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Cherokee Middle School

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Posted August 29, 2013

My daughter is a seventh grader at CMS . Last year i was conerned when we attended orientation. We were pleasantly surprised. Mr. Tillman (band) and Mrs. Banker(social studies) are the best. As for not knowing how your child is doing. ..They have a grade portal and email. I have found Mrs Rose and Mrs Brackett to be responsive . Sometimes parents want to complain instead of putting in the investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

I am the parent of a rising 8th grader. Overall we have had great experiences with this school. All of the teachers we have had were good with some of them being exceptional. I will agree that the communication is sometimes lacking however keep in mind this is middle school not elementary school and the students are held to a higher level of responsibility. My daughter blossomed at this school. She did have a sub last year for geography because her main teacher was on maternity leave that assigned a lot of busy work. But, it was only for 6 or 8 weeks. The teachers assigned little homework that was busy work . I love that most of the assignments allowed for learning along with creativity .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

This is my child's first year at CMS and I haven't received any update on how he is doing in his classes except progress reports. I have sent numerous letters for meetings and i never get a response. I have requested my son bring his books home but some they don't have enough books for all the students and others he has to ask permission to bring home. Then on top of that he has homework on the internet. I had removed it from my home due to the trash on it but i had to reconnect it just so my son could do his homework. They say public school is free? He also received a letter saying that he was obese and i asked him about gym at school and he said that he does exercises at school and he told me everything he did. I started exercises at home to reinforce these exercises at school and i realized he didn't even know how to do a PUSHUP! He said the PE teacher said as long as he could go up and down that was good enough? NO WONDER OUR KIDS ARE GETTING NOTES HOME THEY ARE OBESE! These exercises they are doing aren't helping because they aren't doing them correctly. I was very upset so now i have taken it upon myself to teach him regular exercises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

My child is going into 8th grade. Our experience has been dull really. I do want to say that Mr. Shell really had an impact on my child in 6th grade and has to be one of the best teachers my child has had. The food is not so bad. The teachers, of which they have added many new and gotten rid of some old, are good teachers, even though communication from them is often lacking. I would like to say my child is a strait A student going to 8th grade and has NEVER been assigned a book report to do. I find this very odd. The sports program complained about,what about education? Put your child in a private competative sport if the school lacks, worry about your childs education. Our PE dept. does need a lot of help! They also need better sex ed for the 7th & 8th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

i am an 8th grader here at CMS i think it is awesome!!!! Mr. McCrum is still here I had him last year in 7th grade. I also go fly RC planes with him so to me he is a friend. The rest of the teachers are pretty nice too. Like some of the parents posted the food is bad sometimes but mostly it's good. Oh and to the parents that rated bad this is a good school. The new princible Mrs. Rose treats us like 3rd graders though. last year we got to walk to lunch by ourselves now the teachers have to walk us there like little kids I think its stupid. I know some kids are immature but still.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2009

I am an 8th grader here at CMS i think it is awesome!!!! Mr. McCrum is still here I had him last year in 7th grade. I also go fly RC planes with him so to me he is a friend. The rest of the teachers are pretty nice too. Like some of the parents posted the food is bad sometimes but mostly it's good. Oh and to the parents that rated bad this is a good school. The new princible Mrs. Rose treats us like 3rd graders though. last year we got to walk to lunch by ourselves now the teachers have to walk us there like little kids I think its stupid. I know some kids are immature but still.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2008

I have had two children attend school at CMS. The academics are ok but the athletic dept. is pitiful. The school has not got the same focus and preperation for high school sports that other institutions have.I will send my third child else where.I also think school uniforms would do this school a great deal of good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

I have two children at CMS. When their grades have been low, we have requested additional homework for extra credit. Almost all of the teachers REFUSE to give it. There is next to no communication from the Principal's office regarding school events or policies, other than at the begining of the school year. As a parent, I would appreciate at least monthly updates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I am a sutdent at cms. I am in a large class of about 28. I love how the teachers interact with us. The teach hands on. The teacher i found to be most delighting is mrs.Stevenson. She always explains and is always ready to help a student in need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2007

My daughter was in 7th grade last year after moving from another state, we found this school to be very good, she gained high grades and the teachers were always happy to meet with us to inform us of her progress, she was also in band and the band program was great. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

Teachers are great! The only reason the school is in bad shape is because it is 100 years old.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2007

Well, actually, I am a student at this school. And its true that some teachers assign extra homework, but its usually because of bad behavior and as a student, ill admit that it is an effective way for students to calm down. The teachers I've noticed especially, because of their unique teaching styles, are Mr.McCrum, and Ms.Kelsey. They are interactive with their teaching and I appreciate that change of pace.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2007

My son is in his last year at CMS, thank God. It seems that they have forgotten why they became teachers to start with. Maybe they need training to recognize burnout on the job. I have not received any kind of information from teachers this year to know how my son is really doing. I get the mid term report and the grade card and to me that is not enough involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

My daughter's a student. Two teachers cared about her success, the rest were terrible. Complaints about how my child was treated in class resulted in excuses. No effort to engage her mind, only concern with busywork. Vice principle's excellent. Sixth grade science teacher McCrum is the best teacher. They need MANY more like him. Cafeteria food is awful, most times my child found it inedible and she usually eats good. Get better cooks, better ingredients and feed healthy food - not lumps of crisco! I'm glad legislation is forcing menu change. Peer groups tend to be volatile and cruel, namecalling, physical attacks, school violence risk, buses out of control. Sports program limited, PE teachers lousy - kids get hurt for lack of proper warmup and technique. My child sustained a serious torn muscle/tendon doing what teacher said - required medical attention for weeks. What happend to physical EDUCATION?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

Both of my children are students at CMS and both of my children have had some type of issue to deal with. My biggest concern is that parents are kept in the dark about what happens at CMS until there is a problem. Secondly, the homework is an issue, children need to have a life outside of school and with single parents and situations where both parents work getting the homework completed is sometimes a task. My daughter often misses church on Wednesday night to complete homework for the next day. To end this session I would also like to say, all children need to get an education, not just do well on the TCAPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Nice school but old facility. Administration change this year will be a plus. Teachers are professional, knowledgeable and good. The school offers a wide range of activities. Test scores a good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

As a worker at Cherokee Middle School I would like to shed some light on the lunchroom issue. I have read comments from parents regarding the lunchroom being nasty and the food having hairs. Well, the cafeteria is a very old building and granted it has it's problems, however, take a gander at the health inspection score. I believe you will find it to be 96. Comments have been made to the manager that this is one of the cleanest cafeterias in the school system. The hair that the children may have found is possibly coming from other children that have been seen slinging their hair, playing with their hair, and pulling at each others hair. So, until you are there and see what goes on and how 'nasty' the cafeteria is these comments are out of line.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted July 25, 2005

My child just completed his last year at CMS - these were the worse 3 years of school for him. There are some great teachers there ... but there are several that we feel have no business teaching. Too much homework (most of it is busy work) is given which meant an entire day at school and working on homework from the time the child gets home until way past time they should be asleep. A good portion of the busy work had to be researched on the internet to find answers. This busy work had nothing to do with the topic/chapter they were studying. The school needs a make-over. From comments I've heard from my child ... the lunchroom is dirty and food has hairs. The bathrooms are nasty. Rules are too strict. Rules are definitely a MUST but give the kids a little breathing room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

There are very few teachers in the school that have any business with a teaching degree. Although a hanfull of them are retiring, many more are still there. The teaching methods that are used are not exactly preparing the students. The teachers give busy work and loads of homework expecting the students to prospher from it. Most of the teachers rush through chapters to make it to tests that the students are clearly not prepared for. There is very little funding for extracurricular activities. The physical shape of the school is in terrible condition. The food is the cafeteria is not exactly edible. The only good thing that I recall the school doing is aquiring Mr. Corum to the staff of teachers. I highly suggest that Mr. Corum be your number 1 choice for 6th and 7th grade science.H e is the most educated and understanding of the staff.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 12, 2005

I think the school has good points and bad points.The dress code is way to strict,the school is in bad shape,and some of the teachers are awful.The teachers give to much work and that leaves the students no time to socialize;therefore, they must talk during class. I agree with the angry parents comment on the shirt, that is not right.I have nothing else that i want to type, because i could go on and on.
—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.

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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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

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n/a

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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 41% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
12%
Reading/Language Arts

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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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

All Students51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities60%
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 Students49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities70%
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 Students54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities65%
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.

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n/a

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100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
89%
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 92% 67%
Black 3% 23%
Hispanic 2% 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 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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