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Dexter Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 455 students

 

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Posted October 20, 2014

HORRIBLE!! Staff is extremely rude!!! The corridor's are painted with two tone gray paint. DEPRESSING!! There are no decals or decorations at all. I would be miserable if I had to attend this school, I feel for my children. They will not be back next year,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

I have a daughter currently attending and she has stated that she feels she isn't learning anything. For half of the school year there has not been a science teacher. I have complained to the interim principal with no solutions. The staff seem to be more concerned with discipline rather than teaching. The staff and administration are rude and unconcerned with any complaint you bring to their attention. I did have to go the board to resolve a bullying issue with my child. I highly recommend seeking other schools for your children. This particular school needs an overhaul from top to bottom. I refuse to give the rating even one star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

The seventh grade language arts teacher, the seventh grade science teacher, and a substitute teacher during the science teacher's maternity leave, are three of the meanest and unprofessional teachers I have ever met in my life. Under the direction of the current principal, they are blatantly failing my daughter, which up until this year had a 3.0 GPA. I think teachers and administrators like this should be run out of town. The principal will not return emails. Parents have little or no say to what happens at this school. If you have an alternative school that you can send your child, please do so. Under no circumstances should your child attend Dexter Middle School under the current administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

This school has the most inferior administration of any school I have ever worked with. The teachers are great and do what they can with what they have. The teachers work well with parents and are involved with the pupils. The administration and office staff conversely, are rude, unprofessional, lack communication skills and refuse to work well with parents. Disciplines are inconsistent, with no apparent rhyme or reason for making reprimand decisions. This would be an outstanding school with a different administration and office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

I have to say that all the negative comments posted are right in line with my experience! I think that there is no rational explanation as to why a parent wouldn't be allowed to have lunch with their child. The diciplinary process is VERY inconsistent. The office administration is unwilling to acknowledge parents. Very unprofessional. My child now attends another Shelby County school and is on the honor roll, enjoys going to school and has excellent conduct marks. The administration should be removed and placed on probation. Dexter failed my child and other from other posts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

This school is pretty good. My child has been happy here and is getting a good education--she was involved with UofM's Summer Scholars program--so proof her grades are good. Your child will the get the education you push for and you have to push to get info from teaching staff--but they are responsive---if YOUare a responsive parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Overall, it is a good school--not great. It does not offer most of the school related activities other SCSK Schools have like clubs and extra-sports programs, but it does have the basics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Its ok with the teachers and staff they are real nice but its just a big hassle to buy school uniforms
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

Dexter Middle is a very good school. The administrators and teachers care a great deal about the students. I know what a bad school is and it is not Dexter Middle. My daughters love the school as well. There is some room for improvement as with anything in life. Overall I know that the teachers do all that they can for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2007

Dexter Middle School is a GREAT school. The teachers and the administrators do a great job considering the circumstances. The parents that made negative comments are probably those that are not involved or those that think that their students are perfect. There are no perfect students/parents and therefore there are no perfect schools. PTA is available for all parents wanting to be involved in school activities. Our enrollment is low. This school year, we have had Open House, Curriculum Night and Parent Teacher Conferences. The same parents and students show up every time. It is easy to sit back and say what a school is not when one is not actively involved in helping to make the school and your student what they could be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

I just graduated from Dexter. Some of the teachers are really great but some just don't have the passion that other teachers do. Ms.Bazar and Ms.Clark are awesome teachers, they are my favorite from 8th grade. My favorite from 7th are Ms.Feltus and Mrs.Scissom.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 26, 2007

Understandably as our children mature into young adults, it is imperative that with the high percentages of violence in today's schools, it would appear that this school would encourage parent involvement, but the are totally against it! I don't care for the school for the inconsistency in discipline, the turnaround in teachers and the punishment of the students in class for the misbehavior of a few. Dexter's overall academic testing is poor and they choose to isolate the students from the parent. You can't bring gifts, eat lunch or bring lunch to your child. If you arrive at 7:56 a.m. your child is considered late even though school begins at 7:00 a.m. The board says the principal makes the rules! Oh my God!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

This school has been a disappointment. We found discipline to be inconsistent and unbalanced. Academically some of the teachers are great, and others exhibit poor teaching or student/parent interactions. Few extra curricular activities are offered. Parental involvement seems low. Even though I believe in the value of a public education, and have always thought very positively of the county school system--I have given up and found another option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2007

I agree with all the neg. feedback here. We came from Cordova Middle (CITY SCHOOL) Isn't DMS a COUNTY School? Hmmm Funny they are worse on the ' dress code' ( another word for uniforms) Then the MANDATORY CITY SCHOOL Uniform, policy! A couple of his teachers keep us up to date, But, I have to say I miss Cordova Middle so much, I mean come on, there aren't many time he is late but if he is, I the parent have to walk him in, even if he 5 minutes late. He is old enough to go to the office and his own pass, just as he did at Cordova.I would do anything to go back to Cordova.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

This Has to be one of the worst schools that my family has encountered. The office staff is rude and there is absolutely no support for the child or the parent. They failed us miserably he now goes elsewhere Thank Goodness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2006

Our daughter is now in her fourth year at Dexter Middle School, having attended since the second year it was open. She is now in eighth grade at DMS and we have had absolutely all positive experiences -- teachers: great; office staff: great: administration: great. 'Caring, competent, and conscientious' would be a phrase I would use to describe this school's staff and teachers. I'd love to start naming names of those who have been especially helpful and kind, but I'm afraid I'd miss someone so I won't go there. Every time I've visited the school (e.g., Father-Daughter dances, picking up daughter for appointments, dropping off items daughter forgot, parent-teacher conferences, school open house, awards cermonies), I've had such a good feeling about the folks to whom we entrust our daughter's education. She's a better person for having been impacted by these wonderful folks and we couldn't be more grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

We recently transferred to Dexter Middle. Academically, my child who is in the 7th grades likes her teachers; however, parent's don't count.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My family and I just moved to Cordova TN and Dexter Middle was the school appointed school for my daughter .. This school is very unorganized and has no sense of leadership .. I also want to sale my house and move so my child doesn't have to attend this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

We moved from South Africa to Memphis last Fall and found Dexter Middle to be a fantastic School. Ms Pruitt and her staff are absolutely fantastic. My daughter's teachers have been crucial in helping with the transition to a new and unfamiliar environment. Next year my younger daughter goes to Dexter. I wouldn't have it any other way! Azy Pather
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

It is an interesting experience. When I call the school, the woman that answers the phone always rushes you up and tries to get you off the phone before you finish explaining what your problem is saying 'someone will call you' but most of the time nobody does. When I send the note/letter to my son's teacher I don't get no answer or no acknowledgement whatsoever.When I leave a message for her she never calls me back unless I leave 3 or 4 messages at the same day. But she never misses calling us at hour house for fund raising stuff etc. But then again, there is a math teacher.Mrs.Gibson. She is a very good teacher. She always works with you and gets back with you everytime you try to reach her.And I am sure she really does care about the children that she teaches.
—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 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading/Language Arts

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
38%
Social Studies

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

87 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

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%
Social Studies

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

100 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 47% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading/Language Arts

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading/Language Arts

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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 Students81%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students61%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities62%
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 Students38%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
White33%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students52%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students91%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities42%
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 Students53%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students69%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
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

Math

All Students42%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students45%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students81%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities64%
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
Black 50% 23%
White 24% 67%
Hispanic 18% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Two or more races 3% 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 61%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Music teacher(s)
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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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
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)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Visual arts
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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6998 East Raleighla Grange
Cordova, TN 38016
Phone: (901) 373-3134

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