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Williston Middle

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Posted February 24, 2014

Williston had a reputation of being a bad school in a bad part of town. This school year is different. There are new teachers and new administration. The principal is no joke.Dr. Oats is making it a safe and desirable place for his students. It is like he is Joe Clark from the Lean on Me movie. I can't wait to see how the school improves. This is just his first year there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

Our son is 7th grade at Williston. I must say that this school has made huge progress in just a few months time under the direction of their new and dynamic principal, Dr. Jerry Oates. The AIG program is much stronger also and we have been very happy with the quality of the 7th grade teachers. Enrollment is picking up here so just a word to the wise: Soon this will be one of those places everyone wants to send their middle schoolers. More parents need to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

As an 8th Grader, I would like to say some things about the school. It isn't as bad as you think, there are fights, but with the help of our new principal, it has gotten better, there are bad moments, but you can't prevent all misconduct. The Teachers are amazing, they only are unpleasant when you deserve it, students only hate them for doing their jobs. It will get better, the new Principal, (I'm not allowed to list names) is cracking down on the gangs, bullying, and fights. Out of Uniform? RUN HOME. YOU WILL BE PUNISHED. That man is determined to make this the greatest school under the sun!


Posted September 15, 2013

I'm a student at Williston I'm in 7th grade my first year there and it's only been like 3 weeks and I love it there the teachers are so nice but they treat us like kindergartners they make walk in a straight line and have to stop at every single corner and we are not allowed to go to elective by ourselves we have to stay in a line but other than that the school is great!


Posted December 20, 2011

This will be my first of many reviews on this as I just moved to area and want to make sure I give the school the credit due. I moved from out of state not knowing much about the area or school district. I will admit if I had known the school boundaries in advance I would have not located to the home I located to. My first impressions of the school was not the best. Not sure about the other schools but this school has a very strong police presence which my child and I are not used to. As I walked into the office I did notice children who had just been in a fight waiting for the principle, normally this would not be included in my review of a school but I have noticed that EVERY time I have been to the school there are student waiting for the principle for fighting. The staff is very friendly and I really enjoyed talking to them. The students at this school seem to be very tough, my daughter has only been at the school for a couple of weeks and we have already had incidents with bullying. I did speak to the principal and counselor and we have decided to have a conference regarding the issue. They did seem sincere when it came to solving this issue and easing my concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

I have a seventh grade son at Williston and our experience has been wonderful. My son's teachers are very dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring. The strong administration, over the last three years, has really created a positive momentum and an atmosphere of tremendous possibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

My child WAS a student at Williston until I had to remove him because of the constant bullying situation and the school failing to do anything about it. My son was constantly pushed, shoved, called names....basically harassed on a daily basis and the school did nothing about it. Only AFTER I informed them I would be removing my child from the school and writing a letter to the school board and the superintendent of schools did they say they were going to work on the problem. Not a recommendation if you want your child protected!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

Don't let a couple of disgruntled anti-busing Lilly-white neighborhood parents fool you. This is a great school with a great principal. Mrs. B has pulled this school up from the depths of academic despair and first and foremost, has the student's best interest in mind. If you want your kids to go to a phenomenal school with outstanding teachers, faculty, staff and athletics, then you need to choose Williston. Great orchestra and visual art classes too. And as to the so called top notch/long term teachers jumping ship you need to ask them why they are really leaving. Ask them if it has anything to do with the principal making them come in on time and put in full work day or work week. If they say it has nothing to do with renewed accountability then they are misleading you. There is no more coming and going as they please.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I think Williston is going to be better than ever this year. However, the uniform policy needs to be consistent...I've already observed lax enforcement...it would be a shame to lose the effect this has caused in the atmosphere because the dress code is not enforced across the board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

Outstanding current leadership with an open door policy. My child is thriving there. Love the uniforms too.Thank you Williston!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

It appears that many of the top notch/long time teachers at this school will be 'jumping ship' this year due to administration conflicts, lack of leadership, lack of communication, and over all low morale for the staff. There are questions about who is truly running the school. Hopefully these problelms will be worked out next year and a new/stong/team player AP will enter the picture. Unfortunately several excellent teachers will not be there (if and when their requests for transfers come through and that is truly a shame on the administration not to consider the loss of these educators)...But consider the new teachers that replace them...they will need strong administrative leadership, collaboration on a facility level, support, and a true head of the school to emerge. No hidden agendas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

It appears that many of the top notch/long time teachers at this school will be 'jumping ship' this year due to administration conflicts, lack of leadership, lack of communication, and over all low morale for the staff. There are questions about who is truly running the school. Hopefully these problelms will be worked out next year and a new/stong/team player AP will enter the picture. Unfortunately several excellent teachers will not be there (if and when their requests for transfers come through and that is truly a shame on the administration not to consider the loss of these educators)...But consider the new teachers that replace them...they will need strong administrative leadership, collaboration on a facility level, support, and a true head of the school to emerge. No hidden agendas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

This school is the best school ever. I will hate to leave it in 3 weeks but i'm moving and i will miss this school. Not only the school but the teachers and the students also.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2008

I think that Williston middle school is good for education
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2007

Williston school promotes the three R's - responsibility, respect, and reassurance. Every student is expected to succeed and every teacher is expected to go the extra mile to ensure student success. It's a great place to learn, grow, and achieve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 27, 2007

After 18+ years at this school, I can never imagine a school I would rather be employed at more than Williston! I love the students, staff, and administration. We are in constant change to meet the ever growing need of our student population. I love working at this school and can't imagine a school having a more caring staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2006

Williston has one of the most complete and challenging science curriculums I could have hoped for. The Science Olympiad program excels beyond any county and regional expectation each year. I doubt any other middle school, public or private, can offer the science equivalent that Williston does.
—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.

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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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial33%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students39%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female32%
Male36%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students42%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%
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 Students22%
Female24%
Male20%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracial30%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students26%
Limited English proficiency16%
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students28%
Female24%
Male32%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial30%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiency17%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
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 Students22%
Female22%
Male21%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracial20%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students25%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
Academically gifted89%

Reading

All Students25%
Female24%
Male26%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled students29%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students37%
Female31%
Male42%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students41%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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 Students81%
Female75%
Male91%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students81%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Academically giftedn/a

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
Black 57% 26%
White 24% 52%
Hispanic 13% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
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 85%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr Jerry Oates
Fax number
  • (910) 815-6904

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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