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Salem Middle School

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Posted July 29, 2014

This school is horrible...A large percentage of the teachers are just there for a consistent check...not because they have a passion to teach our children...the school is a fashion show of who can have the blondiest weave....or the highest heels.....there is no thrive for educating our children and pushing them to higher levels unless you do this at home...parents are protesting outside of the school...principals and teachers have lackadaisical attitudes towards educating our children. Teachers don't keep good grade records and I had to challenge 2 teacher by email (did not return numerous calls to schedule appt) which turned into battles with several teacher, because esis portal says my child has one grade but the teachers put a totally different grade in the portal that does not calculate. Then when you as the parent challenge them you almost have to contact the superindent to get them to do there job correctly. Children are always fighting.......the school reminds me of a scene out of "Lean On Me" W/ Morgan Freeman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Salem Middle school has some really great teachers. As well as some teachers who should probably consider a different career or retirement. As a parent we can't place the blame entirely on the individual school. From my observation the problems stems mostly from the students who are a product of their parents. Children need discipline and real consequences. When the parents fail to do so the schools should not be stuck with the burden of attempting to educate children who feel that's not what they want. The system should have an alternative program in place for those who do not care to be there and parents are not supportive in their children educational process. Therefore those who really want to learn can receive all that there is to offer. Clean up our schools, with teachers, parents and students who share common educational goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

Absolutely REPULSIVE! If I could have rated them a negative I would have! Please parents save yourself the headache. My son is in the 6th grade and I am desperately trying to get him elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Salem isn't bad. They have been putting teachers/staff out of the building , because they have been lacking. So , this year it should be better.


Posted May 6, 2013

Everyone always screams bloody murder about Salem. When I had to go this school in the 6th grade I cried. All the awful rumors I had heard about the school made me think that I was gonna die if I when there. Salem is NOT as bad as you think it is. Are some of the students disruptive? Yes. Are there some horrible teachers? Yes. But no school is perfect, especially in DeKalb County and of all places in the South DeKalb area. I had some great experiences there, because I could block out others foolishness. If your child is easily swayed and stands on rocky ground don't send them here. If you know your child can stay true to themselves and do their work, they will succeed and rise above the rest. Don't hate on Salem if you've never been there.


Posted April 19, 2013

They Should Make this school abandoned or Get A new principal And also new staff members


Posted June 16, 2011

Hello, I was a student to this horrible school for the of year 2009. Really if you ask anyne whose ever looked in the direction of Salem they would scream the words," Why?!? Why are you trying to go there???" To tell you the truth, they forced me to go ther simply because I moved out of state and they didnt want to be bothered. At the beginning, I wasnt surprised with the foolishness and the rude behavior because in every crowd there are those "special few"........but then I saw how dark and broke it looked. The "Special Few" students were in the majority of that school, how could you let that be? How can you let those " teachers" sit up and do nothing? Wow......If you are wondering on how to get IN that school.....just know is not worth the risk......
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2011

I,m a 6th grade student at salem middle and if I made a list of all the schools in DeKalb and ordered them from best to worst, this school would be on the bottom of my list! It seems as if the school is for under achievers. Last semester was my first at this school. Only 8 students in 6th grade, about 6 in 7th grade, and no students in 8th grade made the principal's list (all A's). The students sure can keep up with the latest styles but can't go through a semester without failing a class. If you think I'm just trying to find something bad to write about my school, just click on test scores and stats. Salem didn't make one score above the state average. This school is a big disappointment. PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE TO HAVE THEIR BRAIN CELLS WASTE AWAY. Oh, and before you judge me as a hypocrite I did make principal's list.


Posted May 27, 2010

I went to salem in 6th grade and i didnt like it at all. The teachers that i had werent good when i ask a question they put me down for it. The students there are anoiing and mean{ overall not saying all} and the environment of the school isnt good. Fights at school. People made fun of you if you didnt have in style clothes. And my parents pulled me out of that school and i dont regret it either.


Posted September 14, 2009

My son is in the 8th grade and I am trying to find another school for him to atttend before it is too late. This school needs new leadership and a staff that cares about the education of the the students and not just getting a paycheck. No wonder Salem hasn't made AYP and never will until there is a drastic change made with the way they operate. My son was failing math last year and when I tried to get him in the afterschool tuturial program, he was told the program was full. (what?) If you want your child to excel academically, don't send them to Salem Middle. Run the other way, please!! Bring Dr. Bolden back. At least he cared about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

My children have been to schools in Dekalb County and Atlanta Public schools, and Salem is by far one of the worst schools we have ever encountered. My husband and I are both very involved in our children's education, and frequently communicated with the teachers and administrators, but this school has too few resources and very low expectations of it's students and staff. The attitude of the top administrators is one of complacency which has obviously trickled down to the staff. There are teachers that care, but there are several that don't. Our children deserve better. The leadership needs to change. Salem is in a decent neighborhood. I would expect that for the high taxes that we pay, we would have better resources. We just got notice that the school is on the needs improvement list for 'No child left behind.' Our child has to transfer in his last year. Sad...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

I am a parent of a 7th grade student gifted student, and first and foremost I want to say there are pros and cons to every situation. As a parent we can't complain about teachers not wanting to discipline our children it's not entirely their job. As for respect some of the students are way out of line and these teachers don't deserve the treatment from the students or the parents. Parental involvement is the key. When I walk into the school all my daufhters teachers know me because they see me on a regular, to check on her progress, to see her interaction in the environment and so that they know I care as a parent. Take responsibility for your child's progress, donn't blame the teacher, get involved. Everybody isn't raised the same way unfortunately. My daughter has had great teachers, when she slacked they called, emailed communicated with me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I would say this school is alright. There are other worse schools. This school is really lacking the good teachers and staff. This school is a dissapointment. I am a 7th grader at Salem Middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2008

Hello to everyone. I am an eighth grader in Salem Middle school, and I have read each and every review so far. My opinion as a student is that, SOME teachers are really good at what they do. They care, teach and stay on subject. For others, that isn't their goal. They are off subject, do not teach nor give homework. Also, the students aren't the best little angels either. I am a good student and I do witness some mess in that school building, but one thing i must say is that the kids run their mouths too much. Always talking. Half of our time is taken up with discipline, and it isn't like we have two full hours for each subject. Salem is an okay school, but I don't recommend a parent to send their student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2008

This is my daughter's first year at Salem, and I am trying my best to make it her LAST I am so disappointed in the school staff, the teachers do not show the students any type of respect, they talk down to the students. The teachers have not made the transition from elementry to middle school smooth for the students. Some of the things my daughter tell me that the teachers say is very unacceptable, unprofessional and just down right rude!! I'm getting angry just writing this review! The very 1st scheduled parent teacher conf. only 2 of my daughters teachers were there, they never tried to reschedule, no note was sent home to apologize, I guess it wasn't important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

This was my son's first year and what a disappointment it was. I would not recommend you send your child to this school at all. There is no leadership or standard in the school from the staff to the students. My son has had more altercations this year than ever. There is no respect from the teachers or the students and the teachers are not concerned with teaching the children anything. They are more concerned with calling the parents for the smallest thing and/or having the child suspended. My son's math teacher told me basically that she did not have enough time in the day to teach and grade papers. The parent portal that is suppose to be updated is not on a regular. Communication between parent and teacher is voided completely unless something is wrong socially. I have also talked to other parents and they too have removed there child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

This is my daughter's first year and it has been a challenging one. My daughter is a scholar and I am afraid her breeding, talent, academics and discipline will suffer if we must endure much more. The leadership is weak, and void of real academic professionalism. My view is the staff has lost all desire to make a positive difference in the lives of impressionable adolescents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2006

Salem Middle School does not operate to its full potential. Salem has the potential to be a good institution of learning as well as a pleasant environment for the children of DeKalb County. However, Salem is inundated with a variety of children from different environments trying to adjust to a system that desperately needs to be altered so that it accommodates today's youths, their energy, and ideas. There is not enough effort towards teaching and positive interaction with the students. Instead there is more effort towards policing rather than teaching. The staff is overwhelmed and the students are misled. Salem lacks good leadership, adequately trained staff, consistency, and unity. There is a tacit concept of us against them perceived by the students and staff. There is no unity. Where there is no unity there cannot be success. This statement is an expression of my opinion based on observation, experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

This is my daughters last year at Salem. The entire experience has been horrible. The teachers do not have the students' best interest at heart. Most of the teachers give the impression, that they are there for a paycheck. They do not go above and beyond to keep the students on track. This is a very trying time for students, parents and teachers. The children do not understand how important this stage of their lives are. It takes an exceptional teacher to make the difference. Unfortunately, Salem has little to none of these type teachers. I have another child entering middle school next year. She will never attend Salem, I will not make the same mistake twice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

I was hesitant to send my child to this school since I had heard negative comments. I decided to see for myself and I hoped for the best since I could not get her into another zoned school. I find their are good teachers at Salem, however, they get swallowed by a largely incompetent staff and teachers who don't show the children respect and don't give them lessons to challenge them. My daughter hardly ever received homework. She was not challenged. I believe this school, for whatever reason, fails our children. I wish I knew what to do to help this situation. I find school boards don't help. I feel at a lost. I study with my daughter on my own, but what about the parents who don't have the time to do this?
—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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

387 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.

352 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.

356 students were tested at this school 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.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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.

351 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


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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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
Black 96% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Donald Mason
Fax number
  • (678) 676-9410

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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5333 Salem Rd
Lithonia, GA 30038
Phone: (678) 676-9402

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