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Crossland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1340 students


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Posted August 12, 2012

I like the progress Crossland has made. Charles Thomas and his team turned this school around to a world class educational instituion.

Posted November 17, 2011

Crossland is absolutely the worst school I've ever been to and I've been to a lot of schools. The teachers have no idea what they're doing and the ones that do are stuck with students who dont care about their grades. All you hear is cussing and people copying other people's work. The principle and his vice are so unqualitified to be there. They suspend students for literally nothing and do nothing to inform the parents of it. I think they like to pick on students to be honest. they think every little thing you do requires a break from attending. They are truly just an uncaring school. I cant wait to leave.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 24, 2009

this school is a excellent school and the best i was a former student and completed last year infact it is always the first among the best
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 29, 2009

Administration does not welcome parent involvement and shows very little concern for the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2009

I am currently a student at Crossland. I am in 11th grade. It's the first for Crossland. I have to start off by saying Crossland is not that bad of a school in my opinion, but the teachers do show major signs of favoritism, they will call your parents and reword and rethink their attitude before they call your parents. In class they may yell at you but while speaking to your parents they change it around to, 'We just want the best for you.' So I have to say, parents, I do understand we children will be bad, we act up, we talk back, we're teenagers, you did the same thing when you were young. But when your back in a corner with your teacher pointing at you and your parent is there to give the teacher a helping hand to come down on you with. It doesn't help!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 1, 2009

I agree with you an that end. It is frustrating trying to get someone to be responsible.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2009

this school is terrible. Im a former student of this school and it wasnt of satisfactory. when i needed help to graduate on time, i was given random electives and not the couses i need . i ended up failing and not graduationg with my friends. the teachers seemed to have more attittudes than the teenagers. I only learned enough for a basic education, but more could have been taught.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 19, 2009

This school is terrible. At first I didn't believe my child when he said the teachers don't care and I saw if for myself. I tried to communicate with his teachers and their attitude was I don't care if he pass my class or not. I'm moving to another county so I can transfer him to a better school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2009

I transferred my daughter from Virginia school system to Crossland and let me be the first to say that I'm making it my mission to get her out of there. The staff is non-responsive with a non-chalant attitude. They do no wrong but preach on the website that communication has proven to be their greatest asset. Well as a parent who have tried to gather information RE: my daughter from teachers and even the principal, this asset has not been demonstrated. As a parent, if I'm frustrated with the 1/2 response I'm getting from the administrators, I can't imagine how the students feel. Remember, these are the individuals who are preparing our children for the future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 5, 2009

I think Crossland High School is just a place where kids go to pass the day away. The teachers never get back to you or the administrators. You have to send a series of emails call several times and even go up there to get a simple answer from someone. They have a new computer grading system this year and none of the teachers act like they understand how to use it so therefore the students suffer with incorrect grades or no grades at all. I wish my kids did not have to attend this school, but unfortunately it is the school for our district, but I would not reccommend it to anyone. All the administrators even the Principal are lazy. I just hope my kids are able to graduate on time and get the heck out of there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2008

Crossland has a high percentil of teachers who would rather been know for the power they have over the kids rather than be know for the extrodnary difference he or she makes in a students life, others are known for just existing, don't notice me I won't notice you syndrom. At what point are we as adults, parents, teachers, administrators etc. that kids need us to be real in there lives, they need us to lead by example not by your power to be a leader; big deal, learn to share of a leaders heart; teach of a leaders knowledge. Think a little more of the children that are in your reach everyday and find it in you means to make a difference in there lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 29, 2008

As a Crossland Alum, I say Crossland is a good school! There are bad things that happen in every school because of a couple of students who decide not to do the right thing. Is the entire reputation of Columbine high school tainted because of two students? No, so the same is true for Crossland! As far as education goes, I graduated Crossland with a high GPA and ended up on a full tuition scholarship to the University of Maryland. What does that say about the education I received? It says I learned what I needed overall! Some may not go to college straight from HS but, many of us do. And still others find that Crossland's VoTech prepared them well for their field so overall, this is a great school if you put your mind to it and make the best of your education, no matter where you are attending!
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 14, 2006

My daughter started at Crossland in her ninth grade year. There were problems at the school, but then there are problems at every school. Crossland has it's good points as well as bad points like any other educational institution. If we as parents stop complaining and get more involved with the PTA and go to the schools on a regular basis to be visible, then maybe something would change. I feel that the passion teachers, parents and students had for education at one time is dwindling away. It must start at home. We as parents have to stand behind the teachers and let them know that we are here to help them help our children. We all know our kids what they are capable of or not. Get involved to make Crossland a better school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2006

although CHS is always getting bad rep...CHS is not that bad,as a student spending three months going to CHS and now going to a school in walfdorf,md it was a big change.CHS had a few errors such as the lunch food was not so good,when activities such as the pep-rally are held;it could get a little crazy, and a few fights occured,but i see that as a normal mostly black school where things can happen.Since the new principal and staff has entered CHS,things has improved from what i seen and experienced,they don't play.Get in a fight you get 10days,get another you get 30days,things like that,but anyways make a long story short,CHS is not that bad,the education at the school is there as long you want to learn and relatively the schoolwork was very simple and easy.The school and people attending the school might not be up to point,but thats life,deal
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 20, 2006

This is my daughter s last year at Crossland High School and I must say I was very impressed with the staff as well as the students. There are a lot of nice kids at Crossland High School who have excelled in their education. I ve had relatives who also attended Crossland High School who have graduated and have become well abiding citizens. I really appreciate the time the counselors shared with me in one or more experiencing at Crossland HS; very professional staff. The progress reports were always on time and are a definite advantage for parents and students in reviewing your child academics at certain quarters. Furthermore, the PTA President keeps you very well informed of upcoming events as well as activities for parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 21, 2005

Against advice I transferred my child into the school's technical program in her junior year. The first time I visited, the principle was roaming the halls and greeting people- - I have never seen principles of other High Schools. The staff is responsive and caring. In a previous school I mentioned a problem and the teacher replied that it wasn't their problem and they weren't going to address it, in this school, every teacher I talked to was willing to address problems and to work with parents. One of the best things about this school is that every person is required to show their identity badge, which eliminates students lying about their name. I have substitute taught in other highschools and this is by far the best behaved and most well organized that I have seen in the county.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2005

After living in Canada my whole life I attended Crossland high in august of 2004 for my senior year. It was hands down the worst school I have ever attended. I was brand new not on to the school and the area but the United States I was not given a tour of the school and so on many occasions I was lost, I did not receive my class schedule until the 3rd week of school. In my opinion the school is a fashion show. I had never in my life seen so much hatred. I was excited to be going to a school dominated by blacks but by October I wanted to go back to Canada simply because the school was so hazardous. I once saw two boys fighting in the gym and everyone around me ran to see the brawl once the fight was over one boy got arrested and I decided I wanted to go home, wasn t going to attend school for the remainder of the day. I was not given or told the rules and/or regulations of the school. So one day I walked to the McDonalds across the street and got some lunch. When I returned to the school I was given a three day in school suspension. I disagreed I said since no one told me the rules it was the schools lack of order and knowledge of new students. This is a strong warning to all prospective students. Do not attend Crossland High School. If you don t dress a certain way you will be scrutinized and ridiculed. To all parents that are thinking of enrolling there children. Chose another school. This is not an institution you want your children to be present. This school is a negative environment and may frighten to some students. It is the most unpleasant school in Prince Georges County. I saw roaches and rats in the school. I regret ever leaving Canada to come to this school. It taught me how cruel, unkind, uncaring, and malicious people can be.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 31, 2005

I graduated from crossland high school in 2003. I agree to all of the reviews. Crossland was the worst school ive been to. The principal didn't do anything about the students and the faculites behavior. Students acted like crossland high school was a fashion show. I would not recommend anyone to go to crossland high school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 19, 2005

Crossland has gotten out of control! Unfortunately the students run the school and dictate who should be there and who shouldn't. The school has great teachers and Admin. staff but the PG. school board makes it difficult for them to do their jobs. It's difficult to put out the trouble makers. There isn't any real money to fund the programs and most importantly, the parents DON'T CARE! They don't care about what's going on until their child is failing or is about to be put out. There needs to be a change with the attitude of the students and the parents and once this happens, then Crossland will be a good school again.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 10, 2005

This is my son's 4th and hopefully last year at this school and the quality of teaching the students are very poor, the teachers there have such rude attitudes towards the students, coucelors don't know nothing, they keep the telephone on the answering service when you try to call to schedule a conference with the principal or your child's teachers, the front office staff is just there to try and look pretty for who I don't know. The only good thing this school has going for themselves is their band and that's it, as a parent and one who works for prince george's county school system you would think that I would get better information related to my son than what I get, you can never get a straight answer from anyone from this school, it's to the point where I had to call region three on the school on them.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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 86% 35%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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


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6901 Temple Hill Rd
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: (301) 449-4800


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