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Herschel Jones Middle School

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Posted April 23, 2014

The Principal and staff are courteous and seem to really care. This older school has had issues in the past. It is clean but like every school in GA they do not have proper bathroom supplies or HOT water; and they smell. The children are the main issue. My son says, to his knowledge there is no drugs but there is a lot of student to student querulous and bearish attitudes. The lunches are ok but not great. (awful)Milk is offered but not clean water. Health & nutrition is not a high priority, same with other GA schools. This would be a 4 or 5 star school if they worked on bringing it up on these areas and monitored kids a bit better. Overall not a bad place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Herschel Jones is a great school. The teachers and the whole staff do a excellent job. My children are doing great and their grades are good. They also offer extra help for those student who are struggling . My children love their school and their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Herschel Jones is a great school. They have supported my children by offering extra assistance with all the things the struggle with. My children enjoy going to school and they are doing wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

If I could give no stars I would. We moved from Cobb to Paulding in 2005. My daughter attended 6th through 8th grades here and the entire experience was Horrific! The students were a bunch of illiterate bullies and the staff was completely inept. My child was jumped by a group girls on her first day there and was suspended from school for defending herself. They need to shut this dump down and start from scratch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

I am currently a student at Herschel Jones Middle School, and I can tell you now it isn't the richest school around, but it's definitely the best. Our test scores improve more and more each year, and they're the best they've been since the school was founded. The teachers adjust their teaching styles to equip their students with a fine education, and although I do wish they'd have more diverse club and sports programs, I know we can beat any school with our test scores, even without an iPad for each student and laptops at your beck and call. As a student, I've gotten the best education that can be provided, and love the teachers as if they are my own family. We have a fine group here at Herschel Jones, students, staff, and all.


Posted July 9, 2012

Middle school is a very difficult age to teach. It is a time of great change in a child's life. We just finished our 6th year at HJMS (between 2 kids). Over all it was a good experience. The present administration is a plus. The principal talks to the students like they are people and not automatically a problem. In 6 years we only had an issue with one teacher and she is no longer there. We are going to miss HJMS.....but time to move on to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

Wonderful school! The rating does not match the greatness of the administrators and teachers - so don't judge a book by its cover. The teachers work hard to teach the students. The Principal and administrators are a great support. The only problem is that this school is poorly funded and not a lot of parents join the PTSA. Parents need to GET and STAY involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2010

We love the school and all of the dedicated teachers. Great programs and a fantastic staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

We moved from Cherokee Co. to Paulding County last year and we have 2 students attending Herschel Jones. The teachers seem to really care about my sons and their academic achievement. I am not happy that they cut out the sports programs this year though. I think sports are a very important!! But overall I think this is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

I have worked at Jones for 4 years now, and it is by far the best school I've ever worked for. The staff members are a family who deeply care about each other, the students, and the community. Don't judge a book by its cover - we are an old school, but we have so much to offer. Our science building and new building/cafe are gorgeous! The principal (Mr. Wilcox) is highly involved, and wants the best for the students. We made AYP in 2009, and have been working hard to make it again in 2010. Our 8th grade writing scores have improved from 63% to 75% meeting or exceeding (4th in the county) in just one year. The teachers are dedicated to the success of the students, and work hard to ensure that all children get a quality education. I'd send my kids here in a heartbeat!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 16, 2008

I think the school is ok! I really like the New Building and New Cafe'. Personally all my classes are in the mew building... My teachers are Awesome..I would like to give a shout out to... Mrs. Valeire McClure, Mr. Jeremy Anderson, Mrs. Laura Webb and Ms. Lindsey Hodges..Thank you teachers yall ROCK!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

Hello. I am a student at Herschel Jones Middle. It's okayy. Could be better. They have made alot of improvments though. New building, New Cafe', New Softball field. We even have a new Principal. I like the old one better thoughh. The school is cool overall. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

Our daughter attends HJMS and loves it!!! She is very involved and takes pride in her school. Alot of people think because the school is old that its bad. Not true! All middle schools aren't great. Because middle school children are trying to find them selves and get the first dose of peer pressure. Get involved to make it better!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

I love HJMS! My second child is now enrolled in Jones and I wouldn't put her anywhere else. My son went there for three years and the quality is just as great today as it was then. Others have commented on the school being run down and old and at one time it was the ONLY middle school in Paulding. I have to make a comparison here for the sake of the school...just as with people, buildings get old and 'run down' but that doesn't mean that what is on the inside is so horrible. I love all of the teachers at HJMS and the students will tell you how much their teachers care about them. Don't judge a book by its cover....HJMS is a GREAT school! Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I have sent two children thru hjms. One child is in 6th gr now. We are being redistricted to moses-huge disappointment. We would choose to stay at hjms. We have had some great memories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

February 07 - My child has been going to this school since 6th grade and now is in 8th. If I could home school her I would! It's a shame that the teachers arent as nice as they seem and when there is a problem with mine, they tend to forget who they work for! My daughter is not a problem and when she asks for help, it's denied! Had too many problems with bully's and fighting. The Principal's should get with the program and listen to all instead of his staff. Alot more is going on than what he see's..... sorry! I suggest camera's in all rooms and to be turned on instead of ' Oops, sorry camera wasnt on today'. If you cant use them return them and get your credit back...Kathy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

Herschel Jones Middle school is a great school to go to. If I had a choose I would go to it. The teachers care about their students, but the can be mean but only because they care is why they are strict. I would give any thing to stay at their after this year but I most go on to high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2004

Herschel Jones has been a wonderful school. It may seem small, 'run down' or whatever, but overall, it teaches so much for your future. The teachers there actually care about the students. The band program is a really good one, as is the old (2000-2004) Venture program. (They have a new teacher now I believe). Spanish of 2002-2004 was also wonderful. I love HJMS and recommend it over all of the other middle schools in Paulding County.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 23, 2004

HJMS has made some physical improvements to the school over the summer. Yes, it is and old school but the teachers and staff make up for it. My daughter loves HJMS. She excelled in the 6th grade and couldn't wait to go back during the summer break. She is involved in many activities at the school. Give HJMS a try!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

Coming from Atlanta, I would have to say that the conditions of this school are horrific! This particular school is entirely too small. The school is a eyesore and says alot about the community in which it is located. In just looking at the school, I would not allow my child or anyone else's for that matter to attend such a school. Our children deserve better! Our children in grades 6-8th grades are at a critical time in their lives where we need to offer them more than some rin down school. We need various programs to keep their minds positively ingaged in the community.
—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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

238 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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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Social Studies

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

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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78%
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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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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95%

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91%

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85%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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71%

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69%

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68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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96%

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94%

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92%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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71%

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54%

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55%
Social Studies

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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80%

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65%

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64%
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.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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75%

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86%

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75%

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63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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

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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 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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The state average for Physical Science was 83% 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 44%
Black 31% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Dallas, GA 30132
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