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Margaret Brent Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted November 29, 2011

Our son is new to the public school system and I heard lots of horror stories regarding MBMS. So far, none have come to fruition. We've had our issues with teachers and administration this year, but so far the good teachers have outweighed the bad. I do have an issue with homework. There virtually is none, which is not the norm nor the recommended by the Maryland Dept. of Education. When addressing the principal regarding this, he stated it was too much of a burden for the teacher to plan. Basically, typical liberal weak jargon. However, many of the teachers are beginning to step up to the plate and assign homework on their own after myself and some other parents voiced our concern, as well as backing up our concerns with state funded research. MBMS typically teaches to the lowest common denominator, which I'm finding is the case for most middle schools in St. Mary's County. Hence, as a parent, I am supplementing at home in the science class he has, which is taught by a teacher that would rather talk football than astronomy, by his own admission. The counseling office is outstanding as well as the liberal arts teachers. Science department is weak, but we are coping.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

I was a bit apprehensive about my son starting school at MBMS this year. I had heard the communication was nil. So far, I have found that to be anything but the truth. All but one of his teachers is really great at putting up the homework on the HAC website. His social studies teacher even called us to say she was proud of him for being one of 4 students who made an "A" on his first test. Other teachers have been highly communicative as well. One teacher and the counselor were very kind regarding our son's sensitivity to noise when the teacher picked up on it during class. Our son struggles in keeping track of things and understanding assignments correctly, yet we've managed pretty well and we're into October already. He loves Marg. Brent and says the teachers treat him like he's "not a little kid". He loves the independence and responsibility. Now if I can just figure out how to get that one teacher to communicate and to follow her own policies....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

As a teacher, I love this school! I have been teaching for 6 years and am new to this school and I really like it. Despite the usual stresses that come along with being a teacher, I feel that the administration really tries to help out their teachers when they are in need. The discipline is strong and the students learn early on the consequences of their actions. I used to teach at another middle school in the county and I love this school much more!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2008

My son attended MBS from 2005 to 2008. Sixth grade was rough but I think most was due to making the adjust to middle school plus he was one of the sixth graders that went from the trailers to the new school after the addition was done. I was thrilled with the teachers he had every year and the school itself. I would highly recommended this school and look forward to my other son attending here also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

this is a wonderful school. I love everyone one of my teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2006

We are trying very hard to move to get our son out of this school. He has been bullied, and was in a fight last week with a kid that we have constantly complained about. The school has a practice of punishing the victoms, and letting the bullies slide because their popular. The school has outdated materials despite the recent face lift. My son has dislexia and last year had a great special Education Specialist, but this year is a different story. We are constantly having to fight for our son's rights and that is not fair to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

i love the renovation alot. the school is very nice. the teachers are awsome. my favorite teacher would have to be mrs. hart. she has helped me so much. she completly goes out of her way to help me in any way. she helped me be able to pass, no just her class but others classes. thanks for all you do!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2006

I think Margaret Brent Middle is an excellent school. They just remodled the school and it is not crowded any more. The only thing I am worried about is the fact that it is so wonderful that it will get over crowded because so many parents want their kids to go there. It is the next best thing to private school but it is not snobby. The teachers are laid-back, and very responsible.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
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
White 86% 42%
Black 9% 35%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 23%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Helen, MD 20635
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