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Bear Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1048 students

 

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Posted December 27, 2013

i am so confused. i am supposed to be moving to union city in few days and my son is going to bear creek but after reading all these not so nice reviews about the school i am freaking out. i don't want my son in a school where teachers spend more time disciplining students than teaching. he is such a bright student and he deserves better than that. i wonder if there is any other choices than bear creek?


Posted May 8, 2013

Bear Creek Middle School does not help students in any way. Sometimes they pass your child just because they dont wont your child in the class. They punish your child for no reason. I rate this school a 1 star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

I currently have 3 children enrolled in Bear Creek Middle School and I'm proud when I say it. I don't drop my kids off at the school house door and wait for them to return home and tell me whats going on at the school. I'm an involved parent. I'm a PTA member, I'm a band parent, a pare volunteer, and mostly I'm a "I just popped up here to see what ya'll are doing" type of parent. Is the school perfect? No. Does the principal care? Yes. Do the teachers care? Yes. And most importantly are they skilled and credential to teach what it is that they are teaching? Yes. Every situation is what you make of it. If you send your child to Bear Creek and you have set in your mind that nothing will stop him/her from becoming all the life and God has called them to be than you will have an experience as remarkable as mine. If you drop them off and let the chips fall where they may then your experience will not be as pleasant .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

Student(7th) I am a current student of BCMS. It may not be the best school but it is not the worst. The teachers take on the roll as parents and the students isn't gang-bangers. Most of the students find this activity "ratched" and lame. Bcms. Is also working to improve itself. The students scores are improving, bcms is making more family activites an trips at the school. Also bCMS music department has had multiple visits from college directors who beggeed to watch us play and we have been invited to many parades, colleges, and pep ralleys! Just because BCMS is filled with africain-americans doesn't mean we have little potentail... we have to be coaxed to get there. 100's of great writers, muscians, singers, readers,cheerleaders,dancers, and ect start off right here in Bcms. Know what's really going on at Bcms. The south is as good as the north. It just depends on who is viewing the idea.


Posted January 21, 2012

I am now graduating from Bear Creek Middle School and I believe the school has good leadership but certain students do not put enough effort into learning but disrupt the classes they attend affecting the others.


Posted August 5, 2011

I am a new parent to Fulton, my son has completed 6th grade at Bear Creek. Our first year has been fine. The teachers and staff are trying extremely hard to help our children be successful and achieve a good education. There is no reason why OUR school can not achieve high ranking scores like to schools in North Fulton County. WE the parents are the reason for the low rankings. WE need to stand up for OUR school and OUR kids. People need to stop being negative and become part of the solution. Not everyone who attend Bear Creek comes from a low income family. It does matter where you come from, it's where you're going thats important. Stop the slender and lets move OUR KIDS forward. The principle and his staff wants what is BEST for kids. WE need to want the SAME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

I went to Bear Creek several years ago, I have since graduated high school and started college. The school and the teachers are not the problem, the parents and students are the problem. Most of these children come from low-income, single parent homes and they wouldn't know discipline if it kicked them in the face. The kids are disruptive in class and show no interest for learning. The parents aren't involved with their childrens education, when their children get into fights they point fingers at everyone else, they accept no responsibility for the lack of motivation their children display. All the reviews from parents that claim the teachers and principal at fault are most likely from the parent of a problem. Teachers don't fail students, they fail themselves.


Posted July 28, 2010

I am reviewing comments and trying to find info on this school for 'school choice'. Seems like there is really not much of a choice between the schools in (this) area. Similar 'foul-mouthed', rude, disrespectful,and unruly kids at Renaissance Middle (a school with great staff & low parental involvement). So sad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

I worked at BCMS from 2007-2009. The school is pretty average. The biggest issue at Bear Creek is a lack of parental involvement which is directly correlated with student achievement. I wasted many hours waiting to meet with parents about their child's academics and/or behavior, they don't show up. The teachers at BCMS are dedicated educators and devote hours and hours of time in professional development and tutoring students. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. PARENTS YOU HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION! The administration as well as the faculty work hard to ensure its students are learning, and they shouldn't have to devote instructional time parenting YOUR children.
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Posted April 22, 2010

The school is not the problem! It seems as though the teachers have to spend most of their time discipline the class when they should learn discipline at home. I don't enable my children when they're keeping someone else from learning because they need to be challenged. Excuses, excuses, excuses is all parents do and NO ACTION until you have to go up to the school for child to be disciplined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

I believe that this school is abad school and would advice any parent thinking about sending their child there turn and in a different direction
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

i am not pleased with the school at all. The teachers do not put forth their best efforts in teaching our kids. If I were you I would consider another scholl before Bear Creek Middle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

i think rennassiance middle is way better than bear creek middle because all the kids do over there is chill and do not do any work
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

Okay..Now listen i went to bcms. In 6th grade i was suppose to be going for all my middle school year..But you all are saying nope..i dont like the school because the bathrooms stink..So is that effecting your learning enviorment..No? i didnt think so..! And parents you are just feeding into all that bull.,.Bear creek is a great school..!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

i love this school because my son thinks that it is the greatest learning place to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I dont like the school at all. I was exicted about gong at first and i just got out of 6th grade and im going to the 7th and i hate it. The bathrooms are filthy and the teacher are nerve recking.The assiatant principles are good but the principle is mean and strict very very strict.I wish i would've went to my home school like i was supposed to in the first place. I would not reccomond this school. But some of the teachers are cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2008

This school is just as good as any all black school in Fulton County. If we, the parents would focus more on our kids, the schools would improve! I've also noticed lack of parent participation at PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

I'm a student at bearcreek & our principal Mr.franklin is strick but fair. he dose not let us let our pants hang down & we have to tuck in our shirts. we have only had 7 fights in 7 months.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2007

It's horrible-too many kids at the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

Bear Creek Is a nice school,the pincipal is a leader and he don't play with all the fighten,and ISS. But some student need a ring check and teacher too. Other Then that the school is a nice environment! X-TEAM
—Submitted by a student


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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.

320 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.

351 students were tested at this school 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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Social Studies

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.

337 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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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 83% 37%
Hispanic 9% 12%
White 4% 44%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Darron Franklin
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  • (770) 306-3584

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