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Griffin Middle School

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Posted May 22, 2014

My special needs child graduated from Griffin Middle School Haven program this year. He had an AWESOME EXPERIENCE. His teacher Mrs. Hampton taught with excellence and she and her team worked very hard taking my child to the next skill levels each year from 6-8th grade. My child wanted to go to school every morning and would even get up on Saturdays and ask to go to school. I pray he gets the same Attention, Love and Care from Osborne High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2014

Great 1st year at GMS. We could not be more pleased with our experience. Accelerated class content offerings is outstanding; so much that the school certified more teachers last summer to meet the needs of students coming into the school. The CCRPI results were just released a few weeks ago and GMS had the highest improvement over any middle school in the county. This is a lagging indicator; therefore we expect this number to continue to go up each year as students matriculate up thru excellent feeder schools including Nickajack Elementary and King Springs Elementary. We have been extremely pleased with the arts/music programs available thru the school - band, art club, advanced chorus/chorus, orchestra and extra curricular drama/musical programs and step team. The opportunity for our school is better communication to parents on all activities taking place at the school - we get newsletter, phone tree calls, social posts, teacher blogs but there are still areas for improvement to ensure everyone is informed. There are great things happening all the time at GMS, but we don't get consolidated information always. Overall, very pleased in our first year at GMS. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is my fifth year with children in GMS and we (parents and children) are very happy. The teachers and staff are wonderful. I come from a family of educators and I truly believe in our public schools. Schools, as well as the education a child receives, are going to be what you make of it. The public schools in this area make it easy to get involved and stay connected. Years ago when my children started at King Springs Elementary an involved dad told me to not believe the rumor mill . I have never heard anything bad about the local Smyrna Schools from people who are actually involved in them. Any bad press the local schools receive always starts with, well I heard... Strong Schools create strong communities and the public schools in Smyrna are strong. If people would spend half the amount of energy on getting involved in the schools as they do seeking alternatives we would be the best public school system in GA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

After almost two months at Griffin Middle School, we could not be more pleased. The teachers we have met make a very favorable impression, the administrators are professional and responsive, and the principal is a true leader. As a parent, what more could you ask for? I'll tell you what we want: We want happy students getting off the bus in the afternoon, and that is exactly what we have! Is there room for improvement at Griffin? Of course there is. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but in our opinion, Griffin Middle School comes pretty close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

When you review middle schools in Smyrna area on this website, you realize very quickly that there are few constructive reviews. I'm sure all parents have opinions about the middle school their children attend. Why not share those views with the community for the benefit of other parents. This website is a great resource. I am pleased to say that Griffin Middle School is truly a Great School. We had heard some things that were not so good, but clearly that proved to be a thing of the past. If you are trying to decide between a private school, charter school, or Griffin Middle School, make an appointment and meet the administrative staff. Get to know some of the teachers. Learn about the advanced classes. Meet some parents whose children attend Griffin. I think you'll be favorably impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My son attended Griffin from 2010-2013. His classes were challenging. His teachers were excellent. The band directors are awesome. He worked hard and was accepted to 2 of the Cobb County Magnet Programs. Many of his friends were also accepted to multiple magnet programs. This is the result of the rigorous curriculum, excellent teachers, and dedicated students and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This is my 5th year having a child at Griffin. My children have both done very well at Griffin. I am very glad they go to school with the kids they have grown up with in the community. Griffin is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

So far my child has enjoyed to be at griffin. She has had great teachers for the past two years (6th and 7th). Teachers do their job, and worry about students. Great staff, dedicated and caring. Teachers are pushers for success. I am pro education. As parents you need a lot of involvement with teachers and your child need to love to study and do homework! There is a lot of work to take home, specially on the advance content program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

From my understanding the school is a great school, but I am looking for middle schools as well and from what I'm seeing looks like the school don't update the website. Not a good look!


Posted May 13, 2013

I would also like recent info on this school as I am searching for middle schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

Does anyone have more recent reviews of this school than 2009? Please provide comments for experiences in 2012 - 2013 school year.


Posted July 23, 2009

Hi Im Zaria Miguez for my 6th grade year i attended Griifin and I belive that Griffin get close to their students to make them feel welcomed which is very good for upcoming 5th grader their teachers are amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

The school has made wonderful improvements over the past 3 years. Parents should take one of the tours offered by the PTSA. It is amazing that frequently parents choose to spend their child's college tuition on private school, without even stepping foot in the building. Don't rely solely on neighborhood rumors. Visit the school, so you...not your neighbor, can determine what is appropriate for your child. Worried about NCLB? Have your heard the rumors that they didn't pass? Probably so. My question to you would be, 'Do you understand why they didn't pass?' Look at the data on the Cobb County website. The school passes in every area, except Special Education Math. Just remember by visiting & researching, you can at least say if you choose private school, that you made an educated decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I went to this school and would have to say that it is pretty ok. Most techers are nice, and i did learn things. You cant blame the school for fights. Every school has them.. I lacked in math but the techers did well.. And they do respond back if your paretns call them. The adminstration is good also.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I loved this school! I learned so much, all the teachers are caring and nice! Sure there are a couple of fights here and there but hey what school doesnt have fights! But this school really prepared me for high school i went to Griffin Middle all 3 years and i am very pleased!!


Posted January 18, 2008

It is a great school that is very underestimated. The education is by far above average.


Posted January 17, 2008

I love Griffin. I moved here from New Orleans,La and compared to the schools there, this school is like Harvard,lol. My son is in the gifted classes and the teachers at this school are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2007

The teachers can really get to know the student as an individual and curve to your needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

If your child is in the advanced classes it's a very good school. If your child is in the general population it's a very average school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2007

Thank Godness for Griffin. All my children have gone there and loved it. I will say we have had some good teachers and some bad, but every child has that. The teachers email me if there is a problem, and also send me the progress of my child. They provide something fo everyone. The advanced content and P.A.C.E program is very helpful too. Your child learns alot more on their level and is provied with VERY helpful teachers. The music program is incrediable too. The teachers teach you songs, that amaze every paent. My daughter and son are both in orchstra and chorus, the teachers are great. Overall, I suggest Griffin to all parents. You won't regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school 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.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

414 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.

374 students were tested at this school 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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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

386 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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

326 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.

313 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.

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

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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.

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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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Integrated Math I

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
Hispanic 44% 12%
Black 34% 37%
White 16% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Darryl York
Fax number
  • (678) 842-6919

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4010 King Springs Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (678) 842-6917

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