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.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average middle schools: James Coble Middle School and Mary Orr Intermediate. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the MANSFIELD ISD.
James Coble Middle School earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) 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, 85 in school progress and 75 in closing performance gaps. It scored 82 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 Orr Intermediate also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 85 in student achievement, 81 in school progress, 89 in closing performance gaps and 86 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, African Americans comprise the biggest group at James Coble Middle School. They make up for 45.02% of student population, followed by Hispanics (26.06%), Whites or Caucasians (12.71%), Asians (12.29%), Two or More Races (3.71%) and Native Americans (0.11%).
The student population at Mary Orr Intermediate is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 37.62%, followed by Hispanics (26.97%), African Americans (22.42%), Two or More Races (6.66%), Asians (5.66%) and Native Americans (0.67%).
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, James Coble Middle School has 55 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 5.83% of student population. Mary Orr Intermediate has significantly more ELLs at 82 or about 9.10% of student population.
In addition, James Coble Middle School has 5.30% bilingual students, 5.30% are in the gifted and talented program, while 10.06% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Mary Orr Intermediate with 8.88% bilingual students, 9.10% gifted and talented students and 11.10% students in the special education program.
James Coble Middle School's 59 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.1 years. Teachers at Mary Orr Intermediate, numbering 56 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 9.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 15.9 years.
Of its teaching staff, James Coble Middle School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has three teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 22 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 21 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while nine teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including three beginning teachers. Mary Orr Intermediate has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 18 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 17 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 12 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while six teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including two beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At James Coble Middle School there are 40 female teachers and 19 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, seven special education teachers are being assisted by nine teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and two more working as school support staff.
At Mary Orr Intermediate there are 48 female teachers and eight 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 two staff members in the school administration department and five more working as school support staff.
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