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Helena Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 674 students

 

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Posted January 17, 2011

Helena Middle School provides all students with a positive, inclusive, and encouraging learning environment. Students feel safe because staff is proactive and actively involved with making sure students' needs are being met. By positively acknowledging individual students' acheivements, Helena Middle School staff motivate and challenge students to perform to the best of their abilities. At Helena Middle School, students come first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

HMS has a staff that really cares about kids, something that is harder and harder to find these days. This school has an exelent fitness program. One thing that I am concerned about is that neither HMS or CR have study hall for students to complete their work. This leaves kids with a lot of homework. HMS offers exelent art and music classes that I recomend taking if you will be atending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

I have concerns regarding unreasonable amounts of homework being assigned, an old and poorly-maintained building, and a lack of extracurricular activities and sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students66%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian/Alaskan Native33%
White, not Hispanic69%
Participates in free/reduced lunch52%
Students with disabilities15%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian/Alaskan Native42%
White, not Hispanic85%
Participates in free/reduced lunch69%
Students with disabilities23%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students66%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian/Alaskan Native64%
White, not Hispanic67%
Participates in free/reduced lunch48%
Students with disabilities17%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian/Alaskan Native55%
White, not Hispanic85%
Participates in free/reduced lunch69%
Students with disabilities56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students63%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native50%
White, not Hispanic66%
Participates in free/reduced lunch46%
Students with disabilities20%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native67%
White, not Hispanic88%
Participates in free/reduced lunch74%
Students with disabilities40%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native50%
White, not Hispanic72%
Participates in free/reduced lunch49%
Students with disabilities32%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 12%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Black 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 324-1000

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