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New Town High School

Public | 9-12 | 889 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter is a freshman at Newtown for the 2013-2014 for school year. I am impressed with the school's dedication to informing and educating the parents and students about college and post high school options for students. My daughter has excellent and dedicated teachers this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

The school is good academically, but could use some improvement as far as discipline actions. I actually dread visiting during evening hours because the children can be a little loud and unruly. The dance department leaves a lot to be desired because there seems to be no variety. There are many forms of dance (modern, tap, jazz, hip hop) but there is a favoritism towards ballet and modern (at least during the performances). My middle school aged daughter has shown an interest in dance as a magnet, but I don t think I will be sending her to Newtown high due to the lack of variety in the dance program. It s a shame because the school is so close to home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

It has been a good learning experience for my son. The school should be proactive in preparing students for SAT and ACT exams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

For me, a lot more could have been done by teachers, other staff, but MOST OF ALL PARENTS. A school can't be great if the parents don't cooperate with the teachers. A lot of times what I saw was parents defending their children's inappropriate behavior and not apologizing and that's pathetic. You go to school, do what you have to do to get good grades or straight A's like me and then move on. Don't blame teachers for YOUR CHILD'S constant failure. There is definitely something you're not doing as a parent if that happens. One other thing that the school should definitley improve on is preparations for college with seniors. Not school lunches (get over it) and not extracurricular activities. Stop worrying about how mean or nice the teacher is and focus on learning. That is all. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

As a long-time New Town parent (since the school opened), and as the current PTSA President, I believe I have some insights that other parents may not have. Anyone who has been a member of the New Town Family for a significant amount of time knows that as the school matures, many issues that new schools face become resolved. There is strong leadership at the helm of New Town, and staffmembers have embraced the vision. I encourage parents and students to take a more active role in New Town's maturation process, lending their wisdom, insights and strategies that will continue our positive growth. It's always much easier to complain than it is to roll up our sleeves and put in work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

This school has alot of growing up to do still and no student at this school feels the way as the comment below its school for crying out loud! Some teachers do try their best and then there is Dr. Miller anybody that went there nows what i mean lol
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

the school is great and the teachers are good and they try there best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2008

This past year was my daughter's first year. I was not at all impressed. I found the office staff very unfriendly. The counseling staff and counselor for the ninth grade seemed to be most uninterested in my concerns. I would not recommend this school. I am not sure exactly what I am looking for in a high school, but I can most certainly tell you that this is not it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

As a Class of 2007 New Town High School graduate, who now attends the University of Maryland College Park, I feel as though i didn't receive a enough support from the school. Students aren't well prepared for college. It seems that the school only concerns themselves about graduating students from high school. I (my parents) had to pay thousands of dollars to take SAT prep classes. Some classes are 'a waste of time.' You know there is a problem when your teachers come to class without a lesson plan or start selling candy to students. If i had a younger sibling who had a choice on which school to attend, even if zoned for New Town High School, I would make sure i wouldn't allow my younger sister or brother to fall behind the rest of America.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

I am a student who is a senior at New Town and I think I have gotten a fairly good education and I am very prepared and looking forward to College. The teachers at New Town assist those who want assistance and those who show the drive to suceed. New Town also offer excellent extracurricular activities and an equal oppurtunity to participate i am proud yop say I will graduate from New Town High School in 2008
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2006

As a High School graduate of New Town High School, who now attends University of MD College Park, I feel as though that I received a great amount of support from the teachers and staff members. Many of the students are given chances to bring up their grades, and offered help. Some are willing to take the chances, while others disregard the given opportunities. Let's keep in mind that this is still a new school that is doing it's best to satisfy the needs of the students and is not purposely trying to seek failure in the students. As a new school, students need to become leaders, and choose to attend clubs and organizations, or else there should not be any complaints about not having enough clubs that student can participate in. The fact of the matter is that if teachers, parents and students need to come together.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2006

My son attends New Town, and I am thinking about removing him from the school. Although the extracurricular activities are really good, school safety and discipline is a mjor issue. The teachers , overall are not up to par, especially in the math and english department. Discipline, is poor. Gang activity is on the rise, and the administration has seems to have no clue of how to effectively deal with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

This school is a fairly new school. Like any new process or organization, there are kinks that need to be resolved. It is my opinion that my daughter did not receive quality math instruction while attending New Town. There was a high turnover in math teachers and my daughter has suffered in math development. This school lis not a title I school and therefore, students are not eligible for free tutoring by a state supplemental service provider. As a result, I am having to pay for tutoring and a summer program to assist my daughter with her college placement tests. I am not happy with the lack of communication from the school. While i do agree that students should be responsible with giving their parents information that sent home by the school. Historically, this process has not worked on the high school level. We all lose in this process.
—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.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA 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. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 92% 35%
White 3% 42%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 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 47%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School counslor
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Media arts
  • Graphics
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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4931 New Town Blvd
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: (410) 887-1614

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