As one reviewer stated, SOMS is 'above the P.G. average.' Unfortunately, that's not saying very much... There were some great teachers at Samuel Ogle, but their classes are too large to tend much to struggling students. As another reviewer pointed out, there were also a small number of teachers who seemed lazy or unmotivated. There have been a few good folks in the administration but they often follow promotions to other schools. Two years ago, every student joked about the acting principal's prominent bicep tatoos of her two ex-husbands. Nothing against tatoos, divorce or sleeveless attire, but the skeptical jokes undermined the dignity of the principal’s position. PGCPS and SOMS are dumbfounded about how to deal with cellphones and other communication devices, so they just ignore the issue (like so many parents, too), and the clever kids’ potty talk quickly evolves into bullying, sexting and other inappropriate activities. High school boys enter the school to hit on the gullible middle school girls, and gang recruitment begins here in middle school, believe it or not, though PGCPS, Bowie PD and the school vehemently deny that it's "a problem." But it may become your problem at SOMS. Good luck!