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Nichols-Lawson Middle School

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Posted November 26, 2013

This school is horrible. The teachers truly are not concerned with the students education at all. The grading system is completely wrong and the staff will not own up to any wrong doings. The math and reading scores are absolutely horrible. The teachers never respond to any emails and they never contact you about how your child is doing. This is not acceptable at all. Everything is being ran by a computer system that has many errors and the staff denies any wrong doing at this school. Homework is never checked at all and there is no one on one teaching. This school needs to really go back to the old method of teaching. THE STAFF IS COMPLETELY FAILING OUR CHILDREN AND THEY DONT CARE AT ALL. I have heard so many excuses from these teachers and I am starting to lose patients with our education system. More parents need to speak up on this matter. If you don't speak up then the staff continues to ROB our children of real education that is much needed. These new generations of teachers are truly failing our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

I really like NLMS! Teachers,principals,staff&other friends!! I also enjoy facs!! From:Jessie Poe Febuary 22, 2011- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Posted September 8, 2008

I love the school it has wonderful teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

Nichols Lawson is a wonderful school where the administrators, teachers, staff and parents focus on keeping students safe while offering them an above average education, life skills, and the importance of respecting self and others. I am proud to have a student at NLMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

This school is a fantastic school. It is a safe school. And everyone is very friendly. The teachers are wonderful. I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2007

This is the best school any child can go to the teachers are very helpful if your child is failing the teachers set up a plan to get your child on track, their clubs are just amazing it's fun and educational at the same time I come home with a smile on my face everyday. I am improving on my school work and yes I do see the improvement!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2006

This school is run absolutely terrible. The principal of the school is totally unaware of what goes on in the classrooms. There are also a lot of discipline problems at this school.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 30, 2006

This is a very troubled school as reflected by it's scores. Note that on a standard curve it would get an F in both Math and Reading, if you looked at the two schools that formed it. It has not even posted scores in these areas since it was formed, even though it has been formed for over 2 years. I am aware of one classroom fight in my son's class this year, homework is minimal. The principal does not demand technology to be used, it is not consistently used by teachers, and the homework website is often down. Critical issue because without constant e-mail and phone contact with teachers, you will not know your child has a problem til too late. If your child misses school, you are unlikely to be notified until the next day so don't expect them to help detect a child abduction or truancy.
—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 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
88%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education7%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students87%
Female93%
Male79%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education21%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty99%
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%
Female88%
Male82%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible89%
Special education27%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education27%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty97%
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 Students88%
Female85%
Male90%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education40%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education27%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty92%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
78%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male69%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Special education18%
General population71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Poverty57%
Non-poverty83%
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 62% 58%
Black 35% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
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 56%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr Gerald Dwayne Douglass
Fax number
  • (256) 245-4071

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1550 Talladega Hwy
Sylacauga, AL 35150
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