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Mt Gap Middle School

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Posted March 28, 2014

As a former Mountain Gap student, I must say any negative comments about this school are ridiculous. Mountain Gap is by far the best middle school in the city if not in the state. Mountain Gap is very good with discipline and has the highest testing scores in the city. It's a great school and I fully recommend it ! I think those that gave the school negative ratings are just hard to please !


Posted September 27, 2013

Mountain Gap is a good school that needs to have a lot changed about it. Some of the teachers can be really good and love their job, while others can be downright inappropriate. One in particular cusses a lot and another purposely fails her kids because she is too lazy. The after school clubs and electives are very limited compared to other schools like Hampton Cove. The bullying going on here is not really a lot, but it is verbal. I had a friend that everybody hated because she was obese and had autism. When I started in 6th Grade, there were a total of 3 Special Ed. teachers. There is only one now. There are very good teachers that care for your student and preparing him/her, but there are some bad ones, too. I think the school can improve if the bad teachers were replaced and the verbal abuse of students was cracked down on. The special education program here needs to improve a lot, not just for the under performers, but the over performers supposed to be in SPACE, too. Sadly, this will probably not happen with the school system's superintendent. Parents: If your child goes here, make sure that they are happy. Also, be prepared to need to have a conference with the teacher


Posted May 1, 2013

I'm an eighth grader at Mountain Gap and I have been going here since kindergarten. It has been the best 9 years ever. If I had the chance to change schools, I wouldn't! This is a great school and I would recomend it to anyone! The teachers are amazing and care about each of the students individually. There are also many sports activities and other school activities that are very good! I love it here and I'm sad I have to leave this year, but I know I will be prepared for high school because of the outsanding things Mountain Gap has done for me!!


Posted January 4, 2013

Sounds like mtga p hasnt changed since the the early 70s whe went there I was bullied and pushed over the hand rails by pat richie ffacfFtfured my skul from ear to ear, busted my ear drum and the admin.mever did anything about it ,not evn suspention,so it aint changed any in 40 yrs ,stay awayparents if u love your kids.


Posted October 21, 2012

The teachers do very little to help the students with their work. And they are very very poor at keeping the parents imformed about their child. I will NEVER recommend this school to anyone moving to the area. I will be pushing for my daughter to file reports on the teachers who let my grandson get so far behind, that there was no other opinion then to pull him out of school and send him to his father. Who lives in another state. This school definitely does NOT stand by the motto "No Child will be left Behind." My daughter sent numerous emails and one teacher in particular NEVER responded...that is totally unacceptable. When I was raising my kids, I would go to the school and talk to the teacher..now it is done through email. Not everyone has a computer. Now I understand why teachers are getting paid less and have less respect from not only the students but from the parents and community in general. You should be ashamed Trust me I will tell everyone I know about this situation My grandson had to leave and it is because you did not care enough to help


Posted December 25, 2011

The teachers do very little to help students who are being bullied. Bullying is a HUGE problem in the school, and no matter how much I tell the teachers, or administrators that my brother is being bullied no one will help. He regularly comes home crying, or with bruises from being hit, yet no one will help him. I can't understand how no one can help when bullying is such a big issue right now. I know that the academics are great, I went to both Mt Gap elementary and middle, and then graduated from Grissom. Something must be done to help children who are bullied.


Posted April 13, 2010

A lot of people who like making fun of other people but other than that the teachers teach us important information
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

The teachers don't teach the kids what they need to know.


Posted July 30, 2009

I really like this school ! It's the very best middle school in Huntsville ! Everything is Great ! The band is totally outstanding ! If only the principal could do something about Mrs . Cheatham .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2007

I currently have an 8th grade student in MGM, and the education has been outstanding in every way. The teaching staff is impressive to say the least. Mr. Timlin is all that we could hope for in a principal, and we're blessed to have him. Students seem to be highly motivated overall.
—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.

About these ratings

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 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
94%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%

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

All Students85%
Female75%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education25%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education67%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty99%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education58%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty71%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students96%
Female99%
Male93%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education79%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty96%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty99%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
88%
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%
Female96%
Male96%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education89%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty96%
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 8% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 5%
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 24%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

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
  • Mr John M. Timlin
Fax number
  • (256) 428-7721

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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821 Mt Gap Rd
Huntsville, AL 35803
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Phone: (256) 428-7720

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