Students enrolled 999
School leader Cathy Wentworth
Transportation options Yes
District Cobb County School District

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690 N Booth Rd NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

(770) 591-5020
(770) 591-5032
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3 stars
Based on 36 ratings

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November 12, 2014
Not sure about the few bad experiences on here. Over the past year an a half Palmer has become one of the best schools in the county. This is my second child who has come through and the administration has created a whole new climate of success! They are very responsive to parents and students needs and want parents to now be involved in the everyday activity.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
Palmer Middle school is not a good choice academically. this review will have the same amount of effort that the school reflects into it students which is none due to the fact that is only allows 1200 chars. thanks bye

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
My school is a pretty bad environment for a 6th grader like me. I get bullied almost every day. People in my school try to act like they are gangsters and when I ask a question to one of my teachers a question they kind of just shrug it off and take the next persons question. Overall its pretty bad but the extra activities are good.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2014
Palmer middle school has great teachers, music, and art classes. The only flaw is the students. You'll have some great friends but some students will annoy you. They will chew gum even though it wasn't allowed in elementary school. They will curse on the middle of class and the teachers will pretend not to hear. All in all, Palmer is a great school with a couple of downsides.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2014
This is my first year at Palmer and I must say; it's a very qualified school. It has its pros and cons, though. For an example, some teachers such as Mrs. Esserwein and Mrs. Holder are good in the case of a student's problem. The bad news is the students. Some of them are the rowdiest kids you'll ever see. They'll be sneaking past teachers and hanging out in groups, and worse, getting detention almost every week! However, the music and arts program is AMAZING! It's something I look forward to every day.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2013
Some of the teachers here should not be teaching! Ms. Bobb in 7th grade is a miserable human being. Administration is useless & phony. Principal that retired (Wentworth) was the worst.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
Middle school has been proven to be very challenging for students, parents, and teachers. My daughter is in sixth grade and, based on what I heard prior to her attending Palmer, I was very apprehensive to send her. Instead, I determined to be an "active" parent for my daughter. I immediately enrolled her in the Palmer Band, made appointments to speak with her teachers and the staff, and made sure my daughter know what was expected of her each day. I make my name and face known and the Palmer staff see that I care by being there. I am fortunate to be able to take time from work to visit Palmer and be involved. For those parents who feel they do not have the time to constantly visit Palmer for their child(ren) because of financial obligations, I say pick up the phone, send an email, write a letter. Your voice can still be heard for your student(s). Signed, "Active-Momma"

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
Horrible administrators students are treated as irelavant.Worst experience ever for my child. Terrible learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
Go out of the way to make sure parents are not involved. Cannot access Pinacle (grades online) unless you drive to the school and request it. I am disabled and work from home, but they refuse to mail, email, or send access home with my daughter. She is failing three classes and when I called the counselor she had never met with my daughter and said she is too busy and that 70% of the students are failing math. Teachers refuse to email me and let me know what that nights homework is and their blogs are never updated. I asked for any help available and the only help is before school and after school tutoring, which she goes to but she does not ask for help in tutoring. The teachers in tutoring do not check to see what work needs to be done and insure that the students do them. I was told the only way we could get any extra help is if she is a discipline problem, taking drugs, homeless, or if English was her second language. I am very frustrated with this school and it's staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
The majority of the teachers are great, the band/orchestra programs are strong, and the front office staff is friendly. Unimpressive administration, though.There may be no gangs, but you have kids walking around that think they are in one. Bullying is something that definitely happens and is often not detected or reported. You'd be surprised. A warning to parents that may have concerns, address them via e-mail and keep everything in writing.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
This is a WONDERFUL school! The administration here is on the ball & they quickly address any parental issues. I have been extremely pleased with mine & my child's experience here and would highly recommend this school. The teachers are wonderful, the front office staff is supurb, great PTSA. Best middle school in Cobb county, hands down.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
We have had nothing but great experiences at this school. The administration is on top of a very strong anti-bullying program. When we had a bullying incident, it was handled immediately & the bullying stopped. There are no gangs at this school, as someone previously posted. When my child needed extra help in a class, the school provided a teacher to assist her before school each day. I have seen nothing but positive administration here that stays on top of what is going on at the school. This is a great school with a great staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
This school does not do well for any child that is lagging behind or needing additional help. They will not admit that the teacher maybe in the wrong or just lazy. There quick to tell you your child is doing bad .

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
Palmer was a well-run school under the previous principal. However, Ms. Wentworth is inexperienced and has run morale into the ground. There is no new thinking, no creativity, lazy teaching, and administrators who can't wait to get out of the door in the afternoon. The office staff is the exception - the are very helpful. Also, there are some special gems as far as teachers - those who can and do teach - Ms. Esserwein, Ms. Antonnucio, Ms. Merrica, Ms. Maer, and Mr. Irving come to mind. The band, orchestra, and chorus teachers work hard and care about the kids. Then there are the others, who throw busy work at the students instead of teaching them. Who yell and belittle. The Principal has no idea what's going on. The kids are not learning as they should be. Dr. Jerry Rae was a fine principal. She is sorely missed.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
This school is being overrun by kids how think they are gangsters. My child comes home from school in tears because of the complete lack of supervision at this school. Kids are getting bullied and beaten up and the correct students are not being held accountable. This seems to be an on going issue in the Cobb County school district. If I could send my child to another school I would FOR THEIR SAFETY. Since clearly no one at the school cares about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
Palmer is a decent school. It is in good shape. Majority of teachers are great. The administration lacks effort on their part although have gotten better this year with the new principal. They don't seem to help the students if they have problems and they defiantly over do it on their rules. But overall this school is recommended. The students have great school spirit.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2010
The principal and office staff we're poor however they're teachers were excellent with the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2009
This is my last year at Palmer and I have to say I've been extremely impressed. The sudents have a lot of school spirit and the classes have good teachers who challenge us. Most of the kids are on honor roll, and lots of us take AC classes. There are many clubs and extracurriculars to choose from like the Reading Bowl, the Acedemic Team, The Tennis Team, Chorus, and many others. I was a little worried coming into Palmer because it was only my second year in a public school, and my first year in junior high. There is a wonderful principal, Dr. Ray, and you can tell she really cares about us students. Also, there isn't school violence, because we have a bully prevention program here. Overall, this school is the best and you won't be dissapointed if your child attends Palmer!

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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I love this school, it has great influence on the us. It encourges us to persue our dreams and stay on task. Palmer is the best middle school I've been to!!

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2008
the school is very good the school is always clean and thers never a halway whithout a teacher making sure the studedents get to class on time. im in 8th grade and ive been in palmer for all 3 years. some teachers are exelent and no one fails in their class but then thers ome that care more about wat yur doing than how yur grades are but thes is a very god school

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May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
Dress code violations are not handled properly. Kids wearing 'Urban' clothing are not asked to change. Kids with slight 'threading' in jeans are sent to the office. Double standard, this is creating division among the student body . School is full of 'gangsta' want-a-bes.

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February 10, 2008
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no rating December 21, 2007
I rate this school as a #1 school especially for children with disabilities. One of my twins went to this school and I was amazed at the kids who befriended my child who is blind they treated him like he had no disabilities. The teachers were just as awesome. It's a great school. Sharon

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
The teachers are hardworking. My evening walk takes me right by this school, and it is not uncommon to see teacher s' cars in the parking lot until long after 7 PM. I wouldn't hestitate to recommend this school to anyone.

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August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
I started at palmer last year and it was tied with big shanty for first out of the 6 schools I have attended. It has a gorgous campus and great, hardworking teachers. Though some of the students were less than kind I made many great new friens and am keeping in touc with them this summer.While I like summer break I am looking forward to going back in the fall.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
My daughter started Palmer last year for the 6th grade & as she struggled to transition from elementary to middle school, her teachers were nothing short of wonderful! Everyone from the counselor to the lunch room staff were great. I would recommend this school to anyone! Next year, she's going for the dance team, drama club & chorus-thanks to her teachers, her grades were excellent (all A's & B's with only one C). I was a bit apprehensive about leaving the Marietta City School District, but Palmer has laid all of my fears to rest. I couldn't have chosen a better middle school for her!

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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
Thanks to the administration and teachers in this school, there is a definitive negative atmosphere. I have attempted to go to the head of administration multiple times and have been unable to do so. Of all of the schools my children have attended, this is by far the worst learning environment I have ever encountered.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
Had to question the schools action on grading test in my sons math class. Son studied for test and was one of only two to pass in his class. Teacher didn't even tell him he passed. Had him stressed all weekend because the teacher dumbed down the test and regave it. When we inquired about the dumbing down of the test we were told he didn't agree with it either but was told to do so by his mentor. When schools lower standards to meet the student are they really doing a good job? Requested to speak to the principal only to be diverted to the head of my son's grade. She only half answered the issue then never called back. Enough happened that I finally pulled my son to homeschool him. If this is the best that Cobb county has they need to get out of the business of education

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
A wonderful school, great faculty, a beautiful campus. We were please while our daugther attend her last year of MS there. Kudos to all that made it a memorable year.

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Palmer Middle School
690 N Booth Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA  30144
(770) 591-5020
Last modified Palmer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palmer Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top