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.
When we compared Brooks Wester Middle School, which is a part of MANSFIELD ISD, with Cross Timbers Intermediate, which is a part of MANSFIELD ISD, we noted that the two schools are on opposite ends of the ratings spectrum.
Brooks Wester Middle School’s regular student population is 1,233 with a 18 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Cross Timbers Intermediate is 698 students and a 14.5 students/teacher ratio.
Brooks Wester Middle School performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A (90-100) 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 92 in student achievement, 91 in school progress and 96 in closing performance gaps. It scored 93 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, Cross Timbers Intermediate not rated a State accountability rating due to the on-going impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Brooks Wester Middle School's six out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Social Studies, post-secondary, with 25% student progress and 25% closing performance gaps. Cross Timbers Intermediate did not earn any distinction.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Whites or Caucasians comprise the biggest group at Brooks Wester Middle School. They make up for 36.17% of student population, followed by African Americans (24.90%), Hispanics (23.20%), Asians (9.33%), Two or More Races (5.84%) and Native Americans (0.32%).
The student population at Cross Timbers Intermediate is also predominantly by African Americans at 39.26%, followed by Hispanics (24.07%), Whites or Caucasians (23.78%), Asians (6.16%), Two or More Races (6.16%) and Native Americans (0.14%).
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, Brooks Wester Middle School has 44 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 3.57% of student population. Cross Timbers Intermediate has significantly more ELLs at 73 or about 10.46% of student population.
Brooks Wester Middle School’s bilingual students comprise 3.49%, gifted and talented students, 20.92%, while 8.92% are in the special education program. Cross Timbers Intermediate bilingual students comprise 10.46%, gifted and talented students, 6.59%, and 14.76% are in the special education program.
Brooks Wester Middle School's 68 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 8.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.4 years. Teachers at Cross Timbers Intermediate, numbering 48 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 9.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 15.6 years.
Of its teaching staff, Brooks Wester Middle School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has ten teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 21 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 20 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while nine teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including seven beginning teachers. Cross Timbers Intermediate has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has 13 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 18 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, six teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while ten 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 Brooks Wester Middle School there are 41 female teachers and 26 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by seven teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and three more working as school support staff.
At Cross Timbers Intermediate there are 42 female teachers and six male teachers. Of its teaching staff, seven special education teachers are being assisted by three teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and five more working as school support staff.
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