Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

John M Alexander Middle

Public | 6-8 | 885 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

25 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 18, 2013

I have found JMA to be an overall positive experience for my child. The current principal, Ms. Richardson, is quite attentive to the needs of the school. She is very attentive to parent concerns while still weighing out what is best for the overall school. JMA offers many after school activities for students that are both challenging and fun. With the addition of the IB program at JMA the academic opportunities are numerous. Academics appears to be the main forte of the school. The building is old and lends itself to seeming to be overcrowded but in reality it is an average sized middle school. We have found JMA's dance teacher, Ms. Clinard, to be very approachable and great for kids. Parents who have had issues with the school have not given the staff adequate time to deal with their problems in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

Awful, awful awful. We are taking our son out and putting in a nearby private school. This school is completely out of control, run-down and overall not fit for any child who wants to learn. We are fortunate that we can afford (barely) to send our child elsewhere, and we feel for those of you who are stuck with this school.


Posted May 20, 2013

I have been attending this school since 2010 i have seen major improvements in the educational system. Sure its crowded but i hear they may build a need school. Overall its an 4 atar school.


Posted March 21, 2012

The school had some problems the year before I cam. I am a formal Davidson IB student. It's no longer overcrowded however I find the mass is punished for the few a common problem. The school is just ok but I think the principal Dr. Karney will help


Posted January 21, 2011

i am a student a this school and i believe that this school is old and run-down teachers are way better than the school. i also believe that they should tear it down and build another one. Some people don't know that the year of 2011-2012 Davidson IB will be moving into there so more students=less teachers and less teachers means less supervision so i believe this isn't the best school.


Posted March 2, 2010

I use to go to that school and it is alittle bad every now and then, but it`s alright
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2009

the bathrooms are gross and the school is just real old and run down. i cant wait to go to ridge road middle school i will be in 8th grade. the teachers at JMA are awsome though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2008

I think this school is very over crowded with kids and there's not that many teachers to provide supervision.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

I think this school is overcrowded I do agrre this school is not as well as i thought
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

Personally I really like my school JM Alexander! The people are really friendly and i have made over 5 friends already in the past two days! Its awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

My son started developing behavioral problems this year, and I have gone to Alexander to sit through classes with him and observe the environment. That place is a circus! You cannot even hear the teachers when they are trying to teach and much of the class time is spent trying to discipline students. The students talk through class and ignore the rules. I am getting my son out of this school as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2007

At lunch students sit at the same table everyday, not allowing them to mingle w/other kids in the school. If you child is bright and knows how to pick friends, this can be a good place for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

This school is definitley something to write about, i mean c'mon. I go here it is beyond ridiculous. The classes are noisy and completely out of order! Some of the teachers are too busy screaming and then the rest could honestly care less about the us succeeding. The administrators are way too focused on suspending students, more so that it's at the point where the smallest thing could send your child out of school. They claim to be enforcing discipline but in all reality, this hurts the student's fair shot at an education; if they're even getting a fair one at this school! The lunch is ridiculously over-priced; you may as well bring your child to the local McDonalds. And that's what's real.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2007

Alexander was at one time a decent school. My daughter graduated from there just 3 years ago and we loved it and I found the staff and administration to be in control and the school well run and caring. Now the school is a nightmare. The kids are out of control. Teachers no longer teach, they are crowd control. My son's attitude toward school and authority has been negatively changed by the lack of discipline and consequences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Many, many problems....overcrowding is an understatement! Bad exposure and numerous problems abound at JM Alexander Middle School The school is SO overcrowded. The district has not mentioned the building of another middle school to serve the rapidly growing suburban area. The school has over 2,100 students and 4 years ago had a mere 900. Many 6th graders are housed in an elementary school building across the street from the school. All of the 7th grade students are housed/taught in mobile units on schools' property. 6th grade students can not participate in any sports. Lunches are poor and VERY overpriced. Students witness and experience divisive practices. My child attended for 6 months and will never again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

J.M. Alexander is the worst school I have ever encountered, classrooms are over crowded. The teachers are substandard with absolutely no control over the students. How the parents have allowed this to go on for so long is a mystery to me. I am new to the area and wish I had opted for private school. Also the school is filthy and unkept. Just all around horrible. Lunch is overpriced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2007

I know all schools in Mecklenburg are faceing a growth problem. Charlotte is growing, and fast! Nevertheless, I find that the teachers and principal of the JM Alexander Middle school are doing an excellent job in working with this growth and at the same time keeping education levels above national levels. I love this school and it's fine educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

My daughter is in 6th grade.This school is over crowed ,bus schedules are horrible.Staff and Admin has no control, they show no interest in the children's education.You have teachers using profanity during class oh wait its gets better,teachers returning to work with memory loss. Have you ever!You have Asst.Principals who are unorganized and don't return phone calls or address issues at hand.I wouldn't send a dog here to be trained. Parents if you don't have to enroll you child/children hear DON'T. I wish I'd did my homework and read this site before I let My daughter attend. They do everything in their power to remove children through suspension.This is their underhanded way of dealing with the overcrowedness.The only one who affected at the end is our children because they are cheated out of and education and good teachers who really care. Beware this is just the beginning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

My daughter, for her entire life has maintained her place on the honor roll list. She still was able to do this but with great obstacles. She was constanly distracted by other students who were out of control, disrepectful and harassed her because she is intellectual. Her bus was over-crowded and the school did not seem concerned. Her attitude changed towards school and she did not want to go at times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

I have a daughter who is an A/B student, has always enjoyed school for the most part. Attending Alexander has been a nightmare. We immediately began driving her to school because the bus was out of control and didn't deliver her home until 5pm. Children are unruly, out of control and disrespectful.
—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 39% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students46%
Female51%
Male42%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students49%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female52%
Male51%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students55%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students33%
Female34%
Male32%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students36%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Academically gifted85%

Reading

All Students48%
Female50%
Male45%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
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 Students40%
Female45%
Male34%
Black23%
Asian50%
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students43%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Academically gifted81%

Reading

All Students48%
Female56%
Male39%
Black37%
Asian42%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically gifted93%

Science

All Students52%
Female58%
Male45%
Black35%
Asian55%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Academically gifted90%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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 Students80%
Female72%
Male92%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students80%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Academically gifted78%

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

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
Black 47% 26%
White 36% 52%
Hispanic 11% 14%
Asian 3% 3%
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 44%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Angela M Richardson
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (980) 343-3851

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

12201 Hambright Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Website: Click here
Phone: (980) 343-3830

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



St. Mark Catholic School
Huntersville, NC


St. Mark Catholic School
Huntersville, NC


Ridge Road Middle
Charlotte, NC



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT