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Owings Mills High School

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High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Owings Mills High School is a public high school in Owings Mills. 1,014 children attend Owings Mills High School and are mostly Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Owings Mills High School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 1,014 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Owings Mills High School is 14:1. Harbour School at Baltimore is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 55% 40%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 49%
Hispanic 11% 5%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 37%
Limited English proficiency 13% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Owings Mills High School is a small High School with potential. The new principal is fantastic however one person cannot make a school. Recently the Vice Principal was assaulted by a student because she requested his cell phone. Students are out of control in many classes. Many of these kids have no respect for the teachers and are drawing on the boards and throwing books during class. As for those lucky - "gifted children" who are in the elite classes with 15 kids or less perhaps these classes are more well controlled. The school lacks in diversity as it is 85% minority and there are no plans in place to implement more diversity or change school zoning. The current 50% of freshman are failing that is why many school board officials are in the school currently in an attempt to 'fix" the situation. Lasts years #1 student luckily got into UNC and one other student got into U of Michigan because their parents were both alumni. Sports are poor and are only varsity level as they cannot field JV teams. The dances are a "grind" fest with no discipline being administered. It is very sad you can watch the # of kids who attend - every year it goes done. That says something.

  • (6 months ago)

    I have been an OMHS parent for 7 years. The new principal and the assistant principals have high standards for all of the staff and students and the PTSA in more involved than ever! There are many opportunities for all students to become involved...a strong SGA clubs organizations music art robotics sports theater mock trials and more! Just this week Owings Mills High was once again named as a Top School in the Nation by The Washington Post!

  • (12 months ago)

    My son is a freshman. The staff has done very well keeping me informed on his progress and adjustment to high school. The staff and students share a great school pride. AndThe counselors and teachers make the atmosphere exciting. My son loves it there.

  • (12 months ago)

    Owings Mills High School offers a "small school" atmosphere but with the diversity of course selection that a larger high school might offer. The administration is energetic and truly interested in bettering the school and keeping the students interested and involved. There is a new group of young enthusiastic teachers who want to try different and creative programming and the administration is supporting them 100%. The reinvigorated PTSA is doing great things to keep parents well informed and involved as well. This school is "real life" with true cultural and ethnic diversity. My two kids have had an extremely positive experience at Owings Mills High School.

  • (12 months ago)

    Owings Mills High School has so much to offer ! There are a lot of after school activities offered for different interests diverse population with students from all over the world friendly and caring staff that go out of their way to make OM a great place for all!

  • (12 months ago)

    My boys absolutely love Owings Mills HS. Are amazed at how diverse the school is and how inviting the students are. The love that they have several club options. They also are very happy with the teachers. I personally love the PTSA involvement to make sure parents are kept informed. Also when I email a teacher they respond! This is an amazing school and I am very glade we moved to Maryland.

  • (12 months ago)

    I have had two sons attend OMES and have so impressed with the teachers and the academics. The teachers care and it shows why it is a Top ten School in the State of Maryland.

  • (12 months ago)

    I have been teaching at Owingd Mills HS for 20 years and I have been extremely happy with my choice to do so. The admisistration is very supportive of its teachers the faculty cares about its students and the students are fantastic young people with diverse backgrounds.On a regular basis I am reminded that my career in education is the most important job I could have chosen. After teaching 33 years I still love what I do and I wouldn't want to do it in any other place.

  • (12 months ago)

    This is my eighth year as a parent of a child at OMHS . And it's going to be sad when my child graduates in may . The new principle is awesome and the new athletic director has some big refreshing ideas . The upcoming years are going to be exciting wish that I was going to be around to see it happen .

  • (12 months ago)

    Owings Mills High School lives up to the motto of 'Excellence Through Diversity'. The school is a multi-cultural student body and I love the way the staff works together and goes above and beyond to ensure the success of their students. The staff support not only their students but each other.

  • (12 months ago)

    I have been a parent here since 2006. Both of my children have gotten stellar educations. It is a place where a student can shine. The teachers are caring and very skilled. We are lucky to be part of Omhs.

  • (12 months ago)

    My school really is diversified and coming from a Peace Corps background it really is uplifting to work here.

  • (12 months ago)

    Before my little sister entered high school she was very sad and downcast a lot of the time. I feared that high school would only make it worse. I mean I knew what it was like when I was in high school and from what I gather the pressure to "fit in" has only gotten worse. To my surprise it was much the opposite for her. Since becoming a freshmen at Owings Mills High my baby sis is much happier. She plays on the soccer team and is currently going through auditions for the school musical. I've never seen her so confident and thrilled to leave for school. Her grades are out of this world. The faculty support and administration at OMHS are absolutely remarkable. They take great care to ensure that students are not only provided with an excellent education but also that they are provided a safe environment to thrive and grow. And it doesn't hurt that their principal ROCKS! As a member of the PTSA I see the great involvement from leadership and parents it is truly outstanding. I am SO happy to be a part of the OMHS community and to see my sister excel in such a short time!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is amazing! The new administrator is doing a great job. The parents could be more supportive though.

  • (1 year ago)

    OMHS is the best! We rock! Academics are getting even more rigorous over time and that's great. But the school still works with and supports those students who need it most.

  • (1 year ago)

    Owings Mills HS is a school with a diverse student body. It has opportunities for students to pursue many different interests.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are phenomenal. They're very personal with they way they teach and they do their best to get you what you need/what you want. For example I'm starting an environmental science club with the help of our AP Environmental teacher. Each teacher has an after-school help session as often as convenient to them which is usually twice a week or even on a quotidian basis. They give you all of the tools you need to succeed in high school and in further education/life. The only way I can think that the school could improve would be the students' home lives. There is a plethora of ways the teachers give the students opportunities to improve their grades and be extremely successful. However because students aren't given good reasons from their families to do well they generally ignore all of the great opportunites. If that were to happen and students wouldn't be so insistent on ignoring their education the school would be a very close candidate to an ideal school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is making a strong statement in the new year as it seeks to expand its program and academic quality. Stay tuned to the rest of this school year as well as the next one as there are many new things to make students parents and other community stakeholders proud.

  • (1 year ago)

    Attended Freshman Orientation tonight. Left with a great feeling about the school!! So many clubs organizations and sports for my child to get involved in. Enjoyed talking to so many teachers and loved the involvement of the older students. Best part was when the Principal danced with the students to inspire them to be brave! Looking forward to getting involved!

  • (1 year ago)

    Owings Mills has some great strengths- very nice kids dedicated and caring teachers and a small student population. When we emailed teachers at Owings Mills with questions about assignments or tests all the teachers responded within 24 hours; one even emailed us unsolicited to give us a heads up about a test. Another teacher read rough drafts giving my child extensive comments so he could improve the final draft. The GT curriculum for 9th grade is very challenging. While my child learned a lot I think he was pushed academically a lot more than at other Baltmore County schools and the pressure can be a bit much. For example he had to write four analytical essays on The Odyssey (one a week) while my friend's child at Towson Public Policy Magnet only had to write one two paragraph evaluation after reading excerpts of the book in class. This disparity in work shows up in the summer reading assignments too. I am not sure if the problem was the prior principal's leadership or lack of clear communication from the county as to what the expectations and assignments should be for each grade level. Parent involvement in school activities is basically nonexistent.

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