Folly Quarter Named Blue Ribbon School

The middle school is one of just six in the state to earn the national designation.

Folly Quarter Middle School has been named one of six Maryland schools to earn the national Blue Ribbon Schools designation, designated by the State Department of Education for great improvement or consistent high performance. 

“Folly Quarter Middle School has an extremely committed staff and a student body intent on rising to academic challenges,” Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) Superintendent Renee A. Foose said in a statement.

The school also recently received a State Progress Index (SPI) of 1.255. The SPI, a new statewide measure of schools progress, measures achievement gaps, student growth and other factors. An SPI value greater than “1” means the school has surpassed its target.   

Folly Quarter has earned many commendations for its academic performance, according to a statement released by HCPSS, and so have its staff members, including:

  • Rick Wilson, Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year, Middle School Level (2010) 
  • Tammy Goldeisen, Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals' Assistant Principal of the Year, Middle School Level (2011)
  • Trish Watt, nominee for Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award (2011)

“Principal Rick Wilson and the entire Folly Quarter community have a great deal to be proud of today,” Foose said in the statement, “As they are recognized as a model school within the state.”

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