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C. Milton Wright High School

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Posted August 30, 2011

CMW is a good school if you have a self motivated child who is naturally a good student. However, if your child is not involved in sports or drama and struggles in any way there is little support at this school, dispite protests to the contrary. There are of course good, dedicated teachers at the school, but the underlying attitude is that they would rather pass a child along just to graduate and keep their numbers looking good. Administration there has even been known to suggest a child that struggles would be better off getting a GED...than continuing at their school. Generally I am underwhelmed by the school and am looking at other alternatives for my other children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2010

My daughter started as a freshmen this year and so far loves it. Faculty is very involved in helping the kids achieve. They have an excellent variety of extracarriculars. Also the pranets in the community are highly involved as well which is nice b/c it makes it feel tighter knit. 4 STARS! Go Mustangs!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2009

I could not ask for a better school for my children to attend! The administration and education is simply wonderful! Students at CMW are certainly encouraged to reach their highest potential with a wide range of classes and levels to take those classes. CMW has recently been rated one of the top AP Schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine! This school will surely not let you down!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 20, 2009

c. milton is a good school, but not all of the techers help students do not understand the material. But other than that i love c milton....Go Mustangs!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 9, 2009

This is a great school. The teachers love to teach and are always willing to help students who ask for help, even stay after school of needed. There are tutors available for every subject, free of charge (just sign up in the Library!). There are also many clubs to get involved in. And, the cafeteria food isn't bad either!

Posted October 1, 2008

i feel that C. Milton wright is not a very good school to go to. the classes are all about the 'no child left behind' but what really happens is they put you in low classes, and they make you feel dumb and talk to you like your an idiot. i would say c milton has not done anything for my self asteem, and the kids all have gossip that has nothing to do with school. kids think there better then everone and its not fair for kids that acaully go to school to get an education. honestly i am acually scared to go to school, cause of all the drama, that even though you dont start, it seems that everyone is drug into the situation. i would rather be home schooled and not have to put up with the stress.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 29, 2008

Both my daughters have gone to this school, and it is very academically oriented with friendly staff members and challanging classes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2008

I have two children currently attending C.M.Wright and for the most part I have been satisfied with the school. Teachers are warm and encouraging. Teachers like Mr. Kovack (Science), Mrs & Mr. Blackburn (English) Mr (History) & Mrs (Science) Griffiths, Frau Wymann (German), Ms. Hare (Psych) are just a few of the teachers who make this school great. The admin staff is by nature stern, but I find fair. Mr. Hanzelik and Mrs. Ziegler offer balance and a welcome relief. The guidence office is a bit interesting, but Mr. Dove and Ms. Luce are great ad Mrs. Henninger is awsome! This is not meant to be gloom nd doom on the school, as there are lots of positive things about ths school and I am pleased to say we will have connections at the school for another 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2008

As a current student at CMW the school its self is good and in a nice enviroment. Most of the students seem to be stuck up and not at all friendly. They pretty much have 'groups' and if your not in theirs you arnt worth their time. Some of the teachers there are great and actually teach you stuff, others seem to have no idea what they're doing. It also seems like case managers and guidance puts you in classes they think you should be taking and wont let you try to take possibly a harder class. Going their hasnt really done anything good for me and i kinda cant wait til its over.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 28, 2008

C. Milton provides great opportunities with academics and extracurriculars. Many AP classes are available, as well as clubs and sports. I've heard that making sports teams are very political, but if you have real skill you'll make it. The music and arts department is great and terribly unappreciated. Yes, there are some bad teachers, some bad administrators, and some bad guidance counselors, but where are there not? It's one of the best schools in Harford County, and my experience there has been very good.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 16, 2007

C. Milton is a joke......the teachers need teaching and the students are disrespectful and rude
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 1, 2007

C.MW is a great school! Definitely encourage your kids to take AP classes at CMW, they are all taught by great teachers. Overall, CMW has very good academics. There are a lot of extracirculars to get involved in at CMW. It's a lot easier to transition into high school if you get involved. I have known a lot of people to have had problems with sports teams (coaches chosing players for the wrong reasons, somewhat political.) But there are so many other great ways to get involved besides athletics. I never had any problems with the administration. They were always helpful whenever I needed something. The one complaint I have is with the certain members of the guidance staff, some were very rude, while others were great. My advice is to find a counselor that you like- and contact them (through email) when you need something. Hope that helps!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 10, 2006

Most of our experiences with our two children who attended CMW have been negative. The teachers, in general, are unresponsive and rude, the administration is political and guidance is lame beyond belief. Parents are so uninvolved that my son didn't have specific senior events due to lack of participation. We have two more kids to get through high school and one is already a freshman at a private school. It is a completely different experience and worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2006

As a parent, I am unimpressed with the administration. They seem to think that all kids are bad and are overzealous in writing kids up for referrals and suspensions. Don't complain about a teacher because you won't win--they will do everything they can to make your child out to be the problem, even if they aren't. Guidance is ridiculous--they don't want to help with anything. My child is afraid of their guidance counselor. There is no where to turn if your child is experiencing a problem. Just like any other school, there are some very good teachers and some really horrible teachers. If I had the money, I would send my children to private school. I detest this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2005

I graduated from CMW in 05 and only have one complaint, an overbearign administration. While the teahcers and education are wonderful, the administration over the past 2 or 3 years has drained any and all school spirit which in my opinion is vital to any high school. Our sports teams are above average and after school activites are also very plentifull. I am proud to have graduated from the school. -JCarr
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 20, 2005

I graduated from C. Milton Wright in 2001. I had previously attended private school, which I hated. At C. Milton Wright, I learned to love school. My teachers encouraged me to be creative in art, drama and writing. They were always supportive and really inspired their students. Due to the drama program and my athletic friends, I spent more time there after school then I did at my own house. I always felt safe because there were teachers and parents keeping an eye on us. I was fully prepared for college. In fact, I am studying to be a teacher right now. Hopefully, I will be able to teach at C. Milton Wright.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA 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. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Black 7% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  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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Bel Air, MD 21015
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