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6-8
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Marietta, GA
Students enrolled: 1,274
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855 Woodlawn Dr NE
Marietta, GA 30068

(770) 578-2710
(770) 578-2712
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August 26, 2014
I have a 7th grader at Dickerson and we are very happy with the school and the educational opportunity offered here. We moved to the area for the schools and he started at Dickerson last year as a 6th grader. Knowing almost no one in school along with all the other distractions of being a 6th grader, my son got off to a slow and slightly rocky start. All of his teachers responded with a great show of support for him and our family and very soon my son was back on track. He carries a full load of Advanced Curriculum coursework and is off to a great start to 7th grade. I only hope the school and staff is as wonderful when my younger son who is on level arrives at Dickerson next year.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2014
The most pathetic school of them all. My younger brother went this school, and he was actually abused by the teachers, and the principle did not move an inch to stop this. Rather she wanted to protect the school, and so she let the bullying continue. This school does not care about children it only cares about the rating it is given. I hope there is a leadership change, and this school truly lives up its responsibility within the community.

- submitted by a community member

May 23, 2014
My son just finished up his 6th grade year at Dickerson and overall it has been a positive experience. He took all AC classes and although the work was challenging at times, it was not overwhelming. It does take discipline on both the parent and student to make sure work is completed, but it doesn't interfere with sports or other activities. All of his teachers kept updated blogs which made it easy to check on assignments and tests. The administration is very approachable and easy to talk to about concerns. A small incident with another student was taken care of immediately. Dickerson is slightly militant, but I would rather that than chaos. There's very little hand holding and my son got a rude awakening when he forgot to turn in an assignment and received a zero. Welcome to real life. I imagine the majority of kids who go through Dickerson do not find high school that difficult.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
My son attends Dickerson. I am glad that we chose this school for his 8th grade year, however it is EXTREMELY challenging and at times I find it to be a "living like the Jones" type environment. For us parents who consider themselves to be average, this school beams with money, popularity, and having the finer things. There is nothing wrong with this but if you're a family whose not financially able to keep up with the demands, this is NOT the school for you. Luckily we are very "able" but I think it takes away from teaching the students to be humble and focus on succeeding. The band (which my son participates in) is very good and there a alot of talented students. The teachers and admins are all very polite and care for the students. Not a whole lot of negative things to say, but I would've have liked to have seen more diversity among the students and staff...

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2013
To say the least, I did not enjoy my years at Dickerson. However, I'm glad I went through the Dickerson experience. I did not regret doing so. I found that there were only a selected few teachers I felt I could trust as a child. Because of this, I became friends with those who I had previously disliked in elementary school, and those who I had already befriended formed even stronger connections with me. I learned a lot at Dickerson, but I still feel like they pushed us too hard. I couldn't enjoy my subjects, and the teachers droned on and on - just looking at a textbook made me want to run away. I never felt supported by anyone but friends and family. In my experience, a student should feel like they can feel connected to their school. To Dickerson, I didn't. Once I got to 8th, my hair had begun to turn white. My doctor said it was from stress, so my mother transferred me to a different school. I don't think Dickerson deserves it's current "Best School in Atlanta". It will get you far, but the stress is ridiculous, and no student should have to go through that without so much as a choice of their own.

- submitted by a community member

July 06, 2013
I'm a student at this school, and have been since 6th grade. All I can say is that they need to really, REALLY, work on discipline, talking, pushing people in the halls, the teachers and their attitudes, heavy homework and studying, gossiping, connections, acceptance, and the school overall. Their "good" reputation is kept by parents that are doctors and lawyers. They need to have more clubs too, for people that aren't so physically involved. You know, it needs to be a school to everyone, not to cheerleaders and football players. I feel bad for the people that go to this school, at least the average kids. If you don't have straight A's and a group, it's hard. They need to be bringing out the talents in students, not just those popular few, but the kids who aren't looked at everyday. I'm currently going to 8th grade, and it's been a hard run for me so far. I hope that they let off the academics a little bit. I'm not stupid, but I also don't want to be working on homework all day. I enjoy other things rather than school sometimes, no, all of the time, since this school is so stressing and pressuring. I don't have 5435 characters to sum it all up, but I'll try to leave you with that.

- submitted by a community member

April 11, 2013
This is indeed a great school. I think that what some individuals here are complaining about is that in this school, academics is not dumbed down to appease the underachievers. If your child is struggling, get them help or help them yourselves. How about taking them off electronics until that D is a B??? Or is that too much work...

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2013
This school is great if you are quick with your work and independent. Teachers do not have time to help everyone in their class, and in subjects like math, I received 2-3 homework sheets with a back and front that are expected to be done by the next morning. Teachers are very kind, but to be honest, if you are not getting A's and B's, they can be a little unfriendly. But, if you are very independent and are fast with your work and earn good grades, this is the perfect school for you. Teachers do not take the necessary precautions to quiet the students down during class, and at least a quarter of the class is bound to be the group that constantly misbehaves. The girls are very gossipy, and once one of them said to my face, "Why are you so cool and why is your sister so weird?". This upset me very much - there are some nasty bullying / gossiping issues that the school needs to fix. The music program is very nice,and the library is a very nice place to work and has lots of reading and learning material. The school has a nice gym and field to play on. I wouldn't recommend this school unless you are an advanced student. If you are a average student like me, you won't survive.

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2012
Love this school! I am thankful we moved to this district for our child. The standards are very high. The overall atmosphere is about academic achievement. If you are looking for an excellent education in a very organized school.....this is the place! Our child is so much happier here than he was at his previous middle school.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2012
We just moved here from California. The school is much harder than what we were used to. so my sons grades have suffered the first quarter but have improved greatly .i have found the teachers to be very caring and attentive. There are help sessions before school if needed. And I can't believe you can see your child's grades on line and even look at his books . Amazing to us from So Cal!! We specifically moved here for this school and have not been disappointed!!

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2012
I have a grandson that goes to this school and I am very dissapointed. He, as a child, did not elect to go here,.his father moved to Cobb Cty and there was no choice. I called the school last year as well as the School Board with the problems that to me are severe, and was told they moved to the wrong countyThey are too busy to deal with his issues and either he wanted to pass or he should just quit and go to a trade school..so if you are not a dr or lawyer or perfect then I would'nt advise anyone to move to this distric He is no longer active and his attire and attitude is so sad and bad now. I know that this is not all the school as he does not have a parent that cares what he does or where he is, but schools use to be full of mentors and people you could look up too. I was as a mentor at his elementary school for 5 years in another district and met the most wonderful teachers/counselors/etc... not here..so beware, they will flat out tell you that if your child is not capable of making A's then they will be disregarded at this school... No kidding...there exact words . they only teach the best!!! Kids can't help where parents move to. So sad

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2012
Something to be aware of: There's a somewhat newer principal here that is apparently not sitting well with the seasoned teachers. This used to be the school that teachers dreamed to be a part of, but there are 8+ leaving at the end of this year. That doesn't bode well.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2011
This school is great if your child is Ivy League bound. Make sure you fight tooth and nail to get them into advanced classes because if they stay on level they will never succeed. The average child here does not survive. The teachers do not all update their blogs nor so they work with you. There is a high standard for advanced students but it seems that the on level classes just simply don't care. The teachers methods are outdated and sometimes inappropriate. I had a child come home and ask why Obama is a tea partier that wants to make us Socialist. The S.S. teacher had apparently gotten on a soap box that day and ranted about our current president. Thanks for molding their young minds Dickerson.

- submitted by a community member

March 23, 2010
I have two children that attended/currently attend Dickerson and I have been very pleased with the school. From my older son's experience, I can say the courses at Dickerson are rigorous and the teachers do not tolerate a mediocre effort. This environment of high expectations allows graduating middle schoolers to easily adjust to the pace of high school. I actually have had new neighbors that moved here for the schools tell me that they wished they had moved here before their children started middle school because they felt Dickerson would have prepared their children far better for Walton.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2009
This school is great. I came in the 7th grade and everyone was welcoming. Socially I am average everyone finds their group.Acandemically it is wonderful. Sometimes teachers are just a little to hard or stirct, but if you are looking into coming to this school; well, you should. It will change your life.

- submitted by a student

April 30, 2009
This is a really great school! I am in the the Gifted Program, and it's amazing. The work is challenging, and they have really capable teachers. There's a lot of homework though.

- submitted by a student
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March 15, 2009
I'm a Student at Dickerson, Best Middle School In Georgia, I'm in 6th Grade, teachers are definatly not strict, amazing lunch, not really, and they have awesome acvtities, parents i would reccomend this school for you, you will be suprised how much your kid will improve

- submitted by a student

March 13, 2009
As parent I can honestly say that it Dickerson Middle School is horrible. It is more like being in a military installation. The kids have no time for anything but studying. It's more like an an Ivy league Middle School. Don't send your kids unless they are absolutly prepared because they will flunk them out without blinking an eye. Some will even suggest that you take you child to a less challenging school. It's hard to believe that its a public school.

- submitted by a parent

December 23, 2008
I'm a student at Dickerson Middle School, and this is probably the best middle school in Georgia, love it, teachers are kind of strict, if you don't turn in your homework, they won't except late work and give you a zero(they give you about 1-2 pages of homework for every class),

- submitted by a student

April 19, 2008
I'm a student at Dickerson, and I think it's a good school. I'm in the Gifted program, and if you want your kid to be in it, prepare them for loads of homework. I suspect it's only to prepare us for high school, and that's a good thing. The only things that students wouldn't like are propably the constant dress cuts, 23 minute lunches, and pretty much no break time except for class changes. Unlike the other posts about 'trashy teen-lit', I think that it's good they let us read what we want. They can't expect us to force us to read something we dislike, and banning books is just discriminating against good writers who want to share their work in a different opinion than strict parents. And anyway, Constitution says we can READ and WRITE whatever we want. So I think it may be strict, but it definitely prepares you.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 29, 2008
I'm a caucasian 8th grader at Dickerson Middle School and I am just starting to appreciate Dickerson. In 6th and 7th grade, I really disliked this school due to the excessive work, strict teachers, and strict rules. But I am now appreciating Dickerson for everything they have done. Just a week ago, all the 8th graders went through high school registration and class placements. I couldn't believe it when i got into an AP class and 2 other honors classes. This is because Dickerson worked me very hard. If you can go through Dickerson without any C's then you are in good shape for the future. This school is the absolute best prepareness for Walton High School. If you go to Dickerson, you will be way ahead of all the Dodgen Middle Schoolers.

- submitted by a student

March 20, 2008
I know its a HUGE school and if you dont have the grades, it wont be long till you have people on your tail. Sure that we dont have the best library but it does have some good books, you just have to find them. But it really is an EXCELLENT school, the work may be hard, but its only to our adavantage. Take this from a student, Its a good school

- submitted by a student

January 28, 2008
Dickerson is a good school. As many below me have said, 'You must have the grades to survive at this school.' I defiantly feel that this school is very hard and many of the teachers are strict, but most are good and understand the students. All three of my children have gone though Dickerson and have progressed and by the 8th grade have made honor roll and continued on to Walton High School with fabulous grades.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 16, 2008
The school is great academically - extremely demanding and thorough. The reading and literature assignments are helpful for writing skills, but there is no emphasis on good literature, and the library is definitely filled with alot of trashy teen lit (as mentioned in another post). My child's reading habits really went down (in quality, not quantity). From Ann of Green Gables before Dickerson, to 'choose your own book, teen oriented' reading, a step down. Also, the lack of recess and freedom was stifling. Arriving at school early meant time spent in the library, with absolutely no talking allowed. At one point they banned talking in the halls during class changes. I think this upper middle class suburbia could handle a little more freedom for these kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2008
School is a great school as long as your child is highly academic and can keep up with lots and lots and lots of homework, or if you can afford extra tutoring to accomodate the education so that your child can have good grades like everyone else. I am somewhat dissappointed in the stressfull time my child with learning dissabilities had for the three years he attended, as this is the first time he was made to feel like an underachiever.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2007
One of the highest-performing public middle schools in the state of Georgia. Honors classes for students who can handle them are great; teachers and staff are professional, well-qualified, have high expectations; kids learn a lot, have to be organized and serious to keep up. Frequently the homework load is heavy. Lots of parental involvement and community support here, though not in the classrooms (parents are encouraged to stay out). Music programs in particular are excellent. Definite Minuses: Only 1 semester of P.E. each year (not enough exercise for growing kids!). Only 20 minutes for lunch, and you must sit with your class, under the gaze of your teacher (jailhouse rules). No recess either, and these kids are lacking a break or some exercise and a chance to briefly socialize at least once during the day. The buses can be rowdy, nothing's done about it, so carpool. Too much trashy teen-lit in library.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2006
I'm an eighth grader at Dickerson. Despite being overrun with cliques, the school is a wonderful experience for any child. My mother is a teacher there, so I am familiar with most of the staff. About 85% of the teachers are friendly, dedicated and understanding--a pretty impressive number. I am enrolled in the Gifted program, which provides fabulous academic opportunities. For the parents of students in need of Special Education: My mother and her friends in the Special Ed. department are possibly the most hardworking of all staff at the school. They generally don't pack up until 6:00 or later, trying to get the excessive amounts of paperwork done. Dickerson is a good school.

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2006
It depends on your child whether this is a good school for them. If your child is a conformist and good at following directions, they should do well.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2006
Dickerson Middle is a phenomenal place for a child to be at. However, they are a little too concentrated on test scores, and may give excessive amounts of homework unreasonable for a middle schooler. Other than that, the academics and the music programs are the greatest, especially the percussion program, and the children are exposed to many wonderful things. Dickerson is a wonderful place to be, and I fully recommend it as a fantasic place to be educated from.

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2006
This is one of the best middle schools in all of Georgia. It is in a affluent area of East Cobb. The biggest thing you have to worry about is the fact that most of the kids there think they should have everything (materially) handed to them on a silver platter. This attitude can be contagious. The academic's are superb!

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
This school is just great in all respects, from the principal on down to the bus drivers. The academics are top notch, though the kids do seem to have an excessive amount of homework. As another reviewer noted, there are a lot of projects, but the kids seem to enjoy doing them and the projects help keep the kids motivated and provide an outlet for their creativity. The kids do a fair amount of writing (at least in 6th and 7th grade), but in my opinion they should be doing even more to get ready for high school. There is 100% parental enrollment in the PTSA and tremendous amount of parental involvement in the school. We took our son out of private school to put him in Cobb County schools, and we couldn't be happier. Great band and orchestra program. School newspaper. Clubs. Everything a kid and parent could want.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2003
My child is a gifted student and this school does have gifted programs but they focus way too much on doing projects. I feel my child is spending too much time coloring and less time on academics compared to other gifted schools in other states. Sometimes we have as much as 3 projects per week and my child is not able to read as much as they did with other schools. I think the school should reduce the project load and focus more on academics. The gifted math teacher Ms. Tom is the best and this class seems to be the best thus far. My suggestion would be to limit the projects because this takes away from the academics of the school, which they are capable of doing better.

- submitted by a parent

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Dickerson Middle School
855 Woodlawn Dr NE, Marietta, GA  30068
(770) 578-2710
Last modified Dickerson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dickerson Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top