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Oak Pk Middle School

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Posted May 16, 2013

My school is the most Awesome middle school in the district! I am proud to be a part of OPMS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 20, 2013

As a parent of a student in 7th grade at Oak Park, and as a former coach/educator with 15 years of experience in multiple states on multiple secondary education levels, I have to say that I am quite impressed with Oak Park Middle School. It's been my experience that middle schools are often awkward institutions that reflect the awkward stage the children are experiencing. Oak Park is nothing like that at all. The staff is pro-active, friendly and professional. The Principal, Ashley McIntyre, is fantastic. To be frank, I'm not quite sure how long they can keep a superior administrator such as that on that level. The school's staff makes every effort to maximize the resources on hand. Perhaps more than anything, what impresses me about this school is not how good it is right now, but rather than they continue to strive to be better each day. In my opinion, that really separates them from the rest. The district has some issues to contend with, but this school is not one of them. I'd recommend this school to any parent moving into the community. I'm normally a supporter of private schools, but not in this case. 5-stars for Oak Park all the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

I am on my second child at OPMS. I hope the administration stays strong and keeps their focus on what is best for the children. DCS is in a time of flux that has many considering moving out of town. OPMS is doing a great job!!! Their faculty is wonderful and the administration is second to none!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

As a parent that went to OPMS many years ago, I'm proud that my kids are going there. I like that the teachers send weekly e-mails to let me know what they are doing in the classroom. If I have any questions, they are always there to answer them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Oak Park is a great place to work because of the true "family" atmosphere among the staff and principals. We all work together to help our students be successful, and we are all truly focused on making our school the best it can be! I truly believe it is one of the BEST schools around!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2013

My oldest child currently attends OP as a 7th grader. Before entering last year, we strongly considered a private school rather than public middle school. After comparing the curriculums, we felt our child would experience better academics at OP, due to their offering of honors classes, TAG programs and other enrichment opportunities, i.e. foriegn language. We have not been disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

As a parent and a teacher in Decatur City Schools, I can't say enough wonderful things about Oak Park and its amazing staff! From the administration, who are truly advocates for our children, to the teachers and staff, Oak Park stacks up against any middle school, private or public. Communication is a key ingredient as to why I think Oak Park has been so successful with ALL students. From newsletters, to emails, to text messages...I know my child is taken care of every day and earning a top notch education on top of that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

I was really scared about my son going to middle school. He has Asperger's, and I was very worried that he would not fit in, would be bullied, and would just not perform well in middle school. My experience with Oak Park, it's staff and teachers have proven that my concerns was highly misplaced. My son has really excelled at Oak Park. He has found a good group of friends with similar interests and is participating in band, drama, and other activities at school. The principal and assistant principal are excellent and run a very tight ship. They don't allow any foolishness to go on at the school and are always willing to talk to the parents. I have often emailed the principal after working hours or on the weekend and have received a response from him before the next day. I cannot say enough great things about Oak Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

As a parent and and an educator, I have been very pleased with OPMS. The instruction my child has received has been of high quality. There is an excellent line of communication with teachers and administration. Emails are sent frequently and online calendars and websites are always up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Oak Park Middle School is an exceptional school that meets and exceeds my expecations by providing the best educational experience for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

OPMS is an awesome school that has prepared my daughter for High School! The faculty and staff and excellent and very dedicated. We LOVE OPMS! Go Raiders!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

The last of my 3 boys is a student at this school, they have been great at conctacting me on my problems or question about my sons. The only problem my sons have incountered is bullying, the school has done the best job it can with the problems, it is up the the parents of the problem childern to do their part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

I am just trying to view my child's report card.because some how it never got sent home. I can't remember saying I didn't want a paper copy. These are things I like to save.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

Coming from a student, I will say right now that this school is truly over the top. The teachers, staff, and DCS itself make this school the best middle school in Decatur and possibly the county to go to. Despite the fact that the school is very mixed as far as students, the school exels in safety and discipline. The school continues to get the best test scores, proving how good the staff simply are. The school offers many activities, with highly dedicared and caring teachers. The principal himself is very nice and kind, but contols the school well and puts up with absolutely no non-sense. He gives the students motivational activities witch no other middle school in Decatur has, as rewards for behavior or scores. I always feel very safe at my school, with cameras lining the hallways, teachers on every corner, and an SRO often patrolling the halls. A+++
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2008

Oak Park is an excellent school. They are truly focused on the child and what they need to succeed. The teacher are wonderful. They really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

I was told by another parent about this website. I have carefully read the information contained within. This site seems to have a goal of promoting charter / private schools. If not for the great respect that I have for the teachers and administration at Oak Park, I would not trouble myself to post. I have found Oak Park to be a great school. Indeed, the school is culturally / socially diverse but it provides excellent academics in a safe and orderly environment. I could not ask for better communication concerning my child s education from the school. Yes, I can afford to send my child to a private school. I have the education and the ability to home school, if needed. I will never regret sending my child to Oak Park. Thank You, to all of the hard working teachers and Mr. Satterfield for the tremendous job that you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

My years spent at Oak Park were horrendous. I don't remember EVER doing homework and I was in advanced classes. By eighth grade the teachers had given up on the students; I spent four out of seven of my eighth grade classes playing cards instead of preparing for high school. By the way, the school safety award is a joke. It does sound impressive but the standards are low.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2007

This is our second year at Oak Park. My son is doing great. I am very pleased with the education he is receiving. I am especially pleased with the emphasis that is put on the children really thinking for themselves and digging deeper. We recently had Open House and the opportunity to meet the teachers and hear about the classes. The teachers were all dedicated and excited about the new year. I was amazed at the volume of material that they are going to cover and feel that they do an excellent job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

This is my second year as a parent at Oak Park. I love Oak Park, the teachers and the administration. Mr. Satterfield is top notch as he makes sure our children are well educated, motivated and safe. What else could you ask for? The communication between home and school is second to none. Teachers check in with parents all the time about assignments, weekly plans and tests. My son loves school and NEVER complains. I am proud to send my children to Oak Park!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

This is a highly educated school and that is why i give five stars to resemble the students and teachers that give so much to
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education26%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Poverty74%
Not poverty93%

Reading

All Students87%
Female91%
Male84%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education32%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty81%
Not poverty98%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
Black65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education33%
General population81%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Poverty65%
Not poverty95%

Reading

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education58%
General population95%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty86%
Not poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education12%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty69%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male76%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education29%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty71%
Not poverty98%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students77%
Female74%
Male81%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education25%
General population83%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Poverty65%
Not poverty97%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 55% 58%
Black 27% 34%
Hispanic 15% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1218 16th Ave SE
Decatur, AL 35601
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