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Posted Friday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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!!!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 1, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted September 7, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female88%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education57%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Poverty79%
Not poverty80%

Reading

All Students88%
Female95%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education57%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Poverty88%
Not poverty87%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female71%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education11%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female90%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education39%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Poverty71%
Not poverty83%

Reading

All Students80%
Female87%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty78%
Not poverty92%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students71%
Female81%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 34%
Hispanic 1% 5%
White 1% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Charles L. Willis Jr
Fax number
  • (205) 231-5899

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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1124 Five Mile Rd
Birmingham, AL 35215
Phone: (205) 231-5675

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