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Blackmon Road Middle School

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Posted April 24, 2014

As a parent I am not pleased with this school. The administration seem to have major ego issues. We have had issues with the school counselor, as well. My child has never been more unhappy in his life!!! I am considering sending my children elsewhere next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I work in your library and I love my kids.I don't care what we go through sometimes.I will always pray over you !
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 28, 2013

As a former BRMS student, I am very disappointed about my experience at this school. Drugs and fights were common throughout my time there. Out of my 3 years there, I only had a couple teachers that really were passionate about teaching. Some of my teaches were rude. The work consisted of "busy work" in many classes. Homework overloads were common. Once I was doing work until 2 AM. There were no field trips and no clubs. In 8th grade, I would work really hard writing papers, but I never got any back. I never knew what to improve on, all I got back was a number. The same teacher gave us ridiculous topics, which were bias and practically impossible to write. The cafeteria was disgusting, and there were cockroaches crawling around. They served very small portions as well. Because of this, I always brought my lunch. The lunch times were bizzare. 6th graders ate around 10: 45 and 8th graders around 1:45. Also, bathoom visits were rushed. There weren't any mirrors in any of the bathrooms. They had all been taken down. The teachers encourage you to read, but the library is small and filled with old books. There are no new, and interesting books that teens would like.


Posted May 18, 2011

It's good school with caring teachers, but sadly the extracurriculars are.... wait, what extracurriculars? This school is lacking in clubs and things for students to d outside of the classroom. Only clubs are NJHS, Velocity, Jr. Marshals, Sports, and a few other organizations. No fun clubs started by students. No field trips. No 8th grade graduation. If you want you're kid to go to a school with lots of options for clubs, go to another county. However, this has been an OK year.


Posted December 15, 2009

This is one of the best schools around Columbus. I'm proud that both of my boys attend here. Blackmon Road has very good teachers including the music teachers. The Christmas Concert was very good and I did enjoy: The Orchestra, Band, and Chorus was well put together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

This is a VERY vivaciuosm, fun, educational, and great school! The teachers and staff (plus students) here are very polite, kind, and just perfect! I moved to this school from another state during the middle of 6th grade and I was REALLY nervous, but then I found out that I was afraid of nothing! This school is very welcoming, heplful, and everything! It's also a lot of fun! We have pep rallys, dances, games, and MUCH MUCH more stuff here! This is THE perfect middle school EVER!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2009

great learning environment for students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

My son and our family love Blackmon Road Middle School. We are headed into our third and final successful year at this great school. There have been challenges and each has been strategically resolved. Mr. Barden runs a tight ship. His house is always in order. I am the parent of a special needs child and very pleased with our experience at Blackmon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

I am happy with the school. Great Principal and teachers. Good job with the discipline, that how it has to be. Excelents grades. It is the best school in Columbus. Continue with this great effort
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

Most people want to know what kind of school their child is or will be going to. Blackmon Road is the kind of school that parents should look for if they want their children to receive an education that prepares them for the future. We have a challenging curriculum and we push our students to be serious about taking charge of their learning. We expect them to take responsibility for their actions and we work as hard as any faculty I've ever been around to make sure that we provide every child the education that they need to be successful in life. Yes, discipline is strict, but it is also fair. We tell our students over and over again what is expected of them and we work with them to make sure that they exhibit the kinds of behaviors that lead to success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 7, 2007

The Mr.Barden (new principal) is a little stricter than than Dr.Shouppe(old one).We have less dances , pep rallies , and other fun stuff.I am an 8th grader in blackmon currently. I think we are learning more than last year(or it could just be in the 8th grade you have to learn a lot) but the work it a little too much for me(but I guess they are preparing us for high school).I think they took away the Spanish class 2 years ago and that hurt many people.We still have band ,chorus anmd the other stuff.Also the conduct system is way harder(again,they can just be preparing us for high school).I rate it 3-star
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2007

The school was good last year but with the new principal we don't do a lot of pep rallys and fun stuff. Like last year we went outside after we ate out lunch on some days but now we don't. Its a lot stricter which some times is good but its not fun anymore. I just think he needs to add some fun into school so people want to come.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2007

My son has gone to Blackmon Road for two years and will be entering eighth grade this year. The teachers are fantastic and with the leadership and support of their Principal; Blackmon Road is 'The' Middle school to attend in Columbus. This school is not a magnet school, however, the educators in this school did not fail in giving my son a 'magnet school' quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

Good school, but I am seeing certain programs like band going downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Blackmon road is the best school i have ever went to. It has a good band,chours,football team,basketball team,ect. Blackmon road probably has the most students of the middle school age. They have GREAT teachers. They get you ready for high school and collage. They teach you more than you need to know.Blackmon road middle is the best school EVER!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2005

I went to Blackmon Road Middle School in the 7th and 8th grades, and it was the best experience ever. Blackmon prepared me for Columbus High. Blackmon deserves to be called number one. Not only is Blackmon good in academics, but also the sports program is successful.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 3, 2005

I am about to go to Blackmon RD middle School, and I am kind of excited but then again really concerned because this is my first time ever going to middle school andI don't know how it will be.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted September 23, 2003

This is an excellent middle school. Like any good school, the leadership sets the environment. Most of the teachers are quality instructors. I only wish that Midland Academy prepared the students more for this school's program.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

231 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

English Language Arts

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

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

236 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

English Language Arts

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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98%

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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82%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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99%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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85%

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78%
Social Studies

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

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


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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Algebra I

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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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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The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 44%
Black 34% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Marty Richburg
Fax number
  • (706) 565-3006

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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7251 Blackmon Rd
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: (706) 565-2998

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