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Redan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 909 students

 

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Posted July 11, 2014

I have a problem when the entire staff does not know what is going on in the school. There are too many picks and chooses. If you are not part of the in crowd you are not treated fairly and things are done behind your back. We are suppose to support each other and not talk about each behind our backs. I true staff meeting needs to be held and maybe so many people won't plan to leave.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 21, 2014

For the parents who wrote the previous reviews... Too be honest maybe if you guys volunteered a lot of the things you are complaining about half of it wouldn't happend if we're true...Communication with staff for me is excellent. I currently have 3 students who attend Redan .Staff is awesome and very Helpful...My children will be returning next year for 2014-2015 year... Also PTA is helpful as well if you sign up then you will have more input. ..Sounds like you guys leave it up too teachers to take care of your children 100% ,this is not a daycare. ...p.s.. first parent maybe if you get your child a book bag you wouldn't. Complain about them carrying books for 3 periods....I hope this. Was helpful too the parents who are considering Redan Middle...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. The teachers lack vision and they can't teach. The principal is worthless.. They run that school like a prison. The children can only go to their lockers 2 times a day. They got to walk around with 3 classes of books , notebooks and gym clothes. They teachers won't communicate with the parents. The only people in that school that's worth anything is the front office secretary and the security team. I say fire them all and start over
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

I am totally dissatisfied with Redan Middle School, I came all the way from another state to find that this school has a weird way of handling any problems or concerns that the child or parent may have. I also find that some of the teachers as well as administrators aren't very supportive, especially when it comes to Bullying, Self Esteem issues, etc. I am very concerned about alowing my children to continue this year. PARENTS THIS MUST STOP, WHAT CAN WE DO?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

My child is doing well at the school as far as grades are concerned. Unfortunately, I know that the child isn't learning much in the actual classroom environment, and I'm not surprised. The school schedule that was implemented this year is a complete disaster. It is extremely disorganized, and there doesn't appear to be any sense of accountability on the part of either the teachers or the administration as it regards the same. Some of the teachers appear to be nice people, but it's pretty clear that at least a few of them ought to consider moving on. They are obviously burned out and have resorted to taking their frustrations out on the children. I'm a little concerned, too, that the skill set of some teachers appears to fall far below that of those who teach at schools of comparable size and in comparable neighborhoods. At this point, my spouse and I feel as if we are essentially homeschooling our child. We don't trust RMS to provide even a basic middle school education, and that's a scary feeling -- particularly when minority children in the U.S. face so many other challenges as they prepare to attend college, perhaps graduate school, and eventually the work force.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

After reading the reviews on Redan Middle school I have to say I was a bit on edge about my child attending this school off the bat. Unfortunately my concerns were not put to rest at all during the so called Open House that took place August 3rd 2011. Unlike the good experiences reported to me from friends about open house events at their children s middle schools, my experience was very different and frustrating to say the least. I arrived at Redan middle only to discover they had nothing ready (no schedules, no meet and greet tables, nothing), far from the well organized events with many informational meet and greet tables I had heard about from other parents who attended open house events at other middle schools. After aimlessly wondering I finally located a staff member and was able to ask what are students suppose to do on the first day of school? And was told in a very unsure manner that students would probably have to find their names on a piece of paper that would be posted somewhere . Needless to say the first day will probably be very chaotic. I am praying that this is not a sign of what s to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

I am a parent of a child that attends Redan middle and I must say I have spoke with several of my childs friends. Mrs. Gaines is their math teacher she is rude and she speaks to the children as if they are nothing. I plan to make a complaint about her she is very rude. When I speak to her she makes it seem as if the kids are the worst in the world. To say the least I am confused as to why she still has her job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

My son attended Redan M.S. I had positive and negative experiences. My child had items stolen. I had some problems with some of the teachers and had to go to the superintendents office. Some of the teacher resented my frequent calls and visits. My child is doing good at Redan High. I was exhausted by the time he left Redan M.S. The music teacher Mr. Greene is excellent. He encouraged my child's music skills. As a result of his encouragement my child learned 6-7 instruments. Mr. Griffith was my child's science teacher. He kind of reminds you of the nutty professor. I don't know how his did it but my son was able to test at college sophomore college level in the sevnth grade. Ms. Freeman was my child's math teacher. She returned calls. Be prepared to monitor and visit. If you can't you better send them to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

It is a great school much better than redan high school. The teachers are wonderful and the students. A lot of extra cirrucular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

This school can not get children ready for the state test that they have all year to do. Poor involvement of teachers with children who need help. This is not a school that I would recommend to anyone looking for a school with high standards and good education for their child(ren)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

I have been going to redan since the sixth grade. Some of the teachers are caring and they truly try their hardest to teach us valuable knowledge. But there is one problem the kids are out of control and without parent involvement how can we find a solution to this problem?The girls are too fast and the boys are too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2008

It's not that into your child's ability to exceed, the teachers just teach they really don't care about anything else
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

Redan Middle is the worst school that I have every encountered. I am a parent and former teacher and this school is like a prison. The teacher are unprofessional and childish. The administration plays favorites and treats parents and students unfairly. They create an atmosphere that is not condusive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

My child is not enjoying Redan Middle He said everyday the children are out of control and the teachers or unfair, I hate that my child come home every day with a horror story I am disappointed in the school broad how they have insufficiant and unqualified teachers and adminstrators I am a distress parent ready to leave the State of Georgia so my child can get a good education and I did not say great just opportunity to learn a good education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

I did not enjoy Redan Middle School. Majority of the teachers were very unprofessional and lacked focus on the important issues. The principal didn't take care of the concerns in a timely manner if at all. we ended the school year with grades still not recorded from the first semester. 7th grade was a terrible year and we are moving to a new school for 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

I have been going to redan since the sixth grade. The teachers are caring and they truly try their hardest to instill in us valuable knowledge. But the kids their are out of control and without parent involvement how can we find a solution to this problem? The parents are complaining but they aren't doing anything to fix the problems. I believe we need more teacher,student,parent involvement in our school. I believe our school have great potential we just need some improvement. If we get that than we can successfully reach excellence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2006

The kids have no say so in anything. Whatever the teacher says gos and that is final.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2006

After weeks of classroom observations, this school lacks parent involvement, educated, concerned teachers, and administrators. The students are not challenged and will not be challenged due to the uneducated, ignorant, self-centered teachers that are in the school. As for the principal, his gatekeepers prevent parents from speaking to him. The school encourages parent involvement, but when you visit the school it's like visiting Fort Knoxx. You don't want to visit because you do not feel welcome and there are rules that parents should abide by and if you don't, you are escorted from the school. I believe the teachers and administrators are threatened and intimitated by the educated, concern parents. If you are ignorant and uneducated, they welcome you, because you don't know any better. Parents you need to find out what is going on with your students before Dekalb School System fails your student and you as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2005

I think that the new administration that's in place now-effective as of the commencement of school year in the Fall of 2005- is being and will be successful in removing Redan Middle School from the 'In need of improvements' list. This principal and staff will do it and find and get rid of the few teachers who are the major contributors to low-achievement, low-morale and poor teaching. Vast improvements are on the horizon.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school 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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

272 students were tested at this school 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

English Language Arts

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

270 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.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

283 students were tested at this school 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.

330 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

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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
Black 95% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
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Security personnel
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Sheila Johnson-Reese
Fax number
  • (678) 874-7910

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
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1775 Young Rd
Lithonia, GA 30058
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