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Vernon Middle School

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Posted April 22, 2013

Vernon Middle School should not be a school of choice. It will take years to change all the ongoing problems. The School Board needs to make changes! Children matter!


Posted July 12, 2012

This is the worst school either of our children have attended. The assistant principal covers up bullying, and is a former bus driver who allows the bus drivers to do whatever they want. The staff makes the kids walk around the halls with their arms crossed, terrible body language that ends up reflecting the student's attitudes. We were quite adamant that we were available to help in any way, and provided the teachers with several contact numbers and email options. Yet we rarely, if ever, heard from them even when there were academic issues we should have addressed long before report cards were issued. All in all, I would not recommend this school to anyone...especially in an open enrollment parish in which you can easily enroll your student in another school. Our student will not be attending this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

This is a Excellent school, This school doesn't hesitate testing and helping students that have learning disabilities, I would recommend this school to anyone..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

I am very proud of this school.It makes sure students can pass the iLEAP test or try at least
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

i'am a former student of vms, i was on the first danceline and i'm proud of that, but the school was okay, my teachers were always there to assist me when i needed to. they do not call if you are failing your classes, however they do send out a sheet of your grades, so you can't complain, it just depends if your child shows you or not. its not there fault they don't call, its yours for not checking your childs grades. you can check your childs grades on the school website. i loved this school with all my heart, and i will definantly miss it <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

two of my 3 kids attended this school and I don't have much to complain about other than when grades are slipping sometimes you aren't notified in time..but the new system (parent center) helps ALOT. I can keep up with the grades. Mr. Wesley is the best asset to the school..He really cares about the students, and parent involvement. every school should have a principal like him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

For there are some teachers that actually care at Vernon Middle School however they are limited. They are constantly hollaring at people's children and if a child does not have a concerned parent then problems such as this never get resolved. The teachers worry about relatively small problems such as if a child's shoe strings are untied instead of worrying about the child getting a quality education. I have always believed that a negative attitude yields a negative attitude. When an educator yeilds a negative attitude towards students than the students will behave in a negative way. I have seen some of the most well-behaved students who enjoyed attending shool at West Leesville Elementary complain every day about having to attend a school such as Vernon Middle School. We as taxpayers should not have to be concerned about an issue such as this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

I have a ADHD child. My son wasn't doing that great in south polk but when he went to vernon middle he was straight A's. I give alot of sredit to his teacher Ms. Copes-Smith. She is amazing. She is the best teacher my child has had in the 4 years we were there. I wish every shild could exsperience her. Now for the office, they can be VERY rude and not friendly at all. I think that needs to change or find different staff with more people skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2004

The school spends too much time worrying about the standardized tests instead of teaching the students what is required for them to pass to the next grade. Also, the teachers wait until the kids are on the verge of failing a class before they contact the parents/guardians. However, if Little Johnny doesn't have his belt, Mom will get a call before she can have her morning coffee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2004

I am not at all impressed by this school. They are behind academically and technology wise, and do not seem to notice or care. They have teachers that home school their own children after school hours rather than put them in the school district here. Now to me that is SAD!! The children wear uniforms which is fine by me; however if the child forgets to wear a belt they give them a piece of rope, or they call you to bring a belt. That is fine too but if your child is struggling or having other diffuculties they do not call. I would like to know where their priorities lie. They are concerned about testing and school scores, not the childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2003

I think they should have PE uniforms,the children are made to wear uniforms and have to play gym in them.
—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.

Grade level

English Language Arts

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

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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 48% 47%
Black 38% 45%
Hispanic 9% 4%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Cassandra Wilson
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  • (337) 239-2291

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1410 Nona Street
Leesville, LA 71446
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