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Bernice J Causey Middle School

Public | 6-9 | 1445 students

 

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Posted August 7, 2014

Both my children have attended Causey and I love it. The staff is attentive and the environment welcoming. The new principal is on top of everything! Carpool can be overwhelming but the teachers work hard to make things flow smoothly despite the large number of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I, having been a student there, can say that this school is poorly run. The administration there is poorly trained and often place five or more students with a single paraprofessional. A majority of the school usually gets into tussles and can often result in an unsafe environment for students. This school should have far better staff and management when it comes to the way they handle the students, both regular ed, and special ed.


Posted February 3, 2013

My daughter is in the 8th grade at Causey this year & has attended all 3 years of middle school there. Administration changed after her 1st year there, and this was a definite improvement. Mr. Gill is very involved with improving the school and attending to/resolving parent concerns. Our experience with all of the teachers has been very positive. Mr. Bean is absolutely an amazing band instructor. The Pace teachers-- Mrs.Barry & Mrs. Johnson have been great at providing a challenging and fun learning experience during middle school. They also communicated with parents via email which I loved. The math & science teachers have all provided fun and meaningful learning experiences. I highly recommend this middle school to parents of gifted/advanced children. This is the only area I have experience with at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

This school is utterly horrible. I hated it, and so did my daughter. The teachers where involved in 6th, 7th, & 8th grade drama! I had a teacher tell my daughter she wanted her to play in Traffic. Upon telling the principal, he read my complaint letter, and NEVER Got back to me. My daughter, whom went to St.Pius, & was a straight A student, dropped to a D once she arrived at Causey. I later took her out of Causey ; her grades are now As & Bs. Coincidence?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

I only gave this school a chance for a month, after my "Gifted" child told me that her pace teacher was sextexting. In shock I went to complain... the principal tossed my letter in the trash and did nothing about it. The only thing that came out of it...next day my daughter was removed from the program. The same teacher after bullied and intimidated my child in the hallways. I removed her from the school. It took me much work and stress, but i moved to another state so that my child will have a higher level of education. I googled best public schools in our nation. She is at a great school now. We still have our home in the causey school district and I let her know if she does not try her best in school we will return to Causey and that is where she will be stuck without the amazing programs this current school offers her. She brings home all A's always has, but here her little spirit shines at Causey her spirit was crushed. I asked her why the other kids don't complain about this teacher she said, "think about it, easy A" She doesn't make us work, so she can text" Sad that teachers waste our tax $ and our kids time and the Principal does absolutely nothing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

I love Causey! I am in the 7th grade and have always had teachers that cared and encouraged me to learn. Ms. Smith is the greatest Math teacher a student could ever have! (Try to get her!) She even called my mom to brag on my project.. She teaches in a fun way and even draws pictures and plays games on the Smart Board to help you remember. Everyone thinks Mr. Snow is mean, but he is great and funny. I always felt safe on this team because he didn't let people bully anyone! My 7th grade teacher are good, but wish my old team teachers could teach 7th grade.


Posted January 2, 2010

Excellent school where all the staff care about the well-being of every student. Expectations are high and safety is a major concern. The staff is caring, dedicated, and highly-qualified.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 11, 2009

The first two years at Causey Middle School for my 'A' student was a great learning experience. This is my child 3rd year there and you can see the school trending down to the level of other poor performing schools in mobile county. Some of the Teachers at Causey are educators not teachers who only care about bullying students, enforcing negative re-enforcements, and extended vacations, while some of the Admin. only get involved when there's a one sided problem.Teachers will not respond to e-mails, phone calls or visits to the schools as it relates to the education of student. Bottom line, Teachers need to get back to teaching the student with the help of parents who are eager to get involved in their childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

I have had both of my children at Causey and I loved the school. Both of my children are in pace and straight A students and if the parent and teachers work hard together each child should always have good grades. I truly feel that there should be more teachers at the end of the school day to watch the kids get on the buses and carpool line. They need to be monitored very closely. I am in the carpool line and children do get out of hand and there are not enough teachers out there to discipline. Overall, Causey Middle is a excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

My kids love this school and they improved their language also. thanks for all staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

This is my sons first full year at Causey and I don't know if it's the age of the kids or the school, but I have been in the car pool line numerous times and witnessed fights that other students have broken up, the teachers never even knew what had happened. Also, my son was challenged by 6 boys in the restroom to participate in 30 seconds; this is were the kids figure out who is tougher, which is absolutley ridiculous. Overall, the teachers do have an I don't care attitude but if you stay on top of the childs grades the teachers will work with thim.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

I recently left Causey (going into 9th grade) and overall it was a great school. All of my teachers where excelent (except two out of my three math teachers didn't teach my anything). The fights were slightly over average, but the teachers tried reallt hard to stop this (I have seen Mr. Burks along with other teachers get hit in the face trying to break kids up) but it is hard to control unruly kids, especially at 12 or 13 years old. I do have to agree the uniform policy was way to strict. I completely understant the no saggy pants or shirt skirts (not one inch to short but no one wants to see young girls walking around with three inches of fabric around there waste) and no one wants to see guys boxers or butts either!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

The band program at Causey is the best in the state. Mr. Bean is the greatest. Other than that it is just your average middle school with all the problems that go along with dealing with teenagers. The faculty and administration seem a little to focused on the small stuff like counting the buttons on the shirts, when there are bigger problems to worry about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2008

I have a daughter at causey its the only school in my district and causey is kinda nice but every teacher has that 'i dont care i get paid anyway' type of attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

I just graduated from Causey. It really isn't a horrible school. The 6th and 8th grade PACE teachers (Mrs.Johnson and Mrs.Barry) are the best teachers you could ever have! There are some problems at the school, but there are problems at every school. One thing I must say, though is they care way too much about uniforms. I find it a bit ridiculous when students can get detention on a first offense for not having an ID badge on.


Posted May 6, 2008

This is the best school I've ever been to. I came here 6th grade as a new student, and I've never been happier. Everything is very organized; the teachers couldn't be better; and the people here are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2008

This is the best school I've ever been to. I came here 7th grade as a new student, and I've never been happier. Everything is very organized; the teachers couldn't be better; and the people here are great. They could slack up on the uniform policy a bit, though...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2007

not challenging enough for a high achieving child.no opportunities given to be placed in advances classes.Uniforms stolen out of gym locker,never to be found again..... fights were a common occurrence. I would pass on this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

I attended Causey Middle School for three years and I urge parents to rethink their decision of sending their child here. The teachers have the I don t care if you understand or not, I get paid either way attitude. They also spend more time picking at your uniform then they do at the board actually teaching you. If you would like to spend over approximately $200 every time the uniform code flips and flops than Causey Middle School is the school for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2007

I was a student at Causey Middle School for a total of 2 years. I found it to be the worst experience in my life. Everyone picked at everyone else. Overall I did not feel safe there. Personally I think that no parent should send their child here because of lack of good administration. Send them to Grand Bay middle. It's a far better school. The teachers actually care about the students.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

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80%

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83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

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92%

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94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students80%
Female80%
Male81%
Black66%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education43%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty74%
Not poverty88%

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education57%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty90%
Not poverty95%
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 Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Special education32%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Poverty69%
Not poverty85%

Reading

All Students92%
Female96%
Male89%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education55%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty87%
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

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education62%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty82%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible89%
Special education58%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty85%
Not poverty95%
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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students88%
Female87%
Male88%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible88%
Special education44%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Poverty81%
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 28% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 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 51%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Ms Mary O Wood
Fax number
  • (251) 221-2062

Resources

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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