Choosing the right middle school for your children can prove to be a daunting task. Middle school is when children start to flex their growing independence. This is a critical transition period for students. As they assert their independence, their responsibilities increase, they attend multiple classes and their academic performance are closely monitored and graded. Schools focus on preparing them for the more rigorous academic grind in high school.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average middle schools: Asa E Low Jr Intermediate and Mary Lillard I S. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the MANSFIELD ISD.
Asa E Low Jr Intermediate earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) based on three domains: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Scores are scaled from 0 to 100 to align with letter grades. The school scored 85 in student achievement, 80 in school progress and 84 in closing performance gaps. It scored 85 overall in post-secondary readiness, a broad term that refers to student preparedness to undertake multiple pathways after graduation, or specifically, their preparedness for college education.
On the other hand, Mary Lillard I S also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 85 in student achievement, 66 in school progress, 74 in closing performance gaps and 82 overall in post-secondary readiness.
A distinction designation acknowledges districts and campuses for outstanding achievement based on the outcomes of several performance indicators. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Whites or Caucasians comprise the biggest group at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate. They make up for 37.40% of student population, followed by African Americans (28.02%), Hispanics (21.58%), Asians (6.43%), Two or More Races (5.50%) and Native Americans (0.54%).
The student population at Mary Lillard I S is also predominantly by African Americans at 43.11%, followed by Whites or Caucasians (24.58%), Hispanics (16.85%), Asians (10.31%) and Two or More Races (5.15%). There is no Native Americans student in the school.
In terms of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), a term used in the United States that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English Language, mainly because it is not their native language, Asa E Low Jr Intermediate has a slightly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 7.24% of its student population compared to 3.87% at Mary Lillard I S.
Asa E Low Jr Intermediate’s bilingual students comprise 7.10%, gifted and talented students, 10.32%, while 14.21% are in the special education program. Mary Lillard I S bilingual students comprise 3.57%, gifted and talented students, 8.62%, and 9.32% are in the special education program.
Asa E Low Jr Intermediate's 45 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 10 years with individual teaching experience averaging 14.7 years. Teachers at Mary Lillard I S, numbering 62 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 8 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.3 years.
Of its teaching staff, Asa E Low Jr Intermediate no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has nine teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 23 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, seven teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while six teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, and school has no beginning teacher. Mary Lillard I S no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has 11 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 19 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 24 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while eight teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including one beginning teacher only.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Asa E Low Jr Intermediate there are 41 female teachers and four male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by five teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and six more working as school support staff.
At Mary Lillard I S there are 53 female teachers and nine male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by five teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and five more working as school support staff.
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