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Springfield Middle School

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Posted May 12, 2010

The principle at this school gives preferential treatment to students who come from the Nolan Village part of the district. If I had a child in this district I would be campaigning for her firing. I would also be threating the school district with lawsuits for racial discrimination. Washington County public schools have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. However, the principle is not enforcing that policy when it comes the kids from Nolan Village.


Posted March 11, 2009

As far as the school goes, it's ok but my daughter has some exceptional teachers. I think that there can be more extra activities offered, other than a few dances and some tutoring. There should be some sports introduced at this age, it such an important team building experience, the earlier the better! I also would like to say that the math department has turned my, once 'math hating' daughter, into a math lover! I applaud any teacher that can do that, it's something I really missed out on in this grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

I am a bit overwhelmed by the mouthy behavior that seems to be overlooked. Or that certain students seem to be able to take control of a classroom with curse words, out bursts and whether they are sent to the principal or not. I am not sure why these it is allowed for a few students in each class who behave beyond poorly,coupled with attitude issues are not pulled out of that class so that it can funtion properly. The students who are trying to learn and just get thru middle school, we all remember how hard middle school can be. Those students should be separted and have to EARN their way back to those classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

The math department is top notch. It's amazing how they turn the boring things I hated into games/activities. My child's teacher even has written math songs that she gets my 12 year old son to sing to us at dinner? His teacher last year turned him on to math and as a 7th grader, he just loves it more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

I have been very pleased with the quality of education my children are obtaining from SMS. They have many program 'extras' which enhance the learning environment. My kids are always excited to go to school too--that helps!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

As the other reviewers have said, this school has a superb choral program - we're told it's one of the best in the state. (By the way, part of what makes the program successful is that the director goes out of her way to make sure that her students are succeeding in all of their classes) The math department is also very good. There is a lot that the teachers are doing to try to help students to do well. What I like about this school is that it seems like the teachers really care personally about our sons and daughters. The principal is a big motivator, too. He doesn't seem to care about the latest buzz words - he just wants to do whatever it takes for the students to learn and be successful. I believe this is by far the best school in Washington County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

Springfield is a great school to go to. The teachers are wonderful and the programs are great too. The chorus is outstanding and the band is really nice also. They have many after-school activties for students which range from Yearbook to MathCounts. The teachers are always willing to help and do a very good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

This school is a wonderful school The choral program is particularly outstanding (they are always going to the State festivals), the English teachers are really great, and the whole staff makes the school a nice place for the children they teach. They are always doing extra things for the students and my kids really like being there. The community is very nice and I think we have very supportive parents. This really is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have had 2 children in this school and feel the teachers and staff do an excellent job. The Teachers make sure parents are aware of whats going on and their band instructors are wonderful at staying after school to assist any pupils that need extra help.
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Posted August 10, 2003

i think the school and over all teacher is great the prinipal really keeps the children focus on whats important educationi wish there where more schools like springfield we came from frederick county there is a differents
—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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
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
White 80% 42%
Black 8% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 46%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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334 Sunset Ave
Williamsport, MD 21795
Phone: (301) 766-8389

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