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Russell Co Middle School

Public | 7-9 | 587 students

 

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Posted January 24, 2014

This is BY FAR the worst school I have ever had to send my child to! The staff is completely unprofessional, the discipline is a joke and the education is nonexistent! Do not be tempted to move into the new neighborhoods of Fort. Mitchell if you have children because they will suffer greatly. This school is in the middle of nowhere but acts as if they are in the throws of an urban ghetto! We parents try to be involved but getting teachers to call you for anything important is like pulling teeth. I knew nothing good was to come when I enrolled my child, no structure or desire to be of help. Pathetic on all levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

RCMS, I don't even know what to say but that they need a whole new staff! The worst school I have seen ever. The principle needs to go NOW, as well as the assistant principle since he has no back bone or his own opinion. Most of the staff don't care for the kids and it shows. It is so sad.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

Russell County Middle School is filth. The older teachers need to be fired due to a fact favoritism, They need a new principal, and, they need to update their website daily!!!! no one can keep track of their work with this!!! Disappointing.


Posted February 21, 2013

Dr Ramsey-Patrick needs to be replaced ASAP!!! This is a poor excuse for a school! They purposefully point out children with special needs and do nothing but constantly stay on them so that they retaliate ending up they are the ones that get in trouble! Academically and in all other areas this school is useless not only should it be torn down but all teachers should be fired with the exception of Coach Hunt......great great great man!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

There are some good teachers despite the jacked up leadership. The problem is the good teachers are at the mercy of that leadership that must change SOON. It's is definitely the good ole boy hook up. As long as you go along with their program then your considered a part of the in crowd. The one thing about the aweful leadership is the whole tone of the school is set by her and that's bad for the excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Overall a good school. The school need more teachers like Mrs. Benford. She is the best science teacher ever. Very experienced, loving, caring, and motivating. Dr. Ramsey need to get help. She can't run any events. She is very unorganized. Other than that, this school is like any other school. All schools have issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

My recomendation: Fire the staff, and bulldoze the building to the ground. The land was more productive as a cotton field then a place to teach children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

This school needs better leadership from the top down...our kids and there education are more important than grown folks and their egos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

the entire staff at this school needs to be fired and replaced with staffers who care for the kids.... from bullies to staff who doesnt care for the kids . its time for the issues that have been a problem for the last 10 yrs to be addressed now !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I am a student that currently goes to RCMS and sure it's got it's kinks and whatever, but really it's not completely the staff's fault. The real problem at RCMS is that we get kids with no home training and when the kids come to school here, they come to play and not learn. The students at RCMS, not all of them mind you, are the real problem. If parents would control their kids at home and set higher standards for them than yes, RCMS would be one of the top-ranking schools in Alabama. Also, yes, i am a student produced from the russell county school system and have been going there my whole life except one year that i went to Blackmon Rd. Middle School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2009

People should be very careful of sending their kids there. Some of the teachers are very petty and they don't help the kids enough. I have no respect for the principal she has done nothing to fix the school as yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I will not recommend no one to RCMS school because there is a lack of concern from the principal down to some of the teachers and i feel if you do not have good leadership what do you expect of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

my kid goes to school and they never been to a field trip or went outside and did games.you should get more activities for the kids to play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

I am NOT pleased with this school at all. From bullies to curriculum this school is the worst. Children have been assaulted bullied and the staff does nothing to rectify the situation. The whole staff is just there to collect a paycheck without having to work for it during the time our children suffer from not receiving a good education. we as parents should all get together and go to a board meeting so we can be heard and so atleast bring all the troubles to light and bring on an investigation to FIX things at this school. Changes NEED to take effect, if not OUR children and future students there will suffere from this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

I have a child who has been at RCMS for the last two year. I must say that I am pleased with all the changes that have taken place since Dr. Ramsey has become principal. The faculty and staff have adopted her philosophy that students are the number one priority. The students seem to enjoy school more. I have been told that attendance is up and students are given more opportunities to participate in activities. If RCMS stays on its current path, I see nothing but good things ahead. Many parents who are unhappy with the school are those whose children are behavior problems or they want their children to receive special treatment. Good job. RCMS for taking a stand for education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

My son attended Russell County Middle School last year. He [now] attends a school that acts as if they care and is receiving a better education. Please think twice before placing your child in harms way. the education at that school is very poor. Its not worth sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

I think that RCMS is a very great school and has numerous of fun people and activities and it's all about learning andthen having fun I'm really going to hate leaving going to the High School
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2005

I feel that the RCMS needs better leadership. I have two boys that attend this year and it seems as though the current administration is more worried about shirts being tucked in than the education of its students. My oldest son was out of school for three days due to an illness back in the first of November and one of his teachers has yet to assign his make-up work although he has been asked repeatedly to do so. This brings my son's grade point average down and we are currently applying for a scholarship to another school district. I'm sure that won't impress the scholarship committee at all. You can bet if his shirt had been untucked or he had been wearing something considered 'offensive' that would warrant attention from the administration. Priorities need to be re evaluated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

I have 6 children who attend schools in the russell county school district 4 of the 6 have finally moved on to the High School. Out of the schools I am the most displeased with the Middle school. I feel like most (not all) of the teachers do not care about the students and are just there to draw a paycheck. I feel that students are treated different depending on the color of their skin their are different standards set. The middle school started a program last year that was suppose to help students who were in advance classes earn credits toward high school. My child took those classes and needed to take the second half of those classes this school year to get the credits they decided to not continue on with it this year. They should not start anything they are not willing to finish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

It takes great leadership to have a great school. RCMS (RC Jr. high) does not have Great Leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students62%
Female61%
Male64%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White63%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Special education19%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Poverty58%
Not poverty70%

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male79%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education38%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Poverty79%
Not poverty93%
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 Students64%
Female64%
Male64%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White66%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible73%
Special education41%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%
Poverty59%
Not poverty81%

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male68%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White77%
Free lunch eligible66%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education41%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Poverty69%
Not poverty86%
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

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
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%
Female72%
Male71%
Black66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education38%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
Poverty67%
Not poverty80%
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
White 55% 58%
Black 38% 34%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Lalanya Almesha Ramsey
Fax number
  • (334) 855-4437

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