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D A Smith Middle School

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Posted December 25, 2013

D. A. Smith is not somewhere I would recommend sending your children! There is bullying that isn't dealt with. The teachers pass kids just to pass them, and if they don't score high enough they are allowed to correct them. The grades are a joke. Even exams have open book tests. Your child will not learn a thing at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

My school is D,A. Smith-I am not satisfied at all, my child has ADHD and should have been tested and offered programs (504 or IEP) to help him and I didn't even know about them until I received information from an outside source. Now I am being told he has failed. Why don't Ozark City Schools want to use the programs that are suppose to be implemented as directed by the state?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

Nightmare of a school!!! Poor leadership! Bullying by some teachers and staff! An all around disappointment where the children's educations are suffering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2012

I have been extremely disappointed with this joke of a school. The lack of discipline by the staff is obvious at every school event. This school is full of gang activity. The kids running track had gang signs spray painted on it for weeks before anything was done to fix this. You can not walk down the halls without hearing constant profanity and students throwing gang signs. The amount of bullying is ridiculous and constant. The teachers play music during class filled with profanity and suggestive lyrics. The majority of the teachers are glorified babysitters. The gang activity that goes on in this school (11 yr olds - 13 yr olds) is sad and continuous with no consequences. My children will no longer attend Ozark City Schools at the end of this year. They are not being educated and I fear for my daughter's safety every time she walks into this school. If the school does not make major changes, these students will not be educated or prepared for life. If the school continues down this path it is only a matter of time before a tragic event occurs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

i am not pleased at all with this school.my daughter has had so many problems with bullying and NOTHING has been done.i have even gone to the guidance counseller and the principle also.my daughter has even taken the steps to do this herself.they talk about a no tolerence for bullying.the counseller even told me that my daughter shouldn't come to see her to often because people will start asking questions.how can our children get a proper education with these kind of people running the school.she will soon leave that joke of a school and attened a a better one. i hope eventually they start practicing what they preach but i think they have a long way to go on that one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

We are not pleased with DA in the least bit. Change is definitely needed for our children to recieve an appropriate education. The first change should be with our superintindent. It is sad to say that the superintindent has chosen to put saving money before what is educationally appropriate for our children. The best thing Ozark City Schools could do is to get rid of our current superintindent. He is bringing our children down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

This has been a very good year for my child this year and we look forward to next term. I would like to request the administration please give the 7th and 8th graders back their break time. I don't understand why it was discontinued for these two groups and only at D.A. Smith. All other schools have break for everyone. You know it makes for a long day when you don't get a break and a lot of children don't get breakfast. By break time they are pretty hungry. Please give them back their break time. It is also a time of being with friends and they need the social interaction as much as the food. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

We have had a wonderful experience in our first year at D.A Smith Middle School! The instructors have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure learning and safety are top priority. The administration works to highlight individual students success and build leadership skills throughout the entire student body. We are also excited about the gym and building renovations beginning soon. The active PTO is working on plans to improve the schoolgrounds. The relatively new Superintendent has implemented school improvement, safety, and dress for success plans that have made a positve affect on our entire school system. It is a great time to be an Ozark Eagle and we are looking forward to a bright future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

This is my daughters first year at DA Smith and it has been one of the best years she has had. They offer so many opportunities for the students and parents to become involved in the school. I also appreciate the efforts that they make to recognize students for their successes and encourage them to always do their best. I am excited about renovations being made to the gymnasium and look forward to two more years of doing what I can do to support my child and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Though the advantages of school planners and email correspondence with the teachers, the negative atmosphere supersedes anything postitive I can say of the school. Bad behavior is not being curbed, but rather it is tolerated, the students well being is not being looked after as it should be the educators responsiblity to do so. Worse yet, the faculty does not follow through with the issues at hand, but merely avoid it as the white elephant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

I am amazed at the difference a change in leadership has made at this school. It is orderly, positive and brimming with enthusiasm for teaching and learning. In addition, it is one of the few middle schools which recognizes that the abilities of children differ and serves them accordingly; therefore, children who WANT to learn are in class with others for whom school is a priority. Families can be as involved as they please and the focus every day is on academic success. We have greatly enjoyed our time at DA and will miss the staff and environment immensely.
—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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students82%
Female92%
Male75%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education33%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty79%
Not poverty90%

Reading

All Students88%
Female93%
Male85%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education56%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Poverty84%
Not poverty97%
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 Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
Black65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education45%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty69%
Not poverty92%

Reading

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education55%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty82%
Not poverty97%
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 Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
Black65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Poverty69%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty80%
Not poverty94%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students68%
Female71%
Male64%
Black47%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty60%
Not poverty79%
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
Black 49% 34%
White 47% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 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 69%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Christopher Blair
Fax number
  • (334) 774-0568

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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