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9-12
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Forestville, MD
Students enrolled: 2,112

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5200 Silver Hill Rd
Forestville, MD 20747

(301) 817-0500
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November 19, 2014
Suitland HS is a very good school, my only concerns are the safety for the students. The lack of communication between the administration and parents needs to change immediately!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
Suitland high school's performance is based on "Leadership" from the top down and the Leadership is POOR; it's not the kids!!!!; the top administrators allow/accept poor performance from unqualified-uneducated teachers and place the blame on the kids. The school needs to be investigated.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
The school is a great school especially the International Baccalaureate (IB). Both of my son's are in this program and my oldest is applying to colleges and numerous University, which are willing for him to apply with reducing all entrance fees. He's doing well with a 3.79 grade point average, he enjoys school and he is a swimmer on the swim team. He's learning and taking advance courses, (math, chemistry, Spanish and English) more than he would in a non- IB school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
I am a current parent of a freshman who is in the IB Programme, a cheerleader and maintains a 4.0. She comes from Mitchellville Maryland and I must say I LOVE SUITLAND. Despite all the NEGATIVE things that were told to me I sent her anyway based on my own research and her Middle School Counselors advice and that a new principal was coming in that would make a difference and turn things around. My daughter has met wonderful friends and teachers and so have I. Even though the drive is a little far it is worth sending my child to Suitland. The principal, teachers and administrators respond to emails and phone calls and that says a lot. I look forward to a GREAT 4 years at SUITLAND. If you are dedicated to your child and your child is dedicated to school you will get a successful student.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
I am a current parent of a High School senior, enrolled in the IB program at Suitland High School. I just had one daughter - class of 2011 - who graduated from the IB program, not only with her high school diploma and IB diploma but with high honors. I also have a sophomore in the IB program at Suitland. I truly believe in not only the IB program and what it can do for our children but also in the ability of the coordinator and teachers at Suitland. I believe that our kids can make it no matter where the go but they have to apply themselves and set high goals for themselves. We need to give honor where it is due and Suitland is a great school to be a part of. Parents - you need to get more involved and be a part of a truly great learning experience for our children. We CAN make this school one of the best in PG County and the State of Maryland. So let's go out there for SY2011-2012 and show our new principla that we are different and can make a difference for our children. Let's show the teachers and administrators that they have our support. Let's get more involved. Let's set high standards for all children. We can do it!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
Reduce the number of students accepted in the Performing Arts Programs, Focus on students who live within the community, Office staff/Administrators training on office/communication skills, teachers take time with our students and clean up the school inside/out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
This is a great school, with an amazing performing arts program. The arts are essential with the combination of the sciences. Our future leaders are innovators and the arts help to culminate this. Suitland needs help to maintain its Arts Departments as well as Science Labs.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2010
Suitland offers a wide varity of choices when it comes to education. this allows students to get a chance to become familiar with their area of interest. Suitland also offers a wealth of activities. There is something for everyone. Suitland encourages families to become active in the day to day educational lives of students.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I am a current Senior at Suitland High School andat the end of the day you get in what yo put in. If you allow people who allready knw that they are not going anywher nor doing anything with there life dictate what happens to you, you will fail in life just like them. I have enjoyed my learnng career at Suitland and i would not change a thing.

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July 23, 2009
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July 21, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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March 06, 2009
I am a current student, and Suitland is a great school, the principal is great, and so are the teachers. The kids are just bad, but they are taking care of that to make it better for us who want to learn. Also their NJROTC, is the best program there, and every student should join.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 01, 2009
I am a former student of SHS and I SHS is by far the best school in PG County. They challenged me like no other and the environment is awesome. SHS is way more than a school but a family. As a recent graduate, I keep in contact with the faculty often and everytime I go to visit they approach me with open arms. Yes the media portrays the school as the place full of violence but in all honesty it really isnt. I often recommend SHS to others because the quality of education is phenomenal. I attend a university that will be goin Ivy League in a few years and Suitland as well as good parenting has gotten me here. To set the record straight, I am not a book worm and I did all the things that students do, party, skip school, and maintain a vibrant social life.

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February 10, 2009
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December 18, 2008
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December 18, 2008
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December 18, 2008
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November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2008
I am a former student of SHS's Visual arts program. When I was attending Suitland I received a grade A education balancing IB & AP classes, art classes, after school programs and activities while still graduating with a 4.2 GPA. The teachers at Suitland helped me receive not one but 6 scholarships from different art schools all over the country. I was even being recruited by YALE. Now, to say that this school is no good because your kids don't have it together is unfair to the hard working teachers working on a PUBLIC SCHOOL salary while providing a college-level education. Suitland is the best high school in PG county and one of the best in the state. The school provides all the the tools you need to succeed, whether you chose to use that is up to your child and yourself.

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August 30, 2008
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August 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 10, 2008
Im going into the IB program at suitland this year. Im a sophmore and I know the classes will be challenging, but it's for the better. This is an excellent program and not many schools in Prince Goerges County has it. You might here that Suitland's crazy but it's a really nice school.

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August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
My daughter will be a Junior at Suitland H.S. in the Fall of 2007. She is taking 3 International Baccalaureate (IB)Courses and is being academically challenged. I think Suitland is changing for the better. It always takes time to get things right once they've gone wrong and it's no different with schools. Suitland now has a dynamic Principal, Mr. Fossett, who is making things happen. Parents need to be more involved by attending PTA meetings and being active with what's going on in the schools. I attended PTA meetings where only 2 or 3 parents showed up with a class of about 700 students. How can parents complain about what's not being done in the schools when they don't even do their part by showing up? When we all work together to improve our schools, we will see progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2007
I applied to the visual arts programs at Suitland High School, and was turn down. I know that I am artist, and a good. At first I was devastated, And I didn't want to draw any thing for a while after that. Thank god for my parents who helped me regain my confidents. My grades are on track,my grade point average was met. Well all want to know if there's any more visual arts programs, I can apply for in Prince George county public school. people are always striving to do better in whatever they are participating in so I would like to be one of the stronger,faster,experienced people in today's world. posted by above average student out of Thurgood Mashall Middle school Thanks

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2007
As a former student of SHS I loved it. Granted no school is perfect and it could definitely use some work in places but I enjoyed my experiences there. I fully took advantage of the IB and VPA program which were excellent and helped prepare me completely for college. It's all about taking advantage of your resources. Outside of the IB and VPA programs you do see the 'other' side of suiland but as long as you stay focused thats all that matters. I will always be a Ram at heart and I still love that school.

- submitted by a former student
November 16, 2006
I am a parent of a 10th and 11th grader at suitland. I am an involved parent. Since my kids started at suitland, i have seen a marked improvement at the school. Kudos to mr. Fosett. Mr. Fosett has done wonders at suitland in the three years he has been there. The problems did not start over night and they will not be fixed over night.

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October 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
I just want to say, as a student, I think that Suitland is one of the best schools in PG county. Our principal, Mr. Mark Fossett, has turned the school around tremindously in the last two years. Yes, there are still some thing that need to be worked on, but no school is perfect.

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May 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2006
I have a child who is a vocal student in the SHS VPA, The program is phenomenal, the experiences that these children are exposed to and the training that they receive is second to none. Within the VPA program, the instructors work very hard to acheive exellence from their students, and we parents who participate share a comraderie. Unfortunately outside of the VPA is a different story. The school is way too crowded and as a parent it is a must that you stay on top of what your child is doing both in and at school, staff will not keep up with your kids,just drive down Silver Hill Rd during school hours and count the uniforms. I personally think that the VPA needs to be a separate school just like Duke Ellington and Baltimore School of the Arts, until then I will continue to pop in to check on my child

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January 31, 2006
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January 06, 2006
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no rating December 29, 2005
I'm a former teacher of SHS. I don't understand why teachers/ administrators are constantly blamed for SHS students' inadequacies. The majority of my students were extremely intelligent, having the ability to think logically and critically. They were very creative, hard workers. However, many of the students I taught at SHS also had no respect for school, property, others, or self. It is impossible to teach a child who has no regards or respect for education. Learning begins in the home; many of the students who caused havoc and chaos at SHS did not come from homes with boundaries and regards for respect. Parents (probably the complaining ones)who do not respect nor instill the value of education breed students who do not respect educational systems and institutions. Teachers and administrators can not control 'what' even parents can't control. Face it. Mr/Mrs. M

- submitted by a teacher
November 04, 2005
Parent seem to blame the teachers for everything but its not just the teachers, its both! Along with Largo and Crossland, Suitland is one of the worst high school's to go to! The teachers pay so muxh attention to the uniforms this year 05-06,that no one wears, that they don't teach as much as they should.

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2005
I graduated from Suitland High School and I am absolutely amazed at some of the comments that I am seeing from parents. No discipline? I am sorry, but I thought that teaching your children how to act was your job, not the SHS administration. It is not enough that the school was overcrowded then as it is now, but some of you parents are sending your children to school with no home training. It is not the school's job to train your kids on how to act on top of teaching them as well. If Suitland was so bad, many of us would not have graduated with honors and ended up graduating with high honors from major universities, including Howard, my alma mater.

- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2005
Suitland High School is one of the best schools in PG County, and to all of the parents who are blaming the lack of attentiveness in the school on the teachers and administrators, take your child off of your nextel plan and maybe they will pay attention in class. I do not send my child to school to be the best dressed or most popular, or to have the latest nextel phone. I send my child to school to learn, and I believe that he is getting a quality education from Suitland High. To all of the parents who are making SHS out to be a horrile place: I missed you at the last PTA meeting. Get involved in your child's life and stop expecting the public school system to raise him/her for you.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Any one can criticise an Administrator or Teacher, as one Parent has done in this comment section for their implied failures to both effectively communicate as well as effectively teach the Suitland High School Students. I am writing as the Parent of an 11th grade Sutiland High Student that is both in the Visual and Performing Arts Programs, as a vocalist and is also in the University High School Programs with a GPA of 3.73. She does not expect a free ride at school or in life because her PARENTS, my husband and I, have taught her to give her best at whatever she does. The Teacher's at this school have done an incredible job of fostering that same principle. Kudo's to the Teachers and Administrator's. For all parents that are critical, I would challenge you to LOOK IN THE MIRROR and determine what YOU need to improve.

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July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2005
Administrators and teachers are not held accountable for monitoring the halls during the entirety of the school day. Attendance is taken during the 2nd class period, and for the remainder of the school day the whereabouts of students are unknown. Parents are not notified of when their students are absent from class. In turn, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) should perform unannounced visits to suspend/terminate staff which is neglectful in the performance of their duties. Teachers are not held accountable for daily lesson plans, teaching from approved textbooks, assigning homework, justifying grades assigned to students, and improving student academic progress. Teachers and administrators lack the interpersonal skills to communicate with parents in a conference setting and resolve teacher-student conflicts. Teachers do not return calls to parents, refuse to signoff progress reports, and are disrespectful to parents when confronted. Prompt and timely actions should be taken by the MSDE.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
It really amazes me how parents can blame the school for failures of their children. A child spends 7 to 8 hours in school, so what about the other 16 to 17 hours spent away from school, what are the parents doing? I am a 1996 graduate of Suitland High School. I went on the get my Bachelor's and I'm now pursuing my Master's. Suitland was a great school, which gave me a stable foundation for life after high school. The teachers took the time to care for their own (meaning majority of the teachers as well as the students were African-American). I was nurtured academically as well as athletically. Yeah Suitland may not be like it was, but who is to blame, the school? Come on now parents. Let's step up to the plate and make Suitland that school you want it to be!

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2004
Well, I am a senior at Suitland High School and I don't think that the school is all what the parents are making it seem.Don't get me wrong, there is peer pressure in the school, but the only way to overcome that or brush your shoulders off is if you teach your child how to deal with it at home.Also, if your childs grades are dropping,does not mean that you have a right to blame the school for your child's actions. I love Suitland because it is a whole lot of fun. But you can get out of hand if you sre not disciplined! Yeah, there are alot of places where you can skip class but again, your child should know what he/she came to school for. If Suitland is all that bad and you say teachers can't teach then why your child can't pass?

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August 12, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2004
This is probably one of the worst schools in Prince Georges County. This school suffers from a total lack of discipline. Many of the teachers are underqualified for and uninterested in their duites as teachers. The administrators fail at their attempt to create order by sending students to a hall sweep where you get absolutely no punishment. The students actually look forward to it as an escape from class. The guidance office is awful and does a poor and effortless job at helping seniors with college admissions. How can you expect teachers, administrators AND the principal who have AWFUL grammar, to teach your children any better? It is a sad excuse for a high school. If I had a choice I would home school my child before I sent them here.

- submitted by a former student
August 05, 2004
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- submitted by a student
July 07, 2004
I was involved in SHS's Visual Arts program and graduated in 2000. I can honestly say that there is no better program in this state for kids with special interests being dance, theatre, music, or any other art. The school has actual college admission heads visit and lecture the students. Now, whether you got involved in the activities or not, thats different. But I am very proud to say that I graduated from SHS and am currently working as an Illustrator. All of my colleagues are traveling the country and going to school in different parts of the world. If your child has a special interest in the arts, they should definately attend this school. All my ratings are based on the work of the teachers and not of the office staff, as they really don't influence a child's progress as much.

- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2004
This school has a lot of problems, no one calls with students are not in school, they don't call about students grades. My child is a 9th grader at this school, the first semester she did really well, the rest of the school year she had problems, teachers were constantly changing, it has a lot of guy students that try to influence other students. This is definitely a school that she will never attend, nor any of my other kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
Take this from a student here at Suitland High School, it's not the best school to go to. It's pretty crowded, it's way to easy to not go to class and not get caught. Not that I have ever skipped of course. The food is a mystery, no one knows what it truly is. The prices are always an issue. The teachers are mostly rude, but there are a few who know what they are doing. And I do me a few. It's terribly loud, the principle is gone. We have a new one, who seems to solely care on those who are in the hallways and skipping class. But I know people who still do it and don't get caught. The only reason I am doing this, is because it got so bad that my mother is taking me out of this school. Look for a better school.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
There is no one in charge at the highest level of the school and that trickels all the way down to the students. And they know it and take full advantage of this lack of leadership.

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September 09, 2003
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Suitland High School
5200 Silver Hill Rd, Forestville, MD  20747
(301) 817-0500
Last modified Suitland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Suitland High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top