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Rocky Hill Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 983 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2014

Sixth grade was a great year for my son at Rocky Hill. He had fantastic teachers for all of his academic classes who were engaged and enthusiastic about their classes. The only less than thrilling experiences were with the FACS class (home economy) and shop class. These teachers had no desire to be in the classroom and the kids picked up on it. PE department is also great along with the administration. A positive environment for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

My daughter is going into 8th grade and she loves Rocky Hill. She is challenged by the classes. She says her teachers are approachable. She loved her principal her 1st year (Mr. Edmondson), but only kinda likes her current principal. We are happy with the teachers response in posting her grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

I'm an eighth grader at Rocky Hill who has been going to school there for three years now. Rocky Hill is a great school overall. The teachers are mostly good and try to engage the students. Its a very diverse school but is a little cliquey. Most people stick to their groups of 4-5 people. There are fights OCCASIONALLY and drugs/alcohol are not commonly seen and mostly occur in eighth grade, if seen at all. A lot of people say it is a "ghetto" school, but compared to other middle schools in the area, it is pretty decent. The atmosphere and classes are interesting and help us learn. The schedules can be confusing at first, but most students get the hang of it in the first month. The only down side is that Rocky Hill was WAY overcrowded. the hallways are always packed and at times it can be hard to move from one class to the next because of all the people. They are working on fixing this but its difficult to have that many people in a school that was made for a lower number of students. They have a good selection of extra curricular activities and sports teams. I would recommend this school.


Posted July 13, 2013

Pretty decent school. G/T programme here. If only they had a Magnet programme too. This is a okay school not much bad either.


Posted March 12, 2013

Our daughter is in the 7th grade and in her second year at Rocky Hill. She loves the school and I'm happy to see the teachers and administrators so involved in the students' learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2010

We pulled our student from this school, a lot of bullying and disrespect towards teachers. Foul language runs rampant, little girls (7th/8th graders) dressed inappropriately. Administration was somewhat receptive but really nothing they could do of benefit our student. The school is very over crowded and the hall ways are not monitored well. The education standards do not even come close to Department of Defense schools. I would not recommend a new student come to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

I LOVE this school, the staff is great they always help out the kids with any issues or problems, the principal is EXCELLENT he always gets involes with the activities and i highly recommend Rocky Hill Middle School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

most amazing middle school to be part of and learn at. the whole thing just gives you everything you need for life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

As a student at Rocky HIll, and a previous student at a small private school, i would just like to say that RHMS is a great place for learning and the 'pride' program is teaching the students how to be good. so i think the school deserves a 10 out of10!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2009

The school's pride is atrocious. I really hope it is better in the future years!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2008

I felt very fortunate to send my child to Rocky Hill school. She learned alot in the whole 3 years in RHMS. Teachers and staffs were great and helpful. My daughter was in Honor list and now she attended Magnet program in Poolesville. Good environment and great school. I am more than happy to send my child to RHMS. I am specially thanks all to the teachers and principal to help our kids successful and make different in our community. I am Highly recommend to RHMS and continues to do the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Rocky Hill is a great school. We're a military family that has experienced good schools whereever we've lived but, I am impressed by the motivation of the teachers and mostly by the principle, Mr. Whiting. This school has great spirit, motivation and has a great curriculm. My daughter is now a 7th greater and loves it here. I see that she is challenged in her courses and that there is alot of activities to get involved in. She likes the people and there seems to be no real distractions in the student body. Everyone here is encouraged to take pride in school.. 6th grade was the best experience for any new middle schooler. I highly recommend this school to everyone who wants to get a great education with great teachers and a cool principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

The teachers are great there; they're encouraging, fun, and willing to spend time with a student struggling and answering questions . The only reason a kid is failing is that they don't ry or struggling with their studies and don't ask for help. I'm one of the first eight graders to complete the whole 3 years at the new RHMS and watch how the school is improving each year. The PRIDE program is pretty fun and probauly is the reason why suspention rates are going down. I love those paw stickers. :) RHMS also tries to regonize students in different areas and for their acheviments ( academics, communtiy service, after school activites, reading, and respect). But the bathrooms are already falling apart and some kids slack off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2006

I belive that rocky hill is a very well educated good school and I would recommend everyone to let their children study in this school. They let the children reach the highest of there potentials and they help every single child that needs help. The new rocky hill middle school is also bigger than other middle school and it is cleaner then other school since it is newly made!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

I feel very fortunate that my children get to attend Rocky Hill Middle School. The environment is student oriented and the primary focus is that of helping each student achieve his/her highest potential.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2014.

378 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 63% in 2014.

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 34% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 25% 6%
Black 21% 35%
Hispanic 16% 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 20%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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22401 Brick Haven Way
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Phone: (301) 353-8282

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