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6-8
Public charter
Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 876
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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8750 Pride Place
Atlanta, GA 30350

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(770) 552-4970
(404) 763-5529
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December 03, 2014
I'm an adult in the community and I volunteered at Sandy Springs Middle and it was so great to see the level of interaction with teachers and kids at our neighborhood school. The kids were well mannered and fun and teachers treated them with respect. The school has great facilities and they are well maintained. We are lucky to have this school with these teachers and students in our community!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2014
My daughter attends this school and she loves it as well as me. The ratings are so wrong.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
I was a little concerned about the school ratings that I found online. However, my child is very happy at this school, the teachers are very good, and every time I have been at the school the students are quite and organized. I think this is a much better school than the online ratings may lead you to believe.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I moved to this area because it was better than Dekalb. The elementary school was great and I was hesitant about the middle school because of it's rating. I was right. Yes the teachers and principal are great and they speak highly of my son, but the students are horrible. Is hard to look past great staff, when the kids are bad. Lack of respect and home training. The school is filled with bullies and thieves. I can't wait till this school year is over. I'm out of here.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
School is great! My daughter has been getting nothing but good reviews and grades. That is due to the teachers and parents being involved. So far our experience is wonderful and I have no complaints as for how the school is teaching my child.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
People say this school is horrible! Those are rumors. These Kids love the school and so do I.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2013
My eldest son completed 6th grade at Sandy Springs Middle School and will now be attending 7th grade here. We moved to Sandy Springs from NY where the public school district wanted to place my son in special education classes for having a slight speech impediment even though he carried a 92 grade point average. Since being at Sandy Springs Middle School his GPA went from a 92 to a 98 and he is now on the Honor Rolls program. He has been nominated to attend the 2014 People to People Leadership Summit. The teachers are supportive and motivational but it is up to the parents to ensure our children are receiving the best education by getting involved in the curriculum and enforce healthy study habits for our children. We cannot expect the school alone to be responsible for our children's success. We have not experienced violence or negligence during my son's fiscal year. The rules are perhaps strict as others might claim but I personally am grateful the school is proactive about our children's safety. I am looking forward to my youngest son's first year attending Sandy Springs Middle School this year as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
I am a student at Sscms. I am In all tag classes and love the work and the teachers. Last year was my first year at sscms and I really enjoyed it. I made so many new friends and unlike elementary food, they gave us something we actual want to eat. I have read through some of the reviews and most are untrue. Food fights are extremely rare and the school is fixing some other problems. If you ever have trouble with friends or if someone does bully you, you can just go to the councilor. Overall, most of these problems that this school has are minor compared to a lot of other middle schools. And the sports teams are great, too!

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2013
The rules seem excessively strict. Kids can't go outside by themselves.They can't go to the bathroom without permission. They have to walk along a painted line on the side of the halls, and there are teachers actually standing in the halls to enforce it. Basically they treat the kids like they're six years old. I don't know if it's like that at all schools now. We didn't have all that nonsense when we were in school, and we managed just fine. From an academic standpoint, the teachers are pretty good and they seem interested in helping the students. My other gripe is with the TAG program. There are simply too many kids in TAG who don't belong there. In grade school, TAG was limited to a select group, maybe the top 10%. At SSCMS, I think at least 30% of the students are in TAG, so the program is watered down.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
While there are some dedicated teachers here, the overall atmosphere is very rough. Most of the students are not there to learn. This school is not about achievement, but caters to the lowest common denominator.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
My daughter is wrapping up her first year at SSMS, and our experience has been very positive. The academic load is challenging without being totally overwhelming and the teachers are excited about what they are doing and take the time to get to know the kids. They use a team teaching approach, which is very effective. Teachers and administration are very open and approachable and respond quickly to any question or issue. My daughter has been very happy this year at SSCMS.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
This is my son's second year at SSCMS and I have been very pleased with the quality of education he is receiving. The teachers are amazing, supportive yet demanding, and totally relate to kids this age. I love how the diversity reflects real life and I know my son will be so much more comfortable with all kinds of people because of this exposure. The administration is very proactive if they see that something isn't working well and they are quick to tweak a procedure if they think it is necessary. The school uses a team teaching approach, which is a proven success in teaching middle school students, and there are a variety of opportunities for kids to get involved and connected to the school community. I invite everyone to visit and see for themselves if our neighborhood school is a good fit for their child.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
this is the worst school. there are many fights, food fights, and lots of bulling. the principal is also very defensive. first time i came to apply my child to come to this school, students around us were cursing and other bad things. this is the worst school in United states

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
I myself ejoyed the time i spent at sscms.I received honor roll and made great friends, the teachers were very helpful and adviced you about anything.There were some problems like fights and dissobidient students but i think its due to the way they are instructed at home.I would have liked to see more events that involved the students.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2011
Sandy Springs Charter Middle School is a fantastic school. The teachers are very committed to providing an excellent education to students of all levels, and the class sizes are much smaller than most public schools. Both of my children have attended SSCMS and have made great friends, and had the opportunity to take advantage of the many diverse extracurricular activities related to academics, sports, community service and leadership. My son was much more prepared for high school than the students from private schools who entered the same high school. Parents can set up their HomeAccess account to get notifications of any work not completed or failed.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
The school is diverse, and while there can be problems as at every school, we have had a good experience there. The students that want to learn are getting a lot of the school. The students in the gifted program are very sharp and the teachers we met do care about the students. Also, the athletics are on the upswing. The inaugural football team won its league championship and the inaugural softball team only lost one game.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
Its Ghetto , to many fights, kids come in there with mask's and start fights . No Security. Principal is never there . Sports team are not good, parents just drop there kids of and dont even go to the Games for support!! Just sad!!! All together is just not a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
they have many things going on at this school bad and good things the bads fights are a daliy bases here the secound week of school the windows were spray painted 3 days later at the 8th grade lunch 3 boys dressed in hollweon costumes came in the lunch room and threw eggs the good stuff teachers make u sucsed there is a great sport oprtarntiy for every grade exsoccer,cheerleading,volleyball,and football

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2010
Very disappointed with this school, the faculties (most of them) are so out of touch with the students. The parents have no say so in the school; the lack of communication is unacceptable. Many fights between the students happened in the 2009-2010 yr, NONE were communicated to the parents. I am glad my child is done there.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
The students: Diverse: They are diverse and bring cultures from around the world to each and every child. The teachers: Care. Every child has a desire to learn, and this school, it's staff and teachers do what they can to bring out that desire. Communication: Unprecidented. With the technology and online access through "Parent Connect" parents are aware of EVERYTHING there is to know about their child to include upcoming tests, grades, tardies, etc. If you do not know what is going on with regard to your child's academic progress, honestly, it's because you failed to do your job as a parent. The Principal: Approachable. Even though her personality may indicate otherwise, just go up to her, speak to her, and you will see that she has an open door policy and is willing to sit and talk to you about any and everything.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This excellent, hard-working, caring neighborhood school is a testament to what every community middle school can be. With its excellent teachers, its open-door policy to parents, and its friendly, active student body, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School is a model for all schools supporting strong education with great diversity. The principal Kay Walker welcomes everyone and works with everyone, the SSCMS teachers are teachers who enjoy and have a talent and energy for teaching the middle school grades, and the parent volunteer base is strong and determined to take the school to new heights. The newly formed SSCMS Foundation is the braintrust of over 100 parents who are fully engaged in fundraising and goal setting for the school's needs and wants. This is an excellent middle school right in the strong N.Springs Charter High School cluster.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
This school made the transition to 6st grade for my daughter seamless and enjoyable

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2010
Very disaapointed with the lack of communication between teacher and parent. My child received a 65 in Math and I was told she missed six homework assignments and I was never notified by any means. I come from NY; Long Island to be exact and this kind of behavior is not acceptable there. I would of been notified if my child was on going to fail a class. Her teacher was very nonchalant when I spoke with her about my child. Overall poor school. Don't send your child there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2009
I am a student at the new Sandy Springs Charter Middle School and this is my first year here starting in 7th grade. The students especially TAG students are very welcoming on the first day I had so many friends. I also love the fine arts department, the TAG teachers, and the language department. This school is really good in academics and socially. It is the best!

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2009
My child has excelled academically and socially at SSMS. The charter will help to improve the school. The mandatory uniform requirement has helped with discipline. I feel that my child is ready for an academically challenging high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
my child moved to that school because of the disrict and his grade average went from a C to an A.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
My child went to sandy spring middle, but had t leave because of bulling issues. what's amazing is that the school never notify the parents. This school isn't bad for academic but the behavior of some students & teachers do give the school a bad rep. Alot of parents don't go to conferences , or hold their child accountable for their action. I don't think becoming a charter is going to change the behavior of some of these students but holding these parents accountable might do the trick. I just felt as a parent this school wasn't safe for my child due to bullying. I have met great teachers who care about the kids , but they too feel putting a charter name on the building isn't going to change anything

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
I feel that this school isn't challenging for my daughter. i don't see any critical thinking when it comes to the homeworks i don't feel that this school is preparring these kids for a challenging high school. the teachers are very young , an i feel that they not upholding the amount of discipline that is required to push these kids to the next level

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
I agree that the school is very diverse and that is a great thing. If your child can handle the liberty that is allowed in the school verses structure then yes this is an excellent place for your child. But if your child buckles to peer pressure or is experiencing some level of difficulty due to lack of structure then I would not recommend that your child attends this school. The support system is not united, you have faculty such as social workers, teachers and counselors who desire to assist with achievement and then there's a lot of the administrative faculty that just come to work just to take up space and say that they attended work that day. They will annoy you if they need to contact you regarding issues that are only important to them. But you have a concern you may ignored or even belittled.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
I am very dissappointed with this school. SSMS claims to provide the guidance that your child needs, but this school is nothing more than a daycare for middle schoolers. Sending my child here was a huge mistake.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
i like this school. some people are exaggerating on the fighting situation. Somebody mentioned that there are fight at this school everyday and thats not true. We have fights every once in a while, but not everyday. And yes some of the teachers are kind of bad. but i don't think this school is bad at all

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2008
i dont like this school at all. i feel unsafe there because of all the fights and other dangerous acts. even with the TAG program, its gard to learn. i do not like the teachers and very few seem to care about the students. the school has made a very bad impression on me. i am most likely going to a private high school because of the limited education and bad environment this school has provided me. the only good thing about this school is the orchstra and chorus teachers. plus, i have made a few good friends.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 28, 2008
i love this school its the best to learn and make friends

- submitted by a student
no rating January 23, 2008
This is certainly a school of excellence. My granddaughter has been on the honor roll for 7&8 grade. I love the principal and all of her teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
My kids have had a great experience at SSMS! They have made some great friends and have been challenged and inspired by their teachers. The school has a very diverse student body which makes it challenging for the teachers and administration, but I have been encouraged that the principal is very accessible and responsive to parent concerns.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
I have been very disappointed in SSMS. Upon first meeting the principal, she was very antagonistic and defensive. The shool does not seem very safe for kids as there are fights almost daily. The teachers are wonderful for those that come to learn but are otherwise not to be bothered with motivating those that have other agendas. Unfortunately, this appears to be a great number of the kids. The horror of it all is that in the end, the kids lose. I think this will get worse before it gets better. I'm just glad we won't be around this sinking ship. Something needs to be done immediately! This was the biggest mistake I've made sending my child there.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
We are very happy with overall cirriculum for my son, he is in advanced math and will have high school credit going into 9th grade. Teachers have been great at responding to e-mails.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
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July 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
This school has a lot to be desired. The children are never challenged, the principal is very defensive and always on guard. There are more fights on a daily basis than there needs to be. Those in charge need to find a different approach to get this school in order. My child will not attend this school next year and I am very sorry I allowed her to go this far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2007
Teachers here are unmotivated which results in students being unmotivated to learn and excel. Homework seems to be too much of a burden for the teachers to assign, therefore kids aren't learning. They're just showing up for school and being baby-sat. The student body is quite clique-ish, and borders on self-segregation. The faculty and staff are, at best, apathetic to this. All in all, a bad situation which will only get worse. Our kids got all A's and B's; but a motivated 5th grader could have gotten the same grades.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
School discipline is out of control, bullies, violence. Terrible atmosphere for education, biggest mistake we ever made letting our child go here.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I've been very pleased with Sandy Springs Middle School. However, I wish there were more extra-curricular activities available. Also, more enforcement of a dress code.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
I love this school, the teachers are caring, and very informative, the sports program there is great

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
Sandy Springs Middle School is an ok school it is not my first choice because the students are desrespectful and the Guidlines for learning arre very low...

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May 07, 2005
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March 08, 2005
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Sandy Springs Charter Middle School
8750 Pride Place, Atlanta, GA  30350
(770) 552-4970
Last modified Sandy Springs Charter Middle School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandy Springs Charter Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top