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Karns Middle School

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Posted April 24, 2010

I am grateful to the KMS teachers and principal for excellent coomunication and guidance. Our child is doing very good in this school. I admire the effort of special education teachers. After relocation, last year our son first got in touch with his sp. ed. teacher (Mr. Champion), and we could see the change. All the teachers (science, reading, math, language arts, social studies, related arts, etc.) are very sincere and dedicated to the kids. Thank you all for your support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

They do a fantastic job with the children. my daughter loves the staff and the facility very
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

As a grandparent at this school who volunteers and sees the programs and the students on a regular basis, I can truly say that the climate is healthy and that with the new principal the entire staff is more aware of their surroundings and safety is a plus factor.


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are awesome and really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The kids are GREAT and the teachers are sincerly dedicated to teaching.


Posted July 16, 2009

My child went 2 years to Karns Middle and I can't say I was impressed with the teaching staff in general. There were some teachers that seemed to really care about the students and their academics but too many seemed to just be there for a job or buying time to retirement. My son liked the school but I don't believe he was in the best of schools, but maybe it is OK for the standards set in this state/county. I definitely think those standards could be higher. Over all I think it is an OK school but hope it will continue to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

I have attended this school for two years now, meaning I will be going into the eighth grade, and both years have been absolutely amazing for me. Most students say they hate school and what-not, not me. I'm one of the very few that love going to school, not just for seeing my friends but for the learning, life skills, extracurricular activities, etc. Yes, I had my moments where I wasn't all too pleased with the school, but the rest of the time, I love being there. My opinion, the Karns schools are the best schools I've attended throughout my childhood and teen years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2008

Karns Middle School is the best school ever because all of the teachers don t just do their jobs but exceed them. They are always trying to do as much as possible to help you, and the lessons they teach are breathtaking it s not what they teach but how they teach it, they make it so fun. It s not just the teachers that are magnificent but the whole Karns Middle School staff is great. The students at school are always ready to lend a hand and they are caring too. I guess you could say they follow every rule of character counts. The students act like they ve known you forever even if they don t even know your name. Overall I would declare that this is an A+ school , you are extremely fortunate if you get to go to this school, Karns is the best school ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2008

This school is like no other I have ever seen! It is amazing! The teachers are so helpful and truly care about the kids. The students are great kids and the behavior problems are very minimal. I would highly reccomend this school to any family who is looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

KMS is outstanding. I have one daughter who has moved on to the high school and one daughter who will be in 8th grade. I wouldn't trade this school for any other in the county, including private. The teachers are helpful and I've never had a problem with any of the staff. Being military we have had our children in many schools state side as well as overseas, and none compare to KMS. My children are happy and adjusted. They also have received an outstanding education. They will indeed look back at their time at KMS with great memories of not only their friends, but their teachers..the food...the dances...and the basketball games. Is everything 100% at KMS? Probably not! I'm not sure there is perfection at any school in any county...but they do a wonderful job at KMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

We moved here from FL in the middle of my daughters' 6th grade year. She had a really hard time adjusting. The curriculum was harder than her 'advanced' classes at her old school and she fell behind. Her teachers were great with keeping me informed, giving advise and helping to get her back on track. She will be going into the 8th grade next year. She has grown so much. We are completely happy with Karns Middle. The next best thing to the teachers are the kids. In FL there were fights and general meanness among the kids. Here she is able to be a kid. The friends she has made are wonderful. They are just as sweet, naive and clueless as she is and that's a good thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2006

It is a very nice school.I have really learned a lot from the teachers. The faculty is very official and helpful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

It is a wonderful school and it has great academics and extracurricular activities are awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

I have a 7th and 8th grader in KMS and am extremely happy with this school. My son attended another middle school here in Knoxville before enrolling in KMS. The teachers, staff and principals at KMS are outstanding. The teachers, staff and principals are very aware of what is happening in their school and take appropriate measures when it comes to discipline. I feel very safe and confident sending my kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

My son goes here and he loves it! They have a wonderful cafe ,and conssesion stand. My son has been in 7 different schools ,in 5 different states this is the best one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This school is great unless you have a special needs child. The staff is wonderful until they are asked to do something that you feel your child needs (such as extra help with learning to add during an IEP). If it requires them lifting a finger out of the ordinary, they balk and fight not to do it. If you have a 'normal' child, I highly recommend this school. If you have a 'special needs' child -- be prepared for a constant fight on behlf of your child to get his/her needs met and just to keep him/her in the school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 11, 2005

My child is about to go into this school and from what I've heard the cafeteria serves wonderful food, they can choose their own lockers, there are many, many different activities they can choose from, the parents are very involved, it's a controled enviorment for all grades, my daughter is going to do 7th grade math in 6th grade because she did 6th last year and they want the students to be challenged to their abilities, their extracurricular activies help build each child's talents and gaols for the future, the principal is friends and leads the kids without over-doing it like my kids other school's did, and the teacher don't push too hard and they encourage kids as they go through middle school! That's the best I've ever seen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

I think this is a great school to send your kids to. It has a lot of academic activities and it has a very nice faculty. The principals are kind and the school is very orderly. They also have excellent parental involvement. I would suggest this school for anyone who is looking for one. They also have an outstanding girl's basketball team and cross country team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2004

Karns middle school is a excellent school! Walking into the cafe is like walking into a fast food place. kms has the best cafe furniture and the best gym. The gym is always clean. It's in a really good neiborhood too.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading/Language Arts

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

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.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading/Language Arts

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

463 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 41% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
13%
Reading/Language Arts

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

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
n/a

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 Students57%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students77%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities53%
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 Students60%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students61%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities61%
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 American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students70%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students87%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities80%
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

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
97%
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 88% 67%
Black 6% 23%
Hispanic 4% 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 35%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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  • (865) 539-7745

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  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

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