Pearson Middle School


Pearson Middle School is a public middle school located in Marietta, Georgia, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 860 students. The school is part of the Cobb County School District, which is ranked 52 out of 201 districts in Georgia and is rated 4 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Pearson Middle School faces significant challenges in terms of student academic performance, with test scores well below the district and state averages across all subject areas and grade levels. For example, in 8th grade English Language Arts, Pearson Middle School's proficiency rate is 24.1% compared to the Cobb County average of 51.2% and the Georgia average of 42.1%. This indicates a significant achievement gap for the students at this school. Additionally, Pearson Middle School has an extremely high percentage of free/reduced lunch recipients at 89.88%, which is significantly higher than the surrounding schools, such as Lovinggood Middle School (26.64%) and Pine Mountain Middle School (82.07%), suggesting a high concentration of students from low-income families.

The high Hispanic student population at Pearson Middle School, which is 80.58% compared to the surrounding schools ranging from 16.52% to 61.41%, may indicate a significant number of English Language Learners, which could be a factor in the lower test scores. However, the school has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 13.8, which is lower than most of the surrounding schools, suggesting that the school may have adequate resources, but these resources may not be effectively utilized or targeted to address the specific needs of the student population.


Public 6-8

 240 Barber Road
       Marietta, GA  30060

(770) 429-6012

District: Cobb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
490th of 582 Georgia Middle Schools

Students who attend Pearson Middle School usually attend:

High:    Campbell High School

Feeder schools for Pearson Middle School:

Elementary:    Belmont Hills Elementary School
    Fair Oaks Elementary School
    Green Acres Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  860

Racial breakdown:

African American:

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  89.9% Help

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Compare Details Pearson Middle School ranks worse than 84.2% of middle schools in Georgia. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.64. (See more...)
Schooldigger Rankings:

Pearson Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Pearson Middle School 490th of 582 Georgia public middle schools. (See Pearson 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 Pearson Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.64 486th 577 15.8%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings:

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Enrollment information for Pearson Middle School

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2022 25 110 6 712 0 2 11 0 866
2023 31 120 5 693 1 0 10 0 860

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 Pearson Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2022 866 59.1 14.6 n/a
2023 860 62.1 13.8 89.9

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 Pearson Middle School

Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2022 866 59.1 14.6 n/a
2023 860 62.1 13.8 89.9

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.

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Students at Pearson Middle School are 81% Hispanic, 14% African American, 4% White, 1% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 860 students attended Pearson Middle School.

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

Pearson Middle School ranks in the bottom 15.8% of Georgia middle schools.

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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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