I am the new head of school at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. I noticed that many of the negative reviews that have been posted were from last year when we had some internal difficulties. What happened last year was unfortunate. However, please understand, the commitment to delivering a quality education to every student has not changed. We have some of the most qualified teachers in the DMV, many of them award winning educators. Our curriculum is rigorous and students who leave us will have at least a transferable high school credit in Algebra 1 and could possibly have a credit in geometry as well. No school is perfect and we have addressed many of the concerns from last year. We continue to have the commitment of the Howard University community and are reestablishing the partnerships that made our STEM school one of the best in Washington DC. I hope that next year, I will be able to give us 5 stars as we continue to improve. At (MS)2 we expect our students to do something extraordinary every day!
Do not send your child to this school. This is my child's last year at this school and what a journey we have been through. If you want your child to get into a good high school this is not the place to start.
This was our child's first year and we are very disappointed. The administration didn't deliver any of the things that attracted us to enroll her. With the arrival and appointments of Dr. Blackmon, who arrived in August 2014 by January 2015 several key teachers were fired and incompetent substitute teachers were placed in classrooms to instruct our children. There are numerous problems faults not with the school, but with the administrative staff there is a high volume of turn over at this school, it was the potential to being an outstanding opportunity for our children that desire to pursue a career in the field of STEM and being on the campus of a HBCU in itself a benefit but with its current leadership it will not be the school of choice for our child next school term the only way we would consider returning next year is the REMOVAL of Dr. Blackmon, she's not the best choice for the school, the students or the HBCU college community.
I would not recommend that you send your child to this school. High staff turnover, administration does not seem to care about the students', teachers' and parents' concerns. As a Charter School, this school gets away with a lot of things like who they hire and how they treat staff, students and parents. This School retains lots of substitutes much longer than they should which is out of compliance with Special Education for those with 504 plans. Principal seems out of touch with teachers' and students' needs. Many supply shortages. No transparency at the School. Administration lacks honest communication with the students, teachers and parents. Professional development is lacking. Some students do not feel safe with some of the teachers. School has high percentage of African-American students yet the curriculum is insensitive to their needs. High suspension rate. Find and send your child to another school so you won't regret it too.