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Spanish Fort Middle School

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Posted October 9, 2013

My child's school is a lovely environment with teachers who love their kids. Peter Allen is my student's favorite teacher because he truly loves to enlighten his students. Cafeteria food is wonderful, field trips are fun, but also deep and educational. Classroom settings are quiet and good learning environments. The only problems we've encountered at this school are several teachers who are not willing to improve students' grades or try different teaching methods for the benefit of my kid, a vicious social structure among students, and favoritism displayed by teachers. However, most teachers suppress favoritism and keep bullying and cliques in check. If you are concerned with your child's grades, the Information Now grading information website is often under construction, so it is difficult to see how one is doing in grades. Overall, though, this middle school is superior among public intermediate schools, being very new and clean, with an understandable floor plan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

This is a new school (a few yrs old), so they are still trying things out to make it the best school it can be! The principal is awesome!! He is not only just a principal but also a parent! His kids go to this school also. He is always looking to improve the school, and wants the kids to enjoy coming to school and learning. He is trying new programs this year because alot of kids who tried out for sports teams didn't make it, and wanted the kids to have other alternatives, and not feel left out of any clubs or programs! He is striving for better education! He just put alot of money he recieved from grants(?) that he put into a county wide program for the kids to get laptops because their books are outdated. And yes they do have special ed and gifted kids at this school and they are proud of the fact that they can offer education for those kids! These kids come from as far away as Foley to attend this school. This is the best middle school in our county for sure!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

I have had a lot of experience with Spanish Fort Middle School, and while some teachers foster love of learning, some don't have control over their class rooms. Administration seems to not be able to decide whether they're going to be tough on kids or let them run the place. "Rewards" for "good" kids are ill-done and are really havens for "bad" kids. Fighting is not always punished, at least not until too late. There are some challenges in the academic program, but the classes are a mix of special ed and gifted. Athletes occasionally get special treatment. Anyway, its an ok school, but not the best.


Posted October 28, 2010

This school just opened a few years ago. The principal seems to be making this school the best it can be, trying new ideas to make sure the children have a great learning experience and enjoy going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2012.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

264 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
97%
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 73% in 2012.

255 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
93%
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 79% in 2012.

274 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

273 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Black57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education61%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education61%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty96%
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%
Female73%
Male79%
Black35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education26%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty40%
Non-poverty81%

Reading

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Black65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education65%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty80%
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

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education35%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male87%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education45%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty79%
Non-poverty93%
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 76% in 2012.

255 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
89%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education78%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty96%
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 85% 58%
Black 8% 34%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 13%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr Craig A. Ross
Fax number
  • (251) 626-7201

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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33899 Jimmy Faulkner Dr
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
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Phone: (334) 242-9700

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