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St. Louis Park Middle School

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Posted August 7, 2014

This horrible school has so many major problems its a good topic for an essay.


Posted August 6, 2014

I went to this school from 2011 to 2012. I would say that this school is very judge full. A lot of the kids there would bully other kids and the teachers would do nothing about it. I feel like for the kids there that have a disability or learning problem it's a better school for them because they're watched. I saw that the whole year. But I would say that this school is good educational wise just not socially.


Posted March 23, 2014

The teachers my daughters have encountered at SLP Middle School have been caring, rigorous, engaging, inspired educators. No child is alike, and I've seen instructors and staff go above and beyond what's expected to keep my children on task and learning at their best pace. I've been impressed by their intramural coaches because the teach their athletes to love the games first. I really like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

The multiple behavior problems at this school and the inability to offer rigor is concerning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

SLP Middle School has fallen far short of offering the electives necessary for the evolving middle school student. Behavior problems at the school are significant, and the administration is uninspiring. The most recent Multiple Measure Ratings from the state place the school below 35% out of a possible 100 in addressing Math and Reading proficiency and growth....and the most recent MCA Math results are dismal..below the state average. ...just around 50% proficiency. The achievement gap is huge, as the school and district has done little to bridge the gap between black and white students. Many parents are now open enrolling their children elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

This school has come just short of being a ghetto. My son had been bullied, verbally threatened and was being hit by another student and after talks with the dean numerous times it still didn't stop. The bully never was punished for his actions, he finally stopped when a policeman told him he could go to jail if he continued to have this behavior. The teachers do not know how to control their students and hardly and learning gets done. My kid was placed in a high level math class. Many students in the class clearly don't belong and are very disruptive. The school lunches are terrible, my child once found mold in his sandwich, saw that the chicken is pink on the inside, and found hair numerous times in their lunch. It's a rough student body in this school and it seems like there are no actions being taken to stop this from happening. The school is a complete mess. Take your kid to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

Our 6th grader is NOT doing well at the junior high. The special ed department is a holy MESS and extremely ineffective. They have been out of compliance multiple times and owe my kid several hours for services they didn't provide (but were supposed to) so far this year. Figuring out my kid's special ed schedule has been all but impossible, since typically no one responds when I ask for info or guidance with this, and the special ed team didn't actually HAVE a schedule for him until the end of 1st quarter. We have even had to go to school and help our kid figure out where he's supposed to go since no one seemed to know. Additionally, very few of the classroom teachers respond when I contact them with questions about my kid's homework or test scores. Our experience with K-5 in the district was AMAZING and I've always spoke very highly of SLP schools. We are shocked that we are having this experience in SLP, but we feel that it will be difficult for us to provide our kid a good education if he stays at this school, under these circumstances. We have had to constantly advocate for BASIC needs, and even common courtesies from the staff. This is such a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

best school ever so many nice kids and great teahers better than edina school or any school theres a place for everyone to fit in


Posted June 5, 2010

Every teacher in this school helps you do your best. They help you if your stuck on a problem. The teachers are very nice. My grades have improved a LOT and I thank all the teachers for that. The deans are fantastic my dean helps me with all of my problems I can talk to him whenever I want, he helps me, and fixes my problem withen that week. all of the classes are made to be fun with a lot of actvites and game. I love this school. I would love for more people to understand that it is not a bad school just because its near minneapolis and other crime neighbords i have never felt scared in this school. I love SLP JH and its the best school I've ever been to.


Posted April 26, 2010

St Louis Park Junior high has a dedicated, caring staff! They are on a two year looping system so they follow our kids into their second year and can really get to know the kids and find ways to motivate and challenge them! They really know how to reach kids at this very challenging time in their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

The JH staff and faculty work extremely hard to provide a consistent, coherent education for all students. More effort needs to be expended to deal with disruptive students, but overall, the school is wonderful. The teaming/looping model is a cornerstone. Academics are rigorous for the most part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

The reviews shown here are ridiculous. Some posted by students, for crying out loud. Kids at the Jr. High level think everything is high drama. This is a qualiy Jr. High with a teaming/looping model that has been copied around the nation because of its success in helping to close the achievement gap, allow for tracking of students from year to year with the same teachers, aleviate peer problems, etc. The teachers are outstanding, as is the principal. Every Jr. High School has loud, socially awkward, attention-seeking teens...that's the deal...we've all been there. The student body is not rough, but due to open enrollment, this is not the 'homogenized,' predominantly caucasion population you see in some suburbs. If you want to learn about real life, you need to live in the real world. I love this school. High marks all the way around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

St Louis Park has witnessed a marked decline in the last 5 years. The junior high is symptomatic of the problem. The school has a rough student body - at no fault of the teachers or adminstration. A substantial percentage of families are open enrolling in Edina and Tonka, and in private schools. It is a real shame because the foundation for excellence is here, but it is being rapidly eroded. I wish I could be more optimistic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

Look I'll give you my clean review of what happened in 7th and 8th grade. fighting and cheating was common among every student. The main reason it was so bad was because we were able to break the will of the teachers, it was quiet easy and soon swearing, fighting, and cheating was viewed as well fine. The learning environment quickly fell to pieces and mos people including my self found no problem with it. there were some teachers ,like Mr. D, that students respected and would actually try in their classes. The school became completely infective at teaching and now in high school I've have to fight for my grades. The school officials and parents need to recognize and deal with the problem.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 30, 2006

I feel that over all the Jr. High and it's staff is trying hard, but very disappointed with the reports from my child about the number of disruptive students in the advance classes. If a child is placed in an advance class then they should also have the expectation of controlling themselves.....for that matter, in ALL classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

The anti-bullying system is disorganized and ineffective, and the schools money is used for the wrong things (Namely, a field house and new carpeting rather than new textbooks, support for the art programs and new computers). And the deans don't listen or get involved with very little exceptions.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2005

My Daughters experience with the JH. was terrible. The Deans, Teachers and staff were not educated in violence. They allowed several students to physically abuse other students,and allow them to continue to come back to school. I personally had to call the police several times, felt like my Daughter was very unsafe and not protected. My Daughters grades declined and her attendance due to her fear of going to school. I contacted a program that specializes in working with educating schools and students about this and they got involved. I am releaved my daughter is in the SLP High school, grades back up and enjoys school again.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 69% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

311 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

289 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

277 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

321 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male73%
Black63%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Black47%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students73%
Female73%
Male72%
Black55%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female49%
Male55%
Black16%
Asian45%
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
Black31%
Asian67%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English73%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female56%
Male55%
Black31%
Asian50%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant55%

Reading

All Students61%
Female66%
Male58%
Black36%
Asian69%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female54%
Male56%
Black22%
Asian50%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant55%

Reading

All Students59%
Female58%
Male60%
Black26%
Asian43%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant59%

Science

All Students36%
Female27%
Male44%
Black12%
Asian24%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English38%
Not migrant36%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 73%
Black 21% 9%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2025 Texas Ave South
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 928-6300

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