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Charles Herbert Flowers High School

Public | 9-12 | 2431 students

 

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Posted November 21, 2012

Flowers has a strong leadership within the new Principal. We have not ran into any issues so far! We are military and have lived many places and have seen many schools. The success of the school is on the parents. Your students will get out what you as a parent put in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

I love Flowers High School. I am in the 10th Grade and in the Science & Technology program. Although Flowers is a rough school, it has great programs. The science and technology program is sort of secluded form the general population of the school which is good because most of the general population is filled with ghetto and unsuccessful students. Science & tech provides its students with three tracks: biology, engineering, and computer science. I am on the biology track so it is mandatory for my to take bio/org chemistry and AP biology. It is also mandatory for all sci&tech students to take like physics, pre-calc, and engineering foundations 1 & 2. The program is VERY challenging but it is all worth it in the end. Like, our seniors have gotten into great schools like Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, University of Maryland: College Park, UNC at Chapell Hill, UVA, UPENN, Penn State, UPITT, UMBC, GIT, NC A&T, Hampton, Howard, Temple, and more. This is a great school as long as you stay focused. Even though our principal of 12 years is leaving, this school will stay strong and keep doing great things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2011

I want to keep this short, but honestly as a freshman starting in '11, I can say nothing good about this school. None of the good programs are available to 9th graders, and the children (they certainly act like children) are ghetto and totally uncontrollable. When the school first opened, everybody wanted to get in b/c it was a good school back in the day. But now it's turned to bad things happening every day. There are only a few security guards in the school, and they don't really care about out-of-place uniforms, or kids roaming around. I'm closing, but if I were a parent, I wouldn't send my kid to CHFHS unless we lived in a perfect world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2011

As a teacher at CHFHS, I can attest that the school is indeed overcrowded, which only further confirms the high regard by parents of our school. At Flowers, there is a culture of learning that is matched at only very few schools in the county. The teachers are dedicated, the principal is excellent and there is a plethora of after-school activities for every student interest.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2011

I BELIEVE THAT FLOWERS IS AN EXCELLENT HIGH SCHOOL AND THERE MAGNET PROGRAM HELPS CHILDREN BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2010

I agree with the parent who said the principal is clueless about other staff. In my opinion the school is dangerous and parents should drop in as often as possible to let staff know that you are watching. The security staff is made up of former police officers who are not trained in dealing with children within the school. You must let them know that you will not allow your children to be abused. Flowers test scores are only average, but in a county where all but two schools are severely below average in scores, it isn't a great achievement. Students roam the halls at will with administrators only complaining that "there are too many students" for them to keep track of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

CFHS has poor leadership and is a horrible school for any student. The principal is clueless to the activities of staff and other administrators. There is no structure, as students roam and "hangout" in the hallways even during classes. There are a lot of ethics issues at this school...some go unaddressed. Review school crime statistics before considering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

The school is by far over crowded. The principle is excellent. She will address all issues but the teachers and staff is very relaxed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

Flowers High School has a great science and tech program that students exposure to college level course content. It is not to be underestimated and I'm happy that many of the teachers take interest in their work to help students achieve academically and prepare them for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

I am going into my sophmore year at the school. So far the school has been the best school I have been to. The principle doesn't take any nonsense. I have had problems with a few teachers though. They constantly make excuses and in some cases, don't know what they are teaching and have been corrected by the students numerous times. The spirit week lacks alot of spirit, so I hope this upcoming year gets better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

This school has equipped me for college life. By taking hard classes and being strived to do better, success is knocking on my door. Thanks to Flowers High School, I am, academically, where i need to be and more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

Just great. They show concern for the students' behavior and education. Mrs. Helena Nobles-Jones does not play with the children. She puts her foot down and is stern with what she says and I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

My daughter is a freshman at Flowers (Aug 2009) & I must say I am very disappointed thus far. CHFS is so overcrowded she hardly has time to eat lunch because by the time she stands in line the Mod is over. She is in the Science & Tech program & her Intro to Engineering class had 66 students without enough room for all students to sit for a lecture. Her schedule was changed by the school to a new Intro to Eng class & they changed her entire schedule (Oct 15th) and put her in ROTC & took away her elective which was selected in June at registration. I went the next day to get it fixed. While at Flowers for the Class of 2012 parent meeting & on Back to school night each event has been unorganized. I only hope & pray it gets better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

I am a parent and my children attended the school. The principal is great. She is a no nonsense person who cares about the students. Some of the students who attend the school are off the hook. You have a lot of children who do not want to learn and does a lot of disrupting. In my opinion, safety is a big concern. The students like to fight and jump each other. The school has a lot of programs to offer the students. I believe Flowers can be one of the best schools if they wean out the bad seeds who do not want to learn. I believe if they ever get rid of the Principal, Mrs. Jones, the school will go down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

Personally, I enjoy this school. I am going into my senior year (2009) and am glad i chose to enter the science and technology program rather than go to my area school. This school has opened so many doors thus making me proud to be a Jaguar. Despite the strictness of the type of activities we have, such zero uniform free days or a spiritless spirit week, I would definately encourage people to attend this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2008

My child is a freshman student at Flowers-hopefully with a successful transfer his last. It was a nightmare from the beginning- although my child was successfully registered for school in June- his registration was misplaced along with hundreds of other misplacements . Needless to say, we had to endure three days of re-registration. Thereafter, my attempts to meet with school administrators- on more than 30 occasions during the first two quarters alone were unsuccessful and/or unproductive. That being said, this school year has been one of the worst and disappointing experiences with Prince George s County school system. With the freshmen class population of approximately 900 students- parents were notified during the second grading period, that at least 500 or more students GPA was below 1.8. Due to mismanagement, lack of interest and support for the less achiever, I would avoid this school if possible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

My daughter has been at Flowers since her freshman year, she is now a junior and will graduate in 2009. I don't have any real big issues with the school overall. I know all school at some point into have problems that occur. My problem for my daughter always seems to be problems with her schedule. At the beginning of the school year, the students sit in class 2 weeks or more before they can do schedule changes. That is a big problem. Also when the 3rd qtr starts and the students classes change, the teachers do not have the students on the roster, so therefore you receive phone calls every day telling you that your child is absent or tardy because they are not on the teacher's schedule. I do think that they should also allow a extra couple of minutes for students to get to class, especially females.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

My daughter has attended Flowers for the past two years and has had the support of teachers, faculty and administrators the entire time. The SMT program has exposed her to areas of science and technology which she wouldn't have receive at any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2006

It is a very great school,the pricipal is very very high on acadamic standards.They have one of the best Football Teams, also Their Science & Technology Program is very disciplined
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2006

Overall to me, Flowers High School is a good school. As a student at Flowers (05-06), I believe that we have a great principal who empowers us to make life-changing decisions and a great Science&Tech Program. Our academic programs are superior and we set the standard. Our extracurriculars are great (football especially). I am very blessed to attend Flowers because I have received many opportunities that I probably would have not have received if I went to another school. Although the school is good, the administration could work harder to make the school more organized. Uniform distribution was very confusing and hectic for many people. Also, there are a few teachers who dont encourage students and dont put enough effort into their job. Some of the substitutes are very harsh and could care less if we got suspended or in trouble. Kudos to guidance, Principal Jones, admin., teachers, and parents.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
English II

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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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 94% 36%
Asian 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 43%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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10001 Ardwickardmore Rd
Springdale, MD 20774
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