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, Mary Lillard I S 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 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 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, Donna Shepard Academy has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 17.06% of its student population compared to 3.87% at Mary Lillard I S.
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 Mary Lillard I S with 3.57% bilingual students, 8.62% gifted and talented students and 9.32% 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 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, 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. 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 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 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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