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Coastal Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 697 students

 

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Posted June 11, 2014

This is a wonderful school. It isnt very large as where some schools have thousands of kids that get lost in the mix. This was our first year at CMS and I was very pleased! My child never complained about problems at school or the teachers! Again, great neighborhood school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Several years ago I did not send my oldest child to this school and sent her to a private middle school that I now regret it. I thought we would give this school a try with my youngest and we've been very pleased. My son has made good grades, is happy with the band program, and is satisfied with his teachers. We have not had any problems here. My son is on the honor roll and involved in many activities here. My only complaint is that the milk is always sour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

I have a child with ADD . It has been nothing but at nightmare at coastal middle school. The school has fought me on his 504. And they would rather fail him then make small changes and teach him. Emails going to the counsler and principal go unanswerd . And it is not only my student but i hear this from other parents as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

I have had 2 children attend this school my first child would come home with stories about the class rooms being totaly out of control. And i find out this to be true so i took her out and put her in a privite school. 4 years latter my son is ready for middle school and we decided to give coastal another shot. My son had attention problems so we knew it may be a bumpy road. By week 3 i knew we made a mistake. We requested a meeting because his grades where getting so bad. They said they could only set up a apointment at 11am. Since we both work this was a horrible time but we did attend the meeting where for 10 mins we saw the teachers yelling at children. I have had problems with many teachers there and the principal dosent seem to care. We are now looking for another school for our son . And seeing there are not any good choices for middle school in savannah our only choices is hope he gets into a charter school or pay for a privite school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I wasn't impressed at the beginning, but starting to like this school more after seeing my son's academic performance, and confidence in his study. He has great friends, and loves his school, and importantly he takes his study seriously. Good job coastal middle, and it's teachers, and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Coastal Middle School does an amazing job with students with disabilities. My nephew attends CMS and has grown both academically and socially. He has become much more independent and I attribute it to the high expectations that his teachers have for him. The teachers are always just an email or a phone call away. Thank you Coastal Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

I am an involved parent at this school and absolutely appreciate the eagerness of the teachers, staff, & administration to keep parents "in the know". Parent involvement is slowly improving and the quality of teachers is one to be valued. I have a son who moved up to the local high school and my younger son now beginning Coastal this year. We moved here from out of the area to specifically attend these schools (Marshpoint, Coastal, Islands) and are very happy. Each school does have its individual problems, but what I appreciate is that they are willing to work through them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I's tough to evaluate a middle school because one of their primary goals is to get the child to become more independent and ready for High School. For some of us, that may mean that we are not included in every email and every conversation and we feel left out. Overall Coastal has provided my children with a great education and has appropriately prepared them for High School. I recommend this school to all other parents with children in middle school. They have a great academic program, sports program and have developed an organizational structure that supports excellence. The principal is knowledgeable and caring and knows the school and te system inside and out........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Barely average.The principal and the school district as well would have the public believing that this was a wonderful and nurturing school that feels like a real community. The reality is that there are many teachers who refuse to teach, artificially boost their students grades, bully and harass students, and refuse to communicate with parents. There are many disciplinary problems with students that are never reported through the proper channels because it would cast a negative light on Coastal Middle School. Both the district and the administrative staff at the school are fully aware of these continuing behavioral issues with both teachers and students and yet, they refuse to address these concerns. All in all, Coastal Middle School has been a huge disappointment. I have more than one child attend over the past several years and they have each been academically successful largely due to the fact that my husband and I are very involved. This is the first time I would tell a parent to look at every other option for their student. Underwhelming at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

My son started school here this year, so far it has been more than three weeks, but haven't received clear information about academic, and after school programs yet. Office employees always seem to be rather cold, and ignorant than helpful and friendly. So not impressed. Im looking for other options for my child.
—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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

275 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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

240 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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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97%

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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97%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

112 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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Biology

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.

49 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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U.S. History

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 66% 44%
Black 21% 37%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kerry Coursey

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

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Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Savannah, GA 31410
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