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Welcome from Mike Simmons, Principal

Welcome to Athens City Middle School and the 2018-2019 school year. This is our eighth year as a middle school since we transitioned from a junior high school. Included on this website are our student handbook which provides important dates and general information to assist you in achieving success throughout the year. It is the responsibility of all students, parents, and guardians to become familiar with the handbook's contents. Please review it carefully, and if you have questions concerning its contents, please ask an administrator, teacher, or our guidance counselor. We consider it a privilege to work in this exceptional school system. Our mission is to provide a quality learning experience and effectively meet the needs of all our students. We have high expectations within the context of a rigorous curriculum. At the same time, we offer numerous opportunities for students to become active participants in a wide range of co-curricular offerings and activities. We expect the best of our students, as we get to know and support each learner. By working closely with parents and community,  we strive build a partnership to create a school community that promotes the success of all our students. we would like to wish each of you a successful and challenging school year. Our administration, faculty and staff are fully committed to do our best as we expect the best throughout the year. We welcome guests to our school. If you are interested in visiting us, please call our office at 423-745-1177. For directions to ACMS, scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your address.

Expecting the best,

Mike M. Simmons, Principal  

Justin Wallace, Assistant Principal



Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide for individual and collective student needs while enabling mastery of academic skills at high levels of proficiency necessary to become healthy and productive citizens.

Vision Statement

The Athens City Middle School learning community will aspire to promote individual and collective personal, interpersonal, academic, and technical success in our constantly evolving society.


We Believe:

  • In Student learning as the chief priority for the school.
  • In providing instructional approaches that incorporate a variety of curriculum-based activies and accommodating for differences in learning styles.
  • In the ongoing assessment of student progress through formal and informal evaluation of essential knowledge and skills.
  • In developing competent decision-makers through active engagements in the learning process which emphasizes problem-solving skills and the production of quality work.
  • In teacher, administrators, parents, and the community sharing the responsibility for policy development that enhances positive relationships and mutual respect among stakeholders.
  • In the uniqueness of each student and the importance of providing special services and resources, as needed, to ensure appropriate opportunities for success.