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South Oldham Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 662 students

 
 

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Posted October 24, 2011

I have been very impressed with both the creativity of the teachers, the responsibility students must have in presenting their own work during student led conferences (and teachers are right there if you need to talk to them), the fantastic choir program (they compete, go to operas, sing with the Louisville Chorus), and the challenge that is given to my child who is in geometry in 8th grade - 2 years ahead for her grade level. The teachers are incredibly creative (Mr. Adkisson is award winning), they keep in touch with parents weekly, and parent portal works great for keeping track of your kids grades. Extra-curriculars like KYA and KUNA, Beta Club are fantastic learning opportunities for kids. The athletic coaches are supportive and go out of their way on their own time, even on week-ends to help kids improve in their athletic skills. It rated #1 in the state for reading and math for public schools their size in 2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

This school needs a change of leadership. Unless your child is great in math don't expect a quality education preparing them for high school and beyond. There is no one to turn to if your child is having problems and they pay lip service to your concerns. There are some good teachers but they do not get to teach -- everything is about stats. They do not challenge the students who are not superstars in math. Not a good experience at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2010

Thank you SOMS. Middle school can be a scary time but thanks to SOMS it wasn't so scary for our daughters. from our experience with other middle schools, SOMS was fantastic. Teachers are attentive and parent involvement is at a premium. both my daughters look forward to going to school every day. And thats saying something for middle school... I don't know many people who can say they ever enjoyed "middle school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

Having moved from out of state, and told Oldham has best schools in the state, we moved here thinking the would be similar to our prior state's education level. Since we lived elsewhere, our expectation of what a school provides is definitely different than other parents that grew up here and only know the KY way of schooling. Focus is on meeting state standards, which is important, but not at the expense of teaching spelling, and grammar. The school is overcrowded and needs to be improved with teacher/student ratio, hopefully that is in the plans? We will be moving our children from this school because of the lower academic standard, physical building and weak athletic programs that are provided compared to the schools we are more familiar with and unfortunately have came to expect from school systems. The parents are very involved and make the school work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

I had concerns about my child at this school. The principal and staff talked at me regarding these concerns-I couldn't get one word in. I would like it better if they listened to me and my child more and defended their school a bit less (and tried not to undermine me in the process). I too am not a fan of the student led conferences. I got no one-on-one time with the teachers. I have had some bad experiences with my child being bullied. I think these problems can be managed but as a parent I've had to get heavily involved in order for my child to have a decent experience there. There is much room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

South Oldham Middle School is a great place with many opportunities for the students. It's a healthy, comfortable environment that's easy to learn in. The staff and teachers are amazing! It's really a place i don't mind going to almost every morning :) It's an excellent school, and every student deserves it. :) GO SOUTH!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2009

It's a good school, great teachers that actually give you the attention you need. I've attended South for a year now, and love it for the most part. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

Our family is new to the whole middle school scene. So far SOMS seems to be pretty good. The Retriever teachers are really good responding to any concerns sent via email. The office staff for the most part is pretty friendly and helpful. My child has been involved in 3 different sports, 2 of the 3 were very unorganized w/ very little communication which is very disappointing and frustrating. I really don't like the 'student led conferences' I feel it is a waste of time and doesn't give parents much 1on 1 time to speak with the teachers. I really don't know any more than I do prior to the conference. As with any school there are pros and cons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I think that south is a great school, because my kid loves it and dose not want to go to high school. Also they have a great education and so i dont have to worrie about my kid not getting into collage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

This is the first year I have a daughter at the SOMS. She seems to love it. Teachers seem to be ok. My daughter says the students do use bad language and their is bulling. I do wish they would do more about this. It seems to bother my daughter. Over all its no different than any other middle school. I have heard complaints about the teachers as well. More negative than positive. The parents are very involved, I think this is what really helps the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

this school is amazing and deserves a 10 out of 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

SOMS is a fantastic school. The staff and teachers are very dedicated to the success of the children. My kids love their teachers but hate all the homework - especially in 6th grade. The teachers spend a lot of extra time after school to help the children who are struggling or just want to jump ahead. There is great parent involvement, but every school can always use more. This school gets an A from our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2005

The quality of academic programs could be upscaled more. Seems to be more focus on overall stats than individual teaching. Need more push to go beyond the status quo. The Band has a great program and the sports are good for the kids. Parents support the students and the school. The biggest drawback is the bulling especially the verbal putdowns. More discipline is needed and more respect to each other needs to be shown.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

South Oldham Middle School is an above average school. The student body and teachers take great pride in this school and school spirit. My children love this school. There is a variety of extra-curricular activities for the students to become involved with the school and each one encourages the children to do their best. Even my father-in-law stated that they (the children) are 'getting a real good education here at South Oldham.' Go SOMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

This school is too overcrowded and unable to support children with learning disabilities. My son has trouble learning and they have been unable to provide it. The staff and Administrators make several suggestions but never follow through with them. Instead he has spent more time in detention for not understanding or completing the work correctly. I have met with several other parents that agree. For other children without learning disabilities, I am unable to comment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

This is a very great school. I went there when I was a child and loved it. My child had a great experience. They have great teachers and students.
—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.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students57%
Female61%
Male53%
African American27%
Asian50%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female50%
Male58%
African American13%
Asian60%
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female63%
Male60%
African American13%
Asian60%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students60%
Female67%
Male53%
African American47%
Asian70%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Female62%
Male53%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female60%
Male42%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 82%
Black 3% 11%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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