Students enrolled 930
School leader Ms Lisa Bailes
Transportation options Yes
District Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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8040 Strawberry Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277

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(980) 343-3670
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3 stars
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October 06, 2014
This is the worst school ever. The teachers in 6th grade were so bad that I pulled my son out to homeschool. Now he's back for 8th grade. These teachers are much better but the administration isn't very helpful. I made a doctor's appointment for my son as late as possible but I would still need to pick him up 15 minutes before school lets out but I can't do that. Instead, I have to pick him up at 2:10 before the last class starts and have him miss an entire class period. I thought it would be ok because the final announcements would be going but they don't do the announcements until after the final bell rings and the kids have to stay there until the announcements are done even though they are technically out of school. I've never worked with a school that was so uncooperative and unwilling to compromise or work with the family of a sick child! If I had a choice my son would not be going to this school and I would never send another child to this school. I wouldn't even rate this school with 1 star - rather a negative 1.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2014
I graduated from SCMS 3 years ago, and I think it's a great middle school. The workload was fine, and I had no problem getting A's and B's in my classes. Most of the teachers I had were very helpful. There were a couple teachers who shouldn't have gotten jobs there, but they're not working there anymore. It's a beautiful school, and it's kept very clean and decorated with artwork. There are several different electives you can take, and there are also "9th block" classes that are usually fun. The only thing I hated about this school was gym class. We had to take it every year, and I always felt like I was being tortured while I was participating in it. I definitely got some great workouts though. I always felt safe while I was in this school, and the teachers made an effort to prevent bullying. However, every school is going to have bullies no matter where it is. All in all, South Charlotte is great and I'm glad I went there because it's definitely one of the best middle schools in Charlotte. South Charlotte was also a good transition into high school; I felt prepared, and most people from South Charlotte went to Providence High School with me, so I knew a lot of people!

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2014
i hate this school so much i came home crying everyday because of the kids there and how the teachers didn't do anything they actually gave me punishments and not them. my friend who has adhd was always looked down and never treated right by teachers...i hope this school gets torn down. THIS IS NOT A 10!!

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2014
If you want your child to have a great education, DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL! My child came from a 7/10 school in a different state. Although the rating was not perfect, it was not the correct rating. The school had amazing dedicated staff who helped all the children learn, and the statement, "No child left behind" was extremely brought to life there. I chose this school for her because of the test scores and rating, but so far her year has been awful. She has struggled and some of the teachers here are so unhappy with their job they want they have no motivation to help the students. She has gone from straight A's and occasional B's to C and D averages. They spend so much time preparing on how to take an EOG test, there's no time left to actually learn and process what is on it. The students here, who are all mostly upper class seem to be very stuck up and it seems not down to earth here at all with anyone at this school. My daughter's friends have been bullied and so has she, which the office did nothing about for her. If I could, I would move to a new area of Charlotte in an heartbeat. Disgusted with the things I've seen at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
If you want your child to have a great education, DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL!!! My child came from a 7/10 school in a different state. Although the rating was not perfect, it was not the correct rating. The school had amazing dedicated staff who helped all the children learn, and the statement, "No child left behind" was extremely brought to life there. I chose this school for her because of the test scores and rating, but so far her year has been awful. She has struggled and some of the teachers here are so unhappy with their job they want they have no motivation to help the students. She has gone from straight A's and occasional B's to C and D averages. They spend so much time preparing on how to take an EOG test, there's no time left to actually learn and process what is on it. The students here, who are all mostly upper class seem to be very stuck up and it seems not down to earth here at all with anyone at this school. My daughter's friends have been bullied and so has she, which the office did nothing about for them but tell the girls to stop. If I could, I would move to a different area of Charlotte in an heartbeat. Disgusted with the things I've seen at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
My child came to this school from an outstanding school in a neighboring state. This school has been terrific for my child. It is a tough but fair school. They have a great arts program. Most middle schools don't have chorus, art, drama and he has really enjoyed these classes. My child plays sports and is very involved. The school and principal seem to care about my child and there are always fun things that he looks forward to. South Charlotte has a great reputation and great test scores for a reason. They are doing things right.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
( CONTINUED) If these kids dont like you, they wont speak to you, look at you, or if they do they will look you up and down, and either laugh or whisper into their stupid little friends ears, or BOTH. RUDE. -_-! 3rd, If you are into the arts like me, then heck no for this school if you want any sort of artisic skill teaching. They have a overall terrible arts program. ( Drama, Music, Orchestra, Band, Art, Computer) Haha computer... Im a geek ;P . 4th, The academics stink, hey dont work with you if you dont get soemthing, their like " OH WELL STUPID"! And they rush like crazy. They will work on a lesson for maybe a day or 2, at the most maybe 3. 5th, like I was talking about before the teachers were being rude? Yea so is the staff. In the office one day my mom wanted to drop off my lunch box because we were running late and I forgot my lunch box. So my mom goes up to the ladies and she says " Um excuze me, Hi, Im *My moms name* And im here to drop... ( the lady interupps) " WHAAAA?" " Excuze me but you need to go to guidance...... EXCUZE ME? WHAT? SO RUDE. Anyway I hope you dont choose this school.. And dont let the 10 out of 10 fool you.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2013
I was formerly associated with this school, and it is definitely NOT student-centered. Many teachers seem to think that giving a lot of homework equals rigor. They are also very inflexible when it comes to finding ways for students to be successful; it is their way or nothing at all. Some of these teachers also refuse to see the need for updating their professional development, thinking that what they have done all along still works. Good teaching is good teaching, but times are changing, as are students, so it is always wise to keep up to date. You won't find it at this school. Its all about conformity and being seen as the "only middle school that prepares kids for high school" which means they pay no attention to adolescent development.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2013
Parents are not welcomed as valuable contributors to their children's education at South Charlotte. Many of the teachers are rude and kids are afraid of the teachers. Two children I have talked with recently think its ironic that the school push for the kids to commit to not bullying yet allow their teachers to bully and intimidate the students. Avoid this school if possible. Many that can afford so do by sending their kids to private schools for middle school and then to Prov for high school.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
I was a student at SCMS and it has a couple good teachers. I think it has a good leadership/principal, and it was not challenging because i wasn't the best test taker therefore i got in classes below me even though they knew I had more potential. Over all I thought it was a good school.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2012
I am a teacher at this school and a parent of a child that has attended this school. The leadership is excellent, and the teachers are excellent. Students rise to the high standards that are set for them, and the outcome is a quality, rigorous education.

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2012
I feel South Charlotte has gone downhill. The teachers seem to be pushing things more, and repeating things like we're pre-schoolers who can't remember anything. Many of the teachers don't seem to want to help you very much, and they tend to punish students for silly things, but don't punish students for bad things like calling out in class and saying inappropriate things. No, instead we get punished for not walking when we're outside, hugging people, and other stupid little things not even related to learning. They also are enforcing rules on students that really suck the fun out of school, I know school is supposed to be a learning environment, but it's become to the point I don't even feel like I'm learning. Half of class is spent yelling at the students who don't want to shut their mouthes and work. I don't feel challenged because I'm always getting stuck in the "standard plus" classes (the lower classes) with all of the failing kids who misbehave so much we never do anything fun. I must admit I have about two good teachers. Kids are either always getting in trouble, smart and snobby, or being bullied because they aren't "cool". If you're in between you're basically ignored.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2012
South Charlotte is a terrific school if your child is an over achever. Although, with my A.D.D and learning disability, they never made the right accomodations for me and they only made the accomdations during EOG time (And if your parents say you have one and you let the teacher know, the teacher will make you sit on the gym floor or in a noisy classroom when your supposed to take a test in a "private quiet room"). If your not the perfect straight A student they expect all there students to be, your at the bottom of the barrel and it makes things harder than it seems because they constantly stress you out with numerous projects and loads of homework when you have trouble comprehending it in the first place. The teachers have office hours but there is enough time in the day where they can pull you out of class (9th block) and help you. And they pretty much teach to the EOG because South Charlotte cares more about there reputation of sending you to high school than actually worrying about people like me. I am extremely dissapointed in South Charlotte and things need to turn around there soon.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2012
This school is the worst school I have ever been to. Most of the students are very rude and use nasty language. The teachers are so rude and do not care or take the time to answer any of your questions. They also complain constantly about their jobs infront of the students. The only good thing about this school is the arts program that has been cut because of the budget cut. This school gets you so stressed out with the loads of homework and projects. I have talked to my parents about switching schools.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2011
SCMS does a few things right - high expectations communicated to the students in a consistent manner, qualified teachers, and the school consistently achieves high scores on EOG testing. As a result, it's a highly rated middle school. They also do a few things wrong - the intense focus on EOG scores, and the strict policies result in: * too much homework * too many projects * a lack of individual caring and attention from teachers and administration that the students feel in the areas of scheduling and keeping up with notes/assignments/projects * a clearly communicated disinterest in parental involvement beyond the PTA, fundraising, and school store staffing * a lack of opportunities for socialization the previous principal seemed to be a stickler against anything that could be perceived as having fun while at school * an environment where teachers regularly punish the group rather than the specific kids who are interrupting or being rude in class The focus is grades, grades, grades. I care about the grades of my children, but i also care about time with them in the evenings, and about their their sense of comfort while at school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
- and its not 2 projects a night overall in 4 weeks only 2 projects and I have had either 4 or 5 or 6 I cant even count because im trying to figure out a way of fixing my hand from all the writing of all the homework. >:( not happy with south charlotte middle school, at all!!

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2011
My son came from a lower level school and so we transferred him here. All in all, that was a bad decision. When we asked them all of the options to get caught up, the only option they gave us was to spend an hour after school in tutoring. We told them that we cant because we value our time with our son and the response was "Oh well...". He was frowned upon by teachers because he came from a lower level school. Homework was a big issue too. the amount of homework he had was to the point where we never got to spend time with him. His schedule was: School, Homework, Dinner, Bed. Again when we tried to talk to teachers to see what could be done, the response was "Every student is expected to perform, just like everyone else." Some teachers understood that the time when my child is at home is my time to spend with him, not their time to burden him until 11:00 at night with homework. They even discourage parents to be involved with anything academic. Please search for a different school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
Overall the academics are at par.(and has been going down hill since budget cuts...)This school is not for every child.This school is mostly for rich sports playing over achievers.Many problems have come up over the past two years since I have been going there dealing with rude and nasty teachers staff, and kids... If you aren't perfect in every way possible you will be frowned upon by your piers and by teachers.Over all South Charlotte is one of the worst schools i have been too(most of the other kids have the same opinions as myself).I would not recommend this school to any 6th 7th or 8th grader.Honestly it is a real drag to go to this school in the morning.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
i hate this school!!!!! if your child is about to come to this school and your picking electives do not pick band the teacher is never gonna teach your child anything he just expects us to know the notes and doesnt teach anything

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2010
I am a student who goes here (2010). I HATE IT!!! Worst! 1. Teachers are pretty harsh, they go too fast and don't care 2. The kids are SOOO mean! I used to go home crying everyday. 3. I hope you know a good psychiatrist. I needed one on the very first week from dealing with these kids.

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2010
Great School but I believe the projects continue to indoctrinate our kids with their projects choices. End of year projects should be more broad than simple on one subject matter to choose from. There are two sides to everything and I do not beleive students are given a choice of what side to take on things!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
This school is great!! my son goes their and he excels in everything

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
I am a student at SCMS and i love it there. I don't know if it is because of my friends or something but i look froward to school and my classes. They have amazing extracurricular activities such as NAL or Odyssey of the Mind or international club. It is a great school and even if they say there is alot of homework, there inst. its all in the head the amount of homework

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2009
I was a student in South Charlotte and I have to say that out of all the 7 schools Iv been to, this has been the best. Going there I finally felt challenged and i actually had something to say to my parents when they asked 'what did you learn today?' Also the students were very social and open. Rarely do you see rude remarks and conflicts. Overall SCMS is a great experience and a great choice

- submitted by a student
February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2009
I strongly dislike this school the teachers are not caring...................Please take this in deep consideration if you are thinking about sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2008
this is the best shcool ive ever been in it tought me how to type it gave a proper an easy and fun way to run the mile an now i can speak fluent french.

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September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2008
I am a student at SCMS and it is an oovrall great experience. You get a great education and we are lucky enough to have things like a big library and lots of computers. The teachers at SCMS are very kind and I felt welcomed on my first year. Going to South Charlotte is a great experience that you would not regret. I have first hand experience with going to SCMS so take my advice and come to our school.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 06, 2008
I think this school has a great acadimic courses but could lighten up on there dress code.

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July 18, 2008
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June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 08, 2008
I was a student teacher at SCMS and will be on staff next year. I would challenge any criticism that the staff is not concerned with the individual students and doesn't welcome parent involvement. That was not at all my experience. I witnessed many 'surprise' visits to the school by parents, even into individual classrooms for observation. When a school is willing to allow for 20-something other students to be distracted by one student's parent, for the sake of one student, that is individual concern. Our neighborhood middle school is Robinson, but I am more than happy that my son would like to attend SCMS. I believe that SCMS will be an excellent fit for him. As far as homework, as long as the assignments are quality reinforcements of the in-class work, the more the better! That is how mastery is achieved.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
While South Charlotte Middle School may be strong academically I believe they discourage parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
This is my sons first year at this school. It came highly recommended but i must say i was very dissappointed. my son felt like a number it was very hard for him to catch up joining the school in the 8th grade. He was always an A student but found himself very overwelmed. I thought it was a bit ridiculous to have projects every month . The amount of homework was ridiculous. My son was spending 4 to 5 hours a night on homework. Dont get me wrong i want my child to have a great education but he need to be well rounded. He found it nearly impossible to play a sport and keep up academicaaly. I really dislike this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
South Charlotte Middle School(SCMS) does have a large number of students who regularly score high on standardized tests. However, I have been very disappointed in how little the administration and teachers focus on individual students. Test scores drive all decisions, often without explaination to parents. Parents are discouraged from getting to know and working with teachers and staff to ensure childrens success. Only very few parents are offered even one parent teacher conference a year. My children are not always challenged appropriately. The school groups teachers into teams so if a student is able to handle a very high level literacy class, they may not get it if they are grouped with students in lower level math classes. The CMS Talent Development Program is not supported although they routinely list the number of students who are TD. SCMS does not offer any Talent Development services. Students EOGs dictate class placement.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
As a teacher at this school, I must sing the principal's praises for consistently holding high expectations of her staff and students. The school is extremely well organized and safe, while academic rigor and critical thinking are strong emphasized.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2005
My daughter attends South Charlotte Middle School, and we have been very pleased. The academic focus is great, the workload is reasonable, and the teachers are strong. Although Community House Middle School opened nearby, we were pleased that our daughter was staying at South Charlotte, as it has been a great experience for her. She is enjoying art, music and dance. The sign ups for extra curricular activities was not clear, and we would have liked for her to have taken keyboarding, however, she was happy enough with her schedule, so we did not rock the boat. Elective sign-ups should be clearer, though.

- submitted by a parent
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South Charlotte Middle
8040 Strawberry Lane, Charlotte, NC  28277
(980) 343-3670
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