental input and involvement. Come take a tour and join our big diverse family!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
I am a student at Hamilton. I have been going here since Pre-K. That was 7 years ago in 2004. I am currently in the 6th grade Ingenuity Project. Things have changed, a lot, since Mr. Barnes left Ms Harahan came and left and now Mr Murphy. I was very you when Mr.Barnes was here. The school has changed so much, in a good way. I play the flute in the award winning Senior Band. I've been playing for 3 years. Mr.Gold the band director, is excellent and is a great teacher. The school has great teacher who believe in their students. They also have a garden. In 2 years, i will be leaving Hamilton, the school i grew up with all of my life, remembering all of the great memories that I enjoyed. I am hoping to go to Poly and Hamilton will and already has started preparing me for my future. Send your children to this school. You won't regret it.

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2010
I have been thoroughly impressed with Hamilton since my daughter started going there three years ago, in the sixth grade, for the Ingenuity Program. First and foremost, the teachersactually enjoy teaching and watching the kids learn and mature. All of my daughter's teachers have e-mail, which they respond to, and keep my daughter on track! They want her to succeed! The PTA is great, lots of parent involvement, and the principal, Mr. Murphy, is the most in-tune, focused principal I have ever come across, in my childhood and my daughter's!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
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April 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
We love Hamilton Elementary/Middle. My daughter looks forward to going to school everyday. The principal is fantastic and we feel highly confident about his leadership. The school offers what I remember great public schools offering when I was a kid. In addition, they are keeping up with the times and have started a large organic garden, have planted lots of trees (including fruit producing ones), and have recently turned a large part of their pavement/parking lot back into green space. This school is only getting better. I highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
this school is one of the best. I went to a private catholic school previously, and i thought when i came here i would know everything they was going to tell me. But, was i wrong. i got a better education her then at my previous school which was St. Francis of Assisi. I never regret coming to this school. my grades have come up tremendously in social studies i went from a C to an A in just one quater. Wonderful teachers and wonderful fellow students. And we love our pricipal he is the best .

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2010
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December 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
the school and teachers are great. the band is very hardworking and delight. the principle is protective and hardworking and also serioous. the teachers are the best. the students are genorous, nice, and instructive.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 10, 2009
I was skeptical about public schools and as a result I enrolled my daughter in a private school because she was advanced. From Pre-K4 until Kindergarden my child became bored and and unchallenged! I then after a long consideration period enrolled her @ Hamilton Elementary School in just 2 months my daughter can not read, sound out words that are unfamiliar, add, subtract, tell me what a verb, and noun is, all of this in the first grade!! Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Palese are excellent!! I was in tears when my daughter came home and read to me for the first time...This public school is a gem. THANKS

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
My sons have been attending Hamilton Elementary/Middle School for 3 years. They are in the 4th and 5th grades. The school is very clean and fosters an environment that is welcoming to both students and parents. I am very pleased with the academic rigor, teachers, staff and most of all Mr. William Murphy, principal. The teachers care about the students and their academic success. Mr. Murphy is actively involved in every program and has demonstrated that he has great leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
I have had the opportunity to teach Technology at the wonderful Hamilton/Elementary Middle School for the last four years. The successful learning environment and positive experiences made my decision to bring my daughter to the school top of my educational list. Our students here at HEMS have the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom by engaging in the many extracurricular activities such as: clubs, sports, the arts and field trips. Many of the student experiences cannot be duplicated in the classroom but are nonetheless an integral part of instruction.

- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2009
I love the level of commitment to excellence that is present at Hamilton Elementary-Middle School. The principal, the administrators, and the teachers here have set the tone for a school that strives to consistently deliver a high quality education in a struggling Baltimore school system. It is a diverse environment, and I like that my children have been challenged, motivated and and encouraged to excel.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
We could not be happier than we are at Hamilton. Our youngest is in second grade and we came for the Halloween party. Then we snuck upstairs to check on our seventh grader. You could hear a pin drop on that third floor. Kids here are happy and actively learning. I am so glad we found Hamilton.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
My children have been attending Hamilton Elementary/Middle School for 9 years. The teachers are excellent and really care about the children. The Principal, Mr. Murphy, has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and has implemented strong programs for the children. He is concerned about the well-being of the children and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
This was my son's first year at Hamilton in Kindergarten with Ms. Ward. My first encounter with the principal Mr. Murphy was a positive one. My son has done very well and is now going to the top first grade class. There were some concerns during the school year but after speaking with the teacher and Vice Principal I left feeling my son was in safe hands. Now my four year old who has an IEP in speech and language will begin school this year in Pre-K. I will provide a review for the next school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2009
My children attend Hamilton Elementary/Middle School. The Elementary part of the school is Excellent. The teachers are great and my son has been on the Principles list for three years in a row. Th Middle school part needs some work. My daughter attends the middle school and I visit often, how can anyone learn is beyond me. the children talk to the teachers terrible. Everyone acts like there scared of the kids. They need alot of work. They have a new principle that seems totry hard but that part of the school is terrible. I would recommend the Elementary school part to anyone the Middle school needs alot of work.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
There is now an Ingenuity Project in the middle school (see http://www.ingenuityproject.org/) . It is my son's first year with the school, and we have been very impressed with the principal, Mr. Murphy. My son comments regularly that the teachers really care about the students. He came from a very highly ranked school , but he has experienced more attention and innovation at Hamilton.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
i love all the teachers!

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2009
I have to agree with the last review. This school is a diamond in the rough. My oldest child hates school and always has. Now, not only do my younger two jump out of bed in the morning to see their teachers, but my oldest barely complains about going. The kidnergarden teacher, Mrs. Robinson is awesome! My interactions with the principal have been good, but mixed. Is he the sort of person I would want to be friends with? No. Do I trust him to do what is best for my children? Absolutely. That sometimes makes him hard to take, but I'm not looking for a friend, I'm looking to get my kids into good high schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
I was a little worried when I enrolled at Hamilton. But then I went to my son s awards assembly. At first was a nice normal assembly. But then the teachers called children who had got advanced on the MSA. I have never seen anything like it. First of all, it wasn t just one or two students. It was child after child. Second of all, the children cheered like they were celebrities. Then they had a parade around the room. I was shocked it was so amazing. I felt like crying. My son came home told me he was going to get an advanced score in math and reading. I believe he will. His math teacher is just amazing. She is kind, professional, and smart. His reading teacher can get a little smart and is hard to talk to, but she is a great teacher and she does care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
My family has a history w/ this school and I knew I wanted my children to attend. The new principal (this is his 2nd yr.) is great. He is very involved w/ the parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
So far I love this school. My children rush me out the door in the morning to get to school on time. My children transferred to this school from a private school and my zone school for the kids wasn't the best. After Mr. Murphy heard what my family was going through and the reason my kids couldn't attend private school this year he accepted my kids even when the board of education couldn't careless. I like the way the teachers are concerned about the kids and every morning there is someone to greet the kids at the door in the morning. Most importantly I also feel that my kids are still challenged.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
My children just transferred to Hamilton from another school. I thought their other school was nice, but last year they went to the summer school program at Hamilton. It was so good I transferred them to Hamilton and their doing so good. I think the second grade teacher Ms. Hury is great. I think the art teacher Mrs. Freedman is really talented too. My students love to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
My daughter is entering the 6th grage at Hamilton this fall. So far, so good. We were invited to an open house this spring. I met the principal and he really seems to be interested in elevating the standard of the school even higher. I am very thankful for those who have written the reviews before me. My concern is parent involvement as it is vital to the success of our children as a whole. I intend to do my part and will encourage others to do so. I will try to remember to submit another review after the 2nd semester

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2008
Last year was my son's first year at Hamilton. I was skeptikal at first b/c I had heard so many negative things about city school. I was pleasantly surprised at Mr. Murphy's efforts to not only improve the schools, but the children as well.

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July 30, 2008
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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
I have two children who attend this school and I'm very much satisfied with their progress and the over all school performance. All school have areas of improvement but Hamilton is reaching out and determine to strive for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2008
I think Hamilton is a good school aon its way to greatness. It is well equipped with good leadership and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
My daughter has been in this school since pre-k she is in 8th grade now ,we never have a problem in all this years the problem is that many peoples use the school system as a day care meaning that they dont participate in they kids education and when they do is to late

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
I have two children who attend Hamilton Elementary/Middle School and I am very pleased. The educational level is excellent for a public school and I recommend this school to any parent. The environment has change for the best and the teacher care about our childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
I have sent all 4 of my children to this school. THey have all excelled in advanced education. 2 have moved on to higher level highschool City College. and Poly Technical institute. This this school well done.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
This school has gone downhill eversince my oldest who is a sophmore now left there. there are too many fights, and the kids in my daughters 3rd grade class are talking about sex in detail. I would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
Hamilton is a very caring and production school. They encourage parents to get involved in the PTA and other student activities. I very happy my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2006
well I have gone to Hamilton since i was in the first grade. I just graduated from the school this year. To be quiet honest the school is great. It has a great family like atmosphere.

- submitted by a former student
November 25, 2004
This is the opinion of a child who has gone to this school for a long time... it's a good school and all. It mainly caters to the kids who do not learn; I transferred out becuase I wasn't getting a good enough education (thus, why I skipped a grade). Most of the teachers are nice (and every one who knows me thinks I'm excellent and I don't know why), but there are some who are really mean. The extracurricular activites are nice. Parent involvement isn't too good... there WAS no PTA. Safety is pretty good, though. Overall, this is a good school, but not the best.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2004
I originally pushed for my child(girl)to go to Hamilton because it was such a clean and organised looking school. I went to the other Hamilton on Sefton Road after visiting this Hamilton and was disappointed. Hamilton Elementary/Middle is a fantastic place to send your kids. The office staff seem to really care about the results of their work and motivated in their interaction with the kids. Being K-8 the school sort of an extended family feel and the mixed race population has an excellent real world. I don't feel like my daughter is going to school in a bubble but is interacting with a variety of races and cultures. Mr Barnes(the principal) does a great job. Tour the school for yourself! Cliff Blackstone

- submitted by a parent
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Hamilton Elementary/Middle School
6101 Old Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD  21214
(410) 396-6375
Last modified Hamilton Elementary/Middle School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hamilton Elementary/Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top