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James T Alton Middle School

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Posted July 24, 2012

It is big.and very decent.the school has high education and is very fun. If your choices of middle school has jta in it, scratch them out except jta.jta is the best school evvvvvvvvveeeeeerrrrrrrrr!!


Posted March 24, 2010

I have taught at JTA for 5 years and have friends who teach in the states of Kentucky, California, and Indiana. JTA has an amazing staff of teachers who collaborate with each other and the community, to make sure that each child is successful in their education. When talking to my friends at other schools and states, we are leaps and bounds above them. Not only in test scores, but the way we communicate with parents and the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 4, 2009

I think the teachers at JTA are great. I read someone's review about the teachers wanting to have the parents teach and that A students teach themselves and I disagree. The quality of the teacher and the involvement of the parent are both crucial in a childs development. pitting one against another is counterproductive and the student is the one who is hurt. I have set in several classes (any parent can) and the teachers are great, some of the kids however choose not to conform or just don't pay attention. That is where strong parenting is needed with consequences at home to look forward to for failure at school perhaps they will be more attentive. The teachers communicate great with monthly newsletters and periodic cards or letters to our home. Thumbs up to JTA<
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

I am currently an eighth grader here at JTA and I don't want it to end; JTA has been my favorite school out of five different schools I've been to: JC Burckhead Parkway Elemantry New Highland Lincoln Trail Elementry and Woodland Elemantry; I am 14 and don't want togrow up or leave my fave school! JTA Rox!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2009

J.T.A is the best! They have wonderful teachers who teach the children all they need to know! James T. Alton Middle School rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2009

James t. alton is a great school! my child goes there and is a very great student because of the things she learns there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

J.T.A is amazing! Everything is for the kids and they make sure every student has what they need to succeed!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

I go to jta and let me tell you that everything there is to help us in every way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2005

I am a student currently at James T Alton. The teachers and staff here are the best you can get in Hardin County. They work hard to make sure the students are excelling in the areas that are needed. I recomend this school for anyone that is interested. Keep it up JTA!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I have had two children attend this school. This is the best middle school in northern Hardin Co. My oldest child was a discipline problem. The school and I worked hard to get her the best program for her and her fellow students. This school has the best counselors and faculty. Teachers contact you on regular basis to let you know how your child is doing. My middle child s a seventh grader and is considered an 'average' student and the same comments can be made for her as well. Teachers and counselors work hard to make these students the successes they are. Test scores prove this. Good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2003

Need more teacher involvement-don't rely on the parents to do the teaching. Teachers need to take more responsibility and ownership of their classroom and students. Failing students are the challenges that make good teachers and not 'A' students. 'A' students teach themselves.


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.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
20%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
39%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students43%
Female49%
Male36%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female36%
Male36%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial30%
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female50%
Male46%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students34%
Female44%
Male24%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female35%
Male42%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female50%
Male52%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female62%
Male50%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male51%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female66%
Male61%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students38%
Female54%
Male25%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 81%
Black 18% 11%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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