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Pointe South Middle School opened as Pointe South Junior High School in 1978, with a student population of 375, and a staff of seventeen. The Physical Plant and operations of the school as well as the enrollment has fluctuated vastly over the years. Since its inception in 1978 the School enrollment has risen from the aforementioned 375 to as high as 1238. The building has been through three major renovations over the last 32 years. In 1978 Pointe South Middle was comprised of 38 rooms. In 1996 the school added 20 additional classrooms. In September of 2010 Pointe South Middle is set to unveil a new wing of 12 additional classrooms and a new computer lab. The current student enrollment is 806 students with an engaged staff of 86. 

In 1980, the original Southern Association Ten year Self-Evaluation study was completed, with student enrollment rising to 854, and 75 full time staff members. An interim report followed and was completed in the 1984-1985 School Year. Pointe South Middle School began its maiden year in 1990, and during that year, the school was honored and named as a Georgia School of Excellence. Teachers, staff, and administration received extensive training through workshops and staff development to re-acquaint them with the Middle School child and philosophy. Teaching teams were formed based on experience and expertise. Since 2006 the Motto of Pointe South Middle School has been, “at Pointe South Middle School we are heading in the right direction, because Failure is not an option.”

Many hours were spent planning and organizing, to make the transition a smooth process. Dan Underwood, the original principal, led in the organization of the Middle School concept, and when he retired in 2000 and he passed the torch of leadership and direction to Ms. Ernestine Hyche who led Pointe South Middle School with compassion and care until the 2002 school year. Dr. Anthony Smith replaced Ms. Hyche and led the school with a strong focus on preserving a legacy while guiding the school into the future. In 2003 Dr. John Staten was tasked with leading Pointe South Middle School and did so with admiration, courage, and a focus on high achievement. In 2006 Mr. Dean Lillard was placed at Pointe South Middle School in a time of great challenge. The focus, drive and direction of leadership under Mr. Dean Lillard has been for the school embrace the heritage of Pointe South Middle School while refocusing the direction of education to that of a Standards Based Model with an emphasis of creating a Highly Operational, Standards Based, and Rigorous educational environment. Under the leadership of Mr. Dean Lillard, there has been a renewed effort to engage and invigorate the community to help close the obvious achievement gap and instill the mindset that Pointe South Middle School is a community effort, both traditional and innovative in organization, created to ensure student success. This renewed effort has been fruitful. For the first time in since the No Child Left behind Act began Pointe South Middle School made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2007-2008 school years and for the 2nd time in three years made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2009-2010. Under the leadership of Dean Lillard, and his steadfast reliance on shared governance, the schools strength lies within its people – not just a staff and individual students, but a family. Following the strong, established, and enthusiastic leadership team, the school has welcomed change, and is accepting the charge set forth.  Faculty, staff, students, administration, and the community alike plan together and share in the responsibility for excellence at Pointe South. Pointe South Middle School is poised to embrace the challenges of the future with all due reverence and respect to the heritage of excellence that has been forged. Beginning in June of the 2015-2016 school year Pointe South Middle 

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