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    Principal - Christine Anderson 
    Assistant Principals - Lois Reed, Zannetta Walker, Donald Helm  
       
    Enrollment* - Total Students - 1,153
    Administrators - 4   |   Counselors - 3  |   Certified Staff - 81 

    Mission - Creating tomorrow's innovators today!

    Vision
    - Ola Middle School promotes excellence through:
    Unifying Ola Middle School around excellence in education by fostering strong collaborative community relations.
    Strengthening our core business of student learning by ensuring that what we teach and what students learn through an innovative student-centered personalized learning model.
    Ensuring a high performing environment for all students by engaging students in relevant instruction that will enable every student will read at or above grade level in every grade.

     

    353 North Ola Rd. , McDonough, GA 30252    |   Main# 770.288.2108   |   Fax# 770.288.2114
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    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights


    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make Ola Middle School an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.



    ARM picStudent Outcomes
    At Ola Middle School, we make it our business to create a high-performing environment for all students. By providing rigorous and relevant instruction, students are engaged so that they will be active participants in their learning. We believe that all students can perform at or above grade level when given the opportunity. Our mission is Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators Today, and innovation must begin in the classroom. Our teachers provide rich instruction that challenges students to think critically and perform at high levels. “Instructional rigor must match the rigor of the assessment in order to raise achievement. It is imperative that we trust that our students can learn at high levels and provide them with the rigor to raise their achievement while scaffolding learning to meet the needs of every student” Donalyn Vaughn, sixth grade ELA teacher.                                                                                                             

    Through collaboration, teachers work together to design instruction that pushes students to meet and exceed the rigor of the standards. As a result, OMS has scored in the top two schools in the county in every subject on the Georgia Milestones Assessment for the past four test administration cycles, and 80% of our students scored at or above grade level in reading. In addition, our students regularly exceed their performance goals on MAP assessments, and consistently perform above the county average on Henry County Schools benchmarks in every subject.


     
    ARM picStudent Opportunities
    At Ola, students have many chances to grow and develop their potential. Students have the opportunity to earn high school credit in several subject areas, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Physical Science, Spanish, and Comprehensive Art. “Comprehensive Art for 8th graders is an awesome opportunity for those students that wish to pursue an art-related career or their personal voice as an artist. This class gives the foundation for higher-level art courses in high school. It also puts them a year ahead, giving them more AP course options for art once they are juniors and seniors.” Catherine Park. During the 2019-2020 school year, 190 Ola Middle School students took high school honors credit courses. Our connections department gives students the opportunity to explore the various pathways that will be available to them in high school, including agricultural science, engineering, physical education, and public safety.
     
    “Public Safety is a CTAE course that teaches our students employability skills, first aid and CPR, disaster response and support, law, and justice, the legal process, fire and EMS services, and other skills that students can use to improve their lives through service and community leadership" Mark French. Our fine arts department enhances student instruction and provides opportunities that boost self-confidence and increase student motivation. Ola boasts the largest middle school band in the county, an outstanding orchestra program, and a theatre arts program.


     
    OMS picClimate and Culture
    At Ola Middle School, we pride ourselves in creating a culture of inclusion and family where students, faculty and staff, and all stakeholders feel like vital members of the community. “One thing I love about Ola Middle School is that I love my teachers,” Deja, a 7th-grade student. We have had a 4-star climate rating in CCRPI for the past four years. 62% of our teachers have been at OMS for more than five years, and seventeen of our teachers have been here since the opening of the school in 2006. Ola Middle School has had three Henry County teacher of the year finalists, and our media specialist was just named the Henry County schools media specialist of the year. “Ola Middle School is more like a family than a school building.

    I love working at OMS because my co-workers treat me like a family member. Education is important to us at Ola Middle School, but more importantly, we are important to one another!” Jennifer Lindsey, 8th Grade Teacher and an OMS Teacher of the Year. In addition, our PTO is a supportive and active member of our school community that regularly provides support to teachers and staff by providing meals, gifts, and treats as well as paying for our student awards.
     



    OMS pic Extracurriculars
    Extracurricular activities are a central component of education here at Ola Middle School. Our athletic department includes football, basketball, softball, track and field, cross country, wrestling, competition cheerleading, volleyball, and our exceptional student football team - the Mighty Mustangs. In addition, our 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in high school athletics, including baseball and lacrosse. “Ola Middle School sports has taught me how to persevere and how to rely on my teammates. It also taught me how to work hard in life and in sports.” Spence - 8th-grade student. Through our fine arts department, students can participate in the pep band which plays at home football games. Students at Ola Middle also have the option of many clubs and activities, including Beta Club, FFA, Reading Bowl, Chess Club, and National History Day. Ola also offers an award-winning Vex Robotics program.
     
    Our 2021 5203B Girl Powered Ola team won the Design Award at the 2021 VEX IQ Georgia State Championship and became the first-ever all-female robotics team from Henry County Schools to qualify for the Robotics World Championship. “Over the past 3 years, our TSA chapter and VEX Robotics teams have been able to win multiple awards including, Vex State Champions, State Excellence, 1st place in Prepared Speech, 1st place in Junior Solar Sprint, and the State Design Award. These achievements have taken OMS TSA to the next level as we continue to grow every year” Cassie Norsworthy - teacher. 
     
     
     
     
  •  Opportunities

     
    At Ola Middle we offer a variety of opportunities for our students to become well-rounded and balanced members of our school community. These include things like advanced enrollment course offerings, career, technical and agriculture education courses (CTAE), and fine arts courses where our students can participate. We seek to challenge our students to think in new ways and to raise their expectations for themselves through the many opportunities available to each student.
     
    FINE ARTS CONNECTIONS/ELECTIVES  ATHLETICS ADVANCED ENROLLMENT WORLD LANGUAGES
    Art Exploring Engineering and Technology  Basketball Algebra I Spanish
    Band Exploring Agricultural Science  Football Physical Science  
    Music/Choir Family & Consumer Science    Track & Field  Visual Arts  
    Orchestra Broadcasting and Graphic Communications   Wrestling Spanish    
    Dance & Theatre Public Safety    Cheerleading    
      Health    Softball    
      PE      Volleyball    
      Math Enrichment       
      Reading Enrichment      
             
             
             
     


     
  •  Demographic Information

     


    Ola Middle School’s student demographic information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes total enrollment by grade level, student composition by race/ethnicity, percent of students enrolled in exceptional student education or English language learners or the gifted program, as well as the percentage of students who are currently enrolled in classes at Impact Academy. This information can be used to better understand the student population that is served at Ola Middle.

  •  Student Outcomes

     

     
    Ola Middle School’s student outcomes information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes:

    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    • Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The Georgia Student Health Survey is given to all k-12 students in Georgia in the spring of each school year. It is composed of a variety of questions that help our district better understand the student experience in our schools. The literacy information is calculated as the percentage of students reading on or above grade level determined by scores on the Milestones End-of-grade assessments for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in English Language Arts. Each of these data components can be viewed for the previous three years. For more information about these measurements, please access the Ola Middle School website.