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Katherine H Hankins Middle School

Public | 6-9 | 969 students

 

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Posted May 7, 2013

poor parent/teacher communication, and very unfair teachers who are not educated enough in adhd children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

This school is probably one of the worst, there are so many reasons why and no room here to list them. I have one child currently attending and one child that attended about 10 years ago. The best thing the Mobile county school board can do for the children who have to attend this place is either commence to handing out pink slips starting at the top or just shut the doors all together. My children still managed to excell in school in spite of Hankins Middle School but trust me it is only because of who they are as young people not because of anything Hankins has done. If you can manage to send your child somewhere else then you really should. And a word of advice for the school board, you may want to give some serious consideration to hiring a ex Marine or military commander of some type to run Hankins, the school is in desperate need of real leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

My children have attended HMS and I have been very happy. They are learning and are having fun at the same time. The 25 book program is great. My children are talking about books!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2009

I happen to go to hankins and i cheer at this school i have to say i love to go to school and some of the teachers do pick students to do things for them (the same ones) and thats fine . if you hang out with the right people you want be in the wrong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

I am currently a student at Hankins Middle School. I think that the administration cares to much about what you wear and the way you dress than the way you learn and succeed in school. They care too much about what going on outside of the classrooms and not what's going on in the classrooms. They are having teachers pulled out of the class rooms just to go to some Making Middle Schools Work Meetings. I mean if they actually want the middle schools work then they should stop taking teachers out of class just to go to some meeting, while they could be teaching their students. And when they do go to those meeting they're not teaching the students. Therefore the students aren't learning anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2006

If you really care about your childs education and discipline you would not want to pick hankins middle school for your children to attend in neither grades 6,7, or 8 why because the way they handle their discipline rulesare not sometimes very fair and there not handle to perfection they spend to much time worrying about uniforms and little these in the code of conduct like earrings(girls and boys)and other little minor thingsand not teaching the very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

Teachers at Hankins pick favorites. The others are just there, not much attention paid to them. Teachers receive and make personal phone calls on their personal cell phone during class. Dress code states boys can have 1 earring, but some teachers make them remove them in their class or cover them up. Though they'll not do this to the girls and allow them 4 ear piercings. Double standard! If you can afford private school, GO FOR IT! They also do not respond to any e-mails sent to their personal email addresses on schoolinsites.com so don't bother. Not even the cafeteria workers will respond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

I am currently attending Hankins Middle School finishng up my eighth grade year. I found my experience very positive and intresting and am glad this was this was the school of my choice. The faculty and staff work extremely hard to provide each student with a good education. Although alot of students take advantage of the nicer administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2005

I am a former student of Hankins and personally I didn't have a positve experience there. It has been about 5 years since I was a student and if the same faculty is still there, then I'm sure there hasn't been any improvement. Students who need an affluent amount of help, don't recieve it. I had many trouble in Algebra as a young student, that carried on into high school because of a lack of consistancy in the teachers. Many teachers that I had made me feel like I didn't have a brain when I asked a question. Here is a little clue: It's not the straight A students that need all the help, it's those that struggle. Please, have faith in those kids, they can succeed if you just give them the time.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 9, 2005

This is one of the worst schools in the system. There is no communication between parents, teachers and administrators. The School Board is not any better. Your sent from person to person and you never get a straight answer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

This school needs to be reevaluated by the Board of Education. I tried to contact the teachers as well as the office staff concerning my child and the problems she was having. No one listened until it was too late. This school does not function on a normal basis and how can students learn when the teachers embarrass them when they ask questions in class instead of trying to help them. I don't recommend anyone sending their child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

I have both a 7th and 6th grade student at this school and have been very impressed with the administration and the quality of teachers my children have came in contact with. They are sincerely interested in the well being of my children. The school offers many extra-curricular activities that stress the postive aspects of school and motivate the kids to make good grades and stay out of trouble. As I am sure in all schools, there are a few teachers in the 8th grade that are tenured and have lost their zeal to teach and should probably be replaced but it is only a few and the other teachers make up for their lack of motivation. I have been very impressed with Ms. Wittners involvement in the children and in the extra-curricular activities. She supports the children teachers and parents in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2003

As a former assistant principal at Hankins M/S(once known as Theodore Middle School), I want to confirm the positive learning environment provided by the teachers and administration. Mrs.Wittner, is very, very qualified to be the educational leader of Hankins. Her hours are not limited to 7:30am until 2:30pm. She works until 8 and 9pm, as well as the weekends. Mrs. Wittner is fair and consistent with all students. Whether a student is considered good or bad, this principal follows Board Policy. The faculty and administration of Hankins Middle School is an asset to the Theodore community.


Posted September 9, 2003

Before you send your child to this school, consider private or another public school first. The principals are impossible to get in touch with. There is no teacher/parent communication. The only good thing I have to say about Hankins is the office workers are very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2003

Hankins Middle School is a very fun and exciting school. It may sound like a party place but it also has its working time! Hankins is a wonderful school in the athletic department and learning. I love this school. All of my friends go there and my teachers are nice( when the students are good). I am a cheerleader and I have fun at the games and pep rallys. I am going to eighth grade! I would highly recomend this school to anyone!


Posted June 16, 2003

Hankins offers a great educational opportunity for any child. Of course, the child's success is also dependent on what he wants to do with this opportunity. Hankins provides a safe environment where the teachers seem eager to teach. The teachers are very involved in school spirit and activities. The band, athletic department and cheerleaders are second to none. I highly recommend this school to anyone considering the public school system.


Posted April 23, 2003

This school needs a major restructure of the administration. Failure on their part to do their job in disciplining the students in a proper way as really gave the school a bad name. Specifically, punishing the bad kids appropriatly and not making an example of the good ones. If a bad one messes up they get a slap on the hand but if the good ones mess up they get suspended. There is a problem here that really needs addressing. They need a whole new administration staff; Principal and assistant principals!


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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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students74%
Female69%
Male79%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty72%
Not poverty89%

Reading

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education48%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty86%
Not poverty97%
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 Students47%
Female45%
Male50%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White52%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Special education15%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty43%
Not poverty63%

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education45%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty87%
Not poverty92%
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%
Female82%
Male69%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education32%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty72%
Not poverty84%

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male73%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education32%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty77%
Not poverty87%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students80%
Female77%
Male83%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White85%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education63%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Poverty78%
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 65% 58%
Black 28% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 79%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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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 Cheryl L Wittner
Fax number
  • (251) 221-2204

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
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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5750 Katherine Hankins Dr
Theodore, AL 36582
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