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Lois & Jerry Tarkanian Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1310 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 12, 2014

Used to be a student here, and it sucked. Every teacher was ignorant, and I hated it here.


Posted October 10, 2014

TMS is it awesome beautiful middle school! My daughters going there right now for six grade she loves all the teachers especially Mrs.Drazba, Ms.Glismann and Ms.Thomas. The outdoor campus is beautiful and very very nice Deans and principals and teachers. At The end of every quarter there is a schedule change for some of the same kids that go there. There is also something called super shark. It's where a teacher selects a student from their class or classes they then right about them and they nominate them for super shark,super shark is something that kids show excellent effort and they always are thriving to learn more!! If you want to enroll your kid in a middle school pick Terkanian middle school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

TMS is a really great public school. i went there for my 6th and 8th grade year, and i loved it. You definitely feel more independent with how big the school is and the various teacher you have. You get recognized for all you've achieved with "Straight A" luncheon's at the end of every quarter. Although, certain teachers that i have had in the past lack responsibility and show a careless attitude when it comes to grades, but those are only CERTAIN teachers. Admin is nice, beautiful outdoor campus. I'd recommend this school to anyone with a child entering into middle school.


Posted March 10, 2013

A great pulbic school. Only problem is over crowding, school district is planing to redraw school lines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

Awesome school! I love it! Super excellent teaching and education, my child loved it! If you're looking for a good school, this is it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

My son was a sixth grader this year at Tarkanian. I found the vast majority of his teachers to be competent, caring and committed to the students. His math, science, PE and especially BAND teacher were very strong. The sixth grade counselor and the librarian were also very supportive. The dean is STRICT but I like that.....there is no tolerance for knuckleheads. We came from an exclusive private school but I will say, I think this school offers a good educational opportunity and a "real world" environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

This school is a joke. Some of the teachers there are alright, but some others really shouldn't be even teaching. They don't offer anything extra after school besides dance, cheerleading, and basketball. We can't wait to get our 4.0 student out of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

This is the worst school I've ever seen! They allow kids to be bullied. Teachers Pick and choose the students they send to the dean for dress code violations. This place should be shut down. Children should not be put in the situations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

The school has every right to search any students locker / back pack / purse / sachel if they believe that the student has anything in her / his possession that is illegal / immoral / poronographic or NOT in the interests of school (drawings that the student wastes class time looking at over and over. Students should NOT bring items to school that don't fit into the learning process...i.e. games / toys / photographs. Although cell phones are allowed many students do texting when the teacher isn't looking...so the student is NOT learning. This School is fantastic.


Posted December 12, 2011

I am a 6th grader at Tarkanian Middle School. The teachers are great and always help the students. There are so many extra activities at this school. I have been to three schools in my life, and this is my overall favorite. Five stars!


Posted August 30, 2011

I absolutely loathe this school. I had a child with a learning impairment go through this school and I believe that the overall experience has caused him to form a very negative attitude towards the entire school system. He was having trouble in several classes getting his grades up and parent teacher meetings were held. Even though we had meetings with the teachers they did NOT take any steps to help him to better understand the work or to improve his grades. At one point they searched his belongings WITHOUT his permission and came upon drawing depicting a scene from a video game (the drawing was not done at or about school). They said these were violent drawings so they removed him from school and wouldn't let him back in until he saw a shrink. The doc said everything was ok, he went back to school. A few weeks later he was required to draw a picture of the D-Day beach landing scene for a grade from the same teacher that went through his belongings without permission. That was only the tip of the iceberg, I wish I had more room to go into detail. After a year of F's and D's (the majority were F's) he was passed to the next grade level. His previous years he was a B/C student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

my child loves this school ! she says that they are always supporting people who aren't fortunate enough to get food. also she says that all the after school activities are really great !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

All of the teachers at the school are really great about keeping the parents inform.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

Thank you for all the teachers and staff for always taking time on each and individual kids showing careness, being the best that you are, and especially all the support. Keep up the great work.. My daughter loves tarkanian middle school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

This is my favorite middle school. Teachers are awesome and they provide educational strategies and they stay after school with you to make up tests or to tutor you...
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2007

Parents and gaurdians, Tarkanian is the most dangerous school i have ever enrolled my children in. I was appauled with the carelessness of the staff.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

381 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Female58%
Male57%
Black/African American30%
Asian80%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial59%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch43%
Full price66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities61%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant57%

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Black/African American66%
Asian91%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian79%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities83%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female69%
Male72%
Black/African American50%
Asian88%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial70%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian74%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch57%
Full price80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities74%
Students with limited English proficiency23%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant70%

Reading

All Students75%
Female82%
Male69%
Black/African American60%
Asian89%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial77%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian82%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch65%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities81%
Students with limited English proficiency23%
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female50%
Male36%
Black/African American18%
Asian60%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial36%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian48%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch34%
Full price48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities46%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English43%
Not migrant43%

Reading

All Students58%
Female65%
Male51%
Black/African American33%
Asian73%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial64%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch46%
Full price65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant58%

Science

All Students65%
Female67%
Male63%
Black/African American33%
Asian78%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial64%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian74%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch55%
Full price72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities69%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada 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 38% 37%
Hispanic 23% 40%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Black 12% 10%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (702) 799-6805

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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5800 West Pyle Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89141
Phone: (702) 799-6801

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