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21130 Great Mills Rd
Great Mills, MD 20634

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May 13, 2014
This school is horrible the staff is lazy the teachers don't care nor the students. You could skip class and have no consiquences, they have a total of 3-4 security guards that enforce the rules and when their broken their excuses are we try our hardest to enforce the school no wonder this school isn't an A school they just don't care we talked to the assistant principle about this issue and all she did was make up the excuse that this happenes at every school and talked about leanord town a A school and how they have drug issues, give me a break. You can't talk about another school when you can't even control your own students. I would also like to add the staff is extremely rude and unprofessional and the school is unsanitary. I suggest trying to get into leanord town if you can or anywhere else you can don't come herecan't wait to graduate next year . They need a whole new staff and principle to fix this school before it's beyond repair

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2013
Great Mills High School Is an Excellent School. Its Easy To Complain And Have A Lot Of Negative Things To Say About Great Mills When You Have Nothing To Compare It To. But As A Former Student Who Attended GM From 9-11th Grade, I Use To Think Some Of Those Similar Things UNTIL I Transferred To Another School. My Entire Senior Year I Begged & Begged My Parents To Please Send Me Back To Great Mills. Talk About Lack Of Discipline, Lack Of Leadership Amongst Administrators, And Teachers Who Really Don't Care, Try Sending Your Child To A School In PG County. The Teachers At Great Mills Were Attentive, And Very Helpful. They Did They're Best To Make Sure That Students Who Wanted Their Education Got The Best Of It. The Principals , Both Mr & Mrs. Heibel Were Amazing. Administrators Ms. Quick, Mr. Hart, Mr. Carden, They All Did An Awesome Job. They Always Welcomed Concern Students & Parents With Open Arms. The Career Center Was Very Helpful In Getting Students Into Colleges And Helping Them To Figure Out Life Beyond High School. With CM, AP & STEM Great Mills Prepared Its Students For Success. I Would Recommend This School To Anyone. IT IS GREAT !

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2012
Great Mills isn't an overly "amazing" school, nor an atrocious pit, if any description were to be appropriate, average would be fitting. For moving students, the experience could be jarring, especially if the student was previously in higher classes, if so it should be TOP priority to enroll them in the AP and "Honors" courses, their "standard" is really for delinquents, and their "college prep" (referred to as CM) is hardly preporatory for college as essays are minimal, students aren't being taught to critically analyze any specific topic beyond basic comprehension, and the worklord(ie homework & classowrk) for most CM classes is almost laughably non-existent much of it easily do-able within 10 minutes, as a student taking a mix of CM, Honors, and AP the workload difference is staggering. . The advanced courses are where the school shines academically as several programs are offered for a hard-working students to further their future. On the downside, stereotypes are prevalent, and students seem undisciplined, likely perpetuated by the noticably bad parents, often teachers would hint at dreading parent conference, however the school can hardly be blamed for this.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2011
I am a student at Great Mills going into my senior year. I don't really associate with people much but I hope parents are secure about their children and "drama". As many high schools have drama this one has plenty. Mostly because everyone knows the names of others and there's not much to do in this country but start rumors. Other than the student body the teachers are GREAT! Since I can't say names my psychology and world history teachers are the best

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2011
I am very fortunate to have a child that is very involved with the music program, which means majority of his friends are band geeks. However, it's very unfortunate that during the football games you're either leaving early or waiting in the band room until all the riftraft is gone. It is a little scary to pick your child up at night. As you notice with the 5 stars, they're either in STEM, AP and or Honors. My child is in mixture of Honors and regular classes... there is a difference in behavior in those classes. Majority of the staff are great, but they do have an issue of being afraid of certain races, so they to tend to get away with more. All this said, if your child is i STEM, AP and or Hornors this school would be great! If your child is an average student as majority of the students are, I hope you taught them to keep their mouth shut and look straight ahead. Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
GMHS lays claim to some of the best that education today has to offer IF, and I mean IF, the student is willing to pursue such a path. The key ingredient is the school's highly educated, good-humoured and extremely hard working staff -- especially the teachers. To throw some names out there, Mr. Charles Skinner, Mr. Brian Weisner, Mrs. Jean Illingworth, and Ms. Rhonda McCarthy have all made PROFOUND impacts on my life. They are the kind of people who show up at 6:30 AM to help figure out a particular concept, who organize "Star Parties" at 3 AM, and who provide 'brain food' (home baked) on AP Test days. The 'multi-cultured' population of GMHS is at times a challenge, but the diversity only opens an early opportunity to synergize with people foreign to you. Mrs. Heibel was an AWESOME principal, Mr. Heibel has shoes to fill. GMHS was a radical change for me, coming in as a transfer student from another school. Despite early credit mishaps, and an additional year, I was able to graduate in the first STEM Academy Class, top 2% of my class, Captain of Swim team, and act as High Ranking Officers of several clubs. Also, I am a student, yet I I desired to vote (hence, parent). <3

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Both my children actively use the school's programs and extracurricular programs. They have been involved in athletics - outstanding department, NJROTC, wonderful leadership program. Science, student government including SMASC. Academics are rigorous and fair. All led by a highly involved and competent principal and staff. I suggest you talk to parents of, or current students of Great Mills as opposed to listening to the drumbeat of outdated rumors and self serving gossipers.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
My family moved here a few years ago from one of the top school systems in the country. I was a little afraid after reading the some of the reviews. I am happy to say that both of my teenagers are thriving, getting really involved in profound activities and getting excellent grades. To me a high school is an important tool for grooming our teenagers to become responsible leaders. So far I like what I see. The STEM academy is especially challenging and rewarding for both of them. They have both taken unusual chance of a lifetime field trips. The coaches treat team members like family. The Physics dept. is especially awesome-thanks to Mr. Skinner! I would recommend Great Mills High School to any family. No apprehension anymore from me!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Good school. A lot different than what is reported or gossiped about. Teacher a re hard workers they call if there is a problem. Discipline is on par with any school I've been in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2009
I think that the most compalint I have had at Great Mills is lac of communication, but, we all have had conferences together, and had better understanding of where we all can improve this sill. Other than that I had one son that graduated in 2009, and another due to graduate in 2010. Once you let the school and teachers now that you are a concerned parent, and want to be there not only for you child's well being and to help them out also, things get easier. One thing I suggest to parents, is to mae sure that they have all of your numbers as well as your email addresses, so that there and will be no excuse for any problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
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August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 24, 2008
Great Mills is not a bad school! I am a student there and can say that there not a lack of discipline in any of my classes. People like to make this school sound bad. Most of them are associated with our rival school. I am in the STEM Academy there and I am a witness to all the opprotunities of that program. Due to the enormous budget of the program, it not only offers practically endless resources to those students, but also to other the students of Great Mills. Great Mills is indeed great! Go Hornets!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 21, 2008
My son graduated from Great Mills in 2007 and attends a good school in Virginia now (JMU). He was able to participate in sports all 4 years, and took numerous AP and honors classes, all of which helped him gain acceptance to a good, out-of-state school. My daughter is a freshman there this year and so far is really enjoying her experience. She is in the chorus, which is under the leadership of a new and very enthusiastic teacher. She also participates in sports. Whenever I have contacted a teacher regarding concerns about my children, he or she has been very quick to respond. My youngest son is a 7th grader and I look forward to sending him there as well. I, like many parents, feel that most of the complaints about the school are from people who have no personal experience with it.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
. . .The teachers are amazing at what they do and not only do they put in a full days work in the classroom some even double as coaches. For the parents who believe that the teachers are lacking discipline, I'm sorry to inform you that you are highly mistaken. Every classroom I've been in the teachers are able to keep the students under control and if things do get out of hand they are sure to bring the distracting tangent to an abrupt end. And can you honestly say as a parent that you have never lost control of your child?Well imagine trying to control thirty children at once. GM is an outstanding school and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a school in the St. Mary's County area. I now wear maroom and orange but my heart will always be green and gold. GM U KNOW!

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2007
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August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
GMHS Coach for several years. This is a good school just look at the number of teachers, council persons, business leaders and community leaders graduated from GMHS, a Senator, Olympian, pro athletes, college athletes, college/high school Athletic Directors etc., we can't be all bad. Son graduates in December 07 with BS, GMHS Grad 2003. GMHS Athlete, College Athlete! GMHS is a good school!

- submitted by a staff
June 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2007
my name is Damisha Corbin i am a student a Great Mills. I have only been hear for just 1 year. Great Mills is a Alright school. Its not as bad as the media makes it look. Great Mills has just the about the same number of fights and everything else as other schools. So only reason everyone thinks its a bad school is becouse of the media. if the media didnt blow the school up and make it look so bad others wouldn't think that ethier.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2007
My child is a freshman at GMHS. Overall, she has had a negative experience and is asking to be transferred out of the school. Everyone told us that if your child was in honors classes, that your child would be fine. Well, this is not true. She has honors classes that have so many disrespectful kids that the teacher cannot teach. And because my child has Algebra 2 and 2nd year of Spanish, she has seniors in her classes who are just finally getting around to taking those classes! The violence that has broken out in the classrooms and cafeteria are frightening and just because your child is a good kid, doesn't mean they couldn't get caught in the middle of these outbreaks. The theater department is weak, poorly run, and not supported. We are very disappointed; we tried to give GM a chance and it really let us down.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
I am a current student in great mills and I have been here since the tah grade. I have not been teased or harassed, of course you will run into the occasional problem but that's life. to all the parents who say that the school lacks leadership that is unbelievably untrue. I have seen Vast improvements this year in student behavior Mrs. heibel has done great things for this school and we are all grateful for the work she has done for us. there are fights but you can't always prevent these from occurring. I do not feel that parents know how it really is in the halls of great mills. I have fun everyday I'm there and would not want to go anywhere else and once again I would like to thanks our principle and teachers for the improvements made this year

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2007
Moving from Florida, Great Mills offers a wide array of AP courses with small class sizes and individual attention. Student who want to learn, learn, students who don't care will be left behind, it is the student's choice. The new pricipal is working wonders in this short amount of time. Parents need to be involved with their child's education. For those students interested in their education and their future, Great Mills High School and their teachers prepare and provide them with the tools necessary to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
Horrible school! My daughter is in the 9th grade and so far we've experienced administration who lack leadership skills, very little structure, no discipline, limited parental concern/involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
This school is severley lacking in Leadership and discipline and the overall quality of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
Being a former student that attended two separate years (9 & 12) I was not pleased being taught within the school. The lack of discipline seeing how students did not care what teachers thought and was just another place to socialize instead of learn. Some teachers were great, I can admit I enjoyed being in that class but some teachers were just trampled over by their students (one being a new bilingual teacher). If I had my choice, I would have gone to another school to finish my senior year.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2006
Great Mills High school has given my child a happier life. He now understands what it means to live, he feels safe in the learning environment, and he has been established in who he is as a person...This helped not only him but his grades...I think that going to Great Mills will be part of him and his decisions for the rest of his life...I would like to thank the kind people who helped show my son to be proud of who he is and that he can achieve greatness any where in life.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
I think this school is absolutley wonderful. my child has had a rough year in disiplin. The Vice Principal there, Mr. Hart worked with my child, and he has done a 180 degree turn around. thanks mr. hart, you are very much appriciated

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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February 12, 2006
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February 10, 2006
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 06, 2006
As a mother of a challenged child with pretty severe learning disabilities, I was more than a little concerned when he left the relative safety of the middle school environment where everyone knew him to this big high school where no one did. To my great delight, the special education department consisted of gentle, compassionate, ever so patient teachers and paraprofessionals dedicated to seeing that the children under their care succeed to the best of their individual abilities. It takes an special person to do this job day in and day out. Ms. Schumm, Ms. Roberts, Mr. Guynn, and Mr. Shade are extraordinary!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
Forget all the parents that complain about Great Mills. If you didnt go to this school, then you obviously know nothing about it. And you cant blame all of it on the teachers for low discipline, its also the parents faults for not doing anything about their childs behavior, so blame yourselves too. I love Great Mills...I wouldnt choose any other school. The teachers get paid to teach your child, not babysit them or discipline them....thats your job as a parent, so stop complaining about it. Btw...the field hockey team...is awesome!

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2006
The principal of Great Mills High School was fired. A replacement could not be found, and the same principal was hired again! The quality of the education that my children are receiving is terrible! The almost complete lack of discipline leads to a very uncomfortable learning environment. I have walked through the school myself and witnessed the teachers almost complete disregard for the quality of the learning environment. I witnessed students sleeping, listening to portable music devices and holding little chat sessions during class! Meanwhile the teacher continued to stand at the front of the room and write on the blackboard! The current level of parent involvment consists of complaining and demanding more discipline.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
This school is truly lacking in the area of special education teachers for special education students! i have spent the last three years of my life fighting tooth and nail for the simplest of services for her. It actually took my finally threating to take legal action against the saint mary's school system to get the most minor of much needed services for her.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
This school is severley lacking in Leadership and discipline and the overall quality of teachers. The guidance counseling is horrible. Some kids were unable to graduate due to poor and inadequate counseling.

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April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2004
I am not a parent but this school is somewhat fun. I'm a freshmen and it's not as fun as people say it is. It all depends on who you hang out with and what teachers you have. Our school needs better athletes so if your a good athelete come to Great Mills!

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2004
As a former student of Great Mills, I found the level of education I received to be excellent. The teachers inspired me to work hard and to become a teacher myself. Many of the teachers will work afterschool with students and there is a joint program with St.Mary's College to help students. However, I believe that the administration tended to worry more about test scores then actual student achievement. The diversity makes the school more dynamic. Students and parents should get involved. Joining a sport or club is an excellent way to meet people.

- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2004
I am a single male parent of two students that attend Great Mills High School and another in middle school. But I salute the school in its effort to provide so much with so little, and that is in financing and support. I think the school has done a great job with the hand it has and I wish the board continued success in the future. The teachers are concerned with the students succeeding in the present and in the future. From a parent: Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2004
I'm not a parent, but I am going to be a senior at Great Mills in the fall. The school overall itself is very good. Unfortunately, like others have said, the school is low in funding. And it is important for parents to get invovled in the schools. I think that Great Mills has much to offer. And if we could get that boost, we could probably exceed the standards.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2004
I went to Great Mills High School. I've had two children graduate from GMHS. My third is a sophomore now. The school has grown so much. It offers so much to students today. Discipline is an issue, as it is in all schools, but overall, Great Mills is a fine place to get an education. Hats off to the teachers, they really care about the kids. Parents need to be more involved. The school needs more money. That's everywhere. I hope to send my two granddaughters to this great school. It's one of the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Great Mills is overall fine school, the teachers express concern for the kids, the extracurricular activities are pleantiful, though under-funded. More parental involvement is always appreciated, and the ethnic diversity of the students makes it educational (especially being next to a Navy base) for the kids for 'dealing with people' in the real world. I have two in this year, and will have no problems sending my third next year. Hats off to the parents that 'do' get involved with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This school provides an opportunity for students to be exposed greatly to many other kinds of people. Personally, I think the percentages are incorrect.

- submitted by a community member
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Great Mills High School
21130 Great Mills Rd, Great Mills, MD  20634
(301) 863-4001
Last modified Great Mills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Great Mills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top