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J N Fries Magnet School

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Posted February 28, 2014

First of all, any review older than 2012 is invalid, since the county dismantled the old JN Fries and installed a new STEM program fresh from the ground up. My daughter attended her 8th grade year here and used it as a spring board to attend Early College high school. She didn't want to leave her old friends, however we felt that this was an invaluable educational opportunity to seize, and we were right! The teachers and staff are beyond our expectations. There is the latest technology integrated into a solid STEM curriculum. This combined with the safe and learning friendly enviroment makes for what I believe to be the best middle school in the county. My son now attends and promises to have similar success if will apply himself. He has had opportunities he would never have had at CC Griffin Middle School where he would normally have attended. We love being a Noble Knight family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

JN Fries is a well organized school. In my opinion some people's ideas of this school is far out wrong. This school is not poor we have way more technology than any other middle school in the county. If children are failing their grades then that's the student. Don't blame the whole school especially when there are straight A students and prodigies in it, and besides JN Fries Magnet school is not like other schools we learn differently than regular public schools. JN Fries challenges the students and we have harder work. They way we learn a C in a class would be an A in a regular school. We are pushed to do more than the average student. We have really strict and supportive teachers. I'm sorry to all the parents that think negative of the school but we have a lot of potential and we push to get scholarships. If your child is failing grades it is probably due to the fact that they can't handle all the challenges we have and work we have. Honestly this school is not for every child out there. This school challenges me and i love my teachers and the environment. there is no violence at all in this school. I Love JN Fries!!!


Posted September 1, 2013

When I first signed up for this school I had no idea what I was getting into. It was actually my parents idea because they heard that a magnet school was starting in Cabarrus County and they had been interested in getting me a better education for a while and honestly I DID NOT want to go to J.N. Fries and I was very sad that I was leaving my elementary school friends to go here, but now when I look back on it I couldn't have asked for a better middle school! I have been at J.N, Fries since it turned into a magnet school and this school is amazing!! There has never been a day here that I haven't learned something. The teachers are WONDERFUL and they care so much about our education and are always advancing us and asking the most that they can get out of us. The whole school works together to benefit the students and are doing an excellent job. The whole entire staff at Fries are working toward making our school a better school, even the custodians! This year is my last year at J.N. Fries and I am very disappointed that I am going to have to leave soon but I am so grateful to have had such an amazing middle school that cares so much.


Posted August 19, 2013

This is an excellent school and the only school offering IB/STEM program from 2011. The principal wants the students and the program to be successful and encourages by differentiating the talents and strengths that each of the students uniquely possess. We are so pleased to be sending our daughter there and she truly discovered her talents by being there at a turning point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

JN FRIES is a great school...this school is not for everybody. This school is for kids that are really serious about their educations. The teachers are excellent. My daughter plans to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

I would just like to say that some of the comments below are not so good.. However this was last year before it became a magnet middle school.. My daughter attends there this year as a 6th grader. It was a tough decision that we struggled with over the summer. But this year has ended up being nothing less than fantastic!!! We love it, and she loves it as well. The teachers are absolutely wonderful and have a very open parent/teacher communication line. The work is challenging for my daughter who was somewhat bored in regular school and the atomsphere with her peers is just great. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone who has a child that enjoys learning and wants to put fourth the effort. We are looking forward to having a rewarding 7th grade year there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

my daughter is a student at this school. she is failing most of her classes and the only way her mother or I find out how she is doing is by progress reports or report cards.Why don't teachers involve the parents with letters or parent teacher conferences? I do remember those. Or ,like i keep being told they don't have time.Well i don't have time to watch my daughters life go down the drain. I need help from the staff if you have time.How can this be solved?We are worried and we do care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

First of all i would like to say the school is ok. we moved from out of state and i did all my reviews of the school prior to moving here to concord. I will honestly tell you that if i had of had the chance to visit the school before moving here i would of chose to move to another community. The school is the poorest of all schools in the county ; even had a teacher to say so. i never hear from my child teachers and the year is half way over, my child is in the 8th grade and ranks the highest out of all her classmates........i just dont understand why there is no communication here??????but when the snow fell boy did i get two to three calls a day from admin. This will be our last year at JNF and by far we will be moving from this community. yes my daughter was/is unhappy at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

I completed my student teaching at J.N. Fries in May 2009. Going in, I was a little nervous as the school does have the reputation of being the roughest middle school in Cabarrus County. Once I got there and started though, I quickly realized that if J.N. Fries is the roughest middle school in Cabarrus County, then the other schools must be better than heavenly. I enjoyed my experience teaching a wonderful group of 7th graders and working with a caring group of teachers in Ms. Cox, Ms, Koch, Mr. Efird, and Ms. Kundla. I also felt very welcomed by the administrative staff and was overwhelmed with their care and support. While the school does not have the best reputation in Cabarrus County, I think the structure of the school is very well maintained to ensure that behavior problems are minimized so that student learning can and will legitimately take place in the classroom. That's part of the pride not only of J.N. Fries but of all the middle schools in Cabarrus County.


Posted May 2, 2010

this school has teachers that are very helpful.try this school.enjoy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I am very happy with this school and the teachers my child has. They are very cooperative and interact well with with each other as a team and are very upbeat and enthusiastic with the students. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2009

I was a teacher at J.N Fries and I was very happy at this school. I think the ideas that the principal introduced of invitational discipline and letting students make choices were great. I also remember my collegue Mr. Nance who sadly passed away some years ago. Mr. Nance was a good example of a humanistic teacher. He was patient, congenial, sympathetic, knew his subject and knew how to deliver it. God bless him.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 30, 2009

good school my son loves it!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

I was nervous about my daughter attending this school because it has a bad rap as an 'inner-city' school. So I not only stay on top of what's going on there, but I substitute teach there at all 3 grade levels. The teachers have solid lesson plans & communicate well with each other.The principal & asst. principals also communicate clearly. The school staff tries to encourage positive actions & respect. The only problem I've noticed is the students that have NO home-training & need parents that actually ACT LIKE parents. Teachers are forced to waste the precious time we have to educate those who want to learn on sending problems to the office or dealing with their temper tantrums. If a parent can't control their kid at home, what makes you think we can? And why are we forced to expose well-bahved children to that drama?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Horrible school - this school has lost focus of what is important, the child and learning. When they are clearly making mistakes and you do your parental duty to meet with them to get to the heart of the problem and determine next steps you will face a panel not just one that includes administration and counseling (they have to have backup- birds of a feather). Even if your child has been in the district since kindergarten and has never had a bad grade and only praises from teachers to have 30 more like them, there will be no consideration given to your child, they will be treated as if they have failed all along. Beware hard working honest kids and parents! this school get's an f minus from this parent for not doing the right thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

The person who write about the 'special programs' does not give a fair view. First of all, the developmentally delayed title goes away at 8 years of age. Unless their child is 8 or less at middle school, perhaps they are confused. My experience has been a wonderful one. The teachers truly care about children and advocate when necessary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

Great school unless you have a child who's not 'typical'. The special education program is the worst of all the middle schools from what I've seen personally and based on dozens of parents of Autistic and other developmentally delayed children who've had the misfortune of having their kids here. If your child is not typical in any way, find another school.


Posted May 5, 2008

JN Fries has taught my daughter dicipline, courage and leadership skills that are more than valuable. She has great grades and has learnd if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. The Teachers really work with their students and are more than caring. Thank you JN Fries..Go Knights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

I'm an 8th grader at J.N Fries and i'm actually really happy to be leaving J.N Fries for highschool. Half of the teachers dont care and most of the school activities have been limited greatly because of others behavior. The principals are always talking about whats best for us and how this and that is going to make our school better, well guess what? it hasnt. They dont understand a thing about us and how we feel about the way we want our school to be looked upon, because right now its not one of the top choices if you know what i mean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

As a student, my time at J N Fries showed me a new, unique experience that I will remember for my entire life. This school applies a Code of Honor, just like any other school would. The Code itself is great, but the problem is that the school and it's staff don't do nearly enough to enforce school laws. Next is the student population, which seems to get worse every year behavior wise.
—Submitted by a student


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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 39% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
-95%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students72%
Female67%
Male76%
Black56%
Asian88%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted95%

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Black79%
Asian94%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students85%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students82%
Female76%
Male89%
Black57%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students82%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black87%
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students89%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Academically gifted95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Female66%
Male60%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students64%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Academically gifted90%

Reading

All Students77%
Female86%
Male67%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students79%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students-95%
Female-95%
Male-95%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White-95%
Economically disadvantaged-95%
Not economically disadvantaged-95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students-95%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English-95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant-95%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students86%
Female83%
Male91%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students86%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Academically gifted-95%

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 52%
Black 16% 26%
Asian 9% 3%
Hispanic 6% 14%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Kecia Coln
Fax number
  • (704) 784-2086

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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133 Stonecrest Circle Southwest
Concord, NC 28027
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Phone: (704) 788-4140

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