We sent our child here from 6th - 8th grade and regret it. In the 3 years here, I can count on one hand, the number of teachers that I would consider strong. There are some that are absolutely abysmal. And there tends to be a lot of turnover. My child had 3 English teachers and 2 science teachers in 6th grade. The principal and leadership are weak and let many of the kids run around crazily. Fights are common and learning is rare. The other major issue at CMS is that it is two schools within 1 school. There is the magnet program and the resident program. On one side of the school is the magnet students and on the other side of the school is the resident side. The magnet students get priority over the resident students in everything. The magnets are told they are smarter and more special even though there are many resident students that haven't been lucky enough to get their name drawn in the lottery. It makes for a very divisive atmosphere among students and even parents. Magnet students get smaller classes, more individual attention, and are treated as the "cream of the crop" while resident gifted/high achiever students are crammed into classes of 30+ students with inferior teachers in many cases.
It is so bad that we are opting out of Dekalb County Schools next year. Those in the magnet program may feel the school meets their needs, but if you can't "win" the lottery I would advise to look elsewhere.
Teachers give out a lot of homework, too much in my view (hence the agree and not "strongly agree"). Sometimes I feel that the quantity of homework given out in public schools is intended to compensate for what the kids aren't getting in the classroom. It puts a little bit of a burden on the parents, but it also forces the kids to develop time management skills that will be necessary later in life.
School has improved greatly over the past five years. The building is relatively new (10 years old), student body is diverse, teachers are hit and miss but many of the less motivated teachers have retired over the past few years. The school grounds and sports/recreation fields could use some attention (track in particular). Ultimately the school has improved as the community around it has transitioned from that of mostly retirees and upper middle aged empty nesters to young families with school aged children that are moving here because of the strong schools and supportive city (Brookhaven).