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.
T A Howard 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 74 in student achievement, 81 in school progress and 76 in closing performance gaps. It scored 80 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, Donna Shepard Academy earned a State accountability rating of C. The school posted 80 in student achievement, 79 in school progress, 76 in closing performance gaps and 79 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 T A Howard Middle School. They make up for 41.29% of student population, followed by Hispanics (27.08%), Whites or Caucasians (18.77%), Asians (6.97%), Two or More Races (5.09%) and Native Americans (0.67%).
The student population at Donna Shepard Academy is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 39.41%, followed by Hispanics (36.86%), African Americans (16.95%), Two or More Races (4.13%), Asians (2.33%) 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, T A Howard Middle School has 76 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 10.19% of student population. Donna Shepard Academy has significantly more ELLs at 161 or about 17.06% of student population.
In addition, T A Howard Middle School has 10.19% bilingual students, 7.10% are in the gifted and talented program, while 13.94% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Donna Shepard Academy with 19.07% bilingual students, 7.52% gifted and talented students and 14.09% students in the special education program.
T A Howard Middle School's 54 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.7 years. Teachers at Donna Shepard Academy, numbering 58 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 7.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.9 years.
Of its teaching staff, T A Howard Middle School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has eight teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 15 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 12 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 14 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers. 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.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At T A Howard Middle School there are 36 female teachers and 18 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, nine special education teachers are being assisted by four teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
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.
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