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Posted April 3, 2014

Ben C. Rain High School as a parent of the school I have to say I have been very pleased with the leadership and teaching staff of B.C. Rain. Mr. Firle has worked to turn this school around in a positive way. Before he became the principal I would not allows my students to attend this school. After he came many parents told me it was a different school. He cares about the students, and I have seen him personal reach out to many of the students to encourage them to stay on the right path of getting a quality education. We have been enrolled here for three years now and I am seeing more and more improvements each year. Thanks to the leadership team and teachers at Rain I am proud to say I am a parent of this school, I am telling other parents that if you want your child to receive a quality education in a community school I suggest you send them to B.C. Rain High School. Thanks, A parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I'm a teacher at B.C. Rain. Our principal, Mr. Firle, has drastically raised the graduation rate within a matter of very few years. He enforces all policies and procedures. Because the student is relatively smaller compared to other area high schools, teachers are able to focus more on students' academic achievement. In addition, students' morale is high and academically they are competitive with other schools such as Baker and Murphy. And, with the coming aviation academy, B.C. Rain is well on its way to becoming a top-performing area high school. I wouldn't want to teach anywhere else.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2009

I attented Benton Cato Rain. I graduated in 2006. I feel like the parents of this school complain so much, about how the school looks, but none of them have taken the time to get up and go out and help these students raise money for a new school. My years at B.C. Rain were the best in my life. The teachers do care, but they can't make your child care about school, they do their job. They have a new principal and he has their school on lock. Its doesn't matter how a school looks on the outside, it only matters what the child does in the classroom. Thats just like the saying don't judge a book by its cover. So if these parents are so unhappy with how this school looks, go down to the School Board and make a complaint, because the kids cannot do it by themselves
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

i am an former student of ben c rain and no matter how the school was looking that do not mean that the teachers was not doing their best all of my teachers gave me the education that i needed it was my fault that it took my a while to get how important to me it was the grace of god and the support of my teachers that i made it through. So I want to thank all of the teachers who made it possible for me.


Posted October 16, 2007

I am a former student of Ben C. Rain. Yes, the school had some issues, but I made the best of it. I didn't leave it up to the teachers to teach me, I taught myself. There are some teachers that care and there are some that don't as well as there are some parents that care and some don't. I did outside educational prep classes on the weekend which helped me but a lot of the students don't have that opportunity. The structure of the building is unsafe and needs to be repaired.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 28, 2007

This school is one of the worst schools in the mobile county area, i had my child there for 2 weeks before i transfered them to Murphy Highschool, the building is almost falling apart it needs renovations As soon as possible, The teachers are not strict, and they have poor choices of classes. The parents are not involved, the roof is falling apart and the parents could not care. Lack of extracurricular activities and electives.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 24, 2006

I think this school is out of order and it needs to be re-built.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 79% 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

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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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

81 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
60%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

153 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

136 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education82%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty91%

Language

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education82%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Poverty73%
Non-poverty82%

Math

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education100%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education100%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty82%

Social Studies

All Students51%
Female43%
Male58%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education91%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Poverty50%
Non-poverty55%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

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

Biology I

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black99%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible99%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education100%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty99%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education93%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty87%

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education93%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty100%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female81%
Male78%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education93%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty93%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE 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 pass the test.

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 93% 34%
White 4% 58%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 89%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Marlon Alfonzo Firle
Fax number
  • (251) 470-7759

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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