School Details

Finland Middle School

1825 Finland Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 801-3600
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-9 784 students 16 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

72%
75%
73%
72%
77%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South-Western City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
78%
77%
81%
86%
86%
49%
65%
69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • South-Western City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Finland Middle School is a public middle school in Columbus. The principal of Finland Middle School is Mr. Paul A. Smathers, whose e-mail is paul_smathers@swcs.us. 784 children attend Finland Middle School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 40% of the 784 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 76% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Finland Middle School is 16:1. Franklin Woods Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 68%
Asian 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 11% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 57%
Economically disadvantaged 40% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Really love this school teachers are really nice so our principles i wish my older 2 went here!

  • (4 years ago)

    Finland Middle School is so welcoming and is a great school!!! So many people say that it is not a quality school but I don't know why they say that! It is a great school! The education is great and it is a pleasure for me to attend here! I enjoy the friendly staff! Most all of my teachers were excellent and challenged me as they should. Mrs. Diehl and Mrs. Wissman to name a few were excellent teachers! I truely enjoyed having them!!! I truly enjoy going to this school! All the staff puts forth 110% effort and I truly appreciate it!!! Go Finland! A+++! -Alex

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school! Friendly and caring staff! I've had some of my favorite teachers here! Such a great place to be!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love attending Finland Middle School. The teachers there are great and the students treat you like brothers and sisters. The staff there at finland are caring and gives 100% effort. My pre-algebra teacher (Mrs. Dodson) is probably the best teacher I have ever had. She makes math fun and I accually look forward to going to her class. So to sum it up Finland is just a fun place to be with education included.

  • (7 years ago)

    This way by far one of the best schools ive been to. The teachers are nice caring and hard working. Even with the disruptive students the teachers never lose their cool. Even though people think that finland is such a bad school its really not. -Erica Woodring

  • (7 years ago)

    I really just love my child attending this school. My daughter was on the basketball team..And the track. The coaches were very nice and helpful. Their principals are omg the best principals ever..They make friendz with all the students the best that they can.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love my child attending Finland Middle school. I just ♥ the teachers and the principal and the assistant are very helpful! The students here get along GREAT and the sports here are AWESOME! The school has come a LONG way. I even went there my-self! My daughter is a proud student on the girl's basketball team and is currently interested in track! Teachers here are here for them more than to just teach but they can talk to them about their problems too! I ♥ FMS!!!!!!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    Everyone thinks that Finland is such a horrible school but it really isn't. I attended Finland Middle School and both of my brothers did as well. I have had some of the best teachers there that I have had in any of my schools. I attended Franklin Heights and now I attend Grove City and I have not had a better English Teacher. The teachers are very genuine and kind and want the very best for their students. I am sick and Tired of people saying that the teachers are out to get the kids. Perhaps the parents should look at their kids and maybe make them behave in class. The teachers aren't against certain kids they expect them all to follow the same rules. Students should never be disrespectful to the teachers and parents should realize that teaching is not an easy job!

  • (9 years ago)

    Finland Middle School is a high educational school. The children and staff show tremendous pride and are proud to say they attend Finland. The building is in great condition and the staff is very polite and helpful.

  • (9 years ago)

    Horrible! Some nice teachers but mostly mean staff ecpecially the principal. And the building is old and falling apart. Worst school I've ever been to!

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