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Appling Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 706 students

 

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Posted December 9, 2009

The school is GREAT! The Principal is GREAT! The staff and teachers are GREAT! My child is even GREATER because of Appling Middle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

I believe AMS is a very safe, well-organized foundation for a learning experience. The teachers actually teach and make sure every child understands the material. Every student is given work that is at their level. My first year here was the first year I ever felt challenged. It was the first time that I was given work at my level. Mr. Foster is a very good principal who doesn't let students get away with things. The dress code is enforced overly well. I feel safe in this school. The campus is kept very clean. There are lots of extra curricular activities. The art teachers especially involve students in projects and clubs. The arts are not minor at this school. Mr. Foster is at every dance. Students are not allowed to basketball games without permission slips. Teachers always make sure that every student gets home SAFELY after events. Appling is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2008

This school has incredible teachers that make it an extremely well rounded school! The principal, I believe does not carry out the rules as well as he should. There have been several scenarios where the 'good' kids have gotten in trouble while the 'bad' kids get away with everything. If he is the principal he should know the good from the bad and know how to handle a certain situation. I believe that some of the ISS rules are a little bit too harsh, you can get sent there just by talking at lunch when you're on 'silent'. Overall, this school is excellent and safe, but there are flaws that should be fixed immeadietly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2008

My entire family loves Appling Middle School. Mr. Foster and the rest of the faculty is just the best of the best! We've never had a negative thing to say about this top notch school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

I love this school. My oldest child is in 2nd year here and I have 4 more following him. Mr. Foster is fantastic. He is tough but he really loves these kids. He expects great things out of them and usually they don't disappoint. He knows them and can call most of them by name. The teachers are fantastic and they really motivate the students to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

I was a student at that school. The teachers were extremely nice. They tried to help us any way the could. I really miss this beautiful school. I hope the school grows and prospers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2007

this school is amazing!!! there are nice people, good teachers, and a wide variety of extra activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2007

I have been extremely pleased with our experience at Appling. Coming from another Bartlett middle school and having an extremely bad experience for more than two years -- Appling is top notch! The discipline is strict but fair -- every child has the same consequences which is a big switch from the previous school! I appreciate the faculty and staff and have no complaints other than communications could be a little better. However, if/when I've emailed a teacher, I've received a prompt response. You just have to ask. I highly recommend Appling Middle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

My child now attends Appling as a 7th grader. We moved to specifically be in Appling's district. I love Mr. Foster he knows every child by name and he runs a great school. All the teachers and staff really take interest in your child no matter the background. My child loves Appling and it is a very safe school and very nice school and all of the staff there cares alot. Appling seems to be known more for their academics than their athletics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

I love just about everything about this school. This is my childs 2nd year to attend Appling and it is absolutely wonderful to be able to send her to school knowing she will be safe and get a great education plus have extra curricular activities that strengthen her physically and mentally. Mr. Foster runs a very tight ship and all the students have much respect for him. One thing I do not like is the excessive amount of homework given every day. I believe they should have to study for tests and such but feel the amount homework is way out of line. I am not a teacher and should not be expected to sit and teach my child at night and argue about 2 hours of homework. If this would change, you could not ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

As for my child's experience at Appling, he loves it. Mr. Foster is indeed a discipline oriented principal. But I do have a problem with the overall educational program. The teachers however do not challenge the children intellectually. Gifted children are not given a harder curriculum. There is no motivation given to these students at all to advance. Beta?, Honor Society? Key Club? AP classes? All not pushed at this school. Average students are treated just as that...average! They do just enough to keep the T-Cap scores where they should be. Resource students basically get a free ride and all of the freedoms other students are denied because they are in the 'special' programs. Overall, I think the problem lies in the SCS system. But, this school could do something to make a difference and not just 'push' every child through because it is the 'politically correct' thing to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

Mr. Foster is a dedicated principal, always there and open with parents. His dress code is awesome! It has a few freedoms with the guidelines they'll need to be successful adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Moving from a different state & district, I am not impressed with the way this district is ran. The principle does nothing but yell at the students, and when we as parent voted on what our children could and should wear at school, our vote didnt matter. In the end the principle has full control of what he wants the students to wear. Personally, I will always have a bad taste in my mouth from this District and State.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

2004-2005 Was my son's first year there as a 6th grader. I think it is a wonderful school. I kept in close contact with the teachers to ensure my childs education. This is an A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2004

'I've attended Appling, When it first opened I was really impressed with how well Mr. Foster Disciplined the student body. I felt really safe, having Mr. Foster as my Principal. I'm really honored that I've attended Appling, for a Middle School. We need more Principals like Mr. Foster.'
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

Principal Odell Foster is pro-discipline and will not put up with the kids that do not want an education like some of the others.
—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.

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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 45% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading/Language Arts

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading/Language Arts

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

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading/Language Arts

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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 Students62%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students81%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities83%
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 Students66%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students63%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students87%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities85%
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 American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students60%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities70%
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

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
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 78% 67%
Black 15% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 27%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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3700 Appling Rd
Bartlett, TN 38133
Phone: (901) 373-1410

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