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Spring Ridge Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted today

My son is a 7th grader at Spring Ridge and has had nothing but problems since he started in 6th grade. There is a huge bullying problem at this school and unless the parents go demand something be done, nothing is. He finally spoke up and told his grades counsler about an incident in the lunchroom one day. But other than call us to "inform us of the situation", nothing has been done. The good kids are getting walked all over and are being discouraged. We can't wait to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

My son attended Spring Ridge Middle School in his 6th grade year. Prior to his entrance to Spring Ridge Middle School, we homeschooled. During the first few months of his time at the school, he witnessed several incidents where one student was bullying another student who had challenges and was usually with a paraeducator. When my son reported the incidents to the assistant vice principal for his grade, he was told that he should not tattle. I called and spoke tot he administrator and was delivered the same message. I told my son he had a responsibility to intervene and help those who were unable to help themselves. However, by the end of the year, my son came home to tell me about a fight he witnessed at school. When asked if the teachers or students broke it up, he responded telling me that there were no teachers present and that no one got involved, not even himself. I feel that the school was responsible for my child learning to not get involved when he sees something happening that is wrong. I met with the principal to report what I felt was wrong and immediately pulled him out of school. I hear that the "tattletelling" response is a frequent esponse from the admin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

This school is okay. People say it's bad but I thought it was fine. I was in the STEM academy there. I chose the art class and it was fun. The school lunch there wasn't so great, because it is school lunch. I think if the staff could prevent people from bullying each other then this would be a better school. It's not that great, but get put in the honors classes and you'll be with the better people.


Posted February 13, 2013

VERY unhappy with this school they do very little to stop bullying. It is a big problem. Some teachers have little control over their classes. The bad kids make it impossible to hear and pay attention! There are tons of good programs but the BAD kids keep the good kids out. There are fights EVERYDAY. And there is a HUGE racial problem. A HUGE THEFT problem which the school does NOTHING about!!!! And parents are just supposed to take it. They don't want to hear from us or our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE. Everyone is compared to the STEM students. The STEM is considered a school itself. The food is NASTY. Im in 8th grade this year and QUITE glad that im leaving. In fact im rejocing. The only good thing about the end of the year i the 8th grade dance and Kings Dominion. This school is ghetto.


Posted February 21, 2012

I think its dissapointing that the teachers all hate the STEM kids. Teachers are jealous of u. I am personally a STEM student and i hate having teachers calling me out for being STEM. If you are not STEM, the teachers don't hate you. My STEM teachers like you. The teachers and students are biased against STEM, but other than that Spring Ridge is a pretty good school.


Posted July 1, 2011

I am going to the 8th grade. There is alot of ups and downs about this school. First, it is pretty small compared to the other middle school In SMC. The locker rooms could be better, and so could the bathrooms. Some of the teachers are horrible. But others actually work with you and help you. Some teachers are really strict but help you learn alot (Mr sayers). The other students are very fun and good, but others are also ignorant and immature making SRMS Look bad.The AP's are alright. Im not really liking the new principal. This school has alot of room for improvement, but its alright so far.


Posted March 12, 2010

As a former student of this school i can truly say that i hated it. Some of the faculty did not showed favoritism with the children. The bad thing about it is that they didn't even try to hide it.


Posted March 2, 2010

The more deviant element walk all over the staff. The staff are constantly allowing bullying and violence at the school and on their buses. The take zero responsibility and are more content to be apathetic and unprofessional when it comes to the students they look after. Further more their academics are subsidiary and a far cry from their sister middle schools in neighboring areas. If you can avoid sending your child(ren) here I urge to please do just that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2009

As a current student at Spring Ridge, I can fully and honestly say that I believe it is not right to put ANY child through this system. The addition of the new program, STEM, has been in more than one case an issue. The school has very segregated and biased points of view forced upon the attendents not by the teachers, but by the students. Honestly, walking through the hallways every morning is a challenge in itself. Having to aviod the stare, gaze, or even the general line of sight of the other people in the hallway, having to constantly watch all around you to make sure that no one is trying to mess with you, and making the sacrifices needed to survive is no small feat. You're a lucky one if you come home and you don't pass out from exhaustion and stress. Wisest choice would be to stay away.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2009

I love SRMS!! This is my last year sadly. I really love this school it's the best. I will miss you Spring Ridge.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2009

This truely is a great school. This is my first year that I have been here. and personaly i think everything about this school is great. the teachers are kind, and easy to communicate with, its like you have known them all your lives! These teachers also make ur year go by really fast. Personaly i think Ms. La Brac was the best, she well tempured and she helps every student to her best ability. i cant wait to go to 7th grade and do this all over again! i only have one day left of school... this year sadly went by so fast :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

The Principal is great. She really has made a difference in the school. One of my kids graduated and one is still at SRMS. She really loves her teachers, Dr. Robinson is great, Mrs. Beaven is wonderful, and I wanted to be in Mrs. Houseman's class. The staff is helpful and friendly. They are working on increasing their score and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

As a parent, I promote and encourage reading in my home. I am so pleased that my daughter is fortunate to have Ms. Houseman as her 6th grade Language Arts teacher. Ms. Houseman has a great journal assignment that requires the children to write weekly journals on books read that week. They must read a different book each week. What I think is awesome is that Ms. Houseman has the children only read books that she has already read. This will ensure Ms. Houseman that the child is actually reading the book because she is fully aware of the contents of the story. Ms. Houseman also takes the time to write her reviews on each child's journal. I say it's like having a book club in which the books are read and discussed by not only summarizing the story but including the author's purpose. Great job, Ms. Houseman!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2008

spring ridge is a really good school i attended there last year. u dont have 2 worry the teachers are great and the will work with ur kids if theres something they r haven trouble with
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2008

This school is undergoing a lot of growing pains as you can tell by reading through the reviews from year to year it is only getting better. I am impressed with the dedication of the teachers and staff at SRMS. With a bit of choice for my childs school I am extremely happy with the level of education provided. There will always be bumps in the road when you put that many student s together but those are individual students whom are taught interpersonal skills by their own parents and home environments. That is where children learn to create intimidating and threatening environments not the other way around. This is a stellar school that I highly recommend and as you can see, it is only going to get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Very happy with my 6th grader in this school. Well run, great principal. Great science, technology program. Discipline and safety are not an issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

My daughter goes here now in the 6th grade and I was very nervous about this school..it is said to be the worst in the county. She has always been homeschooled so it was a big change for her. The teachers are top notch and the discipline is impressive. I will not hesitate to send my other child here when she is old enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

It's a great school. I went to elementry schools in Florida, compared to there this was the greatest school in the world. They had activities, music, and made learning fun. If I had to go throught middle school again, I would definatly go to SRMS all over again. What ever people say about our school is not true. The teachers care about us,the kids aren't all that bad, and we love the school. I think that if I would have gone to any other school, I wouldn't have made it to where I am today in Reading and Spanish thanks to Mr. Gravelle and Mrs. Daigle. I used to hate science, but after being in Mr. Fletcher's class I love it. So learn about the school before you believe what you read in the newspaper, I love this school and all of the teachers in it and wouldn't have it any-other-way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

I know some people might not think that SRMS is a good school, but i have gone there for 3 years. I can personally say, most of the teachers, Mrs. Daigle, Ms. Maday, Mr. Bailer, Mr. Fletcher, and Ms. Beavan, care a lot about the students! This school just gets kicked around because it wasn't a very good school 3 years ago, but things have changed. Sure we have had some bomb threats, fights, and other problems, but they are all taken seriously. This is a school I personally will remember because it was such fun to go there. I am actually sad to be leaving it next year to go to GMHS. If you look at all the other schools, you will fing that they have just as much problems as we do. Our problems have actually decreased in the past 3 years. This school is a good one truely!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
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 54% 42%
Black 30% 35%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
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 43%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Lexington Park, MD 20653
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