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Simpson Middle School

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Posted July 31, 2014

This upcoming year will be my 5th year as a Simpson parent. Over the years, I have seen the school go through some enhancing physical changes: the addition of science labs, the addition of a music wing, and the transformation of the old music space into a beautiful cafeteria. The teachers appreciate these changes and make sure that they are utilized to the max. Simpson welcomes 6th graders and supports their academic and personal growth until they leave 8th grade (more than well-prepared) for high school. Classwork is challenging, and the teachers are more than willing to help students before and after school. Between music, PE, the arts, and technology, there is something for everyone at Simpson. The environment is warm and friendly, and the administration welcomes parent input. The big plus for me, as a parent, is that I feel my kids are in a "professional learning environment". Academics are the priority, with extras built into the program to make school appealing and enjoyable. There is an active PTSA and Foundation, which welcome parent volunteers. Whether you have two hours to give per week, or just once a year, your involvement is always welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

My son is a sixth grader in Simpson Middle School. He really enjoys his classes and your teachers. They have a great anti-bullying program and the staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Simpson is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Great school teachers go above and beyond to make sure there is no room for failure in learning. They have a open door to kid coming early, and staying after school to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My child has been at Simpson Middle School for the past 3 years. During that time he has made some good friends and received an excellent education where the teachers challenge him daily. As he is in AC classes the teachers expect these students to step up and stretch themselves and while doing so really learn. Teachers are very friendly and always willing to lend extra help by before school sessions where students can ask questions and get any extra help. The school principle is very open for 1:1 discussions with any parents and takes an active interests in fitting the students in with the right teachers and class levels. The school was just ranked top 5 in Cobb County and that goes to show the dedication of the principal and staff have to furthering the students education. Overall, with parent evolvement your student will thrive in this school and we are very happy with this school. The PSTA is also very active and there are many opportunities to get involved and become part of the success of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Simpson Middle School in Marietta is a very challenging school for all middle school students willing to put the effort needed in to get a good education out. I feel it is outstanding in delivering a strong education with talented staff for those you desire the best in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

this schools teachers do not respect the students. the princibles are horrible and the dress cod is outrages. the rule is no bottoms higher than 3 inches above theknee, a student was sent home by the princeible himself even though her shorts were only 1 INCH ABOVE THE KNEE!! my youngest child will not be attending simpson. "gag"


Posted January 19, 2012

Simpson is a great school! You should be so proud to go to Simpson!!!Have fun at Simpson!!


Posted January 9, 2012

Some teachers are great, but some are very partial and the Principal does not care about what happens in the classrooms and has openly told one of our friends that he has no control over what happens in the classrooms. Girls are treated better than boys and i came to know about a particular 7th grade science teacher that does lot of favors ( even in grades) to one of her students who was in her 6th grade class also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

This school hardly meets my expectations. My straight A student has consistent D's and F's in 8TH grade AC Science as well as all her peers. When I confronted Mr. Bristow, he explained that he was not concerned because middle school grades don't count. I say get rid of teachers who don't care because my child's self esteem does count.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

Seventh grade teachers are par excellence.Teaching is a passion for each of the AC as well as 7/8 classes,apart from the 20-30 years of subject expertise they bring to our students. They not only focus on high grade achievement, but also on overall learning,study skills,self discipline and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2009

Mr. Bristow, the new principal is great and has really brought the best out of me. I am a seventh grader taking seventh and eighth grade advanced classes. After homeroom I begin my day in the advanced orchestra. Next period I go to a different connection. We go to business, P.E., art, band, orchestra, and facs. Throughout the day I learn much for later test using my teachers vast knowledge of the subject that they teach. Even-though my parents arn't as involved others are. Mine and many other parents have joined the see foundation and the ptsa/pta. We are able to also join the running club, chess club, news team, builders club, yearbookteam, and much more. With all of the fun we are equally disciplened. The fun is set to a limit. The school is in great balance.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2009

Simpson is great. It has a great learning enviroment and all the teachers are really nice. I am in 8th grade now and I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

My daughter had a fairly good experience at Simpson. The one area that needs improvement is the Science program. Her sixth grade teacher took up half the period talking about her personal life and her eighth grade teacher could not discipline the class. Orchestra was wonderful as was her Spanish class. Atmosphere was not as down to earth as her elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I have three kids at Simpson. Two daughters in 7th grade and a son in 8th grade. My son is in the Target program and is preparing to go to Lassiter H.S. in the Fall. He is in all advanced classes and he is in Orchestra. He is sailing through, and he does not really feel like he is being challenged. My two girls are on IEPs. They both have ADHD and I have had a very positive experience with the meetings, staff, and teachers. I feel their needs are being met. They are both on A/B Honor Roll. My son goes back and forth between Straight A and A/B Honor Roll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

I'm a student at simpson and i love it. I learn alot and i have fun during the lessons ( most times ). Everyone is nice, and most of the teachers are good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2007

This was my daughter's first and last year as an 8th grader at Simpson. Clearly, we were apprehensive to make such a change at this critical time. She is an all A honor student, and we were concerned that the faculty wouldn't know enough about her background to make the most of it. Boy, were we wrong! Simpson is an amazing school. The faculty sets very high standards and are there to offer support to those who seek it. I was impressed with the communication to parents (through e-mail) that came from faculty. This was a very academically challenging year--and it should have been as we prepare for HS. One thing that intrigued me was the way instructors 'blended' academic areas in certain assignments. I was also impressed with the number of team oriented projects--so important to learn how to learn together. Simpson Middle also has wonderful, fun school spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

The enviorment is amazing. It's such a great place to learn. My daughter moved here just about a year ago and the instructors and faculty were just so nice. So were the kids! They're all really bright children and Simpson is a great place to grow and mature from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

The teachers are great, the principal is amazing, and my kids feel like they can really succeed! Thanks Simpson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

I have one child with a learning disability that is currently attending Simpson. I am an educator and I have found their SST process confrontational and not parent/student friendly. I actually felt the SST process quickly became unnecessarily adversarial. That being said, after support services were in place, my child has done very well. I have found the teaching and support staff to be excellent. I am particularly pleased with the inclusion model they are using. They have offered clearly well planned and creative assignments that integrate skills among subjects. They consistently use excellent teaching strategies that support all students. I have found the staff to be very invested in the students.
—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.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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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

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

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The state average for Science was 85% 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.

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 78% 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.

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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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The state average for Economics was 79% 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
White 69% 44%
Black 12% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

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 psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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

School Leader's name
  • Andy Bristow
Fax number
  • (770) 971-4507

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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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.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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3340 Trickum Rd NE
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: (770) 971-4711

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