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Gahanna West Middle School

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Posted today

This school teaches to the tests. The teachers are young and very nice, but the teaching methods are garbage. My son is being forced to draw pictures in math when a simple formula is all that is needed. This pulls down his self esteem because his teacher will not let him use his brain. My other child was given an 'A' on a writing assignment because it was full of detail. The problem is it was full of misspellings and bad grammar. Not sure if that is acceptable in high school or college. More time is spent on preparing for tests then actual learning. There are not very many sports, no soccer, and all the schools share a baseball team. I do think the Orchestra teacher puts forth lots of effort in working with the kids. I hope that gets recognized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

Amazing. Simply One Of the Best Schools My Kids Went To. They have a great community and great teachers and teaching quality. I simply love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

With minimal interest in academic achievements beyond the state's minimum testing requirements, the school is steadily lowering expectations with regards to student's preparedness for a higher education or employment requirements in a globalized competitive job market. The school administration is always comparing staff s salaries to those of the neighboring districts. Unlike those districts, there is absolutely no vision and no support for academic after-school clubs or enrichment programs. There are no incentives to raise pupil s interest for participation in science or other academic disciplines. Student s participation in academic competitions is almost nonexistent. While some of the teachers may wish to bring improvements to the education process, any attempt to change seems to be blocked by an administration frozen in the past, unable and unwilling to adapt to an era of constantly evolving education needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

Great school, fabulous and dedicated staff, hard-working students! Couldn't imagine a better place for kids to grow and learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2011

I'm a parent of a student that attends GMSW and this school is not excellent it actually STINKS! The principal is not in control of the students, because the principal is not administering strict discipline. Some of the troubled students are repeating the same bad behaviors and they get a slap on the wrist and they return to school. The language of these students is unbelievable (cursing) and some of the attire is inappropriate for young ladies(they look like grown women with exposure of the breasts and the short skirts) this is a bad representation of the school. I'm not impressed with this school at all. This school is definitely "URBAN."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

I was very surprised by some of the reviews that have been posted to this website regarding GMSW. Being an individual who grew up in the Gahanna Schools system, I attended both GMSE & GMSS. GMSW has always been referred to as the "Ghetto" school of Gahanna. Having a daughter that has attended this school last school year (2010-2011) and is presently a 7th grader at the school this year (2011-2012) I have nothing but good things to say. Being a student that struggled throughout Elementary school, my daughter has not had any issues at all during her time at GMSW. Additionally, she has never witnessed any fights while in school. She not only recently played as a member of the Volleyball team, but is currently trying out for the Basketball team. In addition to these activities, she plays in the school band, is an honor student (won an award for being on honor roll all year last year), is in accelarated math, and is a part of the schools Art Club. I have had nothing but an excellent experience with the principal, teachers, and even other students at this school. It is obvious that GMSW should be considered a great school, and is one of the best in the GJPS system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I was quite surprised to see the negative comments about GMSW on this site. I recently attended a program at GMSW that honored students for their display of excellence in academic achievement and various service clubs. The auditorium was standing room only which tells me there are great things being achieved at this school. I am a parent of a student attending GMSW. This was his first year in the Gahanna school district after attending 6 years in private school. My experience has been nothing but positive with the principal and teachers. My first parent/teacher conference was most impressive. The personal knowledge each teacher provided about my son proved to me they truly cared and are dedicated to their profession. The teachers have gone above and beyond to help my son adjust to his new surroundings and provide him work and opportunities to keep him challenged. GMSW has students from all walks of life and his exposure to diversity is a great life experience in itself. If parents teach their children to follow the rules at home and support the rules and disciplinary actions sometimes required at school, all of our children will get a better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2011

My kids attend this school but, we hate it we plan on moving next year. This scxhool is "GHETTO". My kids come home saying "there was a fight today" and thats like almost everyday. And kids also go around cursing teachers out. People might think the sports teams are phenominal and thats all the schools really think about i agree with the student below "This school is horrific it is very terrible some teachers try there hardest some dont i can name ten or more that dont try their hardest.Teachers can even come to school very angry. And here at GMSW if i was rating student 1-10 i would give the student a 2 seriously speaking.i would rate the Principal and staff members 1 if we were rating 1- 10.I believe teachers dont try their hardest at all. Students can be rude but teachers still need to try their hardest and not give up on us the students of GMSW." Sports dont help you in life the EDUCATION does so why not help the kids insted of messing around it doesnt help all the teachers want is the money. MY kids and i are getting out of this place for better education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

This school is the worst school I ever attended. There are always fights and cursing. In other words this school is the definition of "ghetto". Just b/c the sports team is amazing doesnt mean this school is great or all that. Last time I checked the academics help you in life more than the sports. Personally this is a "ghetto" school.


Posted February 24, 2009

I rate this school in the top catigory. Due to the staff, principal, and the team work that has been available for me and my family. My son recently became a member of his community, after 10 years of being in a program for autistic children. He has been included with typical students, and is doing very well. I want to take the time to thank the GJPS system, staff, and the love, and suport they offered to us. He was in need of extra support, and I cannot thank the team for not just thinking about them selves. I want ot give a special shout out to the principle as well as his team who has been WONDERFUL. I can not thank the intervention specialist enough. She is an angel here on earth. I must say. Transitioning our son back has been wonderful. He is totally a different child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

I am a parent of a student attending GMSW and my son was in a private school in Westerville. My son loves the middle school in Gahanna and enjoys all the opportunities the school offers. The principal is very personable and professional as is all the front office staff. The teachers are very talented and communication has been the best I have ever had with a school anywhere. I have been pleasantly suprised by the welcome we have received and would recommend this school very highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I know Gahanna West has been known the so called 'Ghetto' schools in Gahanna I know this because my son went to East and South (re-districting) but it has gone beyond that name to being one of if not being the best middle school in Gahanna. Their sports teams are phenominal not only on the feild but also educationally. their school test scores have risen up from the past 3-4 years and now it has turned into the nicest, safest, and plain out best public middle school in gahanna right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

Middle School West receives federal aide to educate students with 'behaviors'. During the three years that my SED child attended GMSW, (we live in the GMSE district), he was repeated suspended for fighting and/or use of profanity. As a single parent, I experienced great anxiety knowing my child was at home serving a 3-5 day suspension while I was at work. The YMCA Juvenile Justice Program, offers an alternative to suspension with it's PALS (Positive Alternative Learning for Students) program. The PALS program provides individual/group counseling and intensive behavior supervision. The community benefits from the YMCA PALS program because youth are kept off the streets during a suspension period. They are provided the opportunity to continue their academics in a supportive environment and interact w/trained staff who help them improve their attitude/behaviors. I only recenty became aware of the PALS program. Shouldn't the school(s) parnership w/the YMCA to promote character building?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

I am currently a student at Gahanna Middle School South and this school is excellent! We have great programs that help each student. For students that fall behind catching up is simple. For students who excel in some acedemic areas we are able to be challenged. The extracurricular activities are also wonderful. There is not one teacher that is not involved in the learning process at our school. Our principal is one of the greatest I have had. The saftey and discipline is well taken care of. Overall this is a great school, and I should know because this isn't the first middle school I have been too.
—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 75% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

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 Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black, non-Hispanic68%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled67%
Non-disabled85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female>=95%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic79%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial95%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled72%
Non-disabled93%
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 Students77%
Female82%
Male73%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial55%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled44%
Non-disabled85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Black, non-Hispanic74%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled93%
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 Students79%
Female84%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic72%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial>=95%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Disabled45%
Non-disabled90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female>=95%
Male77%
Black, non-Hispanic88%
Asian or Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial>=95%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled62%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students72%
Female71%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic61%
Asian or Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial86%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Disabled45%
Non-disabled82%
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 7AboveMet
Grade 8BelowMet

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

 
94 (2011)
 
95 (2010)
 
94 (2009)
 
94 (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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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

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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 25% 16%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian 4% 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 49%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 20%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Brett M. Harmon
Fax number
  • (614) 337-3771

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