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9-12
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Owings Mills, MD
Students enrolled: 967

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124 Tollgate Rd
Owings Mills, MD 21117

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(410) 887-1700
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July 28, 2014
I am a student at OMHS and I will be a junior coming onto the 2014-2015 school year. People think our school is filled with gangs or a bunch of people that don't know what they are doing. But in all honesty, that is not the case. OMHS is progressing and I can see that. In every school, there WILL be a few people that are "clowns" and cool around but that's the reality. You cannot go to another school and not see that. OMHS has positive teachers that are enthusiatic about the students. The athletics are progressing. There are a lot of classes they offer and the teachers are becoming more and more positive and enthusiastic to push the students out of their comfort zone, and become greater and more positive students. So to those people who say "I will never send my kid to OMHS" because of swearing or because the athletics are not D1 ready or because it's not "good enough", well no school is perfect. But our school has character.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2014
I am not sure if these people are paid to post some of these reviews or not, but I would never ever send my child to OMHS. The top 25% of students are great but unfortunately the bottom 25-50% bring this school way down. You must hear 100+ curse words ever period, most of the students are very disrespectful and do not even know it. The "lack" of a dress code is also ridiculous, I see more skin in the hallways then I do at Ocean City.

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
I have been an OMHS parent for 7 years. The new principal and the assistant principals have high standards for all of the staff and students and the PTSA in more involved than ever! There are many opportunities for all students to become involved...a strong SGA, clubs, organizations, music, art, robotics, sports, theater, mock trials, and more! Just this week Owings Mills High was once again named as a Top School in the Nation by The Washington Post!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
My son is a freshman. The staff has done very well keeping me informed on his progress and adjustment to high school. The staff and students share a great school pride. AndThe counselors and teachers make the atmosphere exciting. My son loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Owings Mills High School offers a "small school" atmosphere, but with the diversity of course selection that a larger high school might offer. The administration is energetic and truly interested in bettering the school and keeping the students interested and involved. There is a new group of young, enthusiastic teachers who want to try different and creative programming and the administration is supporting them 100%. The reinvigorated PTSA is doing great things to keep parents well informed and involved as well. This school is "real life" with true cultural and ethnic diversity. My two kids have had an extremely positive experience at Owings Mills High School.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is my eighth year as a parent of a child at OMHS . And it's going to be sad when my child graduates in may . The new principle is awesome and the new athletic director has some big refreshing ideas . The upcoming years are going to be exciting , wish that I was going to be around to see it happen .

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My boys absolutely love Owings Mills HS. Are amazed at how diverse the school is and how inviting the students are. The love that they have several club options. They also are very happy with the teachers. I personally love the PTSA involvement to make sure parents are kept informed. Also when I email a teacher they respond! This is an amazing school and I am very glade we moved to Maryland.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Owings Mills High School has so much to offer ! There are a lot of after school activities offered for different interests, diverse population with students from all over the world, friendly and caring staff that go out of their way to make OM a great place for all!

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2013
I have been a parent here since 2006. Both of my children have gotten stellar educations. It is a place where a student can shine. The teachers are caring and very skilled. We are lucky to be part of Omhs.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Owings Mills High School lives up to the motto of 'Excellence Through Diversity'. The school is a multi-cultural student body and I love the way the staff works together and goes above and beyond to ensure the success of their students. The staff support not only their students, but each other.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2013
I have been teaching at Owingd Mills HS for 20 years and I have been extremely happy with my choice to do so. The admisistration is very supportive of its teachers, the faculty cares about its students and the students are fantastic young people with diverse backgrounds.On a regular basis, I am reminded that my career in education is the most important job I could have chosen. After teaching 33 years, I still love what I do and I wouldn't want to do it in any other place.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2013
I have had two sons attend OMES and have so impressed with the teachers and the academics. The teachers care and it shows why it is a Top ten School in the State of Maryland.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My school really is diversified, and coming from a Peace Corps background, it really is uplifting to work here.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2013
Before my little sister entered high school, she was very sad and downcast a lot of the time. I feared that high school would only make it worse. I mean, I knew what it was like when I was in high school and from what I gather the pressure to "fit in" has only gotten worse. To my surprise, it was much the opposite for her. Since becoming a freshmen at Owings Mills High, my baby sis is much happier. She plays on the soccer team and is currently going through auditions for the school musical. I've never seen her so confident and thrilled to leave for school. Her grades are out of this world. The faculty support and administration at OMHS are absolutely remarkable. They take great care to ensure that students are not only provided with an excellent education, but also that they are provided a safe environment to thrive and grow. And it doesn't hurt that their principal ROCKS! As a member of the PTSA, I see the great involvement from leadership and parents, it is truly outstanding. I am SO happy to be a part of the OMHS community and to see my sister excel in such a short time!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
My school is amazing! The new administrator is doing a great job. The parents could be more supportive though.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
OMHS is the best! We rock! Academics are getting even more rigorous over time, and that's great. But the school still works with and supports those students who need it most.

- submitted by a teacher
October 06, 2013
Owings Mills HS is a school with a diverse student body. It has opportunities for students to pursue many different interests.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
The teachers are phenomenal. They're very personal with they way they teach, and they do their best to get you what you need/what you want. For example, I'm starting an environmental science club with the help of our AP Environmental teacher. Each teacher has an after-school help session as often as convenient to them, which is usually twice a week, or even on a quotidian basis. They give you all of the tools you need to succeed in high school, and in further education/life. The only way I can think that the school could improve would be the students' home lives. There is a plethora of ways the teachers give the students opportunities to improve their grades, and be extremely successful. However, because students aren't given good reasons from their families to do well, they generally ignore all of the great opportunites. If that were to happen, and students wouldn't be so insistent on ignoring their education, the school would be a very close candidate to an ideal school.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2013
My school is making a strong statement in the new year as it seeks to expand its program and academic quality. Stay tuned to the rest of this school year, as well as the next one, as there are many new things to make students, parents and other community stakeholders proud.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Attended Freshman Orientation tonight. Left with a great feeling about the school!! So many clubs, organizations, and sports for my child to get involved in. Enjoyed talking to so many teachers and loved the involvement of the older students. Best part was when the Principal danced with the students to inspire them to be brave! Looking forward to getting involved!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Owings Mills has some great strengths- very nice kids, dedicated and caring teachers, and a small student population. When we emailed teachers at Owings Mills with questions about assignments or tests, all the teachers responded within 24 hours; one even emailed us unsolicited to give us a heads up about a test. Another teacher read rough drafts, giving my child extensive comments so he could improve the final draft. The GT curriculum for 9th grade is very challenging. While my child learned a lot, I think he was pushed academically a lot more than at other Baltmore County schools and the pressure can be a bit much. For example, he had to write four analytical essays on The Odyssey (one a week) while my friend's child at Towson Public Policy Magnet, only had to write one two paragraph evaluation after reading excerpts of the book in class. This disparity in work shows up in the summer reading assignments too. I am not sure if the problem was the prior principal's leadership, or lack of clear communication from the county as to what the expectations and assignments should be for each grade level. Parent involvement in school activities is basically nonexistent.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Those who listen to rumors without doing their research will miss out on a amazing opportunity for their students to receive a rigorous education from teachers who want them to leave school as educated people. You will work hard for your grade, but you will benefit from working hard.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
My son truly enjoys going to Owings Mills High School. His experience has been nothing but positive. We find the teachers to be warm and they genuinely care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Owings Mills High School is an outstanding school! I am speaking as a parent from a personal standpoint. When I unexpectedly lost my 16 year old son who passed away in 2011, the tremendous support that the students, staff and administrators gave me, left me completely speechless. I have never felt so much love, compassion and support from people who were at first strangers to me but suddenly became my second family. The school was there for me and my family in our most difficult time and I am forever indebted. My 14 year old son who is a student there loves his teachers and the academic challenge they give to him. He never wants to miss a day of school even when he is sick. My family loves this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
OMHS is an excellent school. My two children graduated and did very well in college. I found the faculty, staff and administration inviting and very accessible. Students constantly get awards and recognitions for academics, fine arts and athletic accomplishments. The school has been ranked in the top 7% of public high schools in the nation for students that take AP courses. My family totally enjoyed the high school experience provided by Owings Mills High School.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
As an English teacher at OMHS, I can debunk most of the comments in the post below. I have been working at OM for 5 years, and the only teachers who have "left" went out on maternity leave to return a few months later. Our long term subs are professional and follow all county curricula. In fact, three teachers in the English department wrote Baltimore County sanctioned curricula for 9th and 10th grades. Furthermore, our department has had very little turn over in the last five years. Two teachers retired; one position was not replaced due to staff cuts, but the other position was filled with an excellent teacher. We have 5 teachers certified to teach AP level courses, teachers who have attended the Governor's Academy, and a National Board Certified teacher. Our teachers are also very involved in after school activities-- directing the school play, coaching multiple aports, advising classes, and running other various clubs (such as AAO, JSU, and Knitting for the Needy, to name a few). We work hard every single day to ensure that students are receiving an excellent education (and we are making sure that students know they have principles, and can talk to their principals ).

- submitted by a teacher
March 10, 2012
I have put 3 children through OMHS and regret everyday of it. My son's Honors English teacher left 2 months into the school year and was replaced with a substitute. The class did not read any of the novels that were assigned by the county. When we went to the office they did nothing about it. Another time the Spanish teacher left in the beginning of the year and was replaced with a substitute who did not know Spanish. The administration's solution was to have another teacher come in once a week and teach the kids. There are a handful of teachers who really do care about the students and try to help the students reach their full potential. Unfortunately they are few and far between. The lack of caring from the administration is evident from every angle. The people in the front office are cold and one of the Vice Principle's doesn't speak proper English.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
I am a teacher, have only taught at OMHS and have no desire to leave. Each and every day I am continually amazing at the hard work and dedication of the teachers to reach all students in order to develop their maximum potential. Academically, OMHS scores among the leaders in the county and the extracurricular activites are wide and varied, offering something for all students. I would bring my own children to attend OMHS. Go Eagles!

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2011
Owings Mills High School is an excellent school. My son and daughter both had good experiences. Their teachers were always willing to give extra help after school, counselors guided students on applying to colleges and preparing for a life after high school. The front office staff greeted all visitors to the Main Office with a smile. This is a good school. We are especially proud that this school has the distinction of being named in the top 5% of public high schools in the nation for students taking AP courses and AP exams.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
As a staff member of Owings Mills High School I can easily state that this is a school that works for all students--from the high achievers to those that need accommodations. Students are held to expectations to succeed in and outside the classroom. The school offers many extracurricular activities to give students options for positive growth. This includes those that are athletic to those that like competing in another arena, such as the Mock Trial team which places every year in the Third Judicial Circuit Court competition. If students want a good high school experience, they will definitely receive it at OMHS.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Despite a facility that was built as more of a middle school than high school, the students excel in art, drama, & try very hard at sports. The PTSA is very active as are the Sports, Music, Drama, & Arts Boosters. Each class works very hard for 4 years to fund not only their prom but a parting gift for the school. The after prom party held after the senior prom has for many years kept kids from engaging in risky behavior and saved countless lives!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2008
caring and enthusiastic staff

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June 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
The teachers are only concerned with themselves & not the welfare of the students.

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January 06, 2008
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December 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Contrary to the other comments I am very happy with the quality of education my child is getting at OMHS. We transferred after a miserable freshman year at Pikesville High school. That school was chaotic, with fights every day, and so much tension. In contrast OMHS is calm, well ordered. I have found administrators responsive, and student body polite and respectful. I pulled my kid back to some honors level courses as I found his GT workload at Pikesville excessive only to find he is more challenged in honors courses at OMHS than ever at Pikesville GT. Hard to know what the experience of the first negative parent was but having experienced two schools, with one ( Pikesville) overrated as one of the best high schools in America ( based on one extremely narrow criteria of AP classes offered divided by number of graduates) OMHS is tops!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
Owings mills high school is one of the worst learning establishments in the area. The lack of respect demonstrated by the majority of the student body is mind boggling. One would think that the administration would control such behavior, but they do quite the contrary. Few teachers are fun and engaging, but the administration is composed of the most incompetent people employed by bcps. Do not send your child there!

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2005
OMHS was a decent school. It needed more extra-curricular activites and trips. I wish that we had ROTC. It was not a bad learning environment. It was orderly and things usually ran smoothly. Administration did its job well. More funding is needed for activities and sports.

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April 03, 2005
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April 02, 2005
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September 17, 2004
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Owings Mills High School
124 Tollgate Rd, Owings Mills, MD  21117
(410) 887-1700
Last modified Owings Mills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Owings Mills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top