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W F Burns Middle School

Public | 6-9 | 698 students

 

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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 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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students68%
Female78%
Male60%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White71%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Special education4%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Poverty63%
Not poverty75%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education25%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Poverty79%
Not poverty89%
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 Students61%
Female64%
Male59%
Black55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White64%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible33%
Special education8%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%
Poverty52%
Not poverty74%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Special education40%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty82%
Not poverty94%
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 Students82%
Female82%
Male83%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education67%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty77%
Not poverty91%

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Special education53%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty75%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students58%
Female55%
Male60%
Black52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White60%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Special education16%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Poverty53%
Not poverty66%
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 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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