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Watson Chapel Jr. High School

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Posted August 1, 2013

my daughter will be going to the 8th grade at watson chapel junior high, she came from a private school before she came to the school and we found out she was getting behind at the private school, we are so happy to have her at this school, she is in the top twenty of her class and we love the principal of the school, i think this is the best school in the state, the principal and all the staff seems to care about the students and they really listen to the parents!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

As for parent involvement...... parents are highly encouraged to be involved. Every year, at p/t converences, we ask for parent involvement and volunteers: Please join our PTO. We get about 4 volunteers. This is terrible! I find it hard to believe that any of those parents complaining have even tried to get involved. If you really want to, PLEASE contact our school office. We can get you involved immediately!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 20, 2010

iThink The Uniforn Policy Sucks! What you Wear Has Nothing To Do With Learning! The Rules Are A Little To Strict.Some Of The Teachers Dont Actually Teach You Anything, They Just Give You points On What You Completed, Not Checking For Correct Answers Or Bothering To help! But For The Most Part, Thw School iS Pretty Good1
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2009

I think the uniform is a bad idea the children walk around following different rules.They should have some freedom.Back then when I was in school we did not wear uniform you wore what you had and thats what you wore.I think for higher test scores teachers should spend more time teaching and explaining the lesson instead of stacks of work to do to keep them working while they sit around at their desk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

I think the uniform policy is a good idea. But, I think they should ease up a little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

My children started in this school district four years ago. We have only encountered problems with the dress code as of this year. The school has a great academic program but with so much focus on the dress code I do not believe that they are getting as good of an education as they received in the passed school years. Is not learning what school is all about? I think that once teachers and principals figure out where the priorities are the school will be much improved and student morale will increase.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

As a former graduate of Watson Chapel and now a parent of a WC student, I believe that the school is doing an excellent job in providing our children with a quality education. About 95% of the time, the parents that are complaining are not involved at Watson Chapel in a positive way. Have they volunteered to help at school, are they members of the PTA Organization, Are they involved with the activities outside of academic: like sporting events, plays put on by the drama department... these are just a few things... If they were involved, they would notice that there are reasons that rules are being reinforced. There are dress code rules for almost every job in America! It seems to me and the majority of the decent people at Chapel, that the majority of the 'complainers' at Chapel are those people that need to get a grip on reality!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

I graduated from Watson Chapel and wore uniforms. The rules weren't as strict then...but they should have been. Wearing uniforms didn't restrict my ability to do my work, concentrate in class, or fit in with my classmates. If anything, it helped. I am an employee at WC and can honestly tell you that this year has been a dream compared to the past three that I've been here. After the first week, the uniform battles have been down to almost nothing. The students seem to be more relaxed with each other and we can clearly distinguish High School from Junior High students. The teachers work extremely hard for YOUR students and don't deserve the backlashing they are receiving from parents who won't work with us. We strongly encourage parents to come talk with us. Let's work together so that your children can have an even BETTER experience at our school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 27, 2006

I'm a teacher in the district who sees what is going on everyday. The same kids get into trouble over and over again.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2006

This school is a joke. On the first day of school this year there were students sent home due to dress code violations. We're talking about things like too many buttons on a polo style shirt, and having pockets on pants where the seam is visible on the outside. If the administrators would worry more about education, and less about seams or fabric, they might get some teaching done. How can you claim a dress code is good for education when you send 300 kids home the first week of school. You're better off sending your kids to Pine Bluff for education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

I believe that this school could be a great school if the principal and staff would stay focused on education and not dress codes and sending students home every day. Parent involvement is really not welcomed at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2006

All school have their problems, there are drugs, gangs and bad behavior at almost every school. This school has a terrific curriculim that will challenge the students. If kids try as hard on education as they did on trying to fit in, then there would be no problem. Anyone whos kid has a problem at this school, probally, has something to do with the trouble. The principal is a great man who does not play, and does give respect to the sutdents who deserve it. He also is a great disicplinarian and a great man to talk to if your child has any problems. He has two assistants that are also helpful in almost anyway. This school does have a strict dress code, do to the falure to follow procedures by some students. The point is this is a great school, and you and your child would love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Firts of all, this school is one of the best that Pine Bluff has to offer, besides White Hall. It is true this school does focus on dress code violations and they do focus on disicipline. The Principal is a great man. He is very nice and he does what he is suppose to do. All of his assitants are also great. The principals are all working together to better education. They are working on stopping the gang violence and the drug issue. Anyway if, you want your child in this school, go ahead you won't go wrong with putting them in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2006

When i graduated from Watson Chapel in 1987 this school was great. Now this school is awful due to the fact that the parents have no say so in the decisions of the education of the children. This scool only focuses on the dress code and not education.The only time parents here from the school is when our children get in trouble. And usually just for dress code violations. Then the acting principal talks to parents like there children. He demands respect but doesn't want to give it. He demands that the students say yes sir. I dont believe that he earns that respect. My children also come home talking about drugs and gang related issues. My step son came home concerend because he was asked to join a gang. He is also being asked to do drugs with other students. Shouldn't we focus more on these issues instead of worring if theres a tag on there pants or brads.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

(Actually, I'm a student) but this is the best school I've ever been to (that's out of about 5.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2004

if this school concentrated as much on reading and math as it does on what the kids wear ( do they have a belt on , do they have a tag on their pants , etc. ) they may learn something. kids need to learn , but at the same time , they are still kids. they are like in prep school for the prison. my son has always made good grades and has always liked school , but chapel is ruining that for him. most of the staff here needs to remember , that to be respected , you have to give respect ! I hear alot about not enough parent envolvement , but I feel that the school staff doesnt want you involved. the only time they want to see us parents is when our kids get into trouble, then the teacher and principal are always right.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 77% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 77% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 72% 21%
White 26% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3900 Camden Rd
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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