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Atlanta Charter Middle School

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Posted February 13, 2014

What I love about this school is that they recognize every student learns differently and they approach and engage each child on their level. They are challanged and allowed to be creative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

Once you get qualified for services, they are good and responsive. They do provide appropriate and effective interventions. Getting qualified is cumbersome and has been a challenge for some students. Some attention problems are misidentified as behavior issues and handled as such which impacts the student in a negative way. In some cases, I think the discipline program does not fully accommodate this population. Teacher training would be helpful in this area, particularly in the implementation of a behavior plan.. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

I personally know three families who have had to take their child out of The Atlanta Charter Middle School because they were being bullied, touched inappropriately or generally left to feel uncomfortable in an environment that is often controlled by a fairly rough element of students. The principal and some of the teachers seem to be afraid to do anything about it. They could have easily dealt with the problem students but have frequently chosen to do nothing. I am not sure why but can only guess that they feel intimidated themselves to do anything about it. It's a real shame because the school has such potential. It will never reach that potential as long as there is an atmosphere of fear being experienced by a great many students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I'm in the 6th grade.. I love this school... It makes you feel like people will actually listen to you.If you said this school was bad think again.


Posted October 27, 2011

If you like your child listening to X-rated rap lyrics played by the HEALTH teacher, a Chairman Mao poster hanging in the a humanities teacher's classroom and a general, wide open, hard left indoctrination of the students by at least 90% of the teachers then you will love the Atlanta Charter Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Ive been going to this school for a year and the school isnt all that. The students have no self control and they have attitudes with the teachers. The teachers show no respect to the students and if someone has a problem the teachers look at them like they're stupid. They need to work on they're behavior policy because they focus on little things like walking around while the teacher is talking but when the school is vandalized they do nothing. I hate to be so critcal but its true
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

My son is in the 6th grade. We are continually impressed with his teachers, his PEC support, the principal. We really appreciate the small class size, and the individual attention my son gets. His teachers follow through regularly, via e-mail, if there is an issue with him. We do NOT get lots of worksheets - we DO get good h.w. assignments that allow him to think, process, and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2009

I love this school. My favorite teacher is Mrs. Waldman she is the best Spanish teacher I have ever had love her and have learned a lot with her. Gracias!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2009

The Atlanta Charter Middle School continues to grow and improve - providing quality education to a very diverse community! Remember, our school is young, growing and improving every year! Several significant changes are in store for the upcoming year which will just continue to make it the great school that it is! Remember, this is a school of choice with required student and family participation. It can be easy to complain or not be grateful for those whom are doing the majority of the work at the school. A new Dean of Students will be joining the great staff as well as additional teachers! -Parent of two students attending ACMS in 2008-2009
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

This school has so much potential; however, based on what my child tells me and my own in-class observations, it is run ineffectively. Students show absolutely no self-control and some are violent, other parents fault the teachers for their children's unwillingness to learn, students who do try are neglected, special education services are lacking, teachers are frustrated, and discipline is non-existent. The environment is one of dysfunction and exasperation... I feel badly for the students who are missing out on a quality education. My child will not be attending ACMS next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I have been going to this school two years now and, at first, I loved it. The teachers were great, the homework was steady and eable to keep up with, and there weren's many behavior problems. My second year, however, made me hate it. Most of the teachers have good intentions, but the work is too much for anyone to handle. The students, as well as teachers sometimes, have issues and attitudes with eachother. Not very many people are treated with respect. The discipline policy needs to focus more on the bad things like vandalizing and less on the little things, like walking around while a teacher is talking. The enviroment and parent involvement are great, but the school itself needs a LOT of renovations. For example, only one or two bathroom stalls lock, and every restroom has at least one stall door missing. This school is not very wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

I'm going to be honest. I hate going to school. They say that they're constructivist and do hands on learning but I come home with a stack of worksheets as thick as a book! That's not the only problem. There is a lot of teasing and behavior issues that the teacher and principal really don't do much about.I don't fell like I'm in a safe place. I really hate to be so critical, but this school is not a good place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

My son has been attending this school for two,it's great,and the teachers are awsome!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

This school rocks. Mr. Edmison the art teacher really challenges you to do your best. He is such a great teacher and makes me want to be a teacher. I wish more parents would volunteer tho'. The same parents help out over and over again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2008

The school is excellent as far as having a safe environment, genuine concern for children that excel; and their teaching style which allows the children to learn at the own pace, and in their own way. They encourage the children to share their leaning methods and to help, tutor, and teach each other. Their assignments are hands on; it's not just a bunch of memorization. They aren't miracle workers though. If the child puts forth the effort, the faculty will do all they can to make sure that child does well or better. Parent involvement is key and highly encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 52% 37%
White 36% 44%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 45%N/A51%
Female 55%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Matt Underwood
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