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6-8
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Lawrenceville, GA
Students enrolled: 1,423

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3555 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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(770) 995-7133
(770) 338-4791
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December 04, 2014
The newly hired teachers at RMS are extremely poor at resolving issues concerning female students being sexually harassed. Teachers with 0 to 3 years of teaching experience should be required to take courses, or trained to properly consider such cases. A Science teacher at RMS gives a test and make the whole class repeat the exam due to majority of the class failing the exam. This is unethical to any student that study hard and make decent grades. It's not right to punish the dedicated learning students for the lethargic learning students. Most of the students at RMS are disrespectful and incompetent in reference to completing homework, studying for exams, and completing assignments in a timely manner. Students at RMS are focused on being popular, brand names, instagram, kik, and dating. Majority of the students at RMS are not interested in learning. When an educator makes a statement, "I feel sorry for this generation because half of you will decide to drop out of high school," means the future of RMS students is not looking well. Sigh!

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2014
I have met excellent, hardworking teachers and students at Richards Middle School. I like the clean, friendly atmosphere at RMS. This is a great school for learning!

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2014
I am a first year teacher at Richards Middle School. My experience here so far has been beyond amazing. I love the faculty and administration. We truly are a family. The students exceed my expectations everyday and I am so proud to be a part of this magnificent school

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2014
Richards is a great school! The students are learning at high levels and their scores show it. Some people think this is a bad school because of the demographics, but why? Are we to believe that all minority schools are ineffective? Here are some of the things going on at Richards: The teachers are the best! They use state of the art technology- technology that some schools cannot afford! The students have robotics, STEM classes, and Write To Learn software. Many schools in gwinnett may be new, but they do not have the funds to maintain this type of excellence. Don't fall for the "minority school is a bad school" joke! Your child will get a great education here!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Richards is a wonderful place that has the students and their best interest at the heart of every decision that is made! The one thing this school needs is more parental involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
I just started school 3 weeks ago, this school isn't horrible but it's not a place to send your child if you or they are serious about their learning. Kids are rough, lots of cursing going on bullying. Students also call teachers name and constantly talk, so you really don't learn a lot.

- submitted by a community member
February 12, 2013
JUST KNOW THE TEACHERS ARE HERE FOR PAY CHECKS........ I WISH I COULD MOVE SCHOOLS

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2012
The community rating that they gave this school makes me sick. I went to this school for 3 years , 6-8. No, its not the best or brightest school in Gwinnett county. but do they try ? of course! first year i was in regular classes, my regular classes did about just as high as the probe students did on their crcts. not to mention we had alot of fun! My second year , was really fun, i was in probe for the first time, and it was challenging. Every teacher was there at 8:00 in the morning and stayed , after school, to tutor those that were strugelling. So , take it from a student that experienced just about everyday at that school from 6-8. there can be more parent involvment. but dont judge the school , because everyone at that school dosent make the school like that. an individual makes the experience for him/ or herself. I love and miss that school alot. and its okay if you didnt go to that elementary. most of the people there are really nice, and not fake like some of the richer schools. I hope this review helped many students and parents of sudents starting of to go to Richards Middle School.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2012
i went to richards from 6-8 an absoulely loved it i am now a sopohmore at greater atlanta christian school. yes, there are bad kids, but ur child doesn't have to hang with them. alot of parents blame the school but its other kids fault for the decline in the enviornment and behavoir. if more parents got involved in the school and their kids lifes the problem wouldn't be so big, and besides there are problems everywhere and rms is great academically.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2012
BEWARE!!!!!!! This is an absolutely horrible institution for your child's education. If you are moving to this area I feel sorry for your child. The teachers and administrators are a joke and I have never had such a horrible experience with a school system in all my life. They are not in it for the kids and already have them stereotyped before they even walk in the door.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
My Son goes to RMS and he likes the school and his teachers. He is a probe student, I am happy that he gets lots of opportunities there to explore himself.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
My child went to RMS and was kicked out for 2 yrs because she said she would hit the teacher back if she hit her . We went to fake hearing and they waited until 3 hrs before hearing to tell me i could have Att. or ask for any paper work from school then used false reports to . Now they are stopping my child from getting home schooled she can only go to the school jail The GIVE center

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
My daughter is in sixth grade. At the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year my daughter attended Richards Middle School. She was getting into trouble that she never have gotten in before. I don't think it was the school, I just think that it was the enviroment. I moved my daughter out of the school and now she attends Five Forks Middle School which is one of the best school in Georgia.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
is just going better and better.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
My daughter is going into the 7th grade at RMS and I could never be more happier that she attends here. The new principal focused on accelerating all students and for this reason and in the last two years he's been there, the school has MADE AYP meaning it is not a failing school. I attended a parent meeting and they showed parents how RIchards' students went up academically in all areas. Discipline was never a problem for my daughter and for those who say that Richards is a bad school then they need to look at the community they live in because its those kids that are attending RMS.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
RICHARDS MIDDLE IS AN AMAZING SCHOOL...EVERYONE IS FRIENDLY AND TRYS AS HARD AS POSSIBLE TO HELP US STUDENTS...... SADLY I WILL BE MOVING ON TO HIGH SCHOOL NEXT YEAR BUT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FUN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT OF RMS.......GO BLACK KNIGHTS

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2010
I am a current 7th grader at RMS and it is fabulous!!!!! The teachers are great and are really helpful. They give wonderful discipline and the school is a very safe environment. The students are really nice, so you make plenty of new friends. Richards has a wide variety of extracurricular activities before and/or afterschool to choose from like Video Club, FBLA, Odyssey of the Mind, and Kids for Christ.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 19, 2010
I had my daughter transferred out of RMS in Nov. 09. This was the best decision I could have made for her!! She is a 6th Grader & in Probe..so she was new to the school and it was the worst experience for a child. She would have to defend herself at RMS against the bullies! She & I are both so happy to have her at a different school. I had heard bad things for years about RMS but decided I would send her there & we would see for ourselves. Big mistake! Please check out this school ALOT before sending your child there. A concerened parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
i hate this school so much. i'm an 8th grader and have gone here two years, and been in probe since the first day of 7th. 6th grade was the best year ever, because almost all the teachers were amazing:] ms. stephens was principal ( a great one at that) and i wasn't in probe then. and trust me, probe is hard. if you don't understand something, the teachers don't do much to try and help you. i've been scraping by because my friends help me. the teachers can't keep a class under control without using threats and the administration is horrible, and racist. i cannot wait until the day i graduate from this school and move on to central. if you want your child to be happy, don't make them suffer here.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2010
I went to this school for about 3 months and i hated it. I would make up excuses so i wouldent hav to go. Some of the students there were really rude and hard to get a long with. Yes there were some good things about the school. But there coverd by the bad experiance I had. The math department was horrible and hard to understand, and languaje was just comfusing.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2010
i believe that this school has a few bad teachers, but more good teachers. Even so, i think that this school has many bad things about it. For one, there are quite a few fights because some kids continuously intimidate other students. When the few bad teachers get mad (which is quite often) they yell and sometimes give the whole class silent lunch. Something else is the school lunches. They are usually pretty disgusting! An example would be the lasagna. It is hard, burned, and cold. The last thing is about the lockers. They are so small that I probably could not fit all my books and my binder in them if I wanted to. I rest my case.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2010
I, as a student in probe, will say that RMS isnt a preferable school to go to. The counselers arent always there and there are always fights. I can understand the teachers are working very hard to teach everyone but there should be a limit to how much they make good kids suffer as well.Parents might think this is a good school because we made AAP or maybe because we are enforcing a new discipline rule. Trust me your wrong.Save your child the experience of having to go to this school. Then again, most of the people there dont actually want to be there and the others are ,for lack of better words, are practically just there for their parents sake ,not there own.Im glad im leaving this year.Hopefully to a better school.

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2009
I love this school! I'm a 6th grader and the kids here are really nice. I'm in probe and my teachers really make an effort. I love it here! It's my second home!

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
My daughter has been going to Richards since she was in the 6th grade. I truly Thank God for the staff and the teachers and the students for giving my daughter lost hugs and love when she lost her father during the school year. My daughter was Bless with a great Team of Teachers that care about her succeed in her education and in her behavior. If you want your child to succeed don't listen to the negative about Richards only focus on the positive and work together as a team with your child teachers . Because teaching starts in the home so don't try to take it out on the people that care ! I just want to say Thanks to all the staff and teachers for your time, sharing your love from your hearts and working so hard with the students and parents that enter into your life's.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
This skool isa the worst skool i have attended in my life period.All the administraters and staff dont listen to a word any of the parents or students have to say there is no freedoom thst the kids deserve

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
This school is terrible, i mean students are rude and disrespectful. Teachers don't give any discipline. i am a student at this school, i feel like going to jail every day when i go to Richards. In class only like 2 students behave. There are always fights and people getting ISS, and i as a good students always stuffer from what the other students do. Like if one person talks then the whole class get silent lunch, and at Richards this don't happen sometimes it happens all the time. It effects my learning when someone is always interrupting the teacher, or the teacher yelling at the top of their lungs. I only dislike this school because of the disrespectful students. i actually like learning and i want to be successful in life, but going to this school makes it really hard.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
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December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 26, 2008
It was not one of the best schools ive been too.I have done pretty well in school but when i came to richards it all fell apart,well at least in math.I wouldnt say i hated it but im glad that im not going there anymore!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 25, 2008
This is our youngest daughter third year at RMS (our first daughter having gone there 3 years also) and we have been very much pleased with the teaching staff there. Our concerns were immediately addressed by both the teachers and principal. The principal who retired this year was outstanding and had a great love for the students- it was evident. I agree with another parent's review, don't judge the book before you read it. A school is only as good as or as bad as its community's support. Thanks

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2008
This was my daughters first year at Richards Middle School. I read the ratings and prejudged this school before she even stepped foot in it. I was WRONG! I absoulutely loved the way her teachers responded quickly to any questions I had, they were all professional and they CARE ALOT about their students. Koodles go out to Mr. Smith , Mrs Belvins and their whole 6th grade team. I have nothing but good things to say about their teaching staff. I'm very upset that we are moving to another school district and my daughter is not going to be able to continue her education there. I strongly encourage for parents not to judge a book by it's cover as I did, experience this wonderful teaching staff for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
I am currently a student at Richards, and i think the school was by far the worst school i have ever attended. there are too many fights and students misbehaving. students deserve more disipline for their actions. Teachers have NO control over the students. they are always doing something to get 'ISS' when they need several days of suspension from school, not InSchoolSuspencion. too many parents and students complain, and you would think after 20 somthing years they would finally listen. and their food is terrible. it taste nasty and they expect people to pay $10.00 a week for their kid to eat lunch! and for the parents who have more than one child attending RMS, they cant afford $20.00 a week. students deserve a lot more respect than they receive. the teachers will make you sound stupid for asking a simple question about something they dont understand. To sum up,i.do.NOT.reccomend.RMS.to.any.parent!!

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2007
I am a current student at Richards Middle School. I believe this school is very off track. It is disgusting and way to populated. I think it is truely unfair that the principals and administrators do nothing when a problem is discovered. Yes, the school has experienced a huge change, but it is still very unorganized. The behavior is horrible and you are either categorized by good or bad. If you are bad, you get punished. If you are good, you get stuck with the other misbehaved students? I believe as a student at this school that RMS is a very unreliable school. I recommend you try it out, but make sure you don't hang out with the wrong people.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2007
Richard's Middle had no bigger problems than any other Gwinnett County School. Parents, support your school. My child attend all 3 years at RIchard's and had a great experience. It was not perfect but no school is. No school I have ever been in, whether the parents had money or not..problems are the same everywhere and a school is what you make it. Do not believe the people that talk bad in your ear..rely on Principals, staff and teachers to be your guide to a good school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2007
The school is not as bad as some people think, my daughter attends 7th grade there. I do hope they are more effective in the transition from Elementary to middle, give kids a little time to get settled in and don't loose patience is my advice to the faculty. Guiden Hawkins Parent

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
My daughters attended Richards Middle and by far it was the worst experience with any school system I have experience. The teachers and administrators are completely apathetic to parents. They are unwilling to listen to parent complaints and always support any and all thing the teachers say. They view a student grades versus what is being told to them as grounds to listen or not. If your child struggles, Richards teacher and staff will not support them, period!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
I am a student at RMS. This school is really not that great, but it's not as horrible as everyone makes it seem. Regular education there is not that challenging, but probe classes are. Most teachers there are pretty mean, however some are really nice, understanding, and make their classes really fun. There's a pretty big variety of connections, but the thing that I don't like about them is that you can't pick the ones you want to take. I was stuck with the same class two years in a row (not much fun). I think that RMS was much better about two years ago. It wasn't as crowded, but even then people had classes in trailers. Having classes in trailers is just horrible! Weather it's hot or rainy, you have to go outside and wait for the teacher to open the door.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2007
I use to go to RMS and it was a great school, but do to the population increasing so fast there the 8th graders are in trailers outside of the school thats the only problem but the teachers are great and the school.

- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2007
My child attends RMS. I am very disappointed in RMS. Too many issues large and/or small has fallen through the cracks of no return at RMS. I would not recommend RMS unless you absolutely have no other choice. My requests and concerns have gone un-noticed.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
My child goes to RMS and she loves it and I think that everything is much better than last year they really guide the kids all week through the first wk. of school and The principal s very concerned and I think they have gone through a great change

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2005
I go to Richards and the majority of kids don't listen and I'm a student there. I've been there for about 2 months. Don't get me wrong the teachers really try hard but not alot of progress. If I were you, I'd make sure your kids are hanging out with the right people.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
I go to RMS, and I love it. RMS is the only middle school in all of Gwinnett County to offer its gifted students all 5 classed PROBE in 8th grade. In 7th grade there are 3 out of 4 classes gifted classes for PROBE students. RMS has a great environment and I love it!

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2005
I just started going to this school and I'll warn you that it's not that great. All of my classes are in trailers, which aren't that comfortable, and the teachers are not nice. If you want your child to go to a school where they can learn and have fun, this is not the school for them. You're just seeing the point of view from an 8th grader at this school.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2004
I go to this school and it's not good. There are like 30 kids in one classroom and all of the eight graders are outside except for Resource and one team. The Adminstrators are horrible. The eight grade one...She has no sympathy or care for anyone. Trust me on this. I am not just some girl. This is the truth. Ask any eight grader. The highschool you have to go to.... Oh my gosh! It's horrible. Gwinnett is not a school district!

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2004
My child is currently enrolled at Richards Middle School. I have had a wonderful experience working with the teachers. More specifically the Special Education Department. They are sincerely interested and determined to make my childs day fullfilled. Emotionally and academically. It is a rare find, as most people know, to comfortably leave a highly SAD {Seperation Anxiety Disorder} child in the hands of professionals who truly want to see him succeed. They are willing to go at his pace until complete 100% success. When he started his grades were C and D's. This competent staff was successful in bringing his anxiety down and grades up! That's right. A's and B's. All the teachers that encouraged him and boosted his confidence, will forever be close to our hearts.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
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Richards Middle School
3555 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA  30044
(770) 995-7133
Last modified Richards Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richards Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top