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Catonsville Middle School

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Posted May 18, 2014

Catonsville Middle is a wonderful school. The teachers are highly qualified and are led by a passionate and compassionate principal. CMS's principal has accomplished the difficult task of harnessing all of the best qualities of its students and teachers. It has been designated a Blue Ribbon school. The principal has also created an formidable bond between the school and the parent community. Not only does this bond enable the school to access additional resources, it has created a huge upwelling of support for the school. I've never seen a school so beloved by the students and their parents. Great school, great teachers, great leadership. A flagship for BCPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

CMS is fantastic! We were new to the area and school in January and everyone made us feel so welcome. Mr. Thorne is amazing, he is talented and a true inspiration. Mr. Eisenberg is terrific, great at communicating what my daughter needed to keep up on and she did well with him as her teacher. The school offers so many opportunities for the children to get involved. We feel so lucky to have landed here. Finally, the PTSA is energetic and truly has the kids best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Catonsville MIddle school is exemplorary! It is a blue ribbon school. Mr. Thorne is an elite principal. The staff at CMS is spectacular and the programming is exceptional. As a teacher for 18+ years I could not be more thrilled with the education my daughter has rec'd in her 2 years at CMS. I am most impressed with the quality of programs for choral arts, athletics, science and drama. I feel that the parent involvement at CMS is celebrated and successful. The school has received numerous PTA, school, student and staff awards in celebration of their supieriority! What a fantastic education your child will have at CMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2011

Terrific in every way, thanks to a fabulous principal and teaching staff. Great drama and music departments to keep the creative kids motivated, good GT classes, nice inclusion.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

catonsville middle is a blue ribbon school striving to achieve excellence
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Catonsville Middle School has an energetic principal who works tirelessly to ensure that students are getting the best possible education. He interacts with students in a positive manner that motivates them to want to learn. The school's climate is warm and inviting, and the teachers are dedicated professionals who truly care about children. It is no wonder that this school has such a stellar reputation. I am thrilled that my children attend Catonsville Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2007

We moved here over a year ago, and this school is the reason that we stayed in the area. The teachers and staff are committed to the success of each student. My son had some serious problems, and they kept him safe while they were waiting for me to arrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Catonsville Middle is a wonderful school. My child is enrolled in the Autism program and has flourished in his 3 years at Catonsville. Kudos to the great special ed. teachers...they're the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

I am not a parent at Catonsville Middle, I am a former student. Catonsville is an amzing school. It deserves its blue ribbon. The teachers are experienced and they will go beyond what they have to, to help you understand. Everyone is controlled and there is always order in the halls. I definitely got the best education at Catonsville.
—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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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 73% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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 61% 42%
Black 26% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
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 25%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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2301 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 887-0803

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