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Pickens County Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 524 students

 

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Posted June 24, 2014

This school is OK but I've seen better. I am currently attending this school and I am appalled by everything that happens there. Some of the teachers cuss in front of the students. While some teachers are kind others are ruthless. This will be my second year there and for once I'm not looking forward to school. I would let my parents home school me but I have friends at PCMS.


Posted May 16, 2012

My child attended elementary school in this county, had all A's and loved school. His first year at this school has been a nightmare. Coaches cuss at the students during football practice. If your child is caught talking during class and they are on the football time they have to run the whole practice. Popular students get away with picking on the less fortunate students, because they sponser the band or are getting kick backs from the rental company that supplies band instruments. The principal is all about high test scores and could care less about the students that are struggling. If you can afford to stay home or private school your kids in Middle school I would strongly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

This school is the reason i homeschool my son. He played football for there team and was hurt while playing. When he had trouble keeping up because of his drs. apts. i requested a teacher stay after with him and help him learn what he had missed. Instead the principal thought it would be better to throw him in ISS and throw his work at him in there alone. Therefore he was not going to learn it. Teachers would not allow him to bring the wheel chair into the classroom, knowing he could NOT walk, they were forcing him to do so, which increased his injury. Overall this school and the people in it do not care about your child unless they are above average learners, anyone else they try to get out by suspending, or any way necessary to make sure they recieve all their top awards. My son has 5 friends that ended up being homeschooled because of this school and they did not return to public school till there were in high school. I DO NOT recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

school is horrible teachers make fun of students and yell there heads off at them and if they fail crct it gets worse and dont get anyone started and the people in the office!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2009

This school is average. The curriculum is okay, some of the teachers are quite good, and the students are generally fairly nice. though it isn't anything amazing at all. there are a few fights every couple of months and testing is such a big deal that you get frustrated easily. though i would recommend the school if you live in the area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2005

hey im a student a pcms and when i first moved here i thought was gonna be a horrible school but now i came to relize that this is the coolest school. the teachers help you 1 on 1 you also make friends very easy. my mom is planning on moving but i told her i did not wanna move cause i loved pcms im a cheerleader there and the athletic department is awesome to. the teachers and staff and students just make the most wonderful school thats why i love pickens county middle school. 1 its the best school in the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2004

Pickens Middle School is a learning environment that is goal oriented. Each student is pushed to achieve their full learning potential, and rewarded when they do. The principal, Dr. LeMiux, encourages students to focus on reading above all other skills. He is a firm believer in the fact that students that are great readers will achieve more in life. An A.R. reading program that encourages students to reach individual reading goals institutes this principle. Students read from a number of pre-selected books and then take a short test about the information. The goal is to get each and every student to read one million words during the school year. Students that do so receive awards. This school also actively rewards students for good attendance, good grades, good behavior, and more. Teachers are well educated and interested in helping each and every student achieve their learning goals. The school offers an outstanding music program that has been recognized by the state as well as nationally. The music director Mrs. Land has been named among the top 50 directors in the country. To top it all off, the school is beautiful, with a practical layout and well maintained in every aspect. The lunch that is served each day is said to be the best of all county schools. As a parent and substitute teacher at this school, I highly recommend this school to other parents that wish their child to receive a top of the line education.


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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.

155 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 96% 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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% 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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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Social Studies

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

183 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

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology was 75% 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 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 92% 44%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 37%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Christopher John LeMieux
Fax number
  • (706) 253-1835

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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