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Semmes Middle School

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Posted April 27, 2014

Semmes middle school is a nice school and our student has done very well. As a member of various organizations, NJHS is not very active and that has been disappointing for our student. Education wise, most of the classes have had supportive and knowledgeable teachers. PE program is poor, compared to the previous middle schools our child attended before moving here. The PE coaches concentrate on those in class that are in sports and forget everyone else. Our previous middle schools programs were very active and the students were taught numerous sports and given opportunities plus all the rules, regulations, field size, scoring, etc. Our child learned so much and this PE program has been extremely disappointing. The AP classes in the other middle schools were more challenging and did not allow for "students to act up or not bring their homework in on time." Additionally, students should not be an officer in more than one organization at a time so as to give others a chance and the opportunity to build their leadership skills. This was the rule in the other schools we were involved with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

My husband and I have been very pleased with Semmes Middle school. My daughter is in the 8th grade@ the Academy at Semmes and loves her teachers. I feel like the teachers at Semmes Middle School did a great job preparing my son for high school. He is in advanced honors classes and will graduate this year. We have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

I have a son in the 6th grade this year and he absolutely loves Semmes Middle. During his first week the office called and asked if I would like him to be moved to advanced classes. We agreed and had him moved and have no regrets. He continues to thrive and is enjoying his middle school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

I had two daughters at this school last year and will have one there this year. It was a great school for my daughters. My oldest was in honors classes. She loved this school. Infact, she didn't want to leave. She had a great relationship with her teachers. My othere daughter who will be in 7th grade this year has also excelled in this school. The teachers give her structure as well as dicipline in love when needed. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

best school ever,i learn a lot.you will love it if you ever go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2009

As a parent I can say the years my child spent at this chaotic school was probably the biggest mistake I ever made in my child's educational development. The staff and administration have no control, do not take any preventive measures to prevent problems, only addressing issues after the problem has taken place. The staff dwells entirely too much on uniform policies and petty rules and has no idea how to control or curtail the numerous drug, alcohol and sexual activities within the walls of their school. The environment is purely punitive and negative from my perspective as a parent. This school is entirely too large and poorly managed and has been since the day the doors opened to the new facilities. MANY tenured teachers abuse their position as a tenured teacher and the administration has little to no control over what they do, or treatment of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

I'm a parent of three children that attend Semmes Middle School. My oldest child attended Semmes Middle also. We have had incredible experiences while being apart of this school. I have found the administration and teachers to be outstanding and always helpful. If your student uses the recommended weekly planner you can view daily assignments as well as know when test are scheduled. It's a great communication tool. Another thing that makes this school stand out is that they encourage parent participation. Teachers + students + parents = success...it always works. Emma Mitchell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

hi ia a student at semmes middle and I think that the school is ok but needs to be more respectful about others religous belifes and they should be more about teaching other than uniforms because if they were as concerned about our education as much as they are uniforms we would all be genuses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2005

I am concerned about the quality of education for my child at Semmes. She is in the 7th grade and failing Math. After numerous letters and phone calls to the Asst. Principal, I still have not recieved any help from the Teacher. No progress reports are sent home. The Counselor sent me a report. I believe the Teachers need to be more involved with the students that require more help than the student who catch on easier. I have gotten a tutor for my child and the Teacher still refuses to send home work to help the tutor.
—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 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible84%
Special education39%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Poverty74%
Not poverty88%

Reading

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education63%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Poverty89%
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 Students52%
Female56%
Male49%
Black32%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White59%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Special education19%
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty44%
Not poverty77%

Reading

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education55%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty84%
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 Students75%
Female78%
Male73%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education28%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty72%
Not poverty82%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education41%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty83%
Not poverty89%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students78%
Female81%
Male76%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education46%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty74%
Not poverty90%
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 75% 58%
Black 21% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 71%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs Brenda S Shenesey
Fax number
  • (251) 221-2347

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
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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4566 Ed George Rd
Semmes, AL 36575
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