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Mirror Lake Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 657 students

 

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Posted March 27, 2014

This school is horrible. I also pulled my child out after only one year. It was a year that will damage her for life. She was bullied and nothing was done about it. The administration swept it all under the rug to hide it. Don't send your kids there if you have a choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

We are pulling our daughter out after 2 years. The teachers are not able to provide the guidance our child needs. They expect the kids to learn and fully be responsible on their own. But with 11-14 year olds that is just not possible. We do what we can at home by making sure she has completed what assignments are posted on zangle but by then it is already days late. The classroom sizes, also, are way too high in my opinion. How can a person properly teach 35-40 kids at once a make sure they all understand the concept before moving on? I have seen some kids excel at this school but those kids are self motivators. If your child is not self motivated, avoid this school. I want a teacher that will look at my daughter and say ' you did good but I know you can do better.' To me early teens still need guidance and motivation; they cannot be left to do it on their own. One thing we will miss is the band program; they make wonderful music and actually learn to read it. But more than likely band will not get my daughter into a good college and career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

I am from a military family and when I first went to Mirror Lake in 6th grade I was nervous, but the teachers and students were very helpful. Teachers and parents always want what is best for the students. Test scores are very high and there are gifted programs available. If you are new to the school, they have an orientation a week before school starts where they show you different parts of the school and it is always a great way to make friends. That's how I started, was through this Camp Coyote. The music and art department are highly recommended. Their advanced jazz band, concert band and orchestra compete in the Heritage Music Festivals outside of Alaska each year, bringing home gold and silver awards and even best music department beating out the high school competition. There are many after school programs; in short your child will LOVE MLMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2007

I went to this school for all 3 years and I loved it. I think its a great school. Its clean and its a good school to got to. Theres so much you can get involved in and the staff is great I never had an issue with them. I would go back if I could. I learned a lot the teachers are very involved and so are the counselors I had to go to the counselors a few times and I think there great. There weren't lots of fights maybe one every 4 months but no big deal.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 70% in 2011.

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
84%

2008

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

231 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

215 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
73%

2008

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2011.

218 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
88%

2008

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

216 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
83%

2008

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2011.

206 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
88%

2008

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

207 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
94%

2008

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
79%

2008

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 77% in 2011.

207 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
93%

2008

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial62%
Native American71%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant69%

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander42%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial69%
Native American57%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant69%

Writing

All Students76%
Female83%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander42%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial69%
Native American57%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant69%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female76%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander<=25%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial71%
Native American55%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant50%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander38%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial82%
Native American55%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students85%
Female91%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial71%
Native American55%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female85%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial84%
Native American50%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female95%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American60%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial68%
Native American60%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial84%
Native American>=80%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2010-2011 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 52%
Two or more races 8% 7%
Hispanic 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 23%
Asian 4% 6%
Black 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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