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A. L. Mebane Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 355 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2013

Mebane is wonderful. With one child in the gifted classes, and another in regular curriculum, I always worry how the two will be treated. They are both very happy. They like their teachers, and they have met many new friends. Last year we had low numbers in PTO, but I see this increasing already. The two administrators and front office were very helpful when we came to Mebane. The teachers all responded to my emails at the beginning of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

Great teaching staff. The principal is a great one. Over all... Its a great school but couls still use some help on places. Not everything is perfect.


Posted September 16, 2009

There are a great number of nurturing teachers and faculty here. They also offer special programming in fields like scince and technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My son left Mebane Middle School after Spring Break and is now going to Oak View Middle School in Newberry. Slowly my son is recovering from Mebane's total chaos that took place in January 09. He is now getting straight B's which is an awesome improvement to last qtr. at Mebane. I thank God my son was able to transfer to a new school at such a late date. It saved his academic grades. Two other kids from Mebane also transferred that same day to Oak View. That speaks volumes to me about Mebane's poor administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

It was very disturbing to me about the change of classes in 'january' why then ? My daughter was doing just wonderful in her classes. She was getting a's in math with a wonderful caring math teacher, very attentive with their teaching and now my daughter is back to getting 'c's' in math. It seems like a few things are being put on the way side here and it is our children s education at stake. It seems like everyone is putting their tails between their legs and going through the motions and not really caring anymore. What happened here ? I know there are rules and regulations but cant people actually be themselves and really care about our students and their education ? I miss the days of chet saunders and dan mcvale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

My son has a very different view of the principal. He believes that the principal is very caring. She attends most of the students extra curricular activities. She speaks to all of the students as she passes them on the side walk. He likes her very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

The princepal at a.l.mebane middle school has no support for the kids and does not care about them , and does not want to help the kids out. Also, she does not want kids to have a little freedom when she has bad days . some kids and staff think that she does not want to be there because she has a very bad temper problem with kids at that school. If we were to have a good princepal then i think that our school would have a better standard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

Very unhappy with the school management. Please fire the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I am a teacher at Mebane Middle School and was disappointed to see such negative ratings and comments about our school. Teachers care very much and provide an excellent education for students. We have always been an 'A' or 'B' school. You want the best for your child? Mebane is the place for you! Come see for yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2008

I had heard terrible things about this school but having gone there myself I did not even hesitate to send my son there. After two semesters I pulled him out because a couple of his teachers just didn't seem to care about the kids at all so I home schooled him for a year. He just recently went back and it is back to the same old thing. I just spoke to one of his teachers about having a meeting about my son's learning disablities and she couldn't get me off the phone fast enough. She just kept saying OK, OK we will talk about it then. I wanted to ask her 'Are you even listening? Do you even care?' I am furious. I should have listened. I have talked to several parents and they all same the same thing- this school is terrible and the teachers just don't care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2006

The majority of the teachers have been very helpful. There have been several that I thought should not be in the teaching field. The admistrative staff has been willing to help us when we have issues to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

I have not been happy with any aspect of this school since transferring my child. I am still trying to figure out what they are actually teaching. I have heard numerous complaints that the kids are unruly and would not advise this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 52%
Black 34%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 162%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 20%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%44%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MANDA BESSNER
Fax number
  • (386) 462-9094

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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16401 Northwest 140th Street
Alachua, FL 32615
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