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Powder Springs, GA
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637 Williams Lake Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127

(770) 443-4835
(770) 439-1672
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March 08, 2015
My oldest just left DMS this past spring. Like most parents with a rising 6th grader I was nervous. The teachers in 6th grade provided a wonderful beidge to acclimate both our child and his worrisome parents. The staff at Dobbins is amazing. Dr Ross is a true gentleman and firm as Principal. We were luckynto have amazing teachers throughout the three years. Just to name a few stars..Vinson, Stokes, Pittman, and Likens. My child is now at Hiram HS and I feel confident that he was completly prepared to enter HS. THANK YOU DOBBINS STAFF!!!

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March 03, 2015
This school is horrible, they treat you like kindergardeners and make you walk on the right side of a line and at lunch, make you sit with your class, dumb people, always pushing and stealing your stuff and teachers don't care... THEY YELL AT THE STUDENTS AND ACT LIKE THEYRE YOUR PARENT, the students have been through 9 years of school just to be treated like a 4 y/o, I highly do not recommend this school, they give too much work and no time to do it

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May 29, 2014
I would totally recommend this to anyone as a parent! The Principal is real great! (Although their cafeteria food needs improvement! get complaints from my child all the time) ( -:

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September 27, 2013
My son loves Dobbins. He is in the 7th grade this year and all his teachers have been great!

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September 08, 2013
I am a student at J.A Dobbins Middle School and I love it there. We learn lots of cool stuff and different ways to do it. The teachers are really nice but very strict. Remember you do come to school to learn not goof off though. I am a sixth grade honors student and it is very fast paced. The last thing I want to tell you is that the food is a major improvement for those of you wondering, and yes every Friday is BIG DADDY PIZZA!!!!I I would recommend this school to anybody.

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March 31, 2013
I like Dobbins Middle School staff and Principal very please. I appreciate the teachers really caring about my child education and working with us at home in order to achieve his educational goal. Also, the teachers take a strong interest in my child and all the children education. GREAT SCHOOL!!!!

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May 30, 2011
This school is the best school my children have ever attended I have an 8th grader and a 7th grader who attend this school and the techers are awesome they have many friends they have so much fun learning.

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February 01, 2011
I would not say it is the worst school, but far from the best. My child has had a problem with bulling and they do address it but not long and hard enough. I no they can only do so much but this matter is getting out of control and if your child gets in trouble one time they stay on the list and everything is there falt from now on .The tracher are great very caring and im pleased there , but the principal i dont care for . i am realy thinking about my 5th greader that will go there next year . i think about just moving the kids to another school in hopes they can learn without the bulling .

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April 27, 2010
This school is so disorganized. I get calls from an autimated system stating my kid is not in school when they are and also it does not specify a name so if you have two kids in that school, you will not know which they are talking about. The rules are so grey. I guess it depends on if the teacher likes you because my daughter has had dress code violations from the teachers she has the most trouble with but been sent to the principal Dr Ross for him to say its okay, but yet just a day ago, my child was not allowed to eat lunch and had to sit in ISS for a new pair of jeans thus never ate. All over a pair of jeans with legging underneath in which the principal said was fine. I could go on and on. I have seen so much

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April 04, 2010
My daughter has been going to Dobbins for about a year now. My husband and I like it a lot. Our daughter has great grades all A's and is in all advanced classes. The teachers are great!

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March 10, 2010
My child has been at Dobbins now for nearly a year. She has to sit in classes all day with no PE, and no breaks. It is very stressful for her as she is an active child and since they took pe away from her, her grades have dropped somewhat. Talking with the staff won't help either because they will tell you a computer picks their classes and there is nothing they can do if they don't get PE. I think they need to offer some kind of physical activity to all children when they have to go to school to nearly 4 pm every day! Also, the parents of the students are not friendly and will not speak to you, even if they know you from previous schools. Not a friendly area. The office area is a little disorganized.

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April 01, 2009
I love dobbins. I have only been there for 1 year and im in love with them. The teachers are mainly on the crct topic but thats great. The food is nice but i little gross some days. Overall its a great school and im so saad i have to leave :(

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February 19, 2009
Im a 7th grade Student at dobbins. and everything is great there. I have been at dobbins for 2 years and The teachers get the stundents ready for the future. If you do go to dobbins and your child is falling its only cause they are not paying attention to the school work. Now i had some trouble but my teachers worked one on one with me and we figured out what my problem was so that is why J.A. Dobbins Middle School is a great school!!!!

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February 06, 2009
Dobbins Middle is a very good school... there may be a fight or so often but thats barely ever AND the teachers are WONDERFUL!!!

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February 04, 2009
I am a eight grade student of dobbins and I have gone there for three years. I feel that dobbins is focusing on some of the unimportant things in a stuents life. We recently recieved two new large flat screen tvs that have been put in the cafeteria. They are used for showing announcements or 'shout outs' This seems unnesary when we have absolutly no funding for the fine art programs. The school has held over three fundraisers. This may seem like a solution but during these hard times there is less and less of an opertunity for the stundents to make the sales. It has gotten to the point where there is so little funding that the teachers have little to no paper. The school's curiculum is focused almost entirely on the crct. This may seem rational but stundents cant retain information if they are barley challenged.

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January 20, 2009
Dobbins is a well school. It's not a great school and in certain issues I would not prefer this school to students. The teachers are very nice and some are stern. This school have a lot of unnecessary and not enough things that students really need. This school is really good but it needs more improvements.

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November 19, 2008
I have read some of the comments and I agree with some and then there are those whom I do not. One of my concerns have been challenging the students more. Homework has been limited for my child also. I think I have notice a big difference this year as far as communication of programs such as A/B honor roll receptions that we received last year. I feel more parent volunteering is needed

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November 13, 2008
I am a student at dobbins middle school,and i believe that a lot of parents have under estamated this school. they dont just teach the stuff to you but they make it fun to learn.i also agree that the spanish teacher (mrs.thomas is wonderful) i highly reccomend for your kid to go there.

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October 16, 2008
Ok, the last time I tried to post, it was declined because it was said I was expressing opinions not facts, so I will watch what I say and see if this post is published. Dobbins Middle School was a wonderful school 2 years ago. It had a phenomanal principal with vision and dreams for the students; a caring and motivated staff; and a great PTA. Now the staff seems to be 'down' all the time with no comradory or 'spirit'. The students complain and alot say they aren't happy there. I personally do not like the way things are being run there, but that is my opinion. However, I can say there is a significent difference and change since the new administrator took over. So, with that said, parents, please check out things a little more thoroughly, you may find out things you didn't know.

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October 14, 2008
this school is so gret i am a 8th grader for the 2008-09 year ists so great the teachers r nce and r always willin 2 help u this is the best middle skool in paulding county ive even heard adults say that!

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October 14, 2008
Dobbins is an excellent school. My child has been there for 3 years and the are excellent. The teachers do their jobs. There is more diversity at the school also. Lastly, the principle Dr. Ross and Mr. Reuss are excellent administrators. Now they are a tad picky about little stuff but their methodology is to stop the little things before they become big things. They love when parents get involved with what is going on with their students. You can call them or email them. Plus the teachers are always open to communication. So although I sometimes complain about phone calls about petty stuff (such as my child rolling her eyes are getting loud at lunch) I do appreciate their direct approach to handling 'any issues' that could cause a disruption at the school. Excellent school where teachers are safe and students are safe..simply because the administrations 'cares'.

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October 12, 2008
My child attends DMS. A childs education is only as good as the parents involvement. Speak to your child and their teachers. Utilize the grade viewer. A teacher can only do so much in the short time they are given.

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October 09, 2008
My child has struggled since he has been in the 6th grade. Now in 7th. I feel he was pushed through last year when he was failing they always found ways for him to boost his grade. Now in the 7th the only time you hear from anyone is if there is a behavior issue. As long as he sits there with his mouth shut you hear from no one but he can be failng and never know that unless 'YOU'the parent look at the grade viewer. Why are these teachers not taught to discipline themselves? And why do they not have the courtesy to let you know your child is having difficulty. Is the idea to push them through so that they don't have to deal withthem the following year? Seems so to me.

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February 29, 2008
This school is one of the worst middle schools in Paulding County. For this reason I had to move my child out of this school. Please don't let you child suffer the consequences of attending this school. TAKE MY WORDS IT IS TURE.

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May 26, 2005
I am actually a student at DMS and i dont think that these parents are giving Dobbins any credit! The teachers there are nice and extremely willing to help us with any problems or challenges we face. I'm in eigth grade and am not excited about leaving DMS, but i think it is preparing me for the future. Our new principal is doing a great job of making us eager to learn!

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February 02, 2005
My child is a student at Dobbins, I feel that the school isn't prperly preparing the kids for the future. The school need to get the parents and community more involved. Yes we should asked some of the community business to allow our kids an opportunity to work, so they can obtain some skill. This kind of program will help enhance the children schooling. I understand that teachers can't dothis alone, I hope that we can build a rapport to enhance ourchildren future. I feel that we had some excellence instructors, we just need to channel our energy towards success. We can build a super team, I feel that the resources are at our fingers tips. I need to start supporting, but just don't how or where?

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December 14, 2004
I have mixed feelings about this school. The staff has been very kind and I have no complaints about them. My concern has been that my child has not been pushed education wise. She has less than an hour of homework per night but she is making fairly good grades. When I met with her counselor he was 'very nice' but no resolution to the problem other than her going to school and hour early to work with teachers. My question is: Work with them on what? I need her to be more challenged. It is great that the staff and teachers are friendly but I need my daughter to get prepared for High School and College!!! Alicia R. Baker

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May 12, 2004
My son has been at Dobbins for 2 years and it has been horrible. I have had to go up there at least every couple of weeks to talk with administrators that do absolutely nothing to help a parent that cares. I have a good kid that has always made straight 'A's and I am very involved in all aspects of his life. I am seriously thinking of home schooling him next year as well as his brother who will be there in two years. It has been the worst experience of my life!

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April 26, 2004
My son is an 8th grade student at Dobbins and I am please with the teachers he's had over the past 3 yrs.. I can only hope that the teachers at Hiram H.S. are as open and accessible to us as parents. My son's spanish teacher for the past 2 yrs. (7 & 8 grades) has been wonderful as she has needs to win a golden award for her skills and her willingness to teach. Thaks for all you do, Tonie

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April 22, 2004
My child has been at Dobbins for 3 years. We have really enjoyed it. The staff is very appoachable. They are truely all about the kids. I don't think we could have had a better middle school experience. I really hate that she will be leaving at the end of the year. We will be moving on to high school this Fall.

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April 02, 2004
I had 2 children who went to Dobbins. One had a wonderful experience because it was before the school became so overcrowded. The other had a horrible experience. Neither of my children are behavior problems, they are both bright honor roll students. I agree with another reviewer, there are several wonderful teachers there. However, the school is so incredibly overcrowded that just getting from class to class in an event. And behavior problems go unnoticed because it is too hard for the staff to see everything that goes on when the halls are so packed. If I had it to do over again, I would have never let my youngest child go to school there.

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October 05, 2003
I just wanted to let all of you parents know, that J.A. Dobbins Middle School is great! My child has attended this school for two years, and she loves it! The teachers are kind; that is always nice to hear, right? Well, I hope you guys enjoy Dobbins as much as we do.

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J. A. Dobbins Middle School
637 Williams Lake Rd, Powder Springs, GA  30127
(770) 443-4835
Last modified J. A. Dobbins Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
J. A. Dobbins Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top