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Salisbury Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 925 students

 

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Posted February 6, 2013

I go to "SMS" the slang name for Salisbury Middle school, this school is an excellent school. I transferred to this school and its just amazing! The library located in the school has even won architectural awards for the design of it. The staff and teachers are fantastic! The students are also wonder full. I'm in the 7th grade and in the GATE program; Gifted and talented education. The teachers are just fabulous and they make you want to learn, and make it fun to learn. I recommend this school for anyone! Also please don't be shy! Trust me, we don't bite!


Posted March 7, 2012

Excellent staff here, this school is in a terrible, gang infested area yet the teachers, staff and administrators excel at providing a safe and educational environment for our kids. Only wish they had metal detectors in Wicomico County school system..... TERRIFIC teachers, have my last child there this year and we have been very happy with most everything there for the past 6 years now. Principal Amy Eskridge is one who knows every student in that building by their name! She has really turned that school around :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My grandson is a 8th grade student at Salisbury Middle School. His motivation towards learning has increased each year since entering SMS. He has maintained a zest for learning and loves to go to school. This, I am sure, is due in no small part to the dynamic, professional teachers at SMS.


Posted May 27, 2009

SMS is a great school. i love it. the teachers are so great. there are great people and the best staff EVER! sms ruless! We have school spirit everywhere we go on field trips, but thats just because we all love our school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2009

I like the amount of after school programs. The teachers are also very nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2009

Salisbury Middle is a GREAT school.From the staff to the students it's a wonderful environment.The change of principal was hard at first but then you got over it.SMS has a great (Girls and Boys)Basketball team which right now the girls are undefeated. The classes are interesting and the teachers make it that way.SMS keep on ROCKING and this year WE ARE GOING TO FINISH ON TOP! We are always going to have haters but the quickly fade away and to the school that i love.I'm going to miss it nest year as i go on to high school but i'll always be an eagle.SMS is the school to be!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2008

MY EXPERIENCE and FEELING: If you are a white supremicist this is the school for you and your children. It is full of administrators who use politically correct jargon while pointing to policys and 'what should be done' and holding students to high standards, while they exhibit maladjusted personalities, low-self esteem and (closet as well as overt) racisim. The few blacks that are not janitor's are nothing more than house slaves happy to have receive their wages and state benefits while serving whatever the racist admins dictate and diservicing growing youth. If anyone not on payroll with the state differs I anxiously to hear YOUR expereinces
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

SMS is one of the best middle schools that I have ever seen and been involved with. I have never seen a staff care about the students on such a level as the staff at SMS. I loved it the first time I went there for and interview. Wonderful school, excellent staff members. SMS is the best! Anonymous
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 13, 2007

I love this school!! I tranfeired from another school.I like this school much better!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2006

My daughter has been at Salisbury Middle for two years now. She is always excited about what she is learning and has lots to tell us about her teachers and the activities that they participate in. History has come alive for her. Math is a challenge but her teacher explains it in a way that she understands easily. Reading and Language are presented in an appealing and contextual manner so that it is more than just book learning. As a family we are very happy with the quality of teaching and care that she has received at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

I have to say that the administration is on top of things, cares about the student body, and is great overall. Although there are a few 'nuts' in the mix most of the teachers at SMS are very good. When it comes to extracurriculars no other Middle school in the area comes close; From The Footbal, Basketball, and Track teams to Drama and Destination Imagination this school has it all. As for Parent involvement the PTA is very active but a few more dances would have been nice =) In The Safety catagory it has improved vastly over the 3 years I attended. In 6th grade there was a hallway fight once or twice a week and the ocasional assult, but by my 8th grade year (2005) there was hardly any of that. The overall quality of the school is very good and I am proud to be an Alum.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2006

This is a great GATE system. My son has had a great 6th grade! Need more parental involvement.
—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 68% in 2014.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 63% in 2014.

280 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

290 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

290 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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
Black 49% 35%
White 41% 42%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
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 55%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

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607 Morris St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: (410) 677-5149

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