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Southern Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted February 14, 2014

I go to this school now, and i dont have many friends here and i get bullied alot and it seems like the teachers dont do anything about it, our school could improve by workng on the bullying more. maybe have a teacher stand in the hallway and watch...


Posted November 12, 2013

Better than others but needs improvement! The leadership is lacking. Rules are not enforced, drugs and alcohol have been found multiple times in just the past month, and the students responsible for this have been allowed to stay in school. The good teachers are great but the few bad apple are really bad. Changing grades and refusing to make them correct. Parents not notified of any of these things. Long term absence of teacher with no long term sub and not notification to parents of the teachers absence. Parent involvement is not welcome as much as other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

I'm one of the students that go to this school. It's the best school ever and i don't know what I would do if I didn't go here. The teachers are always there for you and they always try to make our lessons fun by making them hands on. There's always someone to be your friend and almost no one is all alone. I also just love the people i go there with. I'm so happy I met them. I used to be so shy but they've made me a social person and I'm thankful for that. The design of the school is creative and the windows in the cafeteria in the front of the school are really pretty. The encore classes that we have the opportunity of choosing teach us skills we can use for a very long time. I also like that we get to go outside while waiting for our buses to come and get to socialize and get some nice air. I have so much more to say but not enough characters to say then with. This has been the best school I've even been to for my 6th grade/first year here. My here has already been a lot of memories and many more to come. I would like to say thank you, to all the teachers and staff, for making this school the best it can be. I can't wait to continue my year and additional 2 here!!


Posted October 3, 2012

I was a student at Southern Middle in the early 70s.. I LOVED my school..R. Wright


Posted July 22, 2011

As a parent of Southern Middle school students I can say that I am 100 % satisfied with the academics and administration of our school. I have had a daughter go through 12 years of public school in our area and she is now in graduate school at a highly respected college. I feel she was very well prepared for the rigors of college and she has done amazingly well. Now I have the next two children coming through... 8th grade and entering 6th. The principal is excellent as are the guidance counselors, they Truly care for the students!! I have been extremely impressed with each of the teachers and for the most part I believe they truly care about the success of their students. The STARS time to assist students and the after school Dance, and Art programs have been great. The Dance and chorus performances will amaze you!!! The PTA is very strong with excellent leadership. Many things are done for the students and special programs brought in through the efforts of the parents and the PTA. I am so happy with the education and environment Southern Middle offers I do not feel any need to consider sending my children to any other schools. Go Bulldogs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I am a student of southern middle school. I have had very little issues and when I do the administrators are always there to help. I would recommend this school to those who have recently moved here. The teachers are kind and listen to your comments in class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2008

im a student at southern middle school and the teachers are great there. If i would ever haved to go to a diffrent middle school i wouldnt know wat to do. the teachers get involved with diffrent activities and our giudance coucelours and adminstrators always joke around and we have so many college preps. we do have AVID classes that get you ready for college and we have musical thearter which i would reccomend for boys and girls im in it mrs. sturgell takes her time as a math teacher and a musical thearter, and alot of teachers r teachers and have accudemics, its amazing!! i it there!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

Mr. S. Ferralli, my daughter's counselor, does an outstanding job. We could not be happier with the teachers and their commitment to our daughter's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

I say Southern Middle School is a very good school! I now go to a private school in Memphis, TN (St. George's Independent School), and southern midle reminds me a lot like this school. The teachers are great, it is not very strict, and the athletic program is pretty good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2007

I'm a student at Southern and it is a very good school. My cousins and friends told me it wasn't a good school but they were wrong. The teachers are great. Ecspeaicialy Mrs. Groo(6th grade Language Arts) and Mr. Hawthorne( Orchestra and chrous) I would highly recomend this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2006

I had my children in a 'high quality' private school before we moved to this area. One of my children had spent all twelve years in pricey prep schools. I believe that my son is getting an education that is equivalent and in many ways much better. The music, PE, and other courses have wonderful equipment that those private schools never had. The 6th grade teachers have been very helpful and responsive to some special needs that my son has. I will agree that Mr. Heiser is a gem. My son was very leery about entering the new school and Mr. Heiser personally helped him and looked after him until he got oriented. I had looked at the school's scores and had neighbors tell me not to send my kids to Southern Middle school. They were absolutely wrong. I would recommend this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

their are very low problems there teachers and staff are very helpful mr.heiser is very helpful good educational levels music ,insturments are very fun to play in band class.
—Submitted by a former 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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
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 79% 42%
Black 10% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5235 Solomons Island Rd
Lothian, MD 20711
Phone: (410) 222-1659

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