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Bellevue Middle School

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted yesterday

I also forgot to put with my 4 stars, she has one teacher who is wonderful to all students and I give her 5 stars, Mrs. St. Vincent. and the 4 stars is for, "an okay school".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

honestly, anyone who could rate this school 5 stars has never been to a really good school, or perhaps has never been to a school in another state. Tennessee is near the bottom of the list of states (counting public schools). instead of computers they have a garden. the high school that this middle school goes to has a principal that says it's important to teach kids how to work in food service, because "most of them will be working there." not the right attitude. i have lived in 5 states and the other four all had better public schools, and no forced busing, just neighborhood kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

I'm an 8th grader at this school, and since my year is drawing to a close, I'm going to share my experience with you all. As some have said, the school has a new Principal, Michelle Springer. She's not really the best, I miss Dr. Hargis. Dr. Springer has changed the school quite a bit, but I feel like it's a bit of a worse change. She has made incentives for the students, but I think that makes discipline kind of drop. There are a lot of problems with this school, namely that some of the teachers don't care, the cafeteria is a mess, there's not any discipline, and Phys. Ed is kind of broken now. However, the new Art program is AMAZING! I'm an advanced art student and I LOVE Mrs. Dourghty. I used to be in Bellevue's band, but I think Mr. Waters is a bit too harsh on the newcomers. I think next year they should enforce discipline and make amends to the bullying issues going on. I do not think the Guidance counselors are really looking out for the students, and they should enable the students to have a voice. I also think they need to hire better staff.


Posted May 16, 2013

Phenomenal band program and there are some wonderful teachers. Unfortunately, there is a serious administration problem. Bullying is ignored. I've watched teachers and staff scream at kids. The new principal has said she can't control all of those kids - well, then, don't be the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

BMS has advanced this year to a better than ever public academy. Test scores has improved, programs have been added to improve the education of each individual child. And look at the STAR rating. Once a three now a four! My daughter is an excellent student and her teachers have gone above and beyond to help us with any questions about her education. With their community involvement (visits from the mayors office) and amazing GARDEN, I congratulate BMS! You are moving in the right direction! An added bonus is the band and strings orchestra programs! The children are continuing spanish and excited about the new play this week. Parent involvement is essential and another reason this school is performing better than ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

I rate this school as average because unfortunately it is a roller coaster ride from one year to the next. We've had two kids go here and the years have varied greatly depending upon the teachers you get and whomever is the current principal. I'd say about half of the teachers are really good and truly a treasure. They're involved with your kid, respond to your emails/calls, and are genuinely interested in helping you get the most out of your child. They're what make this school worthwhile. However, there are also some bad teachers who don't show a lot of ability and don't respond to parent inquiries. Recently a new principal has taken over and the school has changed for the worse. Students are complaining of inequalities and parents are grumbling about increased teacher absenteeism and an overall change in culture and attitudes. This will probably change again as Metro shifts administration around, but for now it's definitely on a downward trend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

I'm a current junior at Hume-Fogg and feel like I have enough retrospect to accurately describe BMS. I consistently found amazing teachers in my years there. Mr. Hedges and Mr. Waters come to mind most prominently, but were certainly not the only ones. Unfortunately, a lot of the positive experiences I had with those teachers were marred by absolute DISASTERS who I can honestly say never taught me a thing. One science teacher only showed up half of the time, leaving our teaching to subs. One geography teacher's class consisted of the same three students reading the textbook out loud in front of the class for the entire year while she texted. 50% of the teachers were wonderful and impacted my education positively, 30% were okay, but that last 20% frustrated me beyond belief. Band requires its own paragraph. While I did end up dropping it not long into high school, my band experience at Bellevue was the first time I was ever truly challenged by a teacher and made to feel like I was doing something of worth. It's a roller coaster ride, but it's worth it in the end if you give it your all. Despite its flaws, I'd take a Bellevue education over a private one any day.


Posted February 11, 2013

Such a wondrous school!When I first came to Nashville,I first attended here 5th grade.I had to transfer mid year and that was the worst thing ever.The staff are very,VERY polite,and they have bent over backwards for me.My mother didn't have a car and I had a dentist appointment during school,and I lived across the street from the school,and they let me go and watched me walk home.I love and miss this school.I was in the band,and my band teacher couldn't be better.He taught me how to play 2 instruments.If ever you are coming to Nashville,the best cluster of public schools are the ones in the Bellevue area definitely!Very diverse.


Posted January 11, 2013

Just like NASHVILLE is finally being recognized for its talents, so is Bellevue Middle School. Did you see their concert at the Nashville Symphony? And the "Strings" Orchestra concert? Rumor has it that the quality of the teachers, principle and parent involvement this year have improved the once badly reviewed middle school. With a large percentage of teachers coming from magnet and private schools in the area, how can it lose? Rumor has it that parent involvement coming from Harpeth Valley Elementary, have also been extremely active in making this past semester a huge success. We give you a 10 BMS! You are on your way to being one of the best middle schools in Nashville.


Posted December 30, 2012

I am very happy with bellevue middle. the encore program is great, and band is exellent. The teachers are fair, and are great at their job. pros. band, teachers, encore, . cons. lunch, gym, principal ,bathrooms are poor quality.


Posted December 27, 2011

I love this school. Top quality teachers and school environment. This is the best Middle School in Nashville. All the staff deserve a pay rise.


Posted November 5, 2011

Bad students= bad school. Most disrespectful group of children I have ever been around. The school needs more discipline to ensure a safe environment for those who actually go there to learn. If you want a babysitter and your kids to advance their street smarts very quickly, send em here! Parens of these children should be ashamed (and imprisoned!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

Awesome nieighborhood school. Discipline instituted for those who want to detract from hard working students. AP classes are great teachers have a good deal of experience but are not antiquated. No nonsense. Parents who are involved and don't expect the teacher to be babysitter and do their job will find their child will thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

Not such a good place for all students,my experience is different, careless teachers, management. 20 out of 1 that is my rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2010

Excellent IB School! Our daughter had a great academic and social 3 year experience at BMS under the leadership of Dr. Kelli Hargis. She has done an amazing job hiring terrific / qualified teachers. Colonel Hedges/ Math!!! Ms Speed/ Spanish, Ms Murphy / Social Studies!! Mr. Siebert/ English!!! Thank you for preparing our daughter well for high school/college prep courses! She is thriving. Good Kids, Good Parents and Good School Culture. Get involved and feel confident that your child can thrive at BMS. Michelle Kacki
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

I love bellevue middle school... It's has the most wonderful teachers.. and, you can do anything u want here!..
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

My son started 5th at BMS this year in the pre-IB class track. We've been pleased with the instruction so far and he LOVES school so much more this year; says he's actually SAD when it's the weekend! We haven't found homework to be heavy, ~1 hr or less a night. No bully problems experienced. Band teacher's great and typing class is challenging. I feel like the teachers/admin CARE about the students. I haven't seen much call for parent involvemt. Complaints: VERY LITTLE PE (it's an 'elective' that he'll take for a semester); it's used to be a HS, so it's got a great theatre, but is letting the tennis courts and baseball fields fall to ruin and not be used for students as they could be; our school system is stuck in post-WWII mode with language instruction -- I'd like to see Indian or Mandarin taught instead of French.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

This is a great school and i'm happy to go here!!!!!!!!! The teachers are great!! So is the principal!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2008

I am a student who attends Bellevue Middle School in the 8th grade. I would not recommend this school to anyone who would like to be succesful in life. I have attended this school for one year and they teach very little. The teachers do the very minimum to reach state requirements and they will pass even the laziest students. I would not recommend this school for any parents who want their kids to have a safe and secure learning environment and a good basis in high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

We have two children in the International Bachelorette Program at BMS. They are thriving in their educational experience. The school not only challenges them academically, but surrounds them a social environment that is helping to promote strong citizenship. We are pleased with their peers and with the parent envolvement at the school. We are convinced that we are getting the quality education in a public school that would come with a large price tag at a private school. The community feel at this location is unique. The quality of the administration shows on a daily basis. Words do not do this school justice!
—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.

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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 57% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading/Language Arts

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

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

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

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading/Language Arts

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
7%
Reading/Language Arts

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

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

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 American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students60%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students89%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities56%
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 American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students62%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students87%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
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 Students53%
African American39%
Asian58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American23%
Asian58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students43%
African American16%
Asian50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American73%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities78%
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 Students76%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students55%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities73%
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

 
 
92%
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 62% 67%
Black 26% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Hispanic 6% 7%
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 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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