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Union Grove Middle School

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted December 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

LOVE THIS SCHOOL I JUST WISH THE REZONING WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE. IT'S SAID KIDS WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THERE FRIENDS AND A GREAT SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 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


Posted 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.
—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.

328 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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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

344 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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school 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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school 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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

410 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.

382 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 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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The state average for U.S. History was 73% 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
White 63% 44%
Black 28% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Tom Moreland
Fax number
  • (678) 583-8580

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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210 E Lake Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30252
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