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About This School

Essex Middle School is a public middle school in Essex. 423 children attend Essex Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 17% of the 423 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Essex Middle School is 13:1. Albert D. Lawton School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 91%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 15%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I enjoyed my stay at EMS. I have no graudated and moved on to EHS as an upper classman I think the teachers are great. Mrs.Willis is by far the best teacher ever. Id give her 5 stars. But administration is the worst I have ever delt with. One minor mistake and you are on the "bad kid" list and out casted. Mr.Briggs and Mr. Kirsh wouldnt shake my hand at graduation. Mr.Briggs also got to close to many of the girls in my grade as in hugging and what not. just un-professional.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been to three schools in my life and EMS is by FAR the best one I have been to. The new principal is amazing and all but one algebra seminar teacher cares lovingly about the students. The students are so nice too they accept anyone. The teachers are a little strict over little things but they care three times as much about us as the other schools I've been too. Over all this could very well be one of the best schools in the country.

  • (4 years ago)

    GReat caring teachers top quality education curriculum and demanding and challenging. High focus on extracaricular activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had good teachers here but I've also had bad ones. I think that my favorite teacher I've ever had here was Greg Mernick a smart and nice guy. I think that going to his classroom made my hard middle school journey alot better because there were days where I just couldnt stand it! I also really enjoyed music class here. Those two were my main favorite uplifting things about this school. I think Mr. Laush was excellent too. I think over all the school was so-so though. Any time you get introuble its over something kind of not neccasary. I think that the school deserves a 3 star rating.

  • (5 years ago)

    I like it because it's really fun and there are a lot of fun after school activities. I am in the junior iron chef competition and the family consumer science teacher helped us come up with a really good recipe!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers focus on little things like chewing gum and stuff like that when they could be focusing on more important things.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this is a great school it has great teachers and a great learning environment. I am a 7th grader at EMS and I love it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I moved here in 5th grade from a very different school and the three years I have spent at EMS have been three of the best. I must commend my teachers for doing an amazing job teaching.

  • (6 years ago)

    They focus too much on minor problems (like a quick friendly hug or a silenced cell phone or ipod with headphones at lunch or a bare shoulder) and escalate the punishment until the student doesn't care about anything including learning. Save the discipline for REAL problems so kids don't feel like they're in prison.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hey I'm an 8th grader at this school now. I am sooo sad that i have to leave it. Its been a pretty great 3 years so far and we have some time left. I'll live it to the fullest. But thats not the point. Some of the best teachers I 've ever had are in this school. Teachers like the two in the Nova tea. The Nova team is the best team in the school I think its one of the more challenging and the teachers are just amazing!

  • (6 years ago)

    Their strictness is above what's needed. They use their excuses as to 'prepare us for high school' but all of the discipline they focus on becomes unlearned in high school and therefore pointless. Teachers are great regardless.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hi Im a current 8th grader at EMS. I would like to say that this is the best school I have been too; The teachers are great and they will go above and beyond what they need to do to teach us (students).

  • (8 years ago)

    I just graduated from this school yesterday and I have to say it was great. Not every teacher is fully committed and excited about teaching (every school has these) but most are and I've grown so much in the past three years.

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