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Martin Middle

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Posted February 21, 2014

We've had three children go to this school. There has been quite an administrative change in the past two years. The school has gone from a small gifted and talented exceptional school, to one that is rigid and overcrowded. Leadership is weak. The principal is not supportive of the parents or students needs. The staff is very punitive. This school used to encourage creativity and unique thinking. We are not finding that any longer. Sadly, detention is a favorite tool to teach a child. With the exception of the music and theater program, we are sorely disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

They offer a CA class. That is it. They do not implement IEPs adequately. You can fight, beg, and cry, and they will act like they are going to address the issues but they won't and you won't get help from the District, either. We learned the hard way and lost 2 full years with failing grades for both before we gave up. Private school will save your child's education. Kids with needs get the worst electives that are so irrelevant to their educations, it's laughable. The gifted kids get the more down to earth electives that would really be of benefit to the students with special needs (art, cooking, etc).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

I went here for half of 7th grade and all of 8th grade. This school is nice. It's known for it's Visual and Performing Arts which is excellent except for there Dance team which in my opinion is horrible, there not together and all over the place but the Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Drama, and Arts program is excellent. The only thing negative I would have to say is that 8th grade year when I was in Chorus, I had paid for a chorus dress and didn't get it all year, and the chorus did not show any concern towards the issue so for the whole year, I had to wear all black pants and shirt. On the LAST day of school, the teacher gave my mom a refund and he didn't give it to me right away, he was signing year books and made me wait! He did not care at all! But overall, I had a great 1 1/2 years here at Martin Middle School. Pro's: The school is newly renovated. Great Visual and Performing arts program. Great Teachers Challenges Students Strict Teachers Teachers know how to handle bad behavior Con's: Nothing I can thing of.


Posted November 20, 2013

First year in , here's our experience: Student with 3's in elementary comes home with straight A's. Totally motivated by teachers who are young, lively and creative. Ginormous list of electives to choose from each quarter. No bully issues, at all. Absolutely no Middle school transition blues, just complete sense of school pride. Savvy, smart, and fun leadership. Tons of parental involvement. If you can enroll your child here jump at it. EXCELLENT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I love martin middle I have had 2 sons and 3 daughters went through this school now my 1 is on her first year I think this school has improved much since my first so went there now 20 the administration got better I highly recommend martin middle to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

My son is starting his second year at Martin, and we have been very happy. The school offers a plethora of electives - art, language, music, PE, you name it. The principal is wonderful. She is very involved with the children - she attends many sporting events. Overall, we feel like it is a safe place where my son can flourish. My only complain is the French department. I think the children could learn much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

We were so pleased with Martin the first year, but this second year has been a disaster for our daughter. Bullying and teasing runs rampant at this school, and the administration does little to address this other than lump all the kids together, and blame the victim as well. We have heard this from numerous other parents as well, who are frustrated. There is poor communication between teachers and parents, lack of response to emails from parents, and poor behavior on the part of the teachers, who have modeled immature behavior to students and, in my opinion, reinforced the bullying that is taking place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

Both my daughters go to this school 6th grade and 8th grade. This school is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in this school. Parents! Middle School is so very, very important to your child's overall functioning as an adult, but unfortunately no one at Martin gets this, no matter how many times they tell you the reason they do what they do is because they "care about kids." This is a loosely jointed, harried example of a public school, not worth the cost of purchasing in the base district and probably not worth your child's transportation time to the school. Despite strong beliefs in public schools, the Martin experience drove us into private schooling. Our child's future is worth that to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

If your child has special needs, FORGET IT! They target special needs kids at this school for bullying and the principal and guidance staff do not care at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

Im am a student here and I love this school! I have met very good people here and its great!!


Posted June 26, 2012

Our son attended Martin this past year. Our home school is Leesville. Martin is atrocious academically and as a positive learning environment. If this is truly a magnet school based on merit than the Wake County school system is REALLY in trouble! The teachers at Martin are a colossal, calamitous combination of incompetency and indifference (3 of our sons teachers spoke mostly of their imminent retirement plans!). We tried to pull our son back to Leesville but were put on a waiting list (despite being < 1 mile from the school) -- why, because Martin has unfilled openings -- hum!? This school is so bad they even swapped principals mid year! Take our advise, steer clear of the Martin mirage!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

I went to Martin for my sixth grade year and it was great! The teachers were great and helped me when i needed it. When i was applying for the electives that i wanted, i was shocked. There were so many!. I had an A in modern dance, even though i couldn't (and still can't) dance to save my life. Overall, this school was terrific!


Posted October 27, 2010

Martin is a great school that combines the best of a neighborhood school and a magnet program. My daughter is in her first year there and thriving. She has options for many diverse electives. But more important is the interest that her teachers, principal and the whole staff show in the students. We live in walking distance of Martin and love the community feel. We could have chosen from several magnets farther from our home but we chose Martin for its solid academics, its electives and its staff. For us it is a winning combination.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

overall, a very good school. As in any school, you will see power-hungry teachers and teachers that should have retired long ago. The drama teacher is fabulous! The orchestra teacher is also really good. The principal is very good - he really does care about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Our daughter attended Martin Middle School. She is now in college and still talks about the great education she received at Martin. She thrived in the academic and social environment. Martin does a beautiful job combining the interest of the child along with strong academics. This school may not be the school for everyone ,but if you have a child who is looking for more, this school will not let you down. Thank you Martin MS. Proud parent:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

Martin Middle School has an excellent band, but the academic preformance isn't as good as Ligon Middle School. Ligon Middle School is the best school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

MMS used to have a great reputation. My child has attended for three years; unfortunately the school is a big disappointment. It had been known for creativity and high academic standards;in our experience, this no longer applies. Each year, my child has had one or two excellent classroom teachers out of six or seven horrendously mediocre ones. They seem to do the bare minimum. I rarely see a teacher bring anything extra to the table. I also do not see a very diverse staff or much attention paid to diversity in terms of material and atmosphere. The school seems to have lost its way. The new principal is trying; however I do not sense a clear vision for what Martin can be and will be. I would love to see a dynamic, creative, school, with high academic and teaching standards, where everyone enthusiastially embraces a common vision and mission.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male70%
Black22%
Asian93%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students75%
Limited English proficiency7%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted94%

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Black24%
Asian80%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students76%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically gifted93%
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%
Female65%
Male62%
Black26%
Asian90%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial62%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiency30%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students65%
Female66%
Male63%
Black30%
Asian72%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial54%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
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 Students55%
Female60%
Male51%
Black11%
Asian69%
Hispanic27%
Multiracial21%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities18%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiency5%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted92%

Reading

All Students54%
Female61%
Male47%
Black21%
Asian62%
Hispanic22%
Multiracial21%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted88%

Science

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Black41%
Asian85%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial64%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities35%
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

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 Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
Black63%
Asian91%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial64%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities81%
Non-disabled students86%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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 60% 52%
Black 16% 26%
Asian 10% 3%
Hispanic 10% 14%
Two or more races 4% 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 26%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Diann Kearney
Fax number
  • (919) 881-1416

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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