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Howard Middle School

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Posted August 9, 2014

My daughter attended HMS and loved it! She has great teachers that were interested in her as an individual. Teachers were easily accessible by email. School is newer and the facilities are clean and beautiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

I love howard middle. My son was in 6th grade. He was in the gifted class. He was also in the academic team. I have no complains. It is a great School.I regret moving to Atlanta. The schools are horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

Howard Middle school , Macon My daughter goes to this school. The staff has been nothing shoprt of supportive during the adoption process of my child. She comes home from school excited and ready to tackle homework. She even gets up early to get ready for school. I would recommend this school to anyone that needs a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Our family has been extremely please with the programs and opportunities at Howard Middle School. There are problems in the administration that needs to be dealt with. I think as soon as those are resolved, then things will improve beyond our imaginations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

i have to get my son out of there by all means. so frustrated. checking out private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Pretty bricks & mortar mask the ugliness inside this school. Though I have been impressed with the teachers, the majority of students here are not reflective of the citizens in this area. Where did these people come from? Looks like an inner city school in the pretty countryside. So many families send their children to private schools here, I suppose the county filled the remaining seats with leftovers from other schools. Maybe 5-10% parental involvement. Can't wait to move!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Howard Middle School is becoming one of Bibb counties worst schools. My child went there for a few days and she cried everyday when she got home. I asked my daughter why didnt she like it and she said, in her exact word "Momma they are just so ghetto." She felt like she would have to become a trouble maker to make friends. The kids lack discipline and respect and the teachers dont earn the respect. They allow the kids to act how they want. The kids curse out the teachers and no one takes any disciplinary actions. This is a poor excuse of what our tax paying dollars are used for. Maybe these schools should start focusing on education and behavior rather than dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

I didn't like this school at all. I went to Howard Middle School for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and it was awful. It made my life suck. It broke my heart and i felt like there was a magical force field that took away all of my happiness. The principle is to nice and a push over but worried more about our hair styles and clothes and if you want to survive as a student in this school then you better be in gifted classes. The gifted students never get into trouble no matter what they did or do. They could bully and not get in trouble at all. There were also plenty of un-smart students in these classes. If you want your child to live a successful and happy I REPEAT HAPPY life then DON'T send them to Howard Middle School.


Posted July 8, 2013

My child goes to Howard Middle School and all I am going to say is the teachers are not good teachers. And the staff total is not committed to keeping your child safe.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

This is my first year attending Howard Middle School. I come from a very different school in another state. I am in eight grade and absolutely hate the school. My previous school had excellent teachers and challenging work, much unlike Howard. I was put in the gifted program here, and it still was not challenging (the teachers weren't much better either). The students have no respect for the teachers and the teachers don't discipline them for their horrifying behavior. I have been to many different schools and this is, by far, the worst. If you are a parent who's looking to move to this area, I suggest you save enough money to send your child to private school or be ready to home-school them, because they will most likely be just as dissatisfied as I am. If this is one the better schools in Bibb County, it doesn't say much.


Posted October 28, 2012

I know longer attend Howard Middle School. I went in my 6th grade year, and hated it. I was in the gifted program too! I now go to a private school here in Macon, and love it! Parents, do not send your child to HMS! The principal is horrible, and so is the discipline!


Posted December 9, 2011

I go to Howard Middle, I am in 8th Grade, and the teachers are very great. This scTool has a very good 8th Grade Math teacher named Ms. Wilcher. She is the best Math teacher I ever had. She teaches verywell. There are some other good teachers like Ms. Peacock, and Ms. Massaro, but some students aren't very good. Some of them will be mean to you if its your first year.


Posted March 23, 2011

Now that the old principal is gone, the school is more of a school instead of a jail, and problems are addressed more professionally. The new principal Dr. Carlisle is an excellent leader and handles issues promptly and effectively. Now if they could just get rid of the clueless assist. principal, and hire more educated teachers who would rather be mentors and teachers than facebook friends with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

I attended Howard Middle School during my 7th and 8th grade years. Because I am from foreign country, I can see that Howard Middle School cannot be better than my former school in my native country. Of course there are some GREAT teachers, like Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Adoms. However, HMS should be improved like other schools in Atlanta, such as Northview or Walton. HMS is the first American school to me, so I want this school to be the best middle school in the nation.


Posted August 4, 2009

As a former student at Howard Middle School and current student at Howard High it has been amazing to see the school evolve over the years! The teachers are wonderful and my fellow peers are good students to be around unlike some other's in the area. The activities outside of the classroom from show choir and cheerleading to football and Math team there is something for everyone at this school. * To families who do not attend Howard Middle or High do not listen to any 'rumors' that tend to cirrculate. You never really know what happens at schools you don't attend so please, do not base opinions off of them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2009

I am a student at Howard Middle School. I am in the Gifted program, which is great. I believe that this school is wonderful, especially compared to what my friends at the other Bibb County Public Middle Schools say about theirs. We have many opportunities. While having some bad (not the best) of teachers, I think we have some of the best in Georgia. I have to recognize Mrs. Goins & Mrs. Davis. They teach very well and thoroughly. The school is very strict in declipline and has fun activities and extra curriculum groups to join. Overall, Howard is a great new school. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2008

I don't think this school is so great. It needs to improve in many areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

I think that like all schools HMS can improve in some areas. If we can raise student/teacher morale then I believe other positive results will follow in all categories.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2008

I think Howard Middle should spend more time thinking of ways to improve there special education program, and their relationship with lower income parents. My overall review is that the some of the teaching staff needs to take some race relations classes to learn how to relate to all differnent ethinc and econimc backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

I think that Howard Middle School is a great school and I really love it. It has aslo improved my academic level.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

326 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

English Language Arts

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

325 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.

321 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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

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88%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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93%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

325 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.

348 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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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 Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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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 54% 37%
White 34% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Eric Carlyle
Fax number
  • (478) 757-5557

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

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

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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6600 Forsyth Rd
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 779-3454

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