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River Trail Middle School

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Posted May 25, 2014

River Trail is a very top notch school. Some people that review here are just being misguided and as a parent the teachers and staff are very helpful and are very fun. If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and top notch school you should come to River Trail. The negative comments are biased based on their personal experience. However, having 4 kids attend at different years all of them have enjoyed River Trail and did not have the same teachers as their siblings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

I'm in the 8th grade at RTMS right now the school is awful. No creativity is allowed AT ALL, the school decided to give us a new science teacher in the middle of the year, this is his 1st job EVER and he has no idea how to teach. Bullying also controls the whole school and none of the administrators care or do anything about it. I once had another student stock me (he found my address, parents names and careers and even showed up at my house) and when I reported the assistant principal said it didn't mater because it didn't happen on school grounds. We don't have any really good teachers because all they care about is getting the test grade. The curriculum is so impossible, I have an iq that qualifies for Mensa but I have all low As and 1 B. Because of the experience I have had here I am going to a private school next year and 4th grade sister will ether hardship or go to a private school. IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILD DO NOT SEND THEM HERE


Posted April 6, 2014

I was a previous student here but now reside at Georgia Tech. This was the worse middle school I have ever seen. The rules the staff enforce are not only troublesome but pointless. The administrators will also try to write you up for petty things and the strict rules only make the students rebel more. The courses are not very challenging and the teachers were very bad at teaching. Along with the strict rules, all this made me put no effort into my grades and I actually made straight C's in middle school. The diversity and academic achievements that this school owns is solely due to parents who want to bring their students to the successful high school that most students will go to after River Trail- Northview. I loved Northview a lot and I strove to put my fullest potential here and you can see why almost every parent wants to bring their child their. If you want your child to attend Northview but is only in middle school, then I suggest you put him in River Trail. If not, then there is no reason to be at River Trail (River Jail - a phrase a lot of graduates from River Trail refer too).


Posted March 30, 2014

I am a student and this school is unsatisfactory because I found that many teachers adhere extremely strictly to the state standards. It feels like the definition of teaching to the test. I have teachers that have no idea how to control a classroom and do not respond to the rampant racism and name calling within the student body. There is a lack of creativity in this school. Grades are the only thing some teachers care about. I have a teacher that makes the students who fail (very commonly) retake the test or quiz using notes. The teacher does not teach and only makes students fill out dull fill-in-the-blank note sheets, which are word for word copy and pastes of PowerPoints. The tests are derived straight from study guides. I overhear students complaining about the teachers often. It is routine. There are good, caring teachers, but they are so few and far between. If this school focused on something more than high test scores, and taught in an interesting, captivating fashion, that would be more satisfactory.


Posted March 1, 2014

This is a great middle school. They have many clubs and are very supportive to help the children achieve their best academically and emotionally. Children know this school for their curly fries.


Posted September 9, 2013

Overall the school is great. We were in the school system for 5 years and applied for a hardship for a year. If you are not internally connected don't expect any compassion. Our hardship was not approved even when the household income was cut in half. I want to thank Dawn Melin and Myra Cornelius for all the consideration and understanding that was offered during the process (Sarcasm). I also would like to thank Myra for disclosing a private issue with another parent. Thank you as well Sara from the BOE for your help (Insert sarcasm again). May the same be returned to you guys. Thanks so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

RTMS is a great school. Teachers are supportive and encourage the kids to do their best. My daughter is really thriving at RTMS. They have a ton of clubs and the teachers devote themselves not only to academics but also to the clubs. Last year the science olympiad sponsors went above and beyond. It was their first year - and the kids did an awesome job. The teachers are responsive and I always get a quick reply. The dedication of the students and the staff shows in every aspect of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

RTMS is a great school. The Academic team won state championship in 2013, and the Math Count team is No.1 in the state of Georgia. The band program is first rate, and many band students made the state band list. The principal is responsive. I once left a voice message for her, and she called back right after she was back in office. The teachers are generally good, and communications from school is prompt and adequate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

This school is most exceedingly great.The great amount of projects are just making the students strive and can therefore increase the student's creativeness and critical thinking, which is crucial to both a child's learning and growing progress. I can't stress how much this school has improved my child's "thinking out of the box" way and how it led her and her friends to great ivy league colleges. This school not only has extremely well-educated teachers who are very easily contacted and communicated with, but also a great educational system to allow students to make the best for themselves. Also the principal is always going around the halls and checking if the students are o.k. At lunch time, the principal is always standing there and watching the kids eat and making sure there are no problems and my daughter told me this. Other parents are saying "all they care about is money", "they are just memorizing, not learning," well if this is true, then why are the students who come out from this school succeeding in high-school and why does this school have one of the best test scores? It's because this is the school where teachers care about students and is where they can learn well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

Reading the latest review from a parent who needed minor services for their child with ADD prompted me to write my own review. I removed my child who is diagnosed with ADD from this school because of the utter lack of services and understanding the teachers and and administration. I would strongly encourage you to avoid this school if your child needs any kind of special services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

If your child needs minor services due to ADD please do not send your child to this school. If you care about the way administration handles your child, do not send your child here. The administration has engaged in name calling (my child) and is unprofessional. The area superintendent, Moran, has not addressed our concerns, it has been over a week. They disregard the parents and would not admit when they are wrong. I had two children attend this school, one of which did not require any services and the other very minor accomodations and I was displeased with many of the teachers and administration in both cases. I recommend that you speak to parents during car pool and read all the reviews prior to making this school your childs school for three years. Good luck and God Bless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

RTMS manages to take a large student population and give every one a top quality education as well as a sense of class unity. The teachers, especially the TAG teachers, provide good instructions and a reasonable number of assignments and projects. The PTA is extremely active in provide additional academic and social events for the kids. Middle school is such an awkward time for children and RTMS seems to understand this. I have to laugh at the student reviews on this site - not many middle schoolers anywhere love their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

This school is very horrible. The teachers are told just to make sure we get good grades,meet deadlines, do lots of projects, just so we can pass the standardized tests. Not to actually learn anything. Creativity is forbidden in this school. I haven't seen out principal in a year. The tag (talented and gifted program) is very horrible. The student in this program that learn anything extra then the on-level classes. They only do more work,projects and have harder test but learn the exact same thing in a boring way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

Do not send your child here is they have any type of disability!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

This is not true. Even though I don't go to school often, I see her a lot at the school . The principal, Ms. Melin is a very enthusiastic educator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

I don't like the school. The teachers only care about getting money and I haven't seen our principal in a year(who knows maybe we don't have one). also we have way to much homework.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

There are some great teachers, parent involvement, but administration only concerned about test scores. More homework & projects than you can imagine, limited use of new technology, limited opportunities for creative expression, very oppressive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

i love this school very much. i have moved from here about three months ago and i miss it greatly! not just my wonderful friends, but the nice and friendly teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2008

River Trail Middle School, is a fun place to be. I have a top locker and, it's really fun. Every 9 weeks, we have new connections, except for people, that took band, orchestra, or chorus. River Trail is really fun!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

This is our first year at River Trail Middle School. My child likes the students and most of the teachers very much. From a parents point of view though, the teachers seem more concerned with teaching to make sure the students pass the standardized test than teaching the students so that they learn. The administration doesn't seem to respond to parents very well. Parents have to do a lot of work to make sure their children are properly placed and after speaking with other parents it seems that I'm not the only one who feels this way.
—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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 45% 3%
White 39% 44%
Black 9% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dawn Melin
Fax number
  • (770) 497-3866

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
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