As your children go through high school, choosing the right school is equally important as deciding on a perfect home. High school is when students are given the tools to figure out the paths they want to pursue as adults. There are more subjects and extra-curricular activities that students can choose from. Taking on their interests and passions help to shape the critical decisions they need to make as they plan their future.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average high schools: The Phoenix Academy and Mansfield Summit High School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the MANSFIELD ISD.
The Phoenix Academy’s regular student population is 83 with a student-teacher ratio of 4.2 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Mansfield Summit High School is 1,999 students and a student-teacher ratio of 15.2 students/teacher ratio.
The Phoenix Academy earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) based on one domain: student achievement. Scores are scaled from 0 to 100 to align with letter grades. The school scored 81 in student achievement, school progress is not applicable and closing performance gaps not applicable. It scored 81 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, Mansfield Summit High School also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 80 in student achievement, 81 in school progress, 77 in closing performance gaps and 80 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, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at The Phoenix Academy. They make up for 45.78% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (26.51%), African Americans (22.89%), Two or More Races (2.41%), Asians (1.20%) and Native Americans (1.20%).
The student population at Mansfield Summit High School is also predominantly by African Americans at 41.32%, followed by Hispanics (27.91%), Whites or Caucasians (18.36%), Asians (7.70%), Two or More Races (4.15%) and Native Americans (0.20%).
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, The Phoenix Academy has 8 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 9.64% of student population. Mansfield Summit High School has significantly more ELLs at 146 or about 7.30% of student population.
In addition, The Phoenix Academy has 9.64% bilingual students, 4.82% are in the gifted and talented program, while 2.41% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Mansfield Summit High School with 7.00% bilingual students, 6.40% gifted and talented students and 10.51% students in the special education program.
The Phoenix Academy's 19 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.4 years with individual teaching experience averaging nearly 15.5 years. Mansfield Summit High School's 131 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 6.8 years with individual teaching experience averaging close to 11.6 years.
Of its teaching staff, The Phoenix Academy no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has seven teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, nine teachers have worked for 11-20 years, one teacher only has worked for 6-10 years, while three teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, and school has no beginning teacher. Mansfield Summit High School has three teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 23 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 40 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 25 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 35 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including six beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. The Phoenix Academy employs ten female teachers and eight male teachers. Of its teaching staff, two special education teachers are being assisted by seven teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs three staff members in the school administration department and two more working as school support staff.
On the other hand, Mansfield Summit High School employs 69 female teachers and 61 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 17 special education teachers are being assisted by 13 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs six staff members in the school administration department and 12 more working as school support staff.
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