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Northern Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 745 students

 

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Posted September 22, 2009

We have moved around alot and last year my son was having attendance problems. I must say, they entire teaching staff, both vice principals and the principal and Ms. Williams, everybody attended the meeting. They took all the time that it took and even waited for me to go and get test results from the doctor's office. I have never had the amount of positive attention at any school and I feel like they really care about my son. It has played a major roll in my decision to stay in Hagerstown. It was almost time to change jobs again and my son wants to stay at this school. I like the school and I like the people. We are very happy here. I rate this school highly and we have been to many schools. Upper and lower range. This school is a good one. Parents, get involved. They really care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

northern middle school has intelligent kids that are smarter than most kids.what can have teachers that can teach better than any other teachers ive known. we have a great school curriculum for students in 6th,7th,and 8th. we make kids comfortable while in 6th grade at hard times by having web leaders.any kid would love it there anyways because this where teachers are nice but can teach at the same time,this is where you can make friends easily as well.if you,re a parent this is coming from a students view dont post bad things about our school and say 'this is unlike other schools' in a mean way because you wouldnt know what this school is like now so dont judge it because were not like other schools,sure we may have problems but what public school does'nt? our school is unique in many ways your child would like so dont judge us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

My son goes and he learns so much and his teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

NMS is a great school... The PTA is very supportive; teachers are professionals; the new principal is doing her best! I believe that this school gets a bad rap at times due to the continual change of leadership and some student problems. I think that many of poor reviews from other parents is fair but at times not realistic. I'd ask current parents to communicate more with the school and be more open...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

This school is a disappointment. I wish teachers would follow thru with children who don't follow the rules. It would be nice if the front office secretary greeted you when you came in. This school has many other issues that need to be addressed. I have been involved with administration. Hopefully, this will make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

I agree with the last posted review, the parent-teacher conferences which are planned, are only for state numbers. The teachers are given no time to actually spend with parents to address real concerns. I have encountered each of the administrative staff, and neither are for the students. It's all about 'technically kids don't need to spell words correctly, as long as the teacher can read it' and false promises from teachers that say they will help and never follow through, but expect a child between the ages of 10 - 13 to deliver consistantly and follow through. This school is only about barely making the scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

I asked for a parent teacher conference that was planned almost a month in advance and when I got there, all of teachers were late and all of them had to leave before I was finished the conversation. I left with unanswered questions. I also feel that there is a lack of consistency and effort displayed by many teachers. Rules are made and then discarded. I agree that the teachers may be doing their best given the high demands but we shouldn't lower our standards because of that - we should bring in more teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

NMS is a good school. Teachers do their best ... however with all the demands, meetings, and press to make scores increase. The enviroment is safe... everyone does their best... NCLB makes you question if it is worth it or if there is a better way to assess students.


Posted May 2, 2005

I have attended Northern Middle for three years and all I can really say is that it isnt the best school and it isnt the worst...however it is a good school. it's just sometimes they get a bad wave of kids, and it isn't their fault. I do like the school and I am glad that i got to experience this school, besides, it's on the north side of town, GO NORTH!
—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 68% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

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 63% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%
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
White 65% 42%
Black 19% 35%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
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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
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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Programs

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  • Gifted / high performing
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
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
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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701 Northern Ave
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone: (301) 766-8258

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