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Trailridge Middle School

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Posted February 5, 2014

Trailridge has teachers that are well educated and ready to teach. The school has struggles with students that have alot going on in their home life spiling into the classroom and often school time is taken to deal with crisis. My child has a different learning style that requires an IEP. The school is not very understanding of the diagnosis and I have had to routinely talk to teachers to ensure his accommodations are in place. The Principal leadership is new so I can not comment much on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

I can't wait for my child to be done with middle school. His reports of students swearing loudly in hallways and classrooms, the lack of discipline by some teachers, to the point where students can't even hear the announcements, the surly secretary, and lack of communication with parents are just the tip of the iceberg. I've been exposed to better middle schools and it makes me sad to know my son has to endure another year of mediocrity before he can leave this place behind. In all fairness, I will say we have been pleased with a few of his teachers and their efforts to get to know our son as a person, versus treating him as one more cow in the herd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I would not recommend sending a child to this school if you care for them just a little bit. The school is rundown and has poor use of funding. You could get a better education in the Favela. There would also be less use of contraband there as well. In most restrooms only one of the three stalls have working locks. They either don't work because of poor installation or [ most likely] because students have broken the locks. There are only windows in FOUR of the 250-some rooms. Also, the principal focuses mainly on punishment and not on encouragement. Going to 'Jailridge" has been the worst experience of my life. If you can send your children to Hocker Grove. The staff are much more caring and there are openable windows in every room.


Posted July 24, 2010

No real learning happens here. Trailridge is like a holding cell until the kids can get to high school. The kids are disrespecful and often very mean, although the comments about the teachers being "too strict" are way off. Teachers have to be strict to put up with kids like these. The curriculum is stultifying; it would make the smartest of us want to drop out. The principal is fine. I don't see what the beef is, there. I would suggest homeschooling your kids during the middle school years in Shawnee Mission, so that your kids' self esteem is left intact.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I believe that this school is very successful. Although the No Child Left Behind program may not recognize that. Our school is very smart, but with many foreign students and disabled children, it is harder to make the percentage go up 2% every year. Most students are very kind and smart. It also wins the science fairs for state every year. This school has many positive qualities but i do believe that the teachers are getting too strict.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

I do not like this school. The curriculum is too easy and I find myself not learning anything, bored all of the time. While the lessons are meaningless the homework load is tremendous. There are some good teachers, but they are overwhelmed with students not willing to learn and cannot focus on the kids who are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2006

I went to Trailridge for both 7th and 8th grade. The teachers were great.. but the main principal made up pointless rules and refused to be wrong in any situation. I would recommend for your child to go to Westridge rather than Trailridge any day.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 26, 2005

people call this school jailridge. now i know why. i went there in 8th grade and it was depressing like a jail. the classrooms had no windows and the principal was like a dictator. he had pointless policies and he suspended students for virtually no reason. other than that, the school was okay, but the day i 'graduated' from trailridge was a happy day indeed. i would only recommend this school in contrast to hocker grove.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 13, 2005

The school does not seem to have stable staff in Math dept. Also, Math Teachers have the students grade each other's homework which causes erroneous grading. Students are not taught the alternative ways of solutions to correctly grade each other's work. Teachers are too restrict which antagonizes the students. The emphasis seems to be on punishment rather than positive encouragement. The classrooms have no windows which is depressing to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2004

This school is all right, but they are way too strict on the kids. They need to let up a little on their pointless policies and let the kids be free.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 81% in 2012.

411 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

411 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

409 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

424 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

423 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
84%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

423 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

245 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
African American76%
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnic88%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander88%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities75%
Proficient in English82%

Reading

All Students87%
African American80%
Hispanic71%
Multi-ethnic88%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander71%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities66%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students84%
African American63%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnic82%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander65%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities59%
Proficient in English58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
African American49%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnic64%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander80%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities48%
Proficient in English58%

Reading

All Students86%
African American57%
Hispanic71%
Multi-ethnic86%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities60%
Proficient in English61%

U.S. History and Government

All Students82%
African American37%
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnic72%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander95%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities43%
Proficient in English55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 67%
Hispanic 16% 17%
Black 11% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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7500 Quivira Rd
Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
Phone: (913) 993-1000

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