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6-8
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Wilmington, NC
Students enrolled: 798
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401 South 10th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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(910) 815-6906
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September 25, 2014
I am a student here at Williston Middle. I like the teachers, most of them are very good educators, the rest not so much. The administration is okay, The office staff isn't the best, and they are pretty slow. Dr. Oates, is very determined to make WMS the greatest school under the sun! He's awesome! The 6th grade Assistant Principal LITERALLY babies the 6th graders. She acts like they're toddlers or something. She is very annoying, actually. I know she is committed to her job, but she just loves to baby students. The 7th grade principal, is awesome, he always comes with a smile everyday, and treats the students as if there were his equal. He is very comfortable to be around. The 8th grade principal is very mean and intimidating. She makes me feel uncomfortable. As for other staff, the elective teachers are great. They are passionate about teaching. AIG, ESL, EC, and support staff are really great. One of the only problems I don't understand is the uniform. The 6th graders can't wear jeans, which I don't understand, and if you are out of uniform, it is automatic ISS. WMS, is pretty good, if we keep trying we can make it the greatest school under the sun!

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2014
I go to williston im in 7th grade and it is actually a really good school just in a bad part of town the teachers and other staff members there are mostly super cool and for me actually make learning a little fun and they care about us alot and are all really nice i am glad i go to williston because if i didnt i wouldnt have alot of the friends i have and learning wouldn't be as fun!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
April 06, 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
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
January 04, 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.

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June 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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
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
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
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
no rating February 07, 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
January 04, 2008
I think that Williston middle school is good for education

- submitted by a student
no rating 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
no rating 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
October 03, 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
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Williston Middle
401 South 10th Street, Wilmington, NC  28401
(910) 815-6906
Last modified Williston Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Williston Middle Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top