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H. Y. Livesay Middle School

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Posted March 11, 2013

I am a former student. I went there from 1974-1976.Even though I have gone to many schools over the years I actually was treated pretty decent. Definately better than other schools. But then again the school was new when I and my cousin attended. It was open classroom then I have no idea what they are now but back in the day we graded our own papers. Plenty chance to be sneaky even though I was not there were chances. I sure hope things have turned around since then. But on average I think it was a goods chool.


Posted January 18, 2010

This school, although with great education, has very unsatisfactory qualities that will be brought to your attention if your child goes there. They have a very strict system, with little room to adapt. By sending your child to this school you trade his/her happiness for a decent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

I rate Livesay M.S. average because it has both good and bad attributes and I'm on the fence as to whether or not my child will continue to attend next year. I understand middle school can be some of the most difficult years for a student. However, my child's natural age-appropriate dislike of school has turned into a real bitterness that must be addressed for his own health and benefit. I believe the root cause for his deep bitterness towards Livesay M.S. stems from an overriding culture that appears to treat all students as bad students. But, to the credit of the school, all these bad students are treated with equal disrespect. It's just the culture that's the problem. The culture emphasizes security and order, at the expense of student health and happiness. I pray for guidance on this important decision I face. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

This has been a great transition school for my son coming from a small private school. If you are looking for a generally safer crowd your kids will be exposed to then this is the right school. My son's social skills has definitely improved. The only complaint I have with this school is that although they do have a special ed. class they very much lack the resources of helping gifted children like mine. I only hope that they can address this too. It's only fair to give as much attention to gifted kids as they do special kids. After all they too are outside of the norm. And also, this school also has different intellectual level per grade where a student that belongs to a slow class may have straight A's just because their pace is slower when in the real world they really are in the average level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

I have to say the first post is 100% dead on. My children previously attended excellent public schools and I have been in the education field for almost 13 years, so I know what a good school looks like. At this school, there is a prison-like environment and fun is not an integral part of the learning process. This school is stuck in the fifties with it's rote learning techniques. The children very seldom have access to the outdoors in any capacity and they are herded from room to room like cattle, even 7th and 8th graders. No art and music, and heaven forbid you ask why. It is a school of generations and if you and your children aren't in those cliques, forget it. The good reviews on here are obviously from those people or their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

The best thing about this school is that it has the 'No child left behind' policy that enables all students to have a good education. I love sending my kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

My kids have been here for a long time and I think this school is the best public school in this area. The staff is wonderful and very cooaperative. Very good community and education. Im satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

This school is not strict and the teachers do let the students talk. The studies is very good so is the sports. I prefer you sending your child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

I love attending this school, i have been here ever since fifth grade, and now i am in eighth. This school is awesome, the teachers are all really nice and caring about your needs inside, and outside of school, the principal is nice, and the staff is wonderfull. I like this school because it is always clean, and it gives us the education we need to succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2005

HY Livesay is a great school! The teachers are very concerned about the students. The principal is awesome! All the kids like him, and he's great with parents. The education system in this school is aimed to give kids a great foundation. They have boys and girls basketball teams with absolutely wonderful coaches! HY Livesay is the best middle school in the county, by far. Just look at their average test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2004

I think that this school is way too strict. many people are failing because the teachers dont explain it good enough to every student and doesnt give them enough indevidual learning....also the teachers hardly ever let them talk or anything i sent my child there for one month but quickly tranfered her to powell valley where i think she will get the better education that she deserves and where the teachers acually want to teach. thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

After having two children at Livesay, I must say I think it's a wonderful school. From the principal, teachers, office staff, lunch ladies, custodians, etc. my children have always received personal attention. They have excelled academically (one is now a Junior in high school) and have received the core knowledge they need to provide a firm educational foundation. I highly recommend Livesay to anyone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

Livesay is a great school with a great staff and principal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2004

This is an excellent school. The teachers really seem to care about the students. However, the related arts department is lacking.
—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.

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 57% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading/Language Arts

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

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Writing

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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 45% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading/Language Arts

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

81 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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading/Language Arts

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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 Students62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged70%
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

Math

All Students31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
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 Students82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
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 Students62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
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

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 98% 67%
Black 1% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
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 63%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Harrogate, TN 37752
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