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About This School

Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr High School is a public high school. 2,651 students attend Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr High School students have "limited English proficiency." 33% of the 2,651 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr High School is 19:1. Riverdale Baptist School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 73%
Hispanic 4% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 47%
Limited English proficiency 0% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    By far the best high school ive attended! Ive been to Bowie and Suitland high school and neither of them come close to Wise high school! They have great programs that focus on every type of student and make sure they stay on track or have the ability to get back on track! They dont limit troubled students to night school or summer school they offer cheap online repeaters classes and the teachers are beyond amazing! and finally they really know how to "TURN UP" Im truly satisfied and I feel like I am being prepared for college. AVERAGE REALLY IS OFFICIALLY OVER AT WISE !

  • (1 year ago)

    Wise is one of the newest and best equiped schools in Prince Georges county. Unfortunately Wise is in Prnice Georges county where the school board and the leadership of the school system is aweful. If you are considering purchasing a home in PG county factor in the cost of sending your kids to a private school. The public schools are dismal - particurlarly the high schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    WOW! IT TAKE A VILLAGE AND MAJORITY OF THE PARENTS AT WISE ARE NOT ACTIVE IN THEIR CHILDS STUDIES. I MENTOR SOME OF THE KIDS AND THEY SAY THEIR PARENTS DON'T CARE SO WHAY SO I. I WAS CURSED OUT BY A STUDENT BUT THAT DID NOT STOP ME FROM TALKING TO THE YOUNG LADY AGAIN. SHE CAME BACK AND APOLOGIZED. PARENTS WHERE ARE YOU I AM A SINGLE PARENMAKE TIME FOR YOUR KIDS. THEY HAVE THE LATEST AND GREATEST BUT ARE FAILING IN SCHOOL. DON'T BLAME TEACHERS BLAME YOURSELF. WISE IS A GOOD SCHOOL AND JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SCHOOL YOU HAVE SOME GOOD KIDS AND SOME BAD KIDS. THE GOOD KIDS OUTWAY THE BAD ONES. I SEE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND ARE ASKED WHY ARE YOU IN SCHOOL MY MOTHER DON'T LIKE ME TO BE HOME BY MYSELF. WELL YOU CAN'T BE IN THE SCHOOL. I ENJOY SOME OF THE TEACHERS AND THEY WANT TO SEE THE KIDS SUCCEED BUT WHERE ARE THE PARENTS THEY CALL AT THE LAST MINUTE. THEY AREN'T CHECKING THEIR KIDS WORK ONLINE. I CAN SAY THIS BECAUSE I AM AT THAT SCHOOL SO MUCH THE KIDS THOUGHT I WAS A TEACHER. PARENTS WAKE UP YOU ARE YOUR CHILDS BIGGEST NEED IN THEIR TEEN YEARS. THEY NEED YOU TO GET INVOLVED. WORK WILL BE WORK BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER SACRAFICE YOUR CHILDS FUTURE FOR A JOB OR ANYTHING ELSE.

  • (2 years ago)

    Leadership is horrible. Students are talked to harshly by some of the administrators some of whom curse at students; teachers lack control in the classrooms--some don't bother teaching and allow students to text on their phones and create other disruptive behaviors in class; way too many fights; too many students are still in the hallways after class has begun. Principal lacks effective leadership skills and should be replaced. Show up in the middle of the day and see for yourself before subjecting your child to the school's dysfunctional environment. Also read articles about the school that have appeared in the news. A common thread is the impulsive and chaotic manner in which issues are handled and the severe lack of communication and respect the principal has with parents. The assistant principals are much better at managing issues. Principal doesn't seem able to enforce a typical School Policies and Procedures and therefore uses brute force and arrests to control students and apparently according to one news article parents too. If it wasn't for some of the good teachers I would've rated the school 1 star.

  • (2 years ago)

    My teen is struggling at this school. I am at school everyday; busing still not set up after many weeks. School is way too large (looks like a mall) behavior of students is outrageous behavior of staff at times not much better -- however as I get frustrated only being there as much as I am you have to wonder at what point patience is lost. Kids are always in the halls can't tell if school started. Kids get off the bus and walk directly off campus despite staff intervention. Lunch room is crazy meal does not look/ taste well. The lunch staff is nice & try to get kids to eat healthy. Many teachers really try. I find that as I meet the staff over time they are friendly knowledgeable & concerned. However they have so many kids they can't follow through in a timely basis due to chronic issues staff & student changes or "problems". Front office staff are caught between students parents teachers & security. Honestly my advice if your child isn't self motivated has solid values & high concentration despite terrible distraction; you might consider other options. Some things should not be taught vicariously; no time left for traditional ed. topics like math.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school certainly has the makings of a great school but is lacking in good leadership. perhaps with budget cuts and the new County Executive a positive change will happen. The principal this year is not at the school enough on a daily basis to be accountable. She leaves too much on the adminstrators to handle when she should handle it herself as this was the complaint from the principal's previous school Gwynn Park. The school has some excellent teachers and some that need to go like any school. The programs are excellent and the students need to take advantage. It seems to be overcrowded and compaints are many about the lunch and having enough food. Many kids in the hallway that should be in class. With a change in leadership the school could really live up to the great service that Dr. Henry Wise Jr's provided in our community.

  • (4 years ago)

    I enjoy working at Wise because it is one of the state-of-the-art schools in the Prince Georges County. The teachers are warm and friendly and the students have the potential of being outstanding students because of the technology and resources that are available to them.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a very good school it has excellent teachers. My son has attended this school for 3 years and the princial for the first two years had the kids in check and they respected her greatly. My only complaint this past year is that the new principal does not seem to be able to control the kids. On many occassions I have visited the school only to find the halls filled with kids as if it were time to change classes. The administrators were just walking past them as if this was normal.

  • (5 years ago)

    This high school is the pits!!!!!!!!! This high school needs better leadership!! It's sad when the students run the school!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a proud parent of a child who attends Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. The teachers are very motivated and appear to be very happy here at the school. Before I enrolled my child in this school I asked other kids and parents in the neighborhood what they felt about the school. I was pleased with the feedback I received. Now since my child attended the school for the school year I must say that I am very impressed. I have run into so many staff members who are so positive. My child's grades haven't been this good since elementary school. He is excited about getting up and getting ready for school. They have so many courses to choose from that my child has been exposed to a plethora of instructional activities. Yes I am not going to lie. There appears to be periods where fights break out

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our child s third year at Wise High we have experienced on SEVERAL occasions that he was given the wrong grade. They were corrected in the end but this just should not happen. We have also experienced lack of call backs and communication from our child s guidance counselor. Seems a little disorganized as the teacher tells us to schedule with the counselor and the counselor tells us to schedule with the teacher. We love that the school has a uniform policy however we would like to see it strictly enforced. We do love the new communication system that the school is using where they call and leave blast messages to all parents. This is very informative and gets the information out to us quickly.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent school with excellent teachers! We are very pleased with the level of communication with both teachers and administrators.

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