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Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School

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Posted April 29, 2014

This school all about sneak dissin' like they aint got heart to say it to my face. Like so what I look like a shadow they boyfriend want me and my stiff weave. Like what's the link up?


Posted June 20, 2013

I love IJG the wimple there are nice and shout out to ms. Coleman and mr . Irby ps stop taking so many pics mr Irby also I think that ms cockerham or however u spell her name is to over exaggerated one time she made us just sit in the class room and do work when we didn't ask for anything or be bad she was just being mean but IJG rules !!!!!!


Posted May 23, 2011

i go to isaac j gourdine and i do not like it because i have been bullied alot and all they did was speak to them and say not to do that but yet why did they say that it is an automatic phone call and or suspension but all they do is say don't do that and what of a group a kids jumped me are they just going to say don't do that i never want to see isaac j gourdine again


Posted April 11, 2011

I was a student at IJG and honestly I really hated this school. For starters, I didn't learn anything, most of te teachers at this school can't even control their students, and it seems like most of the teachers and staff only care about punishing students more than helping them learn. I hate this school. Only reason I gave it two stars is because of the friends I had there. I honestly didn't learn ANYTHING. What's the point of going to school if you're not learning? I'm so so glad I left this school.


Posted March 25, 2010

I have a son that attends the 7th grade this year at IJG and he has an IEP. I am always at the school, and I applaud many of the teachers and staff I have worked with to get my son the assistance he needs. However, I sat in on every one of my son s class and was horrified. The class was overcrowded, there were too many distractions from other students, and the students are mainly out of control. Learning about other issues from the teacher, too many kids have IEP's, many kids were on medication, and the teacher was not a special education teacher. There was 1 teacher and 2 co-teachers in the class and the class could not be contained. Kids were playing with trash on the floor, walking around the class, laughing out loud, banging on the desk, throwing paper balls at each other, one student took the screws out of the leg of the desk, and another student was reading the newspaper. How are the students that want to learn going to learn? I felt so bad for my son? I didn't realize what he went through on a daily basis. I also observed that there were too many students roaming the halls. IJG could be one of the best schools in Prince Georges County, if the administration would listen to the teachers and parents. Down size the classes, get more specialists in the school to work with these kids, be more disciplined towards the students, and let them know this kind of stuff will not be tolerated. Because in the end, the kids are the ones to suffer as they transition to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

I'm a student at IJG and I think it's completely incompetent. Only a few teachers are actually trying to help the students and while the administration is working hard, they're stretched too thin. I feel as though I'm missing out on opportunities that kids who aren't any smarter in other counties get. The advanced students in this school ar more of a minority than the Aborigines. Mind you, I didn't learn about the Aborigines at the school. That, my fellow web-a-holic, was all me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2008

I love the school im in the 6th grade and I came from a private school but the only thing i can say is that they are behind because what i was learning in 5th grade im learning now in (honors) that is suppose to be 7th grade math but im taking 8th grade math but i just wonder am i going to have to go to friendly to take math
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

I have had three children attend this school over the pass 4 years. And this school definely rates at the bottom/below average. they punish children so severe for the smalless infraction. But, don't put the same energy into the education of the children. This is our last year and we can't wait.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

I am a teacher at Isaac Gourdine Middle School and can honestly say that if I had a child in middle school, I would not send my child to Isaac Gourdine Middle. The morale amongst the staff is beneath the sea floor. The administration is diverse, you have some administrators that have a genuine interest in helping the staff and keeping the students in line while other administrators just send students back to class after being sent out for disciplinary offenses. I won't say names, but many of the teachers do not teach like they should. Some are because they lack the knowledge, some just don't care, and some are burned out. I don't think it will get better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 18, 2007

Look directly at the leader and you ll see why Isaac J. Gourdine Middle is one of the best public schools in PG County. Her leadership, her administrators, staff members and teachers shine bright! ISG Middle does a great job challenging students to learn and stay out of trouble. In short, they teach and discipline well, which is a must in P.G. County. I feel Isaac Gourdine Middle School is getting my honor student ready to excel in high school and what more can one ask of a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

This school is not a real good school!All parents you should make sure you put your kids in Mr.Stephens class he is a very nice man.But I dont think you should send your child to this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2005

There is a definite problem with the administration and many of the teachers. I believe that some of the teachers are genuinely concerned about the children and their education, but the administration certainly does not set that precedent so it can be difficult for the teachers to respond appropriately. There have been several occasions that both my husband and I have tried to contact teachers and the principle and not once have we received a return phone call. Some of the teachers also give out excessive homework but do not collect or grade it on time or according to the deadlines that were imposed. So what is the use? There is very poor planning and organization on the school s part and I wouldn t recommend any parent who cares about the quality of their child s education enroll their child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

My child attends this school and I am not at all impressed by this school it has many discipline problems that seem to go unnotice by administration and the school principal does not respond to phone calls. Also, the Teachers at this school do not know how to provide good feedback when asking, 'what can you do to help your student or child to progress in school. ' So what this tells me the teachers are not doing a good job in the area of teaching and maybe they need to higher there standard for teachers. I hope principal can turn things around because this school needs help and not only that are Childrens education is in jeopardy. However, the whole staff at this school can use a workshop in organization,structure and commutation skills and trying to listen to the children and not fly off the handle. I 've seen this first hand at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 83% 35%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
White 1% 42%
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 46%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Band
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School Leader's name
  • Leatriz Covington

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  • Library
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  • Basketball
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  • Cheerleading

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Music
  • Band
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