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Jasper Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 548 students

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Posted August 12, 2011

My son is a special needs student at JMS and we love this school! The teachers really care about their students sucess and so do the staff. We did live in a larger county and our son was just a number, he was over-looked. He is a n honor-roll student and involved in clubs and has made friends too. The kids don't care if your rich, poor, what kind of house you live in or what you drive. Yes EVERYONE knows EVERYONE - keeps us all in check and this is a hospitable area with loving caring people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

My daughter started 6th grade this year and she hates the school. She either has to carry all her books or leave them in her locker, they are not allowed backpacks in the classroom....the teachers say they get in the way. There is no a/c in the gym and they had to run like 30 minutes at the beginning of school in the heat. The rest of the school is hot all the time except for the office which is nice and cool. The kids constantly pick on her for being 'country'. ? This is country, its pickens county!!!We are selling our house and moving at the end of the year, between this school and 4 yrs of Harmony Elementary we have had enough of Pickens County!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

I am a student at Jasper Middle School, as was my older sister and my older brother. My brother acted up in school so much to where the teachers remembered him, and took it out on my sister and myself. This is a small town, so everyone knows everything, and if you or your family goes through something the entire city will find out. The hallways are cramped, students do the nasty in the bathrooms, and the school is extremely cheap. Only students who are favored upon by the teachers because of what their parents do for a living will disagree with me here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2009

Im a 8th student at JMS. The school is excellent for middle schoolers because it teaches them to try to think independently. The teachers really care about us here, save a few. The discipline is great, with Mr. Howell here, nobody tries to make a ruckus. Both the principal, Mr. Godfrey, and the vice principal, Mr. Howell, are fair minded and try to see all of the situation if they deem necessasary(sp?). There are problem children here, me being witness to them in the hallways, but once they talk to Mr. Howell, they never act up again. This is a trully remarkable school to send one's child too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2007

This school is very good. Teachers do a good job of teaching the kids and they are great to talk to. I like everything that is going on here and my child really likes all of his teachers and the principals. I feel lucky to be up here because I know people that have kids in schools around Atlanta and they have a bad time with their schooling. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2006

This is certainly one of the best middle schools in North Georgia. The building is actually the old Pickens County High School, and yes, it's old--but its very clean. The principal is a great instructional leader, but the school had a lot of discipline problems in the past. The new assistant principal came in and took the ole' bull by the horns and made this a great school. Being involved in PTO, I know some of the parents of problem students are complaining, but I say too bad. If you don't like how they run the school, you need to get your child out of the school and see how much fun it is to be at home with your problem child. I love this school and so does my child. I support these principals all the way! Thank you for caring enough to make this school disciplined and academically sound!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

This school does a great job with academics and now, with discipline. The Principal knows so much about school instruction and the new assistant principal is great with discipline. He has gotten alot of problems under control and suspended alot of students that didn't need to be there. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

I feel that this is one of the best schools in all the coutry and has a lot of great potential for our children, parents, and community to come.
—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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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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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.

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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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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 94% 44%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Asian 1% 3%
Black 1% 37%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Georgia Title I Distinguished School (2010)
  • Georgia Title I Distinguished School (2011)
  • Georgia Title I Distinguished School (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Partner with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Neil Howell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (706) 253-1765

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • FFA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • JMS Dynamics
  • Jr. Beta
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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339 W Church St
Jasper, GA 30143
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