Griffin Middle School

Summary:

Griffin Middle School is a public middle school located in Smyrna, Georgia, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 994 students. The school is part of the Cobb County School District, which is ranked 52 out of 201 school districts in Georgia and is rated 4 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Griffin Middle School consistently outperforms the Cobb County and Georgia state averages in the Milestones Assessment, particularly in Algebra I, with 96.2% of students proficient or better in 2022-2023, compared to 46.6% in Cobb County and 35.8% statewide. However, the school's performance in other subject areas, such as English Language Arts and Mathematics, is generally below the Cobb County and Georgia averages. The school has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 21.83% White, 36.42% African American, 34.21% Hispanic, and 2.31% Asian, which is higher than some nearby schools like East Cobb Middle School and Campbell Middle School. Additionally, Griffin Middle School has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 51.61%, which is higher than the nearby Lindley Middle School (82.3%) and Pearson Middle School (89.88%).

Griffin Middle School has shown a steady improvement in its statewide ranking over the years, moving from 407 out of 542 Georgia middle schools in 2020-2021 to 252 out of 577 in 2022-2023, suggesting that the school is making progress in addressing its academic challenges. However, the school still lags behind some of the higher-performing nearby schools, such as East Cobb Middle School and Campbell Middle School, in other subject areas. This highlights the importance of addressing the unique challenges faced by students from low-income backgrounds and providing targeted support and resources to help them succeed academically.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 4010 King Springs Rd SE
       Smyrna, GA  30082


(678) 842-6917

District: Cobb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
255th of 582 Georgia Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,229 Help


Students who attend Griffin Middle School usually attend:

High:    Campbell High School

Feeder schools for Griffin Middle School:

Elementary:    King Springs Elementary School
    LaBelle Elementary School
    Norton Park Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  994

Racial breakdown:

African American:
36.4%
Hispanic:
34.2%
White:
21.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Griffin Middle School ranks better than 56.2% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranks 18th among 24 ranked middle schools in the Cobb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Griffin Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: African American (36.4%), Hispanic (34.2%), White (21.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Griffin Middle School is 15.3. 12 middle schools in the Cobb County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Griffin Middle School is $8,229. 19 middle schools in the Cobb County School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Griffin Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Griffin Middle School 255th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See Griffin Middle School in the ranking list.)

Cobb County:

SchoolDigger ranks Cobb County 52nd of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Griffin Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 34.29 329th 420 21.7%
2007 32.74 354th 445 20.4%
2008 33.10 361st 462 21.9%
2009 40.13 331st 466 29.0%
2010 43.51 323rd 494 34.6%
2011 44.55 327th 504 35.1%
2012 45.66 324th 508 36.2%
2013 50.01 315th 527 40.2%
2014 53.21 284th 521 45.5%
2015 48.47 270th 537 49.7%
2016 46.24 281st 545 48.4%
2017 49.81 264th 539 51.0%
2018 47.49 275th 543 49.4%
2019 50.93 261st 559 53.3%
2021 26.22 407th 542 24.9%
2022 55.48 221st 567 61.0%
2023 52.05 252nd 577 56.3%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 3.3)
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Reviews:
by a student
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Open Quote this school is very bad. im going right now and teacher are trash. Also dress code is just about girls.Also food is trash. just alot is trash and they dont know how to control us Close Quote


by a teacher
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Open Quote Griffin has blossomed over the years into something really great. A Smyrna diamond in the rough! Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Open Quote Please be aware that the data for school make up and test scores for this site are from 2-3 years ago. For a school that only teaches children for 3 years that shows that right now we have a totally different school from the one described on the site data. Our numbers of free and reduced lunches are dropping so fast that our title 1 status is in jeopardy. Our population make up is also changing. My son is in all advanced content classes and I have been pleased. We have a new principal and his influence on the teaching staff has been amazing. The major obstacle to our success is just over crowding. That will be addressed in the next SPLOST Bill with plans being made for a new school to relieve overcrowding in the 2019-2020 school year. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Open Quote My son was transferred to griffin bc we had bought a home. I am very disappointed not only with the teacher but also the basic surroundings and influences with other students! I have had an on going issue with a specific teacher and I am literally about to contact me lawyer. Not only her as a role model she has failed but has no basic communication nor common sense skills. For whomever is considering putting their child in this school! I strongly recommend that you reconsider! Very disappointed and outraged at this moment! What has happened to our school system! If i could I would def give the school 5 thumb downs and here is my warning! Do your child a favor and DO NOT ENROLL them at GRIFFIN MIDDLE ACHOLL! Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Open Quote I am very pleased with my son's experience at Griffin middle. The principal, Paul Gillihan has worked very hard at improving the school, teaching staff and the students. The PTSA has grown over the past few years. They have supported the school and have worked hard in their fundraising efforts. Keep being GREAT GRIFFIN! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Griffin Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 850 850
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 940 940
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 903 903
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 936 936
1994 606 321 28 38 1 n/a n/a 0 994
1995 591 389 38 48 2 n/a n/a 0 1068
1996 591 389 38 48 2 n/a n/a 0 1068
1997 511 385 33 61 0 n/a n/a 0 990
1998 452 307 32 72 1 n/a n/a 0 864
1999 458 306 25 78 2 n/a n/a 0 869
2000 431 341 27 106 0 n/a n/a 0 905
2001 355 375 22 199 1 n/a n/a 0 952
2002 303 398 29 257 3 n/a n/a 0 990
2003 303 398 29 257 3 n/a n/a 0 990
2004 281 400 28 326 3 n/a n/a 0 1038
2005 229 408 29 351 2 n/a n/a 37 1056
2006 225 416 25 378 3 n/a n/a 46 1093
2007 191 381 22 417 0 n/a n/a 50 1061
2008 147 358 19 441 1 n/a n/a 52 1018
2009 116 361 20 402 0 n/a n/a 46 945
2010 151 347 22 413 4 1 0 0 938
2011 161 342 31 431 2 1 27 0 995
2012 174 361 28 474 2 1 29 0 1069
2013 170 413 30 532 0 0 30 0 1175
2014 154 442 29 567 1 0 31 0 1224
2015 138 398 32 596 2 0 30 0 1196
2016 186 360 40 590 1 0 34 0 1211
2017 203 383 36 635 1 0 37 0 1295
2018 244 384 28 703 2 0 42 0 1403
2019 219 419 26 706 3 0 46 0 1419
2020 232 418 20 755 3 0 48 0 1476
2021 227 433 19 761 3 1 51 0 1495
2022 210 343 20 335 3 1 40 0 952
2023 217 362 23 340 3 1 48 0 994

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Griffin Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 850 48.0 17.7 13.4
1991 940 50.0 18.8 18.4
1992 903 54.0 16.7 20.2
1993 936 53.0 17.7 22.6
1994 994 62.4 15.9 28.3
1995 1068 65.0 16.4 29.4
1996 1068 65.0 16.4 29.4
1997 990 65.0 15.2 40.8
1998 864 55.2 15.7 47.8
1999 869 59.2 14.7 51.3
2000 905 58.6 15.4 49.9
2001 952 59.7 15.9 49.1
2002 990 66.0 15.0 59.6
2003 990 66.0 15.0 59.6
2004 1038 69.1 15.0 62.8
2005 1056 73.6 14.3 68
2006 1093 71.1 15.4 70.7
2007 1061 80.1 13.2 76.8
2008 1018 84.8 12.0 84.6
2009 945 84.0 11.3 84.3
2010 938 77.0 12.1 80.1
2011 995 66.5 14.9 80.2
2012 1069 68.0 15.7 83
2013 1175 68.5 17.1 82.5
2014 1224 70.0 17.4 80.9
2015 1196 70.0 17.0 78.9
2016 1211 69.0 17.5 74.7
2017 1295 72.5 17.8 73.5
2018 1403 78.5 17.8 68.4
2019 1419 83.3 17.0 66.4
2020 1476 86.0 17.1 68.5
2021 1495 87.8 17.0 61.3
2022 952 68.3 13.9 n/a
2023 994 64.6 15.3 51.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Griffin Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 850 48.0 17.7 13.4
1991 940 50.0 18.8 18.4
1992 903 54.0 16.7 20.2
1993 936 53.0 17.7 22.6
1994 994 62.4 15.9 28.3
1995 1068 65.0 16.4 29.4
1996 1068 65.0 16.4 29.4
1997 990 65.0 15.2 40.8
1998 864 55.2 15.7 47.8
1999 869 59.2 14.7 51.3
2000 905 58.6 15.4 49.9
2001 952 59.7 15.9 49.1
2002 990 66.0 15.0 59.6
2003 990 66.0 15.0 59.6
2004 1038 69.1 15.0 62.8
2005 1056 73.6 14.3 68
2006 1093 71.1 15.4 70.7
2007 1061 80.1 13.2 76.8
2008 1018 84.8 12.0 84.6
2009 945 84.0 11.3 84.3
2010 938 77.0 12.1 80.1
2011 995 66.5 14.9 80.2
2012 1069 68.0 15.7 83
2013 1175 68.5 17.1 82.5
2014 1224 70.0 17.4 80.9
2015 1196 70.0 17.0 78.9
2016 1211 69.0 17.5 74.7
2017 1295 72.5 17.8 73.5
2018 1403 78.5 17.8 68.4
2019 1419 83.3 17.0 66.4
2020 1476 86.0 17.1 68.5
2021 1495 87.8 17.0 61.3
2022 952 68.3 13.9 n/a
2023 994 64.6 15.3 51.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Griffin Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $579 (7.7%) $6,930 (92.3%) $7,509
2018 $586 (7.5%) $7,267 (92.5%) $7,853
2019 $574 (7.0%) $7,655 (93.0%) $8,229

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Griffin Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 261st of 559 Middle schoolsRanks 252nd of 577 Middle schools
 3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Griffin Middle School)41.645.9
 4.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)56.950.6
 6.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4639.2
 6.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Griffin Middle School)32.630.4
 2.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)5443.2
 10.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4032.9
 7.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Griffin Middle School)35.247.9
 12.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)48.551.5
 3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)3939.1
 0.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Griffin Middle School)36.339.4
 3.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)54.944.8
 10.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)4334.9
 8.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Griffin Middle School)48.240.1
 8.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cobb County)58.651.2
 7.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Georgia)4742.1
 4.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Griffin Middle School)37.323.7
 13.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cobb County)47.344.8
 2.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Georgia)3536.2
 1.2%
8th Grade Science (Griffin Middle School)27.76.7
 21%
   8th Grade Science (Cobb County)41.330.6
 10.7%
   8th Grade Science (Georgia)3226.4
 5.6%
8th Grade Social Studies (Griffin Middle School)46.327.2
 19.1%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Cobb County)5144.5
 6.5%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Georgia)4135.9
 5.1%
End of Course Algebra I (Griffin Middle School)91.996.2
 4.3%
   End of Course Algebra I (Cobb County)54.246.6
 7.6%
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1419994
 30%
African American419362
 13.6%
American Indian33
Asian2623
 11.5%
Hispanic706340
 51.8%
Pacific Islander01
White219217
 0.9%
Two or More Races4648
 4.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients66.4%51.6%
 14.8%


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Griffin Middle School ranks 255th of 582 Georgia middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 994 students attended Griffin Middle School.

Students at Griffin Middle School are 36% African American, 34% Hispanic, 22% White, 5% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Griffin Middle School usually go on to attend Campbell High School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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