Sutton Middle School

2875 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 802-5600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1470 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Sutton Middle School is a public middle school in Atlanta. The principal of Sutton Middle School is Buck Greene. 1,470 students attend Sutton Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the Sutton Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 1,470 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 45% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sutton Middle School is 15:1. Springmont School in Atlanta is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 39% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 79%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Multiracial 3% 1%
Asian 3% 0.9%
Hispanic 24% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 75%
Limited English proficiency 8% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 44% 76%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is a student at Sutton and he and I both love this school. His teachers are amazing and he is doing better than he has in a long time. I was concerned that being a quiet kid he might get picked on but that has not been the case. I am so happy we came to this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a Sutton alum and I want to start off by saying that Sutton is a great school with a motivated staff who cares about its students and their futures. I wanted to write this review b/c in reading other reviews I was saddened to read the posts from students who have been bullied. Middle school unfortunately can be hard to deal with and downright scary for students who are bullied. As a school the way to curb this is to support all of the students by promoting togetherness so they can see that they all deserve a quality education to better their lives. When I went to Sutton labeling problem students as "ghetto" was common also but this is not fair to them and it needs to stop. Middle school is a time where a lot of kids struggle to be accepted and it is critical to their futures that they learn despite differences they all matter and they all are believed in. Students don't place your classmates in a box by labeling them as each of you are so much more than a name. Believe in yourself treat others the way you want to be treated and you will overcome your tough times and be a stronger person for it. You will make it!

  • (1 year ago)

    I had a child at Sutton from 6-8 and my second child is in 7th grade. We have had an excellent experience all-round. My children have both been in the accelerated program which is an entirely different experience than the mainstream program or so I hear. I am glad for the diversity. Kids need to know how to relate on all levels and this school certainly gives that opportunity. The only downside really is that there is a very large economically underprivileged element at Sutton mixed with an almost-equal number of kids from a lot of privilege. There is an enormous divide providing a perfect storm for some bad behavior. That's not a reason not to go. And not everyone from an economically challenging background exhibits bad behavior anymore than Buckhead Brats are all mannerly (and they can be the WORST). So it's a FANTASTIC school. You just have to learn some 'duck-and-dive.' But I highly recommend. It is an excellent private-school alternative. My 9th grader is at North Atlanta. So far so (very) good.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have an eight-grader who loves Sutton and has performed well there. He is involved in clubs and sports and enjoys his classes and teachers. He is in all accelerated classes and has been challenged academically each year. I can't speak to the standard classes or to any disciple problems b/c we have had none. The student body is very diverse which we love. He has met friends from Italy Portugal etc and has been exposed to life outside of this "Buckhead bubble". Take a tour and see if it's right for your child.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm an 8th grade student at Sutton and the school is very average. The teachers there are for the most part good but if you end up with a teacher that you don't like i would recommend you do your best to switch class as early as possible in the school year. the administration is great. But when it comes to students it's absolutely awful. It's a mix of superficial 'preppy' kids and ghetto kids. There are few to none of the 'normal' ones. unless your child is going there from the beginning (6th grade) don't send him there because it is really hard to adapt. Although this is an 'average' rating i'm on the verge of rating it below average. Other than that Sutton just moved into the old North Atlanta building which is a really cool building.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a 7th grade student at sutton my year so far hasn't been great the teachers are really fantastic but most of the Kids are ether a bully themself are being bullied. I have issues with bullying this year 2 times the first time the assent principles did suspend the kid but the second time the teacher they called in made it fell as if it wad my fault and so the assent principles did nothing. Now if I have another billing issue I don't know wear to turn. So if you don't have to please don't inroll your child in sutton

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a student a sutton in 6th grade and I absolutely hate it! I'm in 6th grade and most of the kids are ghetto. No joke! They all cuss and do inappropriate things. I do love all the teachers there's not a problem with them but the students are terrible. I love the staff as well Mr. Hudson Mr. Cone Ms. Miller ect. I would really wanna leave this school but all my very close friends go there. Also before you say I don't believe you with the whole "ghetto" thing then here's a story that happened a couple days ago. I was walking to carpool with my friends when all the sudden this kid runs out of his classroom with his teacher chasing after him the student slaps the teacher and says many cuss words to her. Honestly DO NOT put your child in sutton they can get bullied or even jumped. Again I love the teachers and the staff but the students are terrible

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a student that goes to Sutton and it's a very good school! The staff is super kind and I made all kinds of friends! Wherever you look people are there for you and willing to help.

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  • (2 years ago)

    My child is a studenthere at SMS. I would not recommend your kid here. Most of the teachers are great! But the students have no class and most of them are ghetto. Random kids get jumped and bullied. There is a lot of drama here. The "principal" and administration care less about the students and more about their reputation and budget. Many of child's my friends have been in a situation where they have been bullied harassed and threatned and the bully said they were being bullied. Both of them were told not to talk about it ANYMORE. Now the situation could get worse. If a kid can't get advice from their friends what's the point? In conclusion don't waste your time with the administration and go straight to the police or courthouse.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attends sutton currently (7 grade) and really likes it. He is in challenge classes and although I don't really feel that he is being challenged to his highest potential he is still learning a lot. The band program is great! Mr. Denson (the band director) is wonderful. I have heard good things about the orchestra and chorus/guitar teachers as well. I am disapointed that we have to move.

  • (4 years ago)

    The administration is absolutely terrible here. It makes it nearly unbearable to teach. It's unfortunate as the students themselves are terrific but whenever there are discipline problems the administration doesn't want to deal with it. One particular administrator seems to enjoy randomly choosing teachers to harass and then making them so miserable they are forced to resign. It is never a good sign at a school when there is as much turnover as there is at SMS. I can't wait to get out.

  • (4 years ago)

    Two kids at Sutton with one graduating. I have been overall pleased with the Principal and the staff. Their are plenty of opportunities to involve yourself in the school and the day to day operation. Sutton has been a excellent experience and if APS can get the new North Atlanta off of the ground quickly things will continue.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has had 3 great years at Sutton. He found his niche early on. Our second son is excited to join Sutton next year. All the teachers know our child by name and even the Principal knows us all. For such a large population we feel it is truly a neighborhood school!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a child in 6th grade and it has been a very difficult year so far. I am very disappointed! Some the teachers have no control of their classroom. Nothing like elementary. Very difficult to reach the principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a great school filled with fantastic kids and wonderful opportunities!

  • (5 years ago)

    Really love the School and the Diversity. Glad to have my child attend there. The Staff is Wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the interaction between parents teachers and students. They have excellent programs. Helping hands were parents volunteer there time to come and help the teachers and staff. Also hall monitoring. The have Wellness embassier for the student. That is on a student to student level. The school is just awesome! Everyone there has an important role that has been done well!

  • (5 years ago)

    This DIVERSE school has ALLf the trimmings of a well run private school. Also the parent participation as well as community leader's participation puts Sutton Middle School at the top of any school list!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sutton Middle School is filled with diversity with an international approach to teaching. I am proud to be a teacher in Atlanta Public School.

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