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: Spring Oaks Middle School and Spring Branch Middle School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the SPRING BRANCH ISD.
Spring Oaks Middle School’s regular student population is 692 with a 11.8 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Spring Branch Middle School is 1,127 students and a 16.4 students/teacher ratio.
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, Spring Branch Middle School also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 90 in student achievement, 86 in school progress, 83 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.
Both schools garnered only two distinction designations or awards for performance. For Spring Oaks Middle School these are in post-secondary and 25% closing performance gaps while Spring Branch Middle School secured in Mathematics and Social Studies.
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%).
The student population at Spring Branch Middle School is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 46.05%, followed by Hispanics (40.11%), Asians (5.50%), African Americans (3.99%), Two or More Races (3.82%) and Native Americans (0.53%).
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 a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 51.01% of its student population compared to 22.45% at Spring Branch Middle School.
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 Spring Branch Middle School with 22.27% bilingual students, 16.77% gifted and talented students and 10.20% 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 Spring Branch Middle School, numbering 68 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 5.8 years with individual teaching experience averaging 10.5 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. Spring Branch Middle School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has ten teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 16 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 16 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 20 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including five 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 Spring Branch Middle School there are 46 female teachers and 22 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, two special education teachers are being assisted by six teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and seven more working as school support staff.
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