Richards Middle School

Public 6-8

 3555 Sugarloaf Pkwy
       Lawrenceville, GA  30044


 (770) 995-7133

District: Gwinnett County

SchoolDigger Rank:
239th of 543 Georgia Middle Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  17.3
Number of students:  2,050

Racial breakdown:
Hispanic:
44.5%
African American:
35.3%
Asian:
8.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  80.2%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, July 27, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Richards Middle School ranked better than 56% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranked 20th among 28 ranked middle schools in the Gwinnett County School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 51.37. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (44.5%), African American (35.3%), Asian (8.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 80.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Richards Middle School is 17.3. 19 middle schools in the Gwinnett County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Richards Middle School employs 117.9 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Richards Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Richards Middle School 239th of 543 Georgia public middle schools. (See Richards Middle School in the ranking list.)

Gwinnett County:

SchoolDigger ranks Gwinnett County 33rd of 182 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Richards Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 58.99 180th 420 57.1%
2007 62.45 177th 445 60.2%
2008 59.37 195th 462 57.8%
2009 61.00 193rd 466 58.6%
2010 56.03 228th 494 53.8%
2011 62.15 202nd 504 59.9%
2012 62.74 201st 508 60.4%
2013 62.29 211th 527 60.0%
2014 64.69 186th 521 64.3%
2015 53.11 224th 537 58.3%
2016 48.23 264th 545 51.6%
2017 48.52 271st 539 49.7%
2018 51.37 239th 543 56.0%

Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a principal
Monday, October 30, 2017

Open Quote People who know Richards Middle School understand that it is the largest Title I School in Gwinnett, and probably Georgia, with over 2150 students. Yet with many challenges, it was a 5 Star Climate Rated School in 2017 (no small feat), and 4 Stars for several years prior to that. It has been a state leader for the PBIS initiative. The vast majority of Richards' students make great decisions, pass/excel in their classes, improve their achievement levels each year, receive no discipline referrals, and enjoy coming to school at Richards (hence the 96 student attendance rate). Last year students from Richards also earned 1st Place in both Writing and Science, Gwinnett County Competitions. Two years ago, the Readers Rally Team was in the final four competition, out of 28 Gwinnett middle schools. In recent years, the school has one of the higher GA CCRPI scores for Title I Middle Schools. The majority of our students graduate from high school and every year we hear about the academic scholarships they've earned for college. In 2016-2017 the school raised $20,000 for United Way, Relay for Life, and the Richards Care Team. Many great deeds happen in this school! The staff at our school are very committed and we have little turnover each year (hence the 94 teacher attendance rate). People enjoy working at Richards, enjoy the students in the school, and few people request to leave this school. Certainly every school has it's areas for improvement and challenge. And we have ours! But it is a joy to work in a place where the work you do is valued by others, and the work itself adds value to the lives of others. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 7, 2017

Open Quote There are no words to describe the fervor of my loathing for this institution. The principal is a joke I have no idea how he became in that position power he is not good at running the school he does not have a good demeanor it is fake and he is non-communicative. If your child is not being bullied with racists and sexual content on the bus or from students then it is coming from the teachers. When I went to school 20 years ago they were no teachers that would scream and students faces as if they were the parent at Walmart about to go back to their trailer. That is not the right way to communicate with the child all you're going to do is create a negative environment. The school is full of negativity I cannot honestly give one compliment or Pro. It is all kinds. These are your whole life watching your language around your child keeping them away from television and everything and of course naturally children are going to talk and they're going to teach each other stuff but my God the level of what they're discussing is even above my head as far as sexual terms. My son should not come home and say blue waffles. I don't think rats should be allowed to continue to run around the parking lot nor should they continue to condone their super lice infestation that is on its fourth school year yes school year not calendar year school year. I am so afraid to send my child to that school and have her pick up parasites and have the school being non-communicative and when you try and get in touch with them they are so burnt out from having 30-something students they don't care and they don't want to email you. If your child is behind it so well to God and then they just pass them with the 72 get it done and make it someone else's problem and not a financial burden. Every single teacher we have encountered has been unprofessional I have been lied to my child has been abused she is neglected things like socializing which is important to learn with her peers free time enough time to actually get a break from the vigorous curriculum unlike teachers which get mandated Breaks by the government per law but our kids little tiny children they get about 30 minutes a day to shove food in their face and they are often times punished and have to have silent lunch. Close Quote


by a teacher
Friday, April 18, 2014

Open Quote Richards is a wonderful place that has the students and their best interest at the heart of every decision that is made! The one thing this school needs is more parental involvement. Close Quote


by a citizen
Friday, April 18, 2014

Open Quote Richards Middle School is a title one school that is very focused on doing the right thing when it comes to the education of Lawrenceville community children. The financial support is very good from the Federal Govt. and the State of Georgia, the administrators, teachers, counselors and all around staff really care about their students and the work they do for them.

The Administrators have an amazing focus on improving their students in all walks of life including reading literacy, communication and positive behavior. The average test scores have been improving year by year and that starts with good administrators who are willing to step behind teachers and reinforce rules that are in place to keep RMS a learning environment.

The Teachers put in a lot of time to try not to allow any student slip through the cracks. They all come in to this school mostly with Masters degrees and excellent experience in their chosen field. There is a mutual respect between teacher and student at Richards.

The Counselors have an open door policy that allows students really explain how they are doing and what sort of problems they may experience in and out of school. I know of one such counselor that is willing to go to the house of a student just to ensure their client (student) is safe and needs no more assistance.

The staff inside the school are always very helpful and the school is kept really clean.

I take pride knowing that a school like Richards exists in our community because I would want my children to attend a school that is not run like a business, but instead like a family.

Thank you Richards Middle School Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, April 18, 2014

Open Quote I am a first year teacher at Richards Middle School. My experience here so far has been absolutely wonderful! I love the faculty and administration - they are very helpful. We truly are a family here. The students exceed my expectations everyday! They are hard working and just a joy to work with Close Quote


Enrollment information for Richards 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 1277 1272
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1438 1438
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1387 1382
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1385 1380
1994 1193 68 43 20 4 n/a n/a 0 1328
1995 1073 104 45 33 0 n/a n/a 0 1255
1996 1073 104 45 33 0 n/a n/a 0 1255
1997 1066 117 50 45 1 n/a n/a 0 1279
1998 1098 155 64 59 0 n/a n/a 0 1376
1999 1172 205 85 82 0 n/a n/a 0 1544
2000 1140 284 99 113 1 n/a n/a 0 1637
2001 1096 349 106 174 1 n/a n/a 0 1726
2002 1009 633 127 295 6 n/a n/a 0 2070
2003 1009 633 127 295 6 n/a n/a 0 2070
2004 879 747 151 388 1 n/a n/a 0 2166
2005 743 819 161 468 3 n/a n/a 81 2275
2006 657 969 155 537 2 n/a n/a 89 2409
2007 565 1091 174 596 4 n/a n/a 95 2525
2008 512 1089 175 631 2 n/a n/a 93 2502
2009 469 1027 176 661 3 n/a n/a 89 2425
2010 393 883 141 653 17 1 76 0 2164
2011 344 945 148 654 14 0 89 0 2194
2012 189 650 92 435 7 2 48 0 1423
2013 173 650 86 439 7 1 51 0 1407
2014 168 678 104 497 4 1 48 0 1500
2015 175 698 118 523 3 0 54 0 1571
2016 138 691 182 800 5 1 53 0 1870
2017 160 724 183 912 6 4 61 0 2050

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 Richards Middle School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1272 70.0 18.1 1.6
1991 1438 80.0 17.9 3.1
1992 1382 86.5 15.9 3.9
1993 1380 74.0 18.6 4.9
1994 1328 82.7 16.1 5.0
1995 1255 79.0 15.9 15.8
1996 1255 79.0 15.9 15.8
1997 1279 80.5 15.9 20.9
1998 1376 91.4 15.1 22.2
1999 1544 100.3 15.4 26.0
2000 1637 109.5 14.9 27.4
2001 1726 114.0 15.1 34.3
2002 2070 129.0 16.0 42.6
2003 2070 129.0 16.0 42.6
2004 2166 136.5 15.9 50.3
2005 2275 148.0 15.4 57.3
2006 2409 154.5 15.6 63.4
2007 2525 161.6 15.6 67.5
2008 2502 175.9 14.2 69.9
2009 2425 169.6 14.3 73.7
2010 2164 153.5 14.1 77.1
2011 2194 136.7 16.0 80.0
2012 1423 88.4 16.0 79.6
2013 1407 87.2 16.1 81.5
2014 1500 89.5 16.7 81.9
2015 1571 96.0 16.3 80.7
2016 1870 116.0 16.1 80.3
2017 2050 117.9 17.3 80.2

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Richards Middle School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1272 70.0 18.1 1.6
1991 1438 80.0 17.9 3.1
1992 1382 86.5 15.9 3.9
1993 1380 74.0 18.6 4.9
1994 1328 82.7 16.1 5.0
1995 1255 79.0 15.9 15.8
1996 1255 79.0 15.9 15.8
1997 1279 80.5 15.9 20.9
1998 1376 91.4 15.1 22.2
1999 1544 100.3 15.4 26.0
2000 1637 109.5 14.9 27.4
2001 1726 114.0 15.1 34.3
2002 2070 129.0 16.0 42.6
2003 2070 129.0 16.0 42.6
2004 2166 136.5 15.9 50.3
2005 2275 148.0 15.4 57.3
2006 2409 154.5 15.6 63.4
2007 2525 161.6 15.6 67.5
2008 2502 175.9 14.2 69.9
2009 2425 169.6 14.3 73.7
2010 2164 153.5 14.1 77.1
2011 2194 136.7 16.0 80.0
2012 1423 88.4 16.0 79.6
2013 1407 87.2 16.1 81.5
2014 1500 89.5 16.7 81.9
2015 1571 96.0 16.3 80.7
2016 1870 116.0 16.1 80.3
2017 2050 117.9 17.3 80.2

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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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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