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Brooklyn Park Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 509 students

 

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Posted May 26, 2014

I've subbed at this school only once, but feel inclined to give a positive opinion. It is true that this school has a "reputation" for some reason, perhaps because of its Baltimore address. Hopefully, I can help defeat that myth. I've worked in schools throughout MD and other states. This is not a hectic, bad, unruly school at all. I had a very nice day with staff and students. The students thanked me at the end of classes. The environment is "normal." It's not the highest ranked academically or perfect, but there are some kids here from very challenging backgrounds. This definitely isn't a "ghetto school" or a "failing school" and deserves no stigma. I've worked in schools with deserved stigmas, and I know what that looks/feels like. The halls and classes here feel "normal." It's not a bad place to be at all, and is certainly worth a chance. I look forward to returning soon. I'd be happy to teach there full time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 27, 2014

The Administration Team At Brooklyn Park Middle School Are Very Rude. They Are Cruel To The Students. My Child Told Guidance That Others Students Who Does Not Attend Brooklyn Park Are Coming To The School To Fight Her, And The School Did Not Help Or Try To Protect My Child. The Next Day The Girls Came To The School To Fight My Child And The School Expelled Both Of My Daughters. The School Lied To The Board Of Education And They Are Feeding Lies To The Communtiy About My Childern . Brooklyn Park Middle School Is Not A School That Can Be Trusted With You Child's Safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

My daughter has been going to this school for two years now she's in avid and has been on honor roll the whole two years.but the adminstration in this school has no idea what these kids put up with from other students,and always quick to take sides with other students,insted of getting both sides of the story.their school lunches are uncooked and thety still serve it to the students,even thou the health department has been called multi times and have been there.the borad has also been called on this school and yet nothing is being done.They have a no bullying rule but in all honesty it still happens and the teachers turn their back quick.i would not put my child in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

My son and daughter are in this school. He is an ASD (Asperger) in 6th grade and my daughter is in 7th grade. Bulling is a bigger problem than the administration wants to acknowledge. We have had to modify our son's IEP because of this bullying. Our daughter has had some bullying but not as bad. Most of the Teachers are excellent, and a few are outright outstanding when dealing with children with issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

I feel that my child had a terrible experience this terrible school because she was pushed down 6 flights of stairs, her teacher


Posted April 5, 2011

I have subbed at this school a number of times. Everytime I come, the staff has always been very welcoming and helpful. They are always willilng to back me up when necessary as well. And the kids here are absolutely great!!


Posted July 19, 2009

I love my school and i love all the teahers i have had in the past 2 to 3 years and now i am in the 8th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2009

This School is the best school you could ever send your kid to. I am a current 8th grader with good grades and let me tell you BPMS has the best most caring teachers you could imagine. It is very safe, there are barely any fight and when they are staff it quick to act. The only thing i dont like this year is the new principal Mrs. Gillins she treats us like were babies and is very snobby. Besides that the school is GREAT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2008

im a 7th grader and new to this school this year. the first day i felt right in with the good well kept school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

My son has a dynamo 7th grade pre-algebra teacher. he loves math now. I heard the new principal is just as great. They came together from the same county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

my son did well at this school, and had great teachers that cared about his education, he is niw in high school and still talk's to some of his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

My child had a teacher who was very snobby and seem to be very judgemental of all the kids in her class. She was not approachable and very defensive whenever any parent made comments to her. She had a team partner who was equally as rude. I felt they seem to look down not only on the children, but the parents as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

My child has done very well as a straight-A student and I'm proud of her accomplishments at BPMS. The quality has gone up and now serves the children properly. She gets good notes and I see that she's comfortable in the learning area. There are many experiences to be found within the after-school clubs and activities. There are interactive experiences as well and she is soon to attend a special talent search program which will benefit her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

Good: Staff dedication, variety of classes available (music, art, orchestra/band, chorus, p.e.). Not so good: Parents are not very involved; if your child is brighter than average, there is little-to-no enrichment for them and they get bogged down with the masses. School is 'open space' with cubicle walls only. I think the staff tries their best with what they've got, but they're restricted by lots of kids whose parents don't value education, along with the county's strange notions about differing abilities among kids (such as denying the existence of a bell curve for intelligence!). The resultant brew is great for turning out mediocrities, but my kids are very bright and they definitely do NOT get what they need here. I guess this is an adequate blue collar school; unfortunately I have white collar kids whose needs are not being met. However, I must reiterate that the staff try their best with what they've got.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2004

I have been very disappointed in the schools special education program. Each grade has one teacher with children that have many different disablities. Learning, behavior,additutd and chrildren that no one else wants. In turn that makes it very difficult for a child to learn when you mix them all. The teacher becomes a babysitter instead. The school dont always hadle the same situation the same for everyone. The school is quick to send your child to a different school if they do wrong but pay no conseqeunces it they do!
—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 68% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%
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 59% 42%
Black 24% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 63%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Gifted / high performing
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
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Baltimore, MD 21225
Phone: (410) 636-2967

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