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Harpers Choice Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 510 students

 

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Posted October 22, 2014

This school is truly amazing , there are some really good teachers like ms.Smith, ms.dymek,mr.sylor and more. They are all really supportive.P.S. I go to this school


Posted October 8, 2014

HCMS is a great school. All three of my children have attended this school and have received a great education. The atmosphere is welcoming and engaging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

We have been at HCMS for 5 years (2 children). Our overall experience has been very positive. We attribute this to the wonderful and committed teachers. We have only had one terrile experience with a teacher -- Mrs. Prendergast. Some of the exceptional teachers are Ms. Kelly, Ms. Dymek, Mr. Mitton, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. LaSota, Ms. Miranda and Mrs. Crandall (now retired). Mrs. Flores is also a great counselor! While we have had 3 principals in our 5 years, each has brought certain strengths to HCMS and we have been pleased with all 3.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2012

I love this school. I understand that HCMS isn't the best, but the new principal is outstanding and is taking care of these problems. This school has a lot of potential and I can see that the new admins. are trying to bring it out. Many of the students and very bright and the music department is great. Some of the students are also working hard to bring in new extra-curriculars and it's awesome. I love HCMS and can't wait to watch it grow and succeed.


Posted January 14, 2010

My parents had to move me from this school because they did not give me the correct education and some of the persons there are very rude.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

My child has been here 2 years and it is a nice school. There is a great variety of activities to be involved in (even for shy children). The teachers have been great but I do miss the last principle as he was very hands on and accessible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

I am just relocating from NC and the staff has been great in assisting me with the transition and i love the curriculum it will really challenge my sons as well as myself as a parent to assure that i stay involved and on top of their curriculum..I am so glad that i chose Howard County to educate my children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I've been going to this school for about 3 weeks now and its seems to be a really nice school the teachers are nice and I stilll have the same great friends but I get to meet new people too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2009

i have been attending harpers choice for a year now and it has been the best school i have ever been to in my whole entire life!you will meet alot of polite people there!i recomend all middle school students to come to harpers choice middle school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2009

Harpers Choice is one of the worst schools I have been to in my entire life.I was a new student at HCMS and the teachers there give a new project or test each week which really stresses me out.I think that the staff should use better discipline and safety ways.Also on my second day at HCMS I missed the bus and when i called for a ride the office staff just sent me to wait outside which was unsafe.Also I think they should have more activities to help motivate the students to work hard and improve their skills.i also think that they should have monitors for dissmisal time to make sure every student exits school safetly and gets on the bus safetly.I also think that they should have an after school program that allows the students to participate in many different activities such as tutoring.I think HCMS really needs to improve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2009

This is a wonderful school with a strong academic program and attentive staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2009

I have been going to harpes choice for 1 year and next year will be 2. i love all my teachers and they help everybody learn what they have to learn. I love my principle but it is so sad he is leaving.i hope you conside putting your child in harpers choice not oakland mills
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

My son has been at Harper's for two years and was in both non-GT and GT classes. Our experience has been excellent. The school population is diverse, the kids under control, and the teachers and administrators are fantastic! The more parents partner with the school, the better it will become!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I love this school..My daughter is in this school..She loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

My daughter is in 6th gade this year. I have been very impressed with the GT program, the caring and professional attitude of the teachers and the supervision of the administration. It is a very safe school and bullying of any kind is not tolerated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

Moved to school recently and found a dynamic principal, who is actively involved with students, parents, and staff. oversees a strong curriculum and runs a tight, organized, and nurturing school environment. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My grandson is new at the school. Our family was highly impressed with the couselors at the facility. My grandson is ADHD. Once receiving his records the school immediately contacted the parents to discuss a plan for his success.


Posted February 29, 2008

My son has been attending Harper's Choice for a year and a half now and overall, I am pleased with the school. My son has ADHD and the teachers have been willing to work with him to help him succeed. The school is very diverse and the principal is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

Harpers choice Middle is a great school! I just moved and once I first came to Harpers Choice..I loved it!I made lots of new friends,new teachers,and lots of help their!So Harpers Choice is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

We moved from Florida in December and were nervous about my son changing schools. My wife and I have been very pleased with the school and the teachers with little exception. Being a University educator I have been extremely impressed with the curriculum that the faculty and leadership have put together and feel these children are being challenged and being prepared for the next step. My hat is off to the quality work I have observed. Keep up the good work!!!
—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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%
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
Black 46% 35%
White 25% 42%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 8% 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 34%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

Music
  • Band

Language learning

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
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school

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
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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Parent involvement
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5450 Beaverkill Rd
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 313-6929

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