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Dunbar Creative Performing Arts

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Posted September 22, 2011

This school is awesome im in 7th grade and a previous dunbar magnet school student when I tell you this school is awesome its awesome


Posted February 8, 2010

I am a 8th grader at Dunbar Magnet School. This is a very good school to place your children in. It really increases your learning abilities. it also alows you to have fun. Here we have differnt electives. Dance,drama,band, and many more. At dunbar we do have rules. you must have a certain grade average to preform. Yes, all of our elective classes do preform. Here we like to show off our good classmates and arts teacher. So please come out and look around. We would love to have you. :} A.E 2009-2010
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2008

I am currently a student at dunbar and I am in the eight grade.honestly i think my mother could not have made a better choice than to send me to dunbar.I have been there since the fith grade and i had a rocky start being accepted for who i am but everyone seemed to like me as the year went on.I love the arts they are so much fun and they give you a break from academics all the time.I give my greatest credit to the choral and piano department.Ms. Gaye Goodard is an angel sent from heaven to teach children the art of music.Any child that can't maintain a 70 average maybe their parents need to rethink applying for A magnet program
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

I am a student at dunbar Creative and Performing arts magnet school and we get a completly different side then the parents do. The academic program is that of a home school, not of a magnet school and then they try to give projects to make up for it. The dicipline is way off from where it should be. and the other students have no respect for thier classmates. The art programs are about the only thing dunbar gets much credit for. But if your not in the higher levels its the same as almost not being in them at all. Dunbar is divided into cliques and most of the time races are seperated by the students. I am looking forward to the end of this year being here. I have been here since 4th grade and I'm now entering the 8th.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2006

I have had 4 students in Dunbar. It has it's good points and bad points. For the most part, I think the teachers are ok, some better than others of course. There was only one that I think really did a disservice to the children. I think the principal is a really great woman that cares about the children. I think she has had alot to deal with though, and am glad she is getting some help with an assistant principal though. Most of the staff are very nice and helpful. There is only one staff member that I have had issues with, and in my opinion, if she doesn't like you she will have it in for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

I have 2 children attending Dunbar. We have only had problems with 1 teacher in the 3 years that we have been there, and the problem was handled promptly by the principal to our satisfaction. The projects get a little out of hand at times - especially with 2. Dunbar is the creative and performing arts school -- all of those are great. Dance and strings have great teachers. Who doesn't like to watch their child perform? :) Parents are involved and know kids by name. Safety has never been an issue. Discipline is handled appropriately. Come dance with us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

This school could improve alot. The truth is they don't work hard enough to keep your child in tune with everything. The teachers are uneducated and the staff is very rude and very obnoxious,i believe. They don't let the children breath, take me seriously. You dont want your child to go here. They are unorganized. In need of serious help. My child goes here and she is leaving since it is her eighth grade year. She says she couldn't have asked for more. The only thing they get appriciation on is their arts and the arts teacher. They are wonderful. Wonderful. Especially the choral department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

Excellent school,however they could keep the parents a little more in tune to events or even the lunch menu. That typically gets sent home after the month that it is planned for is almost over. The staff is very caring. I know that projects are a big part of school now, but they could however have it to where a child doesn't have several due in the same week. They already have so much other homework that has to be done. It sometimes gets a little overwhelming cost wise to have to pay out the money so often to buy the things that they need to do the projects that end up in a closet or destroyed. It is my opinion that a couple of projects a year is plenty, not 5 or 6 a quarter. Give us stuggling parents a break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

This is a really great school teaching kids to find their talents in the arts, however, when it comes to communication between staff and parents, they don't send out information with enough time for the parents to know. I have called the office a few times. I do believe that they could improve in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

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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 91% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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97%

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97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

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98%

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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 77% in 2012.

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

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86%

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89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

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 73% in 2012.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

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92%

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94%

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97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
97%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

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

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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 Students94%
Female95%
Male91%
Black88%
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Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

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General population100%
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Proficient in English100%
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Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
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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 Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible88%
Special education75%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education92%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male95%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male95%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty100%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black99%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible99%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty99%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male83%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty94%
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 80% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
79%
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

The state average for Science was 76% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty99%
Non-poverty100%
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

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male92%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%
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
Black 59% 35%
White 37% 58%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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College counselor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Debra Graves Smith
Fax number
  • (251) 221-2162

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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