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About This School

Overhills Middle School is a public middle school in Spring Lake. The principal of Overhills Middle School is Joan Wicker, whose e-mail is jwicker@harnett.k12.nc.us. 1,097 students go to Overhills Middle School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 52% of the 1,097 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Overhills Middle School is 17:1. Spring Lake 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
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 51%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 25%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 1.0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1.0%
Hispanic 11% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Asian 0.2% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 59%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Best place to be for your child. Best place to be for your child. Best place to be for your child.

  • (8 months ago)

    We haven't even started school yet and my son is not even in the system. According to them they haven't entered everyone in the system and will have them entered by the end of the week. That is not good enough for me. I'm already trying to find a different school. They were not helpful at all.

  • (8 months ago)

    Horrible school! My son has been bullied in front of TEACHERS who just stood by and did NOTHING! Both of our children who have attended OMS say they wish they could go somewhere else as they did not feel safe there. The school teachers and staff tell you what you want to hear and then do nothing to fix the problem. Teachers expect you to do their job for them. My children have not had one positive experience from attending this school. I would not recommend this to anyone!

  • (9 months ago)

    Its good to have these reviews here for both parents teachers & the community. This really worries because we moved here from out of state and both of my children will be in the MS & HS and this worries me and I pray and hope this will not be a bad experience for my kids. To parents & teachers there is so many negativity in this world. I hope we can try not to concentrate on the negative but if there is some that we can come together and have a solution. Schools nowadays are not easy any way you see you. As a teacher or student but the we all need to work together to make things better especially for the sake of our kids but truth is some kids are not as eager or respectful as they used to be back when most of us used to go to school. There are still those who make it a #1 priority to make their education the main focus which is great but again even doing so its not easy because there are those who use this as a way to start bullying and so forth. Lets put our best efforts and look at the positive and think positive for the sake of education. I cant help but worry though ; ( I rated this a 3 but I have yet to have any experience with this school I have to be somewhat neutral.

  • (9 months ago)

    Parents if you have another choice between this school and another pick the other one!!! I had so many issues trying to even get a teacher to answer my emails. It seem as if this school has an extremely high turn over rate. My child had 3-4 math teachers his 7th grade year. Class sizes will run you from 35-47 students per teacher. The teachers are trying but they are just too overwhelmed. My neighboors daughter was bullied so bad she had to move her. If you have another choice pick that one. This is a terriable school!!!!!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Instead of worrying about school uniforms an overhaul to the teachers needs to be done. My child had a whole semester without the assigned teacher and a substitute was used as a perm. teacher. If there is going to be strict rules and uniforms impemented then we need strong teachers that can handle and enforce discipline in the classroom instead of calling in sick and spending a few days at the beach to avoid getting rid of the troublemakers inside the classroom.

  • (10 months ago)

    As a teacher at the school I take offense to some of the comments posted. Just like any work place there are always stronger and weaker teachers. It is a shame that most of the reviews stem from isolated negative events that are being applied towards the whole of the school. As mentioned in other reviews we do have large class sizes. Despite that fact I know I as well as many of my coworkers work tirelessly to try and provide a quality education to all students. I have a bachelors in education and a masters in my content area. I am a part of professional organizations to keep me updated in the latest educational trends. I spent the entire summer working to gather resources to support the change to the Common Core curriculum that would engage and challenge my students. I love teaching my students and enjoy building relationships with them. Tearing down our school will do nothing to improve it. Try giving teachers the benefit of the doubt we're not all bad.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son went to this school years ago and was never challenged. We had to fight for everything. My daughter currently goes here and we hate it.Both of my children are in the gifted program yet neither one of them have challenging work. The teachers treat the children like they are bad kids they even talk negatively about them within hearing distance. I have heard this many times. One teacher who had my child twice a day for over half the year still didn't know my child name. I really think this is sad. I am my child biggest supporter however I don't feel that I should have to fight with the school to do their job. They preach "no child left behind" unfortunately the gifted children get left behind due to the school catering to the children who can not pass the EOG test. You can find a few good teachers but their hands are usually tired by Harnett county board of education. As for parent involvement they discouraged me. They only want someone to do their photo copies and things like that. I am so happy for my children that we are out of this school finally.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is new to this school and since day one we have had serious problems with racism from other students. I made the administration aware of it immediately but my phone calls are dismissed and never returned. The class sizes are too much for 1 teacher. on my chids first day the Principal had to be called in to control the class bc the teacher couldnt. Communication between teacher and parent is non exisistant if you have the option for your child to attend another school...do so

  • (1 year ago)

    Open house was a mess didnt have my child in the system nor was she in the system on the 1st day of school stood in the office for 3hrs waiting for them to get her in there system so she could start school had issues since the first week. No communication between teachers and parents (no call backs from principal either) no lockers for the 6th graders children have to carry all there stuff from class to class cant get the classes that my child had signed up for One of my kid teacher use nicknames with students. The principal have no idea on whats going on in the school One of my childs male teachers spends more time talking to the girls about their favorite celebrities than teaching.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children that have attended Overhills Middle school and they both have had some really good teachers. My oldest son went on to excel in honors classes in High school and my other son is doing well too even though he is more of a follower than his older brother. They had to participate in the science fair every year and have some homework every day even if it is reading. My children would come home often telling me about something new they learned in school. I was impressed with much of what they had learned.

  • (2 years ago)

    There is no way that this school is as bad as you say! I am not saying everyone does exactly what they are supposed to do. But I guarantee that I was a teacher that was in constant contact with parents and students! You can still see it today! AS far as challenging if you can not do the work then it is challenging! So do not blame one incedent on all the teachers who by the way take pride in what they do! I am a teacher and we do our job! No student is labeled if kids are not acting right it starts at home!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has serious issues with communication between teachers and the parent. I have had my child come in and tell me very disturbing things that the teachers have said almost like they want to scare the children. Since day one of the first conference I asked for verbal/email communication but to no avail. It was only when I sent emails asking why they did certain things did they start but it quickly stopped. Classrooms don't have structure at all I would know I sat in on one and was completely shocked. When a teacher tells me they're usually not this subtle I knew there was a problem. Kids are "labeled" and treated as such. It's sad to have a school in this type of condition. Our future is sitting in those classes and with what you have teaching them consider it over. It needs a turnaround and it needs one fast. Our kids are going into this world totally unprepared because teachers care more their pay than the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    The education system at this school is out of control. The Teachers don't care about teaching it seems to me they are there to collect a check every week. The board really needs to figure out how to fix this system because the kids are the ones who are not going to be prepared. Let's see if they care my guess is they don't or the people teaching would not be teaching.

  • (3 years ago)

    So glad that we moved away from this school have had issues since the first week. No communication between teachers and parents (no call backs from principal either) classes way too big school obviously cant handle this many kids since all 6th graders are separated in trailer like classrooms with no lockers. Projects are a bit much even for parents to help son did more spelling and english in elementary school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My experience with OMS was terrible. I have a child in the school and took it off in the middle in the year. The group avarage is about 33 per class. Too many kid to be controlled by the teachers. The teacher lost more than half of the class trying to controled the kids. Discipline is a joke. One of my kid teacher use nicknames with students. The principal have no idea on whats going on in the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have 2 children in this school if you can call it that. The teachers dont challenge the kids. My kids havent had homework in 2 years. There's no report writting and only the occasional project. One project took 3 months and my child worked extremely hard to make it perfect and the teacher didnt grade them just gave everybody A's if they had one. One of my girl's male teachers spends more time talking to the girls about their favorite celebrities than teaching. At a fair they held last year my wife and I were buying tickets 4/$1. We gave the person selling them $5 and we got 16 tickets. After correcting them and walking away my son said that it was his teacher. What does that say for the staff. We will be relocating after this year!

  • (4 years ago)

    oms is a great adition of spring lake schools yes there is strict rules such as no high 5's and etc . The teachers look for great common scence and personality than the corect way how to teach the class. But the reason why I gave my school a 4 because we are great group of kids when we want to .fyi this letter is made by a six grader.

  • (5 years ago)

    The rules and regulations are very extreme for students within this age group. Some teachers are very unprofessional when not in the presence of an administrator/principal or assistant principle. The teachers are more focus on behaviors and seem to be more on the Mental Health Technician side of things than educating the young minds that are in attendance. Some of the teachers are very one sided in their approach to student issues or incidents......

  • (5 years ago)

    OMS has been an awesome experience for us. My son has loved going to middle school and what a turn around from 5th grade! His academics skyrocketed the teachers communicated and the staff really did care about the outcome of my son's success. The guidance staff was exceptional and Mrs. White goes way above and beyond. Front office is always pleasant and helpful! I am looking forward to the new principal this year...she was great as VP.

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