Students enrolled 1181
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School leader Jackie Menser
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District Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
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4400 Water Oak Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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4 stars
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May 30, 2014
This school is not that impressive. The principal is unresponsive. Teachers lose work constantly. And ironically, there are so many fights. Many teachers don't care about their students actually learning. In my sons science class, half the students were failing. If half the students are failing, perhaps it's the teacher (and not students). After two years, I am very disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
I appreciate that this is one of the most of the most if not the most diverse school in CMS. As a white male student, I find myself a minority among Asian and Hispanic groups, a ratio unmatched among other schools. I find myself looking at the other reviews for the school, and notice that most of the negative reviews criticize the lack of student challenge, and the topic of bullying. I find that these Critics have not seen all the resources Randolph has to offer. First off, Randolph offers many different levels of education. Opportunities like the Horizons program are designed to challenge students doing Advanced High School Math. Even if your child isn't that quick of a learner, there are 3 levels of honors education and a Talent Development Coordinator to help your child find his/her level of class. And for the topic of bullying, there is a full-time employed Dean of Students at Randolph in which the students can report instances of Bullying. There are anti-bullying posters lining the walls, and from personal experience, almost every bully that gets caught will get punished quickly and severely. I suggest Randolph to any parent looking for a high-class education for their child.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2014
Randolph is undoubtedly the best school in CMS for students looking for a challenge. Our son found that he could not only challenge himself, but also excel and choose his style and speed of learning. All the staff and teachers are very friendly, and I guarantee that young scholars will find this school a blast. They just didn't have this type of education when I went through school.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2014
My son attends this school. Initially, I thought this school was a good school, with good teachers. However, I realized that the Principal doesn't return or address issues. Equally important is that if a child has an extended absence, the school is extremely unorganized. My son had pneumonia and was hospitalized, upon his return, the school did not organize his classes to help him get up to speed. Instead, the teachers left my son to teach the material himself. Most teachers don't care, and Ms. Mesner does not return calls.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Randolph Middle School is a great school. Our first child went to another CMS middle school, and our last two are at RMS. Difference between the two schools is like night and day. At Randolph, my children are pushed and challenged like my eldest never was in middle school by teachers who encourage the kids to be global thinkers. Last year in French class, one of my kids skyped and blogged with a class in Canada. My other child blogged with a school in England. These are exactly the cultural experiences my husband and I were looking for when we were looking in to the IB program. Is Randolph perfect? Of course not. Yes, the classes are larger than I would prefer, and yes some of my sons' teachers are stronger than others. But if you judge the program as a whole, I really feel it's a private school education at a public school. The test scores speak for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
Academically there doesn't appear to be any challenge at all and the school just seems "OK". I don't see any proof in the pudding as to what makes the IB curriculum anything special. I am the product of an IB curriculum and the education being provided at Randolph doesn't come close to the education I received. There's rarely enough homework sent home, as the children are allowed to complete their homework in class, yet its work that's assigned as "homework". Parent/Teacher communication has MUCH to be desired as well. My child has stated that it doesn't seem as though students outside of the Horizons program are pushed beyond the limits of the EOGs. Bullying is a HUGE issue as well. My child comes home with NUMEROUS stories of fights that have taken place and the bickering that goes back and forth during class. Where are the instructors when this goes on? Why does there seem to be such a lack of classroom control? It seems to me that there is a HUGE lack of supervision overall on the campus. I wouldn't recommend at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
My son attended 6th grade at Randolph, and we had to pull him out halfway through 7th grade. The bullying is unbelievable, and there isn't enough supervision or controls in place to restrict it - it's basically like an inner city school. The academic instruction is good, but nothing special, and in both 6th and 7th grade I'd say 50% of my son's teachers were really good, and the other half with average to poor - especially the electives teachers are very weak. The IB curriculum is overblown - we've had friends with children graduating full IB out of high school and it's done nothing in their college applications - an admissions officer even said that AP or Honors clases are weighted much heavier than IB. The school metrics are also deceiving. The school has a group of students in the Horizon's program (highly gifted kids) who bring up the performance metrics and distort the socio economic and racial mix. Once you take these kids out (as they basically live in their own area of the school), the school becomes no better than any inner city school. We know of at least two other families that have pulled their kids mid year out of 7th grade - so you can bet there's many more.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
My daughter attends Randolph and she and I absolutely LOVE it!!! The staff is EXCELLENT!!! The field trips are well thought out, fun and very educational. I wouldn't change her school even if we moved an hour away :)

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
Great school as long as you do not question any teachers or try to talk to admin about what you percieve as a teacher problem.I mean really what could you know as a parent .You are no educator . I am sure there are plenty of good teachers there just don't believe 100 per cent sorry

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
High achievers who have great expectations for the kids. Great global IB program that gives the kids a world perspective.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
I switched here from Crestdale, and that has been the best choice of my life thus far. The teachers are great, and although some of the school is known for being 'ghetto', over half the school is brilliant! I went from being suicidal in the 7th grade to blissfully oblivious in the 8th when I transferred. Now, I make straight A's, am in Glee, Student Council, Shakespeare Club, Yearbook, and I was captain of the football team. The only thing I regret was not coming sooner.

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December 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Theres the ib program wich is verey enviromental and smart!

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2009
My school is the coolest ever! The staff are awesome and the environment is a comfortable one. I love it!

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2009
As most people know it is the field trip capitol of cms and it is a very active school and very fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
RMS has the best sports team and teachers we beat all of the other school unanimously

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Randolph Middle has the best students and teachers in the world!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 29, 2009
The teachers are understanding and amazing! all the students have avirtual connection with each other and i went there so I ♥♥♥ RMS!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
I was a student at Randolph Middle School from 2006 to 2009 and I absolutely loved it. It's a Magnet IB school which is GREAT and the diversity and culture make it absolutely amazing to attend. Plus it is one of the only public middle schools in CMS to offer the foreign language Latin.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 28, 2009
Randolph is just an all around amazing school. The teachers are great, the students are also great, and the teachers teach with a certain level of expectations that are not to harsh but not to easy. The teachers have the ability to bring down the highly worded work and put in in words you understand and help you with it. Randolph is a great place for children to go to school. It has a great working environment and is just a great place.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 07, 2009
I have two children who have attended Randolph Middle School. RMS has diversity, academically challenges its students, innovative teaching, and great field trips. My daughter is completing her final year at RMS this year and I am very pleased with her academnic achievements. She is an above average student, yet she is socially balanced. RMS supports the integration of all their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2009
I attended Randolph, let me tell you, I loved it! My test score rose 11 points during my 8th grade year. I went from a 355 to a 366 and passed my EOG( End of Grade) test, wonderfully. Well, I must go, I shall return

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2009
This is an up and coming school that just keeps getting better and better! Wonderful principal, teachers, and staff, and a diverse and caring learning atmosphere. Especially recommended for gifted and talented children

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March 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
Randolph Middle School has been one of the best school experiences I've partaken in so far. Though there are students who attend who show zero respect--I see it daily in talking back to the teacher, making wise comments, and refusing to listen-- there is a large population of the student body that's there to make good use of their time in middle school. The teachers are phenomenal. They try to become more than just a person who stands in front of the classroom and gives you something to do; They try to become more of a human being to their class and show their friendly sides to relate with everyone under their wing. Though it still suffers from typical teenager drama, what school doesn't, and Randolph has proved to exceed my expectations in what I was looking for in a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade education.

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February 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Randolph is probably the most academically focused public Middle School in Charlotte. It does also have disabled kids, whose test scores are factored into the overall scores of the school. Any parent considering a Middle School in Charlotte should look into the demographics their child fits into before making a decision. The classes are small, few discipline problems, and the kids are very outward and special. What attracted our family most to Randolph was that every student we met looked us in the eye when speaking. Very special place.

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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
My daughter recently left Alexander Graham for Randolph. I echo the parent above, Randolph Middle is often overlooked but a fantastic program. Languages and 'specials' are easier to access at this school, mostly because of the IB focus. We've been delighted with after-school activities. Randolph is wonderfully diverse, the teachers are incredibly caring. The principal has been very competent in our estimation.

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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 25, 2004
As the March 2004 Newsweek article attests, Randolph is a great city school. Its test scores are doing well and rising; it has excellent diversity in race, learning and physical disabilities,gifted and income levels. It's also a magnet school where all students study the International Baccalaureate program focusing on international studies and the Paideia program emphazing critical thinking. I searched long and hard before selecting this school and I have been very pleased. More importantly, my child loves it.

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Randolph Middle
4400 Water Oak Road, Charlotte, NC  28211
(980) 343-6700
Last modified Randolph Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Randolph Middle Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.