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West Chatham Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1035 students

 

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Posted July 18, 2014

this school is horrible teachers are rude and disrespectful to the kids yet expect the kids to respect them the bulling is aweful but when you ask the school they say there is no bulling in there school also the bathrooms stay locked they are only allowed to go when teachers take them so little girls have to suck it up
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

This literally the worst school in Georgia. I attended for my 6th grade year and it was awful. The students were out of control, the bullying was horrible, and the teachers did nothing about it.


Posted October 24, 2013

This school has wonderful teachers who have high expectations of ALL students- even ones with "special needs." No, they don't coddle, and they do expect ALL students to try their best. Students who have been enabled their whole lives will not do well--especially if the teachers are not supported by the parents. Parents, if you do your child's homework for them, or allow them to not even try on assignments that might be too hard, then you should keep your child home to homeschool them. WCMS is not the place for you. The teachers are NOT bullies-- they do push the children to do their best. Sometimes the child (but more often, their PARENTS) can't handle the expectations set forth by the teachers... and they won't be able to handle the expectations of society. Even children with 'special needs' are expected to TRY to work to their ability level. No child is allowed to sit around, talk back, do nothing, and distract others-- all under the guise of "I can't do this, so I don't have to try!"


Posted October 22, 2013

The majority of the teachers at this school are terrible. The good ones are few and far between. The students are misbehaved and there is no control of the classroom. My special needs child who has always loved school was bullied by one of his teachers to the point where he hated going to school every day. I am so glad that we no longer have to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

West Chatham Middle school is a good school. It like all schools have their problems, but look what the students have accomplished. They try to expose the students to many cultures, they challenge them in Math and science areas. They try to always encourage them to do their best.


Posted August 6, 2013

Many parents from other middles schools are insisting that their children be bussed to WCMS. They must be doing something right! New principal is great! However, he doesn't kowtow to anyone, but is consistent and fairl
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2012

GREAT JOB WCMS!!!!! We have made many gains this year at WCMS. Our test scores have increased tremendously this academic. This is contributed to a great Administration staff and dedicated teachers and stafff. Most of all the credit goestothe students who come to school willing to learn and performing to their highest capability when it counts. WAY TO GO!!! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 2012

West Chatham Middle has many top-notch teachers who care about the students and are passionate about their subject area. The atmosphere of the school is generally upbeat and positive. The hallways showcase a myriad of exemplar student work. The principal genuinely cares about the students, teachers, and staff. I enjoy teaching at WCMS.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2012

West Chatham Middle school is a good school with excellent programs. It is not perfect, but I know that the teachers and administrators work very hard to make the children successful. It is important for parents to get involved with the school to help make a difference. Teachers and administrators can not do it alone. It takes a village to raise a child. Children are definitely our future. Parents that have a concern need to speak with the teacher or an administrator. The problem can and will be solved.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 28, 2011

I am actually a student here and thoroughly disappointed with the horrible conduct and profanity used in all of my classes. When i was in seventh grade, i requested to switch teams because of the dispicable behavior and my teacher yelled at me for no reason. They teacher who yells at me lied and said that she doesnt recall that happening and i was not allowed to move. This year, not only did they cut out the gifted program, I supposedly have a teachers that are gifted certified but everything is too easy for me and students in my class are still stuck on the subject. Slow-paced lessons cause me to get used to going slow paced lessons which is the last thing i want. I am a gifted student and i am very disspointed at the new schedule changes. Not only did i request a team change during the second week of school, i also asked right before christmas break. The second meeting was with all of my teachers and my mom. They said that they do not have the power to change my team and they wouldnt if they could (because they "enjoy" me). This was the SAME reason given to me last year. I AM THOROUGHLY DISSAPOINTED.


Posted August 23, 2011

not happy with the fact that this school has cut down to only one connections class now, so a student who is in band can't take art or p.e.? And they cut the gifted program all together? What are my tax dollars going to? Having a gifted certified teacher teach a class mixed with all kinds of students is a huge disadvantage to those gifted students. They could at least put them all in the same class and teach on a different pace. My biggest fear is that my child is going to "dumb down" to less than average because of the school's inability and lack of funds to teach him on the level he needs and deserves to be taught on. And I hear that parent participation and volunteering is not something that this administration welcomes. It is only day 3, but so far I am seeing teachers that act like they are glorified babysitters and "it aint their problem". Not all of the ones I have met, but more than I would like to know! I hope I am wrong but NOT impressed right now :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

People are missing the whole point of West Chatham Middle School. Besides what they make us do in the cafeteria or how the bathrooms may look. At the end of the day what matters is that we all come to school to learn not make friends or fit in with the crowd or talk back and or distrupt our public learning enviorment. But to do or work, learn something new each day,and be proud of the decisions we make no matter if it means taking a risk or makeing a mistake knowing along the well learn from it. If it wasnt for the teachers and the students around me in West Chatham i wouldnt be able to stand on my on two feet and learn to do things for my self and be and independent person. So i thank West Chatham for giving me the best two going on three years of my life in middle school. Thank You West Chatham
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2011

Not a great school! In the recent three years incidents of student and teacher misbehavior have continued to skyrocket. The school is not well kept inside and often my child complains of the filthy bathrooms and she is made to pass a dirty clorox wipe down her lunch table every day. She is not happy with the huge numbers of students in her connections classes. She complains that they never do anything because the teacher is fussing at the bad kids. This happens througout the day and she was nervous about passing her CRCT. She feels like the school principal shows favoritism because she has seen her teacher crying after being verbally reprimanded about her dress when she watches other teachers wear 6 inch heels and corset tops in their classrooms. If we could afford private school my family and many others in the community would go in a hurry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

We have had good experiences here. The teachers are willing to help. I get phone calls,if my daughter seems to be struggleing with something. Dr. caughman was my now highschoolers math teacher when she was in middle school. Nothing gets past him. Tough teacher,but,challenges the students,and wants them to learn. Great school sports,especially soccer. As far as the children staying with the same group of children all day, is untrue. they have other classes that they have chose .electives. So, anyway we are happy. Although i think that the princ. could be more involved and intune with the students,and parents. But, the teachers a great. Also, my elementry daughter has the same OT as westchatham. She is wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

a very clean and friendly school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

I have a son at this school. I love the way that parent involvement is. We get phone calls when something is going on. When my son is having problems the teachers are calling me and willing to stay after school to help him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

I have many problems with this school. 1)There is a terrible lunch! That might have to taken up with the school board, though. 2)Very strict restrictions. If a student does not have an ID for one day, that student gets an alert letter! 3)Any student who needs to use the bathroom can only go during class breaks. The teacher is breaking the 'rule' if they allow the student to go. 4)My student's bookbag weighs about 20 lbs. with only the required items! This is way to heavy, there should be lockers for their health safety. 5)The sixth and 7th grade students stay with the same group of children all day long just as in elementary school. The students need to socialize somewhat. This helps their charisma. 6)The students do NOT get fresh air throughout the schoolday. There should at least be one short break for them. ONce again, it would provide social time. Perhapsastudyhallwouldhelp.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

347 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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

327 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 94% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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53%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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92%

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90%

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92%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

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54%

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40%
Social Studies

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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62%

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52%

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48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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67%

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57%

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About the tests


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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% 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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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Physical Science

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
Black 43% 37%
White 42% 44%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

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

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Troy Brown
Fax number
  • (912) 748-3669

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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800 Pine Barren Rd
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