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6-8
Public district
Waldorf, MD
Students enrolled: 725
 

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2040 Saint Thomas Dr
Waldorf, MD 20602

(301) 645-1334
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February 10, 2015
A lot of things are changing for the better in this school. The school has a new principal, Mr. Schroeck, who is all about the kids. We as parents need to work together with the school to make this a better school. Every concern I have when I write to my child's teachers, principal or Mr. King (6th grade administrative assistant), I get a prompt reply. My concerns are always resolved in less than 12 hours and sometimes in less than an hour. Teachers are not perfect but there have been a lot of improvement and it is really heading towards the right direction.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

April 04, 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.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 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

- submitted by a community member

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

February 13, 2013
My son began the 6th grade at Stoddert in the fall of 2012. We're now 2 quarters into the year and I am completely unhappy with some of the teachers. He only gets homework in Math class. He had more homework in elementary school. I don't remember not getting homework for so many classes when I attended middle school 20+ years ago. His Social Sudies teacher told me, "I don't give homework because I don't think the kids would actually do it and turn it in." Really? That is such a low expectation of our kids. All of the teacher don't have this type of attitude. There are some good teachers there. We will not be attending this school for 7th grade. If you're deciding on a neighborhood to move to, make sure you are not in this school's zone/boundaries.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 22, 2008
this school has a great staff and a great music department and every else is just excellent

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 01, 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
no rating
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
no rating
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

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

September 04, 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

April 25, 2007
This school is at the bottom of the charts as far as i'm concerned. I have a son there and i'm searching for a better school to send my up coming six grade daughter. They need to shut down regroup and try it again another year. The teachers at stoddert do not have the children first concept at hand it appears to be more like teachers first. If you can find a better school for your child, my child comes with horror stories about the mistreatment of his teachers and the abuse of their so called power. It's sad to say but i have the board of education's number on speed dial.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2005
First and foremost, Benjamin Stoddert is one of the worst schools in Charles County. The programs that school has for gifted children is not enough. And the teachers did nothing about it except watch and wait. Speaking of teachers, they don't care. If a student was failing and/or having trouble with a subject, the teacher was not likley to sit down and help that student one on one. Now, I'm no expert, but if I was a teacher and one of my students was having trouble with a certain subject, I would offer to help him/her. Overall, Benjamin Stoddert is a terrible school. Again, thats why I transfered to Milton Somers. Seriously, please consider another school before you put your child in there. Thank you. StevenS.

- submitted by a student

July 22, 2004
I consider this a school in crisis. My daughter attended Benjamin Stoddert and was in the honors program. It wasn't challenging and had students in there who weren't qualified to be in it. Only a few teachers seem to care and follow up if a student was having difficulty in a subject. Many of the teachers don't care and have given up. School fights break out all of the time and disrupt the learning process. The administration is spending most of their time trying to control the troublemakers (with little success). The school needs to regain control, add talented and dedicated teachers, as well as many new books and supplies. Mrs. Lawson, the principal, is trying to pull it together. She has done a lot geting the physical building back in shape. Her vice-principal and administrative assistant are not qualified to do their jobs. She needs more qualified support staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2004
Discipline is sorely lacking. From my children who attend the school, we hear of incidents happening in the hallways that either go unreported or nothing seems to happen to the perpetrators. Music (especially chorus) program needs help. Three different teachers in three years means my child has not learned much and is not ready for high school music. Lunch time is not enjoyable. School has a PTO, but parent involvement seems to be lacking. Definitely not a school for a passive child or a child who angers easily. School has a long way to go to become a blue ribbon school again.

- submitted by a parent

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Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
2040 Saint Thomas Dr, Waldorf, MD  20602
(301) 645-1334
Last modified Benjamin Stoddert Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top