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Alcoa Middle School

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Posted October 25, 2013

For a middle school it has been a great transition for my son. I was really worried about bullying because my son is a bit of an easy target, but we haven't had any problems. The only problems wee have come across is with one of the fifth grade english teachers. My son, who is usually an A student, haven't turned in a shred of work the first three weeks of classes. When I tried to contact his teacher to discuss issues she never returned my email. I had to call several times to get in touch with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

Bullying at it worst! Administration bullying students and parents, especially the AYP secretary and the vice prinicipal. I moved to this area for the Alcoa schools, and I trusted the safety rating on sites like this one. I'm pulling my children out of this war zone and putting them in a safe, privat school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

What a phenomenal school and school system. Parents that make comments about teachers caring obviously are ignorant about today's educational practices. Teachers are under more stress than ever with the mounting evaluation and rigor of standards. Teachers wouldn't put up with the increased workload, strenuous evaluations, and students who are raised to disrespect teachers if they didn't care. I find it laughable that parents use sites or newspapers to disrespect these people who spend all their time and resources for the betterment of their students. You should be ashamed.


Posted February 26, 2012

We are so dissappointed for the last 2 yrs that AMS has gone down hill as far as the quality in the education. Our 7th grader is suffering. The teachers are not caring enough if the students are getting the material & this being such a hard grade this yr due to the TN state highering their standards. They are teaching 9th grade material in the 7th grade & our child is struggling. The teachers JUST DON'T CARE ANY MORE:(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

Socially, my child has been bullied severely by students, and the school does NOT have an effective anti-bullying program. We have reported bullying multiple times, and were advised to put my child in a self-defense course. I cannot show my name on this review for fear of repercussions on my child from the staff. Alcoa Middle School rates very highly academically, and my child has benefited from their high educational standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

Wonderful school--my daughter has been very lucky to go here and have the incredible teachers that work there. I feel like I am part of the school community. For it being a 'small' school, they have many opportunities for the students. My only complaint, and I think this is nationwide, is bullying. The staff do take care of bullies but it still goes on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

I LOVE going to Alcoa they will help you if you need help,have at least 3 people helping in the class rooms.I think they care more about the students then sports like if you are faling a class they will just take you out of it like that,untill they get there grades up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2008

I LOVE going here. It's such a diverse school and we always have tons of fun learning. We learn a lot and all the teachers are just great. I love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2003

Diverse and innovative. The needs of the individual student are the number one priority. The small size of approx 480 students in grades 5-8, makes for a homey atmosphere where individuality and teamword count. The principal, Jim Kirk, was named 2002 TN principal of the year. He leads a faculty that is dedicated to results. 100% of the teachers have at least a Masters Degree and almost two/thirds have a specialists degree in education (ED.s).
—Submitted by a parent


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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 57% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
43%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students48%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students54%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students67%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students91%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students40%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students59%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 67%
Black 22% 23%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1325 Springbrook Rd
Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: (865) 982-5211

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