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Southampton Middle School

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Posted May 29, 2014

Both my children attend this school, 6th and 8th grade. Overall, we are very satisfied with the attention of teachers, how well organized the school is and most importantly the education both of my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2011

I recently went to Southampton and I thought it was a decent school. The teachers do their job well and the classrooms are clean and organized. The Unified Arts programs they offer are hands on and intruiging. They conduct monthly fire drills and the principal is kind but also uses dicipline if needed. However, there is a big bullying problem. I can tell the school is trying to put an end to this, but their efforts are in vain. Over all, Southampton Middle is a good school, and I learned a lot there.


Posted May 7, 2010

My son is a 7th grade student on the top band team. We are very happy with Southampton. The administration runs a tight ship and the teachers are excellent. Programs like Gettysburg preservation and the Marathon of Achievement make Southampton a special place. Congratulations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

Outstanding school. Students are well prepared for high school. Teachers and administration are truly dedicated. The building is immaculate. My two children felt safe and happy and have fond memories of their middle school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

I am currently an eight grader at Southampton Middle School and I am soon going to be moving. Out of the schools I've seen, where i will be moving I was not really impressed. If I had the choice of any school to go to this would be the one. Teachers here are very caring and there are a lot of extra programs for students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

My daughter is in her last year at Southampton and loves the school. Teachers are caring and the kids get a lot out of classes, Administration runs a tight ship and the bullying issues we have run into have been dealt with immediately. I have heard of other parents having a harder time getting hard core bullies expelled but it eventually happened. My daughter an I both wish HCPS had passed the uniform code because uniforms would take a lot of stress off of pre-teens and teens. There are some extracurricular clubs but the crushing HW load means that my daughter does not have time to do anything but HW which has been the most stressful thing about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Since my daught has been at Southampton Middle School it has been a very good expiernce. This is her first year there and I have a very delightful expiernce with the school. The atmoshpere there with the staff has been very wonderful. They really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

I am an 8th grader at southampton and have attened 6th and 7th grade at this school as well. This school, i believe is excellent. It has great after school programs available. The teachers are wonderful; and are willing to help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2009

I'm a junior now and I attended Southampton. I loved it, it mixed different types of people and it was fun and challenging for me and many of my friends. I remember that it had some overcrowding issues but I didn't really have a problem with it. As for preparing us for high school I think they did a fine job. I'm now an honor student and taking ap classes. I think that had more to do with the student though, not necessarily their middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

This school is ridiculously overcrowded; I had no choice but to remove my kids from the district after elem. school for fear of the routine 'falling through the cracks' of Southampton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

Southampton Middle School is excellent. There were overcrowding issues in the past but the opening of a new school has taken care of that problem. As for after school sports, there is an excellent parks and rec program to use.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

This school has great teachers, great people and good after school programs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2007

This school needs many improvements. The Teachers really don't teach, they just hand you a study guide that is almost a carbon copy of the test/quiz. As a result,students study skills are not developed for high school. Extracurricular activities? Oh, there are no extracurricular activities/sports. HCPS can't allocate any funds into their education budget for a few after school sports to keep kids active and out of trouble?
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 10, 2007

There is no violence and a great learning enviroment for students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

I am going into the 7th grade and sixth grade was great. The teachers were really nice and the school is very organized. SMS rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2006

Southampton is a wonderful school. I went here from 6 to the middle of 8 grade and since i moved, i have realized how much better they handle kids and how they control the classes. This school is veyr involved in helping children get all the learning they possibly can. My only issue is that at my new school now, there are sports like football and basketball unlike Southampton. I understand that maybe there aren't enough volunteer's or enough money to support this, but I am sure that there are lots of kids who would support this with fundraisers to have sports. My experience here has been wonderful!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2005

I attended this school and thought it was very crowded and often found the teachers could not control the class and became fustrated easily. I also do not believe behavior issues of the students were taken care of properly by the teachers and were blown off.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 2, 2005

Building is very clean and well kept, teachers are very involved and professional. However, behavorial problems among students do exist but are handeled appropriately. Though, some are taken too seriously. Halls are extremely over crowded and impair students to arrive on time for classes. Overall this is an excellent school and the overcrowding issue can't be blamed on the school staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2004

Just to clarify a few issues that were presented by the student, Youth Center is not a part of Southampton Middle School. It is sponsored by Parks and Recreation. Parents serve as chaperones. SMS is only used as a site to hold the activity. Therefore, the problems that occur there are the responsibility of P&R and should not reflect on the school. A new activity gym was completed in 2003, providing the PE department with more space for class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2004

I'm a student a SMS. It really isn't all that great as the other review says. it is very over crowded and sometimes there are 45 kids in one class. P.E. is the worst because sometimes we even have to go in the halls for gym because theres no more room. And fights happen often. expecially at youth center. thats our little dance thing that we have every other friday. In fact my friend just got beat up a few days ago. and there is another person who wants to beat my other friend up. but we do do some cool stuff in gym. We so archery which is the best. Over crowding is the worst because you can't get to class without running into someone.
—Submitted by a 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 77% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

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92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
95%

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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.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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 84% 42%
Black 5% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
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 11%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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