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Benjamin Stoddert Middle School

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Posted June 10, 2014

I am a third year student at Stoddert and I will honestly say, I hate it. I haven't been here the whole 8th grade year either. The teachers are amazing. They honestly want to help students but the students, could care less. Most of the students respect nothing and no one in the school. Our administration is terrible. No one ever gets in trouble really because they let it slide way too much. The hallways are utter chaos, you can't get to your next class without getting elbowed or shoved. I had to find other routes to my classes. And bullying is an extreme problem here. You can get hit, and they will pretend not to notice it. You can get teased and no one will care to hear you out. Trust me, it happens to me. Stoddert could be a good school, but the administration needs to step up and do their job! I wish I could give this school no stars but I will have to settle for giving it one.


Posted May 30, 2014

This school is the worst in Charles County. It's really a shame because the elementary school in our zone was amazing. The lack of communication from the principal to their crazy rules of kids not being able to wear white t-shirts. The only thing that helped my child make through the last 3 years is him being in advanced classes and prayer. He has been bullied on multiple occasions and the administration doesn't seem to care one bit. I am so happy that this is my sons last year. AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Not even sure where to begin. This school has many issues that are no where close to being resolved. The teachers are really trying to make a difference but are given a terrible lack of support by administration. Teachers volunteer time after school and during their planning and lunches to support student learning and relationships. Students have little to no respect for adults. There are little to no consequences given to correct inappropriate behaviors! Consequences are inconsistent and not handled in a timely manner. Most responsibilities seem to be pushed onto others or issues remain unaddressed due to lack of effort for the school leaders. Most students are working well below grade level due to the behavior issues taking place and environment concerns. The list could go on but Stoddert is not a place where acceptable learning and safety is guaranteed to all students. Bullying is a major concern. I would NEVER let my child attend this school!!! The public and parents need to get involved!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2014

Where do i start, this is one of the WORST schools in the county. I have a 6th grader that has suffered from anxiety and depression from being at this school. He has been bullied by peers, teachers and the principal has never contacted me to address any issues. Parents moving to the area BEWARE the students are disrespectful and do not care about there education and the school lacks to do anything to change it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

The school is horrible there are so many fights and the majority of the students don't care for much of anything, like last week I saw a student running around the hallway yelling " I got all f's!" In excitement. Then a couple of days later two 6th graders were caught having sex in the learning hall. I don't know how much more I can take with this school I'm just glad this is my last year.


Posted April 2, 2014

This school is ok. Pretty nice teacher and programs. It's just the students , they just don't care and so e really do but ruin it for everyone else


Posted May 15, 2013

I have two 12 year olds at this school. The administration is lack luster at best. i have had to get the board of education involved more then once. The teachers are programmed for teaching how to do well on the standardized tests. The majority of the kids are disrespectful to peers, staff and visitors. I hear about kids fighting and being disruptive daily. This is not a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

There are no recent postings for Stoddert, so I will post anyway. My son is entering 7th grade and even though the school still has a rough reputation, my son is not swayed by the crowd. He walks to and from school and I have even driven a ways behind him periodically (he can't see me) and I am pleased that he does not participate in inappropriate behavior. However, his involvement in band and enrollment in enrichment classes have grounded him to rate BSMS a 4 for us. PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

I am satisfied with the school overall. I feel that the staff/teachers goes above what is required of them. As for the principal, I have not seen the above and beyond leadership and involvement. As for my child, my child speaks highly of the teachers; how they make learning fun and always willing to assist with school/homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

My son attends Stoddert and I have mixed reviews. I love the guidance counselor Mrs. Proctor. She is very helpful and knowledgeable about her job. I sometimes wonder about Mrs. Delacruz and the decisions she makes, like last years graduation class. The formal was nice but the graduation ceremony was a very bad decision on her behalf. All the parents that I spoke with was in disbelief about what took place in the GYM (graduation ceremony). I hope and pray that this will not take place in June (2011) when my son graduates. I do feel that there are a few teachers that need to retire because they have loss their ability to teach. I also feel when you have a problem with a teacher, Mrs Delacruz do not handle it very well. By the way my son is in all honor classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

When parents hear my children go to Stoddert, they cringe. It has a bad reputation and fails to prepare children to advance. The principal and other staff are rude to parents and probably teachers. The students emulate this behavior and are rude and mean to most people they meet. The administration does not crack down on this behavior so it endures. The principal ignored my concerns when I addressed her. I heard the same from others. State test scores are above average only because the school shuts down normal operations for weeks and teaches nothing but what could be on the test. Students don t have to try hard the rest of the year since the lowest grade students can get is a 50% based on school policy. I have no doubt this may be the worst middle school in Charles County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

I was not happy with Benjamin Stoddert Middle School the last three years and I am thrilled to have my child moving on. Discipline is low on the priority list and that had a negative effect on my daughter's ability to learn. Over the years I got the distinct impression that if my daughter was in honors classes, she would have been coddled by the staff versus cast aside. I found it hard to deal with almost everyone at the school. Perhaps I should not expect more from a school in this county. After all, kids stay in school longer in Charles County than in PG County. We ll see how Thomas Stone High School experience goes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

This is a great school. My child was in a private school before coming to Stoddert. It was an adjustment for her and she did well. This is her second year at Stoddert and she loves her school. Mrs. Delacruz is a wonderful principal and she has an open door policy. Ms. Wanda Procotor the guidance counselor and the teachers are wonderful. We have great means of communiation, I am always in contact with my child's teachers. My child is in the 7th grade and is in all honors class and is in algebra and in the National Junior Honor Society. I would highly recommend this school the faculty are great and keep the parents well informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

I go to this school. I don't really like it, I have some good friends there. They are really cool. But most of the students are annoying. Theres alot of fights too. The teachers are okay. Ms.Osborne is a great band teacher, the 8th grade band sounds really good. Mr.Anderson is a great algebra teacher too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

this school has a great staff and a great music department and every else is just excellent
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

My child is out of this school and I am happy. students are the most disrespectful children I have ever seen, there are absolutely no consecuences for innapropiate behavior. My child is happy now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

Mrs. Delacruz is trying to implement new programs to get kids more involved in the school and their work. This seems to be a good change; we'll see. This year they adapted an A/B schedule which lengthens class time but seems to have lessened homework which, for my second child going thru this school, is a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

People might say my school is at the bottom of the charts but its not really the teachers fault, its the students. i see it everyday in the classrooms. Many teachers offer help but the kids want to go hame and be with their friends or [feel]embarrased. We might have the most arreset or most fights, but when it comes to big test we do what we have to do. Benjamin Stoddert has had the highest MSA in Maryland, highest County Assessements in the county, since I've been in student an thats since 05. So this school has things we need to improve on but were still growing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2007

My child has performed wonderfully at this school. I will admit that there are some problem students at this school, and not all teachers have chosen the right profession. I have attended the PTO meetings at this school and have noticed the lack of particpation by parents. There are great teachers who care at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Parents if at all possible do not allow your child to attend this school. Administration is lax and most teachers don't care about the children. School lacks structure and the focuse on education is gone.
—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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
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
Black 68% 35%
White 16% 42%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 38%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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