School Details

Banks County Middle School

712 Thompson St, Homer, GA 30547
(706) 677-2277
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 711 students 15 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Banks County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Banks County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
93%
94%
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83%
96%
96%
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85%
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74%
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78%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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82%

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Banks County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Banks County Middle School is a public middle school in Homer. The principal of Banks County Middle School is Matthew Cooper and can be contacted at mcooper@banks.k12.ga.us. 711 students attend Banks County Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Banks County Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 711 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 66% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Banks County Middle School is 15:1. Providence Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 88%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 57%
Limited English proficiency 2% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 56% 52%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Greatest Middle school ever. My daughter was in Gwinnett County schools. Banks County is far better. Gwinnett is a 2 where Banks is a 10+.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has attended several different schools over the past 8 years. I can honestly say that BCMS is the best school we have ever attended. The principal is a great leader and the teachers are wonderful. The test scores at our school are some of the best in our area. I am thankful for this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. I've been in many schools before and this is by far the best. Our principal is a bit over pushy about 'Game Day' but it motivates us to do better. The teachers are willing to help you.

  • (6 years ago)

    I rate the school excellent. I just love our school principle......He really cares for its students.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the 3rd school my children have attended. I love it! They love it too! I like the way I'm notified about what is going on at the school. This is the 3rd yr in a row that the school has made AYP. They even beat Gwinett and Commerce this yr. They attend the afterschool program. They have 4 workers each day to help the kids and transportation home by bus. The equiptment they have access to is awsome! Major money has been spent on this program!! I will not move until they are out of school! Great job teachers and staff!

  • (7 years ago)

    The incredible pressure on these students to perform on 'Game Day' is enormous. The entire year has been geared toward teaching to the big test. It will only get worse as the good teachers leave.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am positive that my two children learned a lot in the middle school this year. The co-teaching and after school program really helped both of them pass the Crct which is required by the President of the United States and Sonny Perdue. I hate that schools have to pass these to get federal funds. Children are not retaining what we learned in schools as compared to the 70's and 80's. The test is a big joke for education because of retaining what they are learning on a daily basis. I feel my kids did better because of the extra teacher in the classroom and they made it enjoyable.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school like all Banks County Schools are a joke. I should have done research on Banks County schools before I bought my property. Majority of the teachers that are there are there for a paycheck! Not to teach children. What about the principle and vice principle they're a bigger joke than the school. Leave messages and they don't call you back. My daughters use to like school and now they can't stand to go. No children left behind! They don't care. Afterschool program didn't help. Nobody would help so what's the point. I'll be home schooling. At least I know my children will be taught better!

  • (10 years ago)

    this school is on the needs to improve list generated by the new federal law of no child left behind act. one of the side effects of being on this list is that they must provide tutoring for those that fall short of grades. they are not adequately providing tutors. the kids are put in the afterschool area where a teacher gives them an afternoon snack and keeps after them to do their homework. but if a child cant finish the homework because he doesnt understand the concept there is no teacher to explain the process to where my child can understand and complete the required work. next there is no transportation available and both myself and my husband work and are not able to pick him up by the required 5 15. if not picked up at that time the kids are brought to dfacs office and i verified with them that they will them start procedings for child abandonment and run the risk of loosing my kids? so ow does this system provide a better education. i can give more examples if asked to do so

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