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Ooltewah Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 933 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2014

I am a current student at this school, and as everyone who goes any school, has complaints. Some teachers are very helpful and provide a great learning enviroment, while others are extremely demotivational. Last year, when I was a seventh grader, many teachers yelled and said we would end up in jail. (They yelled at us for talking to loudly during our lunch period, but it always came back to that, jail.) The staff often stereo-types the students, forgets promises, and does not discipline students who need it. Also, favoritism is everywhere when it comes to the jocks/athletes. All in all, I like it, but it needs some work to be in my top 10.


Posted March 12, 2014

I am currently a student at OMS, and I feel that some of these reviews are a bit harsh. I don't agree with some of the previous comments. It may be because the comments are outdated. I have attended OMS the past 3 years, and I have enjoyed each year. I will admit that athletes and cheerleaders are given special treatment, but it is easy to look past that. The teachers have truly pushed me to work harder than I ever thought I could. Overall, I am pleased with my experiences at Ooltewah Middle School, and I feel that your child would feel the same way I do.


Posted July 8, 2013

I am happy being at this school but if there was a private school around, i would want to go there. Most of the teachers care and will be fun sometimes. I don't truely see how the TCAP test scores are so high because quite a bit of the students don't do anything in class or at least act like they know anything. I am an honor roll student and find always have been but i find that a few teachers are harder and some just give busy work that you may or may not learn anything from. They need to challenge us more. There is favoratisem everywhere: cheerleaders and atheletes get the most speacial treatment out of everyone. I hate that because some of the atheletes and cheerleaders don't deserve to doing that stuff. If you make good friends and do what you're sapposed to do, like me, you'll be fine. And if you talk to the teachers about stuff including nonschool related topics, you could be teachers pet and have much more fun.


Posted November 10, 2012

I went to this school from 2009-2012. The teachers didn't really care and the principals didn't either. Everytime my mom would call the school they would never answer. When you went to the office the secretary (Mrs. Harrison) would always be talking to another lady and you would have to wait 20+ Minutes just to talk to her! If your an athlete you get special treatment and special grade uplifts. Mrs. Rice was the only teacher who cared about you. She would take every second of time to make sure you succeeded. She was AMAZING.


Posted March 7, 2012

We have been very pleased with OMS as a whole. I think the teachers are there for the students and we need to support the teachers. I do receive emails and notes from the staff as appropriate. They seem to plan a lot to keep the kids involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

I have to agree with prior comments. There is no communication between teachers, and/or the administration with parents. I have written e- mails, left voice mails for the principal, assistant principal and other staff, nothing. Not even an acknowledgement that the messages were received. I guess I have to go to the school board and let them know , that teachers are under the impression, that they can do whatever they want to do to students. That includes demeaning and unprofessional behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

Post before me must be from someone who works/worked at OMS or has some other tie to this school. I agree that parents need to be involved in their child's learning but when it boils down to it, they are sent to school for a reason and that reason is so the person with the degree can teach them. I'm not sure how OMS ends up with high scores because my child is an honor roll student there (consistently) and yet she has never heard of many things I knew when I was her age or grade in school! If this school was so great she would know these things and MUCH more. She is a smart child but even if she wasn't I think at this school she would still be making the honor roll. If you want your child to get a great education, pass on this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

It seems to me that if a parent has a problem with their children learning it is extremely easy to blame the school or the teacher. From my experience with 6 children and 100+ foster kids in more than 20 years it is in fact not schools and teachers but often parents. Most kids today are NOT engaged and feel no need to be before they ever walk out of their front door. If you are plugged in to OMS, and involved with teachers, afterall you are partners in your child's education, you will see success. OMS is an excellent school with outstanding teachers. The teachers care and are concerned about all kids. OMS consistently scores in the top percentile for academic success. Teachers are professional and continue to earn high marks in their state evaluations and local recognition. You want your child to do well, get involved and see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

As a student I did not like it, but that had to do with other students...mostly. Atheletes seemed to get special treatment and bullying was everywhere. I had a son attend this school for over 2 years, hated to see not much had changed. The bullying is still there strong as ever. I made a tough decision to let my son stay with his father during school years to avoid having to send him to this school. My other children will surely be attending private schools by middle school age! The teachers here for the most part are helpful and caring. Most of the parents dont want to admit when their child is dishing out the bullying and pretty much turning a blind eye to their behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Agree with parent who says that the administration avoids parents. I actually left notes on the principal's door to call me about a serious matter at school, left several messages, and was ignored. I had to go to the school to find all of the principals yakking outside the day that my student was physically attacked by another student at school. The teachers don't communicate, there is no online grade or assignment checking system, and I haven't seen that my child has learned very much in this school except to not try to achieve. In addition, they take the children on extremely expensive field trips. Don't sign your child up if they might not can make the trip later! If you do, the teacher will threaten that you will 'pay now or pay later' and that they will hold the child's report card until you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

This is the worst school that my children have ever attended. The lack of communication among the administration is horrible. I have had two sons go there and I am working a second job to make sure that my daughter doesnt go. The principals and vice principals will avoid you at all costs. When a parent makes actually 14 phone calls and leaves messages each time and does not get a call back there is something wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

I go to Ooltewah Midle School, and I think the administration is great. And their teachers are awesome! Keep up the good work Ooltewah Middle School .
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2009

My daughter went to Big Ridge Elementary School in Hixon and had wonderful teachers and an amazing Principal. We moved and she went and currently goes to OMS, what a change! I am disgusted with the lack of Safety that OMS provides. Principal Abernathy hasn't got a clue! Only a handful of kids actually follow the 'strict' dress code, just make a trip up to school and watch the kids walk down the halls and see for your self. Pants hanging down low which is not supposed to be happening, Bullying, Harrassment you name it, you will find it at OMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

My oldest kid loves going to this school.The teachers help you when to need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

We are new to the area and was pleasantly surprised with the dress code as of Sept. 2007. There is a dress code, but school logo hoodies are allowed to be worn everyday and jeans on Fridays. Khaki pants that have small cargo pockets are allowed (it may not say so on their website, but call the school and ask the secretary). My son says that he likes the school and it is not as strict as the school he came from out of state. He likes the environment, other students and maintains honor roll grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

Students here want to learn. Because teachers want to teach. Teachers here know how to challenge and motivate students. Teachers really care about students and students achieve. Ooltewah Middle is by far the best school in Hamilton County. Top web site in the system for any school with numerous awards. State scores prove that academically Ooltewah Middle is the place to be in Chattanooga.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 12, 2006

My family is new to the area and we have received a ton of help and encouragement from the OMS teachers and administrators. Their kindness and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. I wish the school building was in better shape, but the staff is what's really important. My wife and I are very engaged in our children's schooling and I would be the first to criticize if I felt it necessary to do so. OMS is a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Our Children have always attended other public schools in another state, until fairly recent. My child is currently a student at Ooltewah Middle, and I'm at a loss to understand many things that occur within the school. There is a matter of the 'dress code.' Any given day you will go and see kids in direct dress code violation, apparently there are 'favorites'-many of them. If the teacher likes you, you do not have to conform to the dress code, but the child beside you better. It appears to me many of the teachers are no longer excited about teaching. Perhaps the low pay and all the additional work has caused some of the teachers to look past the students in hopes of retirement. For my child that has always been treated with respect and kindess by the other teachers, in another, this is extremely difficult to accept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

I am a veteran teacher at Ooltewah Middle School, which gives me an opportunity to know first-hand what kind of teaching goes on at our school. The test data on this site is old, so let me tell you about TCAP scores from May 2005. Ooltewah Middle School was the TOP MIDDLE SCHOOL of all Hamilton County middle schools on 'value-added' scores in 3 out of 4 categories: Math, Language Arts, and Science. 'Value-added' assesses how much students learned in one year. It measures how effective each teacher has been in imparting knowledge to students, even those who came to us performing below grade level. These kinds of scores are a testimony to the quality of teaching that goes on at my school. What a great place to work! Elaine Hutcheson, Cracker Jacks Team. 6th Grade Science
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2004

I have had my child in two other middle schools. I have also had other children in other middle schools in Hamilton County. Ooltewah Middle school is the best school in the system. Academically, there is no other school challenging my child and providing them with strong curriculum and enrichment.
—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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading/Language Arts

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

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

246 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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
24%
Reading/Language Arts

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
10%
Reading/Language Arts

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

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 Students29%
African American13%
Asian47%
Hispanic32%
White34%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students48%
African American33%
Asian63%
Hispanic46%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
African American42%
Asian84%
Hispanic37%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students87%
African American81%
Asian90%
Hispanic86%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities44%
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 Students45%
African American29%
Asian69%
Hispanic28%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American34%
Asian77%
Hispanic24%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
African American29%
Asian92%
Hispanic28%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students80%
African American72%
Asian85%
Hispanic69%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities58%
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 Students29%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
White33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students35%
African American27%
Asian27%
Hispanic35%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students67%
African American56%
Asian82%
Hispanic61%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students83%
African American81%
Asian82%
Hispanic78%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities57%
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

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
81%
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 American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
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 54% 67%
Black 30% 23%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Golden Web Award from the International Association of Webmasters and Designers Association (IAWDA) (2006)
  • Academic Website of the Year for Hamilton County for 3 straight years (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:35
School end time
  • 2:35
School Leader's name
  • Pam Dantzler
Fax number
  • (423) 238-5735

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Our parents are extremely involved. we also have extremely high involvement in our sports boosters which is also operated by our parents.
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  • Our award winning staff is committed to providing a learner friendly environment by challenging our students to participate in aggressive academic growth. Our students are actively involved sports. The coaches strongly support academic success boasting a incredible 89% of our athletes attaining Star or Honor Roll.
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Students typically come from these schools
Wolftever Elementary
Ooltewah Elementary
East Brainerd Elementary

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ooltewah High School
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5100 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd
Ooltewah, TN 37363
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Phone: (423) 238-5732

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