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.
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, Donna Shepard Academy earned a State accountability rating of C. The school posted 80 in student achievement, 79 in school progress, 76 in closing performance gaps and 79 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.
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. Donna Shepard Academy 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 Donna Shepard Academy is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 39.41%, followed by Hispanics (36.86%), African Americans (16.95%), Two or More Races (4.13%), Asians (2.33%) and Native Americans (0.32%).
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. Donna Shepard Academy has significantly more ELLs at 161 or about 17.06% 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. Donna Shepard Academy bilingual students comprise 19.07%, gifted and talented students, 7.52%, and 14.09% 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 Donna Shepard Academy, numbering 58 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 7.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.9 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. Donna Shepard Academy has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has ten teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 13 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 22 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 12 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, and school has no beginning teacher.
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 Donna Shepard Academy there are 48 female teachers and nine male teachers. Of its teaching staff, ten special education teachers are being assisted by ten teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
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