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Snellville Middle School

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Posted May 3, 2014

I like how small the school is relative to some of the monster schools in Gwinnett. The administration and teachers have high standards for both the performance of the students and their behavior. Of course there are a few students who don't meet that standard, but all in all I am very happy with the education my child has received. In particular, the science program has been amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Snellville Middle School is a great place for learning. Team 7C-Bodrick, Kelly, Robinson and Weekes are the BEST!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

SMS is great school! New leadership and school is on the rise! This school has gotten a bad reputation from 6 or 7 years ago. This school has gotten much better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

I can not believe this school got a higher rating then SGHS! My daughter has now graduated from SGHS but while she was at SMS it was a nightmare! The principal made excuses for everything instead of trying to come up with solutions! I use to visit this school often because of the problems. Parents of upcoming students to SGHS ask me how the school is, I tell them "if your child survived SMS they will find SGHS a breeze!" SGHS had some problems (every school does) but parents need to be involved!! I was glad my child was at SGHS while Mr. Hunter was there, not sure how it will be under Mr. Thigpen. He was not very responsive as an assistant principal. The main problem at SMS, as with all schools, parents ARE NOT parenting their children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

my school is relatively good. we do tend to have drama but its mostly "Girl Drama".


Posted December 11, 2012

My son is in the special needs class at snellville middle school, The teacher Ms.Williamson does not have any idea of how to handle special needs children she treat them as if there is no problem. An instead of addressing the problems with the children she runs to the principal. If you have problem with a special needs child then you address it and help that child. This schools is not where you want to have your child they are austic or have special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

With new leadership in place, quality teachers, dedicated parents and more than plenty stellar students, SMS can once again be a great middle school as long as it SETS THE BAR HIGH, regardless of varied demographics, and demands accountability from all parents sending there kids to Snellville Middle...DO NOT lower expectations SMS!


Posted August 25, 2009

My son attends SMS and he is in 7th grade. We have had a wonderful experience with SMS. He is in Probe and all the teachers are exceptional. As most parents know in the 6th grade in middle school the children in Probe have two Probe subjects and the others are regular classes. Last year this was the case for my son. All of his teachers both Probe and regular classes were excellent. Both sets of teachers keep the parents well informed of grades, policies, etc. I can't say enough about the school. My son loves SMS and wants to support the school with every activity that he can. We are very pleased. The Probe classes are also challenging. The teachers help stretch their thinking. Very pleased with a very good school. New principal this year, thus far she has not missed a beat. Everything is going great and organized!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My son is in his first year at SMS. He is a probe student and those teachers are way above average and exceptional. They alot a huge amount of time to the students and to the parents and are always available for help and support. I dont know what I will do without them in the future. If your student is in probe..they are in really great hands. As far as the regular classes...some teachers are great and others are in serious need of retirement! We have a teacher that is very disrespectful in her treatment of the students and is unavailable and rude to the parents. Many students have issues with her. That is the minority though. For the most part we are happy and have not seen the fights and discipline problems that we hear of. Parent involvement is widely accepted and makes a difference for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

SMS is a good school with wonderful teachers, some of the policies are not up to my liking, such as if a child is having a problem in 1 class and it isnt being corrected in a timely manner(failed all tests from day one with lil help from teacher)that the policy is to take the child out of all the calsses vs just the one there is an ongoing problem with(not just my child). I am quite happy with her teachers and her progress except in this one class. Still a work in progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2007

SMS is not a bad school at all. Middle school is hard for any student to go through. Some of the students sre not well behaved but it doesn't mean the rest of the students are not. SMS has great teachers who care and listen to the students as if they were their own. SMS trys hard to foucus on the qualities of a good student and it is hard for anyone to get the importance of academics through a childs head. The only reason SMS seems so bad is because you dont know all of the students personally and pulling your children out is gigving the school bad credit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

If you haven't spent any time at this school during the day you should. My child begged to be homeschooled so we did. The problems this school has does have alot to do with discipline and yes it does start at home but the homes that need to change are not changing. Therefore the children who do get the attention and have proper parental involvement suffer! If every parent would do their part this school could improve but keep in mind that we all have different standards and values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

I have to disagree with alot of remarks about Snellville Middle. While I don't know too many great middle schools, Snellville teachers try their best. I think some of the reasons Snellville may not be the best to some is because it starts at home. Many of these children are not well behaved, well mannered or even up to par and when the teachers call parents regarding the child's dress or temper parents get upset, not enough parents are involved at this school. My son is a 7th grader this year and although I work full-time I make it work and am very involved with his teachers on a daily basis through emails. Parents, lets step up! if this school isn't what you want it to be lets come together to make it what it should be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

We are not happy with Snellville Middle School. Our daughter is going to high school but our son will remain and we are trying hard to get him out of there. The disciplinary problems out weigh the educational benefits of this institution which are not up to our standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

We are not happy with SMS. Our oldest daughter went there and had problems (she's now in H.S.) getting any individualized attention to address her questions. Our oldest son is there now (in between 7th and 8th grade) and is begging us to take him out for homeschooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

My son went to SMS 3-5 years ago, he is now in 11th grade. The school was better then. My daughter has been going there the past two years, and for her 8th grade year, she will probably be home schooled or a private school. The principal at SMS is very rude. She doesn't speak when you pass her in the halls. The teachers try and do their best to teach, but the administration needs to provide them some help. SMS is more worried about dress codes and discipline rather than teaching our children. I think Gwinnett County BOE needs to start at the top and work their way down to remove some of the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

My daughter attended this school for 2 years and was pulled to be homeschooled in her 8th grade year due to violence, bullying and outward discrimination by a teacher. There are fights regularly and the teachers lack the tools to maintain control.this school needs help!Education should come first but doesn't!This school use to be great but declined over the last 1 1/2 years tremendously. Think twice before sending your child here unless that is you really don't care.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 11, 2006

If people were less concerned about the dress code and more concerned about education, this would be a better school. My daughter has been in the south cluster for 7 years, and the quality of the schools has dropped every year, especially since she has started at SMS. I know most teachers are trying, but I am very unhappy now with our schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

I strongly support SMS dress code. Parents keep sending their kids to SMS so they can get into a Gwinnett County school and then whine about the high expectations! As for shrinking test scores, this is due to the large number of students moving in from other counties and states! The teachers are wonderful at SMS! I invite any parent to do their job one day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

I recently purchased a home in the district and my child attends 6th grade. An extremely smart student, teachers agree. Actually, my student is not challenged to her full potential and the teachers don t know how to differentiate their instruction. They focus more energy on conduct than achievement. The schools dress code is unrealistically strict; my child is constantly being disciplined for talking. We feel there is no relate-ability with the staff. The student body is diversified, however the majority of the staff is white. I'm a very involved parent, my child has attended Gwinnett County Schools for 6 years and I've never been so disappointed in my entire life. I m starting to question the entire Gwinnett County system. The reputation is what persuaded me to this school district over 6 years ago and I'm finding more and more that it's by far not the best school district. I want out!
—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.

279 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 96% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% 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.

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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.

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The state average for Social Studies was 83% 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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

292 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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

280 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

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.

55 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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The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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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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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 64% 37%
White 17% 44%
Hispanic 12% 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

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  • (770) 736-4444

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Cheerleading

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3155 Pate Rd
Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: (770) 972-1530

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