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Discovery Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 941 students

 
 

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Posted July 11, 2013

I go to discovery currently. I will be going into 8th grade this year. Last year for 7th I had the best teachers. They are very involved with helping you. To the people saying that the jocks rule the roost... A lot of my friends are your so called jocks and they do not.. Just because they are recognized as being a star on a team doesn't mean they run the school. Before you assume get to know DMS. Trust me its an amaing school. Discipline is very good there. Nice and stern. We excel in reading and math. Discovery is a great school. Don't look down on us. The library staff is a great help. Once you know the school it's easy to get around.. Lockers are very nice. Currently the school is now 7th and 8th which I like better. Gives us more space. I love Discovery. Wouldn't change schools ever. Love it there


Posted August 21, 2011

I love this school... me and my brother have only been here a few weeks and faculty and students are really nice and caring. Every teacher shows that they honestly want you to get a good education. It has high security with police so that you feel really safe. I would 100% recommend this school. The principal and assistant principals are absolutely amazing. The classes definitely challenge you.


Posted February 7, 2011

I have been quite pleased with the administration and faculty of the school - very open and great communication. Constantly amazed at the level of academics and high scores the student population achieve. My daughter is quite involved in the Wind Ensemble, Math Team & NJHS - very impressed and she loves it. She also has the advantage of taking the Advanced Classes and is doing extremely well. Parent involvement is great - wonderful school and atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

Both of my children attend Discovery Middle school and both are excelling academically. From a parent's perspective, the teachers are sharp and care about the student's progress and well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

discovery is awsome the teachers are kind and most of the students are all well brought up the lockers are all clean. the teams all work hard and do there best. discovery does alot of cherity things right now we are colecting toys for foster kids and colecting books for a library that burned down and colecting shoes for kids. we all cheer on are teams . i love discovery
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2009

the school has great education system and quality of education is high but i was a transfer student and it seemed that they did not like me there
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

My son attended a private school for 7 years. It being one of the 'so called' better schools in this area. I was very unhappy with the quality of the teachers and the school in general. Money came first and education was last. I have found Discovery Middle School to be a refreshing change and the quality of education on a much higher level. The teachers that he has, shows a concern and williness to help if any child is having difficulties. I have also had personal encounters with the principal and find her very much hands on and willing to listen to the parents regardless of the concern. She has never failed to make the time to return calls herself or make time if you need to meet with her. My son is very happy at Discovery and would not go back to private school in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

The music program is nationally recognized for excellence and it has been critical to building confidence in my 7th grader, who attends Discovery. I have found parent involvement to be high and responsiveness to parents to be excellent. Academics is better than average but could be improved. There is not much out-of class work required.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

Kids run wild and jocks rule the roost. Teachers try but have little disciplinary type of actions against the unruly. There is very little parent involvement comparing to schools in VA, etc...Send your kid to a private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

My child has been fairly happy at Discovery. They have a gifted program that allows them to miss regular classes for enrichment programs. There are athletic programs, broadcasting, drama, choir and concert choir. They have science and robotics clubs. Their science club took 3rd and 4th in the state. The principal was new last year and some of the teachers are less than helpful, but isn't that the way it always is. There is a lot of parent support for a middle school and safety and discipline are important.
—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 73% in 2012.

299 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

295 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

303 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
92%
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%
Female94%
Male91%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education74%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education84%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male95%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education53%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty87%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education47%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty82%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2012.

299 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
87%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education68%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty92%
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 70% 58%
Black 19% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 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 19%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Madison, AL 35758
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