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Grassland Middle School

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Posted May 27, 2014

This is a phenomenal school, with an excellent academic and athletic program. Coming from a highly rated private school in our former town, I would rank GMS as equivalent or better in many regards. The teachers care, and the parents are highly involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

My son just finished 8th grade after three great years at Grassland Middle School. With only one exception, the teachers were wonderful. My only complaint is the lack of recess where kids can be kids, blow off steam and expend some pent up energy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

My son views GMS as a prison because: teachers won't let them use the restrooms except during class switches. However if they are late to class they will get "strikes" which can add up to a detention. So nobody uses the restrooms all day. They can't sit where they want during lunch and have no recess. Thus, they have no way to socially mingle with their friends. They get no physical education if they participate in band, and if they are not in band, they only get 1/4 of the school year with physical ed if lucky. They actually count the time it takes to switch classes and claim that this meets their state physical education requirement. 12-13 year old boys could use some exercise to break up the day but they don't get it. Some teachers are nice, but many are callous and try to break these kids spirits. As a parent, I would add: There is very little critical thinking and hardly any writing that is truly evaluated. It is all rote learning for the tcap and uninspiring. My husband and I each have advanced degrees and place a priority on education, but this brute force method is not the way to instill a love of learning, quite the contrary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

I LOVE grassland so much. its an amazing school. i was on the orange team last year and each teacher was my favorite one! the staff and so nice and works really hard! i would definitley recommend grassland to any person!


Posted October 23, 2009

I am currently in Eighth grade. Sixth Grade was amzing. We had alot of fun field trips. 7th grade was descent. I had ine teacher that totally ruined my 7th grade life. Other than that 7th grade was okay. 8th grade right now is okay. GMS has been messing around alot with programs. We have a bully program which is okay but its the same lesson over and over again. They fid 'creative' way to make us think we learning new stuff. We also have the formative and summative thing. It's really confusing. And being proficient and non proficient. And If u do a retake on a tests you cant make an A. The bus routes are bad. The buses are crowded with students. We need more buses. Trer are alot of after school activities. We have many sports available for sport lovers. To be continued
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2009

well this school is filled with mostky great people and pretty good teachers. i was on the green team last year as a student. although the teachers were tough on us they prepared us for a lot and i thank them for that. i did have a few problems with one teacher who i didnt like as much, but other then that my year was great. our school is pretty good except for our lazy principle, and favorite playing related arts teachers and normal teachers for that matter.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2009

6th grade was great! All the teachers were so friendly and really seemed to understand that we were all nervous about starting middle school and they were really supportive of all of us. 7th grade, however, was not as good. The teachers seemed as though they were being forced to teach us and didn't enjoy working with children. The curriculum was not very well taught and the subjects we were studying seemed to be far more advanced than 7th grade. The older you get in this school, the worse the teachers get. I don't appreciate the food. The principal doesn't like change and tends to hide from controversy. My son just finished 6th grade (great teachers, grey team). My son was in the school's 'gifted' program that the principal does not support and doesn't let the gifted teacher run the program properly. The bus transportation to/from school is below average. Where
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

My son and my daughter attend GMS and it's a great school. The extracurricular activities offered are amazing. The teachers really care about their students and the communication with parents is far better than our elementary school experience. They have a tremendous amount of information available to the students and parents online. Every textbook, assignment, grade, etc. are available online. They also really welcome parent involvement at GMS, which surprised me. I'd always heard that parents were never involved once children reached middle school age. With a public school like this, who needs private?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I went to Grassland for two years- 6th and 8th grade. 6th grade was great! All the teachers were so friendly and really seemed to understand that we were all nervous about starting middle school and they were really supportive of all of us. 7th grade, however, was not as good. The teachers seemed as though they were being forced to teach us and didn't enjoy working with children. The curriculum was not very well taught and the subjects we were studying seemed to be far more advanced than 7th grade. The older you get in this school, the worse the teachers get. Overall, I though this school was just okay. Nothing more, nothing less.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2007

This is the best school ever!! Im so happy at GMS and I love everything about it!! I feel so welcomed there and I love going to school at GMS everyday!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2007

My daughter attended Grassland Middle School, and just finished 7th grade. I don't appreciate the food, my daughter has been eating pizza every day. She dosen't need the grease!! I would also have appreciated a kinder teacher staff.


Posted July 28, 2005

The principal doesn't like change and tends to hide from controversy. My son just finished 6th grade (great teachers, grey team). My son was in the school's 'gifted' program that the principal does not support and doesn't let the gifted teacher run the program properly. The bus transportation to/from school is below average. Where we live it's only 7 minutes to the school but riding the bus takes 2 and 1/2 hours roundtrip daily. The principal was no help trying to correct this situation. Traffic to pick-up or drop-off is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

We are very pleased with Grassland Middle School. Our son just finished the 6th grade and the school did an excellent job transitioning him into into middle school from 5th grade. It was both encouraging and challenging for him. The band program is exceptional as are other extra-curricular programs. The school was actually one of 5 awarded the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools award in 2004.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading/Language Arts

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading/Language Arts

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

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading/Language Arts

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

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

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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 Students90%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students79%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students85%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
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 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 Students69%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students89%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American90%
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

 
 
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 93% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 23%
Hispanic 2% 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 5%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2004)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:35 a.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Susan Curtis
Fax number
  • (615) 373-5654

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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2390 Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
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