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Stephen Decatur Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted November 15, 2012

Poor communication, Teachers on power trips. Blame is shuffled from parent to "terrible teachers" at the Intermediate & Elem. levels. Would not recommend this school. Teachers encourage poor habits by demanding ill students complete missed work in the 10 min prior to start of day. Teahers are more concerned with the ease by which they perform their tasks than the students educational experience. Staff is dismissive unless it benefits them directly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

The school is very dirty. There is way to much dust in the classrooms. There are rude teachers, and rude cafeteria staff. My child has complained about the cafeteria staff numerous amounts of time. It seems as if no money is spent toward my children to better their education experience. I feel that the money towards schools is used for teacher, faculty, and staff's own good. Im disappointed in the local school sytems. This is very concerning to me, and other parents, knowing that my child isn't getting a satisfactory education. I hope you think about my concerns, thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

I love SDMS it helps me so much
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2008

I am a current student as Stephen Decatur Middle and so far I have had no problems. Everybody is very nice and willing to help. They have great technological advancements, experienced teachers that really care and great after school activities. I am a member of the student government and Honor Society, our school offers tons oppertunities for everybody. So GO SEAHAWKS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

Stephen Decatur Middle is an exellent school for my children. The teachers help the students achieve all of their goals easily by assisting them, and just treating them like they are their own children.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

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>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
95%

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>=95%

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>=95%
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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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 79% 42%
Black 11% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 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 37%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9815 Seahawk Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: (410) 641-2846

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