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Forest Oak Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 787 students

 

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Posted March 28, 2014

I have been very impressed with this school the past three years. The staff has worked very hard to provide the students wtih unique opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. My 8th grader was able to take a college visit this year with her class and learn about what it takes to get into college. Over 200 students were able to go. This school continually works hard to make sure that students are getting everything they need to be a successful person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

I love the new courses that this school has added over the last two years such as, Film Studies, Robotics, Engineering and Lights, Camera and Literacy. The school has instituted a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Program and a ROARs program to recognize students for their academic and behavioral progress. The school is trying to help students think about college and provide them with the skills and study habits needed to be successful through the new AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program. The staff and students are working so hard to make this a great school for everyone.


Posted February 24, 2014

Before my son started to attend this school I was worried because of the reviews. I am very skeptical. We are assigned this school so he had no choice but to attend here. My entire perception of this school was incorrect based on what I read. My son is very happy here. He constantly makes A's and when he does not I address it with his teachers who respond quickly. The principles has a zero tolerance for bullies. My son was bullied by one individual and we spoke to the principal about it. THat stopped totally. We Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

This school is NOT good. they consistently score below Montgomery County and Maryland averages on the MSA. Teachers allow students to watch movies (Shrek, Akela and the Bee) in class so they can grade homework and tests. At one point my oldest daughter watched "Gone with the Wind" in history class so they could learn about the Civil War!. The honors and "advanced" classes are just in name only. There are no discriminators to determine if a student should be in an honors or advanced class. Both daughters were able to maintain straight "A" averages without having to study because the tests were so easy. We met with the teachers to see if they could challenge our girls in class, with homework, and tests and were told they are being challenged the same as everyone else. There is fighting a lot while students are waiting for buses in the afternoon and this year, 2 students were caught bringing pellet guns to school. If you are a parent who demands a safe, challenging, and enriched learning environment for your child AVOID this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

the school is excellent it is very good cougars cougars !!!!!!!!!. the pe techer is not good


Posted February 2, 2010

i think is a good school to put your kid they will help your kids alot
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2009

I went to Forest Oak Middle School last year... It is a wonderful school. The staff was great and they had a good relationship with all the students. I moved away for 7th grade, but I look forward to going back this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2009

Safety and bullying are of great concern. Response from administration is lackluster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

I am a new student at forest oak I hav 2 say it is a great school to go to they hav wonderfull teachers it is a diverse and the students are freindly every you can ask for is at forest oak
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2006

parent involvement is almost as important as education itself. at forest oak the education is top notch, wonderful teachers, great after school programs, everything you could ask for can be found at forest oak middle.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 28, 2005

Very good school...very diverse school...ecologically advanced school system....Great students, great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2004

Forest Oak was a wonderful school and I am so glad that I attended it. The school is very diverse and the sports teams/extra curricular activities are great. But the teachers are wonderful. My experience at FOMS was great.
—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 68% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 63% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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
Hispanic 41% 12%
Black 25% 35%
White 18% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
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 52%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

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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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
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 670-8242

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