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6-9
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Trussville, AL
Students enrolled: 1,091
 

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6700 Trussvilleclay Rd
Trussville, AL 35173

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October 06, 2014
Great school despite the big transition from elementary to middle school can at times be overwhelming! GO COUGARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Re: 2010-2013 (6th - 8th grades) The grades for my Honor Roll child went South upon 6th grade and lasted through 8th grade, at Clay Chaklville Middle school. School issues such a bullying & more. This student was asked to be double promoted at Elementary School. Prior to entering this school, Awards were coming in constantly. It all stopped here. We made this child go on to Clay Chalkville High for Freshman (9th grade) year. This child is now going to Summer School this summer (2014). We are looking at other school options for this child. 4 years of misery is enough. Note that many of the comments here are old. I wanted to give some current comments.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My daughter will be going into the 8th grade this year and has really enjoyed going to this school. Just like every other school, there are good and bad points, but overall I'd rate this school an 8 out of 10. The choir teacher is exceptional, the office staff has been very helpful and the counselors are awesome too. The campus is clean and the school offers many activities for the kids. Oh, the golf teachers are great as well. I wish there was an after school program or something set up for kids to attend after school each day until parents can get off work. Also, the buses seem to crowded.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
This school is horrible.We moved here last year believing we were going into a good school for our child. This has to be the most ghetto school I've ever seen. Drugs, sex, and bullying are all that goes on here. If you move here pplan on sending your child to a private school if you want them to get a good education.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
Communication is nonexistent. It's rare to find faculty that shows involvement or caring. I've had three children go through this school and the first I pulled out to homeschool due to her health being risked, and the two currently there I am seriously considering pulling out to homeschool as well. Your children shouldn't dread going to school every day. Mine do.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2010
This school has ALOT of work to do.This is my son's first year at the school and I am THOROUGHLY NOT IMPRESSED. Be prepared to spend ALOT of time watching certain teachers and making sure that they are doing their jobs and not singling out your child ( or children). Case and Point: A particular teacher seemed very happy to tell me that my son had a F in her class. After forwarding her emails to the principal I found out that he had an F because she had not given him the makeup work that I requested while he was out due to an illness (with a physician's excuse). After he made up the work (in less than one day) his grade improved significantly to a 78. Interestingly enough the same teacher had the class read A Christmas Carol all week long during class time. My son has read that book 4 times already before he ever came to Clay. My son is also gifted in that particular subject area. He arrived at Clay having tested in the Collegiate level for that subject area.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
My daughter attends CCMS. I was concerned that she would have problems going from elementary to middle school, but she truly loves this school. The teachers have helped her with her own individual issues and even though we have had some absences due to illness, she has been given the appropriate time to make up her work. The teachers and counselors have been open to my communication and have called or e-mailed me back in a timely manner. Is it perfect? No. All schools have problems, but it is certainly a good school overall.

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December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 30, 2009
If your children are whom who might want to express themselves by changing hair style, clothing, or etc. i recomend not sending your children to this school.

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October 10, 2009
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August 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2009
dis school if fun and it have alot of sport it is kinda of like a acdemic school

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May 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 06, 2009
I am a student to and we don't get in fights on a regular basis that is the first lie. Next when we back-talk to a teacher we are the ones getting in trouble for doing that, not the teachers!

- submitted by a student
April 06, 2009
I, as a student, am somewhat very dissapointed in this school. It does not have that good of dicipline and there for, problems and violence spread among this school fast. Students fight on a regular daily basis and the students are disrespectful to the teachers and dont get punished most of the times for back talking. There is alot more, but i dont have the time to mention all of the problems......I want to go to a different school!!!!!!

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March 11, 2009
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October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 08, 2008
We moved to this area recently. My two kids have been excellent students since they started attending grade school. I am sad to see the discipline problems, dress code, and attitude of the staff in this school. Some teachers are very friendly and care about teaching, but others don't. The principal does not think is important to talk to you if you make an appointment to meet with her. She will bounce you to one of the vice-principals. We bought our house in this area because we thought this was a good school, but it is not. The school is over crowed, and the teachers overwhelmed with students. I wish I can take my taxes and pay for a private school for them to go, but I am stuck with this at least until we move. There are not fair too every student. They do not enforce their dress code equally

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
To the Jan. 11 student comment. First, all grades are divided into 'teams' and the education quality DOES differ from team to team no matter what the staff says. And as far as ton's of organizations, if your in some choices (like band) you're not allowed to take art, or even computer classes. Your choices are SEVERELY limited. I am a true cougar. I work for and with many of these student and some of the staff (those who let you in) organizations in school, at games, etc. very closely and my response to the student is please don't judge your peers until you've walked a mile in their shoes. It's easy to judge when you've never faced indignity or racisism.

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August 07, 2008
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May 26, 2008
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no rating May 09, 2008
principal of this school is the best out of all the schools.Most careing and thoughtful, and wants us to suceed.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 14, 2008
this is a great school if you have a child with any type of special learning problem i also like all the teachers and they also have a great athletics program

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January 18, 2008
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October 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2007
I go to CCMS(go cougars) and am in the 7th grade.Personally I love the teachers and am very sad I'm moving due to my dad's job.We have awesome pep-rallys and everyone loves Charlie the cougar(our mascot)as far as our principles go our head principle Mrs.Williams is awesome she's lenient but can also be very strict when needed,then theres Mr.Gary he is the one that keeps us all in line but all the kids love and respect him.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2007
I have been very pleased overall with CCMS. My son has excelled in all of his classes including Algebra I and RLC Social Studies. Most of the teachers have taught him well. I think Mrs. Williams has done a great job and seems to really love the children. My son has had no problems and will be going on to high school next year. The band program is fantastic since Dr. Walker has taken over. He and Mr. Williams have done a splendid job this year. I have been to the school several times for activities such as: the band trip, Jr. National Honor Society, Spelling Bee, Math Tournaments, and Scholars Bowl. Keep your children active and they have less time to get into trouble! Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
From the perspective of a parent of a child with special needs - this school is not the greatest, but not the worst. We have had to fight to get my son what was necessary for my son to have his free and appropriate public education. While this is nothing new to us in any district, I still feel like a school should be more open to doing what is obviously right for the child. I also have to beat them over the head to insure they will do what we've all agreed is necessary. Again, nothing new, but when we moved here I had hoped for better. The county over all is better to deal with than where we last lived. I hope Clay does not try to do its own school system. They will severely lack the resources that Jeff Co. has to help our kids who need it.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
I moved to this area because I thought the school here was very good. To my suprise I will probably have to send my 2 children to private schools. The front of the school was built without something for the children to stand under when they are being picked up at the end of the day and if it is raining they stand in the rain. This was brought to the attention of the principal that was quoted saying that building a cover for them would detract from the beauty of the school. I guess that tells you in full what they think of the students welfare.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
My son has went to this school 2 years and this will be his last year there. He has had nothing but good to say about this school. I really feel like if a kid applies themselves it makes a difference. I venture to say that if a child is unhappy there, its because they are not behaving or doing what they are suppose to. I can't imagine a child being mistreated if they are obeying the rules. I think that goes for life in general. If adults do wrong at work, etc. they get in trouble whether it be fired or jail, etc. Maybe parents should step back and look at their own behavior and be a better role model for their child which would in turn cause their child to behave instead of teaching them to buck the system. I give Clay-Chalkville an A+.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
As an African American parent, I believe my son has the right to attend any school that will make him learn better. I feel real good about sending my son to this school because I know that he is safe and he will learn. However, I believe there is room for improvement among the teachers and students. We need better communication among the different races of students and make everyone feel comfortable. In the sports tryout, there should be a better selection process in basketball. My son tried out two times and did not make the team. I overheard other people say my son is an excellent ball player. I know he is because he plays the game well in AAU. Everyone need to put their prejudice aside and live right!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
I go to CCMS, it seems as if some of the teachers care and others don't care. When you have fallen behind, it is very hard to catch back up because alot of the teachers just don't care, and they are always harrassing you and talking about how you have fallen behind. And I think that if the teachers spent more time with the students, trying to help them, then I think that the students woould get better grades and succeed.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2005
I am a african-american mom whose son attended CCMS. Well, he immediately had problems. I do admit that he was already having alot of behavior problems. The couselor at the time, did not seem to care. I feel as though my son was singled out because of his race and his behavior problems. I work and I pay taxes for my children to attend the best school possible. Their were and still are racial issues that need to be resolved at CCMS. Several of the administrative staff and the teachers have tried and still do sweep it under the rug. There are many african-american parents complaining about how unfair our children are and have been treated. I am one of them. The black kids should be treated the same as the white kids.

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May 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
I agree with January 2005...'Some teachers care and some do not. I am a white parent and I agree with the picking out of the african american students. Some students are picked out I have noticed and not given a chance to improve themselves without constant harassing by some of the staff. The alternative school for Jefferson County Schools is mostly full of african american students from Clay Middle School.' Drugs and violence are also a problem that administrators try to sweep under the rug.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2005
My daughter attends CCMS, and is involved in several clubs and sports activities. I feel that CCMS is a wonderful school, but the discipline problems do bother and concern me. It seems to involve some children who are 'forced' to attend our school even though they do not live in our community. I guess you could say that it seems like a 'clash of cultures'. I welcome all students no matter the race to attend our school - so they can get the best education possible, but I do not think they should be 'made' to attend CCMS - if they do not want to. These problems need to be addressed or the problems will not end. All of our children should be able to attend a SAFE school where they are not afraid to be or worry about what is going to happen - just free to learn!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
I think CCMS is a wonderful school. Its teacher student relationship is outstanding-but you know your going to always have your critics. Clay is getting over crowded yes. That needs to be handled first. Trussville can't put all these kids on Clay and then the zones need to be fixed because there are people still going to Clay that live way out of the district. This to me is setting Clay up in a bad situation. If they don't set a standard, where will it end? It seems the Clay community isn't even given a chance for growth-its always being suppressed. As far as discipline, these kids these days are acting for over what their age is. I am a concerened parent-and the discipline should start at the home-I have seen some of the most disrespectful kids- not only from Clay, but surrounding schools as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
Some teachers care and some do not. I am a white parent and I agree with the picking out of the african american students. Some students are picked out I have noticed and not given a chance to improve themselves without constant harassing by some of the staff. The alternative school for Jefferson County Schools is mostly full of african american students from Clay Middle School. When I learned of this I found it unusual. I do agree with the african american student comments listed above. My son attends this school and does fine but I do not like to see unfair treatment to anyone at anytime.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
Clay Chalkville is a wonderful school that really gives students a chance to learn what life is really about. Our school is the best one in the state. We may have lots of behavior problems, but the intelligence of me and my fellow students is at a great number. We have lots of organizations that students can join and our teachers are fromer honor students at their high schools. So if any has anything bad to say about CCMS they can come and talk to me a REAL, TRUE Cougar.

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2005
i go to this school. The principles are strict. The teachers are great though. They really help out the children and give them extra help if they need it. they do go strict to the school rules though.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2004
I am an African American student at CCMS. I don't like it. I started at CCMS during the 2nd semester in 6th grade. The administration is strict and at times they treat discipline issues differently according to race and ethnicity. I am never a discipline problem, so don't think I'm just trying to point fingers at anyone because of my actions. I'm not trying to play the infamous race card either. I feel like I've said enough already.

- submitted by a student

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Clay-Chalkville Middle School
6700 Trussvilleclay Rd, Trussville, AL  35173
(205) 379-3100
Last modified Clay-Chalkville Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clay-Chalkville Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top