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6-8
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Knoxville, TN
Students enrolled: 1,117

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1000 Francis Rd
Knoxville, TN 37909

(865) 539-7839
(865) 539-7851
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September 19, 2014
Had a very unfortunate meeting with the asst principal KP at this school. Very manipulating, arrogant, and aggressive. This reason alone is why no one should enroll their children here. People should be evaluated by a psychotherapist before promoting individuals for the care of others and faculty members should be present during interrogation of childern. Be very observant of how she interacts with your child ALONE. I have personally spoke to countless parents with similar experiences with this woman. Many childern report "twisting stories" "yelling" and more. I'm positive other facility members have witnessed this. I really don't understand how people sleep at night. I do NOT recommend this school as long as that asst principal has authority and connections. Look to home schooling or speak and write to the Board of Education.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
I heard a lot about BMS. This is the first year for my son and I was really worry about this is school since a heard a lot of bad reviews about BMS , but I was really surprise not only for how much my son love this school , but also how much help full all the staff and teachers was. So I have no complains about BMS.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My son is in all honors classes and also an ADHD student. Although there are times he has problems not completing his work on time, his education has not been an issue and his teachers have been very vigilant and helpful. He has had little or no issues with being bullied and he is a prime candidate being small in stature and has a tendency to tattle on his classmates. :)

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
As a teacher at this school I can say the administrators do what is best for students not what is for their next promotion to impress their supervisor. Teachers are dedicated to their students as well as what will provide rigor to the curriculum. Please visit our school and ask opinions of those who currently attend. We scored a 5 (the best) in growth on TCAPS and continually rock the house especially in physical science, science, and algebra on honors exams. Give BMS a strong consideration. Do your research and not base your choice on one person's opinion from 3 years ago. We are an AVID and soon to be IB Middle School. In addition, we offer diversity that are real world skills that will be experienced in college and work force. I love where I work, the staff, and especially my students!

- submitted by a teacher
December 31, 2013
While going to this school, I found it quite good. All of the teachers were supportive, and the students that I associated with were very nice and relatively smart. After looking at the other comments, I can only disagree with what some people are saying.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2013
My child is currently attending Bearden and is in the second year here. I am working with the teachers and principal to give them feedback on what we see as working with our family. We also let them know personally when we see or recognize any problems and so far, I feel that I am getting the help that we need, by specifically asking for help and following up. The principal for the whole school contacts me by email and is accessible by phone if I persist. She and her staff seem to be working hard and I see her daily as the children arrive and depart from the school. She has a big job, but if we parents help, our children will continue to be blessed with a school in our community that prepares them for the rest of their education.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I am rating this school unsatisfactory because it deals with high level administration as well as teachers. If the issue only dealt with some teachers, I would give the school a higher rating. All teachers are not bad. There are just a few bad apples. If your child or student was placed in a closet or surrounded by a curtain in a n-team time out by Teacher Ms. Robin Morton please contact me@ chris 112 @ rocket mail . com

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
BMS has problems. My daughter was bullied there regularly and no one seemed to care. I spoke with the Vice Principal after my daughter was teased because she is half Mexican. She seemed uninterested. One child tormented my daughter in PE she followed her around calling her a lesbian and told other kids she has AIDS (which she does not). No one cared. My daughter is in gifted classes and has always gotten good grades. After one grading period here she dropped to a B average and hated going to school. Sad.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
It is an "ok" school. My daughter does not like it though. She tells me something bad everyday that has happend.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
I will not rate this school considering there is too much violence going on there. There's no day that there isn't a fight. I feel there is no order. The buses drop off and pick up children in inappropiate places such as stores. children being bullied on the bus and at school. Neither one wants to take on their responsibility for what is going on. When I say schoo I am talking about teachers and pricipals. Instead put the blame on the parents. Some parents want to be involved in everything that is going on. It seems they're not working together. Teachers, not all, talk to the students as if they're felons. I feel that some need training on how to handle children of all ages.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
After sending our daughter to a private school for 6th grade, we switched to BMS for 7th and 8th grades. She has had several excellent teachers and a couple of mediocre ones at both schools. Despite Bearden's size, which was one of our initial concerns, we have found the administration and teachers to be very attentive and approachable. My daughter is not just a number and has developed strong, supportive relationships with several teachers and with other students. The new principal is excellent, and makes an amazing effort to communicate with parents and students. Yes, the hallways are crowded: yes, there are some rowdy, rude kids--but that's typical of the real world, and the sooner kids adjust to a variety of different personalities and situations, the stronger and more adaptable they become. Thanks Bearden! Keep up the good work...

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I have had children at this school for four years. Like many other parents we had heard 'Stories' We too were nervous about sending our GIRLS to Bearden. However,within a matter of weeks we were so pleased at how well our daughter had adjusted to her new school. The teachers for the most part have been exceptional. There will always be one or two you don't click with. That's reallity. Our kids have been involved in numerous activities throught the three years at Bearden. Being involved is the key. Both parents and children. Know what is going on and stay involved. We considered private school but four years later we are so glad we decided to send them to Bearden. I would highly recommend this school to anyone in the district. It's wonderful. Keep up the good work teachers. It's noticed and appreciated.

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April 11, 2009
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March 08, 2009
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January 14, 2009
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January 09, 2009
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December 22, 2008
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November 07, 2008
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no rating October 03, 2008
This school has both good and not so good qualities. Much of the staff are great educators, communicators, and willing to go the mile in order to facilitate learning. However, there are a few staff members who demonstrate partiality to some students and almost even a disregard for others. Because of this, I advise any parent, who's child is not a straight A student and is unable to wear top-notch name-brand clothing every day, to make sure your child does not fall through the cracks of this prideful middle school.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
This is my first year at Bearden. It is so amazing. When I first got there it was confusing. They took me step by step and I am now a proud member at Bearden Middle.

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2007
So far so good. I had concerns at first due to some of the previous information. I have not heard of any bad experiences and my child is a new 6th grader. She loves her new school and is a lot of AP classes and is doing well. I was a little concerned about the bathroom issue but I guess the school has to do what is needed to keep the bathrooms in good shape. Overall I am happy with BMS as a school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
So far I am not happy with Bearden middle school.I dont like the fact that the bathrooms stay looked or the fact that i can bring my children to school 45 min early and they are not allowed to go the locker or eat breakfast till 8:15-8:25.They only have 10 minutes to eat and go to their locker when they are there 45 min early.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
With a current 8th grader and and upcoming 6th grader I am nothing but please with all my experiences at Bearden Middle. If you look to find fault you always will. Every school in the country has it's good and bad points. I think we should be thankful that our children have a good, safe school to attend in the West Hills Community. My son loves his school and has never had one problem there in 3 years. My daughter is looking forward to all the new experiences she will encounter next school year. Thanks to all Bearden Middle Staff and Faculty...we have a great school! The academics are excellent, the sports and those involved with them are wonderful, and the parent involvement compares to most schools. I think encouraging our children to get involved drastically help kids adjust and fit into school life.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
I have been very happy with the education that my children have received at BMS. They are well prepared for high school honors and AP courses. They also were on various sports teams. The school did NOT pay for the extra 'supplies' needed for team sports. We as parents footed those bills. I find the staff in the front office to be friendly most of the time. Everyone has their moments though, right? If the staff and teachers seem stressed, it could be due to the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
The teachers spend so much time disciplining the troublemakers, there's little time left for teaching. Fights and bullying are daily occurrences. Although there are some excellent teachers, the overall environment is not conducive to learning. I moved my son to a private school after a year.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2006
I don't know what the person who wrote in June 2005 is talking about. The parents have to pay for the uniforms, sport bags, accesories to the sport, and things like that. At the end of the day the principal does not tell you to get out of the school imediatly. She simply tells you to go where you need to go: if you ride a bus, go down to the commons, if your a car rider go to the parking lot. Even if you are one of those people you can still hang out in your classrooms and the computer lab, library, or really any room. The academic programs are very nice. There are many extracurricluar activities, and the parent involvment is ok. I would rate this school as very nice. Every school has its ups and downs.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2006
BMS is a good school with plenty of activities for all interests. The TSA and Science Olympiad programs are open to everyone and have placed first in state and regional competitions. There is a large student body but the teachers are caring and the administration tries hard. I would recommend this school. Parents need to become more involved in all areas; the school tries to get them to participate.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
BMS has a few good things, but lacks a lot. Had children there 6 years, my youngest won't attend unless things change. Safety is issue. The principal does not care or get involved. She does not return phone calls or set up meetings to address concerns. She seems to want everyone to leave her alone. There are some great teachers, but several cannot control their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
Our son is in 7th grade and he is an A/B student, however this school has been a true disappointment. Principal leadership: Rating: 2 We called the principal addressing some concerns and we never got any follow up actions. Very distant relationship with parents and pupils. Extracurricular activities: Rating 2 The arts, foreign languages, sports and especially intellectual/cultural activities are almost irrelevant. Safety and discipline: Ratings 1 The staff and parents do not work together to create and maintain high expectations for student behavior. Discipline procedures are clear but are not are carried out. Bullying and oppressive behavior, such as sexism and vandalism are quite common. The Campus is not tidy: the restrooms and very unkept and very often heavily soiled and the cafeteria area is not kept clean by the students. There are no recesses. Overall quality: Rating 1 We do not recommend it

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
I'm not sure where the other parent gets their information about the sports teams getting the money, I know I pay for everything that has to do with my children's sports involvement at the school. Every uniform, field used for games, and grounds maintenance of those fields gets paid for by the parents of the players. I'm not sure why. As to Bearden overall, I feel it is for the most part a safe place, I have had excellent communication with the teachers and my child has been exposed to all kinds of educational opportunities as well the extra curricular. I'm fairly satisfied. I do however supplement over the summer with learning that doesn't happen over the school year that I feel is important.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
The academic programs at this school are of high quality with nationally competitive programs such as TSA and Science Olympiad. However, the school gives little support to these activities and instead uses the money to buy personalized attire for all of the sports team. The sports teams though, are not very talented. The safety at this school is low, and at the end of the day, the principal gets her megaphone out on the balcony and tells everyone to leave the school immediately. Whatever happened to 'School is a Safe Place'? The level of parent involvement varies. The higher-classed children have involved parents, but the lower-class typically do not. I do not give Bearden a good rating in the least.

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April 20, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 01, 2005
I think Bearden Middle is a fine well devolped school. It has major divirsity all round it. People can share their different backrounds and religion. They can share where their ancesters are from. Thats why I think bearden middle school is a excellent school.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2004
Good diversity. Safety and discipline excellent. Friendly office staff. Teachers are caring. Good phone system to check assignments. Lots of different activities for students. Good experience for students of all abilities. Some weakness in math instruction. Otherwise pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2004
Bearden middle offers a lot of things to do including vollyball,basketball, golf, baseball, dance, cheerleading,tennis,TSA,student council,chorus,band, percussion ensamble,art,4-h,track,cross country and so much more. its A lot of fun! If your looking for a middle school the only thing you would need to take in to consideration besides location is that there are so many students at BMS. I love it and this is really a school you should look into.

- submitted by a student
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Bearden Middle School
1000 Francis Rd, Knoxville, TN  37909
(865) 539-7839
Last modified Bearden Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bearden Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top