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Blackman Middle School

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Posted October 5, 2013

This was just shy of a four star. One teacher made a joke about applying corporal punishment to all students even to those who's parental signatories disallowed it. And the other actually hits students on the head with a magazine roll, which is not even allowed under the CP protocol. This is out of line behaviour.


Posted August 28, 2013

Excellent Science teachers, esp 6th grade!!! Teachers are excellent and maintain very good class discipline.


Posted October 27, 2011

We moved to Murfreesboro from Lorton, Va. I have been very impressed with the quality of instruction from the teachers at BMS. They are demanding and set high expectations for the students. THEY WILL NOT "BABY" YOUR CHILD. If your child is willing to put forth the effort, then they will have a wonderful academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

This is school is excellent very caring teachers and excellent principal .My son is very happy !!! One of the best in middle Tennesssee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Absolutely wonderful music program! Anyone who can teach my children how to play an instrument they never touched before, is amazing in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

In my opinion, BMS needs serious help with communication. Parents expect a response to phone calls, emails and letters. On top of that, new children to the area are not accepted in activities. They are turned away and expected to be up to par with only there program or stay away! They do not hold tryouts for band by the way. If you don't already know how to play instrument, they won't teach you and they won't let you in the band.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

bms is the best 6-8 school in the state of tennessee. unlike lavergne which is non-successful in any sport. Bms has the best sports teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

In my opinion, BMS is an excellent school for children who are already excellent students that are on the right track - As a parent who has a child attending this school who is a challenge and/or needs more attention - this facility is not capable of identifying the problem and the results are only punitive (which typically takes the child OUT of the classroom)... which in turn now has the child doing make up homework without the benefit of the 'learning'. The administrators and teachers all SAY the right things, but I often wonder if the education is the first priority for anyone who is less than stellar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

I am very disappointed in blackman middle school! I am new to murfreesboro, and have 2 straight a kids that attend bms. I read all the reviews before picking bms for my kids, only if I new then what I know now! if ever a question and need to talk to the asst. Principal, you can call many times, and never get a return phone back! She is not concerned in any way shape or form, of any questions or problems you may have! She was also very rude,on her ipod and cell phone, and had no time for me when I confronted her at school! I also agree with the parent about the baseball team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

Blackman is a great school! In BMS, they have every imaginable class a middle schooler could take, and I definately reccomend this school to any parent who wants to move into the Murfreesboro, TN area. BMS has the best band program in the county and the choir has been best for several years. The teachers here are excellent, and student teachers from MTSU give students a welcome change sometimes. Also, during TCAP and such hard weeks, it is really a relief to my son when the students are allowed to run around for free time outside. Overall, 5/5 star school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Wow. BMS is really a great shool. It's one of the best in TN, by the way, and I know that for a fact. And by the way, all of BMS's sports teams are execptional and unbiased. Many players really are great, and currently BMS football is 2-0. Explain how they're not talented. They are!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Academics are impeccable here. Blackman has finely tuned programs for kids who need extra help to those who are highly advanced. This school supported my daughter in excelling above the norm, it is hard to find that in a public school. Similarly, they have a large number of athletic programs and parent involvement in this school is stellar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

I think this school has great teachers. the only exception is the coaches for the sports program are biased and only pick players they want and not the ones that are talented. they even had a 2 day try out for baseball and the very next weekend had a private tryout for 3 hours. yes those boys made the team. Its no wonder why they dont win any games! If you want your son to play football or baseball, you had better have some money ready! maybe youll get lucky to play your child, no matter how bad of a player they are!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

I went to the open house and all of the teachers werer great. I was really relieved to see that they really care about our children as much as I do as a parent. I know how students were to one another and some teachers were not appropriate when I was in Middle School, so it is such a relief to me as a parent that my son has the best of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading/Language Arts

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

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

372 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.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading/Language Arts

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

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading/Language Arts

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

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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 American40%
Asian91%
Hispanic32%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students73%
African American63%
Asian91%
Hispanic59%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
African American77%
Asian91%
Hispanic73%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students93%
African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
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 American39%
Asian53%
Hispanic62%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students63%
African American39%
Asian65%
Hispanic46%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students78%
African American56%
Asian88%
Hispanic77%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American84%
Asian94%
Hispanic92%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities67%
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 Students59%
African American58%
Asian90%
Hispanic59%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students65%
African American56%
Asian82%
Hispanic56%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
African American74%
Asian91%
Hispanic83%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities68%
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

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
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 75% 67%
Black 14% 24%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 4% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (615) 904-3861

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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3945 Blaze Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
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