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Dekalb Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 520 students

 

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Posted August 29, 2009

As a teacher at DMS, I take offense to the two one-star ratings here. The school has made many changes since these postings, and now does have many activities other than those that are sports related. For example, there is now a drama club, a chess club, a book club and a newspaper, plus individual teachers who are encouraging academics. Check out the website and look at some of the TeacherWeb pages or the links, or visit the school if you want a clearer, updated image of the school! The website address is www.dekalbschools.net/dms
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 29, 2006

This is one of the worse schools in the state. Their idea of achievement is being able to throw a basketball. There is no interest in child developement or academics. The teachers teach to the test and that is it! Other than standard sports activities, there is no chess club, debate teams, nothing where brain power is used, available for the children...and the high school is even worse. The kids are bored.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 16, 2004

It was the worst school my son ever went to. IT was bad.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

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Reading/Language Arts

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

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Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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Writing

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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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading/Language Arts

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

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

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

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
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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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
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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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading/Language Arts

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
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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 Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

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 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 Students41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
White43%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
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 Students37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities48%
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 Students35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White34%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White45%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities71%
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.

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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 87% 67%
Hispanic 10% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 23%
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 65%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • SACS Accreditation (2010)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Randy Jennings
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (615) 597-2640

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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