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Pocahontas Junior High School

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Posted August 21, 2013

When teachers allow themselves and other students to make fun of the less fortunate then maybe the school needs to be overhauled. I'm very disappointed in this school, and will be making a public example out of them.


Posted December 21, 2011

Need better teachers. The principal is a joke, thank goodness he is retiring this year. There are not any programs for gifted children. Seems like more time and money are focused on sports. Also seems that they push for better test scores at the expense of a child that might actually need help in the subject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

From our experience,the teachers need to be more aware of a student having problems with a subject,offer extra help and above all notify the parent immediately,when all she is seeing is an F on their papers.Also the school seems to be more concerned with spending more money on the sports end of things rather than teaching.Bullies are an issue at the PJHS where are the adults that are suppose to control this problem ? There are kids there who don't want to fight but are forced into it,why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

I believe that too much money is spent on sports and more needs to be spent on educating our children. The odds are that maybe one or two will go to college on sports scholarship however, more will go on their educational abilities. The student teacher ratio is poor; teachers are unable to spend the extra time need with children that do not catch on to a particular concept. Students are not required to do science fair project nor can they do them individually and participate in local and state programs. Our children do suffer from attending a larger school; however, by being a larger school the children are exposed to more peers and other races.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

I beleive this school has a good disciplinary policy. the teachers are very kind. they have a good school system. the principal Mr. Buzby was very kind.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
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
White 95% 64%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Black 1% 21%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 59%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2405 North Park
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 892-4573

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