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James A. Shanks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 557 students

 

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Posted March 29, 2007

this school is unorganized and instead of focusing on real issue such as academics, they are focusing on the kids uniforms and making them miss important class time for not wearing belts and the right color clothing. the teachers are nonchalant when it comes to teaching the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

James A. Shanks Middle School is currently performing as a 'C' school. The school has improved over the past two years with academics, extra-curricular offerings, parental involvement and technology. The school has implemented school uniforms and everyone wears a uniform each day! James A. Shanks Middle School is a centralized school for Hispanic culture and offers on-line Spanish coursework. If you are seeking a learning environment where 'Every Child Can Succeed!', become a part of the Shanks Tiger Family.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted February 27, 2007

James A. Shanks Middle School is the home of the Gadsden District Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years (2005-2006 and 2006-2007)! Their teachers are great! Also, the school is the home of the Gadsden PTA Principal of the Year (2005-2006). Many achievements and recognitions have been made within the past two year. The school is highly involved in community service activities, also.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted December 19, 2006

We have so many issuses with students and teachers. I had to move my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

Me as a parent I say this is a mighty fine school and my child has excellent academic achievements. But personally I don't like this school wearin school uniforms. Lastly is wish that James A. Shanks could have more socils or activites, trips, spirit week and a whole bunch of other fun things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

James a shanks to me is a great school so far. my child is now improving to be a better student and she just now starting to share more information about her school and her friends. I can say my child has done a good job out there so far and I am so very proud of her. so I say,l James a shanks keep up the good work and stay in line because the children are our future and its up to us to determine rather we want to support theme in every way that is something we should all think about as parents and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

The academic success of your child at James A. Shanks is capable of a high caliber depending on much you as a parent wants his/her child to succeed. The staff is there for you and will do everything possible to assist you with your child' education. Remember, the teacher can not do it alone. With your help, Shanks Middle School is the best place for your child. The principal has provided the school with every opportunity to grow both academically and professionally. Extracurricular activities are at an all time high along with the freedom of choice of the arts, msic sports and extracurricular activities. Parental involvement is low. This is the one of the main reason for the school grade of D. If and when parental involvement increase, the school grade will increase.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 9, 2003

I was a student at Shanks and a member of the last graduating class from there. I had great academic resources and great teachers that taught me the I have the key to unlock the door to success. Thanks James A. Shanks High, you were the best school in Gadsden County.


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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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
24%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
79%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "C".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 80%
Hispanic 18%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%67%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MRS. JUANITA ELLIS
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  • (850) 875-8775

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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