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6-8
Public
Columbia, MD
Students enrolled: 515
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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10481 Cross Fox Ln
Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 313-6957
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August 19, 2014
I read the review posted below on July 27, 2014 and wondered for a minute if I wrote it. That was exactly our experience and now we are now sending our child to private school for 7th & 8th grades despite living in Howard County with this "wonderful school system". In my opinion, the primary issue was a total lack of leadership. The principal was as unengaged as any I have come across. She did not attend school events, return phone calls, or get involved when issues came up. She has no business being in this role. With a strong leader, many of the issues at WLMS could be overcome. I'd be interested to see statistics on how many kids start at WLMS and leave for private school. I feel badly for the kids who do not have the option to leave.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
I would not advise sending your child to this school if you have any choice in the matter. It is a dangerous place where my son was bullied and nothing was done about it even after written complaints and a filed report. Part of the problem is about 40% of the student population, which is a rough, violent crowd that is not or cannot be controlled by the staff. The other problem is that most teachers have given up on the students. My son will be going to a private school after 7th grade so that he can catch up, recover, and be ready for high school. I never felt that my son was safe at WLMS. It was a very stressful environment for him.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I like Wilde Lake Middle School I can't wait to go there yes I'm a 5th grader who is going to Wilde lake soon. Although You have to take 7 classes it's awesome. Wilde Lake Middle School is unique that's what I really like about it . Another school you may like is Running Brook Elementary School.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
Go to the test scores tab above and look at the 6th grade and 8th grade scores. You will see the trend of score decreasing as children matriculate through this school. This downward trend from start to finish says it all. The staff is too worried about controlling bad behavior and if your child is a minority, watch out ---he/she will automatically be "labelled" as a trouble-maker (demonstrating the lazy-minded mentality of the administration -- who ironically are minorities themselves). I had my son transferred (after fighting for 2-years) to Clarksville Middle School and have found the learning environment to be the polar opposite of WLMS. The byproduct of spending nearly 3-years at WLMS is that he is now FAR behind his peers at CMS (but at least we escaped Alcatraz). Glad that WLMS is now in my rear view mirror...don't make a mistake and fail to research this school (unfortunately like I did, relying solely on the reputation of Howard County). I may have to reclassify my son back to the 8th grade due to the academic "damage" done by having him in this horrible and "radioactive" learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
WLMS is an underrated school, particularly for kids who take lots of GT classes. Teachers are excellent and dedicated, on the whole. Sure, there are a lot of students in the school who get subsidized lunches, but it will certainly not hurt more privileged kids to meet classmates who were not as fortunate. We know of several parents who opted to pay for private school because they were afraid of the school's reputation for discipline problems. In our experience, that was a waste of money. WLMS provides a good education in a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
I am a parent of a student that will be progressing to high school from WLMS this year. I love Wilde Lake. The teachers and administration really care about the children. There have been some social issues just like in other schools; however, they were all immediately addressed. My daughter did very well at this school, and the diversity is awesome. I see the Great School score is a 6 and this is based mainly on standarized testing. Now, that's another topic of discussion by many. My child, as well as her friends did quite well at this school and their test scores were above average. We are preparing for WLHS in the fall. I believe that WLMS gave her what she needed to be ready for high school and layed the foundation for college in 4 years. This school is not a bad choice. Raise your children at home, and stay involved with the administration and your child will do great at WLMS.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
My son is new to Wilde Lake and is on an IEP for a previous ADHD diagnosis and mood disorder. The Special Education staff are very involved and the teachers very supportive of his educational needs. We did not experience much bullying either which is a plus given the population they serve. I feel my son gets the help he needs and would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
The problem at WLMS is more the student population than the teachers and administrators. I have met many very dedicated and hard working teachers at this school. The principal and vice principal and guidance counselors are all doing their part to try to make the school a positive learning environment. Unfortunately, we do not feel that the school is a safe environment for our children. Our child was the victim of bullying at this school and was choked by a peer during a class activity. He has also witnessed violent attacks on other students and overheard a lot of language that made him feel uncomfortable. This papast year a girl was expelled for beating another girl with a belt- it was at least her 3rd attack on another child during the school year.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2009
I love WLMS my teachers are highlariouse they make me understand. WLMS also has super kids my friends all make easy to make 8th grade next year I enjoy wilde lake and I DON'T want to leave

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2009
I have to be honest I went to the school when it was going through its rough times and I am now in the 8th grade with the new principal and I can say to anyone the it is a safe good and well put together school. Students including parents cannot decide that it is a bad school based on the actions in the past. We are working to exceed the low expectations that were set on the school by others. You now cannot not judge the school without seeing the steps we are taking to come out of the bad times and finally get the respect that the school now deserves.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2009
I have just moved to Columbia. I have been very impressed with the staff and administration at this school. I would recommend this school.

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October 14, 2009
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September 14, 2009
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September 11, 2009
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no rating June 23, 2009
As all schools in Howard County must try to reach the high level of excellence that is expected from reputation, Wilde Lake will continue to struggle until parents dedicate themselves to be more involved with their child's education and insist that needs be met. There is a great amount of talent and dedication in the staff that combined with parental involvement is invaluable to educating in this age group.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
WLMS is an excellent school, with a talented and dedicated group of teachers. I have sent 3 children through the school, and if given an opportunity to chose an alternative school, would decline. Every school has specific issues to be addressed, and WLMS is no different. The diverse population has been a tremendous benefit to my older kids, who credit WLMS and the high school with affording them the opportunity of learning to work and relate to those with different backgrounds. The students are challenged and encouraged on a daily basis.

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
I think this school needs lots of work. The principal leadership is poor, as well as student behavior. There is also little discipline

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2009
I am a student that went to Wilde Lake Middle School last year and I miss going there SO SO SO much! The teachers are VERY friendly and the school is WONDERFUL. I thank the world for having wlms with out that school I would be going to a bad school somewhere else. I LOVE WLMS! oh p.s. the classes doesn't have packs of kids in one room so that is good you learn faster :) and you get help when ever needed.

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2009
My son attends Wilde Lake Middle School and he is in the IEP program. He was diagnosed with emotional disorders before moving to Wilde Lake. My son previously attended Clarksville Middle which is a great school. However, after enrolling my son in the Wilde Lake Special Needs class, he excelled. He made new friends and has come out of his shell. He even joined an after-school program for the yearbook. The parents are wonderful and the school is very supportive. This has proven to be a wise move for my family and my son loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
This is the worst school I have ever been to.

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
For a child that's just starting out in a middle school, and wants to get a great experience....I would highly recommend Wilde Lake Middle School! The curriculum is challenging and the opportunities are out of this world amazing!

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September 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 11, 2008
This school simply has a bad reputation. In reality it's a great school and surrounded ith wonderful people. A a student, I was involved in some wonderful extra curricular activities in which I found great interest in and I am sure will help me later on in life. The only con I have for this school is the principal. He is not as involed in the school community as he possibly could be. He needs to apply himself more. Otherwise, this is an excellent school any student should consider.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2008
i go here and i love it. its so fun and the teachers are so nice. who cares about test scores..

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
Thanks to the dedication of the 6th grade school teachers. Me and my wife were glad that the teachers have time to communicate with us via email about projects/homeworks that greatly improve our son's progress in school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
My family I moved here to Columbia, Md last year and my child attends WLMS, I must say I am very disappointed in the quality of education my child is receiving and the 'Girl fights' are out of control. This school does not have their priorities in the rigt order and their lack of concern for the safety of their students is unacceptable. I would never recommend any parent to send their child to this school. As much money has one pays to live in this area this school needs to shut down. WLMS is not a safe school and I am sad to say the teachers really don't care.

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January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
I think this school is a very nice school and all of the students there try and put 154% into all of their work!

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October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2007
My children have recently come from a private school in Chicago. I have had the luxury of comparing private vs. public and Columbia vs. Chicago, IL. At this point in time the education and attention that my children and myself have received from WLMS has exceeded my expectations, as I compare WLMS activity to a private school in IL. I have received information from teachers and feel that I am being properly informed. Like any school, there is room for improvement, so far I am pleased. For those reading this, it is important to note that I have experience in education for I work at a University in Maryland and I have been in higher education for some time. This school is culturally, economically and ethnically diverse. I feel that this is a positive for my children and allows them the opportunity to experience the real world in a controlled environment of education and supervision.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
This school was truly a disappointment. The principal is not really concerned about the children's education, the sole concern a principal should have. Also, many of the teachers were not very good. This is difficult for my child since she is now far behind in high school because of the things she never learned here. At WLMS, my child often complained of fights between kids, which, despite rumors, still happens. I feel bad for my child, since we were supposed to be districted to Lime Kiln, and I know if she had gone there she would have received a much better education than she did at WLMS.

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August 28, 2007
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August 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
I have a 6th grader in the school and have been very impressed with the faculty and leadership. From what I understand a change in leadership has created a more orderly environment and my child (an average learner) is doing great! Teachers are readily available via e-mail -- homework is sent to me via email every day at 3:00 pm by the guidance counselor. Don't believe the old news.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
I am a former student that now going to a private school. And i must say that WLMS is a great school to go to. It has all different race and religions, the teachers try their hardest to teach all kinds of kids, and they offer amazing afterchool program. And I don't think that an adult who ha never gone to the school and experienced it should be able to write a review about it. While I was there, (6th and 7th grade) there were things that happened. Where in the world do things not happen!? But a I look back, WLMS is somewhere I will always miss. It is a great school with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2006
Has anyone looked at their test scores? The school has had many problems in the past and continues to do so. The children are not learning what they need to be learning due to the teachers having to spend more time dealing with disruptive behavior. I don't know what the answer is but something needs to be done for everyone's sake.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
I believe that this school is somewhat good in mixed ways. The extracurricular activites at this school are very poor for the most part. Programs such as Aqua Havens and Bridges are poorly monitered and poorly led. A lot of the teachers have trouble dealing with students and often times can be somewhat favoritist sometimes. The teachers know what they are doing but sometimes have problems dealing with the students.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2004
The teachers really do their best to get to know the students. There are some amazing field trips, like 6th grade Outdoor Ed or the 8th grade Broadway musical in NY. There are so many opportunities for the kids to explore what interests them in 'Type 3' investigations, Aqua Havens, Triple T, and other programs. The school population is a real microcosm of American society--a great way for kids to learn to get along with those different from themselves. My son, now in high school, admitted that he misses his WLMS family.

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April 22, 2004
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Wilde Lake Middle School
10481 Cross Fox Ln, Columbia, MD  21044
(410) 313-6957
Last modified Wilde Lake Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wilde Lake Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top