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Finland Middle School

Public | 7-9 | 784 students

 

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Posted January 4, 2012

Really love this school, teachers are really nice, so our principles i wish my older 2 went here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2009

Great school! Friendly and caring staff! I've had some of my favorite teachers here! Such a great place to be!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2009

Finland Middle School is so welcoming and is a great school!!! So many people say that it is not a quality school, but I don't know why they say that! It is a great school! The education is great and it is a pleasure for me to attend here! I enjoy the friendly staff! Most all of my teachers were excellent and challenged me as they should. Mrs. Diehl and Mrs. Wissman, to name a few, were excellent teachers! I truely enjoyed having them!!! I truly enjoy going to this school! All the staff puts forth 110% effort, and I truly appreciate it!!! Go Finland! A+++! -Alex
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2009

I love attending Finland Middle School. The teachers there are great and the students treat you like brothers and sisters. The staff there at finland are caring and gives 100% effort. My pre-algebra teacher (Mrs. Dodson) is probably the best teacher I have ever had. She makes math fun and I accually look forward to going to her class. So to sum it up, Finland is just a fun place to be with education included.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

This way by far one of the best schools ive been to. The teachers are nice, caring, and hard working. Even with the disruptive students the teachers never lose their cool. Even though people think that finland is such a bad school, its really not. -Erica Woodring
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2007

I really just love my child attending this school. My daughter was on the basketball team..And the track. The coaches were very nice and helpful. Their principals are omg the best principals ever..They make friendz with all the students the best that they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

I love my child attending Finland Middle school. I just ♥ the teachers and the principal and the assistant are very helpful! The students here get along GREAT and the sports here are AWESOME! The school has come a LONG way. I even went there my-self! My daughter is a proud student on the girl's basketball team and is currently interested in track! Teachers here are here for them more than to just teach, but they can talk to them about their problems too! I ♥ FMS!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2006

Everyone thinks that Finland is such a horrible school but it really isn't. I attended Finland Middle School and both of my brothers did as well. I have had some of the best teachers there that I have had in any of my schools. I attended Franklin Heights and now I attend Grove City and I have not had a better English Teacher. The teachers are very genuine and kind and want the very best for their students. I am sick and Tired of people saying that the teachers are out to get the kids. Perhaps the parents should look at their kids, and maybe make them behave in class. The teachers aren't against certain kids, they expect them all to follow the same rules. Students should never be disrespectful to the teachers and parents should realize that teaching is not an easy job!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 2, 2005

Finland Middle School is a high educational school. The children and staff show tremendous pride and are proud to say they attend Finland. The building is in great condition and the staff is very polite and helpful.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 9, 2005

Horrible! Some nice teachers but mostly mean staff ecpecially the principal. And the building is old and falling apart. Worst school I've ever been to!
—Submitted by a student


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 73% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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67%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female67%
Male75%
Black, non-Hispanic68%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial85%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Disabled35%
Non-disabled79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)71%

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black, non-Hispanic66%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial89%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Disabled31%
Non-disabled80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female76%
Male69%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asian or Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial90%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Disabled36%
Non-disabled80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)55%

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black, non-Hispanic73%
Asian or Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial>=95%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)71%

Science

All Students49%
Female47%
Male52%
Black, non-Hispanic38%
Asian or Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial80%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Disabled16%
Non-disabled56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Below Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 7BelowBelow
Grade 8AboveAbove

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
86 (2011)
 
80 (2010)
 
80 (2009)
 
81 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Ohio. Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 74%
Black 23% 16%
Hispanic 11% 4%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A47%
Female 47%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 17%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Paul A. Smathers
Fax number
  • (614) 278-6334

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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1825 Finland Ave
Columbus, OH 43223
Phone: (614) 801-3600

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