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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Mountain Ridge High School is a public school located in Frostburg, MD. It has 775 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% in reading.
About Mountain Ridge High School...
Address
100 Dr. Nancy S Grasmick
Frostburg, MD 21532
Telephone
(301) 689-3377
Website
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Mountain Ridge High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1100
111 responses
Average ACT
28
24 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$42,771
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$672
National
$949
Median Home Value
$119,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week all together
    23%
  • Prom
    20%
  • Friday night football games
    18%
  • Pep ralleys!
    13%
  • Basketball games.
    10%
  • Homecoming!
    10%
  • Baseball
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
775
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,565
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.4%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,242/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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Mountain Ridge High School has seen a share of administrative problems. First of all, anyone reviewing this school should be aware of it's history of high student-teacher sexual offense cases, including former teachers Bart Mazer and Gary Athey. However, adminstration has since been changed and the Board of Educators has been cracking down since this time. Now, Mountain Ridge High School is relatively new in facilities given the poor economy of Allegany County. Sports and Language programs encourage after school interaction with the community and enriching diversity.
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My experience at Mountain Ridge High school was fair. I had many teachers who devoted an abundance of time and effort to assisting me in my academics. However, Mountain Ridge High School's administration needs to work on listening to students' complaints. I know mulitple students and parents who have reported inappropriate actions done by teachers and the principal and administration chose to ignore these, putting all students in danger. Mountain Ridge has relatively decent academics and sports teams, however, sports are looked at as much more important than academics. Most teachers and the administration focus too much on sports and not enough on academics. Those who excel academically are looked at as "less than" compared to the schools athletes. Mountain Ridge High School definitely needs an entirely new administration in order to restore morals and good standing within the community.
The school is really good for preparing the students for college. Most of the teachers are tough so that the students are prepared. However, the administration is terrible. No one ever really got corrected for anything they did. The administration has had a lot of problems when parents have ideas for fundraisers or to make things better the administration shuts them down each and every time. This would be a great school of they changed the administration to a more open mined group of people.