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G. James Gholson Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 715 students

 

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Posted July 28, 2014

This school has been a TURN AROUND school and I would know coming from a 7th grader going on to 8th this year. Yes theirs some incidents like in any other school but this is a good school to me. I've made honor roll all 4 quarters with a 3.7. And the teachers really do care about us.


Posted July 17, 2014

With the exception of a few honors 'houses,' the students run the school. The teachers do their best but get little support from the administration or parents. The extended school day is a waste because the kids are bouncing off the walls and most class time is wasted by disruptive behavior. Those few teachers who attempt to put their foot down have left or been forced out by the administration.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 19, 2014

I must say this is the worst school EVER. My daughter is an honor roll student and she has YET to have an honor roll assembly i asked the staff in the office when will they have one and all they can do is tell me "I dont know".. so sad it seems to me like they dont wanna acknowledge the kids who are doing well. But this will be my daughters first and last year there. The kids also curse the teachers out and the kids. #sadschool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

It's sad that the teachers of yesterday aren't the teacher of today. You can tell which teachers really teach becaue it show's on the student's report card and the student wants to learn more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

I am a former student of G. James Gholson Middle School. I am now in the 11th grade enrolled in a public school in new Jersey. But as a student at Gholson, my 7th grade year was terrible. I was being bullied because of my ethnicity, my name, my size, and because I didn't always have the latest in fashion. But my 8th grade year was much much much better. Ever since Ms. Robinson, Ms. Compton, & Mr. Goins came that school changed for the better. Disciplinary wise, and academics too. I didn't want to leave. I felt safe, and was rewarded for my good doing. Hopefully out stays that way. I plan to come visit the administration soon.


Posted December 5, 2013

This is a great school with great faculty. Gets a bad rap like everything in Prince George's County.


Posted August 22, 2013

g james gholson is a school which i feel helps students to achieve their goal in life with real time social support, genuine care and support.information for parents to help their child succeed with outside help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

A failing school.Horrible school. Something must be done because the kids are going to suffer. School is for education it is not a place for a battle.


Posted June 3, 2013

G James Gholson Middle School, named after an educational giant has the opportunity to be a world class school. Too many individuals who are willing to go out into the community and speak negative about the school are among those who send young people into the building each day who come here to weaken the level of excellence so many have fought for. To do better, must be more than a verbal statement. There must be action behind those words. How does a building improve if the people who walk inside are joking and playing all day? Schools are a place of business. We are here to prepare young people to be prepared and self sufficient to go out into the world and make things happen. This is a middle school. There are expectations of middle school students that cannot be compromised. High School and Life in general does not compromise when it comes to excellence. When young people leave school unprepared they jeopardize their future and the future of others. It is unfortunate that children are bullied. However, there are adults who bully others everyday. We cannot talk about leadership. Children must be led by example to have some sense of what great leadership looks like.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 9, 2013

I think g. james gholson middle school is an awesome. I love it there. You parents don't know what you are talking about.


Posted April 22, 2013

This school is a disaster. My daughter is being bullied both online and offline. The ones involved have yet to be suspended or have faced an disciplinary action other than a talking too. I have been to the school multiple times and filled out reports with proof of the bullying that has taken place. Today I learned that it became physical and the one who put their hands on my child - nothing was done. NOTHING. Let's not talk about the science class that has not had a teacher since November. One of the teachers forgot and or didn't know who my child was and was in the class. This school is failing the students. The kids are out of control and reckless. They do whatever they want. Each time I have been to the school there has been a fight. I shadowed my child for a day, the language that is used, the way the kids run the halls and behave is an otricity. Some of the teachers try but its not enough. I will do everything in my power to shine the light on what goes on behind closed doors. The principal is MIA. Horrible school. Something must be done because the kids are going to suffer. School is for education it is not a place for a battle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

This school is total chaos.Needs to shut down this horrible school.Not safe for kids and teachers.


Posted July 26, 2012

I am a former student at gholson and i will be going to the 8th grade next month. I dont know what you people are talking about because gholson is awesome! I love it there! Im not one of the kids that cuss and yell and are ignorant if you thought that. I get striaght A's because my teachers push me to learn. I love Mr.Goins, Ms. Cross, Ms.Robinson, and Ms. Compton. This is the first school year out of all my years of going to school that im actually ready to go back


Posted February 11, 2012

this school is bad because of the students and the teachers. the students are not listening but the teachers are just making it worse by just not even doing anything about their behavior. they dont give out any homework and, during the winter break, i had to go home and print out my winter break packet on my own and then complete it! isnt it the teacher's job to supply the students with the necessary paper work? parents, i am telling you, if you send your child to this school, you will blame yourself for your actions. THIS SCHOOL MUST BE CLOSED DOWN!


Posted February 7, 2012

G. James Gholson is a modern day Eastside High. This school should be closed down. Some kids should not be in this so called turn around school. I visited this school on several occasions. Some parents should be ashamed of themselves. They know their children are ''OFF THE CHAIN'' The teachers are not the problem its the students who show no respect. Clearly if the children don't care why should the parents. The police presence is strong at this school. I hear more yelling than talking. Kids cursing... they don't care who's around. Fights are daily, maybe hourly. If you have a 6 grader who's entering middle school. PLEASE DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL. YOU WILL SEE A CHANGE IN YOUR CHILD THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

This school should be closed down, it's a mess at G. James Gholson Middle School. Everyone is OUT OF CONTROL, STAFF AND STUDENTS. Seven years ago my oldest daughter attented this school and it was great for her and us her parents. My second daughter for the past two years it has been a living hell for all of us. My third daughter will not be attending this school. June 5,2011
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2009

Im sorry but im not sure what you parents are thinking is going on in gholson. This is my first year at gholson and its only second quaarter and im ready to transfer already.Mr.Parker says if we wear vests hats jackets or even a sweater hes gonna take it and we cant get it back until june and thats only if our parents come and get it. Also you parents might think we are reading alot which we are but parker sells the books every month for $1 and theres a book of the month celebration which is a celebration for the kids who brought the book but noone will really know if we read the books. He says theres a test we take but it never got around to any of myclasses nor anyone elses. Most of the teachers take their control to far.Im starting to hate this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2008

My child is in his second year at G James and he asked to be transferred because he doesn't feel safe. The children are disrespectful and in some cases the teachers have no control over the class rooms to no fault of their own. I think one of the problems is that all the troubled students are placed in class together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

Mr. Parker has made a difference at our school. Now u have people reading more books than we have ever read. He has us enjoying the books that we read. He also has our head out of the streets and into our books. Mr. Parker makes learning fun. And Im not just saying this to be nice. Its true!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2006

All i have to say about this school is absolutely 'incredible' the perfect school
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

293 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

346 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
18%
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
Black 85% 35%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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