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West Lauderdale Middle School

Public | 5-12 & ungraded | 677 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted June 27, 2010

I love this school. I learn more each day. thanks to all of the great teachers. this is just a great school!!!!


Posted August 14, 2009

I have three children who attend this school. We are always very proud to say 'West Lauderdale' when people ask which school our children attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

Have you ever stopped to think that one of the reasons that West doesn't have all of these extra-curricular activities and Fine Arts, and after school classes is because there is absolutely no funding available! You can't blame the school for that. It does what it can with what it has...and doen't even think that they give all the money to the sports. The new football field house is being financed by the community and the Touchdown Club. I'll agree that TAG isn't challenging but that doesn't make West a bad school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2009

I totally agree that athletics are the school's priority (not that I think that is a bad thing - I'm sure it keeps a lot of curious teenagers out of trouble). My children previously attended school in Ridgeland, MS - and there is a major difference - regardless of the level 5 status. Tag is not challenging to the students; no extra classes are offered after school (we were afforded the opportunity to take art, spanish, etc. after school if we chose.) They learned spelling words in the 2nd grade in Ridgeland that are being taught in the 6th grade at WLMS. WLMS is a good school - but it is not challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

If athletics is what you think of as extra-curricular activities, then this school will suit you very well. If you are looking for a school that offers extra-curricular activities in the arts, then this would not be a good choice as there are no activities in the visual or performing arts other than a band program.


Posted March 13, 2009

I graduated from West Lauderdale last year and I was more than prepared for college this year. West is by far one of the best schools in the state...LEVEL 5 in academics, excels in athletics, and very involved in extracurricular activities. I do understand that all schools have problems...yes...there are cliques but what school doesn't have cliques...cliques are a part of youth and teens and growing up. And as far as the administration goes...you couldn't ask for a better administration. They will help in any way possible, whether it's helping a student with a problem, helping a concerned parent, or helping a teacher. 30% of the teachers at West have Master's degrees in the their subject area and 15% of the teachers are National Board Certified. People pay much more to live in the West district and I can see why...I would recommend West to anyone!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2009

This school is sub-par at best. Cliques are prevalent but that is generally expected. However, as a warning for parents who have kids who are a bit shy--either counsel your kids on social effectiveness or send them to another school. If not, expect their academic lives to be stifled and painful. I concur that those who have a problem learning (I do not mean a mental problem, I mean a motivational problem) will fall through the cracks at this school. The teachers here have their favorites and generally do not care to help poor students, whether or not the students have potential. Besides all of that West Lauderdale may be an above average school for Mississippi, but if you compare it with schools from across the country (not to mention schools in Europe) it is low in quality on every level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

I am an alumni of West Lauderdale , currently my oldest daughter graduated this year and I have 2 still in school. I would not have my children at any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

West Lauderdale is an incredible school. We moved to the county from the city limits and I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am. My daughter is exceeding academically as well as athletically. WL is definitely the place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

I am a parent of two children who attend WL. I see a great division in class among the students. All students are not treated equal. My question is why have students tryout for extra activities if you already know who will make the teams. This is a waste of our time. Even if a child that is not in the 'click' out performs a child who is in the 'click',the child who is in the 'click' will make the team. I see WL as great place to learn, if you don't have a problem learning. If you do have a learning problem then there is little extra help. I think maybe the adminstration should pay more attention to the needs of all students and not just the students with more money. Let's see how equal we become with uniforms. Oh did you get yours at American Eagle or Wal-Mart?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

This school did wonders for my children. Its a great place to learn and achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

I have one child who has graduated from West Lauderdale and is attending college and one child who is still at West Lauderdale. I believe that my children have been and are receiving a high quality education at WL. My oldest child has been very successful in college so far, and my younger child is experiencing success in high school. I find the teachers to be caring and very interested in providing a high quality of education for their students. The academic and extracurricular programs are above average in my opinion. I have always felt free to be involved in my children's educations. The school has been a level 5 for the past two years, which shows a high qualify of academic programs. Overall I would give the school an 'A'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

I am comparing West Lauderdale Middle and High School, having lived in other areas of Mississippi and Washington state with our son in school in these places, due to issues with learning disabilities, the teachers and administration need to be better trained and have closer supervision of a student's individual needs and comunication with the parents. We have been highly displeased with the quality of education of our son thus far and will pursue other alternatives for the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2005

I believe that this school has serious class division problems. And not just among the students, either. I've noticed that 'certain students' (aka: preps, rich kids, whatever you wanna call them) seem to get the better end of the deal when it comes to certain things. If a rich kid is wronged, it's taken care of immediately, but if a person of the lower class is wronged by another student, they will be lucky if they ever hear anything out of the office. I know some schools have divisions, but give me a break! This is rediculous!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2005

I recently graduated from West Lauderdale High School. Besides having fun with friends and the few good teachers, this school has been a let down. The administration at the school is a complete joke. She or the principals at this school were never helpful. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful teachers at this school, but in terms of good administration West Lauderdale high school is NOT the way to go.
—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.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 63% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 93% in 2012.

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 97% in 2012.

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Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 63% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 62% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 46%
Black 18% 50%
Hispanic 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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9916a West Lauderdale Rd
Collinsville, MS 39325
Phone: (601) 737-2277

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