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Patuxent Valley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 687 students

 

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Posted January 6, 2012

I disagree with the last few comments. My son and daughter attended PVMS and had a wonderful experience. The teachers, principal and vice principals are all very involved with the kids. They are very caring and truly want what is best for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

I agree with the last post that was submitted in Oct. 2011. If your child is struggling in his/her classes, this school is not the place to send your child. The teachers do not implement a plan for a child that is failing behind, instead, allows the child to continue to fail. This school is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

I was never a strong student, and if your child needs special attention for academic needs, I do not recommend this school. When i went to PVMS there was a fight almost everyday and the teachers can be questionable. When I had to do math academic enrichment it did not help me because the same people that were distracting in regular class time were all in my academic enrichment class after school. When I transferred to a middle school in Carroll County I realized how far behind in math I was. Now that my sister is going through the Carroll County middle school it really shows how poor my PVMS experience was.


Posted June 24, 2011

My three years in this school have showed that teachers take favorite students and are usually the ones that excell. For an example, I had turned in a very well written letter and a friend had turned in a letter that was not good. But I had received a lower grade than this person. This school is a good school but some teachers need to grade by work not by favoritism. Also I would like to add; Mr Danley was a fantastic guidance counsler and I believe the best the school has ever had, he will be missed. Have fun on your retirement :)


Posted August 21, 2010

This school has a handful of excellent to outstanding teachers and a large number of mediocre ones. The guidance staff is incompetent and actually distributed childrens medical conditions in lists as handouts for a field trip.The behavior intervention program is perceived very negatively by the well behaved kids, who are largely ignored while disruptive kids are given bark bucks in excessive numbers for being well behaved a few times. Parental concerns are negated by administrators who label parents who complain as hostile. If your child receives parental tutoring and is a self motivated learner, they will do fine. If your child is shy and needs teacher support, you will need to be very persistent. The new pricipal is very intelligent and kind but the vice principal takes the enforcer role too seriously. This school generally expects children to misbehave and the administration is defensive. The GT program is boring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

My children attended Patuxent Valley and this school is horrible. Mainly the administration. They are not focused on helping the children at all. I am not one to say that I hate anything, but I can almost say that about this school. HORRIBLE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

i left pvms last year but the time i was there i had a lot of fun. as a new student in the 6th grade i thought it would be hard for me to make friends and to fit in but it was not. While i was there the teachers and rest of the faculty were always there for wether it was academic problems or personal problems. I had the best time at pvms but now that im at high school i thank pvms for getting me ready for high school and everything else they did for me.my favorite part of the school was the trips and dannces went to DC,Pennslyvania and many other places.My favorite dance had to be our 8th grade dance because it was just so different and alot of fun, but if you are thinking about going to pvms it would be agreat choice.


Posted July 13, 2009

I second the reviewer who said it is an OK school if your child is strong acdemically. If your child has any learning , emotional, or behavioral needs - try another school! In speaking to parents about the adjustment to 6th grade, I have heard the same story over and over again; unless your child is already receiving special ed services, very little effort is made to give a student help. The typical answer includes the words 'he/she needs to start taking responsibility.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

I love PVMS. I had a great time there and i'll miss it so much cuz' i'm moving . I love Mr.Schmidt and Ms.Sheridan!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2009

i went here and i loved it. i went to bad elementary school and being there really hepled feel good and helped me find my hidden intelligence that was there all along.no one or teacher knew how to ignite it,but when i came here i was rekindled with myself and i met alot of great people along the way. unfortunatley i moved in the middle of my seventh drade year. Go Bulldogs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

I love patuxent valley middle school it is awesome :D i went there for my sixth grade year, and the teachers and students are all wonderful. yes, mr. schmidt is also really cool(: everyone is nice to you, they're friendly, and they make sure you're learning as well as not getting too pressured. i cant explain or describe how good this school is, its as good as they come. People just cant understand how good it is unless you actually enroll and go there for at least a year, and you will appreciate it. I understood its amazing role as soon as i got back from my first day. Ever since then, there has never been a time that i wasnt happy about going to that school or regretted it. It was a beautiful year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

Ok,I was a student at PVMS my 6th and 7th grade year was ok but my 8th gade year which was last year really stunk...The assistent priciple was not good at all she seemed like she cared about the younger kids more than the 8th grade.Also they single out kids me and my friends were always in trouble together for doing something so pity as to being lound in the halways or laughing loud.It was saturday school for something stupid and suspention for something like switching into to gym shorts during recess.This school has emprovement to do.Some teacher really care about you and some teachers dont. Like I said improvement needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2008

I go to PVMS and i love it!! The principle always walks around and interacts with the students. The 6th grade has some of the best teachers for example Mr.Schmidt. He is awsome and i really like all my other teachers as well. PVMS is my faveroite school ever! Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2007

My son's three years at PVMS have been disappointing. A few of his teachers have really challenged him but overall there was not enough rigor. The principal during his first two years at PVMS was outstanding. He was concerned about the children, their progress, and wanted rigor. The current principal does not have the same concern about children. I think this will be evident as time goes on. Unfortunately we were unable to transfer our son to another setting for his grade 8 year. Grade 6 and 7 were absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2006

This is my child's first year at PVMS and so far we are pleased with his progress and somewhat pleased with the level of support he receives. Many of his teachers seem to take an active interest in his progress. Some do not. A few teachers seem to be quite overwhelmed. We have never had nor observed any interaction with the Principal of the school.We never see him in the halls, with the students or involved in any way. With half the year approaching, there have been very few extracurricular activities, no field trips and no opportunities for parent involvement other than fundraisers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

PVMS is an outstanding school for middle schoolers who do well academically. On the other hand if your in special education this may not be the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

I love PVMS. My son has had a wonderful experience there. The principal sets a high standard for the students, staff, and the parents in terms of respect and expectations. The choral and orchestra programs have been wonderful.
—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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
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 37% 36%
White 30% 43%
Asian 11% 6%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 10% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Jessup, MD 20794
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