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Chelsea Middle School

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Posted November 16, 2013

Chelsea Middle School has a great student body with involved, caring, and supportive parents and an active PTO. However, CHMS has outgrown both the nearby 2-laned winding roads without turn lanes or sidewalks and its sports facilities without enough parking space. Too bad the city can't buy this campus and create football fields for the community sports leagues. Chelsea help the middle school acquire new space like the awesome Helena Middle or Calera Middle. Chelsea staff has done great things with leaking roofs and outdated electricity.......imagine how the morale of the community would prove if the middle school were the right size and newly minted? The current campus has had 50 years of band- aids. Our kids could REALLY take off in a place built with the future in mind.....
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2013

CHMS has great teachers but the physical education department needs an overhaul. New equipment and facilities is much needed, as well as a challenging and engaging program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

The teachers care and parental involvement is strong. Chelsea is a great community and Shelby County is in tune with its schools! Thank everyone for coming together for our kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

We are new to Chelsea Middle School but so far our experience has been wonderful! The teachers are very helpful and go out of their way to make sure the students succeed. Homework can get overwhelming at times and makes it hard for after school activities. There are plenty of opportunities for involvement in extracurricular activities. I love being able to keep up with my daughters grades through the Inow program. Blogs that are provided by each teacher make it convenient to keep up with homework and any changes that may take place. We love this community and believe Chelsea Middle School will provide the education needed to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

ChMS has a staff that truly cares about our kids. The principle is always visible in the school and encouraging the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

This is my child's second year at Chelsea Middle. The staff and administration has been accomodating and relational. The overall student body is motivated to learn, improve and have fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Hi there and thanks for this opportunity. Chelsea Middle School has been a great experience both learning and socially for my child. There is a great system in place including the administration and parents. There is definitely growth in Chelsea which is evident by the newly built elementary school. The middle school is in need of some upgrades and modernizations. This $5000 in support would be great start to some much needed additions. Thank you for your consideration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Chelsea Middle School is a great place to be!!! It is within a town that is small enough that everyone knows each other, but big enough that there are many opportunities. Chelsea Middle School has excellent teachers that most importantly want children to learn and to love one another. They are supportive and encouraging - yet at the same time challenging. So excited about the FUTURE of Chelsea --- it's moving up in a good way!!!


Posted September 8, 2013

Chelsea Middle School has amazing teachers and staff. The building itself could use some updating, as it is really old, however the building doesn't make the school, the people make the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

At Chelsea Middle School, we have the potential for a great school experience. We are blessed with awesome teachers, faculty, and students. We also have a huge amount of parent support through the P.T.O. and involvement with both academic and extra-curricular activities. The one area lacking is our school facilities. It is the oldest building in the school system as it was the original building constructed way back when. There are efforts underway through the city, county, and parents to improve facilities. Overall, we are proud to be a Hornet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

ChMS is located in a small town that has had tremendous growth in the past 5 years, therefore the school is overcrowded! The cafeteria is shared by K-8th Grade right now! The school building is nasty inside and out and needs a lot of work! Most of the teachers seem to care about the students and do a good job with what little funds they have to work with! A Booster Club has been formed this year which will help with all of the sporting programs! The school really needs funding to help with all the improvements that need to be made but the County says there is none to be had!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Lots of fantastic and caring teachers at this school! They really go above and beyond to make sure the students get the instruction they need!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Chelsea Middle School is a wonderful environment for middle school students. The principal is committed to ensuring the faculty and staff are well trained and have the best possible resources to support the children in their learning. The faculty strive to ensure all students are taught at the level that matches their development. There is a new Athletic Booster Club program in which the parents are partnering with the school to enhance the athletic program. There are a number of wonderful extra-curricular activities and programs that supplement the in class instruction. We have found the school to a perfect setting for our children to get the instruction that helps them excel academically and athletically. Thankfully, at the same time, they feel loved and supported by their teachers, staff, and fellow classmates. Although the school is increasing in size, the feel of a hometown small community continues to reverberate throughout the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Chelsea Middle school is located in a small rural growing town. There are now over 1000 students attending in grades 6-8th. The facilities are old and outdated. Buildings/grounds/etc.. The school needs a great deal of work on both the inside & out. It is overcrowded and Shelby County is too big & has too many schools to aid in all our much needed improvements. We are also in a low property tax bracket which does not help the financial situation. Space and class sizes are definitely major concerns. A parent Booster club has been started this year to help raise funds for athletic short comings. Zoning & bus routes are also alarming issues. Our kids are zoned for this school, yet because we don't live in the city of Chelsea we are not allowed to vote on matters that affect our children. Bus transportation is limited. Our 6th graders have to ride the bus with High school kids. "Most" of the teachers are quality--TENURE SHOULD BE ELIMINATED!! There are some ancient teachers & administrators that are just passing the time & need to move on, but because of tenure they will be there another 100 years!! Parents are great & super kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Chelsea Middle School is filled with great kids and a caring, involved administration. They are doing great things with the limited funds they receive. Chelsea pride and spirit continue to grow each year. Although parents are becoming more involved with the school, I would like to see it increase.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My child enjoys attending school here with his friends. I think there are still a lot of improvements that need to made and many items that need to be fixed in the school to make it a safe environment. Parent involvement is getting better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Chelsea Middle School is a fast growing school with student-focused teachers and staff who have to deal with 30 year old structures that are in desperate need of renovations and upgrades to be competitive with other local area schools. While I am proud to send my children to Chelsea Middle School I realize that without parent involvement in fund raising our hope for important improvements will go undone. I'm willing to do my part in helping our school and spreading Chelsea pride throughout our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

It's not always the structures that make a school or a program, but the people inside. ChMS is a great school with great teachers and students. We have enjoyed our experience and are glad our child is enjoying his middle school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

My son loves Chelsea Middle School but the school has the potential of being so much better. Adequate lack of funds from the County level has left it with a much needed renovation and better facilities for athletes. Parents need to stop saying what needs to be done and help make it happen! If everyone comes together, we can make a difference one person at a time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Terrible Administration!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

307 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

307 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

288 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education36%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education55%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty94%
Non-poverty98%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty97%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education58%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty87%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students93%
Female97%
Male88%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education67%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty94%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty97%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 58%
Black 10% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2321 Hwy 39
Chelsea, AL 35043
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Phone: (205) 682-7210

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