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Ft. Zumwalt South Middle School

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Posted May 26, 2012

South Middle is an average public school. There are some really good educators who seem to really care about the kids and go above and beyond to teach these students. Some of the eighth grade math teachers have not been the best. My children loved math before taking advanced math courses here. They did well and learned the material, but their love for math was gone. I would like to see improvement in the eighth grade math education. It IS possible to teach the material and keep it fun and enjoyable. The goal should not be to frustrate our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

I just got out of 5th grade and im going to atend south middle,im very excited about going,i read the reviews,and im much more confident.Cant wait!


Posted June 28, 2010

This school is the awesomeist school i ever went to! The teachers give constructive critisism for the students. Principals are just as smart as the teachers one of them was a math teacher i think...the academics are full of fun things that you get to study. While the students eat lunch the teachers have plan time while they eat and guess what sometimes they make games up for the students to learn with. Then, students get to play it in class it is so fun being with SMS this is a great school for kids!!


Posted July 24, 2009

I loved 7th grade there! i was on 7-2 and i had the best time! the teachers are so nice and fun i wish i could have the same teachers again next year in 8th grade!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

ist a nice place to learn im a 8 grader the only bad thing is the food its ok but they have taken several things out like hot wings and unhealthy food . the teachers are nice the princables are nice too
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2009

I have a son in 6th grade at south middle and I have had nothing but a good experience this school year. The teacher 's are wonderful and the communication has been well,always getting back to me with any questions or concerns I have. Way to go SMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I'm in 7th grade this year and i've never been so depressed in my life since i've began this miserable year. Last year was the best ( With the exception of one teacher) But then when I came into 7th grade life is wretched. The teachers yell at you to get ot class even at your locker, all my friends are gone, and the principals could care less about what you have to say and more about everything else! And don't think I'm just some lowly F student either, I get mostly B or B+. I've cried 5 times this year in school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2009

My child loves sms! we couldnt ask for better! the teachers are great! keep it up south middle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

i love this place!!!!! i wish i could go back! south is amazing and anyone would be lucky to go there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

I go to sms right now its so cool I love most of the teachers and the ecitement of being in teams is awesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

this school is fun. i am going in to 7th grade and i just moved here last summer and i enjoyed it but that doesn't me people on the same and different teams didn't have as much enjoyment as others. also most of the teachers are great and it is an excellent place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2008

I am sixth grader in sms an already my mom is planning to send me to a different school. principles just care about social problems. there is only two teachers i like and the rest are to strict or don't explain topic enough but some teachers tell you when you when you have a test three weeks ahead this school is horrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2008

I have 2 children here x 2 yrs. Very difficult to get teachers to respond to inquiries or any learning needs outside the average. Principal more involved with social issues between kids than learning. Guidance counselors great & best employees but they arent doing the teaching. I have been very disappointed with this school !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I am beginning my third year at SMS. In the past two years, I have only seen one fist fight and a few verbal ones. The students and staff are generally friendly, but there are a few teachers that could use work. I love South, and I'm disappointed to move on to high school next year. Most teachers are great and understanding, and every team will provide after school help if the homework is too hard or challenging. If your student is having troubles, refer them to A+ Tutoring after school in the library where teachers and students are there to provide help. Middle school is hard sometimes, but the learning environment at South is amazing. The staff does their job well, and students appreciate that. South made my middle school years great. I love SMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2007

I found the leadership very much in control and was pleased with their high degree of administrative control. There were times information was not received or dispersed to the parents timely nor at all mainly due to the dependence upon the student (our children) being made responsible for sharing it. I found the Comm. Arts very routinized & not much was gained in learning skills because of it. My son thought it was the boringest class that didn't involve much thought process and not much new information compared to 5th grade. I'd like the curriculum to be vamped and made more challenging for the students. Involve more discussion and enhancement of subject matter in all academic course work. I'd like to see more advanced and enrichment materials provided to students who are clearly more advanced in subject matter. Give these students an opportunity to flex their intellectual muscles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

My son tests & performs @ a higher level than many of his classmates & just completed 6th grade. Within the first 2 weeks of school, two of his teachers recognized he needed more challenging classwork & requested permission to move him to an advanced classroom. I was very excited to see they are paying attn! He has also been in trouble a few times (typical boy stuff really). The principal had to follow policy, but also recognizes these werent horrible offenses & used common sense & understanding when handing out lectures/punishment. So many administrators, teachers, and principals tend to exaggerate & forget these are kids & will push their luck on occasion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

I attended SMS from 6th to 8th grade. I believe that the education I recieved was above average. In my three years there I had only one teacher that did care about my falling grades and didn't even bother to help me. The teachers at SMS are full of life. Most had an amazing ability to get us excited on the material. The administration didnt really interfere with the students unless their was a problem. Overall I believe that the school is above average.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 27, 2006

My daughter is a 7th grader @ SMS. I have been pleased with the school and Principal thus far. Most teachers and Principals seem to care about the quality of education students receive. I am upset with the quality of education my daughter is receiving from her math teacher. I spend at least 2 hours a night explaining the homework that is due the next day. My daughter receives good grades and good marks for effort and attitude, but she is confused with this math teacher. As far as I am concerned both the Sup & teacher are not worthy to be on the payroll of this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

I have a daugter attending SMS. The student teacher ratio is outrageous! This district lies about the real ratio! My daughter is just a number with little quality teaching. She brings hours of homework home and does not have a clue how to do it. Her bus ride to school is out of control and very unsafe! When speaking to the Superintendent about SMS, he acts un-proffessional and non-supportive about my daughters education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

I have an 8th grader at SMS and I hope that this year is better than grades 6 & 7. I feel that the administration is very unfair to students. I could list numerous situations that my child felt humiliated and this created a very low level of self-esteem for him. I feel that as soon as he walks in the door he is on edge. I take him to school and as soon as he gets out of the car his head drops. I wish the teachers would keep their humiliating comments to themselves and remember how scary school can be. I wish they would be advocates for the students and make learning an experience that is not filled with so much dread. I have been extremely disappointed with SMS.
—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.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 52% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

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

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

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

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Free or reduced-price lunch43%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Free or reduced-price lunch50%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Free or reduced-price lunch60%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Free or reduced-price lunch62%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White71%
Free or reduced-price lunch54%
Students with disabilities32%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White44%
Free or reduced-price lunch26%
Students with disabilities21%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Free or reduced-price lunch51%
Students with disabilities27%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Government

The state average for Government was 57% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students99%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 74%
Black 6% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 15%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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300 Knaust Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 281-0776

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