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Ridgely Middle School

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Posted February 5, 2014

Ridgely Middle School is fantastic in their approach to kids with learning issues! The staff is professional, warm, and incredibly helpful when it comes to all issues that the kids face at their school. Learning disabilities, bullying, social issues, IEP's, 504's, etc. We couldn't be happier with the continued support and resources that are always available to us. Their Student Support Teams and Administration are a great team to work with and we have ben impressed every step of the way!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

I went to this middle school more than 30 years ago- not much has changed. You've got some awesome, devoted teachers who want to see the student grow and succeed. Then you have the ones who are so unprofessional- they speak harshly about other teachers ( 1 teacher went so far as to call another teacher " a stupid man !"- to the students . Some have made inappropriate comments to/ about a student in front of an entire class. These teachers are supposed to be role models. I was not impressed. The guidance counselor for the 7th grade was the BEST ever !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

This is a very amazing school, I went here and I definitely came out a better student, and person as a whole


Posted October 17, 2011

Have no complaints abouts the school. Education is excellent but they can do a little bit or remodeling the classrooms. This is an old school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

Ridgely Middle is a good school, but not a great one. Most of the teachers are attentive to the needs of their students, but some are either overworked or simply disengaged.


Posted March 3, 2011

This school is a very good one. My daughter and I have moved from that schools area but she wants to go back every day! :)


Posted October 6, 2010

My point is (in case it isn't clear enough from my last post, the one that starts "For all the great things about this school..."--our "special needs" kids (IEP's, 504's and not diagnosed at all) are ***NOT A BURDEN!!!***They are, in fact, as capable of achieving (and at least some of them more so) as any other student. The few teachers and administrators, etc. that still think of them as a "burden" is the problem. Maybe if more parents make that point, they'll stop seeing these kids as "labels" and start seeing them for all they are really worth. I think most of them already do, but not all. Labels (like "special needs" "troublemaker" "quirky" )don't teach kids. Educators with knowledge and great attitudes do! Kudos to those that already have great attitudes! Those that don't---(and get stuck on labels)-do your research!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

Teachers are overburdened with too many special needs kids in the classes with no real assistance. No discretion is used when placing children in foreign language classes. My daughter had an E in Latin for the first two quarters and they switched her to another language against my wishes. The rest of the class had actually been taking that class for two quarters and they placed her in cold turkey. How was she ever supposed to catch up? Foreign language isn't history where you can miss one event and move on to the next successfully. You need the basics to move on to the next concept or your child will be lost. RMS had no business placing my daughter in a foreign language to begin with. I am glad she is now in high school and taking classes she can handle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Great school academically but bullying is tolerated. In my opinion their 'zero tolerance policy' is only on paper. My child was bullied two years at Ridgely and little or nothing was done about it. The school administration pretends that it does not exist. It's a serious issue at that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

i am a seventh grade student at Ridgely middle school we are only in the 3rd week and i am in tons of extra curricular activity's and have had one spirt week the teachers have the patience to take on the world my best teacher is Ms.Rousaville and also Ms.Lawson the princible and secretary are so sweet i love my new school also it is as huge as a city
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

I'm a sixth grader at Ridgely. There's nothing you can say about Ridgely that's negative. Mrs. Kimball and Mrs. Sancomb are the best teachers. I'm on the school lacrosse team. It's a great mixing pot of students from all different backrounds. I'd reccomend it to anybody.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2007

I was a student at RMS and, when reading these reviews, you must remember that junior high is perhaps the most difficult part of growing up. That being said, RMS was good for me. I was enrolled in all GT classes and I had a stellar education and really devoted teachers. From my perspective, RMS was a great learning experience and I was fully prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 27, 2007

Unless your child is an A,B student, they will not do well in this school! Teachers have no patience or compassion!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

This is a really good school, especially the GT classes. The best teachers are Ms.Bradshaw and Ms. Kline. The safety and discipline is good because every time I walk by the principal, she kind of scares me. It is also a very safe school, and I am getting a good education here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2004

I m not a parent but I went to this school last year. Now I m a freshman at Dulaney, and I got to say rms really helped me. The teachers are awesome at Rms. I know I complained about them wile I was their but they really set me up for high school. They made it easier on me. It s almost the end of the marking period and I m proud to say I have all b s and a s and I know I wouldn t have had the same if I didn t have the teachers I had last year. Ridgely is a really good school... The only thing they need is air conditioning.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 27, 2003

The principle has met the things defined in the principle leadership catagory. The teacher quality was tough. Although, the teachers strive for academic excellence, they are also bias to minorities in the school and demonstrate racist attitudes to those students that are different. Safety and discipline recieved lowest due to the racist attitudes of the teachering staff; they don't want minority staff or minority students at that school. The overall quality is high because the school spends a lot of money on students to have books they keep at home and books they use at school. They have the best of the best compared to other schools in Baltimore County.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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92%

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>=95%

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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 67% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 71% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 6%
Black 10% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 11%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Basketball
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  • Basketball

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121 Ridgely Rd
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 887-7650

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