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East Cobb Middle School

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Posted August 26, 2014

While others have posted that ECMS is awful, each child is different and each family has a different take on the school. Don't be worried about sending your child to ECMS if they already have good grades, have respect for others, and have a positive influence on others. Middle school is a tough time with kid's hormones, bullying and drama. I haven't heard of a school that doesn't deal with those issues, but I will say that if you have a confident, smart child, there are opportunities for that child to succeed and do well. This also takes involvement on the part of the parents, which they need more of (the only reason I rated that low). No sitting back and expecting the school to do everything for your child and expecting the small number of dedicated volunteers to do it all. Remember, they are one of 1,300. The volunteers, teachers, and staff at ECMS do a great job in spite of the challenges of such a diverse population. The building and facilities are poor, but it's slated to be replaced within the next few years. Currently have one child in 7th and will have one going into 6th next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

ECMS is an awful school. With the exception of one of my child's teachers, the teaching stuff they learned in 4th grade. My child has been bullied by several students and yet the staff there don't do anything about the issues at hand. They seem to think its ok to have bullying in the school... I was told "My child has to physically come to them and state they are being bullied in order for them to do anything". Thats obsurd! When a parent tells you this is what is being seen at home and your child doesn't want to go to school.,.,. this is a CLEAR sign!!!!! The sign "NO BULLY ZONE" or "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" are false advertising. They don't care and their rating on this site proves it!!!!! The administrative staff should care not only about the paycheck they get but really whats more important.... the child who gets money stolen from them, or personal belongings taken away and the child has to chase the bully around the room to get the item back. And what is that the teacher is doing to stop this!?! Nothing. The teacher sits down and ignores the student being bullied. What parent doesn't see this as a case of bullying....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2014

ECM is a great school and my son is doing well there. My daughter also attended ECM and exceeded. I have one more child that will attend ECM and I am looking forward to it. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2013

i want to ECMS and i absolutely loved it. Sure there were some fights and bullies, but every school has them. I had a great experience, loved almost all of my teachers, and learned a ton. I am now in a Magnet program and East Cobb more than prepared me for the courses. The teachers are really good at helping you, all you have to do is ask. Overall East Cobb was a great experience for me and definitely will help me in the real world.


Posted December 10, 2013

I was under the impression that this was a great school for my child to attend. I am not under that impression anymore. We all talk about kids being bullies, but you have to keep your eyes open now and watch out for the teachers. Some teachers are bullies as well as also manipulators. Bring something to their attention they are quick to say that the students who witness or say anything about what happened is a problem child. Me as a parent feel that no teacher or administrator should criticize or down talk about a child to another parent. I feel that if more students didn't feel that they would be treated different if they told on a teacher that may be talking to them any kind of way, I believe a lot of light would be shed on these teachers. Some teachers need to learn to listen to students as well and not just go off of what someone say. And if you're gonna talk about another student to others make sure its not so everyone can hear you or if I'm an outsider I shouldn't hear how bad you just talked about someones child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

East Cobb Middle School has been a great place for my kids. I have one who is now in the Wheeler magnet and one who is currently attending. Advanced content classes are great. Parents on ptsa and foundation are involved. Connection classes provide a wealth of opportunities. Next splost is set to build a new school. If you know, you go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

We have had a very positive experience! Great kids and teachers! The parents on the PTSA and Foundation are awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

Okay, let me just say that if you go there, you won't learn. The teachers are really bland. My mom took me out of this school because I couldn't learn. If you're in AC classes, you're good. If you aren't, good luck. There would always be multiple fights a day in the girls locker room and lots of verbal abuse.


Posted March 21, 2013

I was quite nervous about my son going to ECMS, all the reviews scared me! Now with almost a full year behind us I am honestly very happy. He is playing violin AND lacrosse, he's in all AC classes, getting straight A's and learning about the real world. I am very pleased with the high academic schedule and the opportunity for him to grow and mature. If you're in the ECMS district, don't be afraid, you'll be pleasantly surprised as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

My children played in orchestra, had teachers who cared very much about their education and made lots of new friends. It was a wonderful experience for our whole family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

We have 2 of our daughters at ECMS and we love the school, the PTSA and Foundation. Love the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

Time for middle school! Oh no, where should we send our child? What a fabulous decision we made .not to mention a huge savings by not going the private route. We gave ECMS a chance and the last 3 years have been tremendous. The quality of the teaching has been superb and leadership has proven to be exceptional. The diversity of the children as well as the curriculum offered have made this a wonderful experience. We clearly made the right choice and look forward to Wheeler High School next year. I realize now that the only people who have bad things to say about ECMS are those who have never sent their children there. What a shame and a waste of a fabulous opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Sent my daughter to ECMS and she is now at Wheeler in the Magnet program. While at ECMS she formed great friends, learned to play the oboe, created a team and competed and won several awards in the National Future City competition. learned video production through ECMS ECTV, helped start the drama club, etc, etc. She and her friends now at Wheeler had a great time at ECMS and were prepared for high school. My son is now in 6th grade at ECMS - very different experience because he is a much quieter kid. He is getting fantastic grades, is learning the oboe and loves it, has made friends and is having very positive feedback from his teachers. He is having a great experience. ECMS has the #1 middle school PTSA in the state of Georgia currently headed by the Cobb County School District Volunteer of the Year. I always feel welcome by the staff, teachers, and administration. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at every level - classroom to school wide. Communications is open and teachers respond quickly to questions or concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2012

My son attends 7th grade at ECMS and is completely miserable here. He's been bullied constantly and assaulted multiple times. He's afraid to even ride the school bus because of how out of control some of the children are. My son has gone so far as to go into the principles office on his own and tell who was bullying him, the kids were spoken to and told to go back to class. two weeks later one of the boys hit my son in the face, and proceeded to hit him, he fought back and was suspended from school for 4 days... he was defending himself, and received the same punishment as the student who attacked him. This is just 1 of about 4 four incidences. This school claims to have a ZERO TOLERANCE for both BULLYING and FIGHTING , yet they only enforce one of the two. Ive been up to this school more times than I can count and frankly I'm tired... Ive contacted the superintendent and am looking into another school. I can no longer watch my child suffer here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

The school is horrible . It has a dress code where kids only have to wear collared shirts, there are so much rules. The school is filled with drama. The kids bully other kids, especially cyber bullying. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD THERE IF YOU WANT SAFETY FOR HIM/HER/THEM.


Posted August 10, 2012

My son has attended this school for the last two years (6th & 7th Grades). He has been taking all Advanced Classes. This will be his last year there as next year he will be starting High School. While I cannot speak to their regular classed. I can say that they have a very good advanced class program. I have never had any problems getting in touch with any of his teachers. I have only had one problem with a teacher that was very slow in updating Pinnacle with my son's grades and that was two years ago. Lastly I can say that my son has enjoyed his time while attending this school so far and likes his classmates. Me and my son are very close, I believe that if he had any problems with this school he would tell me. The work has not always been easy, but the grades have always been fair and with hard work my son has been able to maintain a straight A average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

My daughter attended this school during her 7th grade year and for part of her 8th grade year. This school is horrible. The kids are out of control and the administration is not responsive to any of the issues. I would stay away from from schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students, because the administration at such schools never seem to care about the welfare of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Can someone please provide some current 2011-2012 school year info. I am moving from Michigan to Marietta and have a choice between ECMS & Marietta Middle. Can u guys give me some factors to help me make the choice please. They both received a 5 score from Great Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

My daughter just finished the 6th grade advanced content classes and she had a wonderful year! The teachers are really involved with the students and making sure they have a good grasp of the materials. Every teacher has an email address and my daughter used them often for any questions that came up during homework time. She is very excited about 7th grade and I am excited for her! Also, there are lots of extracurricular activities available and plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved with the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

My daughter is also in advanced content classes. She has been at East Cobb for both 6th and 7th grade. She loves it and is happier with this group of students, teachers, administrators, and staff than at any other school she is ever attended and it is middle school!!!
—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.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% 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.

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The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

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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.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

396 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.

433 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

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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 Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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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 48% 37%
White 24% 44%
Hispanic 21% 12%
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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  • Tiffany Honore
Fax number
  • (770) 578-2742

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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380 Holt Rd NE
Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: (770) 578-2740

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