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Gwynn Park High School

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Posted July 9, 2014

Gwynn Park High school have very disrespectful security and assistant principals that plot against the students instead of talking to them and helping the situation they have very short spans of patience and are quick to jump to consequences that are unnecessary the physical disrespect as well many students find harmful and react cant blame them for defending themselves if not warned first everything is just backwards at this school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

I never experienced negativity at this school the staff is wonderful and the teachers do make time and stay after and work with students that tend to have a little difficulty. Parents must remember to communicate with all the kids teachers. It is very important to be considered regarding your child education..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2013

wouldn't choose to send any of my children here or any younger family members. It's a school full of contradictions and disrespectful authority. The school could improve by hiring new staff and better administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2013

Gwynn Park is absolutely the worst school I've ever been to and I've been to a lot of schools. The teachers have no idea what they're doing and the ones that do are stuck with students who don't care about their grades. All you hear is cussing and people copying other people's work. The principle and her vice are so unqualified to be there. They suspend students for literally nothing and do nothing to inform the parents of it. I think they like to pick on students to be honest. they think every little thing you do requires a break from attending. They are truly just an uncaring school. I cant wait to leave.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 19, 2013

Gwynn Park High School is one of the worst schools I have ever been to. I am currently a Junior at this school and my father is in the military so i move around a lot. Even though I have been to many bad schools, I would have to say that this is the worst one. There is not any concern whether we students learn anything or not. It is granted that I came to this school from a DoDs or Department of Defense school in Germany, which is one of the more upscale schools in the world, but that doesn't mean I have never learned anything from any of the other schools I have been too but this school is just horrible. It is so easy that I literally sleep for most of the classes and I still receive straight A's. I would not recommend you send your children to this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 17, 2013

Have 2 kids at this school. My opinion is that the majority of teachers and the administration encourage only the top 10%. Not every student is going to be an honor roll/3.5 or better student. Nothing in my opinion is done to encourage your middle of the road students to achieve the next tier. Also, a lot of the teachers here rely on SchoolMax as their only means of communication with parents. Also, getting a meeting with the teachers is an impossible task at times. Class sizes are too large (county wide problem). During the summer months, the school typically lacks air conditioning and during the winter months, school lacks heat. Teachers routinely get frustrated and yell at students with no action taken by administration other than to "monitor" the situation. As stated above, it is my opinion that my statements hold true for the majority of the teachers there. There are a few teachers where this does not apply and the provide every opportunity for the child to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2011

I am currently a student at GPHS, this was not my first choice, but, I am a satisfied freshman at the school. GPHS, is great, I have learned so much. I am currently a 3.6 student, I am working for better, and my teachers, are doing a great job helping me, It's fun, and a great environment, it's not as "dangerous" as people like to make it seem. I think they do it because it is a PGCPS. But it's not dangerous at all. It's actually a pretty decent school, I recommend it.
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Posted September 16, 2010

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Posted July 19, 2010

I love this school! My daughter is a 4.0 student and although I give her all the kudos because of her dedication and ambition, I think that she is also inspired to rise above the rest because of the love and guidance she recieves from the teachers and staff. As we know leadership starts at the top.. Ms. Marrow is an excellent leader and I am sad to see her leave but 'm sure that MS. malone will pick up from where she left off and lead our young adults on the right path!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2010

I would love to thank this school ,the ROTC and the affliated with Andrews Airforce Base ,my son is now serving the USA military airforce because of this school,God Bless you all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2009

Great School for Academics
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Posted May 28, 2009

GPHS is an outstanding school when compared with any public school. I speak from experience from growing up in another state and through my travels in the military. GPHS is on par. Like ALL schools, there's room for improvement, but most of that is a nation school issue... training, pay, flexibility. GPHS is on par.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2008

This is a very good and safe school. Many activities for the young people. It is sometimes challenging communicating with some teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 13, 2007

This school is the best both my children have gone there an I love the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2007

Gwynn Park High School is by far the greatest public high school in PGC I have ever been to, and I say this because I am currently enrolled as a student (Junior) at GPHS. Gwynn Park isn't as dangerous as people proclaim.Gwynn Park has a good working environment and the students there are very easy to get along with. Most us students are serious about learning. Our teachers are very dedicated to their job. Don't blame the school for some of the student's behavior.'blame the parents
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2007

This is not a place you will want to send your child. The parent involvement may be low because of the way people are treated there. Sport are good if that's all you want and not and education.
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Posted May 8, 2007

Extra-Curricular activities at Gwynn Park are plentiful, however quality education and leadership are a little harder to find.
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Posted February 22, 2006

the extracurriclur activitys are great in gwynn park but the math and english are not to good . Also the level of parent involvement is non-existent .
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 4, 2004

This School is one of the places in the county to get an education from. I know for sure because I attended Gwynn Park. We provide you with a great education as well as a great athletic program. this school also has great program for students as well. But the bad thing is that their are no activity buses.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2004

My son and daughtor are both enrolled at Gwynn Park High School. The school is 5 years behind in technology. From what I hear the school is built for 950 students but its a all time record of over 1400 students. The school does offer much needed after school activities and is open and advertised to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

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

252 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
Black 85% 35%
White 7% 42%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 4%
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 28%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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13800 Brandywine Rd
Brandywine, MD 20613
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