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Hixson Middle School

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Posted December 7, 2013

This is our first year at HMS. I have very impressed! The teachers are wonderful & approachable. They quickly respond to emails & phone calls. The school offers many programs so your student can get involved, whether its sports, the arts, clubs etc. The facility is beautiful & well kept. I highly recommend HMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

Hixson Middle School is a beautiful facility, with a transformational leader, and dedicated teachers who genuinely care about each individual student. It is a privilege to teach with such a fine team of professionals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 6, 2013

We have an 8th grader at Hixson Middle School. We have had excellent academic and social experiences at every grade level. The faculty and staff have been welcoming and hospitable every time we have been in the building. The building is always clean and well-kept. The principal has been very proactive in pursuit of academic improvements, and in only one year there has been signficant academic progress. I enthusiastically recommend Hixson Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

We have loved the beautiful new school building and the robust art and music programs for the three years we've had a student at HMS. Hixson Middle offers a variety of sports and a wonderful academic excellence program to encourage students. It is worth your time to check us out. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

New principal is a strong leader. This school seems to be improving. Teachers seem to be working hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

This is the best school my child has been to in a long while. The teachers are exceptional, the students are great, and the facilities are amazing! Hixson middle school is getting better and better every year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

HMS is not a great school. They score very low on everything, from tests to teachers and principal. They do not have time for parents or students either for that matter. Some would rather give an assignment and not explain it. That's why they have failing grades on the T-Cap test. Teachers do not teach so that a child can learn. I wish that teachers got paid according to students test results. Maybe then they would be better teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

Hixson Middle is great, communication is key here and they are on top of it. My son loves his school, and the kids are great. The staff and teachers are very open to meeting you on any given day of the week to work out any concerns you may have with your student. All I have to do is call and I know if they are busy they will call me back the same day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2011

I don't have a child in Middle School yet, but she does attend an Elementary school in Hixson. What I CAN tell you is that Tennessee raised their standards considerably this past year. Its going to get worse before it gets better as far as that goes. When it comes to public schools in the greater Chattanooga area, Hixson has some of the best ones. It doesn't matter what school you send your children to, there are going to be issues like race to deal with. What I can tell you is to get involved in the school, check out the standards on TN.gov yourself so you can make sure your children are keeping up with what is required of them, and give them a friendly nudge to get involved in activities. Middle Valley has a super Youth Association that offers all types of sports activities. Hope this helps to put you at ease a little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

This is my oldest son's 2nd year at HMS and my youngest son's 1st year. I have been impressed with the Principal and teachers so far. They are open to communication with parents and students. I've had quick responses from email from both Principal and teachers. This 2010-11 school year so many people have "hardshipped" to HMS. Something has got to be going well for so many people to want to go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

This is the worst school my child has evey been to the have race issue's thay let the kids hit other students the teachers and principle don't do any thing about it if your child is from a mix family or a black family. They are just really bad I hate this school and hate that my child has to attend this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

I think that HMS is a great school. At all schools, bad things happen such as bullying and things, but HMS is not bad. The teachers are excellent and so is the principal. I disagree with the other reviews on the school because they are wrong. HMS is probably one of the best schools in the Hamilton county area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

I have been teaching for 35 years and have been at HMS for 7 of those years. It needs to be noted that we made more gains than any other middle school in the system this past year. There is always room for improvement, but overall we do a very good job. Bullying is a problem; however, it is a problem that is common in middle school age children. We do the best we can and I don't know of any teacher who just doesn't care. Our principal is one of the most student centered principals I have ever worked with.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 4, 2007

I am very disappointed in this school, There is alot of bullying and the teachers dont seem to do anything about it, I requested a meeting with the principal 3 times and never got a return call, my daughter gets made fun of EVERYDAY and it seems to me that ANYBODY cares. I dont believe we will be living in this school district next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

When we first moved in Hixson we asked our realtor to take us in a area where the best schools are. We ended up in Hixson wrong this school has a problem with bullying and some of the teachers just don't care anymore about teaching. Sports are no good except basketball. Good luck in this school because any student who attends will need it. Fights are a problem here as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2006

I go to Hixson Middle school! I Love it there! I think my teachers were really supportive, and understanding. I think that we have a lot of Related Arts classes for a wide virate! I hope they keep it up for the next year!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2004

I am a grandparent who has volunteered at HMS through my grandson's 6th, 7th and yes I will be there for his 8th grade year. What a wonderful school HMS is! I have seen great things happen in that school and it comes from the love, caring and understanding of all involved. The principal, Mr. Boles and the assistant principal, Mrs. Barnwell are a dynamic duo! They really care for the students. I have spent many volunteer hours at this school and I have had the wonderful pleasure of observing and enjoying all the wonderful things that go on at this great school. Just like any other school HMS needs parent participation. I would encourage any and all to make time to volunteer and help make a difference. Together we can do it all to ensure our children and grandchildren get the education they all deserve. Welcome to Hixson Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

The school has the potential to be a great school. The school is desperate for parental involvement, organization of schedules, qualified teachers in every subject, and cosmetic and structural improvements.


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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading/Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
37%
Social Studies

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

210 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 47% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
42%
Social Studies

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

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
6%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading/Language Arts

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
36%
Social Studies

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

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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 Students29%
African American16%
Asian83%
Hispanic25%
White28%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students42%
African American32%
Asian73%
Hispanic40%
White43%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students55%
African American37%
Asian75%
Hispanic40%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American79%
Asian92%
Hispanic85%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities40%
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 Students51%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students31%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students85%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
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 Students37%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students34%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students71%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities41%
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 72% 67%
Black 18% 24%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:20 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • LeAngela Rogers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (423) 874-4811

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • American sign language
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Beta Club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Hixson, TN 37343
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