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James Monroe Middle School

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Posted March 10, 2014

JMMS is an excellent school. Principal Martinez runs a tight ship and has high expectations for staff and students. He responds ina timely and respectful manner to parent concerns and he (or Ms. Sichler, the great Assistant Principal), attend all the home and away athletic games to ensure positive behavior and good sportsmanship. Every teacher my sons' have had have been excellent communicators, provide challenging and innovative curriculums, and demonstrate support for struggling students. The office staff is courteous and efficient, the cafeteria staff is super, too! The PE program is phenomenal, with opportunities for all students to succeed! The PTSA provides numerous opportunities for parental involvement, as well. Even the custodial staff is friendly and keeps the campus in pristine condition; a true relection of school-wide pride. I am very pleased with JMMS and the education my children are recieving there! Go Rators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

James Monroe is a great school. The teachers strive to give students the best education possible. The school works to teach students appropriate self-discipline and accountability as well as a rigorous academic curriculum. There are always going to be times when a student, a parent or a teacher encounters a problem; but in those cases it is important for all parties to try to work together to come up with a solution. The students are learning and making progress and there are many positive opportunities for students and families to be involved with the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 21, 2012

i substituted at this school quite often. the students are manged well and it is not chaotic. the difference in the classrooms is what is alarming. the gifted rooms are like being at home with all the luxuries and the special ed classrooms were quite depressing and nothing to stimulate so if you have a gifted child they would definitely love it..
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2011

This school is not a pleasant working environment. I see some parents on here have complained about their child being bullied. I am not surprised - the administration allows teachers to bully other teachers, with no consequence so I imagine it's the same with the students. The administration is not concerned with the students learning - just discipline. However, the majority of teachers are not supported when the students misbehave. Somehow it becomes the teacher's fault that the student does not complete their assignments or behave. The school is more interested in entertaining and not upsetting the students rather than actually teaching them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 17, 2011

My son had a horrible experience here. The math special education teacher was very unprofessional and unqualified for the position, yet administration protected her regardless of her actions. My many concerns were not addressed. Studies have shown that a bad teacher can do much damage...putting students "years" behind. What makes things worse is a school unwilling to make changes in favor of student success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

This has been the worst school experience that my family has ever delt with, there are however, some good teachers. The top admin. not so much. My child will not be returning to James Monroe next year. By the way, my child has straight A's. I have a great deal of respect for the few teachers that have made a difference. For the most part, I wouldnt wish this school on anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

This school is very well orginized and is a great place to be if your a student but, bullying really is a problem and I would take it to hand if I were you. I used to attend James Monroe Middle School I would still but I moved so. But the teachers at the school are super nice if your child is a well behaved student and students can be rude and jerky but thats only a matter of how your child reacts to this. The principle is all in for tolerence and knows what to do when needed to be punished. For all those critics of this school JMMS can be a realy harsh place but, If your having problems talk to the councler or any of the other adminastartive staff. They always helped me.


Posted May 3, 2010

JMMS is a very bad school, the teachers are very poor quality. My child was treated like an unimportant number. Not just bad teachers who don't really care for teaching our children, but a complacent administration who just want to do enough to get by. The teachers and administration don't like involved parents. Needless to say we are fed up parents and are taking our child out of that horrible school and enrolling him elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The bullies rule this school! The child that is getting bullied is the one that gets into trouble. I would not send your child to this school! My child does not feel safe at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I strongly belive that James Monroe middle school has a serious problem with bulling.If not addressed it will only lead to inocent children getting hurt physicallly,emotionly,and thier education will suffer to a great extent. Please take time to analyze your policy on bulling so that children can be enthused about attending school with out being harmed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Children are only a number at this school. City of Albuquerque is happy to collect property taxes and collect federal funding and could care less about children wanting to do well in school. There is no leadership at this school. Children who harrass other children have all the rights. Don't send your children to this crummy school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2009

Special education services are and will be offered at Hillerman. The previous writer has been misinformed. The principal who has been selected will do an great job and has been in the education field for several years. She is highly qualified or else she would not have been selected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

i think its a good school and is a safe place for children!i hope to keep my chiled in this school untill 8th grade!good education to and very good teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

It's my first year a JMMS I came in at the middle of the year and I have had my ups and downs at the schhol mostly downs but overall its a good school every staff member is great
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2009

This school has ruined my 3 kids! They are now in another school district, and boy what a night and day difference. They all actually love school and are making great grades. James Monroe needs to learn how to focus on teaching, not worrying about missing buttons on shirts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

My child started at James Monroe last year. Some of his teachers were very nice and willing to work with him since he has ADHD but one of his teachers was rather useless. When he did not turn homework in, she acted as if she did not care one way or the other. No questions were asked from her and no comments were made either. Last year my child started out his school year at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque. He loved that school and I did also. They have a program called Grade Book Wizard that keeps parents up to date on daily progress of their children. James Monroe said they were getting a similar program in the fall but it is now winter and no program yet. A major disadvantage for the school is that they seem to be over crowded compared to other APS middle schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

My daughter started there last year as a Special Ed student. I was very very happy with James Monroe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

I was formally a student at this school. I absolutley loved it! The school has high expectations as for discipline! And as for the dress code, yes it is very strict but have you seen how some teens dress? Public schools do there best and James Monroe does excedingly well!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

My daughter is in her second year at James Monroe and she has no problems at all. She has teachers that truly care. I have no problem getting in touch with her teachers when I need to. I was very concerned about the overcrowding, and the dress code did seem a little overboard. I do think the dress code help the kids because there is no pressure on dressing better than the next kid, they are all on an equal playing field. Overall we are very pleased with the education she has received, she is in advanced classes and works very hard. A new principal would not hurt though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

My daughter started school there in the middle of 2006, because we had moved to New Mexico from California in the middle of the school year. The administrative staff had a student walk her to her classes and they were extremely kind and sensitive to her situation. I think the teachers challenge the students and the dress code in middle school really helps the students stay on task.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

321 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

293 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students52%
Female53%
Male50%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native American60%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Current36%
English Language Learner Exited52%

Reading

All Students58%
Female65%
Male51%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native American67%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Current9%
English Language Learner Exited62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
African American50%
Asian70%
Hispanic57%
Native American50%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities18%
English Language Learner Current9%
English Language Learner Exited67%

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
African American42%
Asian80%
Hispanic56%
Native American37%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities16%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited58%

Science

All Students47%
Female44%
Male49%
African American25%
Asian70%
Hispanic46%
Native American30%
White52%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
African American24%
Asian82%
Hispanic60%
Native American39%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited58%

Reading

All Students73%
Female76%
Male69%
African American53%
Asian82%
Hispanic71%
Native American67%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities23%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 59%
White 27% 26%
Two or more races 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 10%
Black 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
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 43%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6100 Paradise Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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