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American Way Middle School

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Posted April 18, 2014

This school is great, my son loves it, this is his first year and he is on the football team. The only thing that I am concerned about, they do not get enough homework, my son usually comes home with homework maybe once every 2 weeks out of maybe 2 classes. However he still made the honor roll and I like the staff.. I give this school 4 stars. So far so good. Hopefully we have another wonderful great year for his 7th grade........A-WAY in FULL EFFECT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

AWMS is awsome but the Mrs.Loften/williams is horriable she is terriable example i feel like she hate the students. Until the fire Mrs.Loften/williams i wouldnt send my kids there she/
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2009

I love this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of the staff is very great with the students. I love Mr. Heaston, he has done a great job with the school. Keep up the Good Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

American way is a Great school Great football team...But exellent aademics as well......I just gradguated but i was in the Honmors program......The majority of the teachers are exellent (Mr.Harper is the most amazing teacher i have ever had.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

American Way Middle School is a very wonderful,and good school.It offers each and every student an oppurtunity to learn on his/her level.As a parent i eould reccomend that your child attend AWAY.Its the American Way!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

I am a very proud parent of two daughters that attend AWMS and I love it. AWMS is a great school and I would recommend it to every parent. The principal Mr. Heaston is very hands on and is there for the parents and students I guess you can say he is like a father away from home. P.S. Shouts out to the 7th and 8th grade teachers for doing a great job!! Let's not forget the 6th grade teachers for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

Its great i love dat school it got alot of activities i love dat school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

I am a past & present parent. I myself will say, AmericanWay Middle School has a very exciting school agenda. One kid played football and the other two also excelled. Big Ups to AWM Memphis Tn. Thanxs for taking time to school my kids ... Thank U's Wade & Latasha Cochran.... P.S Great Homecomming Win.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I have been with AWMS since it opened and I'm glad I've stayed. It has been a pleasant experience since Mr. Heaston has been the principal. I've worked very closely with the school as an active parent and my children have excelled greatly. My other daughter has moved on to Woodale High and because of the knowledge she obtain at AWMS, she has a 4.0 GPA and really enjoys learning. Two thumbs up to the aggressiveness and the willingness of the faculity and staff for all kids at AWMS to learn effectively!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

My daughter has attended AWMS for the past two years and although I have ran into a few bumps, I can say that I am overall pleased with this school. The principal, Mr. Heaston is outstanding. He is always on hand to address any concerns from parents and he is very hands on with the students. You can see from his actions that he really love the students and enjoy his job to the fullest. The front office staff, guidance office staff, as well as the assist principals are all good and work really well with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

The most friendliest staff and teachers I have ever encountered. They really care about their students and their education. And the have a really great sports program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2007

This is my daughter last year at AWM and I honestly love this school she has attended for all grades 6th-8th. The principle is great and the teacher are wonderful in regards to all situation. As a previous parent has stated she will forever remember her middle school years by her being a cheerleader and also a choir member. The extra curricular classes and sport teams they have is great. I have truly enjoyed my daughter attendance at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

My daughter graduated from awm last year. She was there for three years.Their academics this year is a little better. Either though she was in the honor class also played sports. But I am glad to see the girls are having a better year this year.Some of teacher are so considerate with the students that a good thing. I think the princple is doing a great job. I think my child will always remember her middle school and her friends that are still there. But awm do need more hall monitors. Awm keep doing a great job. I want to tell all the teacher thank you preparing my daugther for high school and bigger things in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

American way is the best Memphis city school here they don't just help the kids with what ever need help with they even go family wise American way is the best!
—Submitted by a student


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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
10%
Reading/Language Arts

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
17%
Social Studies

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

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
6%
Reading/Language Arts

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
14%
Social Studies

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

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
3%
Reading/Language Arts

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
12%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
20%
Social Studies

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

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 Students17%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learners18%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students25%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners6%

Science

All Students20%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners18%

Social Studies

All Students52%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners12%
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 Students16%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners21%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students18%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learners5%

Science

All Students28%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners11%

Social Studies

All Students57%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learners33%
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 Students15%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students23%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners9%

Science

All Students24%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners18%

Social Studies

All Students52%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners27%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students87%
African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
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
Black 89% 23%
Hispanic 10% 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%
White 0% 67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3805 American Way
Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 416-1250

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