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Glen Burnie High School

Public | 9-12 | 1958 students

 

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Posted December 12, 2013

All schools have their issues. I would say from experience that students at gbhs think theu can do anything and get away with it. Not enough resources are given to help/reward the positively behaving students, you have to act out to get one on one attention. The special education department is devoted to helping students...this can not be said for all departments. Overall an okay school...improvements are needed and healthroom staff is NEVER willing or has a positive attitude towards doing their job


Posted August 4, 2013

I'm about to be a senior, so I have plenty of experience with this school. I honestly think this school is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, the things that go on in my school happen at every single other school. Just because you don't hear about it as frequently, doesn't mean it's not happening. Yes, the bathrooms do smell like cigarettes at time, but that's going to be at every high school. Fights happen from time to time, but that ALSO happens at every other high school. The teachers are very lenient, helpful, and kind. They will be flexible with whatever needs you may need. I like this school a lot, and I'm glad I've got to share four years of experience here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2013

I'm a first year student. A freshman. And I have to say that the school over all isn't the greatest. I love my teachers. They'er all great. But some of my teacher don't care AT ALL about what the students are doing. And many of those students acting up are sophmores and juniors. Acting like fools and constantly talking about drugs and sex DURING class. Right in front of the teacher. And they're LOUD. But don't think that all the students are like that. Every school has a few fools running around. i actually have a number of friends who are upper classmen who are very mature; nice to be around. They help me with school and they helped me during the first few days of school when I was lost. So the students at GBHS ok. You just need to find the right crowd. And the school is NOT as depressing as some of these reviews make it to be. It does need a serious make-over; but you have to remember that this school is HUGE. THere are like, six different buildings. There's a lot of things to fix in just too many places. But I do suggest using the bathroom at home. Unless you're fine with the smell of smoke... Just keep yourself in check and you should be just fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2011

Awesome school. Awesome teachers! Will miss this school so much! I feel like GBHS has done an awesome job at helping me. Go Class of 2011!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2010

i love this school so much im going be sad to leave gbhs. they are vary helpful and they care about there students and seniors they even help you get enrolled into a collage and prepare for the sats or psats they put me in this program that will help me into collage and find me a descant job the teachers, guidance consulars and administrators care and they are vary friendly i had just a little problem with bullying there i told administration they suspended the kids even though it wasn't that big of a deal they do not tolerate that at all out of my 4 years attending that school no teacher has ever let me fail if i was struggling and i love there redo policy its vary helpful i came from a bad school district and they told me to my face that i wasn't going to be no one in life but when i walked in the doors of glen burnie high they told me i will make it they worked with me and was always on my case i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2010

I have a first year student at GBH and she loves the school. She has done very well. Signed up for German and piano. She plays the piano and speak German. Go figure. The school said they teach these subjects/activities. The teacher did their job. My daughter did her job in paying attention. Me as a parent stay active in her daily studies. Granted GBH needs a serious facelift but what is inside managing and teaching the kids is what matter most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

there is no expectation of being anything more than a B student here. the kids are not rich and therefore dont invest in themselves academically. they just churn into the standard blue collar glen burnie experience. sad sad sad!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 16, 2009

I have 2 children at GBH. Both have wonderful teachers who want to teach and help my children succeed. It is not perfect but believe me it could be much worse - I've seen it at other schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2009

I attended GBHS, and it is a great school. All of my teachers want out of their way to help me in any way possible. Yes the kids may rome around the school, but what do you expect to happen with an open campus. I can gurantee you, if you put the kids from Sevrna Park or Broadneck High Schools into GBHS they would rome around to. The job of GBHS's staff is to teach the kids, not be the parnets.


Posted December 10, 2008

I have one student that grduated from Gb with a 4.0 gpa, one that is in 10th grade on the honor society and very active in sports, and one that will be going Gb next year as a freshmen. I have found that most of the teachers at GB are great teachers. If I had concerns about my child I contacted them. Many students at GB are out of control and have very little guidance at all. The students lack respect of the teachers and the administrators. My children do just fine but I am very involved in all that they do. You can't lose grip on them. Even though they are older they are still children that need guidance. The staff can only do so much with all the children that attend the school. Some things must start at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

I attended Glen Burnie High School (class of 05) after transferring from a private school overseas. I love being a Gopher, but the students run rampant (fences or no), the teachers don't care about truancy, the guidance counsellors are horribly underqualified (see my transcripts for proof), the books are outdated, graduating students are put through without proper grammar or organizational skills, etc. In summary, at Glen Burnie High School, the bare minimum is more than enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2008

Witnessed stabbings, drugs, teacher/student fist fights, kids carrying guns in backpacks, everything you shouldn't see while your in school.


Posted September 17, 2007

I volunteer at the school and I get to see first hand how things are really going in school. My son actually says he likes knowing that I'm there and that I'm helping with the school office. My son has been to a couple different schools and I for one will have to say that this school is by far the best one he's been to. Go Gophers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

I am really sorry to say this, but I am totally disgusted with GBHS. We have lived in GB for 7 years. My children attended GBH and had many friends over to the house from the school. I had to endure the horror stories from these kids daily. Teachers that just do NOT cae what the kids are doing while in their classes. The extreme bullying, which NOTHING is done about. Some of the kids have witnessed some drug activity at the lockers. I simply counted down the days till my kids were out of there. And the band program. They start those kids outside at the beginning of July all the way thru November. I am talking 100 degree days, rain or shine. I myself witnessed kids passing out from the heat. But they just kept on.This went on from 8am till dusk every day. UGH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

My child is a freshman at GB and I have found most of the staff to be very helpful. My calls and concerns have always been addressed in a timely manner. I believe a school is what you make of it. We must remember that any school that has a few thousand students is going to have problems. I'm happy as long as my child is safe and able to learn in their environment - which seems to be the case here at GB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

I like Glen Burnie and all don't get me wrong... But there is definitely not enough information that is reaching the students and in some classes the teachers just don't care... You can arrive late and do whatever they don't care they still get their salary... I like most of my teachers but some of my teachers aren't so great. I really do like this school even if it doesn't sound like it... I am a 16-yr old sophomore by the way...
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2005

Horrible unprofessional principal, who makes rash decisions and judgements with little or no information. No respect for foreign languages. Outdated textbooks. Lack of resources. Foreign language exchanges are more than discouraged. School newspaper articles about exchanges deliberately omit mention of the responsible teacher's / sole coordinator's name. One of the worst school environments. No sense of community. Classrooms without windows. Depressing atmosphere. Unsupportive. Couldn't wait until the end of the school year to quit. Curse the day I set foot on this campus!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 30, 2004

Inside of the school is dull & dreary, it needs a face lift like north county had. I would want to committ suicide if i had to attend there. Staff can be a little more helpful and return calls quicker. All staff should attend a course on dealing with children from all walks of life so they can deal with them all on the levels and backgrounds that these children come from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2004

I am a former student who graduated in 2001. I attended since my freshman year. Although I do think the every school needs improvement, I can not think of anything too harsh to say about this one. I can only say that a dress code would benefit them greatly.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 18, 2004

I think the school enviorment is wonderful, of course there are some bad kids at the school, but what school doesnt have their trouble makers. I think thats those few trouble makers give Glen Burnie a bad name when it is a perfectly fine school. My daughters have learned a great deal and i feel they are prepared for college and the real life. As for the administration, the are helpful about half the time. There are some outstanding teachers there that benifit the children so much. Berard, Willis, Thompson, Kelly, Engel, Bounelis, Keatts to name a few. I have three more daughter going into the school, and I feel that this school is just fine for their education.
—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.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
English II

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

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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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
White 56% 42%
Black 27% 35%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 2% 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 39%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Basketball
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  • Track

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7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Phone: (410) 761-8950

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