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Ola Middle School

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Posted June 17, 2013

My daughter started Ola Middle in 6th grade. That year was a good school year. This past school year she was bullied throughout the school year. The new principle Mrs. Truitt didn't do anything about it until we got the board of education involved. My daughter wasn't the first child that has been harassed in the school. We have met other parent that have had issues with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

Ola Middle has some of the greatest teachers in the county. My son is a product of Henry Co schools and is doing very well. I have been very happy with the education he has gotten so far. He is now preparing for high school and is taking 5 college prep courses. We moved to Ola for the schools and are very glad we did... to be honest if you are so unhappy with the schools, rent your house and try another school system. Seems might strange to me OMS is rated one of the top 1,000 public schools in the NATION and parents still find something to complain about. I have no complaints and neither does my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

Ola is a terrific school. The teachers are top notch and work incredibly hard to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed. Many of the negative reviews on here deal with things that are completely beyond the school's control. Textbooks are adopted at the county level. Due to state budget cuts, no schools have math or ELA textbooks for students to take home. Bullying is taken seriously, and the counselors do an incredible job. The fine arts program here is top notch. All three of my children have gone to Ola and I have been exceedingly happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

If your child is being bullied DO NOT EXPECT IT TO STOP! My child suffered broken bones and the school gave the child a 3 day suspension. The teachers are a huge part of the bullying problem. Certain ones will even tell the kids "go ahead and tell..who will the school board believe..a teacher or you?" Even after a complaint to the principal nothing is being done. So disappointed we wasted money on a house in this district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

OMS is a horrible school. They don't have textbooks for any of the grades..My children haven't had a math textbook in 3 years. Bullying is huge there and when you address it it gets swept under the rug. I agree with another parent that your child is considered guilty before they have heard the childs side. My kids have went there 3 years and the asst. principle doesn't even know they're names. We were in a meeting with her and she kept calling my son by a different name. As she told him that she didn't believe his side of the story. Horrible school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

I was warned but I just couldn't imagine it really being true. Unfortunately, I have to agree that yes there is some severe racism at the Ola Schools. Intresting enough some of the racism is against the same race. Over the years my children have attended Unity Grove, New Hope and now Ola Middle. Ola is an entirely new ball game. The office staff has attitudes, the administrators and teachers have NO respect for the children. A child can be tried and convicted before they have even had a chance to tell their side of the story. Yesterday, were basketball tryouts for the 7th grade girls. Tryouts ended at 6pm. By 6:25 the results were posted. No way a fair assesment was given to all the girls in 25 minutes. The team was selected before tryouts even began. My child is in 7th grade and only has 1 text book. She must rely on notes given by a teacher in order to learn. My daughter is comfortable with her environment and her friends but my younger two will be attending private school next year. I do not reccomment OLA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I have to agree with all previous reviews. I have to much trouble at this school with bullies for both of my children. Even when the teachers are informed nothing is done. When the pricipal was informed he could have cared less. If I would have known what I know now I would not have moved in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Glad to rate this school as a negative. My oldest went here in 2007 as a 7th grader. With just a slight learning disability which could be overcome with help. The whole school, teachers, counselors coddled him to where he was not challenged. When we talked to the teachers and counselors at the end of the year we explain he need more structure for coming back for 8th grade. Mind you I was deployed to the Middle East for most of my sons years in 7th & 8th grade. My wife is no slacker either. She was in there almost weekly asking why all the teachers were letting my son coast and not preparing him for high school. He did receive passing grades just so that they would not have to deal with him next year as a repeat. But we ended up holding him back any way and transferred him to Locust Grove Middle School that opened in 2009. He was not the only child that repeated 8th grade from Ola. At least 2 others from Ola transferred from Ola to Locust Grove to repeat 8th Grade to get ready for High School. Because Ola didn't help and just passed the buck. Please think and re-think about any school that cannot help children with slight or any learning disability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

it was a good school, before Mrs.Bellhodge came. she teached the kids about Muslims, Koran and all this uninteresting stuff. My son is German, believes in god and he have to learn over 2 semesters about the Muslims. Something went wrong on this school. I loved the former principal more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

ola is great a wonderfull school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Ola Middle has an excellent music program. My son loves it! It gives him a new passion for life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

I love it the teachers are great mrs. Moore, mrs. Reed ,mrs.Beasly, mr.Chamber 804 is the best team ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2009

Ola middle school is the best i love it i have been going her for 3 years omg and every year been great i will like to say go team 801 eight grade mrs collins mrs gardnier mrs godbee mrs kimball go 801
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

i love this school, the teachers are great.Mrs.Henry,Mrs. Gardnier,Mrs.Collins,and Mrs.Kimball are the greatest they are very nice and they make the greatest friends. They make u feel welcome. they dont have fav.s. we are all equal. we are just like their other kids. this is one of the best school. we are all active we will first place all the time. Mrs.Jones make us fell like we are all great. We have the best clubs like: animal lovers club, chess club. they are all fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

I am a 7th grade student at ola and i just think that the school is way to over crowded and that walking outside in certain weather conditions is just not right for some of the students, which includes me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2008

I am an 8th grader at Ola middle and I love it. They have their ups and their downs but over all its realy good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2008

This is my first Ever time in a public school system (I am in 7th grade) and am loving OMS! It is fun, and the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

They pretend to be kind in the eyes of parents but when you go there to see them learn the teachers are just mocking the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

My daughter attended 8th grade at OMS when in its first year open and it was a superior experience for her. Ms. Long, Ms. Henry, Mrs. Gardiner, and Mrs. Kimble are superior teachers. The created a 'family' and 'team' learning environment for their students. They made learning fun and were creative in captivating each student in the process. Ms Jones, the prinicipal, managed OMS with class nd professionalism. She made a point to be available to every student, teacher and parent. She maintained a safe and fun learning environment for every student. The last day of school my daughter was in tears because she would miss the school and teachers she grew to love so dearly. My younger daughter will be attending OMS next year and we are so excited. I would highly recommend this school for your children. All of the Ola Schools are wonderful.
—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.

367 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.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

373 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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

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Reading

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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

357 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.

381 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

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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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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 73% 44%
Black 18% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Joe Landerman

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

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  • Drama
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353 N Ola Rd
Mcdonough, GA 30252
Phone: (770) 288-2108

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