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Smitha Middle School

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Posted May 7, 2013

Excuse my bad typing, but Smitha is somewhat a great school. The principal is very nice and always walks around to check up on the kids and peeps into the classrooms at times. As an 8th grader, the principal and administration has made sure that I've had the best last year in middle school. :) The students at Smitha are great, even though some students distract the kids who would like to learn. This is coming from a student with honor roll. Other than that, we like to collaborate and just have fun to be honest.


Posted June 4, 2012

My child and the students in our neighborhood are doing well at this school. A sizable population of students from this school go into high school magnet programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

My daughter is a Smitha student and we never had problems with her grades. To us Smitha has done nothing! She's been failing her math and language arts classes since the beggining. We have tried several times to contact the teachers and the principal and to this date no one has gotten back to us. All the kids that I know from that school have something bad to say about this school. I have not seen teachers concern about their students performance and there are no tutoring for student who need help. I will do everything I can to have my daughters not to attend this school. If your kids need help with doing their best, this is not the school for you. No one seems to care or pay attention and they treat the students like high schoolers and forget that parent involvement in the student academic life is very important!!! Teachers are suppose to keep the pinnacle updated for parents and should rely on pinnacle but that even doesn't help! I'm just not happy with this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

Smitha Middle School has lots of things to do. We have connection and the teachers are very nice.When we are in gym we do sorts stuff like badmintin and more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

Smitha is a great school. The teachers are conscientious and extremely helpful. Also there are many enrichment extracurricular activities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Almost 30 students got accepted into the magnet program at Smitha, the teachers there are awesome. They are there to be a supply to students who need a little help. Smitha even placed 4th in the state for reading. This is one of Georgia's Best!


Posted September 9, 2009

Definetely one of Georgia's better schools. My child has been to about 7 or 8 schools in Georgia and so far this has been the best one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I agree with the last parent. The staff doesn't care about the kids. The school is so busy dishing out Cardinal Cards they don't have time to teach our children. My child has been there for two years and I am hoping to rent a house somewhere else so my child won't have to return to Smitha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

Personal safety emotionally and physically is a problem. Most staff do not seem to be concerned with the issues that children are having and are often ignored when they do try to express their concern about something. This school needs more security. They need a sports program that the kids can get involved in, and they need staff that are going to treat these kids like who they are. They are our future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

Smitha is a great school. Vandalism is everywhere not just Smitha. For example Cambell. The stdents don't get into a lot of fights. I've been there for 3 years and there haven't been over 10 fights in 1 school year. The food is somewhat good. The teachers are very helpful and about your future as you go into high school. We have inproved over the years. From an eighth grader now I say that Smitha is the best school I've been to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2008

I am happy my parents withdrew me from this place. Smitha is a horrible school to attend. Just take a look at the bathroom walls, Vandalism has become so common they have removed the soap from the bathroom that is disgusting. The teachers do not give a care for the needs of the studentss and I was failing meserably because of a few teachers. I now amd making all A's and B's in the douglas county area
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

Smitha Middle School is a great school to go to. The teachers are fun, the administrators are nice, and the lunch is okay. The advanced teachers are always looking for new ways to teach us and so are the regular teachers. The after-school programs are fun to attend and they give kids a chance to learn something new and to make new friends. The in-school programs are also fun like art and band. Take the orchestra for example. Mr.Pulley left them but now they are doing great and still having a good time. For me, an 8th grader, going there is fun. Especially after Olympic Week. Smitha allows you to have fun and learn at the same time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

Smitha Middle School is a great school to go to. The teachers are fun, the administrators are nice, and the lunch is okay. The advanced teachers are always looking for new ways to teach us and so are the regular teachers. The after-school programs are fun to attend and they give kids a chance to learn something new and to make new friends. The in-school programs are also fun like art and band. Take the orchestra for example. Mr.Pulley left them but now they are doing great and still having a good time. For me, an 8th grader, going there is fun. Especially after Olympic Week. Smitha allows you to have fun and learn at the same time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2007

I love being a student at Smitha Middle! When i first came to Smitha i was scared i wouldn't make friends, but I made friends immedietly! The only thing that Smitha has problems with is that the students keep getting low grades. My Grades are good, I usually get straight A's, but the students at Smitha don't seem to care much for their grades, I would suggest that the teachers and staff encourage the students to get better grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

I think that Smitha is a great school. But more field trips would be nice (I never went on one at this school except in Orchestra), and please go on with the talent show no matter what. It was done the year before I entered Smitha, but when I entered no one mentioned it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2007

Overall this school is very good, I was part of this school for a year and the time I was there I would say it has showed me a lot in academic with the math teachers Miss. Dean and Mr. Able and music with of course the best Mr. pulley.They have made and excellent job in keeping the school with good discipline and safety. I would recommend this school to every who is looking for an excellent school for their kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2005

We took our son out of Smitha and opted to pay out of district tuition as a result of 'Our child's grades being padded'. In addition we found the administration to be disinterested and more consumed in processes, and standardization. We cared to be involved and supportive, however we experienced an attitude of 'this is how we do it and we know what we are doing so let us alone manage the kids'. As Smitha's test scores are compared nationally, they are simply poor. Administration cares to compare the schools standardized test to similar failing schools rather than schools of more elite performance. An example of the padded grades were our son's 'A' average in band, with little effort. However, with his transfer to another school, he is struggling to maintain a 'B' average. Across the board he is challenged now. Also Smitha has no extracurricular sports
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

I am a student of Smitha Middle School so I know first hand of the overall and detailed performance of the school.I have been at Smitha three years and I am an A and B student.I am speaking for the student body when I say that Smitha needs improvment.Students aren't the only ones feeling this way,parents also feels that Smitha has the potential to be better.Academic wise Smitha is pratically perfect but level of parent involment is very low and needs to rise.Music and art has to be taken and will be taken whether the student agrees or not.Sports is a no, Smitha has no sports related activites for their students to participate in.Smiths'a extracurricular activites include:A step team, Science Olympaid, Odyssey of the Mind, Jr. Beta Club,Smitha Broadcasting Company, Yearbook Commity, Academic Bowl, Debate Team, Muliticultural cLub, Envirnmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chess Club, and Film Making CLub.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2005

I don't know where you get the stats from but I think you have the make up of the school wrong. The majority of the population seems to be hispanic and ESOL appears to be a real issue. I don't think this administration has their act together at all. My son went to school here several years ago and now my other kids. I don't have a problem at all with personal safety but the teachers who actually are willing to work with the kids are few. It seems like they are so caught up with the at risk kids that any other kid who might need some attention is just allowed to struggle and fail. Their adherance to legally required ADD standards is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

Overall, I think Smitha is considered a pretty well-grounded school. But, considereing some problems my child has had with some teachers, I think there are some things to consider. The principal fails to really deal with issues and they are passed to the administrators. I really only know of my child saying she appears at the social functions such as assemblys or on the Smitha news in the morning. She needs to start doing things for the students and quit acting like school is simply social instead of work for her.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

322 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.

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.

327 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.

303 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.

315 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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

324 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.

276 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

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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The state average for American Literature was 91% 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 Geometry was 75% 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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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 44% 37%
Hispanic 40% 12%
White 8% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2025 Powder Springs Rd SW
Marietta, GA 30064
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