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Joe Shafer Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 639 students

 

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Posted April 7, 2014

This school is awesome. The teachers are all that you could hope for and we are very picky. Just starting middle school can be scary, our granddaughter could not be happier! Joe Shafer was truly the school for her!


Posted January 25, 2013

My child, as most teenagers do, was having issues with teen drama. The principal decided to address the issue by giving my child detention for (his exact words) "rolling her eyes at another student". The principal runs a very inefficient school and does not try to see the big picture to resolve issues. This is one of numerous issues that my child and I have encountered during the time there. So glad it is almost over and a new school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

My daughter attended this school for 2 years. I found the staff to be very nice and helpful. She had a great experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

This is my son's first year of middle school and I was quite apprehensive of the process, not the school. We are having an amazing experience. My son loves going, loves his teachers, and has finally started getting organized with their help. 4 of his six teachers are communicating very frequently through email and letting me know what is coming up in class. I love the structure and support the teachers are giving the students. The administration has a strong presence which is a relief as a parent. We love Shafer and can't imagine being anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

They gave my child 4 minutes to walk from the back corner of the school to the opposite front corner. This was also her only time to go to her locker and use the restroom because her teacher would not let her. We talked to the principal and he was completely unsupportive. This school is horrible. My child spent 1 year there already and I am looking into moving her to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

I have heard for years that Shafer was a horrible school and to never let your child go there. When my oldest child went to Middle school I put her Rucker-Stewart. She struggled and really just hated going to school there. So at winter break I removed her and put her in Shafer. I should of put her there to begin with. She went from C's & D's to A's & B's. The teachers are awesome!!! The principals seem nice too. I will have all my children go to Shafer Middle proudly!! I would like to thank the staff for everything they do. signed by: Glad I Made the Switch Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Amazing principals, and wonderful teachers. This school is the place to be in Gallatin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2009

It was an excellent school.Everybody was great.I think that I will indeed send my son and or daughter there.I learned a great deal to know that my kids will get smart and succeed in life.I want to thank everyone that were my teachers who took time out of there day to help us kids.Also,I want to greatly thank guidance.Without one of them I would not have went through my problems in my middle school years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

This school has excellent teachers and the principle is very nice.


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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading/Language Arts

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

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
7%
Reading/Language Arts

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

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Social Studies

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

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
3%
Reading/Language Arts

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

184 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 Students50%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students89%
African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
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 American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students40%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students80%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities44%
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 Students26%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
White30%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students48%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students81%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
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

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 67% 67%
Black 23% 24%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

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

School start time
  • 7:45am
School end time
  • 2:45am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • David W. Hallman
Fax number
  • (615) 451-6545

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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240 Albert Gallatin Bl
Gallatin, TN 37066
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