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Dickson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1173 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted June 23, 2014

This year we decided to let our child attend sixth grade as it is a different campus, not mixed with seventh & eighth grades. It was a huge mistake! Unfortunately,bullies get away with everything & anything. Boys punching boys, punching girls, attacking both physically and emotionally. Teachers already to not care at all. The gym teacher eats cheeseburgers while his class exercises. To put it kindly, he should be exercising with them. The language arts teacher could use some life coping skills and a lesson on how to treat others. There are some like Mrs. Rile, that are phenomenal teachers and they love children! Lastly, the principal "out of the loop" & to make a better presence. I would urge you to spend the money like we are now, and opt for private school for both Middle and High School, if you are stuck in the Dickson County School system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2014

Run from any and all of Dickson schools! Billing is not only tolerated but, it seems to be encouraged in this trashy town. Smoking is the norm for parents and teachers at all schools here. Teachers are horrible! They are mean, demeaning, obese, and obviously Vertu unhappy with their lives. It's sad for the children that are forced to go to these schools. The quality of life in Dickson poor at next. The people here don't care about themselves or the pitiful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

Worse staff in history, don't even get me started it with the front office, the are horrible, the need some ethics/customer service classes badly. Seems like if you are something other than white you will be single out for EVERYTHING.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2012

I really enjoy the middle school its very easy to get through its very compatible for a whole bunch of student this year my school has the biggest group ever


Posted April 30, 2012

We were very displeased with the school. Our son faced several incidents of bullying and from this became very depressed and negative towards school. Some of the teachers did a good job while others hardly communicated at all. We decided homeschooling was a better choice and have seen our son's old personality return.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I love this school there is many sports to get involved in. The teachers are great and they are funny which helps us to study and have fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2004

Johnny Chandler (principal) really knows how to connect with the children and the teachers. Well-run school, excellent teachers, great school! Good Job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

I think this school is the best! The teachers and principals all know how to handle, teach, interact and have fun with this age group. DMS has the most activities I have ever seen in a middle school.
—Submitted by a former 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 45% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading/Language Arts

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

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading/Language Arts

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading/Language Arts

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

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

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 Students48%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students60%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students73%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
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 Students58%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students54%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities71%
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 American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students63%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
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

Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
99%
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 84% 67%
Black 9% 23%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
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 51%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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401 East College St
Dickson, TN 37055
Phone: (615) 446-2273

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