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: T H McDonald J H and West Memorial J H. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the KATY ISD.
T H McDonald J H 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 79 in student achievement, 87 in school progress and 77 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, West Memorial J H also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 81 in student achievement, 87 in school progress, 79 in closing performance gaps and 85 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. T H McDonald J H’s only distinction designation is in Post-Secondary. West Memorial J H's seven out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, post-secondary, with 25% student progress and 25% closing performance gaps.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at T H McDonald J H. They make up for 53.79% of student population, followed by African Americans (26.23%), Whites or Caucasians (12.70%), Asians (4.30%), Two or More Races (2.46%) and Native Americans (0.41%).
The student population at West Memorial J H is also predominantly by Hispanics at 47.31%, followed by Whites or Caucasians (28.21%), African Americans (16.03%), Asians (4.72%), Two or More Races (3.07%) and Native Americans (0.66%).
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 H McDonald J H has 191 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 19.57% of student population. West Memorial J H has slightly more ELLs at 202 or about 22.17% of student population.
In addition, T H McDonald J H has 18.95% bilingual students, 4.30% are in the gifted and talented program, while 13.52% are in the special education program. This stacks up against West Memorial J H with 21.30% bilingual students, 5.16% gifted and talented students and 15.48% students in the special education program.
T H McDonald J H's 65 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 5.1 years with individual teaching experience averaging 9.4 years. Teachers at West Memorial J H, numbering 67 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 6.2 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11 years.
Of its teaching staff, T H McDonald J H no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has five teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 15 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 22 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 18 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including six beginning teachers. West Memorial J H no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has 12 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 17 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 15 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 18 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 T H McDonald J H there are 47 female teachers and 18 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, six special education teachers are being assisted by 11 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has five staff members in the school administration department and 13 more working as school support staff.
At West Memorial J H there are 43 female teachers and 24 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, ten special education teachers are being assisted by 11 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has five staff members in the school administration department and 13 more working as school support staff.
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