Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Central Middle School

Public | 6-8

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

28 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted November 20, 2013

I am a current Junior at South River High, neighboring Central. I went to Central for middle school, and at the time the school was slightly better. However, this is relative, for the caliber of education both here and at a great number of other Anne Arundel County Public Schools is disappointing at best. I have seen the school deteriorate from the already low point that it was to even lower, as I tutor here twice a week, mainly out of pity for the kids whose parents cannot afford anything better. The focus in the county -especially at Central- more than ever is on two things: STEM and appearance. In pushing STEM classes (Science Technology Engineering and Math), the county hopes to make itself look better by producing a large number of "adept" science students and mask the incompetence in its other subjects. However, this effort is made to seem much more successful by dumbing down classes and refusing to let gifted students shine, increasing grade averages. The school also has a deep rooted violence, drug, and bullying problem as well. I would recommend going to Montgomery county if you really want the best in public school education for your child, I wish I had.


Posted July 1, 2013

I have had two children attend Central Middle School. My daughter had wonderful support from teachers in her classes especially when she struggled with math. She was very prepared for high school and just graduated with honors. My son also had exceptional teachers at each grade level who worked long hours to ensure their students' individual needs were met. He is a high achieving student who was challenged all three years at Central Middle. This year we moved and he started high school in another state. I keep getting comments from his teachers about how well his middle school prepared him for his pre-IB and AP courses (especially math and social studies). Sadly, I have to tell them it is not a local school. All public schools have their strengths and weaknesses. At Central Middle you can get involved as a parent and help your child experience the strengths, such as a principal who truly cares about each student's success and the well being of the faculty, teachers who work sixty hours a week for our kids, and amazing academic classes and academic clubs! Thank you CMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

People at this school curse a lot and it is not a safe enviorment. I would not reccomend this school to people who are sheltered.


Posted March 5, 2013

My third child is a sixth grader at Central Middle School. My other two children were students there for also. My youngest is having a very successful year with teachers that work hard and care about their students. They challenge and encourage and have high expectations. The staff works hard to develop the independence that middle schoolers need giving them more responsibility and accountability. The principal works extremely hard to always put the students' needs first. Truly, if you have any issue, just email or call. If for some reason you are not getting what you need from one teacher, the counselors and principal are quick to respond to your issue. And on top of all this, the school is being renovated so it will be an even better place for kids!!! This is a great place to live with great public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

Both of my children have attended Central Middle School. My oldest is off to the college she wanted to attend this year and my youngest is preparing to enter South River High School. Both of my children have had good experiences at Central Middle School. I believe that the Principal has always had the best interest of the children at heart. The teachers have done a good job with both of my children. We have always been happy with the courses offered. There are also a wide variety of after school activities for them to participate in. My children have been happy and I am sad that this will be my last year at Central Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

My family moved to MD during our son's last year of elementary school. After almost 5 years at one of the top schools in one of the top school districts in the nation, we were understandably apprehensive about transferring to a new area. We purposely purchased in the Central Middle/South River High School district because of both the reputation of the schools and our impression of the administration of each. Our son is half way through middle school at Central and we have not been disappointed. The Principal and her staff have been tremendously forthcoming with information about the school and the teaching staff has met and even exceeded our expectations. The academic standards are rigorous and there are numerous clubs and after school activities to engage the students socially as well. I have found the teachers to be responsive and proactive, reaching out to not only alert us to potential issues but also to make sure we are aware of positive actions and performance by our child. Several of our neighbors have bypassed the community school in favor of private schooling, I am glad we chose Central Middle and know we made the right choice for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

When we were transferred to DC by the military we chose Edgewater because the schools were rated so highly. We have been sorely disappointed. My 6th grader came here from an elementary school with a small student:teacher, and it was quite a culture shock. He has been mercilessly bullied, ostracized, and had personal items and schoolbooks stolen from him throughout the year. He has excellent grades and scores really high on tests... and yet isn't allowed to read, draw, or fold origami between assignments. He has had his library books confiscated for reading after tests. We have heard NOTHING POSITIVE all year! Let him commit the smallest infraction and we hear about it from three different teachers, his VP, and the counselor. That counselor told my then-8th grader that college was his only option. When he told her he wanted to enlist after HS she told him that wasn't an option if he was to be a "real adult" - this was in front of his enlisted father (who has a Masters). Honestly, I would NOT recommend this school to anyone transferring in - numbers definitely don't make a school great. The elem and HS have been wonderful, but our CMS experience = nothing but negatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

I have 2 children who currently attend CMS - 6th and 8th grade. I have been very pleased with the caliber and caring nature of the teachers and principal. Yes, they have a bullying awareness program - that doesn't mean there is a bullying problem - but rather a goal to prevent one. Is there bullying, yes, I'm sure there is to some degree at every school - the point is that it isn't tolerated at CMS. It's a big school with over 1,000 students - bound to be a major shock to anyone coming in from a private school. There is also a lot of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

As a former student I'm only being honest when I say this school has quite a lot of problems, and this had a very significant effect on me. This school's student body is entirely run by cliques and there really isn't anything effective being done to at least decrease this; there are punishments, but they are seen by students as a reward for poor actions and a way to get out of class rather than something meaningful. There are a lot of problems with violence and bullying. I can't say the teachers are awful, because they definitely aren't, but I feel like there is often little control in the classroom.


Posted October 19, 2011

My son transferred here from public school in 7th grade and I wish he had attended all along. The teachers are of such high caliber, and are so caring about the children's progress, both academically and socially. The school community is very engaged and active with one another through in-school and extracurricular activities, that it creates a warm, supportive environment for the kids to thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My children went to a private Christian school for the first 6 years of their schooling. They transferred to Central Middle School for 6th grade, and have had a successful year. Being a former 6th grade teacher myself, I can say that yes...there is a great emphasis on MSA, but it is how the school gets funding. Yes, there is bullying and poor language from students. Yes, there are teachers who are sub-par. But, you can find poor language, bullying, and sub-par teachers in ANY school. My children are in some of the advanced classes and I am finding they are enjoying their teachers and classes. The foundation their former school provided far exceeded what Central Elementary provided its students, so my children are excelling in middle school. Public school is what a family makes it. Your involvement makes the difference. Know the teachers, their expectations, and have high standards of achievement for your child. The principal at Central is no-nonsense, and has high expectations for student behavior. Sadly, cell phones are a source of distraction for many students and it is silly for students this age to be bringing them to school. Phones should be banned at middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

This school is very racist and violent. I can honestly say I don't even know my kids anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

As a parent, my student has not progressed the way I would hope. Our neighbor sends their kids to Indian Creek, and the kids are much more intelligent. There is also a lot of violence and bullying. I fear that High School only can get worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

I maybe shouldn't give this school an average, but the teachers are hit or miss. My daughter had phenomenal teachers and then some who were so uninspiring that they she learned more on days when a substitute was on duty. In addition, the administration speaks to and expects the least of students. All students are treated as if they are all anti-academic, drug-dealing, sex-crazed maniacs. I'd like to see a little more in the high expectations department, especially recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the top learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

the teachers are nice but to much volger violence and bullying
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2009

Central Middle School is devoted to the sucess of their students. The teachers at Central are truly devoted to giving the childern a quality education while making it fun to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

Cms is a great school for learning, one teacher in particular made a huge difference on my grades, i went from a Low D, to a B in only 3 weeks. I made a huge improvement on my grades with my teachers help. Thanks Mrs.Grasso! Your a Great Teacher!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

this school was pretty good! ihave to say my 7th grade math teacher made a pretty big impact in my school career she was by far the best math teacher i have ever had. Thank you Mrs. Grasso!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2009

CMS has a wonderful Administration and a few good teacher's. Many other teacher's show no spirit in what they do for a living.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

My family moved to the area recently and we moved our children from private school to public school. We are extremely pleased with Central Middle School and Principal Beall is simply outstanding -- she is committed and caring. She has promoted a rigorous academic program and ushered in new initiatives such as advisory classes. She is also working on a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum for the school. She also encourages parent involvement, and the school has a strong base of parent volunteers. I have found teachers to be very committed and helpful. Teachers send home weekly newsletters to keep parents informed about class assignments, tests, and projects. The school has a first-rate music program that is led by an outstanding band director, Deborah Turner. It amazes me that a middle school has five performing instrumental groups that perform in and out of state.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

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 67% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 42%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Black 4% 35%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 11%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School psychologist
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Swimming pool
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

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

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Swimming pool
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
Girls sports
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

221 Central Ave East
Edgewater, MD 21037
Phone: (410) 956-5800

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



The Summit School
Edgewater, MD





ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT