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W F Burns Middle School

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Posted November 10, 2013

I was a former student at this school, all three grades, from 2010-2013. This school has few good teachers, and all are very bias against students. Despite being the majority race, Caucasian students are very singled out against, and are treated worse than other race students. There is very little that is good about this school. One thing that is, is the music program. I myself was in the band, and students in the band have many opportunities within the group. Some of which are competitions against many statewide bands, playing for the football team on some occasions, and concerts. This school needs much work. New staff of well-trained teachers, and new principals and faculty. The academics need to be heightened, so students can learn what is needed for work life. A better disciplinary system would work greatly. Many students who want to learn, cannot do so because of troublesome students interrupting the teachers.


Posted February 1, 2011

WF Burns is very poor. It seems that the teachers have no relationship with the children and that they are there to just pass the time. My child feels like he is attending a military school. You have to walk a straight line in the halls and no talking. I think it's poor when the children can't even interact with each other. WF Burns answer to everything is In School Suspension, which denies the children of alot if they are ever placed in ISS. Children need to be able to be themselves and not be punished for what other children do or have done in the past. Poor Principal leadership - but good assistant Principal. WAY WAY WAY too much busy homework. I agree with teaching children to be creative but let them do these creative type busy projects AT SCHOOL! That's what the teachers are there for - to help and teach them with these things. Not to send home some guidelines for the parents to have to do when it's a project that teaches a child NOTHING!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

poor teachers, poor staff. kids do what they want. give them after school dedention they don't show up. nothing is done ..... the principal needs to tighten up or go
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

I am a current stuent at this school. I think it could use alot of help. There is barely anything for students to get involved in and they have to be popular to do it. I really hate this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2008

This is a great school! The teachers are excellent and are all highly-qualified and highly-motivated. My children came there from a local private school, Springwood, and had a lot of catching up to do. I wish they had gone to this school all along.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

The academic standards in this school is very poor. They do stuff in 7th grade that kids in private school do in the h or 5th. The teachers and staff are not interested in the kids at all. They do just enough to get them and the kids by. Plus they are always rearranging kids schedules and when the school messes up it is always said to be 'computer problems'. My advice either go private or move out of the area we sure are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2003

w.f. burns middle school is a good school for students.they are getting students ready for the test of the future.they also get them ready for high school and college.


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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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

227 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
84%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

231 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students67%
Female62%
Male72%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White76%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Special education20%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Poverty59%
Non-poverty84%

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible80%
Special education44%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty84%
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 Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black56%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White66%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligible76%
Special education6%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Poverty54%
Non-poverty77%

Reading

All Students78%
Female86%
Male72%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible76%
Special education17%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty72%
Non-poverty91%
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 Students63%
Female69%
Male57%
Black57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White67%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Special education21%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Poverty59%
Non-poverty69%

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male65%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White74%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Special education37%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Poverty66%
Non-poverty80%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
58%
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 Students63%
Female64%
Male61%
Black51%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Special education22%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Poverty54%
Non-poverty78%
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 60% 58%
Black 38% 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 62%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Priscella Pears Holley
Fax number
  • (334) 756-7511

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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292 Johnson St
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