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Sunset Middle School

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Posted May 22, 2014

Moved here from Nashville Metro schools. Kids had a GREAT 6th grade year. Made the transition from Elementary school easy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

To parents of special needs children zoned for Sunset Elementary, Sunset Middle and Ravenwood High School -- if your child is bullied by the special education teache assisgned to him/her at Sunset Middle, and the Principal supports it, there's always homeschooling. So sad that a great school district like this has led me to do exactly that with my son. When he was in 9th grade, I put him back in public school at Ravenwood. Sunset Middle needs an administrative overhaul, badly. No educators should hate children as much as I've seen first-hand at this school. This school gets a 1 star rating, and deserves even less. They deserve a lawsuit for how my special needs son was treated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

While there are some good teachers at this school, you just hope and pray you don't get a bad one. The front staff need classes on how to deal with the public or transfer to a different position in the school system that doesn't have to deal with people. Special needs children are bullied by students and staff. In fact the only joy my special needs child had at school was his ability to participate in a couple of sports, but he was banned from after school clubs because they didn't want "to deal with him" This whole atmosphere comes down from and is condoned by the head principle who rules with an iron fist and a cold heart. How people like him stay in education is beyond me! Maybe a better questions is why would he want to be in the education field if he cares so little for the education and wellbeing of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Review on 5/17/13 matches my experience exactly. Awful principal with anger management issues and staff that bordered on verbally abusive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

This school is the worst school in Williamson County. The staff is not very polite and rude and tends to yell at students. My daughter came home everyday after school and would complain how the teachers would yell at her. The principal is the worst. He is not a very responsible man, has anger management issues, and is very short. We are not the only ones who have issues with this school, and I wish more people would stand up. This school is not a safe place. Of course there are some excellent teachers, but very few. Some teachers tend to not get along well. The education is great, but it's the people that make up the staff that bothers me.


Posted March 4, 2013

We are in the tier and loved Sunset Elementary as well as Ravenwood High School. Unfortunately you have to go through the gauntlet of Sunset Middle to get there. There are too many teachers who were problems in other schools and who somehow were forced on our roles. Sadly, when teachers misbehave, there seems to be no consequences ... I know of one math teacher in 8th grade who ridicules students so much that two families I know pulled their children from the school to avoid him. There are bright spots in music, but you hold your breath when teams are assigned hoping to avoid the problem teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

As a previous student, I soon found that the strongly enforced teachings that Sunset Middle school had based thier learning on, was superficial and did not well-equip me for highschool. The quality of teachers were poor, and too many of the teachers obviously did not get along with one another. I also noticed, that most teachers at Sunset were 'rejected' teachers from the nearby school 'Woodland' and that the amount of extra-activites was very limited. I hope in the near future, that Sunset will not only have better quality teachers but become a better school community in general.


Posted April 7, 2009

This is a wonderful school. I have a child with speical needs. They have done a wonderful things for him. The teachers are wonderful. I would tell anyone to put your child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

Sunset Middle school is the best school. They are not really that strict as far as dress codes etc but they do have codes. The children are very happy with that and it helps them to feel better about themselves. The teachers are top notch. We have never had any problems at all, even with the elementary which is attached. The school is always well kept and the staff is rather friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2008

Did not like this school much at all. There's only very few great teachers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

Sunset Middle School is a wonderful family-oriented school. We moved in mid-year from Va. and they helped tremendously with the transition. The principal, the teachers, guidance counselors and really the entire staff are very dedicated. The kids are allowed to be kids while still learning and growing into who they are.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 45% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading/Language Arts

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

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading/Language Arts

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

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% 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 41% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading/Language Arts

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students72%
African American55%
Asian86%
Hispanic67%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students84%
African American82%
Asian83%
Hispanic73%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students94%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
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 Students84%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students81%
African American68%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
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 Students78%
African American54%
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students90%
African American68%
Asian78%
Hispanic90%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

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 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

 
 
88%
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 82% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Black 6% 23%
Hispanic 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Spanish

Resources

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  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
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  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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200 Sunset Tr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615) 472-5040

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