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About This School

Ranson Middle is a public middle school in Charlotte. The principal of Ranson Middle is Ms Alison L. Harris, who can be contacted at 1,109 students go to Ranson Middle and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 85% of the 1,109 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ranson Middle is 15:1. John T Williams Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 74% 42%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 32%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 5%
Hispanic 17% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 57%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I went here about 4 years ago. I stayed for a year for sixth grade. This school was HORRIBLE... IB classes and elective classes are co-ed but the other classes core-subjects for "regular" kids have only one gender. Girls not in IB go to all-girl classes and guys would be in all-boy classes. I was in a "regular" science class(other classes were IB classes). It was horrible. It was an all-girls class and the girls weren't girls they were MONSTERS. No one listened to the teacher EVER. I only remember having ONE "real" lesson in that class. The teacher always yelled and the girls never listened to her. They were delinquents that boasted about bad things they've done. The IB classes were good though. Also there was always a fight... It was bad. I remember there was a day where the fire department came THREE times... In the end some kids where smoking in the bathrooms. If you have the choice to allow your kids to go to ANOTHER SCHOOL then do it. Only allow them to go to Ranson if they absolutely have to and they'll die if they don't.

  • (10 months ago)

    All I have to say is WOW. Decided to visit my daughter and I could not believe how the kids were so disrespectful. I truly feel sorry for the teachers who have to literally yell thru a lessen just to teach. Assistant Principal used the Joe Clark method to constantly yell at students. Teachers seem unmotivated because of a lot of disrepectful kids which in turn reflects on the parents. IB School there is no way. One hour visit had us contemplating transfering our daughter back to JAMES MARTIN!

  • (2 years ago)

    its a great school that i like for my son. its not like the other schools

  • (2 years ago)

    This is by far the worst school (district) I have ever experience. My child attended the school for half a school year. During my child's time there we had some terrible experiences along with dropping grades. I decided to move just to get him to a different school and a more diverse and positive environment. It is the best thing I could have done for my child. When I went to withdraw my child it was evident that the children definitely run the school. They were running and yelling in the halls uncontrollably disrespecting the staff using vulgar language all while being chased to class by the security guards. Fights are a daily event. Half of the teachers didn't attempt to correct the behavior and ignored what was going on around them. The office staff is THE WORST! They never give messages or return phone calls and I have left over 20 messages and received 2 return phone calls. The principal although she is very nice individual wears very skin tight outfits which in my opinion are not appropriate for school. All of my child's teachers were very helpful and I appreciate them but the children could not be tamed. It's a tough school and they need some stern guidance.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school should have their IB charter revoked! The teaching staff is lacking the curriculum is lacking of any IB program and a revolving door of staff that could care less because in a few weeks they will be at another school filling in. Your child's safety might be at risk by going to this school. I DO NOT recommend sending your child here.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm in the 8th grade at Ranson and Ranson isn't that bad. The school has actually grown a lot and is better than what some of the parents on here are sayin. Yeah we got drama but who doesn't ??? And this "bullying yall talkiin bout isn't from the 8th grade. We never even see other grades except for on the bus !

  • (3 years ago)

    yes i go to this school and i actually like it because i can relate tew it. yes there is alot of drama and all the adults argue with the students and act lyke dey dont car at all. bhut ayee me and mi bestie runin disx. class of 2011 8th grade all dayy

  • (3 years ago)

    i am currently a student at RMS their has been over 1million things said wrong about it. Most things are true others im not so sure of i've been at ranson for 3yr. know and i can say it has changed dramasticly. From being punished to uniforms its all for our good. Most kids exaggerate about what goes on here most teachers are jjust doing their job and changin their attitude for the better however the students dont very much like it so they think its being hated by the teacher. Thus making them hate the teacher we 8th graders are now on lock down and we have almost all the staff on our case (in including the principal) so we dont really have direct contact with other grades or students for that matter. But its a punishment where gonna have to take to make the future of ranson a whole lot better.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is terrible in every single way my daughter has struggled through her 6th and 1/2 of her 7th grade year already. Teachers that are potentially good end up angered and a lot less patent with students because of the students behavior. even grade a teacher would be sent into anger from these kids and the ones who ardent doing it are suffering adding uniform was a terrible idea just one more thing for students to hate the school for and when students hate the school they degrade and disrespect it but switching schools is nearly impossible with out moving!

  • (3 years ago)

    With what happen to my grandchild there on Nov. 1 2010 you do not deserve a rating. It's not low enough. My grandchild was missing all day and you just notified the parent at 4 30pm. Suppose it was your child.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is afraid to go to school. I am removing her as soon as possible. The children loud and rowdy. They are very intimidating to the younger children. The girls are inappropriately dressed. The administration does nothing about the behavior that occurs in front of them. They promise the 6th graders never interact with the 8th graders that's a lie! There are boarded up windows and grafitti. Im am so done with Ranson. CMS should close the doors.

  • (4 years ago)

    I had a child at this school she was contstantly getting bullied and getting this stolen from her which is a huge problem at this school . I reported it admin. does nothing. the principal walks around ignoring the problems hoping they go away. My kid finially stood up to her one of her bullies got into a fight because my child was fed up at this point . the teachers should not be called teachers if you want your child to get a free ride and no education send them to ranson middle. I say everyone that has a problem here needs to report Ranson to CMS. because trust me if you child does something they put it in a file that will follow them the rest of their school years. worst school ever i had to removemy child from this place

  • (4 years ago)

    I will be taking my daughter out of this school ASAP. The teachers do not encourage parent involvement at all!! Horrible leadership. No one returns call or emails.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is home to many fights and students are boisterous and obnoxious. I would not recommend this school for any parent to send their child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Has average amount of drama but is very good academically speaking Ranson is on its A game this is not a bad school and the students and staff are so polite.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Ranson for 3 years and I absolutely loved the school!!! I was so sad when I had to leave because I had really grown to love it. It is wonderful and most of the teachers are cool and down-to-earth! Even though the school has had it's down moments it is still a great place to attend. I would recommend Ranson to any parent who wants their child to really enjoy their middle school years!

  • (6 years ago)

    Ranson is a great school I went there all 3 years of middle school of course there were problems but we were all like one big family even the teachers

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to ranson for my 6 grade year and it caused me to make a lot of changes in my ife and they werent for the better. I would not recommend this school to any parent who is looking for a school for their child.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that there should have been a formal parent meeting or a letter sent to parents during the summer or right after school closed to inform parents of the new principal and what her intentions were going to be for the 2005'/2006' year. I thought that it was unfair to the parents to only find out at open house that the school was changing to a flex scheduling in which math and language arts classes will be held on an everyday basic. Parents should have been given the opportunity and the time to decide whether or not they want their children to attend this school with the new changes or transfer to another school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this school could use increased security and also a discipline plan would be great. I visit my childrens class often and their is always disruptive disrespectful students that interrupt the class which makes it difficult for the students who care about their education. Some of the teachers/counselors have bad attitudes simply b/c of the students that are disruptive and they also take their frustrations out on the the kids that are their to learn. Parents need to be more active and involved in what's going on at their kids school. Also there was no 'formal' announcement of the new principal.

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