Folly Quarter Middle

Public 6-8

 13500 Triadelphia Rd
       Ellicott City, MD  21042

 (410) 313-1506

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District: Howard County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
4th of 317 Maryland Middle Schools

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8
Number of students:  634

Racial breakdown:
Two or more races:
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  2.8%

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We updated the 2016-17 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

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Compare Details In 2017, Folly Quarter Middle ranked better than 98.7% of middle schools in Maryland. It also ranked 2nd among 20 ranked middle schools in the Howard County Public Schools District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.38. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (63.2%), Asian (21.5%), two or more races (7.4%). (See more...)
Compare Details 2.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Folly Quarter Middle is 15.8, which is the highest among 20 middle schools in the Howard County Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Folly Quarter Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Folly Quarter Middle 4th of 317 Maryland public middle schools. (See Folly Quarter Middle in the ranking list.)

Howard County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Howard County Public Schools 5th of 24 Maryland school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Folly Quarter Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MD State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 3.92 237th 252 6.0%
2005 3.26 244th 255 4.3%
2006 3.76 245th 254 3.5%
2007 4.56 252nd 264 4.5%
2008 85.96 28th 283 90.1%
2009 87.96 13th 301 95.7%
2010 88.03 14th 324 95.7%
2011 90.40 7th 309 97.7%
2012 91.38 4th 314 98.7%
2013 92.44 3rd 316 99.1%
2014 91.97 7th 339 97.9%
2015 97.40 1st 315 99.7%
2016 94.89 11th 314 96.5%
2017 98.38 4th 317 98.7%

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by a student
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Open Quote Overall, Folly Quarter middle school was an amazing experience and I feel it prepared me well for high school. All the teachers were excellent and balanced out the amounts of classwork they gave us and how much homework we received every night. I was in all GT classes and I never felt I had too much homework and project work on school nights or on the weekends. I also had travel basketball practices three nights a week, participated in the school play, and was in various other clubs, and I still never felt too overwhelmed. I will admit I had to do some difficult work, but it was never too much. I especially think the 6th grade teachers were very good in the way they transitioned our learning habits and homework amounts from 5th to 6th grade. Going into 6th grade, I imagined being flooded with work and drowning in essays(that I didn't know how to properly write at the time). When I entered 6th grade, I felt reassured that I would do just fine and the transition was easy. In 6th grade I learned all the necessary skills to succeed further in my middle school and high school careers. I learned how to properly write an essay, complete a research project, and organize my school work. All the basic skills I learned in middle school have really helped me succeed in high school. 8th grade I felt prepared me so well for high school. The amount and difficulty of work I received in 8th grade was almost to the level of work I receive now in high school, which has really helped me a lot. Most kids from other middle schools struggled the first quarter of freshmen year because they were not prepared the way Folly Quarter Students were. I also felt the amount of essay's we wrote in 7th and 8th grade was perfect and has helped me so much in English class in high school. Especially in 8th grade, when we had to pick a broad topic, narrow it down, and write a lengthy essay on it. This essay was like none I had done before in middle school, and prepared me for essays and research projects I am doing this year. Besides the great academics, the school environment and student population was so friendly and welcoming. There were never any fights or situations where I felt threatened, and I always felt comfortable at school. I loved how we had extended homeroom at the end of each quarter to learn about respect. Even though the respect lesson plans became very repetitive by the end of the three years, the intentions were good and I feel everyone benefited from them. I know I am extremely lucky to have gone to Folly Quarter Middle School for 6th,7th, and 8th grade. Close Quote

by a student
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Open Quote I am a student here at Folly Quarter. Most of the students and teachers here are great, but a lot of them will treat you like you are in 3rd grade. There is a staff member to ever 6-7 students, but only an actual teacher to every 27 ish. This leaves room for a lot of guidence councelers and chaperones that are paid to do nothing but follow kids around. I can not go 20 feet at recess without running into a random staff member. As I said, the teachers are great for the most part and I learn a lot, but a lot of the homework is buysywork designed to piss off anybody with half of a life. The thing that really kills it here is how focused the everyone seems to be on the acronem RESPECT and cyber-bullying. Bullying is not at all an issue at this school. You can not go to the bathroom at recess without having to ask 3-4 adults about where the pass and the extensive "sign-out log" ran off to. The principle, Mr. Wilson, is probably the worst part about it here. His personal prejudice twords macs apparently gave someone (I believe it is him but im not sure it cold be the board of ed) the authority to spend five years of the schools technology budget on 50-60 $3,000 dollar computers that are barely powerful enough to open power point. Why didnt he buy the PC's that are worlds ahead of the same macs for 30% of the cost and use the rest of the money to add to the teacher's bs paychecks?
Now onto the academics- most of the time the teachers do their own thing ciriculum-wise which is usually better than what the distric itself, howard county, wanted us to do. 6th grade involves a lot of buysywork and application of reading stratagies. 7th grade focuses on a lot of logic and algebra-like thinking. 8th grade focuses on abstract thinking and proving things with effective arguments. These themes persist throughout the ciricula of all of the different subjects. If you can tolerate the homework, this school will be just fine. They train you to have two modes: Doing nothing and doing a week's worth of work in a day.
Socialy, fqms is pretty good. The kids here dont do drugs or make graffiti thanks to sufficient brainwashing almost every day in homeroom. Even though I am not that popular, I often do things that barely earn me detention and suddenly everyone is talking to me. Thats kinda good, but i wish that things were a bit more (for lack of a better word) spicy. We do different things every day, but if you look at the pattern monthly, I have been doing the same basic things every month for 3 years now. Usually once a month we watch a movie in each class, have a major group project, a major solo project, a review packet, and the rest is note taking and other random stuff. It is the best feeling in the world if by some miracle you manage to finish every single thing on your plate. That has not happened to me in 2 years (i had a very buys summer :P). Some days I wish that I could just go outside and lie in the grass and not think about anything... that is the ultimate goal that you work twords here at folly quarter but the tunnel keeps getting longer and longer... lol this is starting to sound depressing it is a school and you won't hate it but you won't like it either. (you being the student)
The school is just to centered around work without allowing us kids to have lives. The teachers sometimes dont understand that we have 7 classes AND homework for each class AND sports AND EC's AND social lives. It is hard to balance them all, but it feels good knowing that you can. This school teaches you how to work hard, but for all of the work that we get I can't go to the bathroom without filling out a sign-out log and getting it approved and signed by a teacher. As a 14-year-old doing four hours of homework a night and working longer days (6.5 hours plus 4 hours) than most Americans, I deserve the right to use Google and Youtube in school and not have to get passes to go everywhere. I used to go to 5th grade in a different school and I did much better work being able to go wherever I wanted to go to in school and talk to whoever I wanted as long as I got my work done. And I was 10... unbelievable. High School better not be like this. Close Quote

Enrollment information for Folly Quarter Middle

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 566 36 54 6 1 n/a n/a 0 663
2005 540 28 56 3 1 n/a n/a 0 628
2006 534 29 58 2 2 n/a n/a 0 625
2007 457 29 69 2 2 n/a n/a 0 559
2008 462 40 68 7 0 n/a n/a 0 577
2009 444 34 59 15 1 n/a n/a 0 553
2010 441 35 53 19 1 n/a n/a 0 549
2011 421 35 59 32 5 0 26 0 578
2012 425 40 76 25 4 0 18 0 588
2013 396 30 79 18 4 0 32 0 559
2014 366 31 85 20 2 0 40 0 544
2015 366 28 98 19 1 0 50 0 562
2016 401 29 136 21 0 0 47 0 634

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Folly Quarter Middle

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 663 44.5 14.9 2.4
2005 628 42.0 15.0 1.6
2006 625 45.0 13.9 1.4
2007 559 39.0 14.3 1.8
2008 577 41.5 13.9 1.6
2009 553 39.5 14.0 2.2
2010 549 41.0 13.3 1.6
2011 578 38.0 15.2 2.6
2012 588 37.0 15.8 2.9
2013 559 37.5 14.9 2.7
2014 544 35.5 15.3 3.3
2015 562 38.0 14.7 2.1
2016 634 40.0 15.8 2.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Folly Quarter Middle

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 663 44.5 14.9 2.4
2005 628 42.0 15.0 1.6
2006 625 45.0 13.9 1.4
2007 559 39.0 14.3 1.8
2008 577 41.5 13.9 1.6
2009 553 39.5 14.0 2.2
2010 549 41.0 13.3 1.6
2011 578 38.0 15.2 2.6
2012 588 37.0 15.8 2.9
2013 559 37.5 14.9 2.7
2014 544 35.5 15.3 3.3
2015 562 38.0 14.7 2.1
2016 634 40.0 15.8 2.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

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