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Clay-Chalkville Middle School

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Posted May 30, 2014

Re: 2010-2013 (6th - 8th grades) The grades for my Honor Roll child went South upon 6th grade and lasted through 8th grade, at Clay Chaklville Middle school. School issues such a bullying & more. This student was asked to be double promoted at Elementary School. Prior to entering this school, Awards were coming in constantly. It all stopped here. We made this child go on to Clay Chalkville High for Freshman (9th grade) year. This child is now going to Summer School this summer (2014). We are looking at other school options for this child. 4 years of misery is enough. Note that many of the comments here are old. I wanted to give some current comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

My daughter will be going into the 8th grade this year and has really enjoyed going to this school. Just like every other school, there are good and bad points, but overall I'd rate this school an 8 out of 10. The choir teacher is exceptional, the office staff has been very helpful and the counselors are awesome too. The campus is clean and the school offers many activities for the kids. Oh, the golf teachers are great as well. I wish there was an after school program or something set up for kids to attend after school each day until parents can get off work. Also, the buses seem to crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

This school is horrible.We moved here last year believing we were going into a good school for our child. This has to be the most ghetto school I've ever seen. Drugs, sex, and bullying are all that goes on here. If you move here pplan on sending your child to a private school if you want them to get a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Communication is nonexistent. It's rare to find faculty that shows involvement or caring. I've had three children go through this school and the first I pulled out to homeschool due to her health being risked, and the two currently there I am seriously considering pulling out to homeschool as well. Your children shouldn't dread going to school every day. Mine do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2010

This school has ALOT of work to do.This is my son's first year at the school and I am THOROUGHLY NOT IMPRESSED. Be prepared to spend ALOT of time watching certain teachers and making sure that they are doing their jobs and not singling out your child ( or children). Case and Point: A particular teacher seemed very happy to tell me that my son had a F in her class. After forwarding her emails to the principal I found out that he had an F because she had not given him the makeup work that I requested while he was out due to an illness (with a physician's excuse). After he made up the work (in less than one day) his grade improved significantly to a 78. Interestingly enough the same teacher had the class read A Christmas Carol all week long during class time. My son has read that book 4 times already before he ever came to Clay. My son is also gifted in that particular subject area. He arrived at Clay having tested in the Collegiate level for that subject area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

My daughter attends CCMS. I was concerned that she would have problems going from elementary to middle school, but she truly loves this school. The teachers have helped her with her own individual issues and even though we have had some absences due to illness, she has been given the appropriate time to make up her work. The teachers and counselors have been open to my communication and have called or e-mailed me back in a timely manner. Is it perfect? No. All schools have problems, but it is certainly a good school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

If your children are whom who might want to express themselves by changing hair style, clothing, or etc. i recomend not sending your children to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2009

dis school if fun and it have alot of sport it is kinda of like a acdemic school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

I am a student to and we don't get in fights on a regular basis that is the first lie. Next when we back-talk to a teacher we are the ones getting in trouble for doing that, not the teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2009

I, as a student, am somewhat very dissapointed in this school. It does not have that good of dicipline and there for, problems and violence spread among this school fast. Students fight on a regular daily basis and the students are disrespectful to the teachers and dont get punished most of the times for back talking. There is alot more, but i dont have the time to mention all of the problems......I want to go to a different school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

We moved to this area recently. My two kids have been excellent students since they started attending grade school. I am sad to see the discipline problems, dress code, and attitude of the staff in this school. Some teachers are very friendly and care about teaching, but others don't. The principal does not think is important to talk to you if you make an appointment to meet with her. She will bounce you to one of the vice-principals. We bought our house in this area because we thought this was a good school, but it is not. The school is over crowed, and the teachers overwhelmed with students. I wish I can take my taxes and pay for a private school for them to go, but I am stuck with this at least until we move. There are not fair too every student. They do not enforce their dress code equally
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

To the Jan. 11 student comment. First, all grades are divided into 'teams' and the education quality DOES differ from team to team no matter what the staff says. And as far as ton's of organizations, if your in some choices (like band) you're not allowed to take art, or even computer classes. Your choices are SEVERELY limited. I am a true cougar. I work for and with many of these student and some of the staff (those who let you in) organizations in school, at games, etc. very closely and my response to the student is please don't judge your peers until you've walked a mile in their shoes. It's easy to judge when you've never faced indignity or racisism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

principal of this school is the best out of all the schools.Most careing and thoughtful, and wants us to suceed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2008

this is a great school if you have a child with any type of special learning problem i also like all the teachers and they also have a great athletics program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

I go to CCMS(go cougars) and am in the 7th grade.Personally I love the teachers and am very sad I'm moving due to my dad's job.We have awesome pep-rallys and everyone loves Charlie the cougar(our mascot)as far as our principles go our head principle Mrs.Williams is awesome she's lenient but can also be very strict when needed,then theres Mr.Gary he is the one that keeps us all in line but all the kids love and respect him.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2007

I have been very pleased overall with CCMS. My son has excelled in all of his classes including Algebra I and RLC Social Studies. Most of the teachers have taught him well. I think Mrs. Williams has done a great job and seems to really love the children. My son has had no problems and will be going on to high school next year. The band program is fantastic since Dr. Walker has taken over. He and Mr. Williams have done a splendid job this year. I have been to the school several times for activities such as: the band trip, Jr. National Honor Society, Spelling Bee, Math Tournaments, and Scholars Bowl. Keep your children active and they have less time to get into trouble! Go Cougars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2006

From the perspective of a parent of a child with special needs - this school is not the greatest, but not the worst. We have had to fight to get my son what was necessary for my son to have his free and appropriate public education. While this is nothing new to us in any district, I still feel like a school should be more open to doing what is obviously right for the child. I also have to beat them over the head to insure they will do what we've all agreed is necessary. Again, nothing new, but when we moved here I had hoped for better. The county over all is better to deal with than where we last lived. I hope Clay does not try to do its own school system. They will severely lack the resources that Jeff Co. has to help our kids who need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

I moved to this area because I thought the school here was very good. To my suprise I will probably have to send my 2 children to private schools. The front of the school was built without something for the children to stand under when they are being picked up at the end of the day and if it is raining they stand in the rain. This was brought to the attention of the principal that was quoted saying that building a cover for them would detract from the beauty of the school. I guess that tells you in full what they think of the students welfare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

My son has went to this school 2 years and this will be his last year there. He has had nothing but good to say about this school. I really feel like if a kid applies themselves it makes a difference. I venture to say that if a child is unhappy there, its because they are not behaving or doing what they are suppose to. I can't imagine a child being mistreated if they are obeying the rules. I think that goes for life in general. If adults do wrong at work, etc. they get in trouble whether it be fired or jail, etc. Maybe parents should step back and look at their own behavior and be a better role model for their child which would in turn cause their child to behave instead of teaching them to buck the system. I give Clay-Chalkville an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

As an African American parent, I believe my son has the right to attend any school that will make him learn better. I feel real good about sending my son to this school because I know that he is safe and he will learn. However, I believe there is room for improvement among the teachers and students. We need better communication among the different races of students and make everyone feel comfortable. In the sports tryout, there should be a better selection process in basketball. My son tried out two times and did not make the team. I overheard other people say my son is an excellent ball player. I know he is because he plays the game well in AAU. Everyone need to put their prejudice aside and live right!
—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

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students73%
Female76%
Male71%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education31%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Poverty66%
Not poverty83%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education47%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty80%
Not poverty93%
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 Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
Black49%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Special education27%
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Poverty47%
Not poverty79%

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education61%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty88%
Not poverty99%
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 Students74%
Female75%
Male72%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education24%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Poverty65%
Not poverty85%

Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligible90%
Special education37%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Poverty71%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education45%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Poverty79%
Not poverty94%
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
Black 55% 34%
White 39% 58%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 56%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Maurice G Williams
Fax number
  • (205) 379-3145

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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