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Gahanna South Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 583 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 24, 2013

My child is moving onto High School with the tools needed to be prepared and successful. He had a great experience with all members of the faculty that he was exposed to. I am grateful to the teachers and administrative staff for all the hard work they put into the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

The staff is more concern about promotions and image. Becareful. Teachers do not grade papers correctly. The school abuses giving out detentions versus helping and teaching children with everyday decisions while at school. No support system for the children only for the teachers. Classroom teachers show very little respect for children with special needs and do not take a lot of initiative to do more to help them. Most, but not all, teachers push children thru without providing them a solid educational foundation. Becareful and speakup.


Posted September 8, 2010

I have had one child go through Middle School South already and one that is currently there. We have had a good experience. The principal is very caring with the students and has a strong desire for the kids to achieve their dreams. She is very accessible and trustworthy. The school counselor is exemplary. The teachers we've experienced are concerned with your child achieving an excellent education. Also, there is a consistent and wonderful group of parent volunteers that work diligently to help the school meet it's goals of a positive atmosphere for the teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Very caring teachers, lots of extra curricular activities and the education is top-notch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

Having been involved with three other middle schools with my other children, I have found Gahanna Middle School South the best environment for learning inside and outside the classroom. The administration and volunteers work hard to provide a positive attitude to all who enter the building. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions and outside events that match their strengths. It is a very positive school for students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

my kid goes there and they creat a great learning enviornment for all children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

I was a student teacher in this school and I have seen first hand how this school compares to others. Gahanna Middle School South is amazing. There are wonderful opportunities for students both academically and extracurricular. The students mean so much to both the faculty and the administration. Everyone in this building works so hard to make every student have an enjoyable and memorable learning experience. The class sizes also make it possible for each student to get individual attention from their teachers. This really is a great school.


Posted June 8, 2006

GMSS is above average in many ways, however the teacher communication with parents seems to be lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

Very nice school. Teachers keep you up-to-date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

School leadership is excellent. It is blatantly obvious that Brett and Angie love what they are doing. The front office has always been extremely courteous and helpful when I have called with questions or request....All should be commended.
—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 75% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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 73% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Black, non-Hispanic66%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled33%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male92%
Black, non-Hispanic83%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled67%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Black, non-Hispanic50%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Disabled34%
Non-disabled82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female93%
Male80%
Black, non-Hispanic79%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial88%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Black, non-Hispanic75%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled52%
Non-disabled90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female>=95%
Male93%
Black, non-Hispanic94%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=95%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled60%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black, non-Hispanic72%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial63%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Disabled32%
Non-disabled86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 6BelowMet
Grade 7MetMet
Grade 8MetMet

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

 
100 (2011)
 
100 (2010)
 
97 (2009)
 
97 (2008)

0
60
120

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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1-3 Below Average

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 68% 74%
Black 18% 16%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Hispanic 4% 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 21%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 16%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Gahanna, OH 43230
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