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Waters (Alfred G.) Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 869 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2012

This is our son's second year and I would rate it as EXCELLENT! The teachers really are dedicated and take a active interest. They have gone beyond the call of duty - as indicated in the school's test scores and raking. Just get engaged and I'm sure you will have the same experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2012

At this school, things aren't what it's all cracked up to be. Alot of students are really mean and once a week there's usually someone getting beat up. I myself was bullied a few times sadly. Needless to say alot of people get bullied here without staff knowing. The dress code is overly strict, and gum is all over signs and windows. Not really what I would call 'beautiful.' The computer labs are bland. And the bathrooms are always trashed from other students. It's disgusting. Some teams of teachers are completely awful. The teachers here are hit and miss. I had a team for one year and they got off topic and refused to help students who asked for help multiple times and then humiliated them in class; also quite judgmental and would jump to accusations of cheating and stupidity. It was ridiculous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2011

This is our first year at the school. My daughter's first experience in middle school (6th grade), 2nd week of school was bullied and threathened by another student that she was going to kill her. Not one person from the school notified my husband or I that this had taken place. No counselor, No interventionist, No teacher NOT even an INCIDENT report explaining what happened and what the school is going to do to ensure that the child who made the threat is being reprimanded. We are dissapointed in the way they are handling it, they need to revamp how they handle harrassment and bullying incidents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

There's nothing special about this school. Everyone thinks it's so amazing because it's new. It's just as good or bad as any other school in the Appo district. I do not necessarily prefer the teachers in this school, I feel they can be a lot friendlier and connect with students WAY better than they do now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This school is only a couple years old, and is absolutely gorgeous. My kids are so lucky to be going their. They have all state of the art equipment. Its awesome!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Both my grandaughters go there and they think the school rocks.. they are both doing wonderful and they have such good teachers...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is new and awesome!!! The pods are so organized and all the teachers are super nice!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Female87%
Male88%
African American73%
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status65%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Special ed43%
Regular ed92%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
African American82%
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Special ed57%
Regular ed94%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Other race92%
Low socioeconomic status76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Title In/a
Special ed21%
Regular ed90%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students79%
Female74%
Male83%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Special ed22%
Regular ed85%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%

Social Studies

All Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Other race92%
Low socioeconomic status66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title In/a
Special ed19%
Regular ed84%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female>=95%
Male84%
African American83%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Other race95%
Low socioeconomic status89%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Title In/a
Special ed39%
Regular ed93%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male95%
African American92%
Asian>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Other race>=95%
Low socioeconomic status>=95%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Title In/a
Special ed61%
Regular ed>=95%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English>=95%

Science

All Students79%
Female74%
Male83%
African American58%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Other race95%
Low socioeconomic status59%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Special ed50%
Regular ed81%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 2 73% 50%
Black 2 15% 32%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1 6% 3%
Hispanic 2 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 0%
Two or more races 2 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Poehlmann, Thomas

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1235 Cedar Lane Road
Middletown, DE 19709
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