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Rock Springs Middle School

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Tests count 60% and the teachers forget that the students have multiple classes. The homework is piled on and sometimes you feel like the teachers just don't care. My child did HOURS and HOURS of homework and it only counted a small percentage. TESTS should not count 60% and I'm not sure why things haven't been changed. The teachers mean well and they are a victim of the system that is trying to run them over. Therefore they are getting mad at the students and driving them even harder. This school will prepare you for the future but hours and hours of homework is very difficult. My son also struggles so two hours of homework can be four. I hope things change and the principal helps to keep the teachers from STRESSING out the students. I'm not sure why parents aren't complaining by the dozens about the homework and how things are counted. Please complain if you haven't or things will not changed. It's still a wonderful school, but I'm worried that is slowly changing under the weight of testing and all these crazy policies. Teachers also don't return messages from parents back and this is not good either. I wish I could rate this school higher because it can be such a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

I think this school is excellent. We have moved frequently and every school we went to my son had bad grades and the teachers never contacted me. I love this school because the teacher emails me for anything and will respond promptly. His grades had shot up to B's and some A's, much improvement! I don't think they are strict and my son is in 7th grade right now and has nothing but good things to say every day. Would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

I have had children at RSM for two years now. Last year was great, had a problem emailed the principal or teacher always got a quick response. This year is A LOT different. I know how hard these teachers work and appreciate them greatly. We are encouraged as parents with children entering Middle School that it is time to 'let them grow up' and they 'have to figure it out for themselves, mom', but what if they can't? And what if I don't want them to yet? I don't want or like to see my child floundering around with studies, and when I email a teacher (only two times out of a whole year) I expect a response. It doesn't have to be immediate or even the same day, but the same week would be nice. It has now been 4 weeks since my email.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Parents and students many times don't know that teachers arrive early for bus duty to make sure each student is safe; they struggle with overloaded classrooms and students with special needs to help them learn; they spend countless hours in the evening (while everyone else has a personal life) grading papers or setting up a new computer program to entice your children to learn- many times forgoing their own family needs just to make sure your children learn; teachers spend money out of their own pockets for school/teaching aids or rewards; teachers take on all the extracurricular activities your child enjoys IN ADDITION TO THEIR TEACHING! I have to wonder how many parents would spend as much time with their own children as these teachers do trying to establish skills they need to know in life and to meet the many requirements of the school. Support them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

Our son attends this school and we are very unhappy and disappointed. Our child went from being an outgoing happy kid to not wanting to go to school at all. It is amazing to me how some of these teachers can be in the profession they are. Some of his teachers(not all) are not encourging or helpful. My son has been screamed at. Told to Shut up and Go figure it out yourself. We have had parent, principal and teacher meetings. Feel these meetings are one way to us and another way to our son when we are not around. We have other friends who have had problems and tried to communiate with school. I wish I had not allowed our son to go 3 years at this school .We should have moved him last year. We are now going to send him to private school. Wish we had sooner..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

i do not think this is a good school for my child because they sepperate the grade 8th girls from boys and ki would like my child to have experience with both of the opposite sex!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I went to this schol and it is one of my favorite school in the world. Even though they have a dress code no one likes but they have very fun activities and games. the teachers there teaches in a fun way that helps you remenber. They also treat every kid very nicely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

My oldest son attended Rock Springs beginning with its inception in 2001. It is a strict school, but the kids are safe and learning. No, parents do not come in there and try to run the show. My middle child attends now, and he loves it. I look forward to sending my youngest next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

I just finished middle school last year and this is a great school! Even though nobody liked/likes the dress code,it's still a good school.The teachers teach in a fun way. A way that you will remember. You learn by playing games,not just by being told.I was in beta cluband art club and it was great. I really miss that school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 23, 2005

this is a horrible school. the principal couldn't care less about your child. the rules are very unneccisary. Many teachers have no right to teach a page out of a text book.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2005

I am a student at Rock Springs Middle, and I dislike this school. Yes maybe because of the strickt rules, but even my parents say this is a rude school. anyways.. i guess you can find out for yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2005

My child went to Rock Springs Middle School last year.That is a very good Scool to put your Child/Children in.They have loads of extracurricular activities and they also even have field Day! You really should put your children in this School. it is very nice and the teachers are great! By the way thank you Mr. Vick and Mrs.Barton and also to Mrs. Philips and Mrs. Brawly. my child will never have a better education than you have already taught her. THANK YOU!
—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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading/Language Arts

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
Social Studies

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

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading/Language Arts

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

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

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

327 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 Students59%
African American46%
Asian67%
Hispanic43%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learners42%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students68%
African American59%
Asian57%
Hispanic58%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learners30%

Science

All Students73%
African American68%
Asian71%
Hispanic64%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities56%
English language learners42%

Social Studies

All Students95%
African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities72%
English language learners83%
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 Students49%
African American38%
Asian74%
Hispanic52%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students55%
African American46%
Asian68%
Hispanic55%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
African American53%
Asian74%
Hispanic70%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students88%
African American78%
Asian95%
Hispanic76%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities54%
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 American40%
Asian62%
Hispanic59%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students58%
African American49%
Asian48%
Hispanic59%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
African American73%
Asian71%
Hispanic82%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African American91%
Asian91%
Hispanic85%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
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 60% 67%
Black 22% 23%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 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 47%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (615) 904-3826

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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3301 Rock Springs Rd
Smyrna, TN 37187
Phone: (615) 904-3825

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