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Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 702 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2014

Absolutely atrocious! My daughters love for school and education ended when she attended this school. I can't say anything good about the place....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

The school Dwight D. Eisenhower is an absolutely terrible the teachers offer no help to the students you really need to bust your bum as if you were in a University to make decent grades the staff gets worse every year and the students are divided based on intellect , the students are learning geometry in the eighth grade it's absurd they actually skipped seventh and eighth grade math no one is capable of learning because the teachers are absolutely unwilling to lend a hand their students the community is run down and the students with behavioral issues are placed in ALC an alternative learning center which really offers no help at all placing the students their just makes them worse their around many negative influences so one they're not doing work and two they aren't going to learn because no one simply cares enough to improvise Dwight D. Eisenhower is a problem and it needs solving!


Posted June 24, 2013

this school is exciting. although it isnt a school that my family likes, its pretty awsome.


Posted May 28, 2013

I went to middle school here . While I did get a few good teachers , most of the people I ever dealt with here were not very pleasant . I really did not enjoy it here and lots of the staff were very unprofessional , except for a few of my eighth grade teachers and my guidance counselor , who was helpful throughout my whole experience here .


Posted March 14, 2013

i want my child to go there and still be able to go even if he lives in dc he can catch the metro to eisenhower
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

I think a lot could be changed for the better, but to be fair everyone is doing what they can. Some teachers can do more than others because they're not as worn down. On the other hand making any situation better is always a group effort. If you want this school to be a better place you have to do your part with your children. Now, the first thing they can do is make a better schedule. Students should not be in elective classes with mixed grades unless the curriculum requires students be sorted by experience. All subjects are not treated equally when it comes to scheduling at this school. The Washington Post recently did an article on what causes the most burnout at work. One of the top reasons was workers feeling like they don't make progress at work. How can a teacher feel progress with their students if the age/experience of the students are mixed? Why would you teach Pre-algebra and Algebra II at the same time? You wouldn't. Just because electives aren't tested by the state doesn't mean the parameters needed for student achievement should be ignored.


Posted March 28, 2011

This school is one of the worst schools that my child has ever attended. Th staff is unprofessional and there are fights almost on a weekly basis and not enough is done by the staff to make it a safe school. Very few good teachers in the school and the teaching is poor. My child can't focus on learning with the violence that goes on a frequent basis!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

I like this school. There are so many afterschool activities that we can choose from - to name a few: yearbook, magazine, poetry club, Black Saga, AVID tutoring, Eagle Club after school tutoring, gospel choir, cheer-leading, STep Team, girl's and boy's basketball, softball and soccer, guitar and piano classes, and special tutoring offered by specific teachers. The kids being arrested belong to their parents, they are to be raised (I hope) by their parents not the school, so its not the school's fault and is no reflection on the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2010

The staff in this school is very unprofessional and the education taught to the children is not up to standards. They dont even provide tutoring if the child needs it and see he needs help. The school is dirty, I walked into the office and saw a roach crawling. Everytime I have gone to the school to pick up my child early there is always a cop there arresting a student. This does not tell me that they have any good values. I personally am not too happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

This school is very good it provide us with programs and extra-curricular activies. And I'm in 7th grade doing 9th grade math. AVID is also very good so I've heard !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2008

i am a student at his school this is my first year i think it is a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

i am a student here at eisenhower and i say that it is an OK school. there are teachers who care and want to help. the problem is not with the teachers but the students. the kids arent listening and want to listen to music or text all day. the school might be a litttle out of shape but with a little help from the students and parents we can make it a better place. the kids complain that the school is dirty but they are the ones messing it up. there are some very nice points about the school and people need to see that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

DDEMS is still proving to be the worst experience we have ever had! We have successfully transferred our child out of this school, but not without one last glimpse of why we had to do so. Undisputable incompetience to the very end!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

I attended Eisenhower in my 7th and 8th grade year. This was a great school. I'm not trying to say that these parents are over exaggerating but something close to it. All you have to do in this school is be prepared and learn. The problem is not the school, is the students that attend it. When I was in 8th grade, it was the first year we had to wear uniforms and all these girls would be desperate to not wear them. That's on them and on the parents, not on the school. Parents have full responsability to know how their children are performing in school. Teachers are there to teach not to tell your child to stop listening to their iPop and stop talking while they are trying to instruct the class. The teachers were great, the staff has been doing what they can.


Posted November 29, 2006

I am not a fan of PG County Schools at all! Eisenhower is horrible, period. Some of the Teachers are ok but you even have to constantly call them to see how your child is doing. Luckily I am an involved Parent becuase, they don't volunteer info. until report card time. But what I am mostly disappointed in are the lack of school activities. The school is run down. The only benefit I've seen at this school is the mandatory uniform program, and that even has it's flaws. If you plan to move to Laurel invest in a private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

This is my daughters second year here. Last year I had to go to the school 4 times about the same teacher - This year is much better. No one has time to continue to take off from school but if you make it known - it makes a big difference. Out of all her teachers last year only one was a problem - the others would call if she acted out or was missing homework. This year they arent doing that as much - I guess I need to make my yearly presence known again. Activities are great - coaches are like father/mother figures. Overall - I'm a happy parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

My Daughter currently goes to this school and I have only been to one PTSA and I have to call the office to see when it was. No dates are posted on the web site of current for further PTSA meeting. So I have to keep lines of communication open with my daughter to make sure that she is doing what is necessary to get into college. It a shame that they stop the magnet program in Prince Georges county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

DDEMS Has caring teachers and administrators. If you as a parent take an active interes in the school and your child this will be a great place for your children. Both of my daughters went to Eisenhower and had good experiences. We got in volved in the PTSA, and got to know the Principal and Counselors. They in turn got to know our daughters and were very attentive to their needs. Our youngest is classified as TGLD, Talented-Gifted and Learning Disabled and was on an IEP. We found the accommodations and attention of the teachers and counselors to be first rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

I have 3 sons one of which now attends Eisenhower. Thank God he is a child that is gifted and excels in all subjects, because the staff and administration at Eisenhower is terrible. I feel the entire teaching and administrative staff should be revamped in order to get this school back on its feet. I am currently trying to relocate in order to keep my other 2 sons from attending this school. The PG County Board really should look into improving Eisenhower. The children walk around the school cursing, fighting, and the male students physically assult the female students right in front of the principles office. I went to pick up my child early one day and they had no clue where he was. The office staff told me to go look for him without an escort. I found him and he walked out without informing anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2005

I am an eighth grader at Eisenhower middle school and i find the school to be well developed. The principle is a very good man and he plans fun activities only if the children are doing well in academical areas. This encourages the students to work hard in all classes. Even though the building isnt in best of shape, the teachers are well involved with the student learning process. Extracurricular activities also encourage the students to do well because you must have a 2.0 to be involed. If you want your child to attend a good school, EMS is a very well learning building. Although, I do believe the bathrooms could use a paint job and there could be higher test scores the building is otherwise in good shape. The students may misbehave, but this is not the teachers fault because most of the students misbehave on their own.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

315 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%
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 65% 35%
Hispanic 22% 12%
White 5% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Honors track
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  • Honors track
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
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Laurel, MD 20708
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