My daughter finished her first year of middle school last year at Hickory Middle. She loved it. She had a wonderful team of teachers. I could not have been more impressed. Subdividing each grade into teams helps give the large and crowded school a more intimate feel--much less intimidating to students. The teachers were incredibly caring and supportive as well as great educators. I was also very impressed with the principal. He seems like a great motivator--very personable and dedicated to the school and the students.