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.
Spring Oaks 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 71 in student achievement, 85 in school progress and 82 in closing performance gaps. It scored 84 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, Landrum Middle School earned a State accountability rating of C. The school posted 65 in student achievement, 77 in school progress, 74 in closing performance gaps and 76 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, the dominant group in Spring Oaks Middle School is Hispanics who make up nearly 88.01% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (5.20%), African Americans (4.77%), Asians (1.30%), Native Americans (0.43%) and Two or More Races (0.29%).
At Landrum Middle School, Hispanics make up 91.37% of student population, followed by African Americans (2.67%), Whites or Caucasians (2.26%), Two or More Races (2.16%), Asians (1.23%) and Native Americans (0.31%).
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, Spring Oaks Middle School has 353 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 51.01% of student population. Landrum Middle School has significantly more ELLs at 568 or about 58.38% of student population.
In addition, Spring Oaks Middle School has 50.87% bilingual students, 3.03% are in the gifted and talented program, while 14.74% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Landrum Middle School with 56.53% bilingual students, 4.73% gifted and talented students and 11.41% students in the special education program.
Spring Oaks Middle School's 58 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7 years with individual teaching experience averaging 9.9 years. Teachers at Landrum Middle School, numbering 54 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 5.3 years with individual teaching experience averaging 8.3 years.
Of its teaching staff, Spring Oaks Middle School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has seven teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 11 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 15 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 23 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including one beginning teacher only. Landrum Middle School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has three teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, ten teachers have worked for 11-20 years, six teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 25 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 Spring Oaks Middle School there are 31 female teachers and 27 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, four special education teachers are being assisted by eight teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has four staff members in the school administration department and ten more working as school support staff.
At Landrum Middle School there are 37 female teachers and 16 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 24 special education teachers are being assisted by seven teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has four staff members in the school administration department and five more working as school support staff.
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