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Barker Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 450 students

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Posted August 14, 2013

Our 4th child is starting Barker this fall, and we couldn't be more excited. This school is an excellent education experience. Students are encouraged and supported to be and do the best they can. The STEM curriculum is rigorous and the implementation of a credit system has been long overdue. Keep up the awesome work Barker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

A great school with great staff and students! Appreciate the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and opportunities for gifted/talented students. Our daughter has had a wonderful experience here and we highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

We're off to a bumpy start in 6th grade. Kids are treated like little prisoners. Can't use the bathroom. Must carry library books in a ziplock bag or get a detention from the reading teacher. Not allowed to go to locker and retrieve items. Must carry morning stuff all morning and afternoon stuff all afternoon....this includes your gym clothes and cannot carry in a backpack. No one seems to care that these 11 year olds are new at changing classes and may be unorganized for a few weeks. We're not impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

I am a close relative of a student at Barker Middle School and there have been nothing but problems since the beginning. Classes are undersupervised, most teachers disinterested in educating, and during one recent incident where a fight broke out among some students, the teacher simply ran from the classroom instead of trying to restore order. Private school for us next year and good riddance to Barker Middle School.


Posted February 1, 2008

I would rate this school a10 because i think that it is a very good school because only thing the people is worried about is the kids saftey and their work and that is why!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2007

A great school, always showing improvement, has a welcoming and safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2006

I found Barker Middle School to be a great place for learning this year. It certainly faces the many challenges that other public schools have throughout the country, but I feel the staff and administration had a realistic aproach to meeting the varied needs of the students. I like the fact that students were continually made to feel worthwhile and valued. I applaud the efforts made by all staff. The 7th and 8th graders have gender pure classes and I think this helps the kids focus more on academics and less on socializing. Good job Barker!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 6, 2005

Barker Middle School is a prime example of the numerous problems in the Michigan City Area Schools. Many of the teachers do not pursue the goal of teaching the children with results of knowledge received. The Principal and Assisitant/Vice Principal need to be replaced. They are not in the building to ensure the safety and rights of all the children. They do not want parents in the building, nor do most of the teachers. They blame all problems on the parents but do not work openly and honestly with the parents. Once a child has made a wrong choice, then the adults in the school flex their power muscle and show the child and the parent who is in charge. The concern is not for the child. The concern is for the adults in the school and their rights.
—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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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78%

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76%

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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 72%
Black 24% 12%
Hispanic 7% 10%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A46%
Special education 15%N/A14%
English learners 2%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Mohamed Mroueh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (219) 873-3099

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Black and gold
School mascot
  • Charlie the Crusader
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319 Barker Rd
Michigan City, IN 46360
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Phone: (219) 873-2057

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