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Cedar Grove Middle School

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Posted June 29, 2014

This school is improving under the leadership of Dr.Alexander. Love the idea of school uniforms for the upcoming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

This school is very good its a great learning environment and lots of fun . i dont care what anybody below says this school is good for children very nice and teacherd truly care about their students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

HORRIBLE SCHOOL...The children are very disrespectful and the staff is not helpful. They are just babysitting. I had to remove my daughter from this school because I was continually going up there because the kids were so mean and bullied her almost daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I would not place my kids in this school If it was the last school on earth! this school is awful. the a majority of the students (not all) have no manners, home training or respect for themselves or others incluiding the adminatration, the staff is just working in a hopless situation to move kids through a failing system where our children will not be equipped with the tools needed to provide for themselves as adults, low test scores, diluted grades give an unrealistic sense of acomplishment. hopefully if your child attends he's a good football player, and maybe , just maybe, he can get a scholorship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

This school is terrible and some of the administrators are there for a paycheck and do not care about the children. There seems to be no principal leadership. The assistant principal is terrible and don't care . It's a shame that the children are working from worksheets and the parents portal is a total waste. Parents if you care about your children , Please make sure that they are not being sent to ISS because you will not be informed and it may not be documented. Parents must be informed . This school can be improved if they get rid of the incompetent administrators and teachers take control of their classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

I am a parent of three students that attend CGMS. I personally don't think this is a good school. The staff act as if they are on the students level instead of being the authoritative figures we expect them to be. I agree that the home and parents /or guardians are where they first learn social skills, discipline, and reenforcement of what is taught in school. But, I am having problems with teachers / or staff members provoking and not listening to the students and then setting them up to be arrested or sent to alternative school rather than finding ways to truly mediate conflicts between students and staff or students and student. Either way there is a miscarriage justice in this school and yes, I am a hands on parent and do not think that my kids are perfect by no means but, I also know that adults are not always right either and if the staff is not willing to step up and admit that, what message does that send to the students entrusted to them to educate? Beleive it or not kids want structure not adults bullying them...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

I am a parent of three children at CGMS. One is in the Gifted/HA program and the other two are not. I am very impressed with the level of dedication that the HA/Gifted teachers provide, but the kids who are less acadmic kinda flounder around. I keep involved and have constant communication with the teachers and counselors. The school is only as strong as the parents are. If the parents are involved it stands to reason that the school operates better because we demand more. I don't have a problem with CGMS. I think they are doing a good job oftrying to keep the kids focused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

I think cedar grove middle is not a good school because the students has to much time to play inthe halls and to much time on there hands.and not learning what they need.to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

Cedar Grove Middle School is not a good school for children that are trying to learn and want to succeed. There is no security, children are always walking the halls during class time, other grades are on the other highway, too many fights not being reported, Principal do not return calls to concerned parents. This is a parent that just withdrew her son in 7th grade 7/2008
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

Significant improvement has been made this year with Dr. Flanagan at the helm as building principal. Cedar Grove has a dedicated staff and involved parents who work together to ensure that each CGMS succeeds. Everyone put in extra time and effort with programs like Safety Net before and after school tutorial, Saturday schools and various other programs to make sure that no student was left behind. Kudos to the hard working students, parents, teachers and administrative team. It was all a group collaboration.


Posted July 15, 2007

This school has a good Principal but needs some improvement in Teacher instructional quality, and school safety and discipline. My husband and I stayed involved with the Teachers and what is happening in the classroom to ensure that our child obtained a good education. Our classroom observation revealed the lack of good classroom instructions. There was very little classroom control or discipline, therefore, the environment was unsafe for those students desiring to learn. We witnessed many disruptions in the classroom, verbal fights between teachers and students, and physical fights between students in the classrooms and halls. Students were injured in the halls in front of Security and Teachers and very little was done. It is no wonder they did not make AYP this year. We are searching for another school to enroll our child in for the next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

a wonderful school great teachers activities for the children they reach they goal
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2007

This school is absolutly excellent. My child went there in 7th and 8th grade and he loved it. My child liked it so much that my sister used my address so her child could attend that school. The staff is wonderful and they keep and very good relationship with the parents and make sure that we were updated and knew about every event that took place. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

When my daughter first started at Cedar Grove Middle, she was very pleased. Her classes were excellent and the teachers kept in touch with me. I always maintained the communication with her teachers and her activities, if you feel like you wanted to know what's going, what better to contact the school. Her grades were in line where they were in elementary school - A's and B's. The projects are always what they need to get involved, and parent involvement is a given. Keep you the good work and teachers stay on track
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2006

1. The new Principal Ms. Flanagan had alot to contest with in year 1 of her tenure. She had over 500 extra students because of the schools high marks. Fortunately the enrollment today 2006-2007 has been reduced to 1200 and the school seems to be back on track. 2. Parent participation is great. 3. The Principal sends out lots of info on tests and curriculum. 4. The building and grounds are beautiful. 5. I have never seen so many teachers who are available to help your child succeed as I have at cedar grove. 6. It is a safe environment for the kids to be in because they have visible security. 7. It is a great place for kids to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

My child transferred here last year in hopes that Cedar Grove would give him the exceptional education that it has done for students in the past; unfortunately, this just did not happen this year. It used to be one of the best middle schools around, but it has gone backwards since Principal Reeves' departure, becoming almost as bad as McNair in some respects. Students who want to learn suffer, and the disruptive students gain much more power than they deserve. All of this has helped to contribute to Cedar Grove's failure to achieve AYP for the first time in years, as well as my child's transfer out of there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2005

Cedar Grove Middle is the best middle school on this side of Dekalb County. I go to this school and I love it. I went here for all my middle school period and it has been great. We an America's Choice School, which means we are a standard based school and we have vistors from all around the nation coming to see our school. Its great to have this much attention and studies here are well taught and understood. Thats why we 'ALWAYS' make AYP or annually yearly progress. Here, i was on the high achievers team, which i accelerated up to gifted and maintained a 4.0 GPA for all my years. I took high school spanish in 7th and 8th and Algebra 1 in 8th. It was great. If you want the best experience this side of Dekalb County has to offer, Come here to be a WILDCAT. ROAR!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2005

I was not that impressed with the school. My son attended the school and I found it hard to keep a working relationship with his teachers. We had a hard time getting help from the principles but rather many stereotypes, even tough they knew my child was special needs. There was no one in particular who was willing to recommend any positive activities for teenagers outside of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2004

Overall this school is o.k.!? I think they need more extracurricular activities through out the school year! My child has went there since 6-8 and the only thing you should watch out for is the food! You might want to bring your own lunch!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2004

I am very pleased with this school. I really agree with the team teaching approach. The students are challenged and encouraged to exceed the standards set by the county. The extracurricular activities are great as well. The students are kept focused. High expectations are placed on academics performance and conduct in order to participate in these activities. This would be a wonderful school for your child to attend.
—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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

275 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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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69%

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75%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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49%

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38%

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Social Studies

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

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33%

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24%
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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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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91%

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88%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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54%

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44%

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62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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90%

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95%

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91%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%

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39%

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25%

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27%
Social Studies

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

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

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36%

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34%

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30%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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68%

2011

 
 
83%

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79%

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69%
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 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.

14 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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Integrated Math II

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Patricia May
Fax number
  • (678) 874-4210

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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2300 Wildcat Rd
Decatur, GA 30034
Phone: (678) 874-4202

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