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Sparks Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 641 students

 

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Posted November 20, 2012

My son attends Sparks Middle School as an eighth grader. Though this is his first year there, he has made many friends, and gets along well with his teachers. His first term progress report was well above average. The staff are always available when I need to call and his teachers give progress reports when my son neglects his homework. (Yes, he is a teenager and does get lazy once in a while), But his teachers make sure the stays on top of his assignments. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

i don't understand your one review about gangs being in the school; but not to fear because it is up to the student. wow. the bad environment is still there lady. and don't you see that out of 100 this school rates only a 37? seems to me the administration and the teachers have their work cut out for themselves and until then they should be embarrassed. my great niece started school there and one student walked up to her and threatened her and yelled the "b" word at her.. so academics are lacking and bullying seems to be norm for the course. i know of what i speak. i have been an educator for 40 years in michigan..


Posted February 25, 2011

My daughter goes to Sparks, let me tell you something, Horrible, This school is less than Unsatisfactory. Is below that by x100. The suspend the student for very dorky reasons, My daughter got suspended because she didn't tuck in her shirt, on the first day of school, didn't know you had to, thought it was a mellow school. Teachers are low quality, they don't teach as well as they use to.. My daughter is hard worker, Math and science teacher, fail her, and she deserves better, teachers are all over her. One teacher exposed her suspension, to the classes, I don't recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

sms is awesome for my kid and the teachers are great go to this school now now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

Wow! I am so disappointed in the complaining parents! This is a great school for your kids. They were the only school to get higher scores on the CRT's , while the other schools went down. Not to mention they have uniforms now. Many people refer to this school as ghetto, because of the gang violence,and what not. But it all depends on the child, they could go to the best school in the world and your child could still be a gangbanger! Please dont judge the school for its cover, try it you'll love it!!! -Great kids come here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

I had a daughter go to Sparks MS. I was so disappointed in the school and the teachers and I would not ever recommend this school to parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2007

My daughter had been a straight 'A' student until starting SMS this year. When she asks the teacher for help, he passes her by and tells her to ask someone close to her, then, she gets in trouble for talking. We are very disappointed in this school and the teachers, and are looking for a way to get her transfered before she loses interest in learning!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

My Daughter is attending Sparks Middle and she is a straight A student. I would recommend SMS to other parents. Try it out, you will not regret it. The teachers are awesome and you can always stop by the office and be greeted by a friendly staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

364 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian41%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch43%
Full price59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities53%
Students with limited English proficiency22%
Proficient in English52%
Not migrant46%

Reading

All Students52%
Female56%
Male48%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian53%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch49%
Full price65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities59%
Students with limited English proficiency15%
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students23%
Female25%
Male21%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian27%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch21%
Full price27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities26%
Students with limited English proficiency6%
Proficient in English27%
Not migrant23%

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male32%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian50%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch40%
Full price43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities46%
Students with limited English proficiency2%
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant41%

Science

All Students33%
Female29%
Male36%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian55%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch31%
Full price37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities36%
Students with limited English proficiency2%
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 40%
White 21% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Black 2% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (775) 353-5585

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
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2275 18th St
Sparks, NV 89431
Phone: (775) 353-5770

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