About This School
In 2011, Grassland Middle School had 17 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Tennessee average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Grassland Middle School Reviews
No Support for Athletics and the Arts
I have had three children graduate from GMS. They are Honors students. They helped raise the bar on the TCAP scores at GMS, but received no support from the administration on athletics and the arts. GMS and the School Board state that their goal is to be nationally recognized in academics, athletics, and the arts. That is false! They do nothing to support athletics and the arts. They fall well behind other school districts. This is a reason many students are transferring to private schools - to receive the true meaning of an education - academics, athletics, and the arts. GMS can compete against the private schools in academics (large part to demographics and home life) so the GMS administration should not take much credit. GMS athletic and arts programs remain terrible. Go look at the banners - see when the last time they won a championship in boys football, basketball, or baseball. The football, baseball, and basketball teams average GPS is higher than the GMS overall GPA -- so support your student athletes. The excellent choir instructor is now at Brentwood Middle School. When he was at GMS he had hundreds of students participating, including half the boys. Now I believe they have three boys participating in chorus. Shame on the administration for this glaring misrepresentation. The administration only gets recognition and bonuses on achievements on academics -- they need to start including athletics and the arts.
If you only care about TCAPS then this school is fine.
We took my son out of GMS - even though he was a straight A student with near perfect tcaps, he was unsure that he was actually LEARNING anything. He felt that all he did was take tests. He had a very depressing view of education. The teachers did not really get to know him because he was not disruptive in class. GMS is a perfect example of "teach to the test". If your student wants more out of his/her education than that, I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you believe that high TCAP scores = quality education, then this school will be just fine for you.
This was a mistake to send my child here, I wish I could do it over. But I hope to make it a learning experience. If your child is not exceptional, athletic, or popular, they will suffer. The kids are without compassion, the teachers are not well trained, not creative, fun or enthusiastic, the leadership is flat, nor dedicated to instilling a love of life learning in students. They gear up for TCAP way too much, don't give enough children the opportunity to participate in sports which would help many build confidence, school spirit, and unity. Send your child to a private school even if you can't afford it.
Excellent school! I am excited for my child to start 8th grade at GMS after 2 outstanding years there.
I've listened to the song created by the teacher that you fired. I couldn't agree more with what he is saying. Are you all a bunch of socialists? Our country is going down the tubes because of the "un-named president" in the song. You really fired this teacher? Shame on you for denying the right of free speech!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a former School Board Member, I would feel ashamed to say that I would have had any part in what you did.
Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope the song goes nation wide, that he makes a fortune and thuimbs his nose at you.
Love the school.
You should go to Grassland Middle School.