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Powell Middle School

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Posted September 19, 2011

i go to powell middle school right know and i love it they help you with your work and my teachers are the best if anyone says other wise than thier wrong


Posted January 26, 2010

I think that Powell Middle Schools has one of the best curriculum of any school in Knoxville, TN. My Grandson has went to Powell Middle School for three years and has maintained a grade point average of 4.0 and will graduate in May, 2010. The Principal, Mr. Gary Criitselous is an exemplary Christian man who reads his Bible daily before school starts for the day, he is very caring and wants all of his students to achieve success. As for the teachers of Powell there are no finer, caring individuals who wants their student to achieve. I have been very pleased with my experience of the school's Principal and Teachers. Thank you for giving my grandson the experience of a fine learning enviornment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

The teachers care about the kids and the curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I atteneded Powell Middle and ended up switching. It was the worst school I ever went too. Yes they are extremely strict, silent lunches, I stood up in my seat at lunch to dust my pants off and got lunch detention for standing even when i explained. I had a teacher yell at me for asking help on a math problem and said it wasnt her job, to ask my parents and I had an English teacher that literally made fun of a boy! I thought it was sick and inappropriate. They are so concerned with what they can write students up for than actually helping them. I excelled in my next school and loved it when i left powell! I was always a nervous wreck there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

Powell Middle is doing well for its location and resources. The principal is exceptional and he motivates his staff to do well for the sake of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2008

im a sudent right now and i think that pms is great. all of my teachers are really nice and arn't that strict. but i do agree that they can be a little strict with the iss and write-ups
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

My experience with the teachers, administration and special needs personnel at PMS has been nothing less than fantastic. Our request for evaluation of possilbe special needs in elementary school was flat out denied. Upon entering Powell Middle School the staff imidiatly identified probable learning disabilities and asked our permission to evaluate. We were shocked! The result...our son has Asperger's Syndrome. Since the diagnosis and unbelievable support from PMS, our lives have changed 100%. We now understand our son and know how we can help him. Our son now loves school has learned to develop friendships for the first time. I can't say enough about PMS. They have literaly changed our lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

I go used to go this school and it has just gotten a new lunchroom. Though it is VERY old It is still in pretty good shape. The teachers are nice and they are very lenient on things such as due dates and grades. If I could change one thing I would add a foreign language as a related art.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2006

I think this school is an okay school to go and socialize with friends.My daughter goes there and I hate she has to attend there, but she's been there for 3 yrs. The teachers don't teach in my opinion they order, give out packets as busy work, and then test on it. That is not teaching or explaining. At one point my child ask a math teacher a question and the teacher told her it wasn't her job to explian things 2 or 3 times. A teacher ask me if my child was incompetant, no she isn't she is ADD. Then I was told she doesn't test low enough to get the help she needs to succeed.To me this is not helping anyone except to send students through the ropes and get them out as soon as possible. It's scary to think unless we move,which I hope,my son will have to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2004

Powell Middle school is by far the worst school I have ever seen. I have raised my children in Powell all their lives and now we have to move just because of the problems we are having at PMS. This is so sad. They are strict, most teachers do not care, the school is way to small, there isn't lockers for the kids, they have to sit out in nasty trailers, I do have to say Mrs. Kemp is an awesome teacher! There should be more like her. Mr. Corum is a great and Mrs. Pierce in ISS has really helped my child. To bad I can't find anything else good about this school. We will moving in January 2005! Can't wait to get my kids out of that hell whole! Parents beware! Some kids that bring weapons to school are able to come back to school after OSS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

I have a child that has now attended for 3 years.There are a few teachers that should be evaluted on performance. The ISS program is getting a little out of hand. Teachers should act like adults, and use ISS for offences that disrupt class. I have noticed that teachers don't use class time for most work, so the kids have homework. Parents, we should all take time out of our day to visit the class room, to see how our children are being taught. Children need more encouragement and dedication from staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

Powell Middle School has some great teachers, and the office staff are great. My third child is in the 8th grade this year and I have had very few problem there. I think it is great that they started a Powell Middle School football team this year so my son could be on it and it will help the high school program for the up and coming freshmen next year. D.Stewart stewart
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

I think that the dresscode is to strict. I mean, don't you think our kids should go by our rules on clothes? Also the school is to small. I went to eat lunch with my child and I barely had any room. But, other than that the school is pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2004

In my opinion Powell Middle School has an overall good curriculum. However, most of my dealings have been with the special ed class known as LRE. My son does not have mental problems, he had physical problems. Without the help of the very special angels in the LRE class my son, Travis, would never had made it through middle school. Thank God for his special angels, and they all know who I am talking about. If you have a special needs child whether it is mental or physical, Ms. Martha and her special helpers are the ones to see. Thank you, all of you for being there for us. You have my love and admiration for being the best of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2004

I think Powell Middle is a great school, but too strict. I can understand no short shorts and no gum, but yelling at them for asking the teacher a question because they teacher was busy is uncalled for. I am glad that they have many after school activities though such as Basketball, Dance, Cheerleading,Majorettes, Pep Band, Baseball;ect. I also think the school is too small for all the students. Also i think the staff are a little too strict on the dress code, but overall it is a good school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Just a comment on what others wrote. I agree that some of the discipline is ridiculous. ISS for silly reasons. The atmosphere seems overly strict with not enough respect given to the students. However, this is a great group of kids and staff overall. The staff is working on morale, getting the students more involved and interested in school activities. They had spirit day this year - what fun! They are also getting more school sponsored sports, like baseball and football. Soccer should be school sanctioned as well. In my opinion, this school is on it's way up, not down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Being the mother of a 6th grader, I have been very pleased with what I have seen. The teachers have been very helpful to both me and my son, the principal has shown dedication to the school and the PTA has proven loyal to their tasks. It is nice to see a group of people who follow the rules, and are dedicated to teaching our children not only academics but mature behavior patterns to use throughout their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

The main problem I have is the school is to small for all the students. They are steadily building more subdivisions, which is just going to add even more students, to an already over crowded school. It's so small they don't even have lockers for the students. So they have to carry all those heavy books all day or take a chance on someone taking them. I don't like my kids having to carry all that weight all day. Also from my experience some of the teachers are not doing their best, half the time the kids have no clue how to do the work, and it's not because they don't try.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Powell Middle School is a safe school. The faculty is strict and they strive to bring out the best in the students. I'm glad all three of my children have attended Powell. I believe that my children's schools are only as good as I help to make it. It takes all of us to educate our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2003

The teachers at Powell Middle are poorly taught, themselves. My student told me that all some of their teachers did was hand out packets of busywork and tested at the end of the week after giving them all of the information right before the test. The strictness of the teachers and principals is ridiculously high. One day, after lunch, the entire rest of the day was spent in his area with the teachers doing absolutly nothing but writing students up for not tucking in their shirt tails all the way, even if the shirt was tucked in and they only thought it was un-tucked earlier in the day. The school is also very dirty. My son attends the band class (which is a fairly good program) and almost every week, he squishes a cockroach. Powell Middle is not a recommended school for your child to attend unless you would want them getting suspended for encouraging another student by giving them a high-five. I only feel bad for making mine attend.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading/Language Arts

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

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

299 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 47% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading/Language Arts

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

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

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

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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 American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities43%
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 Students50%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students54%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students85%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities51%
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 Students44%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students52%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities50%
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 93% 67%
Black 3% 24%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (865) 947-4357

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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3329 West Emory Rd
Powell, TN 37849
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