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Henderson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1475 students

 

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2011:
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Posted July 19, 2014

I loved Henderson Middle School! Most of the teacher there were very nice and helping. I would have to say their engeering classes are the best connections classes. The teachers always make sure that every student knows the material and always offer tutoring. But the only thing bad about Henderson is the interior is wearing out so I hope they get that fixed. But other than that the school is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

Principal is professional, understands middle schoolers and strives for excellence. In 6th grade we have been very happy with teachers who are committed to helping my child excel. As a parent you need to be involved. There are a lot of kids but if you stay involved with your child the academics are there for the taking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

The school is no good, there is way to much bullying. And the teachers don't care about anything other than their paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Principal is awesome, lots of great teachers and they do an amazing job managing a huge population of middle school kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

A good environment to learn and challenge students. The school exceeded my expectations. I have found the teachers and administrators approachable and willing to go above and beyond for my daughter. I recommend the school to any parent seeking a quality education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

My child had a fabulous year in 7th grade. Yes, the teachers are facing large classes and an increase of ridiculous paperwork, yet they showed they cared about my child and were sensitive to his needs. Teachers and administrators were readily available to meet with me/email me to discuss concerns. Looking forward to 8th grade! BTW, the music department is the BEST you will find in any school, public or private. it is a HUGE asset to the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

2013 was an awful year at Henderson, teacher moral was very low most likely due to the SACS probation. Out of the 4 core teachers on my child's team, 3 had extended absences - one was out the entire year (Math). Out of my child's team of about 100, over 1/4 failed Math CRCT and the school has refused to address this with the parents. The Principal and administration are unreachable, no email or telephone numbers are ever posted, they do not want parent involvement other then volunteer to staff office slots. The school is decades behind in any technology and there is no interest in this school to bring them into the 21st century - the staff and administration are very unmotivated. If I had to grade the school on the past 3 years, 6th grade would get a B-, 7th grade a C- and 8th grade an F. This school still has potential but there needs to be some major administrative changes occur as well as the DeKalb school system problems to be resolved for this to happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

This school is terrible. The teachers are overwhelmed and do not care about student performance so long as they are not problematic to the classroom environment. If you want your child to succeed, have them flip a desk over for attention. Otherwise, it is almost easier to give up. I have to visit no less than EIGHT different websites on a daily basis just to get basic information about what is going on with her classes, assignments and grades. Even with all of that effort, we still can't get responses from the teachers when emailed, any type of guidance or even just basic communication. It's completely insane that my previously straight A student was allowed to get straight F's and no one contacted me until her grades were in the 50's - and only then to tell me that she was being pulled from extracurricular activities. I can't even begin to describe the complete nightmare trying to navigate the Byzantine labyrinthine of bureaucratic, poorly constructed and halfway implemented websites intended to "guide" the parent. It would be easier to buy a home school program and teach her myself than to try and assist her education at Henderson. Can't wait to get out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

You can put all your heart and soul in this school as a student and become involved as much as you can as a parent. You STILL will encounter teachers who don't care and some who do care. I agree with the other comments about teachers being overwhelmed and overcrowding of the school. I can't believe how unresponsive a lot of the teachers are. No wonder why the school ranking is low
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

Sometimes what you put into a school is what you get out of it. My child is a current Henderson student, and he is putting his heart and soul into everything he does there. He is having an incredible experience, and I applaud the teachers who inspire him. You know who you are- THANK YOU!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I agree with most of the postings here. The school has a lot of bullying going on. Certain teachers do not respond on important matters, or they are very hard to reach. The office staff (principal, counselor) do not seem to care about your child's safety. The teachers seem to be very overwhelmed, so don't be surprised if your child's hard work is missing and gets a zero grade! Just horrible! I will be moving to another county
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

bad school do not like it too much bullying do not like this school it is a poor school in atlanta
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

My son just started school here and I give his teacher, Ms. Paul 5 STARS...as for the office staff, they get -0 STARS for being rude and not following through with paperwork. Everytime I have had to deal with the office staff at Hendersen, I get attitude. So far the Spec. Ed Dept. is great. My son loves his class and other assigned activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

Overall it OK.Its not that great due to the amount of bullying and i have had a lot of experiences of teachers being too strict. For example, there was this very rebellious kid in my class that my teacher constantly told to leave the class. Obviously he wouldn't so an argument dragged out and my teacher eventually had to get physical. I had another problem when a teacher of mine was not correctly checking her work when grading my work. My grade suffered badly because of that. Eventually my parents had to get involved. overall its an OK school, but i wouldn't recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2011

This really cares about their students. Henderson has impact my child's education. Thank you Henderson. Support
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

I love Henderson Middle School because the teachers are great and care about our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2008

The overall school is alright but some of the teachers are very strict and we don't get as much fun things to do as other schools. For example we only get one pep rally a year. Also if you have seventh period with a mean teacher,and people are talking, she'll keep everyone after you have been dismissed. Other than those things the school is alright.(Most of the time)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2008

I had a terrible experience at henderson. The teachers carry terrible attitudes and hardly ever answer the parent's e-mails. Most of the staff should not be there because they do not have a desire to teach and mainly there for a pay check. My child attends a parochial school and enjoying it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

Sorry folks but i had a god awful experience. Many parents opt not to send their kids to henderson and i can see why. Its big, too many kids in classes, teachers are hit or miss..Including gifted...Communication is terrible...Very disappointing. My 6th grade son was very stressed out and i got almost zero response, i called 2 assistant principals ,hand delivered a letter to the principal...Yet to hear from anyone! we are at the friends school in decatur now, very very happy..Night and day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

HMS is a much better school than its test scores indicate. The music program is very strong; the chorus teacher in particular is excellent. The administration is responsive to parents; parental involvement is high. Most teachers are very good; there are always a few who are not and it's difficult/impossible to get your child out of those classes.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

531 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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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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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.

474 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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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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

455 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

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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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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 33% 44%
Black 29% 37%
Hispanic 29% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Terese Allen
Fax number
  • (678) 874-2910

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2830 Henderson Mill Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
Phone: (678) 874-2902

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