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Freedom Middle School

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Posted January 30, 2014

An amazing learning environment. My son went from failing all classes at Teasley MS to Getting A's and B's at Freedom MS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

Fantastic School and So blessed to have my children here. Great Teachers! Great Administrative Staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Worst school ever! The principal and asst principals spend more time trying to enforce ridiculous rules to the point that the kids cannot express themselves. If they focused as much attention on students' education as they do on making sure the kids don't look the wrong way, it would be a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I totally diasagree! Ms. hawley was the principal at Liberty while my son was there and of course she moved to Freedom! She is very strict and runs a tight ship! At this transitional age kids need that! My son is now a seventh grader at Freedom and after having one attend Teasley 6 years ago compared to Freedom now............we are VERY fortunate! Not only a awesone facility, but the opportunites our children are offered and the education my son is receiving is incredible! Thanks Freedom Faculty and Staff and Administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

Freedom is awsome i am a student there i love freedom go patriots
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

Freedom is a great school and i`m glad to be a Patriot!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

Having two children there, I was disappointed and have now put my kids in private school. When Dr. Manzella left it has been down hill ever since then. The teachers, staff, parents and students all are unhappy. We have lost many good teachers that have left the last two years. Students have had rules changed or put in place that are absurd. There is no confidentiality at this school. A very miserable place to be for many reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

FMS has been my home for the last 3 years. As an 8th grader moving to WHS next year i must say freedom has its ups and downs. The begging of the year was not the best. I got % days of OSS for some really kidish stuff that should have been less. The last couple of months at Freedom have been pretty fun thought. I became friends with the adminitration and it was a lot diffrent than the begging but over all Freedom is not half bad....
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

We left APS and started here last year for grade 6. My son sailed through his first year at Freedom and I am thrilled he has the opportunity to take grade 9 math in grade 7. Just happy there is a great group of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

Freedom has so far been good to excellent for my diverse learning children. I have an honors student and a special needs student. Both have done well at the school. I think the Dr. Manzella was very supportive of the special needs population and understood our children's unusual learning requirements. Also, on the other end of the spectrum, the honors courses are rigorous and in line with our expectations on getting our oldest child into high school advanced learning programs and eventually to the college of his choice. I find that the people who complain about good schools like this are the same ones that do not put the responsibility for learning on their child and like to blame others for their child's lack of achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

New is not better. Our child has attended this school for 2 years and needless to say, our other children will NOT be attending. Quality of teachers varies drastically. Principal is already leaving after 2 years. Seems to be a lack of funds as there are not adequate AR tests or reading material. Our child did not have a Math Book until 2 or more months into the school year! Even though all AP classes were accomplished with high 80's to high 90's, we were still denied the priviledge of particular academics such as the level of Math or Spanish! These choices were not disclosed to parents in advance nor was the information given when requested. Please, get more involved in the subjects, homework, and academic choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

Freedom has been a great satisfaction for me. Since my first kid went to FMS last year, I was apprehensive like other parents about transition from elementatry to middle school. However it has been a great expereince. my kid has been challenged in all the clasees. If she is doing better than others in a subject she is getting tougher tests to take. Teachers are always helpful. Also it has a variety of clubs and afterschool activities. I love it.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

377 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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The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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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.

360 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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

361 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.

330 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 Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

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

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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

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Physical Science

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
White 79% 44%
Black 7% 37%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Karen Blackwell Hawley
Fax number
  • (770) 345-4140

Resources

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  • Gym
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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  • Choir / Chorus
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