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Milton M. Somers Middle School

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Posted May 3, 2014

I have a 6th grader and 7th grader at Somers Middle School. I like the school, location and diversity. Some of the teachers should not be employed there. There is an administrator there who definitely should be retired!! I do not like the fact that we are told to use Edline and most of the teachers do not utilize it nor do the update the grades in a timely manner. Some kids have been punished because of their grades on Edline not being current. Case in point, one teacher has not updated grades since 4/10!! The students work hard and it needs to show. I'm really glad that we are zoned for Somers but my husband and I have to be hands on & watch for inequality! I'll leave it at that!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

I have had one student go through this school already with no problems, but this year I have found that the teachers are overloading the students with homework. Not sure if this is due to transitioning to Common Core, but 5 hours a night for a 6th grader is excessive. What are we teaching our kids about extracurricular activities, family time, and developing lasting personal relationships supported by face-to-face quality time if there is no time for those things? This is why we are a sedentary nation. Where's the balance?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

Milton Somers is the best middle school in charles county are teachers care soooooooooo much but Mrs. West doesn't act like are principle ! she lets Mrs.Scales tell us what do to ! Mrs.west needs to be the vice principle not mrs. Scales


Posted January 10, 2013

Military transfer 8th grade. Horrible schedule: semi- block math daily and all other courses on a 2 week cycle that changes every time there is a holiday. They don't post a calendar online so you have to figure it out. A program called SOAR/Help seminar that was touted as a character building program when it is in fact a mix-mash of study hall, standardized test prep, and random programs that require extra work with no grades. The kids are not allowed to carry backpacks a "security procedure" yet they have more kids falling down the stairs getting hurt because their hands were so full of books, papers and binders. Have a gifted student? The services are haphazard at best and they seem clueless about how to help motivate a gifted student. No honors Math, an 8th grade gifted English teacher who takes no joy in teaching, doesn't motivate or do anything to make learning interesting and does not work well with parents. The eight grade counselor was no help. You can't take band unless you started in 6th grade.The bright spots: Gateway to Technology class is great, hands on, interesting. Science and SS taught by good teachers with good communication skills. Foreign language is offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

Without a doubt, this school is of high quality and excellence. The bar is high and all teachers work so very hard to get the students to where they need to be. Each student is viewed as a gift -- and all staff members gently unwrap each gift -- one student at a time. No Child Left Behind is taken seriously -- as teachers go above and beyond to do whatever is needed for student success. Every minute of the day is devoted to student achievement and learning. Classroom teachers at this school make this school the success that it is! I am proud to be a part of this community!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 15, 2010

When i was starting 6th grade, I was worried that the teachers would be hard ono me, and i wouldn't have friends. After the first 2 days, they exceeded my expectaions by a lot. All the teachers were very supportive and have great enthusiasm when they tought me. I never had any problems with bullying. All the kids were nice and i made friends quick. This is a awesome school to enrole at! Go seahawks!


Posted February 18, 2010

I love this school, my daughter is in the 7th grade now she has been there since the 6th. Theres no issues with bullies at this school that is what i love!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

this school is beyond amazing. when i first got to sixth grade i was worried because i thought the teachers were going to be hard but then i knew they had expectations but the teachers were amazing. if you think this school may be snotty and stuff well you are wrong cuz you will make alot of friends if you go. last year i didnt have much friends but now i have so many!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

This school is a great school with caring teachers and staff. Parents need to remember to take the time and talk to the staff and the teachers to make sure their children are on the right track. Milton Somers has a good mix of teachers young and experienced to provide a great balance for new trends in the learning environment and a wealth of experience. The school prides itself on the strides it takes to advance the education of the children in their classrooms.


Posted April 21, 2007

As a parent of a student at Somers Middle School, I am very dissappointed with the overall quality or lack thereof in the school. The school lacks supplies such as supplies and other essential materials needed to foster a productive learning environment. Secondly, as a parent who actively participates in my son's educational development,I have not found most staff supportive or genuinely eager to create or maintain teams between staff and parents. Finally, I am not sure if teachers have expressed the level of enthusiasm required to meet the needs of the student population they serve. I hope that one day these issues can be resolved, but for today I am inclined to look for another school that can effectively meet my child's needs. - Nichole Weaver
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2007

Milton Somers is a sad excuse for a good caring school. They use to care about their students until this new principal. They only care for themselves and staff not for students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2005

I believe Milton Somers is an excellant school. In acedemic programs, it rocks. They challenge their students to excel and thats what happens. You can tell by the grades of the students. They offer plenty of extra-curricular activities for the students. They have good programs overall. And well...the teachers are top notch and the parents are involved. Overall, this school offers a high level of academics for students to excel in life. This is a five star school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2005

There are a lot of new teachers this year that don't seem too sure of what they are doing. The sole focus at Somers seems to be academics. The lack of extracurricular activities in the areas of dance and cheerleading handicap the girls that are moving on to high school next year. It is difficult for them to get on the dance and cheer squads at their HS without this prior experience in middle school. If they want to get it we have to get them experience outside after school which takes away from homework time. Additionally, there are no Home Economics classes at this MS. It is hard enough to keep our girls focused on school instead of boys, these programs would give them something else to look forward to at school. These extracurricular activites are available at other MS in the area, so why not at Somers?
—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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
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 59% 42%
Black 27% 35%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 4% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 18%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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