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A. Mario Loiederman Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 763 students

 

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Posted October 7, 2013

This school has a strong arts program and my son is happy there. I have been concerned about teacher turn over (21 new faculty this year - yikes) which I think has a negative impact on quality over all. Still, the climate is positive. Also - when ever I had a concern, teachers, and the principal were available and listened. The teachers and administrators truly care about the success of their students and I believe what the school has to offer overall is very good. I don't think any of the behavior challenges they face are unusual for middle school and I agree with the other reviews - substitutes are a big concern - not just at this school but across the MCPS system. It's important to note that the ratings on this site draw most heavily from student performance on standardized tests. That's not the only benchmark of quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

I am a parent of two Loiederman graduates. They each enjoyed middle school more than I could imagine any child enjoying middle school. The opportunities for creativity -- whether in art, music, theater, dance -- were wide and supportive. The kids supported each other in their arts, with the kind of acclaim that usually goes to the sports heroes. At a graduation ceremony, the students actually gave a self-inspired standing ovation to some of the kids who achieved the highest grades -- whoever heard of that?! The teachers tend to enjoy and participate in the overall creative atmosphere at the school, and the administration has been kind, supportive and inspiring. I look back on their middle school photos and friends with as much fondness as elementary school -- the creative spirit made it a special, accepting place. I felt that some of the teachers in some of the basic classes were not strong enough -- but the overall atmosphere inspired a feeling of belonging, and that was most important at that age. Both kids had enough good teachers in those core subjects so they learned the material, did great, and went on to do well in high school. I miss the LMS moms and dads!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

My school is honestly amazing. It definitely deserves a better rating than 4. Many students do get into fights or arguments with students. but the security and staff does an excellent job and handling the situation and giving appropriate punishments. I can also say the classes and teachers there are amazing. They have just added more electives, For example, Dance for athletes, an advanced lights camera literacy, Italian, acting in film etc. Another thing I would like to comment on is the teachers, they are amazing. If you ask to get help they are right there! whether its before school, after school, at lunch etc. they take the time to help students improve bad habits and bringing up there grades. The councilors are always there and try to help you with your problems. I can say I've been to the councilors office maybe 4-5 times this year and have seen me automatically and without it being well known to other students that I'm there. The only negative that I have is that they took out the ASK (academic support for kids) it was a thirty minute class like study hall except students could make appointments with other teachers to catch up on work. This should be added back.


Posted June 15, 2013

Teachers are wonderful, kind and helpful. Subs never used harsh language in my three years there and either way they aren't just LMS subs, that's MCPS's problem. I've really learned a lot at this school. I've never come across a disrespectful teacher and I know every single teacher there.


Posted May 1, 2013

The magnet program at Loiderman is good, however there are many disrespectful teachers and students. My son goes to this school and can't wait for him to be transferred to another MC school next year. Some teachers are great and do offer tutoring if needed, but the substitues are horrible and even use foul language. Also, there are so many fights at this school, my son is not happy at this school, there is always something interesting happening. Don't send your kids here if they are well behaved because they will learn bad habits!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

I REALLY DISLIKE THIS SCHOOL, DON'T GO THERE, GO TO ARGYLE IF YOU WNT TO SAVE YOURSELF


Posted September 29, 2011

I am a student currently enrolled at Loiederman. What I have noticed over my 3 years here is that, although students are somewhat reckless and disruptive in my grade, many newcomers seem very calm and can be controlled easier. The staff is great. The counselors are excellent, and recently, a small program has been launched that teaches students to be kind each week. Every week, a new topic is announced, such as helping one another and being organized. This helps awareness for the students. Parent involvement is present; many forms and absences require a note or phone call. This school focuses on the basic arts: Music and Creating. Students can join the band and chorus and dance in their first year, while a class called "Perspectives" is a required class that showcases how well a student can contribute in art, such as easy sculpting projects and using sounds and pre-recorded music to create a song. In the next year, they will be able to join Digital Art, Digital Music, Various courses that involve painting and/or interpreting art, and Foreign Language classes such as Spanish and French. Overall, this school is great for art. The building may be old, but it was renovated in 2005.


Posted March 17, 2010

Loiederman is the most amazing middle school for the arts. It has dance, theatre, music, instrumental, and art. There are no enterance our audition exams. If you want to learn, they will teach you! The school just won the JFK Performing Arts School of Excellence Arts Education Award! All this for a PUBLIC School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2010

My daughter went to this school and I agree with the student that worote 'Loiederman is the most amazing middle school for the arts.' LMS is part of a three school choice program and the students who go to this school attend because they want to be there. The teachers also want to be at this school and the administration is amazing as well. I know teachers who want to teach at LMS and can't get in because so many teachers want to be at LMS! The have 8 classes and only teach 5. The students can earn up to 8 high school credits. There is no other school like this in the county. If you are lucky enough to get in this school, take advanctage of all it has to offer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

As a former Liederman student, my years there were excellent. The teachers are very friendly and very much involved in the academic performance of students and the school itself likes to take part in the community. The arts curriculum is very well designed, especially the choral groups. I have to say that in this school I truly was introduced to the real world and will ever be grateful for having gone to Loiederman.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

The curriculum is sound, but there appears to be a lot of disruptions by students who seem to be getting into a lot of trouble. Like getting into fights and pulling the fire alarm as a prank.
—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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
60%
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
Hispanic 48% 12%
Black 26% 36%
White 16% 43%
Asian 7% 6%
Two or more races 3% 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 55%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Gym
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Silver Spring, MD 20906
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