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Arbutus Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 735 students

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Posted March 25, 2014

I was a student at AMS for all of my 3 middle school years and loved it! I made so many great friends at AMS and built incredible relationships with my teachers. All of the staff is so welcoming and friendly! Both the teachers and students of Arbutus Middle have great spirit; AMS is a tight knit school with an abundance of pride. I joined 5 various clubs at Arbutus which is only a small fraction of all the clubs available. My classes were the perfect mix of fun, yet challenging and by the end of my years at AMS I felt completely prepared for high school. My middle school experience was amazing and I will always consider myself to be an Arbutus Eagle!


Posted March 6, 2014

My daughter has had a wonderful time at AMS. We were a little concerned at first because we had heard negative things in the past, but so much has changed since Ms. Feeney became principal. I can not find the words to describe how awesome she is and the teachers as well. The school offers many after school clubs and has an amazing music program. My daughter is even taking Chinese this year! My son is looking forward to going there next year as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

I can not say enough about how impressed I have been with Arbutus Middle School! My daugther came there last year, from a private school that had closed. It was the BEST thing we could have done for her. The staff could not be more welcoming and comforting to her and us, her parents. She has done fantastic there, gotten straight A's, and is in GT classes! She is involved in the music program and Mr. H could not be a better teacher! She has developed wonderful frienships! The teachers and staff are really involved with the kids and I couldn't ask for more postive energy then we get from there. The principal is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I can honestly say that I will miss being involved at AMS after my daughter graduates this year! I pray that the staff is similar when my son gets to AMS a few years from now. THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE AMS!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

Love this school!!! My daughter have thrived in all areas. I have never been so impressed with the staff and dedication to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

My son has been a special needs student for two years and has had a great time. All the teachers have been helpful and supportive. The administration has also been supportive. Communication with the school is open and I hear from the staff regularly about both problems and successes. My daughter starts in the fall and I know she will have a good expereince as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

I have two children at Arbutus Middle School and have been thrilled with the quality and care of teaching. My children were challenged academically and had a number of assignments that required creative and integrative thinking. The Principal is supportive and friendly and sets a terrific tone. I think Arbutus is a hidden jewel in Baltimore County. The teachers really care and do quite a bit with the resources they have. They also have some great afterschool clubs. Overall I think the strength of the schools is the teaching and administrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

Have had three children go to Arbutus and have the same issues with faculty. Teachers are not interested in helping children when they need help, it's up to the parent to push for help when needed! And teachers don't let you know ahead of time that your child is having any problems until you recieve their report cards. Guidance is no help at all in follow ups with teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The administration leaves more to be desired. Bullying is a tremendous issue at this institution and begins with the teachers, faculty and administrators to trickle down to the students. I removed my child from this school mid-year due to the lack of support and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

My daughter has had a very smoothe transition from Fallston Middle in Harford County to Arbutus. I heard many warnings about the school, but did my own research. I walked the halls with my daughter and the children were fine. The staff was professional and the guidance counselor was very kind to my child. The work load is no different than HCPS. Take time to investigate Arbutus for yourself. I am sure you will see the evidence of Principal Johnson's hard work and accomplishments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Everyone who is saying Arbutus Middle is a horrible school really needs to do research. I am a freshmen in Highschool and im in all gt and honor classes. When i was in 7th Grade there was a student right in my class who scored a 100 on the Highschool Assesment. There was about 30 kids who graduated with 3 or more highschool credits, and already had their70 hours. Also the class of 2009 basically pulled ams out of school improvement. Ms.Johnson is amazing, she may be tough but she is leading ams in the right direction. Part of the reasons students don't suceed is because they dont try. And not a single class i was ever in was mixed, it had all advanced students or all lower student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

Been there 3 years. I have learned so much. For the people who say the teachers don't do anything- not true. Every day I see all my teachers periodically checking their e-mail and answering parents. On the morning announcements, there is always something new happening. Every day, a new club is up, or there was a bus change and we need to know. Everyone is committed to helping the students succeed. As for the people who say that the 6th grade teachers are horrible, yeah I know, it's rough. But, middle school is a big change and I learned all the rules in 6th grade, which was a big help. I am in all GT classes and have honor role, all because of the teachers and staff of Arbutus Middle School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2009

AMS is socio-econimcally diverse--so the values on education from the parents is varied. It's hard to teach kids who come in with more emotional baggage than any adult should have, and to motivate them to succeed. My daughter is in top classes--so her teachers don't have to spend their time putting out fires--they actually get to teach--but, like any other 21st century school--it's tough for teachers to teach when kids don't care and don't try.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

Arbutus Middle School is horrible for 6th graders just starting out. The 6th grade team (most of them - not all) Mr. Montgomery is excellent but most of the othe teachers are young and arrogant. The have know concern or care for these 11/12 year olds and no patience with the at all. My child has not learned much this year because the teachers are more concerned about silly issues than teaching and trying to mold the 6th graders into their new enviroment of middle school. The Vice Principal is horrible. Not understanding on bit, not easy to talk to and also very arrogant. The guidance department is awesome and if it was not for them I would not have made it through this year with my child in this terrible teaching enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

I am beyond dissatisfied with Arbutus Middle. The educational value of the children is placed very low. The teachers coming in are all so young that the students don't take them seriously. The teacher interaction with the parents is horrid. To get the teachers to give positive feedback is something close a miracle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I've been to this school for 3 years and I absolutely love it there. It's really cool
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

Arbuts is a wonerful school. I am a 7 grader there. I'm an honor student . So many of my friends are too and when there is a school full of students like this there has to be a reason. I think that reason is Ms. Johnson. She is inispirational and is a wonderful role model for the students at Arbuts Middle School. Any kid would be lucky to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2007

Arbutus Middle has a new principal this year and it's for the better. She is smart, innovative and dynamic. Hopefully, she will continue to lead the school in the right direction. Hats off to you Principal Johnson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

The English/Reading department is very strong. They have a few amazing teachers in 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

My daughter started sixth grade this year at Arbutus Middle. I have been very pleased with this school. The teachers use e-mail to advise you about upcoming tests as well as study groups. They are also great about responding to your concerns by both e-mail and telephone calls. I have no complaints about this school. The teachers are caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2006

This school's educational value is incredibly low. I advise against enrolling your children here. They will learn very little, if any, vital lessons.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 73% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 67% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 62% 43%
Black 24% 36%
Asian 7% 6%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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

School Leader's name
  • Michelle P. Feeney
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Fax number
  • (410) 536-1164

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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5525 Shelbourne Rd
Baltimore, MD 21227
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