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Smiths Station Intermediate School

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Posted April 20, 2011

This school is dangerous for our children and sets them up for drastic failure in future schools. There is so little internal communication; on more than one occasion my son was LOST for over an hour while going to a specialty class (he was hanging out in the library). If you child visits multiple teachers, they don t speak to each other. It s this lack of internal communication that allowed my son to be lost and no one even be alerted. In all fairness, I have run into a couple teachers that seem to really get it but they aren t the primary teacher and again, lack of communication puts my child risk. Educationally, there is little to no structure in the curriculum and even worse communication with parents. I never know what he s working on, never see homework, and can t get answers from the primary teacher. My child's report card states he is doing great, yet his test scores and independent assessments show him way below grade level. I m not one to write poor reviews, in fact I ve written great reviews about a previous school but I feel compelled to share. I wish I had known what we were facing before moving to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2011

To the person that posted right before me.... the kids read books all the time. Not only do they read books but they have to get a certain amount of AR points every grading period. I"m not really sure where you got your information but that part is very wrong. I have one child at this school and another that has already gone through this school. The teachers are all great. My son's teacher now...(5th grade) is WONDERFUL!!! I've been very pleased with the school in general. All schools have problems and this school is no different but nothing major... that I've seen. If you compare this school to other in the area it really is better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

This school IS a MAJOR disappointment. My child and several others that I have been in contact with have talked about their counselor, teachers, substitutes, and coaches using foul language towards them. The fact that the counselor is the principals teacher helps her out. Also, recently found out that instead of reading books they are handed a tape or cd and told to listen to the book. WHAT KIND OF CURRICULUM IS THIS!! So now we are going to let children that can not read slip through the cracks. Is this what the "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT" is all about? We won't leave them behind so we will find a way not to teach them. This place is a disgrace to education and the furture of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

We are also a military family and my daughter has been at this school for 4-6th grade. She has done very well the three years she has attended this school. They teachers we have had knew how to motivate her in a positive way so that she learned to take pride in what she does and do it well. I do think the homework load is a bit heavy but, she is well prepared for middle school. I also would like to see an art program here. Like to other military family that wrote I do think this school is on par with DOD schools. Overall the teachers and staff at this school in my opinion, put students and families first and care about each individual. Concerns that I had were addressed and I felt as if my opinion did matter by teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

the teachers, staff and the kids are great. i had no worries while my children went there...they had a great education and the teachers were caring and loving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

I have one child at this school and couldn't agree more with the parent that stated ' I don't think these children are learning the basics to get them on to the next level of education.' My child has special needs and I have fought with the school for two years to get my child tested for an IEP or a 504. We finally resorted to moving her to another school district to get the assistance my child so badly needed. The teachers in the school in fact just let them get by instead of teaching them as I tried for over a year to get tutoring, testing and then finally for them to hold her back and was told she would have to fail to do this grades of D were not good enough to hold her back. Special needs parents should think before choosing this school. -Very Disappointed-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

My child has had a wonderful experience at Smiths Intermediate. The level of education has been great as well as the teachers. They all seem to have the upmost concern for their students and their education. We have been here for 2 years and look forward to one more. My child's test scores have contintued to improve. I believe this is the result of the attention he is given by the educators. I also want to congratulate the new principal for the things he has been able to accomplish in a short period of time. I have nothing negative to report concerning this school. I just want to give credit where it is due. I know eduactors do not receive enough praise. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

I have one child at this school now. I don't think these children are learning the basics to get them on to the next level of education. The teachers in the school tend to just let them get by instead of teaching them. I have spent many hours at home with my child trying to actully explain things that a teahcer should be doing. I really believe we have opened the doors to let anyone teach instead of taking the best of the best. Teachers are fundemental to our children's future. I wish they could see this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

I have 1 child at SSIS. The 2004-2005 yr was a complete waste for her! The school lacks orgainzation & communication and it starts at the top. Thank goodness next yr we'll have a new principal. I have many, many examples but choose not to express my views at this time. I believe that next yr. will be different. If it is not, I will return to post a full account. Our experience at the elementary & primary schools was wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

I've been quite disappointed in the intermediate school. I couldn't have been more pleased with my child's experience at the primary and the elementary schools, but have had little to be happy about at the intermediate. I believe that the pods promote cliques among the teachers which promotes cliques among the children. My child makes average grades and I'm ok with that. I'm NOT ok with the fact that her physical problems are dismissed and often used against her. I don't like how the the teachers send letters home accusing the parents of being the primary problem with learning. I, too, am a teacher and I take responsibility for the kids I teach. I think it would be fair to expect the teachers at SSIS to do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

I have one child attending and have put three others through this school. I've never had a complaint. The only thing that I think could use some change is the extra-curricular clubs. I think the process for choosing members should be a little different and the way in which some of them are run could improve. For instance , those on the newspaper staff are told to 'write an article. The good ones will be published.' A little guidance would be nice such as some suggestions about a topic to write about or wht type of article to write. I don't feel those students are learning very much about newspaper operations and/or journalism. I admire the advisor for volunteering but I feel a volunteer should give 100%.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2004

I have two children at SSIS and I wish there could be a little bit more one-on-one time with individual kids. These teachers see my kids as much as I do during the week! This is their chosen profession so you would think they would have to actually like children and taching. I don't get that feeling alot of times. Maybe the teachers are bogged down in paperwork, or some kind of administrative politics, I don't know. All I know is when I go to the school I definitely don't get an overall friendly caring feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2004

SSIS needs to give 'Most', not all, of it's teachers a class on compation. How do you expect children to give respect if they can't get it. My child has had at least two teachers each year that could use this. I don't buy the overcrowded excuses. Bottom line, when we took God out of the schools, we failed with our childrens futures. We got desperate for teachers! These are the people who are with our children 8 hours aday. God help us.
—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 85% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
87%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
85%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
91%
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

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male79%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education47%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty80%

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male87%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education53%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty86%
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

Math

All Students76%
Female84%
Male69%
Black59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education29%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty81%

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty90%
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

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education100%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education92%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty100%
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

Math

All Students86%
Female89%
Male81%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty98%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students93%
Female89%
Male96%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education83%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty97%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 70% 58%
Black 23% 34%
Hispanic 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 50%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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80 Lee Rd 926
Smiths Station, AL 36877
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