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Takoma Park Middle School

12 reviews
7611 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 650-6444

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Takoma Park Middle School
Based on data from the 2016 school year

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Our experience was abysmal--with some notable exceptions--namely the counselors and advisors for our student who did their best to look out for them, but unfortunately those efforts were not respected from the top. It is my impression that the principal is very invested in the welfare of all of her students--and that's a good thing--however, this investment sometimes comes with a cost to students who are social outliers, or have different needs. In our experience bullying was not addressed at all, even when official complaints were filed, and more than a little victim-blaming was directed at our student from the principal herself.Still, I try and be objective. This is a good school for some, but not all students. However, I think in the name of being politically correct, a lot of unacceptable behaviors are ignored and allowed to fester.
Posted by a parent on 1/29/2020
A school whose staff who refused to punish sexual violence with adequate consequences and whose teachers were unapproachable when asking for help.
Posted by a community member on 1/14/2020
Excellent teachers, I’m very thankful for the opportunity my child has to learn from them.
Posted by a parent on 1/11/2019
I attended this school because I was impressed by the academic programs this school has to offer in the Magnet Program. Unfortunately, this is the only reason I have given this school 3 stars. The school sells itself as a diverse community, yet there is a little hostility between teachers of the magnet classes and the non-magnet students and it is sometimes a little worrisome. Violence is somewhat rare, but in my three years at TP, there was one incident of a (false) bomb threat and a couple incidents of drug possession. Sports are supposedly decent, but I was not part of any team, so I don't have any first-hand knowledge. Academics, however, are excellent. Math and Science (with the exception of the 8th grade Mag Sci teacher) stand out particularly as being excellent. Foreign Languages are also rather strong, especially in the case of Spanish 2 & 3. Computer Science/Applications also tend to be strong, but apparently there will be a new teacher in the department, so it may change. World Studies and English are slightly better than most schools in the county, but are not anything too special.The music programs are rather peculiar at this school. The conductor, who is the same for all bands and orchestras, shows an indisputable favoritism towards the bands, yet the orchestras end up placing far higher while also playing far more challenging music.After-school clubs, while abundant, are, for the most part, very disorganized but still a good way to transition into high school clubs.Tl;dr - Is this school safe? Sort of. Academics? Great. Extracurricular? OK. Nothing too great.
Posted by a community member on 8/19/2015
I have a child who attends the magnet program at this school, and I do like this school, although I am frankly disappointed with a few aspects. The new principle (this is her second year) is amazing and really puts aside some time to try to contribute to the students - I've heard that the "theme" this year is superheroes, which my daughter thinks is pretty cool. Most of the teachers, as well, are definitely well-qualified and know what they are doing. However, there do seem to be some teachers who have less positive attitudes towards students, especially some non-magnet teachers towards the magnet. There's also the fact that last year, a student was apparently pushed into a locker and had to wait almost to the point of suffocation until rescued by building services. I was very scared for the safety of my child when I heard about this, and I think that somehow it's not something that would happen in some other schools. The curriculum of the school, however, is pretty challenging for the most part, depending on which teacher a student has, and most of the teachers that my child has had do present it in a relevant way that keeps my child looking forward to all of her classes.
Posted by a parent on 11/13/2014

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Silver Spring schools - Takoma Park Middle School is located at 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring MD 20910. Takoma Park Middle School is in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Takoma Park Middle School is a Public school that serves grade levels 6-8.

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