School Details

Appling Middle School

3700 Appling Rd, Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 373-1410
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 744 students 15 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

62%
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62%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
57%
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81%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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49%
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60%
56%
47%
78%
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64%
92%
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82%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Appling Middle School is a public middle school in Bartlett. The principal of Appling Middle School is Mr. Odell Foster, who can be contacted at Appling.ms@scsk12.org. 744 children attend Appling Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 25% of the 744 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Appling Middle School is 15:1. Nicholas Hobbs Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 53%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 37%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is GREAT! The Principal is GREAT! The staff and teachers are GREAT! My child is even GREATER because of Appling Middle.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe AMS is a very safe well-organized foundation for a learning experience. The teachers actually teach and make sure every child understands the material. Every student is given work that is at their level. My first year here was the first year I ever felt challenged. It was the first time that I was given work at my level. Mr. Foster is a very good principal who doesn't let students get away with things. The dress code is enforced overly well. I feel safe in this school. The campus is kept very clean. There are lots of extra curricular activities. The art teachers especially involve students in projects and clubs. The arts are not minor at this school. Mr. Foster is at every dance. Students are not allowed to basketball games without permission slips. Teachers always make sure that every student gets home SAFELY after events. Appling is great!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has incredible teachers that make it an extremely well rounded school! The principal I believe does not carry out the rules as well as he should. There have been several scenarios where the 'good' kids have gotten in trouble while the 'bad' kids get away with everything. If he is the principal he should know the good from the bad and know how to handle a certain situation. I believe that some of the ISS rules are a little bit too harsh you can get sent there just by talking at lunch when you're on 'silent'. Overall this school is excellent and safe but there are flaws that should be fixed immeadietly.

  • (6 years ago)

    My entire family loves Appling Middle School. Mr. Foster and the rest of the faculty is just the best of the best! We've never had a negative thing to say about this top notch school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. My oldest child is in 2nd year here and I have 4 more following him. Mr. Foster is fantastic. He is tough but he really loves these kids. He expects great things out of them and usually they don't disappoint. He knows them and can call most of them by name. The teachers are fantastic and they really motivate the students to excel.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student at that school. The teachers were extremely nice. They tried to help us any way the could. I really miss this beautiful school. I hope the school grows and prospers.

  • (7 years ago)

    this school is amazing!!! there are nice people good teachers and a wide variety of extra activities.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been extremely pleased with our experience at Appling. Coming from another Bartlett middle school and having an extremely bad experience for more than two years -- Appling is top notch! The discipline is strict but fair -- every child has the same consequences which is a big switch from the previous school! I appreciate the faculty and staff and have no complaints other than communications could be a little better. However if/when I've emailed a teacher I've received a prompt response. You just have to ask. I highly recommend Appling Middle!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child now attends Appling as a 7th grader. We moved to specifically be in Appling's district. I love Mr. Foster he knows every child by name and he runs a great school. All the teachers and staff really take interest in your child no matter the background. My child loves Appling and it is a very safe school and very nice school and all of the staff there cares alot. Appling seems to be known more for their academics than their athletics.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love just about everything about this school. This is my childs 2nd year to attend Appling and it is absolutely wonderful to be able to send her to school knowing she will be safe and get a great education plus have extra curricular activities that strengthen her physically and mentally. Mr. Foster runs a very tight ship and all the students have much respect for him. One thing I do not like is the excessive amount of homework given every day. I believe they should have to study for tests and such but feel the amount homework is way out of line. I am not a teacher and should not be expected to sit and teach my child at night and argue about 2 hours of homework. If this would change you could not ask for a better school.

  • (7 years ago)

    As for my child's experience at Appling he loves it. Mr. Foster is indeed a discipline oriented principal. But I do have a problem with the overall educational program. The teachers however do not challenge the children intellectually. Gifted children are not given a harder curriculum. There is no motivation given to these students at all to advance. Beta? Honor Society? Key Club? AP classes? All not pushed at this school. Average students are treated just as that...average! They do just enough to keep the T-Cap scores where they should be. Resource students basically get a free ride and all of the freedoms other students are denied because they are in the 'special' programs. Overall I think the problem lies in the SCS system. But this school could do something to make a difference and not just 'push' every child through because it is the 'politically correct' thing to do.

  • (9 years ago)

    Mr. Foster is a dedicated principal always there and open with parents. His dress code is awesome! It has a few freedoms with the guidelines they'll need to be successful adults.

  • (9 years ago)

    Moving from a different state & district I am not impressed with the way this district is ran. The principle does nothing but yell at the students and when we as parent voted on what our children could and should wear at school our vote didnt matter. In the end the principle has full control of what he wants the students to wear. Personally I will always have a bad taste in my mouth from this District and State.

  • (9 years ago)

    2004-2005 Was my son's first year there as a 6th grader. I think it is a wonderful school. I kept in close contact with the teachers to ensure my childs education. This is an A+ school.

  • (10 years ago)

    'I've attended Appling When it first opened I was really impressed with how well Mr. Foster Disciplined the student body. I felt really safe having Mr. Foster as my Principal. I'm really honored that I've attended Appling for a Middle School. We need more Principals like Mr. Foster.'

  • (11 years ago)

    Principal Odell Foster is pro-discipline and will not put up with the kids that do not want an education like some of the others.

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