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Petal Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 8 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 7, 2012

This school absolutely sucks. The scores may be high, but that is only because the pressure us to make the high scores. They don't truly care about the students' well being, only how the school is seen on the outside. Everything is centered around sports, especially football. I am in showchoir and we have to pay every penny ourselves with no help from the school. The highschool spent 7 million dollars on a football field that was not needed whatsoever, and cut back on the budget for everything else. The gifted studies program used to extend into 8th grade and they have now cut it back to 6th because of funding issues. Many of the teachers are rude and don't care about the students. Some even target certain students because of their appearence, which definitely isn't uncommon in Petal. The principal is nice enough, but like I said before, he only really focuses on sports and how our school is seen by others. There is also a strict uniform, which of course has it's benefits, but keeps us students from expressing ourselves. I have no earthly idea how this school got a 10/10.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

Petal Middle School is a public school with ALL the private school benefits. Thanks to our Principals, Teachers, Staff members and superior Volunteers, our students will be prepared to lead this country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It's a great school with fantastic teachers and a wonderful principal. The middle school years are some of the toughest for children as they adjust to becoming more independent teens and I think our school does a great job of nurturing them as they grow into young men and women.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Petal Middle school consists of highly educated teachers that go to great lengths to see your pupil succeed. The social status appearing at this school however is not very appealing seeing that the children usually socialize in 'cliques'. But looking at the educational success, Petal is 1 of the best public schools in Mississippi and in the US. On a scale from 1-10 I give it a 9.5. If you are planning to send your child into the hands of these educaters, please inform your child that there is a possible but usually rare chance that their will be some teachers, usually occuring in most places, that will choose certain students for tasks of running errins, but they usually do not let those interferences effect your child's grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2008

As far as acedemics, the school is great. However, on the social fairness of this fragile age of entering adolescents, the school can be very unfair and partial. Some students are allowed to get away with things, while others are not. The children are pre-targeted based on older siblings previous to them. Most people here have money that talks, those of us who are not upper middle class, our children do not get the same treatment all of the time, even if our childrens grades are good. I realize school is a place to learn, not socialize (per say) but its hard to learn when your child dreads going due to unfair judgement and partiallity from some of the staff as well as other students. If a child constantly feels like the don't belong, outcast,the will sometimes start to rebel just to cope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

Petal is a great school. My son was only there for 17 months and durning this time the principal and teachers made such a positive impact on his life. The teachers at this school actually enjoy their job. They all want to see each child succeed. We hated to leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2006

I am a student at Petal Middle School, and this is my first year here. School is great here, and i enjoy gping Mon-Fri every week.
—Submitted by a 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 63% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
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

Writing - Informative Essay

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

314 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%
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

Algebra I

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

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 46%
Black 14% 50%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 57%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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203 Hwy 42 East
Petal, MS 39465
Phone: (601) 584-6301

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