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Middle school matters: Golden Ring Middle School
03/08/2016

In honor of national Middle Level Education Month, this March we are taking a closer look at Baltimore County Public Schools’ wonderful middle schools. Every day during March, one or two more school profiles will be posted. To see all that have been posted, please click here.

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Principal: Lawrence Rudolph (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Elmwood, McCormick, Red House Run, Shady Spring, and Vincent Farm

School website: http://goldenringms.bcps.org/

Academic achievements

“Over the last year, we have significantly increased the number of students in advanced academics. The number now tops 100. There has been a culture shift at the school. Our expectations for student achievement are greater. We are trying to make academic programs as rigorous as we can and to place students in classes where they belong. Our plan is to meet students where they are and move them forward.”

This year, the school launched a “true” honor roll. Approximately 175 students, in all grade levels, have placed on the roll.

Special academic programs offered

“We offer the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college preparatory program. Last year, 62 students participated. Now we are up to 98 students.”

Students can take Spanish in Grades 7 and 8. Next year, it also will be available in Grade 6. 

The school secures student teachers through a partnership with Towson University. Loyola University Maryland students interested in counseling also provide support to the school. 

Positive student behavior

“We practice restorative practices, which involves students working together in a circle to find positive solutions to any issues that arise.”

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

“Built into our schedule, every other week, is a Flex Mod. This is time during the school day when students can participate in activities or clubs sponsored by teachers. Generally they remain in the club or activity for at least two months before trying something new. The activities range widely – such as anime, soccer, Frisbee, math, dance, books, movies, and chess. The students really look forward to Flex Mod and always ask if we can do it more often.”

Four teachers coordinate the afterschool Ladies in Training for Excellence (LITE) group. They mentor 20-30 girls, teaching them etiquette and leadership skills.

Also meeting after school are a jazz band, concert choir, and theater club.

Special school traditions

Every year on STEM Day, science and math teachers take the students outside to work on technology and engineering activities.

Other annual events include Field Day at the end of the year and a Grade 8 activity week, including a farewell dance and assembly.

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