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Ballenger Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 696 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 13, 2013

This school is by far the worst in prioritizing. They would rather spend money on new computers and technology than fix the basic need of food and nourishment. Kids that forget their money or parents are having an off day and forget to give it to them are SOL. Whereas at the elementary school mistakes are observed and treated like MISTAKES. They are given a styrofoam cup full of water or lemonade and their choice of a bologna sandwich or peanut butter and jelly. Also, some of the teachers are quite worthless. They teach to a test and that's it, no actual learning is being done.


Posted December 1, 2011

My son has been at BCMS for 2 years and I couldn't be happier that we are moving so that he doesn't have to go there any longer. The 6th grade teachers were awful. Some of the most uncaring and mean teachers I have ever seen. My son was found as dyslexic while he was in elementary school and the BCMS staff did nothing to help him. Instead they let him fail test after test, leaving entire assignments blank, and never doing a thing until I contacted the Superintendent about the way they neglected him. Luckily much of the 7th grade staff is different and he has different special ed teachers now. There are a few teachers that are really great, who obviously care about the students, but overall it's obvious that most are just there for the paycheck. There are also a number of bullies, and fights on a daily basis, and the students vandalize the lockers constantly by getting the locks off lockers and putting them on other ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

I attented this school and it is very cooperative and fun. The teachers are nice and well educated. The principal is very strick but fun. The girls bathrooms are bad because of the never filled soap and the writting on the stalls. The students are disiplined and very smart and they listen like grown adults the teachers have done a amazing job. All the kids that I know that go there know have all A's or B's. Overall this is a very nice and cooperative school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I attended BCMS for only one school year (2003-2004), but in that time I didn't have a wonderful experience. I remember having extremely easy assignments and becoming bored during the school day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

My child has been going to this school for two years and I have to say that I am quite disappointed. The majority of the teachers could care less. The organization and communication at this school is another big problem. It is like pulling teeth for information. The lack of organization is noticed on all levels from the Open House to getting on the bus at the end of the day. Teacher quality is the worse issue I have with this school by far. It would be a wise idea for the principal to do some silent monitoring in the class rooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

I think this school is just 'okay.' We don't have a great Math department. Our bathrooms -well the girls bathroom- do not have great soap dispensers or stalls (most of the locks are cut off) The Language arts and science departments are excellent! The teachers really want to get your students involved in the curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2006

I have been going to this school for 3 years, and I love it. There are rarley any fights, the staff is cool, and the students are nice. They are very good with safty. There are also alot of vary smart kids there. One person I know of takes classes at a colledge. So don't let anyone tell you that it is a bad school, because it isn't.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2005

Other then that I do think that the school is very nice. But the teachers could make learning alittle bit more interesting for the kids. Right now my daughter and her friends claim that 'it is so boring in class that it's hard to keep my eyes open.' Hereing that makes me very somewhat worried for them. Mr. Philips though, I think is doing a wonderful job. He is interacting with the students as I saw and my daughter seems to really like him. I recomend Ballenger to other parents who have children with good self-belief.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

Principal created very warm climate in BCMS. There is really tactful approach to every student, focusing on individual needs. Very good system of the support of students with disabilities. It is great pleasure to study in BCMS !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

This school is belong to that small part of Frederick Co. schools, where foreign (ESL) student is given every warm encouragement and help. First time a huge team helped my child to adapt! (We have bad expirience in previours schools)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2004

Although the Principal is African American, the staff as a whole don't understand how to deal with diversity and the front office staff is just plain 'Rude'. Frederick, MD is generally a very 'Hick' and small-minded town, I would not recommend enrolling your student of 'color' in this school. If you want your child to excel in school and develop a life-long love of learning, take my advice move out of this school district! I know of many Parents and Children who are living horror stories everyday in these schools! Their children are being assaulted, spit on and called the 'N' word everyday...Especially at the High Schools! The Superintendants have no 'conscience or self-respect' and are doing nothing to stop this victimization! We had two children in the schools here and I also taught School here, so I know of what I'm speaking! Move elsewhere...we have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My child has been going to BCMS for 3 years. The teachers do expect a lot from them. I don't believe that that is a bad thing. There is a very high concern with safety and any issues that we have come across with other students have been dealt with diligently. I would recommend this school to everyone. It was a great transitional school from elementary. Most of the teachers seem genuinely concerned with the students education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This is the type of school that works well for those who are self-starters and are motivated to do their school work. They dont look out for children who need more encouragement and help to make it. They tend to do things 'the way they have always done it' regardless of the outcome. The principal tries to address concerns brought to him, but the end result is the same, nothing really gets accomplished. The child who needs that 'extra' and is not labeled with a disability should not go here.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
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
White 61% 43%
Black 14% 36%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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5525 Ballenger Creek Pk
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: (240) 236-5700

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