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Thomas Stone High School

Public | 9-12 | 1749 students

 

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Posted June 21, 2009

I am going into my third year at stone and I honestly say that I enjoying going to stone. Our principal insn't one who sits around in his office all day and he is always involved in what the students do and is very encouraging. There are so many opportunities for different clubs at thomas stone which gives students opportunities to meet different people. Yes we do have teacchers who do communicate weel with parents, but they are teachers who care alot about their jobs and their students. For any parent that has reservation, don't worry, Thomas Stone isn't as bad as some people make it out to be, and your children would be very safe there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2008

Best J.R.O.T.C. Program ever tougth me alot of Discipline, honor, Courage, and Self Respect, The princple was very good, and the staff was just excellent, the people/students were very motivated and had alot of pride about there school, the football team rocked, and so did the band.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

The principal that I had for the first 2 years was personally the best ever. The staff was great, guidance counselor was the best there ever was!!! He helped me/us with so much during the time I was there. There were of course the occasional fights/issues but that's with ANY school! Graduated in 06!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2008

I love this school my daughter is so involved in everything she can be involed in and its an overall amazing school for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

As a parent, I am not impressed. The flow of information from the school to home is poor. The guidance office is understaffed and frequently fails to return calls and emails and is slow to process transcript requests for college applications. The guidance counselors do not seem familiar with the course selection process, required credits and prerequisite courses. The administration is unresponsive to questions about school policies regarding grading, electronic submission of assignments, electronic record keeping, course selection, and professional conduct of teachers. In the last four years, my children have taken a number of AP courses and I found these to be targeted toward the test requirements and not an accurate example of college level work or instruction. Syllabi were not comprehensive and grading information was not clearly defined. There are several AP courses where only one teacher available to instruct, which limits students options to receive unbiased instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2007

I am a 9th grader at TSHS and I love it! They offer a wide variety of after school activitites that most students take advantage of. I have not seen a single fight so far this year. From my experience, students are polite to other students and teachers. There is alot of school spirit, which gets students motivated to do their best in their studies. The office staff is very polite and helpful. The only problem I've seen so far is that some teachers aren't communicating well with parents. I would highly encourage parents to send their children to Thomas Stone. We are currently ranked in the top 1,500 high schols in the nation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2007

Thomas Stone is ok, unorganized and they do not communicate with parents very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

I think that the school is alright. Sure there are problems there, but most schools in America have problems, Maybe as parents we should try to straighten out our own children's problems before we continue to blame the school for lack of protection or any thing else. The teachers are great and I feel my child gets a very good education here at Thomas Stone. My daughter has completed her third year at Thomas Stone, and I have not had any problems. They have always returned my phone calls and answered any questions that I may have. My daughter carries a 3.8 grade average and well be going to college next year. Thanks to Thomas Stone High School. Keep up the good work>
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

I love Thomas Stone. My daughter graduated from Stone in 2004 and she now attends George Mason University. The entire staff is great. They really prepare the students and communicate well with the parents. They return calls, communicate via email and conferences if requested. The principal is absolutely awesome also and he is a great leader. He cares and it shows. The course material is up-to-date. The school does an excellent job in encouraging the participation of extra-curreiclar activies. Teachers actively participate and they have several events in place to promote school spirit. The school is clean and teachers take time to talk and work with the kids. This lessens the need to discipline. Excellent programs are in place to target post-graduate opportunities for the students. I recommend Thomas Stone to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

this is the best school in the worl. it is always trying to help in any way right know it is raising 20,000.00 dollars for the tsunomi and already has 10,000.00 doallars.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 1, 2004

student grad from 2000, after a double engineering bachelors (BS), now going for PhD. excellent school if you put forth the effort. administration is as spotty as the next public school, overly concerned with statistics and relative performance, with a slight blindspot favoring major sports over other extracurriculars. i encountered many excellent and life-changing teachers at this school, who were both passionate and well-versed in their subject area, above and beyond the required course content. AP classes sometimes oriented too much towards test scores and test material, rather than subject mastery. fairly diverse student population, mostly a peaceable environment to learn with the minor hiccups to be expected. overall a great high school experience which is what the student makes it. nothing more, nothing less. the resources are there, exploit them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2004

The teachers and the staff were qualified and very helpful. The extracurricular activities were only for those that had their own transportation which left parents who work in the lurch. There was a strong 'gothic' presence which included 'cutters' (not just cutting classes). The children could smoke in the bathrooms and not get caught. They could sneak to the sides of the schools and not get caught 'making out.' The school environment was totally depressing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2004

Well I'm not much of a parent I am a student attending this school and I feel we have the most protection we could ever need. We have police officers guarding our school while students are in the building, we have a great success rate in our sports, scholarship, athletic events, and much more. This school is the top in the county but, many years ago it was not. Mr. Morrison the current principal has changed that drasticaly and personally I love this school, the teachers are great and they do all that they can to make sure each student is getting what he/she deserves whether it's after school help they do all that they can to make sure every student in that school leaves walking out the doors of Thomas Stone High with a diploma in their hand and Mr. Morrison has done a great job in doing so.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2004

I think Thomas Stone has come a long way. The school is probably one of the best high schools in Charles County now. The guidance department is wondering (especially Mr. Bohne) he takes time with the students and listens to what their wants, desires, and needs are, which is important to high school kids to get someone to actually listen to what they want. The principal has helped the school tremendously and has really turned Thomas Stone into a great school. There are a few teachers that probably need to go, but all-in-all Thomas Stone is a good school. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

Don't know how the principal got Maryland Principal of the Year. There's so much happening behind the scenes at this school. Things happen to underclassmen in the hallways that don't get reported or corrected. Students wander the halls and interrupt other classes. Discipline is lacking. Yet, parking passes can be confiscated if the student arrives five minutes before school starts. Too little interaction between teachers and parents; teachers need to be more proactive. Vocal music needs help. School, recently expanded, is again overcrowded with little relief (even with the opening of a new high school) in sight. Sports/Athletics is the most important department in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

I feel that the administration lacks interest in its students and teachers. Not a happening place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have never seen a principal that is more involved then this one. He is awesome. My son had him as his principal in middle school and he was great then to. The students at Thomas Stone couldn't ask for a better principal. The guidence office is wonderful as well. Awesome School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

The principal is the best. He received 'Principal of the Year' award last year. I've been very pleased with him since my daughter was back in middle school. I liked his ideas. He always put the students first. He attends all events and activities of the students. Always thinking of new ideas to keep the students interested. He is also a no-nonsense principal. Does not like to suspend, but will only as a last resort. Safety comes first for all students. He looks for the most qualified teachers as well as look for diversity. All necessary things to make a successful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I am very pleased with the school. The principal and staff all seem to be guiding our children in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2003

School is great, has some minor problems in sports, I felt the coaches were a little tough. However, overall the school is better than the private schools and has a great deal more to offer the children. The principal is one of the best that I have ever seen. He has more energy than most of his students. He is in school every day and at events every night. My son had him in both middle and high school and he made a real difference.


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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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
English II

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
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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 56% 35%
White 33% 42%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 30%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Performing and written arts
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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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3785 Leonardtown Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601
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