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.
Donna Shepard Academy earned a State accountability rating of C (70-79) 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 80 in student achievement, 79 in school progress and 76 in closing performance gaps. It scored 79 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, Asa E Low Jr Intermediate earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 85 in student achievement, 80 in school progress, 84 in closing performance gaps and 85 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 Donna Shepard Academy. They make up for 39.41% of student population, followed by Hispanics (36.86%), African Americans (16.95%), Two or More Races (4.13%), Asians (2.33%) and Native Americans (0.32%).
The student population at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 37.40%, followed by African Americans (28.02%), Hispanics (21.58%), Asians (6.43%), Two or More Races (5.50%) and Native Americans (0.54%).
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, Donna Shepard Academy has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 17.06% of its student population compared to 7.24% at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate.
In addition, Donna Shepard Academy has 19.07% bilingual students, 7.52% are in the gifted and talented program, while 14.09% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Asa E Low Jr Intermediate with 7.10% bilingual students, 10.32% gifted and talented students and 14.21% students in the special education program.
Donna Shepard Academy's 58 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.9 years. Teachers at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate, numbering 45 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 10 years with individual teaching experience averaging 14.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, 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. 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.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. 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.
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.
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