Our School


We are located in the heart of St. Charles and are truly a "neighborhood" school.  At Benjamin Stoddert students and staff strive for excellence.  We believe that ALL children can learn and we are committed to preparing every child for college through a rigorous course of study.  Our staff is dedicated to knowing every child and assisting him or her as he/she develops through these challenging pre-teen years.  We work closely with our community to provide opportunities for our students to showcase their talents and abilities.  Our students are recognized for their participation in a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and activities as well as sports and the arts.  Having been selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Benjamin Stoddert continues to promote personal responsibility, academic achievement and career readiness for every student.  We encourage you to visit our school and become part of our "Stoddert Family".  Together we are preparing the future!

In 1798, under the presidency of John Adams, Benjamin Stoddert became the first secretary of the Navy. During his four-year term, he helped build a fleet of vessels powerful enough to compete with those of the French. Stoddert also helped draft the bill that established the modern U.S. Marine Corps.

Before becoming secretary of the Navy, Stoddert, a Georgetown businessman at the time, and one of his business associates bought several tracts of land in the District of Columbia at the request of President George Washington. Stoddert later sold the tracts of land to the government. This was done to prevent speculation when the capital moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

Stoddert was born in Charles County in 1751. He died in Bladensburg, Md., on Dec. 18, 1813.

Source: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Online, 2003. http://ea.grolier.com. Photograph reprinted through the courtesy of Jack D. Brown, book coordinator of A History Charles County Maryland, bicentennial edition. 


Benjamin Stoddert Middle School is committed to the use of best instructional practices to prepare, motivate and challenge every student. Students will work to master the Maryland State College and Career Readiness Standards through rigorous instruction in all content areas. This commitment is accomplished by creating and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment. Through partnership with the community, teachers, and parents, students will become lifelong learners.

By my words and actions, I pledge to be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn,  and remember, we are Stoddert Strong! Motto Strong Instruction, Strong Relationships, and Strong Classroom Management

Through the guidance of a dedicated, caring, and talented staff, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School's mission is to promote social, academic, and behavioral success for students and, most importantly, instill a positive attitude toward life-long learning.



  • Safe
  • Clean
  • Inviting


  • Positive
  • Tolerant
  • Caring
  • Motivating
  • Nurturing


  • Consistently enforced rules
  • High behavioral standards
  • Positive role models


  • Clearly stated high expectations
  • Displays examples of student work
  • Collegiality
  • Opportunity for multiple intelligence experience


  • Reinforces basic skills
  • Emphasizes teaching and learning
  • Provides creative and flexible learning experiences to meet the needs of students
  • Engages in meaningful hands-on learning experiences
  • Uses critical thinking and writing skills
  • Positive attitude to obtain success
  • Makes goals attainable
  • Produces functional citizens and effective lifelong learners
  • Utilizes interdisciplinary strategies


  • Provides positive role models for students
  • Promotes trust, respect, and support
  • Communicates effectively with students, parents, and community
  • Demonstrates collegiality and collaboration
  • Performs assigned responsibilities and duties
  • Sets high expectations for student achievement and behavior
  • Incorporates new strategies and effective instructional practices
  • Works to develop more meaningful cross-curricula activities
  • Focuses on individual student growth


  • Parents, students, and staff share a common vision
  • Strong PTSO
  • Familiar with feeder schools and their communities
  • Local business support
  • Fosters an appreciation of respect for human diversity