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John R. Kernodle Jr. Middle School

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Posted October 31, 2013

My child is a 6th grader, and has had a terrible experience at Kernodle. The teachers yell constantly and my child has been extremely stressed out and dreads going to school. We are looking into a charter school to get out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My school is large but laid out well. Each class has their own wing. I have had two children at the school. Like any place there were strengths and weaknesses. As a parent you need to be your childs advocate. If I was asked to write this two years ago I would have given it one atar. We left for a charter school, came back with a different group of counselors and teachers and for us, it was a different school. Both my children were/are challenged: one has moved on to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2012

My child had a terrible 6th grade year but good 7th and 8th grade years. I agree that many of the teachers are negative, unhappy, and seem to not really want to be there. I think it filters down from principal and front office staff. But there are some great ones as well. I'm shocked a principal with such terrible grammar was selected and a top educator at a middle school. It does not represent well at all. Overall not a bad school but I think some faculty changes are in order to get a better attitude throughout the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

My son is a student here. We moved to this district because Kernodle is ranked in the top 100 middle schools in the US. This school has been responsive to my son's individual needs and he is excelling there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

Kernodle is a very mediocre school masquerading as above average. Teachers are indifferent and grumpy, the assignments are formula-driven, the principal nearly completely absent - the secretaries run things. Teachers are overworked and underpaid, and they give busywork, give lots of zeroes (they often lose work that's been turned in) and yell in an effort to appear rigorous. They seem to get very little support from the front office. The kids are extremely clique-y and exclusive, and everyone pretends not to notice. Its high academic scores are mostly possible because this school draws from an upper-class demographic to start with. When my child got to high school, the difference in the amount of attention and genuine warmth at the school as compared to Kernodle nearly blew us away - and that's at a high school of more than 1,500 students. KMS's buildings are new and clean, and the kids are rich. Those are its only advantages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2011

Our son has excelled at Kernodle and is in the 7th grade. He is in advanced classes and all o fhis teachers have been encouraging and have pushed him to excel. The teachers have been great at communicating with parents as they send home weekly updates on assignments to keep us aware of the responsiblities that our children have. Our son is challenged everyday by the curriculum and that is exactly what we want. Wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

The teachers are the strength of this school. My son was challenged and received a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Principal and Teachers do not talk to the parents and have little involvement with the students which I find surprising given the number of students. The attitude is not to bother them, they have enough to do.


Posted September 14, 2010

My grandson attended Kernodle for one year. He is a smart child and the adults in his life work hard to provide enrichment along with clear boundaries and limits. This school was awful--he became so depressed he started talking about suicide. As an example, he asked questions in class to better understand her lectures.. She threw a pad of sticky notes on his desk and told him to write his questions down. and not to ask any more questions. Later he saw her throw his questions away without looking at them. When his Mother tried to problemsolve with the teacher and principal their only solution was to medicate my grandson. This year we moved him to a private school which is a challenge for the family to pay for. He is now happy and well adjusted again as well as excited about learning again it's a sacrifice we will make.


Posted June 1, 2009

Principal is inadequate and ineffective. Teachers focus on the wrong things and do not value diversity or critical thinking skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

I went to kernodle for my 7th and 8th grade year, and i have to say it is a great school ( or at least was when i went there). I could compare kernodle to southeast middle, and northwest middle, and kernodle is a great environment. I currently attend Northwest high, and everyone from kernodle actually kew everyone. Students who attended NW can't say that. I loved Kernodle. The teachers there are great and it was a very good environment. There's a reason it was the best in the county.


Posted March 7, 2009

Kernodle gives a lot of homework, but It has great teachers and its a great learning environment!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

i am a student at kernodle it is a very friendly school. you learn a lot in a relaxed atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2008

I went to Kernodle for two years, 6th and 7th grade, and let me tell you it was the worst experience in my life. The teachers do not discipline the students and there is nothing done about bullying. The students are very crude and disrupt the classes very much. I hated it here. It's an awful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

My son went to Kernodle and loved it. It was challenging and fun at the same time. He was engaged and felt the teachers cared for him. The teachers are strict and that is fine because real learning is taking place. I am so excited my daughter will start here next fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

The best school i have ever been in. The greatest atmosphere of any of the schools i have ever been to. The teachers are great too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

this is the best school in the world i love it this is the best year i have had.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

Kernodle is safe, clean and my kids get above average prep for HS. The teachers are very strict but always willing to tutor before or after school if a child needs extra help. The sports programs are top notch...Go Cougars!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

Kernodle is a very good school. The teachers are great and the teachers do discipline their students, but dont go over board with punishments.I love kernodle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2007

My child does not like Kernodle. The teachers do not discipline the misbehaving children enough, and some of the teachers leave it up to the students to tell the disrupting classmates to stop. She has not enjoyed her year at Kernodle. We don't know why it is a School to Watch.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 39% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
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.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students54%
Female60%
Male48%
Black22%
Asian-95%
Hispanic29%
Multiracial62%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted84%

Reading

All Students67%
Female74%
Male61%
Black47%
Asian93%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial81%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Academically gifted88%
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 Students58%
Female61%
Male56%
Black32%
Asian-95%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial71%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Academically gifted91%

Reading

All Students68%
Female70%
Male67%
Black47%
Asian82%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial57%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted92%
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 Students55%
Female56%
Male54%
Black30%
Asian84%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial29%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiency50%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted87%

Reading

All Students61%
Female68%
Male55%
Black35%
Asian76%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial64%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiency30%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Academically gifted91%

Science

All Students75%
Female72%
Male78%
Black52%
Asian88%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial86%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities34%
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiency60%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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 Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black-95%
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students88%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Academically gifted93%

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 18% 26%
Asian 7% 3%
Hispanic 5% 14%
Two or more races 5% 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

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Theaster McHam
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (336) 545-3714

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Music room
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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