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Croft Middle Design Center

Public | 5-8 | 839 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2014

This School is great!! I love that we are pen partners is Libscomb and that we are so close to the zoo that we can walk there and get in for free... We had excellent teachers that work their heart and soul for these kids. I know that one of the teacher went to Vanderbuilt, but then retired this year. She was a great teacher. This is a great school for all kids. This school also has lots of races here, so then other students can get used to speaking and hanging out with these students. I love this school and you should too.


Posted July 31, 2013

This school is awsome they are fun and the teaching is perfect well atleast for me and the orchestra sounds beautiful espcially 7-8grade.THIS school is just one of the best schools I've ever been to!


Posted May 8, 2013

For the most part we have been happy with Croft. The music program is outstanding and the partnership with the zoo is a great extra resource. I am disappointed that there are no longer advanced classes, especially since Croft still claims that they have them on their website.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

Our school is awesome! We have the best band and orchestra program in Metro (and possibly anywhere!). Our teachers are very dedicated, spending quality hours preparing fun lessons that are reflected in our test scores. Our administrators are constantly working toward helping our teachers and students achieve more. Our partnership with the Nashville Zoo is unique and definitely one of the highlights for our students. Our 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in a science engineering class that interacts with the environment. We host an in-house TV studio, WCMS, that leads the announcements every morning, and we have a newspaper staff that also maintains a website for the students. Our school website is up to date and keeps parents informed. I am privileged to be a member of the Croft faculty and I want to shout to all that we are a quality middle school with high standards! We expect all students to succeed and we make sure they feel a part of our community. We invite anyone to come by at any time and visit. Come check us out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2012

I am currently going into my third year at croft and i love it. We have awesome teachers that encourage us to challenge ourselves.We have a great Zoo program that allows us to go to the zoo free twice a year . Our discipline programs are very good.We do have challenging academic programs for the advanced kids.And the students are well behaved most of the time although we do have the occasional bad students... i really love this school . Parents should definately send their kids to our school:)


Posted June 2, 2009

i have been going to croft for 4 years. And I think that it is a wonderfull school even though the discipline has been a little bit slack. But i assure you that it is not full of bad children who only want to act bad. There maybe the occasionall bad group of students, but that happens with every school. My teachers have inspired me to try and do great things. My school has a wondderfull zoo program that allows students to go to the zoo TWICE a year for only the price of the buses. Also 6 students applied for the school for science and math at vanderbilt. And 4 people from our school got accepted. That is how well our school is. The only reason teachers are slacking on the discipline of SSA, is that they care more about learning than some stupid dress code. In conclusion i would liketosaythatanyparentshouldtrytheirhardesttogettheirchildintocroft.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

I am disappointed to read that the advanced courses have been dropped. I hope that decision will be reversed. I credit the challenging courses with helping my son be prepared for Hume Fogg. He is now wrapping up his freshman year there after 4 years at Croft and so far, it has been a relatively painless transition. I think parents of gifted students should rally together to have the classes reinstated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

Croft WAS an awesome school. With the rezoning and new administration, it has lost ground. Discipline is nearly non-existent with students going to ISS for one period, or just being 'babysat' in the main office until they can go to the next class. The strings department is phenominal, zoo programs terrific, and other extra activities pretty good. Teachers seem to have lower morale this year because of the lack of discipline and support from the administration. With the rezoning next year, it promises to become even less appealing. Such a sad sight to see such a great school go downhill so quickly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

My son really likes the school and the teachers do a great job! The Orchestra dept. does a fine job too! I am disappointed though that they don't have advanced classes anymore. We weren't even told that this was going to be the case this year either. Kids do learn at a different level and it holds them back. I will say that some of my son's teacher's are making an effort to give him extra work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

Since the start of this school year and the arrival of the new principle I feel the school has lost ground. If you have a student with special needs you get all the help they need but if your child is gifted the resources have deminished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Our experience at Croft has great. The teachers and support staff do an excellent job in keeping our childern safe and interested in learning. My son has taken advance classes this year in the 6th grade and he is very excited about the 7th grade. I am very pleased with the quality of education he has received so far from this school. He has been fortunate to have two male teachers for homeroom. So it has helped in his transition from elementary to middle school. For him to see and have a close MALE REMODEL besides his father and grandfather has been good for him. Thank you Croft Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

The teachers at Croft are phenominal. They work closely with the students to help them succeed. It is a wonderful environment for our children and we are very pleased that they are at Croft.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

I think Croft is an excellent public school. I have never felt that my child was unsafe which says a lot for a school population that is this diverse. The principal has done an excellent job of instilling order within the school. As far as previously mentioned issues with dismissal safety, things have been tweaked to improve it. My son is in his fourth and final year and we have never had a problem. Croft has only been open 5 years and has untraditional vehicle accessibility and very limited parking so you'd expect they'd have some kinks to work through. Their academic offerings are excellent and I can't say enough positive things about their music programs. My only complaint is really about parental involvement.It seems that parents who do get involved are really really involved but there are still plenty who are completely uninvolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

For the other people who have posted reviews I am here to tell them and everyone else if you are looking for a school that is scoring above average, has incredible teachers, and a partnership with some amazing companies, such as the Nashville Zoo this is the school for your child. I have been very impressed with what my student has learned and how helpful the teachers have been. What a great group of people who are always willing ot help. My child has a learning disability and the teachers were very wonderful with following her IEP and going above and beyond! The car rider situation is not stressful or a problem at all, it runs very smoothly to be honest. I am glad with the choice we made in keeping our other child at Croft instead of going to MLK. Kudos to Croft!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

Croft is a good school that has its ups and downs and is much better than all the other schools in the area.The learning evironment is controlled and violence is not taken lightly.The guidence counslors are very helpful and take action emdiatly after a problem has risen.Yes somdays seem hard ,but Crofts suportive staff is always there.Some of this stuff people are saying is sooooo taboo.Read the facts and you will understand the real Croft.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

I am a student at Croft,and I think that Croft overall is an okay school.Our school's theme is Environmental Awareness and the factuality tries to encourage that.We recycle and conserve energy. The teachers well, there are some who act like they really want to be there to help students and some who don't even try. As a student you recognize that and its sad that our principal let people 'teachers' who don't really care into our environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2006

First, let me say that dismissal procedures are very unsafe for the children.(This is for car rider's) Ridiculous! I had to remove my son from Croft after a very hard few months. The teacher's, for the most part, seemed average. However, some teacher's should not be teacher's. The principal, teachers, guidance office, etc. kept promising that they would help my son and they never did. It was a horrible thing for him to go through, especially because he is learning disabled. I contacted the Board of Education but, they were of little help as well. My recommendation is to find another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2006

My child has received fair attention and the administration seems effective. Unfortunately, the teachers are not what I thought middle school teachers should be. I think that my daughter learned a lot in her time at Croft, but there were days that I asked her what she did that day in school and she said they watched movies (non-educational). Hopefully these things will change now that it has become a magnet school.
—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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading/Language Arts

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading/Language Arts

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

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.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading/Language Arts

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading/Language Arts

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Social Studies

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

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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 Students43%
African American41%
Asian64%
Hispanic31%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learners12%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students50%
African American52%
Asian55%
Hispanic33%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learners8%

Science

All Students42%
African American38%
Asian46%
Hispanic31%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners12%

Social Studies

All Students87%
African American88%
Asian91%
Hispanic81%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners62%
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 Students50%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities59%
English language learners29%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students52%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learners6%

Science

All Students45%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners6%

Social Studies

All Students83%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learners59%
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 Students50%
African American49%
Asian70%
Hispanic35%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learners13%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students46%
African American47%
Asian70%
Hispanic29%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learners13%

Science

All Students70%
African American67%
Asian90%
Hispanic53%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities63%
English language learners31%

Social Studies

All Students74%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learners25%
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 Students20%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White19%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners6%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students36%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
White40%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners6%

Social Studies

All Students75%
African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners25%
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

 
 
93%
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 46% 67%
Hispanic 28% 7%
Black 24% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 63%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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Nashville, TN 37211
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