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Abita Springs Middle School

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Posted April 23, 2013

My child had a terrible experience at this school from 4-6 grade. There is some amazing staff members. Several staff members including the principal are very incompetent, unprofessional and should not be employed working with children in the education profession.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

This is a wonderful school. The teachers and administrators do a wonderful job with the students. They are caring and loving yet prepare the kids for the junior high. Love the small school atmosphere and would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Because the teachers are very motivated and caring and could use the money to implement Mind-Body Skills (which I teach) into their curriculum or afterschool program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

ASMS is not a good school at all. The teachers can't control the kids. They only teach what is expected to be on the leap test. The principal is never available and she doesn't return phone calls. The staff at the school are bad examples for the kids. Teachers yell alot and it's alot of negativity. Everyone is out of control at this school. It's really sad because Abita Springs is a beautiful town. The Elementary school is the total opposite. It's awesome. Everyone seems nice and happy to teach our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

AMS is a great place for your child to be. Small class sizes, excellent parent-involvement, caring teachers, and challenging curriculum all attribute to preparing your child for junior high. Abita Springs is such a quaint and charming town that places great emphasis on backyard bbq's, town events such as garage sales and farmers markets, and high family values. These values are also found in the school located in the town center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

It wasn't until we moved did I notice what a awful school my children were in. Some of the teachers were good , but most did not know how to teach or control a class. The principal they had at that time was the worst I have ever seen. Thank goodness my children are not there any longer. Now that we are in another state and another school system my kids have done a 360. We now have quality teaching and parent involvement. The way it should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Abita Middle is a wonderful school. I have a daughter who will be starting her last year at AMS this fall and a son who will begin his middle school journey the following year. AMS has done a fine job in preparing my daughter for junior high. I highly recommend this school for anyone moving into the area. Abita schools are smaller, more quaint, and have that small town 'charm'. Abita is a historic and charming town and is a great place to raise a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

Abita Middle is a small charming school. The teachers are extremly caring and compationate. The school offers a wide variety of activities for children to participate in. The school features an onsight kiln where students get the opportunity to create pottery. Talented and Gifted classes are offered. The school has activity day which allows the students to participate in a wide variety of clubs from Sports Club to Dancing and Cheerleading. Parental involvment is evident. Children receive state of the art technology training. Each class houses 5+ computers in addition to a 32 desktop computer lab. I highly recommed this school.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 28, 2005

This i a GREAT school its just fun to be in . Thers not really that much to say its just great to be here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2004

Great-sized school with approx 300 students grades 4-6, strong and nurturing administration, excellent focus on arts, orchestra, theatre arts, and technology. Good place for kids to make the leap from childhood to teenage years. Main building is a historic 2 story 1920's brick building with classrooms that look out into the branches of ancient oaks. New cafeteria and T-buildings compensate for growing student body. Eclectic student body (variety of races, economic and religious/political backgrounds) reflects eclectic personality of the town of Abita. Some 'old school' teachers with strong heirarchy nature, but many spirited, enthusiastic teachers committed to 'discovery learning' techniques. Fun Librarian. Aging infrastructure needs some updates and school uniforms required. But accesible and kind principal and counselor. Neat enrichment programs, Cajun Dance, Sign Language, Music, and field trips. Gifted classes and Talented arts instruction. Parents welcomed and encouraged to participate in school activities. Students' well-being and joy top priority.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 77% in 2013.

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88%

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

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86%

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71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

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85%

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87%

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89%

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82%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 47%
Black 14% 45%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Donna Forrest
Fax number
  • (985) 893-2304

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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72079 Maple Street
Abita Springs, LA 70420
Phone: (985) 892-2070

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