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, Danny Jones Middle School earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 90 in student achievement, 84 in school progress, 82 in closing performance gaps and 88 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 Danny Jones Middle School is also predominantly by African Americans at 41.55%, followed by Whites or Caucasians (23.98%), Hispanics (16.50%), Asians (11.46%), Two or More Races (6.41%) and Native Americans (0.10%).
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 2.33% at Danny Jones Middle School.
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 Danny Jones Middle School with 2.14% bilingual students, 9.13% gifted and talented students and 10.29% 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 Danny Jones Middle School, numbering 62 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 6.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.7 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. Danny Jones Middle School no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has nine teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 21 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 17 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 11 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers.
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 Danny Jones Middle School there are 37 female teachers and 25 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by eight teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
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