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William H. Farquhar Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 635 students

 

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Posted August 11, 2013

Farquhar is a wonderful school. Caring teachers and the best Principal around. We were new when my son started 6th grade here and he loves it. I love it too and am thrilled we picked this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

the teachers are awesome, the lunch food stinks. but other than that it is ok
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

My son loved his middle school years at this school. I feel like he was extremely prepared for high school. Students well behaved and respectful. The new principal is excellent. Parent involvement is high. My only complaint would be the overcontrolling PTA. I joined and listed my name on several things I was willing to volunteer for. I was never called. The same people want to control everything. Better ideas for fundraising needed. Overall, however, excellent school and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2008

I am very satisfied with the quality. My child fells like she was in a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

I absolutely love this school. There is a great academic skills, great teachers specially Mr. Green in 6th grade he has wonderful teaching skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

I love Mr. Murphy. He is the bes principal i ever had in my whole entire life. Excellent principal!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2008

Excellent principal and teachers. All are up-to-date on academics and dealing with the kids especially in todays society. A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

From 2002-2005, the school has improved because of the new administrative team and new, creative staff. The parents are more involved with decision making and students are supported in many of their classes. The music department is very strong and there are many opportunities for all students in the school's after-school activities program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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 73% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
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.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
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 49% 43%
Black 22% 36%
Asian 13% 6%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

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  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
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