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Richmond Hill Middle School

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Posted May 29, 2014

My child has never attended a school that does not include the whole student body in its awards ceremony. Even though this school is pretty on the outside, it lacks effort in promoting equality. If your child has a Educational Service Plan (ESP) this might not be the right school for he/she. RHMS counselor's have the worst attitude when it comes to understanding your child needs and does not listen or work well with parents when developing the best plan for your child. My child was taking honors classes at the previous school, but this school refused to realized it because she has a ESP. Most states have become a part of the Interstate Compact which supports military children transition into their new school. This school does the oppose it. The school counselor called my child previous school and the counselor told her my child earned and was more than capable of continue taking her honor classes. The counselor disregarded the comments and did what she felt was best. I don't know if race plays a role in her attitude, but I felt my child had attended a school that was twenty years behind times. Plant a good seed and it will produce good fruit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

It is amazing.its like a palace and provides amazing education. Everyone knows and is nice to everybody. Teaches go out of their way to help students. Everybody exceeds the standards. I love RHMS because it is an extraordinary school!


Posted August 1, 2013

I agree with most of the comment. They a;; tell the parents "Look at the website" We too are military family and our kids have tired few schools and this by far is the most unfriendly, unsupportive, staff we have ever come accross with. The school looks like a Prison if you know what I mean. Never can speak with the teachers and the Website they are talking about...only one out of the 5 teachers my kid has ever, ever, ever email back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

RHMS is an awesome school. The teachers take extra time to help children who are struggling. Everyone seems to pull together in their time of need and genuinely wan to help them do their best. This is an awesome school system!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

Yes, there are some very poor teachers in every school and there should be more done to find more suitable replacements. That being said, our child's teacher has a website that is a wealth of information. Not all teachers update or maintain their websites, but many of the sites are very helpful. I have noticed that almost all of the negative reviews are written by people new to the district. It is unfortunate that their first experience was unfavorable, but have faith-there are many great teachers ahead and it really is a fantastic school system, warts and all. Also keep in mind that once your kids get to the middle grades and beyond, every teacher has on average about 110 students every day. That's a lot of juggling to meet everyone's individual needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

Wow, I was thinking maybe it was my daughter or my wife and I. We too "thought" this was the place to be. After reading the comments everyone hit the nail (or nails) on the head. We tried by written note, by email, and by phone to get a parent teacher conference, to NO success. We were told "everything is on my website." Do I blame the teachers? No, except if it's a specific one (everyone knows who I'm talking about) in the elementary school (run if your child gets her). I have a suspicion that they don't have too much leeway as to how to teach! State this state that. Bullies??? If it's not the oversized juvenile deliquints, it's the over indulged brats! They are in desperate need of discipline in that school! I don't know where the good school went or who runs this (Harry Potter Looking) school, but a little less money into the brick and more into the teacher child ratio! Throw the deliquents into a room with a bad teacher and a popsickle! No-I do not have a perfect child with straight A's. my child is a B mostly. But, here there is no room to brighten her horizon. It's a shame, if the economy would get better, I'd sell and move also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

Richmond Hill Middle School They get a 1 because that is the lowest available score. We heard that Bryan County School District was the best in this area. The reality is very different. Our child has been in Gifted. He has exceeded all national standardized testing scores including the SAT he took at 12. He is a member of Duke University TIP. We have had nothing but problems since he entered RHMS. They use Power School which I feel sets children up for failure. If your child is absent when a test or assignment is due they get a 0. They also do online assessments. Most of the the assessments has not been taught to the student. They use these assessment scores as 3 daily grades and 1 test grade. How can you give a child a permanent grade on info they have not been taught? The staff are rude not only to students but parents as well. We are a military family and our child has been in over 10 schools and I have never seen children treated in such a degrading manner. It is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. If the high school is anything like the middle school our family will be moving without question or hesitation for no other reason than to leave this school district. BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

We are new to the area due to my husband being transferred to Ft Stewart. We made sure we lived in the RH area because at the time the school was rated a 9 since I see it has fallen. I feel that certain teachers are great however there is one that constantly yells in the classroom. I have brought this to the attention of the principle which seems to ignore all complaints and makes constant excuses for these teachers. My child has always been an honor student but feels that none of the teachers even know she exists I have emailed a couple of the teachers that we have concerns with and they just don't even email or call. This school does not want ANY parent involvement unless maybe you are from here. I feel there is no support for military families ESP when it is the military that are moving here. I am so disappointed in this school and find myself apologizes to my child for putting her in a "so called great school". I have tried meeting w the principle to no avail he says he will do something BUT it never happens. I hope with a new superintendent this school can get back on track as being a top rated school. I only wish we had the money for private school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

We were told this was the best schools system in the area. Some eachers are not teaching. My child is in 7th grade, and tells me a few just say to read this or that, test them, with no lecturing, extra info. Contrary to past posts by others, we feel there is NO enforcement of the dress code, and we were hoping for that. Students here openly curse, and no punishment is given by teachers. I think the students are running the school, and some teachers have given up. Too many students per teacher, on the buses, that is still the case. From helping out and having to stop by on occasion, parents are forced to go by the rules, but not teacher and students. This school needs an anit-bullying program. There are some very snobby students, too, as this is sort of an elite area in which to live. I guess these students are used to getting their way, and make fun of others and new students all the time.I know this is normal in growing up, but it often makes my child miserable. The last school we attended, in another state, was not like this at all. And it was rated 10 out of 10 and had an anti-bullying program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

i dod not know about how to rate at this time. Overwhelm witht he number of responds for my seach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

School is way overcrowded, 30-35 students per teacher, bus systems is overcrowded as well and unable to handle the number of students. Richmond Hill schools is a major reason Richmond Hill is growing but whith the hight teacher student ratio and lack of a proper bus system the schools ratings will drop and they will no longer attract new people to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

Students are extremely MICRO MANAGED as well as the teachers. Students in 6, - 8th grade still need to line up for the bathroom. Teachers still walk students to the bathroom in between regular bathroom breaks. Teachers are not permitted to make any decisions as to what goes on in their own classroom without asking the principle. The simplest of things requires a referral to the principle who acts more of a disciplinarian role more than a leader. The smallest of "crimes" gets in school suspension or "saturday" school when in a normal school atmosphere is would have been a simple reprimand or glance from the teacher, that is how petty these issues are. My child is a straight A student that has never been in trouble or sent on referal before so I am not just a coplaining parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

This school over all is just average. I do like the current principle, however, i believe this school falls short with the teachers. Not all of them, but the bad ones seem to just keep right on teaching there and slide by. This school is a bit micro managed when it comes to student behavior. I am all for teaching my children self responsiblity, however, some of the punishments seem to far outweigh the behavior. I do like how you can keep up with your childs grades over the internet, but teachers are not held to standards to keep up with keeping you informed. Weeks can go by before grades are entered. When that happens, what is the point? The sports programs are good, however like most places, 'politics' clearly can get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

We have been very pleased with the way this school is run by the administration. I have a great deal of respect for the principal who does run a tight ship. Kids more than ever need to know that in the real world you have to follow rules even if you disagree with them. The school has many high quality teachers who really care. My only problem is the facility itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

Overall, RHMS is a decent school with high standards. My daughter (now in high school) was a SEEK student, and I feel her academic experience was better in many ways than my son's. He is an 'average' student and struggles with ADHD...follow-through on his accommodations has been inconsistent. *Teacher quality is excellent for the most part, but communication can be an issue. *The principal is very involved in daily activities, but the strict dress code enforcement is extreme. Punishment for forgetting to wear a belt borders on the ridiculous. The principal has mistaken me for a student in the halls (more than once), and I hate to think any child would be treated so brusquely. *Music education is excellent at RHMS. *Exploratory classes are nicely varied but assigned randomly. *Facilities are decent and have been expanded, but class sizes are still large due to population growth in RH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

Richmond Hill Middle School was a great school. I felt the principle's extensive involvement was impressive. As a new parent to the school she took the time to show me the school and explain things to me. My children enjoyed their year at the school also. The band program was impressive. The school does have a variety of extra classes available that I haven't seen in a middle school before. The classes picked for the student though are done randomly. The student only gets to pick if they want band or choir. Overall I was impressed with the school, teachers, staff, and the education that my children recieved while at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2006

Im a former student and i was not impressed with the school at all. The rules wre not fair and the punishments were way to harsh over little things we did. The principal was always in peoples business and inspecting people. It made students feel uncomfortable. Some of the teachers were pushy and were a bad example to the students. Other teachers I knew were great. I was greatful to have them. Band was my get away from my troubles. I love music so much that I looked foward to music class everyday. I learned a whole lot and I felt like I was always improving. The music teachers were the greatest teacher I ever had. It broke my heart when I left for high school. The music program was outstanding. Everything else was not as impressive as the band. This school was like a prison for everyone. improvement is needed greatly.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2006

The people who complain most about this school are the parents who have difficulty with the idea of holding students to a high level of learning and conduct. Students who perform poorly generally do so because of lack of personal accountability and lack of parent accountability. The teachers do set a high bar, but they also provide students with the skills and knowledge to clear that bar if the student and his or her family values education at all. As for the principal, call her condescending if you wish, but there is nothing wrong with standing up to unreasonable treatment by parents. Platinum status is not achieved simply by the minute number of SEEK students, nor from the growing population of transfers. Standards for achievement are established and all stakeholders-students, parents, and teachers, are held to these high standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

This school is fine for advanced self motivated students, however the average student is left behind to re-teach at home. Very dissappointing. The transfer students and the seek students have given this school its platinum status. There are a few good teachers. Unfortunately not enough. They should also monitor their subs more closely. There is great parent involvement. Richmond Hill is a very nice community to raise a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2005

*The academics are okay. *This community is well known for parental involvement in the schools, so there is ample opportunity to become involved in your child's school experience. *There are some wonderful teachers who are professional enough to make their own assessments of a child. *Music/arts are not as highly valued or supported as sports in this community, although the music program is excellent at this school. Athletic achievements sometimes even overshadow academic achievements.
—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.

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The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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

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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

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The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

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

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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.

456 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 97% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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

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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.

452 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

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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 70% 44%
Black 15% 37%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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665 Harris Trail Rd
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Phone: (912) 459-5130

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