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Greenbelt Middle School

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Posted March 6, 2014

Greenbelt middle school has a beautiful new building and a TAG/HONORS program. The choir is wonderful and the art teacher is good. The school is large and enrollment is high. The staff and teachers are talented teachers but the school is not good at communicating with parents on an individual level. There are problems with bullying and fights. The school is not very good for children who have learning issues, like ADHD, while they seem to do well with children who are handicapped. My daughter has been bullied and teased at school and the lack of communication, and spotty use of technology for communiation by teachers and staff has made our experience a poor one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

This school houses a TAG magnet program which my child attends, so parents of comprehensive students may have a different take, but I am very pleased with how things are going so far. My child is appropriately challenged here. The teachers are great. The use of technology is a little scattershot, and the platforms are not perfect, but overall we're very happy. The school handled an incident between my child and another student EXACTLY they way you hope they would, and everyone is OK with how the incident was resolved. I gave the "parent involvement" category two stars only because as it is a magnet program that's not exactly close to where we live, it's challenging to be directly involved as a working single parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

its a fun place to be at and we have fun days and events such as our non uniform upcoming picture day. our teachers are nice and want the best for us. we have great clubs and things you can join


Posted September 1, 2013

greenbelt middle school is great it has great teachers staff and the new building. i am a student there and i love it


Posted August 23, 2013

Good for its wonderful science classes. My son likes very much. There are so many kindly teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

Horrible school. There are no parent/teacher meetings. Greenbelt Middle School does not encourage parent involvement or use technology such as emails to communicate homework, projects and grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

I am a student there and I love it! I've never been happier. The people are great and I've never been bullied. The classes are reasonably sized and there are a lot of choices for creative arts. I would like it better if there were all new teachers that didn't absolutely hate children, though. Some teachers also don't even speak English well enough, and I can't understand what about half of them are trying to say. Their grading is unfair, so I often have to get my parents involved. I think that Mr. Tweedy is a great principal and the school has improved so much with him. Every year the school seems to get better, and better. The new school has a lot of technology and it really helps with the learning. Everything is a lot nicer and cleaner. I've heard that some of the 6th and 7th grade classes are too full though, there was even a waiting list.


Posted November 15, 2012

Lots of fight in school. This is my child 2nd year there, he has very good grades and he is a very quiet child. He has been picked on last year and now this year again. Tonight he cried because he had enough of bad kids making fun of him and hitting him for no reason. I am sad and praying that he can finished and leave the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

Greenbelt Middle School Has Changed On A Level With Mr.Tweedy As It's A.P ! The School Now Has Camera's On Almost All The Hallways. Luckily There Is A New Building On The Way Because The Appearance Of The School Is Horrible.


Posted October 3, 2009

Greenbelt Middle School is in historic Greenbelt, MD. It is valuable to the history of the Greenbelt community, which was planned and built during the era of Roosevelt's New Deal, and to the whole Nation as the first planned community and only one of three 'green' cities actually built of the twelve originally planned. Please help support this neighborhood school.


Posted March 27, 2008

Greenbelt Middle does not encourage its students who are high performing students. They are not encouraging students who have exceptional ability. There appears to an emphasis on the male students rather than the female students. Some of the clerks and secretaries are not public friendly and are rude when they answer the telephone. My child has taken the College Board for 2 years in a row as part of the John Hopkins Gifted and Talented Program and no one a the school has tracked her for encouragement and positive reinforcement. Her scores have been over 1,000 each year and she is only in the 8th grade. stride. The Guidance department is inefficient and are not accommodating to parents. There appears to be an emphasis on the male students achievement and not the female students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

We pulled our child from GMS after one semester. Safety is a big issue -- there are a lot of fights, students bring weapons to school and there is a continuing gang presence. The school administration doesn't enforce adequate discipline. Violent students, some multiple offenders, boast that the principal lacks the will to suspend them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

The front office staff is very rude. I had an issue with a teacher at the beginning of the school year and the issue was taken care of immediately. The teachers seem to care about the students well being. The school is old but looks to be well taking care of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

The building is extremely old. The staff is well trained and very dedicated to the kids. The school administration does a good job with discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

This school is terrible! Staff, teachers are rude, don't follow through on their part. And safety is definately an issue! This school is also failing in the No Child Left behind standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

it pretty good keeping the parents involved
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

I was shocked to read all of the negative reviews. I am not saying that it is perfect, but my child has had a positive experience. I would commend the teaching staff. It seems that they are highly engaged in teaching and make efforts to connect with the students. The major problem I have noticed is the lack of parental involvement. This may be a contibuting factor in most of what the other reviewers mentioned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

The teachers are not of great quality, the school is overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

This is my sons first yr. at GMS. It started off shaky. They are a little under staffed. After meeting w/ his teachers after his first report card I did feel uplifted. What I really learned was that we as parents need to partake a lot more in our kids daily education for them to succeed. My son enjoys GMS. They do have some things to improve but lets continue to pray and speak out. There is great potential there. Single dad parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2006

Ijust graduated from GMS and would like to say my two years there where terrible.In my 8thgrade year there where no drama classes.They took our P.E away and didnt let us go outside. We didnt even do anything.There are many problems with this school. They had so many dances but so little room for all the people. the school is too crowded and then they had the nerve to put 6th grade in.this school gets a 1 on my radar out of 10.
—Submitted by a 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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
40%
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 57% 35%
Hispanic 30% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
White 5% 42%
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 65%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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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8950 Edmonston Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: (301) 513-5040

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