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Springfield Middle School

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Posted September 10, 2014

This school is amazing! The STEM/REACH program is challenging my advanced 6th grader every day. She has already finished a hands-on engineering project and is on her 3rd book in their reading program. I don't know what all the fuss is about this school-the kids are respectful, kind and just like any other middle schools kids I've seen. I walked in with some supplies the other day and several students stopped to help me carry everything. I am glad I did not listen to the "rumors" and checked it out myself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

Springfield Middle School is a GREAT school. Leadership is focused and strong. Teacher quality is top notch. Many teachers hold Master Degrees and are level 5 teachers due to student growth. The best sports programs in the county, too many clubs to list, great band and music programs, community involvement is second to non. Community leaders can be found in the school build almost every day and every Friday is Greeters Club. New STEM programs are offered. All students are given the opportunity to visit college campuses as grade-levels to promote a college bound culture. My child is ready for the rigor of high school honor classes. ***The building is old, charming and has a lot of history but the educational movement inside is new, fresh and exciting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

My child's was in the 6th grade at SMS this past year. And the teachers were really caring and easy to work with. There was one in particular, Miss Winfrey, who taught math and I believe was her first year teaching there, was my child's best teacher. She was incredibly devoted to my child's progress as well as with her other students. So, if your child gets her, you'll love her. Overall, a great school and Dr. Bell is doing a good job there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

SMS has changed. I went to the school because my kids are supposed to go there and what I heard that I would see is not what I heard and saw. I did not announce my visit, I just went and found quiet halls, respectful kids and order around every corner. I am very excited that my daughter will be at SMS. I was not here when Dr. Morris was around but Dr. Bell is great and his energy and excitement about the kids is exactly what I would want in a principal. He even has science students Skyping with Vanderbilt professors and has more great programs coming. A friend that teaches there told me that the kids are respectful of the teachers and administration; any school that can accomplish that with middle school kids knows what they are doing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

Springfield is a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence." Administration and faculty here truly care about students and work hard to help students be successful.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2010

I think that this school has made alot of progress since Dr.Morris has been here. He is a wonderful principal. on May 7th , 2010 we became A National Point of Light school and by december of 2010 we are determined to be a Blue Ribbon School. The president of Blue Ribbon Schools really believes that we can and will become a Blue Ribbon school. I love this school and the teachers with all of my heart. I am just a sixth grader and my first year here has been an absolutely great one! I cannot wait till my seventh grade year. I really want to see all the wonderful things we will acheive. I am determined , as a SMS student , to change the image of this school. By:Victoria .T
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

My children have been at SMS for three years and I hate it. When Shirley Whitley left the school lost a really good principal. She made a really good impression on my son and he enjoyed school. I never had any issues that she didnot handle. I feel like I am there now because the administration is clueless on how to run the school. Kids are everywhere cussing, bullying other kids, and being disrespectful to the adults. I think they need to scratch the Administration and start over with someone who has the guts to stand up to those mean kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

Both my kids attend this school. Dr. Morris is a good principal. He doesn't avoid parents and takes their opinions seriously and into consideration. The teachers need some work though. Not all but most. The office staff needs work also. They are very absent minded. It has improved itself and is still on that path. It isn't a great school but if Dr. Morris keeps on the path he's on I believe it can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

I attend Springfield Middle School. It is a good school, but not the Best. I am happy that Dr. Morris became our principal. He has changed much of our school. In sixth grade when I had Ms. Whitely, we were on a 7 period schedule. This gives us little time to actually study with our class, as the classes were only 30 minutes long. Now I am a 8th grader and Dr. Morris has us on a 5 Block schedule. This gives us a long time to discuss and actually understand our lessons. Some of the Teachers are not the best, Some seem more interested in the Athletics than in the actually education. But teachers like Mrs. Reed actually teach us while having fun. This school has been subject to bad publicity and some bad teachers but otherwise a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2008

Springfield Middle School has gotten bad publicity through out the years, but don't let that fool you.I am an A student and have been involved w/ the show choir for the last two years, and have found it an amazing experience.I was previously in the concert band for two years, but because of reasons beyond my accountabilty could not take part this past year.After only two years, however, I have become a more than standard instrumentalist. I love the teachers there.They give as much personal attention as they possibly can.You really obtain a scence that the faculty and staff really care about you.Every educator I've ever had has always gone out of their way to make sure I was okay if I looked a little down.We have the same amount of students of the delenquent lifestyle as any other school in Robertson County.I would never change the last 3 years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2007

Springfield Middle is an average school. The school does its best to provide a quality education considering the liabilities its community it serves. There are good teachers, but some have been allowed to stay who should not have received tenure. Parent involvement is low. Only a small percentage get involved in activities at the school. The strength of the school is in it band and chorus program. Mr. Burr does an excellent job in the band program. Emily Higenbothem does a super job with the chorus. Athletics are above average. Kenneth Holman is possibly the most valuable person in the school. He is an excellent science teacher and works diligently with the football and boy' basketball program
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 28, 2006

the teachers try their hardest to teach the students
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2006

The worst school in Robertson County! The Principal talk so bad to alot of these children. I have seen it for myself. I wanted to reach out and huge the student I felt bad for him. Some of the teaching staff is very hateful. Alot of programs were cut because of funds. If you have a problem with a teacher. She claims she is on your side. need parent involent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2005

I have a child who is in seventh grade.She is very active in extracurricular activities and seems to enjoy going to school better than staying home at times. Springfield Middle School is very good school the only area where they could improve would be in the area of informing the parents more of activities taking place at school. Our children are at the age where they may not let us know everything that we may want to know. Great school -Sam
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

We have been quite pleased with the education our children (grades 6 and 8) have received at SMS. They are A students and the teachers and staff work hard to constantly provide challenging educational opportunities for them. Our principles, counselors, and police officer have wonderful relationships with the students, therefore they have the respect of the students. The entire staff continually shows love and compassion for each student regardless of race or academic ability.
—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 45% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading/Language Arts

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

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
24%
Social Studies

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

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
13%
Reading/Language Arts

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
26%
Social Studies

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading/Language Arts

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

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
34%
Social Studies

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

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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 Students30%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students34%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students30%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
White41%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students75%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners55%
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 Students19%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students26%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students71%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learners10%
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 Students61%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students36%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
White43%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students74%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities41%
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

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 44% 67%
Black 34% 23%
Hispanic 20% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 80%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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715 5th Ave West
Springfield, TN 37172
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