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Mcdonough, GA
Students enrolled: 1,202

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210 E Lake Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30252

(678) 583-8978
(678) 583-8580
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May 14, 2015
Union grove is an okay school, but not great. I am a student at UG and I am really bored with all my classes. This is 2015, and we should not still have piles of worksheets. Blended learning is the worst and I really hate it!!!! Lunches are not amazing, and I would rather bring my lunch. And, if you don't have any money on your account they make you THROW AWAY your lunch and get an alternative lunch. The people in the office aren't all that nice to parents either. Overall, I would call Union grove an average school.

- submitted by a community member

April 21, 2014
We moved from NY in Aug 2013. It was a bit of an adjustment for my daughter going into the 6th grade. However her teachers helped her and always keep in contact if they feel she may fall behind. Haven't had any problems with the teachers. She said some students can be mean but never was she bullied.

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April 11, 2014
if you want a true review, it should be from a student.. the ones actually living the school. I hate this school. the staff babies us so much like were 12-15 not 7. we have a stoplight the monitors noise in the cafeteria.. with 300+ people in a room, it'll be pretty loud. and they lock the bathrooms and we have to get passes signed to go anywhere. also, union grove has the worst lockers on this planet. (especially the pe ones) union grove may have good test scores and athletics programs, but school is much more than test scores and athletics. if you want your kids to enjoy their time in middle school, don't send them to union grove.

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December 08, 2013
All 3 of my children have attended UGMS. I was disappointed with their middle school education. They are babied, not trusted to walk to the restroom or classes on their own, and there is no incentive to think creatively; rather they work strictly from books and worksheets. The only class in which they felt challenged was their 8th grade gifted social studies class. As soon as they entered UGHS as honors freshmen they were thrown into VERY rigorous classes ( which I appreciate.) It became very clear that gifted students at UGMS are not pushed to their potential.

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December 03, 2013

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September 27, 2013
u n i o n g r ove middle is the best s w a g g y e t

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February 07, 2012
I have two girls that attend and attended UGMS. My oldest had a decent school experience. My youngest did not, she was bullied by other students, to the point of needing outside help since the counselor advice was "she just has to make it through middle school and it will get better".She was a nice person but the school do not step in to quick unless its a physical threat, words hurt some more than others. Luckily she's almost done and UGHS has been positive for my oldest so far.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2011
This is the second year that my daughter has attended UGMS. She is a good student (A/B Honor roll) but I feel the curriculum is definitely geared toward the standardized testing. She recently missed an extended period of school due to being sick and 3 of her 4 core subject teachers were difficult in working with her to get the materials. She has also had issues with bullying (since last year), which I have contacted various staff (counselor, teachers, principal) from the school directly - with no relief for her. I try to have my kids work on resolving their problems on their own first and only get involved when there is no progress. I am extremely frustrated with the role the staff at UGMS is playing in my child's education and am considering pulling her out of the school.

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March 02, 2010
Great school, academically. Seems to be a problem with the staff adjusting to the changing diversity of the school. And I can't shake the impression I'm getting of some blatant unfairness with the extracurricular activities.

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February 26, 2010
On the surfac the school appears excellent due to testing scores; however, the curriculunm concentrates on testing methods and CRCT subject matter, leaving analytical thinking skills lacking in the core teaching methods. Due to zoning,a large number of forclosures and declining real estate, the schools makeup now includes gang activity which spills over from Union Grove High School.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2010
My son is really happy about going here.There is a lot of fun things to do.It's I'TS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 11, 2009
I am not sure what the parent meant in the June 2008 review. I have lived in the northern counties in the past few years and feel Union Grove Middle School is definately devoted to excellence. This goes far beyond 'teaching to the test'. I'm sure everyone would appreciate the fact that one of the things many people (parents, politicians, etc.) look at are test scores. Like it or not, the public has put this pressure on the school. Union Grove does a fantastic job of preparing its students for the test but they also do an outstanding job of preparing students period. Middle school is a tough age to deal with and the teachers and administrators do a good job of helping these students to be successful. Grades are not an accurate reflection of how good a school is. Straight A's should reflect above average performance on the CRCT.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2009
My child and niece have completed 3 years at this school, and one was in the gifted program. This school and its adminstration are the epitome of 'teaching to the test'. The parents who feel their children were challenged academically may be comparing with other sub-par curricula. The difference between what a gifted 8th grader knows upon leaving Union Grove Middle and what a 'regular' 8th grader knows leaving most schools in Cobb, Gwinnett, Fayette, and North Fulton is wide and embarassing. Every school is unique, even within each district, and if Henry is your choice I implore you to check out Ola or Woodland. If you want your children to know more than what it takes to do well on a test that has been proven to be less challenging than 42 of the remaining 49 state exams, consider another county. UGHS has it together, UGMS does not.

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September 18, 2008
I can not say enough good things about this school. Both of my children went through and were challanged academically. If either one of them had problems understanding anything, the teachers were more than willing to help by meeting before or after school. They had no problem passing the CRCT, which many students in the state did. I feel they were prepared very well to adjust to going to the high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 03, 2008
My kids were in private school since they were 3 years old and started UGMG last year (7th grade). I am very happy with the curriculum and the elective course they offer. I feel my kids are challenged academically.

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August 03, 2008
I would have to disagree with the previous reviews. I have had children in this school for the past 8 years. The diversity of the school has changed a little bit but the academic expectations and teacher quality have remained very high. I have been to all of the other schools in the county for athletic events, etc. Union Grove is the most inviting as well as the cleanest school in the entire county. In addition, results on the CRCT indicate something over there is being done that is right. They are consistently at the top

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 18, 2008
I agree with the first review. The first few years of UGMS were banner years; the 'best' teachers in the county all wanted to transfer to this new school and a great many of them did. But that was then . . . things are not as great as they once were. My daughter attended UGMS all her middle school years, while my son attended two years before the new Woodland Middle School opened. By far, his grades and attitude are much better at Woodland than UGMS. I've chaperoned field trips for his 8th grade class and find the teachers are very respectful of the students and the students respond in kind. I found many teachers at UGMS were there more to enforce rules, rather than teach.

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Union Grove Middle School
210 E Lake Rd, Mcdonough, GA  30252
(678) 583-8978
Last modified Union Grove Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Union Grove Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top