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Five Forks Middle School

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Posted May 25, 2014

I just got out of 8th grade. (Thank god) And the 3 years I've experienced were TERRIBLE!!! 8th grade was the worst. All the teachers care about is GRADES GRADES GRADES and HARDLY care about the students and more than half of them think that having a C in something is just the worst thing ever. While the students don't care about doing well at all. It takes FOREVER just to get students to SHUT UP AND LISTEN, like not talking is SOOO hard. There were tons of people in ISS or detention and they just laugh it off. There is drama EVERYWHERE and these people are NOT open to new friends. Students lie and sneak a around ALL the time. I DO NOT recommend this school to ANYONE.


Posted September 1, 2013

This School is very Smart. The only thing is the building structure is very old, and needs to reconstruct
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

this school is terrible unless you want to get bullied constantly I suggest you not take your child here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I was a student here in the gifted program in all three years. I love LOVE LOVE the teachers as they were so informative and actually taught WELL. These teachers still are one of my favorites even out of high school. I scored extremely high on the CRCTs because the teachers had different ways of presenting the curriculum to us and effectively testing us on it. Administration wasn't that great over their however, at least when I was there. They let some things go way too far before actually doing anything and by then there really was no point. I haven't been there in a while but I hope they change administration. If your child excels in school and doesn't have any disciplinary problems, this is the school to go to! I was also involved in running club and band, both of which I have continued into Brookwood High School


Posted May 17, 2013

I notice when you don't have alot of positive things to say, they remove your post so I will just keep it simple and sweet and leave out the details. Apprently that was what they didn't like on my last post and I DID follow all of the posting/review rules. No names or any personal info was added, just the facts. So here ya go. I am somewhat happy with this school. My children received the social development that they need but not the education they deserve. There is absolutley NO parent involvement. If you are new to this school. You will soon find that out. However I do believe they care very much for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Five Forks Middle School - My grandchild attneds this school. I pick her up from school in the afternoons. When she gets in the car, I always ask her "how was your day" she always says, "Today was the best the ever". Coming from a private school, I was very nervous that she may not adjust as well. She has great friends, she is being challanged. We compare what she is learning with the friends we have at the private school and they are learning the same and at times, my grandchild is ahead of what the private school is teaching. There is no need for private school if you live in the Gwinn Oaks ES, Five Forks MS and Brookwood HS area. Save that money for college. I am very pleased with the decision my daughter and son-in-law made...to stop paying tutition and enroll her at FFMS. As a grandmother, I want the best for my grandchildren, and she is getting the best at Five Forks MS.


Posted May 14, 2013

Fantastic school. The new administration is stellar. The community truly embraces this school and it is a joy to see teachers truly happy to see their students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

This is my third year at Five Forks MS as a parent. My kids enjoy going to school every day, and feel challenged. I have been very happy with the majority of my children's teachers. The orchestra program is great; there are a number of different clubs for the students to choose from. With a new principal this year, there is a whole new atmosphere at the school. The administrators make parents feel welcome at the school. I look forward to another two years there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

School is clean and orderly. Teachers care and work hard. Academically the students who are average seem to get lost in the shuffle. If you aren't in PROBE, the curriculum seems to teach to the lowest common denominator. Administration is NOT parent friendly or inclusive, and often non-responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

I am a seventh grader at Five Forks and I absolutely love it here! All of my teachers this year have been AMAZING and even the staff members all around are a joy. I am going to have a hard time leaving when I end eigth grade and move on to Brookwood. If you're looking for a middle school, Five Forks is your best choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2008

This is my first year as a sixth-grader at FFMS ,and so far I really enjoy it.The PROBE classes really challenge me to think hard.My grades have gone up a lot since 5th grade,which means I've made an improvement.My favorite part is everyones sense of humor:including teachers,friends,and the staff. Go Broncos!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

I am so sad for my child having to miss out on some of the most important memoties and events of Middle School because Five Forks simply doesn't have it to offer. There are no Dances, no class trips, no Cap and Gown Graduation, no class rings, no Science Fairs. No debate teams, no real foreign language classes (only a mini intro spanish course for some kids), Beta club is only for 8th graders, There is no sports like you see at most other schools: no soccer, no in school football team, no tennis, no volleyball, no cross country, no golf, no swimming, no track, no wrestling. Only basketball for 8th grade. This is pathetic for it being a pretty wealthy area. As you can see there is not much going on for the students here. Even the student council is chosen by teachers...kids can't campaign. Check out other schools first!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

My high-achieiving (99% nationally), motivated, emotionally-stable, and promising student asked to be removed and put somewhere so his 'education would be taken seriously'. Our parental involvment with our children pales to none. My child had to deal with bullying at every turn, with very little help from the administration and a non-challenging curriculum. My child was appauled at the amount of violence, drug involvement, sexual harassment and was distressed at the lack of assistance from the administration. The band is a good program. The insights a parent gains form reading he reviews on Great Schools is a wonderful tool to decide what choices you want to make concerning your childs educational experience. The parents that take the time to use this resource are parents that honestly care enough to share to help other parents. This school does not live up to the hype parents in the area are fed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

Five Forks Middle School was the absolute worst schoolastic experience any of my 5 children have had. There were some great and gifted teachers, but because of the terrible administrators, most of the teachers gifts were in vain. I have had children at both ends of the spectrum. My gifted children found the gifted program to be without challenge and nothing more than repetitive busy work. My child who had learning difficulties was repeatedly called lazy by one of the administrators. She has since excelled under the administration of a private school. Hopefully, a new principal will make changes for the better at Five Forks and the school will live up to it's propaganda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2004

The middle school education offered at Five Forks pales to none in the district or state. My child has gone through 3 years at this school and has thrived academically despite the ups and downs of adolescence. The music program is the best in Brookwood and possibly the state. The children are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities. Middle school success depends alot on the emotional stability of the child and the level of involvement from the parents. Success begins at home and is capitalized at school! True for any school. Please read these all these reviews with careful discernment...you don't know the circumstances motivations behind statements, negative or positive! I find this review system very subjective & almost shameful. Let the deciding factor on your school choice be based on your visit to the school and feel for the community in which you will live.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

I was very disappointed in part of our experience at Five Forks Middle School. My son had great teachers in 7th and 8th grade, but I really feel like the administration did not give alot of support. I don't feel like they followed through on 'Bullying' issues and I also feel that the school was pretty parent unfriendly. I think from talking with other parents that more would have been happy to have been involved if they would have been made to feel more welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

Five Forks has been a blessing in disguise for my son. He has the best teachers and his grades have remained high throughout the year. That means a lot to us. Our family is very pleased to have our son at Five Forks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2003

The teachers at Five Forks Middle School are more concerned with policing than with educating. Because of the school population's socioeconomic status and vast parent involvement, this school is faced with very few discipline problems and has a high standard of educational achievement. Unfortunately, however, the teachers and administration are bored and tend to over-involve themselves in matters which have little or nothing to do with educating adolescents. Instead of becoming involved with the students on a social level and spending so much time policing students' extracurricular activities, the teachers should search for ways to get these smart kids excited about learning again and continue the traditions of inventive teaching and learning which is evident at the elementary schools that feed into this middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

352 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 Reading was 95% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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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.

363 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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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.

379 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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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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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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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
White 40% 44%
Black 24% 37%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Jazz band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mary Hensien
Fax number
  • (770) 736-4547

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
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3250 River Dr
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Phone: (770) 972-1506

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