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Suitland High School

Public | 9-12 | 2112 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 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


Posted March 1, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted July 9, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 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


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Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
52%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA 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. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 95% 35%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 1% 4%
White 1% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 49%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

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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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
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

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5200 Silver Hill Rd
Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: (301) 817-0500

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