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.
Mary Orr Intermediate 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 85 in student achievement, 81 in school progress and 89 in closing performance gaps. It scored 86 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, Brooks Wester Middle School performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A. The school posted 92 in student achievement, 91 in school progress, 96 in closing performance gaps and 93 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.
It is in this area where the two schools differ. Mary Orr Intermediate’s only distinction designation is in Mathematics. 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.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Whites or Caucasians comprise the biggest group at Mary Orr Intermediate. They make up for 37.62% of student population, followed by Hispanics (26.97%), African Americans (22.42%), Two or More Races (6.66%), Asians (5.66%) and Native Americans (0.67%).
The student population at Brooks Wester Middle School is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 36.17%, followed by African Americans (24.90%), Hispanics (23.20%), Asians (9.33%), Two or More Races (5.84%) 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, Mary Orr Intermediate has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 9.10% of its student population compared to 3.57% at Brooks Wester Middle School.
In addition, Mary Orr Intermediate has 8.88% bilingual students, 9.10% are in the gifted and talented program, while 11.10% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Brooks Wester Middle School with 3.49% bilingual students, 20.92% gifted and talented students and 8.92% students in the special education program.
Mary Orr Intermediate's 56 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 9.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 15.9 years. Teachers at Brooks Wester Middle School, numbering 68 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 8.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.4 years.
Of its teaching staff, 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. 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.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. 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.
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.
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