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6-8
Public district
Duluth, GA
Students enrolled: 1,500
 

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10795 Rogers Cir
Duluth, GA 30097

(770) 497-3860
(770) 497-3866
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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
August 04, 2015
Each teacher varies because there are good and "bad" teachers. There are some really good teacher, but most of them are just neutral or not that good.

- submitted by a student

August 04, 2015
Rtms is the most stressful and most boring place ever. The rules are so strict that it's not ok. Creativity seems so restricted, too. Everyday is the same as yesterday. Alot of hw, robot-like teachers (very few amount of good teachers) , and the goal to just get good test and quiz grades. That's it. The school is really grey even though it looks great on the outside. If you want THE middle school experience with a lot of this and that, then rtms is gonna let you down really badly. Middle school is only a once-in-a-lifetime chance so it should be enjoyed and full of awesome memories. Oh, and also for the academic side, if you really wanna learn the important stuff more thoroughly, like math, then get a tutor. It's better.

- submitted by a student

August 06, 2014
River trail is a very good school. Although to succeed at this school, you absolutely cannot lack motivation. I don't know why people are saying there is no creativity at this school; we have plenty (too many almost) of projects and each one can be another opportunity to be creative. I will say though, it depends entirely on who your teachers are. I had a teacher who quoted the textbook every time we asked a question and a teacher who just told us stories unrelated. The kids here, however, are extremely intelligent. I used to be head and shoulders above the rest of my classes at my old school. I came here and there are 50 other kids who perform just as well as I do, many far above me.

- submitted by a community member

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

April 06, 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).

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a community member

March 15, 2014
My school is a great school. We have clubs, too. Though, if you are in TAG classes. You only get more projects and harder tests. On top of that we get to practice critical thinking skills. Which is the main thing about TAG. I do wish we had BYOT. Bring your own technology because we need that program. It we help the school greatly.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 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

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

August 05, 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

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

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

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

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

March 02, 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

February 18, 2010
Do not send your child here is they have any type of disability!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
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

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

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

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

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

October 08, 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

May 15, 2008
The teachers are great but the administration it is not involved in the curriculum and student s development. They just worry about having good academic ratings to be considered for awards and prestigious mentions, no matter if the students earned it or not (true or false), they want you to give them excellent grades. Parents and families from wealthy background dominate the school policies and politics inside the administration. I will take my son out of this manipulative school as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 02, 2008
My 6th grade son has struggled at RTMS. The teachers are on automatic pilot and want students that will memorize information and do well on tests (whether they are actually learning anything or not!) I feel the administration is more interested in marketing their school through high test scores and really don't care about the kids that struggle to keep up with the high acheivers. The multicultural student body doesn't work well for my son. We are looking to get out of this area.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2007
I worked at the school for 5 years. If anything River Trail Middle School is an excellent example of a successful public school made up of a multicultural student body taught by a multicultural staff. Look at the officers of the Beta club (one of the biggest and most successful in the nation) and you will see it is led by officers who are African American, European American, Asian American, and Latin American. I'm sure you'll also find much more diversity on River Trail's Academic Bowl team than any other school in Georgia.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
August 18, 2007
The Talented and Gifted classes have been a big disappointment with too much memorizing and a test. The principal of the school is very hands off and almost never deals with students or curriculum. Not impressive

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2006
RTMS is the bst skewl possible i love it we get to hav so much fun while we learn the teachers and administratos are great and you go on some cool feild trips they hav fun conections and teamday is great and come on down 2 rtms and take its from a kid that goes there were the georgia light house skoolof the year and then u go 2 nhs wich is also the bst high skewl evr created.

- submitted by a student

September 20, 2005
We are new to this school but my 6th grade daughter loves it. I found the communication excellent between teachers/staff and myself. There is great parent involvement and wonderful programs for both student and parent.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2005
The curriculum is rigorous and challenging. The students are expected to apply themselves. All students are treated with respect and are treated fairly. The parent support is phenomonal. There are extracurricular activities that meet most student's interest. ZIP course allow students to learn new things. The teachers are kind, nurturing, and truly understand the needs of their students. The administration supports the teachers, students, and parents equally. What is best for the student is the main focus of the entire staff.

- submitted by a teacher

September 23, 2004
RTMS is a wonderful school. The students are great, as are the teachers. My only complaint is that many of the teachers and administrators have severaly unnecessary rules. The students are great and we are one of the best schools in the state. We also offer many after school activities.

- submitted by a student

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River Trail Middle School
10795 Rogers Cir, Duluth, GA  30097
(770) 497-3860
Last modified River Trail Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
River Trail Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top