Bel Air Middle School

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Bel Air Middle School
99 Idlewild Street
Bel Air, Maryland, Harford County 21015
United States
Coordinates 39°31′39″N 76°20′40″W / 39.52750°N 76.34444°W / 39.52750; -76.34444Coordinates: 39°31′39″N 76°20′40″W / 39.52750°N 76.34444°W / 39.52750; -76.34444
Principal Mrs. Natalie Holloway
Enrollment 1,400[1]
 • Grade 6 Elliott, Bennett, O'neil, Bailey, Stamm, Disebatiano, Aburn, Herbert, Chamberlin, Chatham, New, Werkinster, Wollenweber, Grad, Piffiath, Malooly, Patton, Diven, Bosnak, Murphy
School colour(s) Black and Gold
Mascot Panthers
Feeder schools Bel Air Elementary, Emmorton Elementary, Forest Hill Elementary, Forest Lakes Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School
District Harford County Public Schools

Bel Air Middle School (BAMS) is located in Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland, USA. This school sits next to the site of its parent high school, Bel Air High.

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 1999-2000 school year, Bel Air Middle School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[2] the highest award an American school can receive.[3][4]

The school has been recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education for its long-term participation and success in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's Hoops for Heart program, in which it has raised more than $200,000 during the past decade, the second-most in the country during that period.[5] In 2006 alone, the school raised $35,037 the second-highest of all schools nationwide.[6] The $29,509 raised for the program in 2005 also ranked the school second nationally.[7] In 2006, Bel Air was one of over 25,000 schools across the country participated in the AAHPERD's basketball and jump rope fundraising programs.[8]


  1. ^ "Bel Air Middle School", Great Schools
  2. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., accessed May 11, 2006
  3. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  4. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  5. ^ About MSDE - Schools, accessed April 19, 2007. "The Bel Air Middle School Physical Education program has been a national leader with the Hoops for Heart project. The department has been number two in the nation by raising over $200,000 during the ten years of the program."
  6. ^ 2006 Top 100 Schools Archived February 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, accessed April 19, 2007.
  7. ^ 2005 Top 100 Schools Archived June 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, accessed April 19, 2007.
  8. ^ Fortin, Cassandra A. "Heart health a slam-dunk for local students: Basketball shootouts prepare Bel Air Middle for American Heart Association fundraiser", Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2007, accessed April 19, 2007.

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