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Johnson Traditional Middle School

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Posted March 25, 2014

This school did not adequately prepare my child for high school. Two examples of this are: 1) My child is the only child that came from Johnson in his high school math class - he is the ONLY child who hadn't covered everything required in 8th grade. 2) My child has been corrected several times in his high school Spanish class for using words he was taught in his Johnson "Spanish" class. Apparently he was being taught Portuguese words. I cannot in good conscience recommend this school to anyone and I have, in fact, advised friends of mine with incoming 6th graders to avoid Johnson like the plague. Everything that has been said about principal Beverly Johnson is correct. She is the worst Principal I have ever come across. She is rude to parents and children alike. It is apparent that the job is just a (rather large) paycheck to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

Both my boys have gone to this school. I have found it very subpar. the principal is very rude. I wonder how many comments can be posted about her, before the JCPS does something about her. Do they care?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

My daughter was bullyed at this school last year. This schools response was for me to move her and that would solve the problem and give her a new start. THE PRICIPLE IS NEGATIVE! She has been allowed by JCPS to act inappropriately, prejudicely and she is very aware that her position is secure in doing so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

As a former student who is now attending Louisville Male High School, I would say Johnson did an okay job at preparing me for the next step in my education. It took a little extra work getting me where I needed to be for high school, but anyone going into the traditional program should know that it's designed to push students academically. In my time at Johnson I found that the school needed better maintenance. It was NOT clean at all and the lunches were awful. I received mixed signals from the staff while I was there. SOME of my teachers were very involved and showed genuine interest in the student's well-being. Most, however, either seemed uninterested entirely or had a very rude attitude towards students. The counselors were amazing and were always there to help in academic situations and when students had personal problems they felt needed to be addressed. The major downfall of the school, and the reason I wouldn't recommend sending your child there, is the principal. She was very rude towards parents as well as students and only made her presence known when something negative was going on and reprimanding was required; never a good morning, good afternoon or have a good day.


Posted December 10, 2012

I love Johnson Traditional Middle School! I am a student there for as of right now. The dress code is there for a reason.The reason behind that is that the way you dress and strict polices help better our and your education.


Posted April 17, 2012

The only thing I would change about this school is not allowing children to enter if they didn't come in 6th grade. Education in Kentucky is so far behind that when a student that attends a less performing school then goes to one of great expectations there is a culture shock. in order to experience the full beuty of this school you need all 3 years. Possibly a studies guide through the summer before entering for your 6th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

I have 4 other friends who go to johnson and they like the school although johnson gets mad for stupid things like students getting in trouble for eating a chip in class, oooooooo wow thats a bad thing. But even though the is weird abd crazy I like the school.


Posted June 19, 2007

I am a graduate at Johnson and would like to put forward that Johnson is a very strict school. To me I personally think that they care more about the dresscode than our education. I believe that we need more principal leadership. The teachers are great. The gym teachers are super funny and you get to exercise. I think the safety and disclipine are too strict. The lunches are disgusting and cost too much. I didn't feel that everyone got the chance to have what extracricular activites they wanted. As being apart of the basketball team and the softball team we didn't get any recongition for being on the team.Dring the softball season we didn't have much support. But otherwise Johnson is a good school. I think we could use a little more parent involment. thanks
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2007

Yes i am a student of johnson midle and i think that it is wonderful for kids to attend there!after all u do get a good high school choice if u attend johnson!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2006

I think Johnson is a wonderful school but, I do agree they are too concerned about nit picking at stuff. They were too worried about my child's hair not being cut above the ear. Other then that and the amount of homework, I would recommend this school. They have the best teachers that really care and take the time to inform you of what's going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Basically, the kids are getting a decent education, but I don't understand why they don't teach Spelling and have Spelling tests? Spelling is so essential and it's just as important as math - why don't they get that? All kids should have PE everyday, but they don't. Also, the lunches are horrible! And, it appears that girls are favored in this school, and that's wrong! And the petty nit-picking on some issues has gotten out of control. If the staff would put as much into the students' education and well-being, instead of the little, petty things, our kids would be much better off. And, the school needs to be cleaned and better kept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2005

I graduated from Johnson in 2001 and it was not such a bad school...it was better than most schools I had been to in Jefferson County. The teachers....some teachers really care about the students and want them to do well not only in school but in life as well. The school provied strict rules on fighting on the buses and in the school building. Also the criteria that is being taught by the teachers are pretty good providing a head start for the students as the go on to high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 1, 2005

The school is very old and looks it. The location is less than desirable. However I believe the education that my daughter is receiving outweighs the look. However I have had issues where I have had to have Principal involvement and the lack of support from the Principal has been sad. I have been to the school on several occasions for different functions, attended several activities with student involvement and have not yet seen support from the Principal, I have seen several other administrative staff. There just seems to be lack of support from the principal. I would not send my child to any other middle school because of the teachers and counselors they have been nothing but wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

I am a 8th grader at Johnson. I believe that this school is horrible. The principal is not involved in any aspect of student life. The only highlights of this school are the wonderful teachers and the music program. The teachers are there for students when they are needed. they will talk about problems and they handle problems very well. The band and orchistra probram at Johnson is award wining. We have compeated in many festivals. In the past three years we have recived many awards. Overall I would not advise anyone to attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2004

Johnson is a very old school and could use some cosmetic updates. However, I will gladly sacrifice symbolism for substance. I appreciate the fact my child is receiving a wonderful education at Johnson. My daughter had to get up at 5:30 every morning to catch the bus for her 25 + mile journey. My only complaints are that every school is not 'Traditional', and the schools in my neighborhood are awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2004

The school needs some major remodeling, in my opinion - it looks very run down. I'd like to see safety issues addressed in a better way. The students are given way too much homework most of the time - over the legal limit at times. There are good points to the school as well - I believe the kids are learning what they need to learn, even if it's harder than other schools, I consider it beneficial to the kids.
—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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%
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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students48%
Female55%
Male40%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female52%
Male49%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students41%
Female53%
Male27%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities8%
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 Students35%
Female31%
Male39%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female69%
Male61%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female40%
Male55%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities13%
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 Students45%
Female46%
Male45%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female65%
Male49%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students37%
Female44%
Male29%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities39%
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

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
44%
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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Biology I

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

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n/a

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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 54% 81%
Black 39% 11%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Performing and written arts
  • Dance

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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