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Ira F Simmons Middle School

Public | 6-9 | 865 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 5, 2014

Simmons bullying is out of control, with very little action to control. You can guarantee that your child will be bullied several times a week. Principal is great. 50 % ratio on good/bad teachers. Most teachers and staff, I feel, are just there to do "a job" and get a check. The thought process of most teachers and staff is never considerate for the students. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

I have to agree that some of the teachers at this school are very inconsiderate. My child's 6th grade year was horrible. He a teacher that was really down right mean and another that was just plain rude and always seemed to have an attitude. It was pretty bad, looking back over my older kids school year, there was nothing nearly as bad as how my child felt because of the way a teacher treated him, not other students. Just sad that teachers like that exist. The principle seems to really care for the students and seems to do a very good job. I would just say if your child has issues with the teachers, talk to the principle and not the teacher, I wish I would have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Simmons is a wonderful school. Principal Brian Cain is very concerned about the students and ensure his staff provide the best possible education for his students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2009

My children love Simmons as well do I. The talk and contact us very well. Everone there is wonderful.This school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

the greatest. Teachers and others are so helpfull to my daughter with adha
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

Simmons is a wonderful school! I went there for one year, but recently moved and my new school is not even close to being as great as Simmons! Simmons has great teachers, good discipline (not too harsh, not too lenient), a good curriculum, and great programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2008

Simmons is a greater than great school. Both of my children have done great in academics and sports. Teacher-student ratio is low and both of my children's teachers have always been willing to assist where needed in their academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Simmons is a great school. The principal cares about the students. She really extends herself to help with any concerns a parent may have. Most of the teachers go out of their way to help the students. A few a so-so and a bit too strict.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2006

The teachers and other faculty at this school are the strong point. The principal is the finest administrator I've ever worked with as a parent. She has built a strong academic team of teachers and has garnered the respect of most of her students (no small feat for this age group). The Fine Arts program offers wonderful opportunities for students. Their only weakness is engaging their diverse parent population in the mission of the school. They're working on it, but change is coming slowly. Some of us would prefer more challenging material academically for our children, but that, too, is difficult to change quickly. Having said that, it is apparent that the Principal recognizes these weaknesses and is always working to make Simmons stronger as a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

Simmons is a great school with caring teachers and staff. Parent involvement is encouraged through extra-curricular activities you can attend with your child. Teachers are very helpful and concerned about your child's as an individual and encourages parental feedback. Overall, I would rate this a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2003

I had three children pass through Simmons and I was completely satisfied that they were well cared for, prepared and guided. Only one or two teachers were so-so. The principal and support staff were great. Excellent coaching. Have your kid jump in, get involved, try as many things as you have time for. You won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2003

Simmons middle school is very unfriendly to new families! The favoritism is at such a level that it is problematic for the whole institution. The principls and staff (from my firsthand observations) do not make the students feel that they are approachable and available for the students. Education comes secondary to obedience, which is not the answer in any situation! The services are strong but the teachers are hit and miss. The Simmons middle school as a whole needs more administrative training coupled with a close evaluation of their academic/social model!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2003

Student body and teachers very clickish. Alot of pressure on new students coming in to fit into a specific group. Strong parent volunteer base can be intimidating to new parents who are often overlooked in favor of tried and true 'career' volunteers. Teachers and staff show a lot of favoritism to the 'good looking group'. If your child's a real stand out in some area, they'll do well here. But I wouldn't recommend it for the artsy or reserved type.
—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 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Special education35%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty76%
Not poverty91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female97%
Male90%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligible96%
Special education50%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty87%
Not poverty97%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education50%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty68%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty86%
Not poverty99%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Special education28%
General population92%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Poverty70%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education62%
General population94%
English language learners41%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty80%
Not poverty96%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty72%
Not poverty95%
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 66% 58%
Black 22% 34%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 25%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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