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Duran Jr High School

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Posted July 5, 2013

This school needs tighter student management. They also need to clean the bathrooms and cook a lunch you can eat.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2008

ummmm....this school is ok. Sure there are sports and sometimes cool activities that get u out of class but a lot of time i feel like i have too much homework and too many projects!! it can get overwhelming.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 24, 2006

I am very pleased with the education and direction that my son is receiving at Duran Jr. High School. The teachers have managed to hold his interest and the principal (in the words of my son) runs a tight ship. Good job! Thanks for all the hard work.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2006

First of all, as a parent, I feel the negative postings to this site about Duran Jr. High are unwarranted and probably the result of those who will have a gripe with anyone who 'disciplines' their child or does not cater to their every need. There is a little something called 'responsibility' for one's own achievement and behavior...two things many parents/students seem to neglect. Sure, the school building is not what it should be and this is largely the responsibility of the school board and should be addressed with more than minor cosmetic changes, however, the quality of the education is excellent---again, if a student takes the initiative and has parents who expect the child to perform. If these parents are so concerned over the 'quality' of the school, why have they not bothered to form a PTO or parent group? The answer: it is easier to play the blame game.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2006

Hi my name is Vikki and im finished my year at duran today. This is a wonderful school and the teachers are great, there are no sports but that will be avilable. In the next grade you can sign up for a sport for the jounior high, You pick your classes if you pick the elective wheel you will get a new class every nine weeks such as art globe technolgy and something else . If u pick directive studies it is mainly a study hall(whole nine weeks) , and band and choir are for the whole nine weeks also. I am in band and love it Ms. Todd is wonderful. Parents are a main part of the school and would be nothing without it. And you do not get 10 points off your report card.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 20, 2006

I'm a student at Duran and i'm sorry,but all of these opinions are based on ignorance!Our school rewards positive behavior with Panther Pride tickets, and students do not ever get ten points taken off of their report cards because they forgot their materials! Our teachers at Duran do not punish students to such an extreme. There is always a friendly staff member awaiting parental volunteers. Our principal and vice principal do care about every thing that goes on in our school.They do everthing in their power to help our school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 9, 2006

I have one child that goes to Duran Junior high school and that is the only child of mine that will ever go there.I have been to the school once for registration and a couple more times for other reasons and when I go to the front desk to ask a question there is never anyone there and by the time i get the answer to my question I am now considering home schooling my child.(this is the worst school in Alabama.)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2005

Duran is very disappointing compared to Eden Elementary. Eden is aptly named, a wonderful place for little angels to learn and grow. The administration there is the best I've seen. The staff genuinely cares about each child. Unfortunately this is not the case at Duran, where parental involvement is discouraged by the administration, there is very little communication unless they have determined that your child needs discipline. If a student tells a staff member that another student did something against the rules, the 2nd child is automatically guilty. Some of the teachers take 10 points off of the child's report card for forgetting to bring materials to class. They try to force maturity instead of teaching maturity. They punish severely for bad behavior but do not reward positive behavior. The administrator says he always takes the teacher's side because he knows kids lie, he treats parents and students as annoyances. Sad!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2005

I have found the staff of this school to be less than helpful and generally uninterested in the students. I get the distinct impression that the school as a whole does not welcome parent input or presence. This is in sharp contrast to the elementary school experience in this district which makes this the situation all the more disappointing. As we love our home and do not want to move, we are making every effort financially to get into a position to afford private schools in future for our children. I do not trust this school with my children or their education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2005

The academic that is offered is fine, But I along with others feel that it could be taught better by some. I also feel that the school feels the less parents are involved the better. Which is sad for us the ones who would like to be more involved. I feel the staff is rude. If you e-mail or call the school the calls or emails may or may not be returned. When you do visit the school they are not very friendly I feel that they expect these children not to make mistakes to be very responsible. Which is fine, but when a mistake is made or something forgotten they need to remember these are still children. or human at that all people make mistakes including the staff there. And trust me they make plenty of mistakes If I was in a position to home school my kids I would.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

339 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

340 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education15%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%


All Students81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education26%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 58%
Black 11% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 50%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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309 Williamson Dr
Pell City, AL 35125
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