Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Colonial Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 960 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

18 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted June 12, 2013

I currently attend Colonial, and I'm in honors classes as well as the CAPA program, specifically Creative Writing. Despite the previous comments, I find absolutely nothing wrong with the buiding. It's beautiful. However, the teachers seem slightly careless. As a 7th grader, I can say that my Pre-Algebra and Science teachers couldn't care less if you need help in certain areas. Though I do enjoy extra curricular activities and all. Just as any other middle schooler, I do dislike my careless teachers, and I look forward to certain classes, but to be fair, I did come from a private school, so I suppose that my expectations would be higher. The students are amazing and friendly. The beginning of the year may be slightly hectic, but after everyone is settled in, it's not as bad. I will be leaving this school next year and I wouldn't neccessarily recommend the school to anyone else.


Posted December 6, 2011

My son has been in the CAPA choir at Colonial since the 6th grade. The creative and performing arts programs are excellent. Academically, the school is has some really excellent teachers. Mr. Pettigrew is as tough and fair a principal as the MCS administration allows him to bew. Hats off to him and his team. However, I do wish there were more after school tutoring opportunities provided. One does notice, however, that for an 1100+ student school, the parent community meetings are by no means standing room only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Colonial Middle School is a great school!!! We have tons of dances and after-school activities!!!! The teachers are great!!! Mr.Pettigrew, Ms.Payne, and Mr.Brittenum are great principals!!! Colonial is so great that I didn't want school to be over...I enjoy Colonial and I enjoy being a Colonial Patriot!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2009

My son has attened Colonial since the 6th grase, he is now going to the 8th. Colonial has been a great school. The principal is great. He is at almost every activity. The teachers are wonderful. Hats off to colonial. Thank god for the new school coming this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

I was a student there for 2 years. I had an excellent time there. The teachers are great and are always there to help when there is a problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

colonial needs a lot of work. lus the rules are to strict and the teachers sometimes take thing to serious.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

Colonial Middle School is a great school! The administration and faculty work extra hard for the children. They work to make Colonial a top notch education for our children. This school is just as good if not better than White Station Middle or any private school. I was thinking of sending my son who is a 6th grader to MUS but I will wait until after Middle School instead. We do need more parental involvment. I am on the Executive Committee for the PTSA and we are begging for parents to step forward and help us and the administration. I know parents help their own kids individually and they help out with the teachers and the activities their child may be involved in like band or choir but if we ALL help Colonial as a whole it could be so much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

Colonial is a good school, but it is very unorganized, the rules are too strict and we barely get to do anything!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2008

This is my daughters first year here and it has been great! We love Mr. Pettigrew and all the teachers really seem to care and my daughter has learned so much so far and it's only Dec. 1. Parents of kids living in Colonial Acres check the school out before sending them off elsewhere. There will be a brand new school finished in May 2009!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2008

I believe that this school is a great school however, I believe that the students should respect rules and regulations. Parents should be better parents and help make the school be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

This school is really bad, unorganized, and full of bullies.I barely even see the principal around campus. There are fights after school. Oh, and I'm in CAPA.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2008

I feel Colonial Middle School is very unorganized. Their registration in the year of 2008 was horrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

Both of my daughters go to school here. The performing arts program and honors classes are great! We wish we would have been able to use the new building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

This school is a excellent school of peforming art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

I attended Colonial as a child and now I have 2 children who attend Colonial both are in the CAPA and Honors program. The school needs more parent involvement and btw we are getting a new building being built on the football field. The new building will be ready for the 2009-2010 school year. The teachers here are great and really do care fore the students. The administrative team works hard everyday mantaining order in the school. I would recommend the school and plan to send my other two children to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

I agree that this is a really good school, every other Monday the principal gives a courtesy call on up coming announces. My daughter attends this school she is in the capa choir and honors classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Academic Programs are superb, I have two children to go through the CAPA Drama program. This is the only performing arts middle school in the district and it is a shame the building is falling down around them and the system hasn't done anything about it. More parents need to get involved. They offer all the activities arts, sports, advanced courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

Great teachers! Mr.Allen, Mr.Scarborough, Mrs.Allen and coach Perry are super. Principal leadership is lacking. The school needs to be torn down and rebuilt.
—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.

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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
16%
Reading/Language Arts

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

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%
Social Studies

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
12%
Reading/Language Arts

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
32%
Social Studies

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
5%
Reading/Language Arts

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

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
38%
Social Studies

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

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

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 Students36%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White52%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners10%

Science

All Students42%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students78%
African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners40%
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 Students36%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students71%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities48%
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 Students52%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners13%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students40%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learners13%

Social Studies

All Students78%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learners20%
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

 
 
88%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 78% 23%
Hispanic 12% 7%
White 8% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-8996

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

4778 Sea Isle Rd
Memphis, TN 38117
Website: Click here
Phone: (901) 416-8980

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT