« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
9-12
Public
Millersville, MD
Students enrolled: 2,235

Contact this school

600 Patriot Ln
Millersville, MD 21108

(410) 969-9010
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Old Mill High School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
December 17, 2012
We are a military family, my children have attended eight different schools so far. OMHS is the worst one ever. We will be moving early to get away from this school. It is not military-friendly at all. The school has no leadership and teachers are never held accountable. My children's education has suffered.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
I have two children that unfortunately attend OMHS. My son took three AP classes last year- the teachers were not qualified to teach the class. I asked if my son could take the class online and the school said no. They would not work with us. They were only concerned with the numbers game not the children...ex. we offer 20 AP classes (only 5 of them are quality classes though) My son has been bullied and harassed at the school and the staff does NOTHING. If my child had a choice between dropping out and attending...seriously consider dropping out- this school will only harm your child and the principal does not care. The gangsters run this school don't let the staff tell you otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
This school is absolutely poor Bad Teachers students and staff Rate -10 out of 10

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2011
This school is so unorganized. It has too many students. The kids practically run the school.. When I was there they had so many fights and people setting trash cans on fire. It was ridiculous. I was glad to graduate in 09 .And also you do not learn alot, the teachers are mediocre.I rather go to Baltimore City Schools, at least I can learn things. And by the way its like a prison, No windows, "OD" patrolling the school, and those wanna be security people walking the hallways does'nt help. Like I said the students ran that school.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2010
My son is in 10th grade there. He has been tested gifted and talented yet they refuse to even try and meet his needs. He is discouraged and doesn't care about school anymore because the teachers don't care and the school doesn't care. The school doesn't seem to make efforts to encourage kids that may be having difficulties. Despite all of that, I am most upset with the quality of the education. It is horrocious! My neice in VA who is 10 years old with a learning disability is more educated than a 10th grader at this school. I've even visited my son's classes (honors) and they read the information to them instead of making them read the book on their own. They even hand out tests and then give them the answers before they turn them in! I was shocked! I can't wait to move!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
I will admit that there are alot of fights but peolpe have to learn you cant become friends with everybody. The teachers are really great and they do the very best they can makin sure every student understands the concept. There are so many electives and sports to choose from.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2010
I went to old mill high for my freshman year 09-10 and now im transfering to somewheres else because I no longer feel safe. The prinicipal just seems to care about us putting our electronic devices away and hats and hoods off and really nobody pays attention because in Jan I had to take a test in Geometry and we had a substittute teacher and kids were texting through out the test and I couldn't concentrate. Plus there are too many kids as it about 2400 now how can you keep track of 2400 kids.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2009
Old mill is a really great school with a lot good teachers and the IB program. The IB program is very well organized and I am really enjoying it although the work is a little lengthy.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2009
Old Mill is a wonderful school for students who are in upper placement classes (AP, IP, Honors), and I can attest to this personally. However, I will be the first to admit there are many students who fall through the cracks. The school has made great strides in improving upper level courses, especailly with the addition of the IB program in 2004, however; the school needs to address problems on the other end of the spectrum. As advice to parents, keep an eye on the placement level of your kids, try to keep them in level 3 classes or higher, I found this is where the most attention is placed. Further, encourage kids to participate in extracurricular programs, OMHS has a wide variety. I know, by participating in sports I definetly enriched my high school expereince.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2009
The international baccalaureate (ib) curriculum at OMHS is a great course for students. The teachers seem to really care about the IB kids. However, there are some teachers and faculty who do not really have the best methods for getting things done. And yes, the school is very crowded. Also, it would be nice to have lockers issued to everyone and not have to carry your things everywhere.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2009
Old Mill is a very poor school and has many incompetent teachers. When my child brought home a grade sheet that showed NHI (not handed in) I confronted him. He showed me the graded papers. We then turned the back to the teacher who apologized, but his grade was never corrected. It was difficult and the only way I could get teachers to communicate with me was to go through the principal. During the two years my son was at the school it did more damage than good to him and there were only 2 teachers that made any effort to truly teach or help students.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
Old Mill High is a good school. It is not a preppy rich kid school, and nor is it a run-down school. I would say that Old Mill is better than many schools in the county. Our sports teams are awsome, especially in wrestling, whereas this season (2008-2009), we won two state titles. Our football team and basketball team are consistently rising in the state. Our baseball team (and track) also have quite a history in winning state titles. As far as academics go, this school offers challenging courses, with most teachers caring about students and grades. At the AP level, most teachers are dependable. I will admit that there are a few teachers however, that are not so great at teaching, luckly, you can very likely switch teachers if the parent gets involved. You get what you put in. Push your kids to try hard and they'll be rewarded.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a teacher
April 20, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2009
Teachers will go the extra distance to help the student excel if the student is willing to show an interest. Old Mill High School prepared my child for the 'real world' through a nurturing atmosphere. My child excels in a major university because of the education they received at Old Mill.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
This school is very unorganized and has too many students to keep track of. they do not have proactive procedures in place and not many of the teachers actually genuinely care about taking ownership to insure the well being of the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
I loved this school. It has developed an amazing steel drum band with a teacher that really cares about the students. The drama program is one of the best in the area. There are so many extra curricular activities and there really is a great sense of community.

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2008
Old Mill High School has a lot of activities for the students. I am a current and student and the classess are very nice. However the school really is crowded, but you have to consider the fact that there are 2 middle schools adjoined to the Old Mill Complex. So once eighth graders graduate then they automatically go to the high school. I liked the transition because I still saw most of my friends in middle school.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
I truly believe that Old Mill offers so much to their students. But I am truly upset with the enrollment, I feel that the school is over crowded and when is the Board of Education going to realize this. Isn't there a limit of students the school can hold? When is there going to be to many? So many of the students that are going there aren't suppose to be there to begin with.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
December 28, 2007
This school is way to crowded. We have some awsome teachers, then there are those who arent that good. But you will find that in all schools. Our principal is working hard to improve our school. Over all its not that bad of a school

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
I'm a student at Old Mill High and it really has great teacher's,but the school has way to many people inrolled. You are walking down the halls and it feels like youjust walked into a heard of elefints. If you don't mind being in a school full of people then yes It's nice. I was a new student and I made so many new frinds it amazing.Hope you like the school as much as I do

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2007
I am currently a student at old mill,and i really love it. Even though the school is over 50 percent white,the classrooms,and the overall atmosphere's really diverse. At this school, theres no way you can go a whole day without socializing with a different ethnic group. As far as education, this school has so many opportunities. I am an IB student, and its a great program to be in, and looks really good on your transcript. There are SO MANY sports and extracurriculars here, it's hard NOT to get involved in something.The student are great, and almost everyone has a group that they fit in to. Most of my teachers are cool, and the administration tries really hard to keep everything running in an orderly fashion, and for the most part they succeed. Anyone who is bashing OMHS, probably is or has a kid with a bad attitude towards this school.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2007
Excellent academic programs and wide variety of extracurricular activies. Baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, drama department, marching band, orchestra, SGA, NHS, ITS, many more.

- submitted by a former student
March 26, 2006
Old Mill is awesome. I am also an IB kid and at the same time am able to play soccer, run indoor track, and lax. The teachers here are very understanding and supportive. I dont know why the others are so tripped up on saying that Old Mill is a horrible school. Because it is far from it. These people probably are the loud/troublesome ones in the hallways at school, or the kinds of parents that simply wont work things out with the school or be any kind of help if their kids are having behavior problems. Of course there are always going to be behavior or security issues. This is a high school we're talking about. I wouldnt expect less. But at Old Mill, I feel these problems are handled to the best of the schools abilities. At Old Mill, I feel safe, smart, and ready to learn.

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
February 28, 2006
I am a student here at Old Mill High and I think it is a wonderful school to attend. I am a good kid, I am in the IB program and I get good grades. There's generally a nice environment, like any typical school, there are loud ones in the hallway, and occational disturbances, but it isnt too much of a concern. The schooling is excellent. I feel that teachers and administrators here really push you to do better. Also, the offer many clubs and activities here to join as well. Old Mill is not a bad school. People that have complaints about it are probably just the ones that are loud mouths and rude, or they just arent comunicating properly. There is nothing wrong with Old Mill. It is filled with mostly fun students and nice teachers who actually enjoy teaching. If you want a good school, this is it.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2005
I have never been more frustrated as a parent with a school. The Administrative Staff (from the principal on down to the guidance counselor) who do not know what the others are doing. There is a total misconnect with those who are suppose to be educating our children. As a concern parent I find it outrageous, I have to go to four different Adminstrative personnel to get answers on how the school is ran. They play the blame game all too well. The problem is not with the teachers, but with the people who are in charge. I have had the BOE sit in on meetings and still get no results from the school. Though they make promises, they do not follow through on them. They are there only to meet quotas and pass your child. The school staff needs to be revamped entirely!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
November 03, 2005
I'm attending Old Mill High School currently and I find it to be a great school compared to my home school of Glen Burnie. The opportunities are there, they have AVID, IB, ESOL, and many other programs to help your student advance. Extracurricular activities are available at all times of the year, and each year new activities are added, an astounding 50% of my teachers are involved in these extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is depending on whether your child needs it, they have conferences every day after school, and there are many guidance counselors that do bother to call your house only to inform you of your childs attendance. Also, because this school is the center of many organizations in Anne Arundel County it is extremely culture and has all different levels of education as well as athletics available. However, as the center of the county it is extremely crowded.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2005
2005 WHAT AN TERRIBLE SCHOOL! There is NO support what so ever, well unless you are honor roll. The administrators only like to here themselves talk, what a waste. The entire shcool is nothing but total kaus. When you call the school the phones are busy, or no one answers , or better yet they transfer you to the middle schools. Oh, and if you finally get transfered to the person you leave a message and they never return your call! It is all about politics and how good they look statistically. Carolyn Kegley

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
There are teachers at old mill who simply want to get in, get out and get paid. But that is simply a minority. Most of the teachers will tell the parents when their child is slipping, mine did. My parents were kept up to date with emails every week. Perhaps because they asked for them. Of course a teacher isn't able to email each and every parent once a week. OF course there are troublemakers, it's a public school. One should go to every AACP school and rate in comparison to them.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
June 28, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2005
I am a graduate of Old Mill, How i managed that I don't know. . My parents faught so hard for my education and safety it was ridiculous looking back at it now. The things we had to fight for should not have been an issue. And the Parking lots! are not safe at all! the 'jr. Parking lot' is the worse, they need a traffice coordinator at the intersection especially for new drivers that is a dangerous place. anyways I made it, if your child is on the right path and has the determination and you are willing to support your child they will be fine. But if you want the school to support you and your child you are not looking in the right place.

- submitted by a former student
March 16, 2005
I think that Old Mill is a good school. Yes there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make it a great school. But there are things that go on at other schools that you dont see here. The school offers all kinds of courses and extracurricular activities. One thing that would make Old Mill a better place for new and current students would be parent involvement. Not many parents are involved right now. I dont appreciate how people put down this school because of things that happen. A lot of the kids here learn the things they do from their parents. Thats also how they get access to drugs and things.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
February 24, 2005
I am a student of Old Mill Senoir High and I believe that this a very good school to go to. I don't understand what the big deal is about rating us so low. This school isn't perfect. Neither are the other richy school out there. All of the teachers are down to earth and have a good personality. Even though the subject are difficult for some students, teachers make it so that it's easy to understand. Also, this is a very safe school. Ever since 9/11 saftey has been enforced and there is a security guard at the front of the school. There are at least 3 cops on watch. I as a student feel very safe and able to function well in this environment.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2005
There are many wonderful teachers at Old Mill High school who not only teach the students inside of class but also volunteer their time through extra curricular activities. While Old Mill High School may not have the greatest reputation due to the violence around and within the school, I always felt safe.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2005
I graduated Old Mill in 2002. The school has alot of room for improovement however there are good teachers in there. Acadmically I did come out prepared for college. The counselors left alot to be desired and the inability to change a class without alot of effort was discouraging. I was heavily involved in the music program which was a great experience. The band director is a great person who cares deeply for his students as long as you tried. The school unfortunately did almost nothing to help him and in many ways was hurting his efforts. Within the marching band the level of parental involvement going to bat with the administration on many occasions. Anyway the school needs improovement but it isn't the worst out there.

- submitted by a former student
January 25, 2005
This school really isn't as bad as everyone here is making it out to be. I went there for some of my high school and also went one of the middle schools in the same building (the building holds 2 middle schools and the high school). I didn't excell there, but that was my fault. Teachers do offer extra help, and they generally care about the students. The popular kids are actually the ones in honors and AP, rather than the other way around. I really don't like the ability grouping, but all schools have that now. But, if you keep your kids in level 3/honors they might not even realize there is a drug scene or any of that. The school has good facilities, including a wonderful auditorium.

- submitted by a former student
January 16, 2005
It's dark and dirty, like a prison. 2600 students, some that don't want to be there, shouldn't be there, disrupting everything that is educational. There are exceptional students, but fewer than one would expect for a school this big. Kids are always wandering the halls. Administrators aren't consistent with punishments for infractions of the code of conduct. Counselors push students into courses they can't be successful in because the student wants to attend college. Students can't drop an honors or AP course they are unsuccessful in and don't need without everybodys permission. Teachers see approximately 160 students every two days, if the students are actually there.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
September 07, 2004
Towards the end of last school year, 10th grade son was told to leave the building my an Administrator at approx. 7:30 am. This Administrator called at work at 10:30 a.m. and was told my son was sent home, I was not told that he was sent home 3 hours earlier. I called school to let them know my son was not home, and know where to be found. I called the Board of Ed. they called the school, and I got a call back from the administrator saying 'sorry'. This is not a proper learning environment. Do not expect support, advice or help. Do expect pre-recorded phone messages, Do not expect a call personally in a reasonalbe time. The County signs near the entrance say 'Old Mill Educational Facilty' Its not a School, School should be possitive learning environment, and a safehaven. Old mill is not.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
June 03, 2004
The administrators are always looking for something against the students and are always on the side of the teachers. Very few times does a teacher call home and tell the parents that their child is failing. The principal won't hire a good student teacher because he doesn't want to lose his 'reputation' as the respected man in charge. The school needs a lot of work and you're lucky if you find a good teacher who is willing to work there. There is also one administrator who is very racial to people who are white. And many teachers are only nice to people included in sports too. So good luck with Old Mill.

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2004
When I attended Old Mill (c/o 2003), I did not like how administration handled certain situations as far as student discipline is concerned. They always took the teachers side and never looked at things from the students point of view, which I think contributed to alot of problems.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2004
My daughter attends Old Mill. One thing I do not like about Old Mill High is that if your kid is not doing well in a subject, the teachers are perfectly willing to let him/her struggle ad infinitum and fail them without offering extra help off-line and after school. Also, if there is a teacher/student problem, the system works in favor of the teacher -- covering up the matter in secrecy ,while protecting the teachers rights becasue they are afraid of the Union. The parent will never find out how the teacher was dealt with.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The current principal has effected a dramatic turnaround in the school environment on points of discipline, order and safety from a decade ago when our oldest son attended. Old Mill had a deservedly bad reputation then. I personally appreciate this as much if not more than the academics. If they only had more money, more resources, more guidance counselors!

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 16, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Old Mill High School
600 Patriot Ln, Millersville, MD  21108
(410) 969-9010
Last modified Old Mill High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Old Mill High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top