I orginally moved from Cockeysville into the Roland Park school district with the belief that my youngest could get a great public school education there, and my oldest was graduating high school, but because of new age requirements my daughter had to stay in Pre-K a 2nd yr. So after having my child attend Hampden for Pre-K, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the wonderful teaching environment and the small intimate school setting versus Roland Park's much larger student population (not to mention when I went with all my documentation to transfer my daughter the office staff at Roland Park was very rude unhelpful and uninviting). Hampden is also an Elem/Middle school which I love the idea of her not having to begin middle school in a new environment as a 6th grader. So I made the decision to let my child continue her education at Hampden and I believe it was the BEST DECISION EVER! Her teachers are very interested in her education, go above and beyond to make sure she is successful, and her test scores are above grade level. As a very well educated parent who also attended BCPS and graduated from Baltimore City College believe me when I say this school is a HIDDEN GEM!
The teachers and staff at Hampden are skilled and clearly care a great deal about their students. My children like to go to school and are supported in every possible way. I highly recommend it. Definitely one of the best schools is the city!
Before we moved to the area a year ago, we were wary of Baltimore public schools, but wanted to give Hampden a try after reading such glowing reviews online. Big mistake. We are not only sending our child to private school next year, we are leaving the entire city of Baltimore specifically in search of a better school AND better neighborhood. The teachers and administrators at Hampden do try and definitely give it their all, but the unfortunate reality is that so many of these children from this school come from EXTREMELY unstable, lower-income homes with a lot of chaos in their young lives. My child's classmates have parents who are in and out of prison constantly, addiction issues, multiple stepsiblings and half-siblings in their broken homes, unsteady employment issues, etc. Children routinely appear and disappear from classrooms as they get shuffled to their "other parent's" homes. What is really sad is that some of these kids are extremely bright and capable children. I just hope to God that they can overcome their extremely chaotic home lives as they grow up.
I have taught in many Baltimore City Middle Schools, and I think that Hampden Middle School is one of the best. The students are well-behaved and conscientious about their classwork and homework. It is a very safe school, and the overall environment is quite friendly.
Miss Wilson and Miss Healy, the first grade teachers ,are top notch.Most of the teachers are very good,some not so terrific,but the good ones make up for the bad ones.Test scores are usually average-high, the kids do learn alot here.The principal could be a little more understanding and aware of things that happen in this school but overall hampden is like one big extended family,it has its little problems but is still a good school.
I love the teachers and are so glad that they now go up to the 8th grade. I love our Chess Club and think it is a great way to keep kids off the street.
this school needs improvement in safety and discipline issues. overall, i love the teachers and office workers. the school is very clean and love the new clubs they have introduced to the children.
I have a son and sister that goes to 55. I think most teachers are great but the Principal needs to be replaced. I think the school is clean and safe. I went there as a child and I am glad my son and sister will have some of the same teachers that I did. Ms. Healy and Mrs. Johnson you are two of the best. Ms. Vargas a some what new teacher you are a great addition. My son and I love you. The headstart program is wonderful .
I am getting ready to move out of the area and am so sad about leaving this school. the staff is great they work so hard to make sure every child gets the same attention.
I have 2 daughters that started in pre-k through 5th grade my daughter kimberly is a seinor/with honors and she is starting college at john hopkins this sept 2005 and my daughter courtney is also an 8th grade honor roll student, they have worked very hard and i am very proud of my girls, but I also owe alot of credit to the teachers and staff and of course the principal at hampden elm 55#, because if it wasn't for all the hard working teachers pushing these children day after day to work their very best they wouldn't be where they are today! this school is the best school in Baltimore City! Sue Wright-Smith
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