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Dacula Middle School

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Posted July 30, 2014

Before I go into writing about my experience at Dacula Middle I want to disclose that this is my own personal experience and should not waver anyone from wanting to attend this school. Now that's out of the way, I wanted to first start off by saying that I attended Dacula from 6th to 8th grade and was a constant honor roll student. Even with this, my 3 years at Dacula were the most difficult of my school career. The group of students I learned with proved to be very clique-ish and weren't very receiving of new students. If you differed from the popular clique you were automatically teased. Within a year I faced a bullying problem and the assistant principal barely took any action to have the problem resolved. The bullying nearly continued for 2 years. The guidance counselors were not very helpful and didn't keep an open relationship with the students. The only positive that I can give this school, is that its academics were great and I did encounter some pretty great teachers along the way. Besides that, I hope that this review helps any former and new students at Dacula. Hopefully the administration has buckled down on bullying and has tried to help students.


Posted April 9, 2014

I have had two children that went to Dacula Middle School. My son has learn to stay away from all the problem children and stay positive. He tells me daily that there are a lot of behavior problems which does not allow the teacher to teach to their best ability. I thank God for having a strong minded child that does not follow the crowd. I personally do not care for the school but he not having any issue so I will not transfer him. My daughter on the other hand gave into the temptation of being call lame and started acting like the other kids that and let her grades go down, asking foolish and I can continue but I will not. The administrators really need to get a handle on the disrespectful kids that make this school a unpleasant place. Most of all the PARENT NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE OF THEIR KIDS...JUST MY THOUGHTS. FYI. after strong discipline my daughter grades are back up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

They will do the bare minimum to appear helpful, but when you clear all of their smoke from the air, you will see they are only lowering the bar and deferring the problem. The administration will appear like they care until you start to ask pertinent questions and want to see documentation of your child's progress. At this point, you will be lucky to get answers to your questions. BEWARE! The administration at this school does not have your special education child's best interest as far as their education goes. Parents, all I can say is keep asking the important questions until you know you have a solid and truthful answer. Know how to read test scores, because they are banking on the fact that you don't know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

I am a parent of a sixth grader at dacula middle. The school itself is great. I think the cirriculum is difficult but apparently is what is needed to survive high school and college. My son is in the gifted program and does very well. It did take about six weeks to get in a groove and the school did not prep us new middle school parents well. I had no idea how to find homework assignments on the school website and there are other important links on the left hand side of the teachers websites that no one mentioned. There are online textbooks for the first several weeks that I did not know about or how to get to them much less use them so it was hard tryiing to help my son with homework. As to his teaxhers, I do have to say his sixth grade math teacher mrs.sanford is quite difficult. She will not help with any extra credit or help the student thrive and is also very disorganized. The other teachers are much easier to deal with and communicate whenever I need them. The assistant sixth grade principal is great. Overall it's a good school but if anyone from the school reads this, you might want to put together a packet for new middle school parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

This school has a lot of bullying issues that is not resolved in a timely manner. Teachers are doing the best that they can with disobedient kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2013

As a parent of a sixth grader, I am extremely pleased with Dacula Middle School. The instructional focus has been top-notch, the teachers go out of their way to ensure that students learn, and the administration is attentive to the needs of students and parents. My child has made lots of friends and has found a "place" at DMS. I am very happy to have such a great middle school in my community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

I am an 8th grade student at DMS. This school is the best you can ever go to in the Dacula area. The teachers are the best and really care if the student succeeds or not. There are many teacher's that teach classes that you should try to get your student in to. One of them would be the 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Pate. I really think she will allow your student to shine their brightest in science.


Posted September 15, 2011

I do not go to Dacula but my brother did and I can tell you from his experiences McConnell is a lot better and the same with High Schools Archer high is way better then Dacula High


Posted August 20, 2011

My girls go here and on the first day of school they had an 8th grader threaten them saying "I will kick your a@# if you sit back here again", I called the school and they sent me to the transportation department and while yes the bus driver doesn't care what is done or said on the bus and should be fired but I fee like this should be a school issue too, since it is bullying and they are supposedly against it and have no tolerance. Needless to say the first chance I get to get them out of this school I will
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

I love this school because the teachers are extremely pro-active in their style of teaching. By the time my son gets home, I've received info on what was missing, test scores, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

Im a former 7th grader from Dacula middle, and ive got to say, dacula middle school s the best school ive gone to so far. 6th grade was the funnest but 7th was great to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2009

i am a student at DMS and let me just say this school is the best ever last year i went to SMS and i was not doing so well and when i came to this school i really started trying. the teachers teach so well and the lunch is really good and the students there are so friendly. i highly recomand this school, by the way im in 8th grade lol
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

I am in 7th grade at DMS..... and yeah the school couldn't be better. 6th grade is the hardest but overall everything is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

my son is in 7th grade at Dacula. I am happy with his teachers. His principal has been so kind and supportive when I had family problems and need assistance. My son is happy there. I think it's the best school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

not having a great experience with some of the teachers. My son had a teacher first year and she was forced to teach at an elementary then another teacher went on a medical leave and didnt come back and is now assisting insead of teaching so what its just to bad for the students that had to deal with trying to be taught by teachers who couldnt or shouldnt have still been teaching now we have one that should be a professor in college instead of a middle school. I just hope he survivors and get out of this school oh yea had injury issues that happend at school never could get an appointment with the principal and not allowed to have tape recorders or back pack help reguardless of what body part was broken. Crazy how that school works
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

Great teachers, great students, great principal, everything is great......i learn sooooooooooooo much while at school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

I am a grandparent. Our grandson is in the gifted program for sixth graders at Dacla. As an educator of 39 years in the public school system and the grandmother of four gifted children (three in the FL public school system), I would definitely rate Dacula with 5 STARS. Tyler's mother is also a teacher with 14 years experience in public education. It has been such an incredible experience to see the needs of gifted children served so incredibly. In FL gifted chldren get the crumbs of education. The teachers at DMS have encouraged and challenged Tyler to excel. I stand in awe of your parent communications, teaching skills and your geniune love for your students. Thank you for enriching our life's. May your gifts be returned to you tenfold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

i love dacula my daughter loves it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

DMS is a great school. It is my 6th grade year and I am loving it. The teachers are great and the kids are cool too! Yes, it's crowded but that means there are more friends to meet! There are no more trailers! I'm on the 4th floor and climbing all of those stairs isnt fun, but it's worth it! I have learned a lot this year. The teacher are very involved in everything we do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

I was very nervous about my son entring 6th grade at such a large school. I have been very pleased with the way the 6th graders are treated and kept separate from the older kids. My son's team of teachers have been very responsive to my emails and requests for meetings. The 6th grade office has also been very helpful in assisting me as well.
—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.

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English Language Arts

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

487 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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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

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

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The state average for Science was 85% 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.

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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.

558 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 Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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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 40% 44%
Black 36% 37%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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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  • Dance teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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School Leader's name
  • Kellye Riggins
Fax number
  • (770) 338-4632

Resources

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Transportation options
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School facilities
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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  • Drama
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137 Dacula Rd
Dacula, GA 30019
Phone: (770) 963-1110

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