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Bowie, MD
Students enrolled: 931

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4901 Collington Rd
Bowie, MD 20715

(301) 805-2660
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May 16, 2014
this school may have lots of bad kids and faculty but, the way it is running is very strong. i am currently a 7th grader.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2014
horribly scary. We moved to PG county an good recommendations. Not true. I think the teachers along with a few of the admins are scared of the bullies. All the school needs is people that are there for the kids, not a paycheck! Big difference. Be strict across the board not based upon color or monetary status. I cannot wait to get my kids out of this school..

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
Tasker is a good school, the only reason some parents dont like Tasker because their kids get "mixed in with the wrong crowd".And that's going to happen in life what so ever, I'm a student at Tasker, and I have been at Tasker since day one in 6th grade now I'm in 8th grade and I'm going to stay at Tasker until the stepping up ceremony. Tasker gives you a good education, or they try when the students are turnt down and actually want to learn. But Tasker also gives you fun things after school such as clubs, now teams, skate zone nights, and dances. I like Tasker, and even though things have changed since i was in 6th grade, I have made alot of new friends, memories, and I have learned life lessons. I woudnt trade my tasker experience for anything. And yes I AM A STUDENT! If your choosing between Tasker or Ogle CHOOSE TASKER!

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2013
I go to Benjamin Tasker Middle School and am currently an 8th grader here. Back when Tasker first opened in the 70's it was an amazing school that everyone wanted their child to go to. I have read a lot about new management in the school and how it is changing for the better, but honestly it's not. The staff here doesn't care what you have to say. The new principal honestly does want to make a much needed difference here but it just isn't working. I don't know if it's the area that we live in where the students aren't the best and really don't care about learning or if it is the schools problem. Also, I've heard about the problems with teachers, and while I do agree that they exist, I as an honor student was not very affected by these things. Nonetheless I know I could be getting a much better education elsewhere (meaning in another area). With all of this said I am very happy to be getting out of Tasker at the end of my 8th grade year.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
I just started school Monday as a seventh grader , I was here last year there has been a lot of good changes happening these past 3 days ms.johnson is more organized and its a good thing for this school

- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2013
I am a student of BTMS I'm going to the 8th Grade 2013-2014 my school has had too much going on for this to even be a school we police at our lunch we have police walk around our school there was even a fight that got my friend arrested in the 6 grade that he didn't even start I think the new principle tries to make the school better but really it got WORSE I don't like the school at all only for my friends buh the teachers curse there rude and don't know how to handle their classes yeah the students have problems but I think it's what the teachers do and the students give back to the teachers as a response I've even looked at other schools they all have the same problems

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2013
I really hope the current administration is moved away from this school. There have been way too many fights, including food fights, and nothing is being done about it. The principal seems like she is not interested in hearing what parents have to say. This school had a few problems in the past, but not it is going downhill fast!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
I can't say what the school was like in 2011, but under new leadership/principal starting in Sept 2012, the school seems great. My child enjoys his classes and really likes the teachers. He finds it very challenging- in a good way- and actually prefers MS to elementary. I had concerns sending him to Tasker based on what I heard in the past, however, the school must have improved drastically and I am quite happy so far with the positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
We have a new principal and our motto is Excellece without Excuses, We are reaching beyond our best. The school is under new management and it is exciting.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2012
Can someone please help me get this guy off of this bus im 12 years old i ride bus 397 at Bejamin Tasker Middle School i want to avoid Marco from flirting with girls

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2011
this school is horrifying all of the staff has attitudes and this one teacher mrs. fraser gives al her students e's and the guidance mr. mccorkle doesnt let your child get switched out.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2011
The school is totally disfunctional!!! The administration and many teachers have very low expectations of the children. The teachers have very little interaction or contact with the parents and exhibit a nonchalant attitude toward teaching. Many teachers are not held accountable for their teaching performance and allowed to continously fail the students with poor grade. The school's current performance is so bad that a recommendation should be made to place into receivership by the state and transformed into a winning institution. Another example of our wasted tax dollars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
Awesome, dedicated, hard-working, teachers

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
My daughter attends Benjamin tasker. I moved out of howard county the greatest schools ever to come to bowie the worst schools ever. Benjamin Tasker is horrible. If you have a CHOICE i advise you to use it and not put your child in there. The teachers let the children run the classroom and there are way to many fights.I went down there to sit in every class of my daughters and it was shocking how the teachers ignored the students question was texting and on there personal cell phone at the same time as teaching. One of the teachers were on a phone and started swearing right in front of the children! they have no respect for the parents either they never email you back or call you back when you try to make a conference there to busy. my child is going bak to howard county nxt year!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
Benjamin Tasker was soooo bad that i took my son out of this school and he is now home schooled... the teachers are rude and dont have any control of the children...

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
Te school is great my child goes there and everyone around him are honeroll students and very well behaved

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 28, 2009
Please do not send your child to this school. The administrators are horrible no one responds or accepts blame for anything that happens. There way of solving problems is suspend for everything. Suspension in the school is being abused. You get in school suspension for talking at lunch, talking on the school bus. They need a whole new administration team. Classrooms are out of control.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Not happy with the school. I have lived in Bowie my whole life, the elementary schools are great, then there is Tasker. A lot of people are moving out of Bowie because of Tasker, they can't afford private school. All around out of control, overcrowded feel when you are there.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2009
I am a student at btms. I have been going for 3 years, since 6th grade. I think that the teachers act like public school teachers. Some teachers dissapear for months and leave the kids not learning anything. Other teachers teach the students nothing and expect them to pass the tests. Tose are just some teachers. I was lucky to have teachers who helped and explained things to me.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2008
Overall the school is pretty good...but what I don't agree with is the not being able to talk and socialize at lunch time. This is the only time the kids have to socialize at school. The administrator is ex-military...so I guess he thinks he's running a boot camp...but this is my child's last year at Benjamin Tasker...so he's just trying to deal with it at this point.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
I find that the school and the teachers that my 7th grader has had to be terrific! I don't necessarily agree to them using the classroom to promote their political propoganda, but we balance it out at home. I have heard about the silent lunches, which is a shame, as this age group are just trying to find themselves and want to be social. However this is our 2nd year with the public school system and I have been pleased.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
I am a parent a Ben Tasker MS. This is my son's first year in public school and he is in the 6th grade. Mr. Harris and Ms. Golden communite via email/telephone on a regular basisand are very creative and concerned about my child's progress. However, the rest of the teachers are typical public school teachers. They are boring and disengaged. The admistrators are worse. When discussing an issue, the administrators, either don't respond or take the teachers side immediately. They don't allow the children to talk during lunch and they run the school like a jail. They are quick to suspend a child for a fight, but don't manage bullies right away, which could reduce the fights, if addressed. They do have a great deal of activities for the children, which is good, but they need to manage the behaviors in the class much better.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 20, 2008
I go to benjermin tasker right now.. im about to attend 8th grade of 2008-2009... This school is not good. I had great grades and all my grades have gone down at this school. It's so hard to pay attention when the teachers keep losing focus because of other students. Most of the teachers are so mean there. There was a girl that sat behind me in class last year, and she always was talking. And the teacher would always blame me for it. There are many,many fights at this school. Some in which they happen during class in front of the teacher. Whereas the teachers do nothing but call the secuity which doesn't even come within 10 minutes. I came from school in 7th grade last year where there where no fights in fairfax. This school is unbelievable!Im now in 8th grade,and i strongley advise you parents.look in2 a diff.School!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 26, 2008
My daughter was very happy at Benjamin Tasker Middle School. She made it into the Summit Program at Bowie High School and she is doing very well. Teachers are caring want to help.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
I have had both my children attend this school. One is now in HS and my last is entering 8th grade in the fall. The experience here has been nothing short of a nightmare. With the exception of a few teachers, most of the teachers there could care less about the students. The school is run like a prison. The children have 'silent lunches'. The principal is the coldest individual I have ever encountered in my life. And the reason they pull this behavior off is because they can! Parents are forced to send their children to this school if they can't afford to send them to private school. So the kids suffer at the hands of teachers who don't want to teach and an administration who supports them. I cannot wait until my child is free from this place.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
My daughter's experience has been great thus far as this is her first year attending Benjamin Tasker. The staff have been extremely responsive and concerned about my daughter's academic well-being. I was apprehensive at the beginning of this year as Benjamin Tasker has a large middle school; however, the transition has been a wonderful one for both my daughter and myself.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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January 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 23, 2007
Teachers do not communicate with parents regarding issues in a timely fashion. My child came home with a progress report failing in two subjects without a single word from a teacher prior. Upon attempting to schedule an appointment to meet with his teachers the best the school could do was to set up an appointment more that 3 weeks later, which was complete after the grading period and to late for me to get him back on track for the quarter.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
i am a former student. BTMS feels like a prison the teachers & administrators always thought we were doing something. sometimes they would record the lunches b/c they suspected a food fight or fight. assigned tables, no water in gym locker room or class, and when there is a fight, the administrators dont do anything, they say stop, stop then the security come(the security are nice). the only good thing is no uniforms.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 19, 2007
I think Tasker is a good school. My son had a productive year and I was very much up to speed on what was going on. 'School Notes' and 'My Grade Book' are awesome tools to use to keep in touch with the teacher and the assignments. Teachers answered my emails in a timely manner and were very honest in what they had to say. It's a good school but it could be better with more support from the parents. Parental involvement is very poor and I'm a firm believer that it takes a village to raise our kids and it starts from home.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
I am also a former student of Tasker Middle School. The teachers acted as if they didn't understand their curriculum. The teachers were not organized also. It sometimes took weeks and even months to get back graded work. I would advise parents to take a second look before picking such a school'

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2007
I am a former student of BTMS and did not have a pleasant experience. I attended the school for two years and my education was greatly affected by a teaching staff, who for the most part, did not know why there were there. At the time I attended, many students were treated with distrust from administration.

- submitted by a former student
August 17, 2006
My daughter was in the 7th grade last year and it wasn't a very productive year. Teachers rarely communicated with me, even when notes were sent in the agenda book. I even went the extra mile to ask her teachers to sign off on homework assignments to make sure what was written was all that needed to be done. That didn't go well either. Homework and test/quizes were not returned in timely fashion, and I had to call the teachers or take time out to go to the school personally. Bowie needs desperately needs another middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
This school should shut its doors for all the good it is doing our children. My son went from a straight A student to one with c's. Yes my son takes some of the responsibility but the teachers need to own up. They don't notify the parents until report cards go out. One teacher took him down a whole letter grade because he talked some in class. Which I also was not aware of from the teacher. The teachers need to step it up. There are a few there that I am thankful for. Safety is also a concern. A parent shuld feel safe sending their child to school. As parents we need to make sure our children are getting the education they need and deserve.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Benjamin Tasker Middle School (BTMS) was the only middle school in Bowie until Samuel Ogle Middle School opened this year. BTMS is still overcrowded and still uses temporary classrooms. The PTSO meetings are attended by only a handful of parents, although the school has over 1,200 students. Parent/Teacher conferences are only held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, so parents must wait to see a child's teacher. Lots of discipline problems exist. Communication is poor. Many of the students are rude and disrespectful! There are no female guidance counselors. The students are not learning much and are given very little homework. I am desperately seeking another school for my child and would not recommend BTMS to ther parents. Our children deserve better! The principal needs to wake up and the PG County School Board should investigate.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 11, 2005
Hello my daughter has attented the 7th grade this year at tasker. She will surely be coming back next year. The principal runs the school ver well. Her academics have increased from her previous year at private schools. I had thought that all public schools were leading nowhere but disaster, but me n her were both wrong. Like I had said before this school was better than a private school I had previously enrooled my daughter in. The teachers are very good at teaching the students the material. Everytime I had requesyed conferences with teachers I always was able to get one. I would highly reccomend this school to any parent. She will be going to Samuel Ogle Middle next year. Teachers have told me that some new teachers will be teaching there at Ogle next year I am very pleased to hear that.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2005
One phrase comes to mind when thinking about the overall state of tasker...the inmates run the prison. The administration is lacking any caring or energy to discipline for that matter. My daughter has a seizure disorder and was virtualy ignored for weeks while we requested meetings to educate the teachers on how to handle her situation. The staff was ineffective . The education is sub-par and the TAG program which is meant to be so enriching for the higher-functioning students are laughable at best. Kids are found throughout the halls all day long and adminstrators do nothing about it. The demographic lends itself to a hands-off attitude rather than enforcing school behavior guidelines. I feel sorry for my daughter that she even went there. We are moving before she goes to Bowie High.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
My daughter will be leaving Tasker for Bowie High this year. She has had a wonderful experience at Tasker. Although some of her teachers were more engaging than others, she had a positive learning experience with all of them. She had great respect for Mr. Lloyd and has perhaps even greater respect for Ms. Coley. Not only did she have books for all of her classes, but in some classes, she had one text to keep at school and another for reference at home. She has learned a great deal at Tasker and leaves with very fond memories of middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
My child is currently in the seventh grade and will surely be repeating the seventh grade. Though I feel the responsibility lies on the parent as well as the student I feel the teachers and the administration did not take an active enough role to ensure that no child is left behind. Knowledge is power. It would have been nice to know that they had an after school tutoring program before I found out my son was failing. I have experienced unsafe conditions in the school and a total lack of interest or frustration from the teachers. I'm hoping that he will be enrolled somewhere else in the coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
The students' books arrived late during the 2003-2004 school year, so they had to retrieve old ones from the trash. Some of the teachers are great. The school is overcrowded and kids are often denied bathroom breaks because of this. The buses are frequently late, creating a safety hazard. Parents are not involved as they should be.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2004
The school is run by a good principle who unfortunately is retiring. He keeps a good handle on discipline for the most part. I feel the teachers are doing their best considering the school is overcrowded although in one of my daughter's classes the administration was very slow to do anything about disruptive students. Overall, I am happy with the school

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
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Benjamin Tasker Middle School
4901 Collington Rd, Bowie, MD  20715
(301) 805-2660
Last modified Benjamin Tasker Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Tasker Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top