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Williams Middle School

Public | 6-9 | 439 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2014

My school is getting a lot better. My son has being doing well at this school so far. He is now in the 8th grade. We not had any major issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

(NOTE: This is a choice school, meaning children who live in the poorer areas of Huntsville are able to choose to go to this school, despite not being zoned for it.) This school is horrible! Theft is a major issue here. In two years at this school, my two children have had ear buds, gym clothes (assigned w/their names on it), 2 jackets, 4 lunch boxes, an ipod, a sweater, and a glasses case, all stolen. Fights & bullying are a constant problem, as is general misbehavior. Last week two 7th graders were caught with alcohol in Gatorade containers when the teachers realized, by the end of the day, that the kids were intoxicated. Last month a "weed ring" was found to be operating in the school. One 6th grader was selling weed, and the children who had bought it from him that day were named & caught. All kids in the incidents are still attending. We're only 2 months into the school year. The new principal seems to be trying, but she is the 3rd principal in 3 yrs, so that tells you something. We are moving to a new home specifically to get our children out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

JE Williams has had its share of problems, but once again parents want to blame the teachers for not caring or giving up. I challenge a parent to sit all day once a semester and see the challenges the teachers have to deal with. The problem stems from home life. I honestly have seen my son's grades decrease, but my observations is - the teachers have more to do than just teach. There are some real bad kids at the school. In my estimation, the 5% of kids that are disrespectful robs the other 95% of kids that truly want to learn. So if you are unhappy with the school, start with your kid and make sure he or he is not part of the problem. Try home schooling your kid and then determine if he or she is deserving to be sin public school or JE Williams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

This school and adminstration has been nothing but problems., kids cannot get what they are suppose to and from what I witness there is a lot of favoritism that goes on at this school. My family members that are enrolled here has had nothing but trouble. They are still not officially enrolled, although it has been almost two weeks. No laptops, no student ID#, or anything else. Despite many protest from my family and others. The kids are told in library that they are not getting a laptop yet??although most kids have theirs. Although gym is required...big joke. All anyone does is sit on their laptops, this includes the coaches. No work outs for the kids at all. This school has really turned out to be a major disappointment thus far. Before the cheerleaders of the school speak out....This is not about your kid(s), but about those not being served.


Posted August 12, 2013

Not sure how a parent new to the area can rate this school before they have even had any real time dealing with school or issues that arise. Another new principal this year, I hope they take charge of the school and bring in the necessary leadership, accountability, and discipline to help shape this school for the better. BTW I am a parent of a star studded high caliber student, and fully support school education, last year was not a great year here! Goodluck hope this year is better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

We are new in the area and did A LOT of research for our children's educational futures in the Huntsville City School system. I have to say, I believe a lot of the parents of the star studded, high caliber students are not taking the time to rate this school! Students that go to this school go to Columbia High School and have VERY high college, military enlistment and graduation rates, with great scores and grades. I'm not sure if this is racial bias or angry parents feel the need to warn other parents, but we found our dream home in Madison and upon visiting the zoned schools for our children have been very impressed once we got in to talk to the administration, teachers, principals, security and other students! I'm very excited about the school year, plan on continuing to be involved in their educational goals, school board and town hall meetings. It starts at home. If my opinion changes, you can be sure I'll come back and let you know about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

This school is awful. Where to begin? They have huge racial and bullying issues, the teachers do not do their job and seem to act like they just don't care. The school has changed principals three or four times as far as I know,and the laptops were a complete waste of time. Fights happen constantly,the security takes forever to get the situation under control. The academics and learning is soooo very low, many students nearly failed or have failed. The Huntsville School Board and Media should really take a look at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

School needs better teachers most of all needs to just be in regular clothes not in uniform. I moved to another home just so my son can go to a better school system
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

This is THE WORST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My child has never been bullied so much. My child has never been below honor roll, now hes failing. When you call to talk to the principal, no matter how many times a day or week, she is ALWAYS IN A MEETING!!!!!! Never returns messages. I only got one reply from a teacher. I have complained many times. And the bus driver????Dont get me started. I am pulling my son out this week. I put him in this school as a reccommendation for his gifted status and was promised technology class. He got band. I have never seen a more horrid school than Williams. I will be making a complaint to the school board and may even to the media. This school is a circus that doesnt care about their students at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

I have not had any involvement with the principle but I guess that is because I have raised a great child who possess both manors and good behavior. He loves the school and compared to most of the public middle schools in the area this is one of the tops in Huntsville. I suggest to the other parents who posted look at what has changed within their family or other external factors that is causing your child's behavior issues. I guessing that with your blaming the school that you will be able to admit to your short comings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

WMS was the worst mistake I made when i moved to this state. the principal is rude and will tell you your child is bad and you as a parent need to talk to them and figure out what is going on. My child's grades have dropped,her attitude has changed, skipping class~this was not my child at her old school. The teachers(well the majority)don't seen to care, just let the kids fail. I have been in contact with my child's teachers this year and they always say we will work on it and it's nice to have a parent that cares but then there is no action on their part after. the bus is another issue. My child got dismissed from her bus for spilling food was told to get off the bus at school (no call was made to me). My child was missing for 1 1/2 hours due to the school. The kids get left alone outside after school when the buses leave the teachers and school locks down so kids are left alone at the school with no way of contact if they have no cell phone. I feel bad as a parent I left my child in this school for the whole school year. She might have to repeat this grade and the teachers do not care about that. And the principal~as long as you are on the PTA and volunteer you are golden!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

Where to start. The Principal does not like to respond to phonecalls or emails. She is beyond rude, and always turns the issues into a bashing by saying "Your child is rude" or "Your child is disrespectful" or my favorite "This is the first time I have heard about this issue or complaint." She is quick to "ban" a parent from the school, if you dare disagree with her. Onto the teachers. One teacher, has made many crude comments to the kids, in front of the class, very inappropriate, but apparently that's allowed. The boys P.E. coach, terriable! This man goes out of his way, to bully certain children, or will threaten the boys that if they dont do what he says, he'll have them removed from certain sports teams. Try to complain, the Principal tries to turn isses around. Security is a joke. Fights happen constantly. When your child gets hit, you wont find out about it for hours after the fact. If your child gets hurt at school, during a class, you wont find out until your child comes home. All around, with the Principal and staff there, I suggest trying to find another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Horrible principal, poor security. My kid who used to love school, now dreads it.
—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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male62%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White73%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education17%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Poverty62%
Not poverty73%

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education38%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty77%
Not poverty87%
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 Students56%
Female56%
Male56%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White74%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education23%
General population60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant56%
Poverty49%
Not poverty61%

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education32%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Poverty79%
Not poverty87%
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%
Female84%
Male68%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Poverty74%
Not poverty76%

Reading

All Students79%
Female91%
Male70%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education27%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Poverty73%
Not poverty86%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students60%
Female61%
Male59%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White74%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education18%
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%
Poverty50%
Not poverty67%
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
Black 68% 34%
White 21% 58%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 53%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Avis B Williams
Fax number
  • (256) 428-7331

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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