Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Russell Middle School

Public | 6-8

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

20 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted June 24, 2013

I'm joining RMS this year as a Seventh Grade student and from most of the Reviews below I could say truthfully that I will enjoy my educational experience here.


Posted February 13, 2013

Russell Middle is truly a school of excellence. they have a great athletics program, teachers & admin that care about the kids, and in a great school system. RMS is awesome.


Posted October 30, 2012

RMS has been good with my grandchild i like RMS very much this is his first year at RMS he is a special need child everyone is very good with him
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

My son has been going to RMS for two years now. He had been going to Gwinnett County prior and WOW, was I glad to be in Barrow County and have my son go to RMS. The teachers there are absolutely the best. I was having some learning problems with my son and Dr. Wood, the Assistant Principal and some of the teachers there took such an interest in my son and helping him. I actually felt that they became part of my family. If there is a problem, they take care of it. If there are issues, they overcome them. I can't say enough about this school and the team of caring teachers. You will be impressed for sure. Keep up the good work, RMS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I really have pride for RMS. My kids have had a great experience there. You can tell the teachers really like each other and get along well. Kids look up to that. The principal is tough but friendly-all it takes is to get to know him and you know he is doing a good job. The asst. principal is the same way, tough but friendly. They get the job done and you don't have to worry about your kid being ignored because of some hoodlum in the classroom. My opinion is that this school has really improved in that area and now even those problem students are being punished but also encouraged. That is what we need. Someone who will get the job done right and the folks at RMS are doing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

Russell Middle School is an excellent school with many loving and caring teachers. They emphasize student recognition and work hard to address the individual needs of their students. Dr. Claxton and Dr. Wood are great leaders, and I feel my child is receiving a quality education. I know there are kids once in awhile who take away from the learning of the good kids but I think they are dealt with the way they should be. Unfortunately all schools have this issue but I don't think it's as bad at RMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

Russell is a good public school, better than some in this area. And it's not overcrowded! My son excelled at Russell and had a great 3 years there. Plus, he was prepared for high school. The teachers and principle are great and really care. Report any problems and they will be dealt with immediately. The only way to know what's really going on at your child's school is to get involved! They welcome parent involvement and volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

I feel that RMS is an excellent school. The teachers are very caring and competent, the administration is supportive and adequately handles issues. I see great comraderie among the teachers and staff. This makes the students feel safe and is very conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

I am very heartbroken over the negative comments left on this board. I have 2 children that attend RMS and have also became a partner in education with this school. My oldest in the 8th grade and my second is in the 7th grade. Both children and I love this school and choose the ' Stay put ' option for both children and I also have a son that will attend in the 2006-2007 school year. I am very involved in this school as a parent and partner and I do know that problems are handled up front with respect and in a timely manner by the principle and staff. The staff has always put the needs of my children first and that is what prompted me to become a partner in education with this School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

My son started this school in the middle of 7th grade this year with failing grades from Gwinnett County and and he passed with good grades and I think this school is a very good school. I drive a school bus for Russell Middle and I think that the principals have done a very good job with discipline. My son really likes this school and no matter what school I drive for he will continue his middle school years with Russell Middle. I think the teachers are very good at their job.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 6, 2005

My son did not have a good three years at RMS. They also forget sometimes that they are NOT there to amuze the other students, they are there to teach and help one grow but in my opinion they did a poor job in doing so. I also feel as though the administration is too laid back and did not take the proper responsibility in giving students punishment according to the wrongful acts the student may have commited. Disapline is a big problem at RMS and nothing seems to be getting done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

My child has had a great experience at this school. He is in the 7th grade and for the past 2 years he has had an excellent team of teachers. He had one problem with another student and I think the principal handled it quickly and effectively. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I love the school and the teachers I have met so far. However I would like to see more extra opportunities for the 6th graders. As well as the gifted program. I think that the gifted program needs to be a variety of classes instead of just langage arts. The staff and teachers are great. Other thatn those two things this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

My daughter loved this school and was sad to leave it. She received a wonderful academic as well as extracurricular experience. She was definitely prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

Personally my child did not like Russel Middle School because the teachers were not willing to help the Students that didn't know the lessons. The School, I felt personally , was not safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2004

My child and I have had a terrible experience with this school. The team of teachers he had last year were absolutely horrible. The Principal has no control or authority over the teachers, therefore there is no guidance, leadership or censorship of the teachers. Obviously this school decides it is not in the best interest of the community to pay for qualified and experienced teachers. None of the teachers took responsiblity to teach my child. The superintendents wife is a teacher who should be forced to retire as she does more harm than good for this school as she fails to enforce IEP's, fails to help the child and refuses to interact with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2004

My child attended RMS for four years. The teachers teach very poorly and acted more like friends than they did teachers. They have a hard time remembering that they are the adults. Parents get your kids out of Barrow County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

RMS seems to habe a difficult time in upgrading thier curriculum to meet the higher standards of other counties.Many children are being moved from one county to the other and a parent expects the same education. There is poor consistancy between schools and this county is staying in the 'good ol' boy mentality' and won't show any improvement in intellegence.Showing no desire to change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

I have 3 children who attended RMS. My oldest daughter did fine with no incidences and made good grades. Two years later my son had a terrible team of teachers. Despite constant contact and tutoring throught the assistant principal it finally became necessary to remove him from RMS and send him to a private school. My second daughter is presently in 7th grade at RMS. She is at RMS 10 years after my two older children. Her experience has been mediocre. She has excellent resource personnel in the school counselor and the county superintendent's wife at the school. She enjoys the mentoring program where she has a community mentor who visits her periodically at school. I work out of town and am not able to visit the school as much as I would like. The school does a provide radio service available in the school's driveway and a website.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2004

My child has had a very great middle school experience at this school. The staff is always very helpfull and patient. She has had the oppurtunity to be active in many things. Better than WBMS.
—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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
76%
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

English Language Arts

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

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 44%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Black 7% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Robert Johnson
Fax number
  • (770) 868-1215

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

84 W Midland Ave
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: (770) 867-8181

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT