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James Madison Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 883 students

 

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Posted January 6, 2014

I attended this school through 7th and 8th grade. (Year 2010-2013). I truly had a good experience at this school. If your child is failing, then it's NOT the teachers fault. Why? Because I was in most honors classes and through my 7th-8th grade year, I had nothing less than honor roll. I've seen some of these students that are failing with my own eyes and it's because they either talk, sleep, disrespect, or simply don't do anything. I loved most of teachers and they develop relationships with the students. Not just teacher to student, but if feel as though we were all friends. All the teachers I had, I feel as though they did an exceptional job. We had FUN at this school. Everyone points out the negatives, but never the postives. ~Former student.


Posted August 13, 2013

To those persons that think James Madison is a good school. Clearly you haven't been to a good school. Being angry at the LACKING of the school staff and becoming frustrated with the DISRESPECTFUL students is a normal reaction considering that those things SHOULDN'T even be an issue at a school.. Teachers CHOOSE to become involved or NOT... When a parent goes to sit in on a class and the teacher still decides to NOT do his/her job its very upsetting and shows that they don't do the job that they have chosen REGUARDLESS !!!!! Those persons SHOULDN'T be kept on staff. I have witnessed such behavior first hand. A bright student can come along and DO THEIR BEST and still be UNDER educated due to the ABUNDANCE of distractions caused by their peers.... With such an over crowding of classroom sizes and a under supplied staff its becoming harder.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

Honestly no disrespect but all of the people making angry comments are just angry parents. You say the classroom is out of control and that the teacher cannot handle the kids. Unless you want a teacher that goes off on your child every time they do something ... These teachers are doing their responsibility. I know you say " Oh... My child's grades dropped and the class is a ZOO" .... Take responsibility.... It is not the kids fault nor the teachers fault.... Your child should pay attention no matter what the environment is. I bet you that if your child TRIED their best, You WOULD see straight A's on that report card every quarter ! Now don't be mad at the school system, the teachers, the principal..... Your child is the one who makes the difference between an A and a F.... Now don't take what I say and make EVEN more excuses.... Actually think about what I have said and really let it sink in... Bye! ( P.S I am a student)


Posted August 4, 2013

Madison Middle School is a great School. Both of my son's graduated from this school and were in Advance Classes. They both graduated with high GPA's. They learned and developed greatly to be prepared for International Baccalaureate (IB) High School Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

I would have to agree with the previous 2 posts on this school. My daughter entered the 7th grade last year a straight an honor roll student. In this school she's been able to cut class several times before any teacher reported it, I've been to the school quite a few times and when asked to speak with the teachers a special meeting needed to be called due to the time constraints the teachers have. There are NO office hours for parents, and i wasn't notified my daughter was doing poorly until her report card came out! Once I got involved and had to monitor her more closely, a teacher was reporting she was not turning in assignments but they were initialing off on a sheet i created to communicate with them stating she was completing homework. None of them use the useful edmodo tool and there is absolutely NO communication between teachers and parents (aside from the SEVERELY overcrowded and horribly unorganized parents night) I am desperately trying to get my daughter into a charter school when she will have some encouragement to suceed, instead of bored teachers that would prefer to get the class over than actually provide any academic knowledge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

My daughter attends JMMS and I must say, I am VERY disappointed. I had already heard things about this school from my daughter's sixth grade teacher as well as another parent. I am a very involved parent and my daughter's teachers have seen me. I agree that the disrespect that I have witnessed between the students and teachers is extremely disheartening. My daughter has been bullied the second half of the year, and besides her counselor, no one else seems to care, and they certainly don't do anything to the bully, but they call me every time my daughter gets upset. when I email her teachers, I NEVER get a response back. And on school max portal, the grades are never kept up to date, so I never know where my child really stands. I am also considering a private school for her next year! PGCPS should be ashamed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I give this school 1 out of 5 stars. Ever since my son has attended this school his grades have went down tremendously. We went and sat in a few of his classes and it felt like we were in a zoo. The kids were out of control. Now I see exactly why he is doing so poorly. The kids that were trying to learn were interrupted the entire time by most of the class. The teachers had absolutely no control over the students. I am so discusted and I dont know how I can get him into another school out of our District without paying for a private one. It is very disturbing to see how poor Prince George's County Schools are. I work with children in the city and that is exactly what James Madison reminded me of, a D.C. Public School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Hello I am a student at James Madison Middle School currently. I am in all honors classes and am in 8th grade and am in Algebra 1. I believe that education is very important we reccently took the science MSA. I think that the only reason I may be able to pass it is because of knowledge from the seventh grade. This school does not have well qualified teachers and have a farce of an administration I believe No Child Should Be Left behind and at this school every child is unable to live up to their full potential. I believe this tradgedy is one of the reasons why America is so behind in the world of modern education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2010

I think that any one who has spent any amount of time in the classrooms, the office, the halls, or have had a real issue knows that there are real problems here. I am inclined to believe that staff or the principal himself posted favorable comments. Every parent I encounter is as disenchanted as I am. There are a few great teachers. Unfortunately the bad apples eventually spoil the bunch, especially when the principal ineffective as a leader. The whole school administration staff should be wiped out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

i am a studnt at this school and my only grievance is that the school could use better funding for gym equipment and computers and books and other such things but many many children are taking the high school courses my class is second highest in the school and they have several other honors classes like mine with 30 children and our test grades are almost all advanced
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2010

I used to be a student here, and I must say I Hated it. (05-06) Then my little sister started attending this school. I must say thiis is excellent..I Find the work a Challenge, The teachers are involved with students, parent involvement is great, and The Safety and discipline, is perfect. The homework Policy is really strict. I love it now, since I'm very involved with my little sister.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2010

This school has really inproved. A few years ago it was terrible! But now my child has inproved. The test scores have went up, andmy childs additude has improved, I love This..All Parents This is not the BET Schiool but it's right up there with the 'best'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

I would like to say Madison has changed over the years, and last school year 08-09 was ok. I wished the principal from thew 07-08 school year had stayed. I think the new principal needs to let kids have more dress down days and I also think the principal needs more experience.


Posted February 2, 2008

This a good school it is very outgoing and the teachers are very attentive to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

My daughter started JMMS during 2006-2007 school year and she went in with a 2.0 grade point average and because of the schools enviroment and teachers where she originally transferred from (Stephen Decatur) she went in with a bad attitude. Shortly after just one month at JMMS I seen dramatic improvements and I noticed how much the teachers/vice principle really cared and my daughter did as well. Her GPA improved every quarter and by the end of the year her GPA was above 3.0 and she had proficient scores on her MSA reading and math. A child can be smart, but with teachers that don't care/poor environments this can all be ruined, thanks to the staff at JMMS,especially Ms. Morgan, I can proudly say that this is all a thing of the past. Thank you to the entire staff at JMMS for caring about your students success and futures!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I believe that some parents will not admit that they do not have a perfect child. I believe that the staff at James Madison treat their students as individuals and provide them with the utmost respect. I believe that the children are provided the best education for what is available. My kudos to Mr. King and others to understand the child's behavior and different personalities and not classifying them all in one group. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

My daughter attended school at James Madison for the 2005-2006 School Year. I was very pleased with the leadership of the principal I would request meetings, conferences etc., and each time in order for me to get anything accomplish I had to go through the principal. I think the principal is wonderful, but the teachers don't care. I would not recommend anyone to send there child to James Madison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2006

I really appreciate the staff at JMMS. Mr. King came in with my daughter's class in 2004-2005 school year and changed things around. I would also like to thank Ms. Morgan for staying consistent with her discipline procedures with the students. Parents need to make sure they do their part. The school can't raise our children, but they can equip them with the necessary academics to achieve and excel in the world. I believe if you have a great head running the school then the body has to line up. James Madison Middle school is one school that is making changes in the lives of their students. They met AYP for the past two years. That says a lot about the administration and staff as a whole. Keep up the GREAT work at Madison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

This has ben an exceptional year for me. I recently worked in a school where accountability and student achievement were not the focus. It has been such a pleasure and gratifying experience to work with the administration, parents and staff at JMMS.The focus is clear and has been demonstrated thriugh their success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2005

Last year I was a little concerned with my son attending JMMS, but he really did well there. He still needs a lot of work. But with the Principal Mark King & Vice Principal Ms. Morgan & all the teachers and staff staying on top of all the students and everything that goes on there. JMMS will become on of the top Middle Schools in the County. They have made tremendous progress last year and they will do it agin this school year. They have a program to help students with the MSA test and they are including this in their curriculm. Parent inolvement is very high and the work together with the teachers to ensure that the students learn and behave themselves. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

381 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

351 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

417 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

418 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

413 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%
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 89% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
White 2% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 39%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

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Language learning

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

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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
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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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Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
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