Students enrolled 1316
School leader Kathy Cunningham
Transportation options Yes
District Dekalb County School District

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2160 Idlewood Rd
Tucker, GA 30084

(678) 875-0902
(678) 875-0910
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4 stars
Based on 41 ratings

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October 02, 2014
Just take a look at the test scores for the last few years. The numbers don't lie. Yes there are kids that are doing really well at the school. They are the kids who are going to do well no matter where they go because they have parents that will make sure of it. It's not a terrible school. There are some very good teachers here, but a lot of them have left to teach in better environments. The assistant principals have been in and out like a revolving door for the three years we've been at the school. Low expectations for the kids except for the gifted and stem kids. If you have ever been to a school where the majority of kids are there to learn and have parents that demand that their schools deliver, you won't be impressed with Tucker Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
Best teachers ever! Middle school can be tough anywhere but we found the teachers at Tucker engage the students and help them be successful. They are well prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
An Awesome School The Stem teams are challenging but fun We have built microscopes Laser engraved And made 3D cars + on google sketchup we made 3D models of the school Dont be intimidated you dont have to be on the stem team The teachers are awesome and theyre are alot of clubs and were amazing at football We are the dekalb county champions our scoreboard now is 45-0 against henderson And 77-0 against stone mountain

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2014
My son finished his middle school years at Tucker and I disagree with a lot of the ratings about this school. I stayed in constant contact with my children's teachers and communication was never a problem. My daughter consistently maintains advanced placement status and they continuously challenge her with her coursework and extra curricula activities. My son was diagnosed with Aspergers at 12 years old and he successfully completed middle school at Tucker with a 2.89 GPA, up 1.5 from his previous school. I think anything worth having takes work and we've worked with the teachers and administrators and our kids are all the better for it. Tucker Middle is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
My child attended TMS last year and was in the gifted program. I found that teachers were uninterested in helping their students learn/succeed, choosing instead to vent about their personal problems, poor at communicating, poor at entering grades in the online gradebook (to the point that one teacher told me he had entered the number of grades he was required to enter and would enter no more, because he had done all that was required of him). Teachers did not respond to multiple requests from me and the counselors on my behalf to receive a set of textbooks for the home, even claiming that he never received emails sent by the counselor or me. All in all, the year was a nightmare. My child is at another school this year and thriving.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
My child participates in the STEM at Tucker Middle School and it has been a great program. No school is perfect and we do the best we can to make each experience a positive one. I want my child to learn we live in a diverse culture and be prepared for succeeding in the real world. The teachers are engaged and enthusiastic about helping the kids make the best choices.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
At Tucker Middle School as in EVERY school in the county, the experience your child has at this age has a lot to do with what you put into it as a parent. My child has had an excellent experience at Tucker Middle School. Did you know that Tucker Middle School is the ONLY middle school in the entire county with a STEM program? Did you also know that TMS is an International Baccalaureate school? Tucker Middle School was also the 2013 champion for football. Talk to parents, get involved in your child's education, and choose Tucker Middle. You might be pleasantly surprised!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
Parents need to be realistic about their expectations of a middle school. This is a fine place for all children to learn, mature and be nurtured in our diverse community. Is it all peaches and cream? No, but the faculty and staff along with the dedicated volunteers are there to create the best learning experience for all of Tucker children. If you are looking for a bubble look elsewhere, if you are looking for diversity, enthusiasm, school pride and Tucker spirit, this is where the journey begins!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
Run.far.away.from.this.school. Breeding ground for thugs and incompetent teachers who many also happen to be thugs. Horrible mistake staying in this community for the the three years my daughter attended. I have since moved and hoping the middle school my other daughter goes to will be a better experience. In fact, I will see to it.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
Tucker Middle is not as bad as it seems it just lacks some proper authority. As a former student there in the 2013-14 years I feel that the school is reasonably bad but we've earned a better reputation over the few years. Rumors are spread but everyone is pretty friendly. Somehow everything seems to get done. So TMS is not so bad after all. I give props for us always coming together.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2014
People are to hard on tucker. It's not that bad you just have to get used to it. People complain about the ghettoness of the school and basically no matter where you go in dekalb county you are going to find that. Tucker has some of the best teacher and there aren't communication problems, you have to go through the council ing office to get to teachers. Parents complain about the school and they are illegitimate complaints. You have no reason to criticize someone who is doing there job as good as they can with the limited resources. If you have a problem with tucker it's probably no only tucker expirencing that problem it most likely county wide. We aren't a private school so don't treat us like one. And don't complain about the lunch if you need a certain type of linch or think it is nasty bring your own

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
For students in the accelerated and/or gifted programs, Tucker Middle is a solid school. They learn their course material, but also how to be independent and begin handling their own schedules, relationships with teachers, etc. Sixth grade starts out somewhat sheltered, but they are given more freedom and flexibility each year. The chorus and band programs are outstanding. Teachers may take a day or two to respond to emails, but they have always responded (in my experience) and helped resolved whatever issue was at hand. We've been pleased and will send our second child to Tucker Middle this fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
Just too many kids with behavior problems at this school. The teachers are a mixed bag - my son has had a few that were outstanding, most are average, and a few that taught him absolutely nothing. Not too much parent involvement at TMS and it shows. Communication between school and home needs improvement. If you're lucky enough to have a child in gifted classes they'll do ok because those teachers tend to be more interested in their students performance. The other classes have too many kids who can't or won't behave and they mess up things for everyone else. If I had a choice (I don't) my son wouldn't go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
Tucker Middle School is actually a very poor school with respect to communication, scheduling flexibility, technology and leadership. Teachers ignore emails, as do assistant principals and it makes interacting with the school a very unpleasant experience. As a parent, I have tried to communicate with some teachers and administrators, seeking feedback and constructive guidance. They avoid emails, phone calls, and are virtually non-responsive with my student's requests for help. It is not all of the students or staff, but it is so bad that it puts a very bad image forward, that may not reflect all of the other teachers, administrators and staff that really do care. Dr. Cunningham is a proactive and fair principal, but her staff lets her down in my opinion. Where she tries to elevate the school, her staff lowers it. Regrettably, I would never recommend this school to a prospective parent or student.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
My son has attended Tucker Middle School for 2years now, and he is in his final year there, and I must say, I think his experiences in 6th and 7th grade have been very challenging. I also love that the school is very diverse and offer many extracurricular activities for the students. I have had great communication with his Teachers and have been allowed in the classroom to analyze the class. I love it and so does my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My daughter was very educated when attending this school. She had awesome teachers. The staff and pricinpal was great running the school. I was very involved with the school. Overall Tucker Middle was a great school being diverse.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
I disagree with greatschools.org's rating of a 5 for this school. Everything from leadership to the teachers and even how the lunch program is administered is below average. Teachers and leadership are completely unresponsive to communication efforts. My child pays full price for lunch and everyday is met with understock lunch facilities and lunch room personnel giving nothing but excuses as to why they are not providing the food that is listed on the school's menu.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
This school offers strength in the diversity of its students. The teachers really care. Most of the kids seem as happy and as well adjusted as a middle school student can be. My daughter is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2011
This is my childs first year of attending this school. I find that she is not only able to maintain an a average, but also come home from school everyday with a huge grin on her face. I am satisfied knowing that she is making new friends. After meeting her teachers, I know that she will not only continue to make good grades, but also face new challenges in her studies. Seeing her happy everyday, I know that she is in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
Currently my daughter attends TMS and we have been just as happy as we were when our son attended. Is everything perfect, NO, BUT when is anything perfect. I agree about communication but this year's PTA is working on it. I found that the more involved I am the more I know what is happening in the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
I have a daughter that attends this school and I have found this to be a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
I totally agree. Tucker Middle School is horrible. Especially when it comes to parent to faculty communication. They rarely respond to Parent inquiries via phone or email. They are there just for a job, the Teachers in team 6S do not care about the students. They allow children to argue and fight. They have poor grading skills so be sure to watch them if you allow your child to go there as they often make mistakes. My child will not be going back to this ghetto school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Tucker Middle School is not a good school. My kid goes there and often times gets bored. No communication between school and parent. The online parent portal is not used by all teachers. Seem like it is at their discretion.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
My son attends Tucker Middle School and he loves this school. He is maintaining A/B average. His teachers are very involved with their students and reward the good students with positive reinforcements to encourage the not so good students to do better.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
Tucker Middle School is a pile of smoking hot garbage. If you are satisfied with this school, you are not paying attention to your childs education. My child is in 6th grade. School officials told us they would be IB certified this year. Certification will not be obtained for several more years, if ever. In two of my childs core classes, the teacher simply plays videos for class every day. Further, the teacher dosn't even stay in the room while the video is being played, nor is there any time given for questions. Totally unacceptable. Theft is a problem also. When reported to staff , they do not even try to investigate. I can give many more examples of substandand practices at this school. In my opinion this school is broken beyond repair. I will at first opportunity move my child from this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
I love Tucker Middle School I have only been there 4 a year weh I first got there I thought 'ewww I hate this school but now I love it and the day wen I was about to leave that school I was about 2 start crying because I love that school so much and I always will also if I have kids I will let them go to Tucker!!!!! I love Tucker!!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2010
Tucker is a great school! My child is in the 8th grade having done 7th grade here. I find the teachers to be generally caring, invested and cooperative with parents. There are of course one or two that really don't belong to the teaching profession and show it. For those teachers, parents must really be involved to advocate for their children. Overall though, the administration, faculty and staff create a safe, suportive and healthy learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
The teachers are conscientious, caring, adaptable, and very smart. Alot are masters and doctors in education. The school looks and feels more like a junior college, with 3 levels, and hugh gym, football field that doubles as a neighborhood jogging track and soccer field, plus a computer lab, home ec lab, and more. There's much I could say but I don't know when this little box will run out. I recommend it. My son will go to Tucker High next year and I'd say ditto to that school also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2009
Its my childs 2nd year at tucker and i hate it he has been getting iin trouble because he is bored in class because the work is too easy. he went to kittredge last year and i hate tucker its very ghetto

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
My son is a 7th grade student, and he is very proud and love to go to scholl go tucker tiger's

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
Tucker is a great school. I love it there. I am in the 7th grade and i have a ton of friends there. The teachers a relatively fair, most of the time. The first year there can start out tough, but thats normal. I enjoy all of the activities there as well.They have football, cheerleading, basketball, and track. I take part in everything that i can. Tucker is the best school you could possibly go to!

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 20, 2009
Tucker Middle is relatively new and had a tough start with great amount of overflow students its first year (from another new school now open). My son is in 6th grade and loves his teachers and activities. The facility is gorgeous and parents are involved.

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October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2008
I think this school is under alot of stress. The teachers seem to act as if they are misplaced while at work. Ive never witnessed so many teachers and staff come and go in three years. I remember teachers keeping their jobs for a long time in one school. What ive noticed from my childs experence at TMS is that the teachers do not care about how and what way they teach these kids. Its like they feel afraid to be good teachers and they just get by teaching what ever they can get out on that day. Its sad to me to witness this but i must say the staff seemes like they are under some kind of strange stress and have no control of the kids.. we must all wonder why so many teachers in three years have left their job at TMS..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2008
Tucker Middle School is a great school. The teachers are creative; the counselors go the extra mile to help all students, and parental involvement is improving greatly. For students who want a quality education, Tucker is tops and test scores prove it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2008
This is my child first year at Tucker Middle and I am already thinking about transferring my kid because of all the negative act ivies she has told me such as,fights,students kissing on school grounds,and teacher student ratio.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
Tucker Middle School is an excellent school but the students there do not try there best and hold other students that do try behind. This is indeed a bad situation. Discipline is neccessary

- submitted by a student
no rating February 04, 2008
Tucker Middle School has a proven track record for being a school that is focused on Academic Excellence. The school has made AYP since it opened in 2004. Students have also excelled in other areas including sports, reading and academic bowls, and Science Fairs. The school is safe and the staff does a great job handling issues. I've seen the growth and I have been happy with my student's successes.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
Tucker is supposed to be one of the better public middle schools in DeKalb, there are many issues. The school does not take issues serious and there is a need for a better principal. I'm planning to move to another county for a better education for my child.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
I went to the school last year now im in high school. But I believe the school is fine.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 04, 2007
I started attending Tucker Middle School last year. I think that it, for the most part, is a great school. The teachers are outstanding and I've made lots of friends! Some of the students aren't very disciplined, though. On the other hand, the music program is great, and there are lots of sports you can participate in. I'm going back to Tucker Middle School this upcoming year!

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
We have found Tucker Middle School in Dekalb County to be far below acceptable standards for academics, discipline, and achievement. Our child was picked on and made to feel inferior the entire time he was enrolled at this school. We have since withdrawn our child from this school and moved to a different county.

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June 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 20, 2007
Academic programs for Deal county could be much better. Tucker Middle should have a baseball team. All Teams/sport that a student could get a scholarship for in the future. I feel that the adults at this school (most) do not have a handle on the situation. Students are fighting, threatening other students, picking on weaker kids and theft. And faculty has no clue. I have heard something that have gone on and do go on and I think Tucker Middle needs to work hard on these things. They can' continue to act like everything is good. Safety and academics need to be dealt with now.

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December 03, 2006
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June 16, 2006
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May 10, 2006
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Tucker Middle School
2160 Idlewood Rd, Tucker, GA  30084
(678) 875-0902
Last modified Tucker Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tucker Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top