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Birmingham, AL
Students enrolled: 338

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1124 Five Mile Rd
Birmingham, AL 35215

(205) 231-5675
(205) 231-5899
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September 12, 2014
My children have attended schools from all around the country. I can say, without a doubt, that Smith Middle School may be the worse school my son has attended in his entire life. The teachers do not seem too involved with the children's education and the children that attend this school seem to have the worse behavior problems I have ever witnessed. Many of these students may come from poor or unsatisfactory home environments, which causes a lot of them to act out in violence. The only thing the school seems to care about is its football problem. It's a strange and scary environment, and this will definitely be his last year attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Never should have taken my child to this school. Better off at home. Why should the student give a darn if the teacher doesn't.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
My name is Ayana Hudson and I attended school at Smith my 6-8 grade school year. I must say that the teachers there were very helpful and did all they could do to help students understand. I learned alot while attending SMS and it has traveled with me throughout my life, I am now a college sophmore and i still think about my times at SMS. Dr. Willis was a very professional principal and loved all the students, Many of the staff were the same way. This school is just like any other school. No school is perfect but i must say that no teachers were ever the problem it was some of the misbehaved children whose parents blamed the school for their childs actions when the staff were never the problem. Overall this school was good and I still hear alot of positive comments about it.

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2013
Let alone the fact that the school is ancient, the staff could also use updating. I'm not calling the school terrible but it's not great. The school could use major improvement from the buildings to the recreation outside. The basketball court and gym should be demolished and made a new. That is mainly the only things that need improvement.

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2010
I am a birmingham city schools employee and I don't think Smith has a nice school. Compared to Martha Gaskins a wonderful school ! they are ignorant of such things. As far as work goes teachers are yelling each and every minute. Hudson acts better than them. This is why I rated Smith one 1. It is not my fault for uch madness!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2010
My name is karen watkins I am a proud parent of Smith Middle School I have three kids attend their I have enjoyed the staff at Smith Middle they are awsome. Thanks Dr. Willis and staff for with the Pettway and Allison family .

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2009
My name is Malehia Pruitt. I attended Smith Middle School 1 year ago.I think it is a wonder school for your child to enroll in. I believe that it helped me recieve the best education to help me in my future to accomplish my goals.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2008
At first, I listened to all the 'nay sayers' about Smith school. Sure, it's just like any other school. They have their good days and their bad days. Overall, they are doing an excellent job. There is a need for more teachers so that they can offer more elective classes and technology is a major issue with the school. However, my child really enjoys his school, teachers, and administrators. As parents we must support them and stop looking for someone to blame.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 23, 2008
Smith Middle School has come a long way. I am very satisfied with the school. My child loves it

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
This school lacks professionalism. Some of the teachers seem disconnected and unconcerned with the well being of the students in 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2008
Hello! My name is De'Eria Wimbley.I attented Smith Middle School from 6th grade to the middle of my 8th grade year.As a student,I would like to say that I think that overall,Smith is a great school. Sure,there are some things that needs too be improved,but the changes that are needed are similar to those of other schools. Mr.Willis is doing all he can,and it's working.Through my years of attending Smith,I could see the school improving. However,in the class room,the teachers would struggle to get their lesson across because of the students.Smith is lacking professionalism? Put yourself in these teachers place for a minute.Trying to teach these kids their daily lesson with their excessive talking. Not saying that I'm perfect.In conclusion,I would like to thank these teachers for giving me an education.And I am proud to say that because of this education received,I will be attending Ramsay Prepatory High School this fall!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2008
My name is Diamonta Marshall and I've been attending this school for the past three years .To me Smith is a very great school with smart and intelligent students.This is my last year and I've had fun at this school.I'd like to thank the teachers for giving me a chance at life and giving me an education.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2008
My name is malehia pruitt. im in the 8th grade and i go to smith middle school. i know for a fact that smith middle school is a great school. Im finally excited to learn and the teacher who all the students like because he teaches use well is ....Mr. Hannon. everyone need to attend smith because we have a loving principle and loving teachers!!!

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
This school lacks professionalism. Some of the teachers seem disconnected and unconcerned with the well being of the students in 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
Smith Middle School is a great school. Most people say it is not but I truly think that Smith is a great school , because they have excellent principal leadership and teachers that actually care! My child Brianna attends that school and she loves it. of course that don't let 6th graders be involed a lot because they feel that the students should get time to know the school. Any child that attends Smith should be very proud! and I wish luck to all new 6th graders there

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2006
I am a proud parent of a Smith Middle School 7th Grader. My son De'Marcus Fitts attended Smith Middle for the first time last year and he enjoyed it and so did his father and I. He got a very good education there and he loved everyone of his teachers last year, and as a parent so did I. My son was so ready to get back to Smith Middle to start his 7th Grade year, and that to me lets me and his father know that Smith Middle isn't this awful School others are trying to say it is. Smith Middle is a great school with a great staff on board there. You Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2006
I think smith middle school is a good school.I am a student in the 8th grade and i like the teachers and students. It is good in academics, athletics, and so on. When its time to work we work and when its time for us to have parties, pep ralleys, we have fun. Last year we took the SAT test and scored above our regular total.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 16, 2006
I thimk smith middle is a really good school. I am a student from neworleans,louisiana and have been attending this school for 7 months.They give us a good education and teaches well discipline.The people that talks about this school is very wrong we do succeed in everything we do. Like our principal always tells us 'if we can believe it,we can achieve it'

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2005
Smith Middle School is making tremendous progress. Many positives were and are occuring daily at the school. We must realize that we as parents have the responsibility of supporting the education, not bashing it because of our various agendas. It's ashame that 'The Truth' has been lost in calculated rhetoric in efforts to undermine the reputation and quality of the school. It is my advice that we speak facts rather than reported 'truths.' Often times, what we hear second-hand, does not remotely match what is true. Understand, it is our spoken word which can either positively enhance our community or destroy it. If we believe in our community as we say we do, why do we not embrace our schools but rather, undermine them? It's time for us to be real parents and stop looking for someone else to blame for many of the problems that start at home. Stay Real.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
This is my son first year at Smith Middle School and every thing seems to be going fine for him, He has some great teachers and he comes home and always tell his father and I how he had a great day.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Smith Middle school is the worst school my child every attended. Mr. Willis is trying to turn the school around in a positive direction but he really need better teachers that will help him make this goal possible. concern parent

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
Smith Middle School is the worst school to be forced to attend. I found only one teacher during the three years that my child was there that actually taught. The principal is a very nice but uninformed man. The student to teacher ratio is ridiculous. I have taken my child out of the Birmingham School system. I would advise all parents not to let their children attend. -The Truth

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
I think that Smith Middle school is a great school. I have been a student at Smith for three years.Yes at Smith we have our good days and bad days but what school does not. Smith is a great school with a lot of potential teschers,doctors,and lawyers. I am now a eighth grade student at Smith and I love the teaching environment. What ever a person says about Smith in a negative sense is totally not true. I go to Smith every morning from 8:30 to 3:00 and I leave out with no harm done to me. So if any one tell you that Smith has a lot of negative things going on please turn the other cheek. Because I don't believe there's a school better than L.M. Smith Middle School

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2004
This response is the the person signed as concerned. A school is what you as the parent and the student makes it. No matter where you go, you will have obstacles that you will have to face. That is what has happened to all of our children is the parents will take them out and place them somewhere else and think that they are doing better because of the type of people that they are with and etc. Why not take a stand and say that you will be the kind of citizen that is concerned about all the children and make the school system better instead of doing what most people do when things are not like they think they should be they do what they do best and run. I am a believer that we can make things better and they will get better.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2004
I didn't know much about the reputation at Smith until shortly after the year began. I was very disappointed. With the No child left behind act, i was debating on taking her out and enrolling her in Huffman. However, after meeting the principal, Mr Willis, i felt some comfort and confidence in the change the school for the better. Since that time, not much has changed. I'm currently working to take my daughter out of the city school system. I'm very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
My child attended Smith 2 years ago and the school seems to be striving towards improvement. It is going to take some time.. I also have another child that attended there 8 years ago and the principal that was there then did not care about our children. The principal now cares about the students and also the teachers care.

- submitted by a parent

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Smith Middle School
1124 Five Mile Rd, Birmingham, AL  35215
(205) 231-5675
Last modified Smith Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smith Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top