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Fort Meade, MD
Students enrolled: 1,166
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3500 Rockenbach Rd
Fort Meade, MD 20755

(410) 674-0032
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October 25, 2014
MacArthur is a wonderful school and my son is flourishing wonderfully in 6th! I must admit I was adamant that he was NOT going to attend MacArthur middle school if I had anything to do with it! But he wanted to attend and I said I would give it a chance. He is so focused on his grades, his teachers are great. When I reach out they respond right away, the new principal is wonderful and the 6th grade principal rocks!! If you have questions or any type of concern he is on it!! I love that!! My son is making A's and B's he's and athlete has great friends in MacArthur and is focused on what he needs to do. I won't lie the work seems challenging for 6th graders, more than what I remember in 6th grade but that is good. I can't really say enough about how I was wrong about my first thoughts of this school listening to people's reviews from the past reputation it had. Great things are happening at MacArthur!!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
BEST SCHOOL EVER! With a new principal, MacArthur Middle School has been the most exciting year of my life. Just starting 6th grade in a new school, with new people, it was hard to adjust to. But with the help of awesome teachers, like the ones in the Towson Tigers team, they helped us become a great student. I am looking forward to the rest of my 3 years in middle school to be the best. Ones that I could have not have made in any other school. We have fun incentives , like pep-rallies, dances, and days we can wear hats, crazy looking socks, and more!

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
I am military and my daughter attended this school for two years. From what I have seen from the school in regards to my child and a friend's child, the teacher's favor non-military children quite heavily. My friend's child said that the teacher said something to the effect that military children have it much better than the other children from offbase so this teacher said that they would give them "help" with their grades. In essence, give them a better grade regardless of their actual performance. This particular child worked very hard to have good grades - and was given "D"s and "E"s routinely. Only after going back to the teacher for a review of the work was an "A" or "B" given. Military children are also a minority here and targeted for bullying by those from offbase. My own daughter, who is very quite and carefree, had her head smashed into a locker and a lock of her hair taken right off her head with scissors. I believe that it is important for a classroom to have diversity if children are to learn from one another. Kids from offbase help to accomplish that. This school, however, is failing to provide a safe and fair learning environment for all the children they teach.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
Check out some great news about the involvement of MacArthur students in an interdisciplinary project! http://www.aacps.org/axis/currentaxis.pdf

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2014
School can use some updating but my experience so far with the staff and students have been pleasant. The students I've encountered have been articulate and friendly the staff has been helpful and responsive. The only complaint is that it's over crowded and can use some modern updates. When will be the rep of the Meade cluster schools go away!? This school is doing great things.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2014
Absolutely a travesty that a school that should be designed with a transitioning in and out military population is designed in such a way that they purposely bus "disadvantaged" kids from outside of the base onto base to mingle and mix (really just ruin the education of) already stressed military dependent children. Liberal social experiment on the wrong group in my opinion. I could go on, but I wont.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
My grades have plunged since I went to this school! I was making the A and B honor roll in 5th grade. But now, I am startinag to make C, D, and E's. The school is also filthy as heck and should be tore down! The locker rooms for gym are my highest health concern, and there is a LOT of vandalism in this school. The only positive is at least I havewgood riends.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
This is a fun and exciting school. There are many smart kids willing to learn, but even more than curse.

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2013
Hello I am a fellow student of MacArthur for now....let me tell you about my last 2 years at MacArthur. I am in 8 th grade now but I will be moving schools. MacArthur has a bad rep as you can see and everything these parents, teachers and students have said is True. Never send your children to this school it is disgusting, full of ignorant kids, and has horrible environment. In 5th grade I was excited to be on my way to MacArthur so I ignored the comments and ratings 2 years later ive had many regrets. This school's students will taint your innocent children and wreck their outlook on life. Please take heed to what I am saying DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL but if you dont believe me ask to take a tour with your child and pay attention to what you hear and see. There is cursing, negative conversation, and dirty talkers also gossip EVERYWHERE. If your child is quiet, cheerful, honest, nice and/or open and you send them hear expect a negative change in them. The students here spread rumors faster than the speed of lighting. I am so glad that my mother is transferring me I am fed up. Thanks for reading hope you make the right decision :)

- submitted by a community member
November 27, 2013
Mrs. Gray is unprofessional and unprepared to administer a school, oh and incompetent. Mr. Greene is who makes Mac Arthur the school that it is. The faculty morale is very low well because the "principle" has no leadership skills. Keep it Mr. Peyton, you're strict yet kids respect you.

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2013
This is my son's first year here, 6th grade. I heard nothing but bad about this school beforehand. I have been pleasantly surprised! The faculty is great, and the teachers keep him fully engaged. Only downside for me is the facility can use some updating (window coverings, bright paint) and their entry control makes me a little nervous.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
As a military member coming from overseas, I may have become a bit spoiled, but I expected much more out of an on-base school. We have never been stationed at an Army post in the past, so I'm not sure if this is the norm or if the delinquents being bussed from the local, off-base communities are the problem. Either way, I would think base leadership would step in and do something. My kids are getting an education here, but it's not the right type. Prior to arriving here neither, bullying nor racism were ever an issue. Well, they've certainly become familiar with both issues in the short time we've been at Ft. Meade. As for the curriculum, they have been taking so-called "advanced" classes here but seam to have much less of a challenge than when taking standard courses at their previous DoD school. In general, there seems to be no accountability for teachers or students. In fact, it seems as though the students are running the school. If you have given this school a positive review, you must have very low standards.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
MacArthur middle school has very unique attendants and they don't all get along, so conflict happens, but with the right push, we can get good grades and not fight so much. last year (2012) mr. Greene started administrating at our school and things have scince turned around. I've never felt so at home than when i'm with this diverse set of kids and in this building.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2013
In all honesty a school is justified by its education just as much as its students. Grades 6-8 are when puberty hits, ie mood swings, accidents, etc. MacArthurs rep is 50/50 with students attitude and curriculum. The school offered as much as it could, it's up to the kids whether or not they want what it.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
Worst school ever! I'm actually considering home schooling. Way to thank our nation's hero's. I still can not believe that this is a on p school. I thought we had standards...

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
Here are some suggestions for the admin: 1) develop a friendly demeanor with staff 2) stop playing favorites 3) work on transparency 4) if you can't figure out points 1 - 3, seek professional help.

- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2013
My child and her friend were bullied from day one. Her friend's parents pulled her out of school half way through the year to home school. We are going to home school my daughter this year instead of sending her back there. The school is really overcrowded and that is the excuse that the teachers give when asked why they haven't seen some of the bullying. If the school is so crowded then maybe they should re-zone or build on more.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
MacArthur middle is a different school. MacArthur has a bad rep. for bullying. To be honest there is a lot of drama,and not enough time to learn. I think this school has worsened my grades because I was an honor roll student my hole life durin elementary school,now I'm down to all d's and e's. The school is dirty,and the bathrooms are never kept up with. If I could change one thing about this school I would change the schools hygein.

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2013
My dog could be a principal at this school and do a better job! My job is smart, alert and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
Macarthur Middle School get s areal horrible reputation about its education provided. There are many at least 90% of teachers here and willing to help all and any student who is willing to do the work and put forth the effort. The issue is behavior. Administration does not set a zero tolerance tone at the beginning of the year so kids realize the foolishness will not be tolerated. They are given way too many chances before any real consequences happen. This being said the parents of the students need to take responsibility as well. Setting a standard and an expectation of your child should be a MUST. A VALUE FOR EDUCATION should also be a must. Issues are complex, but the top of the hierarchy does not allow AP's to hold kids accountable and so often teachers do not feel supported nor appreciated by Parents, Students, BUT WORST of ALL our Administrators. Until there is value for education, trust amongst collegues and true support from administration we will continue to struggle.

- submitted by a teacher
June 30, 2013
MacArthur is definitely different... I honestly thought all 8th grade students were the same. Having a teenage student myself. They are not! The lack of respect that I saw at MacArthur is sad. Being in the building I had my own problem with a student. A referral was given, for the actions of the student at any other school the student would have been suspended, if not expelled. Not the case. It amazes me that the school doesn't even have an SRO. They need at least 2 if not more to handle all the situations. The AP's have their hands tied and have to get approval to suspend. If I were a parent this was the last school available for my child I would homeschool them.

- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2013
Let's just say that now that we have moved, I am hoping that I can fix what damage has been done to my son's education in his two years with this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
My son attended one year of schooling here (6th grade). I knew there were problems, but I went and followed him through his classes for a school day. I have never been so disgusted in my life. Out of control, disrespectful students, little learning happening AT ALL (how could there be). I think many of his teachers would really change things if they could, but thanks to the rules imposed on them, forget it. So the kids learn close to nothing, it'll take me 2-3 years to hopefully repair the damage done to my kid from 1 year, he went from a smart, good student to behaving like a loser to try and fit in and avoid getting beat up. Congratulations, MD public school system, you've designed a model future criminal and welfare recipient training center! What a letdown for the kids, many of whom needed real help and guidance and got this gov't-run Frankenstein instead. No wonder the rest of the world is kicking our butts academically, and I'm not buying that this is a rare case! the blob should be ashamed of itself.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
My two children attend Mac Arthur and I know there is room for improvement but I do not share the same experience that many parents share. By being actively involved via e-mails ,phone calls and surprised visit I find the staff willing to help with any issues that arise. The key is parent /school connection . You cant just show up when theres a problem by then its too late . For all the parents that have a complaint ,when did you first meet the teachers , how often do you check in just to say Hello your doing a great job ? Is there anything you need in the classroom and how is my child doing ? Try that it makes all the difference in the world .

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
HORRIBLE!!! Teachers and administration are rude and don't support or help the students. So much bullying, specially if your white or latino.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
The administration leaves a lot to be desired. MacArthur Middle School administrators are not competent enough to handle midddle school children or any children for that matter. Complaints and concerns fall upon deaf ears even as you go up the chain of command. Bullying is a serious issue at MacArthur, it is not a safe place for children.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
I am a 2012MacArthur parent, PTSA Co-Chairperson, & cafeteria staff. MacArthur has a bad rep due to an old admin that didn't hold up the standard. But, the new principal & v.p.'s, and SEVERAL new teachers are upholding the educational standard that we all want and our students need, including new policies & training. The IB program offers challenging curriculum for eligible students, allowing some students to be bused in. There is anti-bullying training & procedures in place: STRICTLY ENFORCED. Due to the old rep, people including some Board members are not giving MacArthur a chance. Look into the new admin, staff, and policies and see for yourself before making a decision. I talked to the counselor & gave MacArthur a chance. I challenge you to do the same instead of believing everyyhing negative you hear. Too easy to post and believe the negative...where's the positive? If you want a school with absolutely no fighting or bullying, then homeschool because there's no such public school. As for parent involvement, MacArthur offers many opportunities to volunteer: PTSA, in classroom & office, lunch & hall monitor, etc.... A person only needs to show up/call to volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
There is another side of this story than just test scores and the comments posted below. My child has been at MacArthur for 3 months--in 6th grade. I was afraid to send him here because of the school's reputation for unruly behavior. But to my surprise, we have found excellent, dedicated, and caring teachers and a curriculum that is both challenging and engaging. Our one experience with bullying was dealt with swiftly, decisively, and fairly. Yes, there are problems with this--and any--middle school. But there is also another side to MacArthur--dedicated administrators & teachers, a creative and challenging curriculum, and kids who strive to excel and achieve.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
I am a student at MacArthur and this is my 8th grade year. A lot of my family members have gone to this school so I might be a little bias. I believe that some of the kids can get out of control but that is mostly due to their parents. For example, some kids have said that their parents told them that if some one is bothering them, that the have the right to punch that person. Now I am all for standing up for yourself but that is just ridiculous. The school stresses the fact that if you have a problem with someone then tell your guidance counselor. As for the person that said that their child was going w/o food for 9 hours that means that they aren't eating breakfast b/c school only lasts for like 7 hours. Also, I get lunch at school everyday and I have plenty of time to eat and talk to my friends. They teach plenty of IB things like thinking maps and learner profile traits etc.. Students get plenty of choices for classes like FACS, tech ed, French, Spanish, Chinese, band, orchestra, percussion, world music, chorus, AVID, gym, team sports, dance, algebra, geometry, foundations of art, and mission to the stars. I think that MacArthur Middle School is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2012
MacArthur Middle School is the WORST school I have every seen. The schools structure does not allow the students enough time to eat. My child is gone from home for 9 hrs w/ no food, this is child abuse in my eyes. The teachers down grade children and punish them for comming late due to school busses. I have e-mailed the principal and never recieved a response. I have now e-mail the Board of Education and still no response. I will be removing my child from this school, this is not our home school. She was sent there for a "IB" Program but, this program has done nothing but traumatized her.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
I was a student at MacArthur myself. These middle school years have been an experience. - My sixth grade year in 2OO9-2O1O wasn't as I expected; it was horrible. - As the year went on; My seventh grade year 2O1O-2O11 it had completely changed. - My eighth grade year 2O11-2O12 was absolutely amazing. The Staff at MacArthur are so caring, I would say that The Staff is like family. Education has improved a lot over the years. But the main focus in MacArthur is getting ready for high school, having a positive income and outcome as well. A lot of the reviews are focused on the students behavior. In all honesty, Parents have to take responsiblity out and sit down to talk to their child. It's not only the School's staff responsiblity to take action in your childs behavior. A lot of the time; students fight over bullying, or nonsense. Also a lot complain of not enough disciplinary action. Suspension, Detention, & Expelling are 3 ways of disciplining the students. The Principal Leadership was incredible. The Academic activites afterschools we're indescribable. I'm going to say this, MacArthur is an excellent school. Parents? Don't let your child miss out on a fun education.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2012
The weak administration lead the school to lower standards and most students become out of control. If you are lucky, your child will have a good teacher. Otherwise, your child's grade will be messed up. The school does not have an "IB Program", there is nothing about "IB" taught in the school. Finally, the school doesn't care about the students academics. If you have a chance to pick a school for your child, don't pick MacArthur Middle School, it's sad to say that, but it is truth. If you do, you will be sorry for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
My daughter has been going to this school for the past year and I can tell you that I find that this school is not consistant with enforcing policies for bullies and as well for teachers. My daughter has experienced bullies and when she now defends herself she gets held accountable and not the other student who touched her first. I think this school is overcrowded and there is no control. There are teachers there who pick and choose. There are also teachers who feel they can talk to students however they choose to and when reported nothing gets done. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I am definitely planning on removing my daughter from this school. Very sad to have your own childnot want to go to school and has very littel faith in the school itself of helping and correcting problems. Sad.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
I have attended macarthur for 3 years now and the school is completely out of control. I mean you have students cursing at teachers, constant fights (sometimes between student and staff). There is no respect for anybody at that school you'd be lucky to learn a single thing because most of the teachers honestly do not sit down and TEACH the class. It bewilders me to see the amount of great students that are put in these and fail. It's sad .

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2012
And to the parents below; Meade High School is even worse if you could imagine. We too pulled our kids out. They go to at Chesapeake in Pasadena now. We are also active duty, it is a disgrace to our service that they expect us to send our children there.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I cannot believe it!! Where is the school district? This school is out of control. I am active duty and due to the unaceptable conditions at this school I have withdrawn my son from 7th grade. I never expected my move to Fort Meade to result in homeschooling my son. I am not trying to grind an axe here but I disregarded the earlier posts because I thought it can't be that bad..... well I was right it is WORSE!!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
Being military, we expect to have some difficulties when moving. NOTHING prepaired us for what we saw at this school. The kids were running amuck almost to the point of being out of control. They get "rewarded" if the school can go 10 days without a fight. There is a strick no bully policy but most kids do not report the issues. Our child was in 7th grade for the first half of the year. Normally our child loves school but began to beg us to stay home. The grades went from above average to deplorable. Class sizes are HUGE. I visisted one day and saw a substitute teacher locked out of her classroom and the kids in the classroom were screaming and completely our of control. I do not expect perfect kids in middile school, but this school was deplorable. Do not send your children here. This is not a DOD school. The school is on post but the majority of students that attend here have no afiliation with the military. The principle was willing to discuss matters, but there was not a simple plan for how to fix the school. The teachers genuinely seem to care, but the system does not support them in their efforts to maintain discipline.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
BAD< BAD < BAD.......... MacArthur Student Accused of Physically Confronting Teacher An eighth-grader displayed "extremely poor behavior," resulting in an altercation broken up by a school counselor, according to an email to parents. An eighth-grader at MacArthur Middle School could face disciplinary action after school officials said he physically confronted a teacher during a class on Wednesday. According to an email to parents from school officials, the school resource officer at MacArthur removed the student from the building after an incident during a presentation in the Team Teaching Room, and police could file charges against the student, assistant principal Chris Wukitch said in the email. "During a presentation to eighth-graders in our Team Teaching Room, one student displayed extremely poor behavior and ultimately got into a physical confrontation with the teacher," Wukitch wrote. "No other students were involved in the altercation, which was broken up quickly by one of our counselors.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
MacArthur is a really wonderful school any child is lucky to go here and will have the times of there lives academic wise they are a 4 out of 5

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
Hey. I Go To MacArthur Middle School, And I Gotta Tell Ya, Dont Bring Your Kids Here. Most Of The Children Are Disrespectful, And Rude. And There Are Like 4 Fights In One Day. And People Act Very Tough At That School, So If You Say Something About Someone, Dont Be Suprised If You Get Punched In The Mouth, Because Thats What They Would Do. Currently At The School There Has Been 4 Fights Already. ALREADY. Last Year There Was 12 Fights. But I Bet That There Will Be More Fights In The Future Years Of MacArthur Middle School. The School Is I Think 70% Black And 30% White/Others. Its Really A Ghetto School. Lol. But The School Really Isnt Great...Overall The School Is ANNOYING. Teachers Are Disrespected Everyday. EVERYDAY. Its Very Saddening. The Teachers Are Very Nice, And Pleasent, While The Students Are Downright RUDE. The Principal Is Very Good, And Handles Us Students Well, But When Its Time For Lunch, The Students Tend To Get A Little WILD. They Wont Listen To The Principal 90% Of The Time, When He Tries To Make Announcements. The School Just Is An Old Bag Down The Drain. No Stars Should Be Recived. 11/8/2011

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2010
i go to macaurther in 6th grade and there is alot of fighting. the uniform policy is not followed by some 6th graders,7th and 8th graders don't care at all. teachers call kids stupid and to shut up. Your friends will turn on you i a quick second. Some friends might just want to get in a fight just to get in one. Kids think it is cool but it isn't. Kids don't care about your feelings at all. Kids disrespt teachers as well. The teachers at the school walk you from lunch which makes u late for class. Dumb. This school is corny. If you get pushed and somebody pushes u push that person back you get suspended. Stupid. The academic thing is okay. It is not great though. If you think the SOAR code is real it is not. They have raffles to win pencils. But in gym class there is drama. Teachers also cuss. This is not were u want your child to come.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2010
I see fights a lot, constant bullying and the teachers don't pay attention. once, i got shoved into a locker because of a girl not paying attention, elbowed because they weren't paying attention. I am a 7th grader, going into 8th grade, and my mom said that i could go to CSP and i would be glad to go. Parents: If you want your child to feel unique, this is not the school. 99% of the boys have their boxers showing and the girls are just plain mean. Don't be fooled that it's a "safe school" just because it's on a military base. Many kids get into fights daily. Also, if you want a strict uniform policy, this is not the school.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
MacArthur is indeed a very unique school,it had quite more to offer,I'm an 8th grader here and this is our last full month of middle school,and I admit,some of the teachers are kind of starting teacher bigority at our school,and the voilence dosent occur that much,but it does in some occasions,but its mostly a voilent free school =D,I recommend you send your child here!,they have a uniform policy so your child dosent have to worry about what he/she wears,and there is diffrent cliques wich can be good and bad at the same time,the good is that,your child will fit in no matter what =D,the bad children can feel left out,well go macarthur we won t forget you at meade and arundel next year,and I want to thank you for the nice expirence there,God bless everyone there!

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2010
My children attended macarthur and it is one of the worst schools ever. Teacher bigotry, one of the worst schools...Stay away from this school..Bad,,,bad.,,,Bad

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
This school is very poor in test scores & has alot of bad behavior students, & teachers that are raciest and dont care about the stundents and that mess up the whole school

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2010
My child went to McArthur Middle for the first time this year, 6th grade. She struggled for 3 months while I pleaded with teacher/admin for help; no one told me there was any such thing as an IEP or 504 program. I had to pay Sylvan Learning Center $500/mo to learn everything the school owed me when a child is struggling. I finally got approved for a school transfer after they agreed to test her for a disability (another 3 months). By the time we got help, it was 4th qtr. In addition, there is an extremely low grade of discipline and student control in the building. My child never felt safe, had a hard time concentrating, and making friends due to uncontrolled fights, bullying, teacher bigotry, and acceptable foul language. Do whatever you can to stay away from this school. Horrible!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
Kids try to make son be in a fight because he has never been in a fight, he says no, so they try to make other kids fight with him. My sons see fights there weekly, no wonder! The school work is too easy, my children learned this material back when they were in elementary school, my sons are in 6th and 8th grade. They are beyond bored and in the honor classes. What a shame, we are moving to a better school district, I highly recommend that families stay away.

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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
This school did change my life--to be stronger, defensive, and focus more on academics (English was very tough in 8th grade). However, the school's behaviour was ridiculously out of hand. There were fights probably once or twice that occurred each month, and it actually takes a while for the staff to break it up. I was able to tell the teachers were even afraid of some of the students. I guess MacArthur is a good experience to build up courage/deal with the real world, but sometimes, it's too much to handle. From so much disrespect in this school, I've had depression problems, to be honest. Just giving a warning to your children/you.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2009
I am a Myp student from Glen Burnie and im in my sixth grade year. MacArthur Middle School is not bad at all. The teachers work very hard and things are very productive. I woould just say that they need to work on building appearence and parent notifications on activities. As long as you stay focused, there is no problem with getting honor roll. I havent gotten anything less than a B on my report cards. I even started out the year with straight A's. Parents should come and visit before they make up their minds that our school is bad. Go 6th grade class of 09!

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2009
anyone that put more than one star on this survey need to open there eyes and be aware of the behavior going on in this school. I am even black and i Am saying that this school needs major improvement. I feel as if this school needs to close and never open back up until it is ready to cahnge majorely. It is an embarassment to our new president Obama and all black people who want to succedd in life every where. I strongly suggest that you do not send your child here and this is coming from a someone who has seen and experience dit all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
I hear horror storys of MacArthur..I was terrified for my son going into 6th grade..I raised my son to be a leader not a follower..He is a honor roll student n by far this has been the best school year of both our lives..Parents hear stories of Macarthur n are so quick to judge. The littliest thing that happen with their child they say Macarthur is a bad school..Go to some of the middle schools off post n then judge Macarthur..Just because this is a school on a military base they think their child is protected..Get over it parents..Raise ur kids to be leaders n not easily influence..My son handles his self as the young man we are raising him to be..It starts at home..From a military spouse who dont allow the miltary life to influence her judgment..

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
My daughter will graduate from MacArthur this Spring...Thank God! She transferred in from a prominent district in the region. If I could do it all over again, I would've home-schooled her. The past two years were difficult with the bullying and soft bigotry of low expectations but there was a quality administrator/dean that was respected and to some degree feared by the students. This year she moved on to become a principal in DC. If it were up to me, I would fire the principal and shutter the school for a year. It is run down, it lacks the amenities that most middle schools have such as a auditorium, a track, etc. The tennis courts have patches of grass growing in the cracks. There are some quality, dedicated teachers at MacArthur but as an engaged parent, it is obvious that they are not supported by the principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2009
I believe the bullying and fighting is continous and is starting to get ridiculous. Thet teachers offer a decent academic profil but...

- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2009
I believe that those teachers who posted lately good ratings only did that to save thier jobs. This school has been bad for many years. I have two that attend now and had one who attended years ago and he is in college now. He had issues going into high school because he thougth it would be just as bad as McArthur and it wasn't. He went to Arundel High however not on base. Some of the teachers listen but only after there's a problem, I should not have child get near a D when I've told and told them to contact me if it gets to a C and my child is normally an honor roll student. I get emails if I email first not the other way around. It takes maybe 1 min to email that your child is having issues. We spend that much texting/ email friends/surfing.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
the teachers are great to students and students go through a real educational experiance with a college level of work

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 21, 2008
Parents should read the research about what makes a school strong before placing blame. You will find that the success and climate of a school is driven by the strength its leadership above all else. A uniform policy that can only be addressed by teachers during a 26 minute time frame, that occurs 86 minutes into the school day is ludicrous. Unless you are active in the school, you may be unaware of the many demands made on teachers daily. There are dedicated teachers at this school who give more than a parent could ever imagine to ensure a quality education is provided for ALL students. Ask to see a teacher's MSA stats before judging them. Being easy and giving little work does not make a good teacher. Expecting students to master required materials and giving them the tools they need are what makes a good teacher

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 20, 2008
I am a current staff member at MacArthur and we contrary to what many parents have stated on this site, we DO NOT have fights daily in the hallways. The term bullying has been over-used, we do have kids who are picked on and mocked, and although this is not appropriate, this happens not just at our school but at h8undreds of middle schools in Anne Arundel County and across the country. MacArthur does lack a cohesive staff however, it is not a dangerous school and you should not feel intimidated about sending your child here. As a parent and a staff member, like in any situation, parents need to carefully research schools prior to enrolling their child. Instead of reading all of the negative comments, as a parent you should visit the school, meet with administration, counselors and teachers then make a decision.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2008
MacArthur is not bad at all...i would just say it needs work on the staff members and the building its self! CLASS OF 09!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2008
I think MacArthur is a great school with great teachers! :-D

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 19, 2008
I am a parent/teacher at this school and I would rate this school between a 2/3. MacArthur is a good school however, it could be much much better. I agree with parents who state that there are issues with administration and not backing their staff. I agree that some students do attempt to run the school and that some teachers need to be replaced however, we are striving to do the best that we can with what we have. What I do encourage is that students as well as parents to write the school board as well as Dr. Maxwell - School Superintendent and Dr. Ciafrani-Area Director and voice how you feel about your school. That is the only way changes will be made. Parents if you want to see changes made within your child's school, my advice is for you to get involved, get involved, get involved.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
i am a graguate of macarthur and i would have to say that it is a very wonderful school.i say this cause it is true.the staff there is great.there were a lot of fights though and people did get expelled but all in all i would have to say that macarthur is an excellent school to attend.so i recomend macarthur to all parents if you want your child to have a good education.so now that you know how i see this school...Stop saying bad things about it!!!!

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
I attended this school for 8th grade a few years back. I had no problem in my learning environment. MacArthur is not for the student easily distracted. If your child has focus and the want to learn, then they will be perfectly fine. While it is distracting they offer great Art Programs, P.E. programs, and several others things. Although I was very disappointed to hear their policy had changed that no longer enabled previous students to visit with teachers.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
The actual school building, while very old, is well kept. Unfortunately that is the only up side to this institution. Most of the teachers are helpful, but they are not in a positive environment for condusive learning. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
This school has too many teachers that are run by the kids, and others have no room for any questions to be asked, and slack to be given. My daughter has been bullied for her race and religion, which is absolutely horrible. Some kids (I am told) make sure that no one else in the room has a chance to learn anything due to the fact of the noise level in each classroom. While some teachers let the kids run the classroom, others act like children are a nuisence, and do not help them by not being clear and not answering questions. This makes it even harder to learn in an environment that already has regular fights and other distractions. Cussing is a whole 'nother problem. Kids randomly cuss at others in and out of the classroom, teachers see this and do absolutely nothing.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
It is the worst school i have ever been to. The uniform policy is too strict. People curse at you and bully you. They need a stronger foundation to build up on. Some of the taechers are not good quality teachers.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2007
I am a staff member at MacArthur Middle School and have to agree with most of the posts I've seen. MacArthur does indeed need stronger administration and there is a severe bullying problem throughout the school. As teachers we try to do our job the best we can and refer students who have issues to administration. Unfortunately the administration doesn't give appropriate consequences for actions the teachers see as serious. If one had a choice I would think twice before sending your student here, and if you do please get involved with the school. If parents don't complain to the administration and state their opinions, nothing will change. If you have to go to the Board of Education do it! Teachers are trying to do what they can.

- submitted by a staff
May 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
My daughter attended this school for a brief 3 months, when we pulled her out due to many factors. The level of teacher and principal attention to problems is reprehensible, fights were constantly taking place, noise in the classroom was so high my daughter couldn't hear the lesson. As parents, we saw her enthusiasm for school wane, which was unacceptable. We moved her into a charter school with many less kids, more attention to detail and a very strict behavior and education guideline. My suggestion to any parent is to look somewhere else before putting your child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
After a year of being in that school, my son has gone from being an advanced student to stagnating academically. Unfortunately the school lacks strong leadership and kids are bullied and fights occur regularly. My wife and I are going to be sending him to a private school, where I know he will at least be safe and that he will be challenged mentally. If you can avoid sending your kids to this school, I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
I have two children that currently attend this school (2006 - 2007). Some classes lack books, some teachers refuse parental contact to discuss issues, and I often feel that there are so many field trips that the school's focus towards my chidrens' education is lessened. In my opinion, the school needs to focus more on students' needs and less on their teacher's personal wants.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
The quality of acidemic programs is high, however some teachers care too much of what the students think of them, rather than what they teach. There is a wide variety of subjects the students can take ranging from chorus to tech Ed. to home Ec.. A student is put into a class by how well they perform, students in the same grade may not have the same classes. Extracurricular activites are offered at MacArthur and there are a lot to chose from. Newspaper club, art club, yearbook, rocketry, chess... and even sport intermerals. The student's ability to participate in these intermerals afterschool is not affected by their grade. And even though tutoring is offered, more students are in sports. The level of parental involvment us average. You have parent chaperones and parents donating time, food and money to help the school with events. And teachers constantly talking to parents about students grades.

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2006
Unfortunately my Daughter attends Macarthur Middle school. Macarthur has sever bulling, harrassment and discipline problems. The administration does not follow through with discipline problems. Administration seems to be easily intimidated by students. Please tour this school while in session before making the choice to expose your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
Macarthur Middle is the worst school we have come across yet. Discipline is rarely used and if used at all it is at a minimum. The administration is only there for looks. Unless you as a parent push the issues of Academics you might as well forget it. Some of the teachers make an effort to educate and discipline but are not backed by the rest of the administration. My Daughter fears for her safety daily. There are daily fights in the halls. Students speak to the teachers as well as faculty using valgur language. I would never recommend sending your child to this so called school. If the school actually followed it own rule handbook and with a little reform it 'could' be a decent school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
My son attended this school for one year before we put him in another school. He was placed in advanced classes and did fine academically. The main problem with this school is the other children that attend it. There is a huge population of bullies and the school seems powerless or unwilling to stem their behavior. Many children are bussed in from the rest of the county and even one of the administrators told us that their hands are tied in large part when it comes to dealing with them. Some of the teachers are quite good and concerned about their students, while others have no business being in the classroom. It is an old faculty that is overcrowded. From the first step inside you feel more like you are in a poor inner-city school than the suburbs.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
Huge middle school (1,100+ students). My son attended middle school this year for 7th grade after being homeschooled. The biggest drawback is that this school is county-run, which means kids off post attend. School looks rundown and teachers do a good job of educating, considering the students they are teaching. This post is close to everything, which is a huge perk. The staff and teachers are nice and seem genuinely interested in teaching the curriculum. The counselors are great at working with kids that need IEPs or 504s.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2005
My daughter is attending this school now and for the first time ever she has made the honor roll. I volunteer regularly and keep in close contact with her teachers to keep her on the right track. If you get involved and make it known, I believe your children will have a good experience here.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
I went to MacArthur and i loved it, it is a diverce area and the teachers are very understanding being that some of the kids come from a military home. I learned a lot about different people and different family lifes they also ahvea great musical programs that give students lots of oppurtunities.

- submitted by a former student
October 29, 2004
My daughter attended MacArthur Middle for 2 years. She absolutely hated it. Some of the teachers didn't actually teach, while some were really strict. I feel that MacArthur changed my daughter in an many emotionally destructive ways. So in my opinion, MacArthur Middle is not a challenging acedemic school. Thank you, -Anonymous

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2004
My son had no issues w/ this McArthur. He can from a school that had disipline problems and thrived in this school. My one knock on this school is poor teacher/parent involment. When my son started having difficulties academically, a spot check on my part discovered the problem. Felt teachers should have brought to my attention first and earlier. The issue was addressed and worked out find w/ extra work and closer supervision.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2004
I am a teacher at MacArthur and can't say enough about how wonderful our school is. We are diverse in every way and serve children from all walks of life. Parents, you will have our support, as we need yours to keep your child successful and challenged. Students, talk to your teachers. Let us know who you are and where you see yourself in your future.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2004
My daughter and I have had a wonderful experience with this school. She has always worked below average and upon enrolling her in this school I made my concerns known to her gudance counselor as well as her teachers. From the beginning they kept in constant contact with me and offered solutions to her problems that proved effective. This quarter she made the Honor Roll for the first time ever! Kudos to MacArthur Middle's teachers and guidance Counselors

- submitted by a parent
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Macarthur Middle School
3500 Rockenbach Rd, Fort Meade, MD  20755
(410) 674-0032
Last modified Macarthur Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Macarthur Middle School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 99 reviews. Top