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Van Buren Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 568 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2013

Perhaps you are the rude one dear parent and you are in denial about your behavior as well as your child's behavior. Van Buren is a great school with a great staff. They all go above and beyond to do what is best for students and their families. We thank them all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

MY SON HAS BEEN AT VAN BUREN FOR 3 YEARS AND I KEEP KICKING MYSELF WONDERING WHY I HAVE NOT SWITCHED SCHOOLS! HE IS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND HIS MATH TEACHER IS SO OUT OF TOUCH AND DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. TRIED TO GET HELP FROM THE SCHOOL AND ALL THEY DID IS MAKE EXCUSES FOR THEIR TEACHER. NOW THE PRICIPAL IS SO RUDE AND MAKES PARENTS FEE LIKE THEY ARE INVADING HER SCHOOL WHEN THEY STOP IN! i HAD TO DEAL WITH HER ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND SHE IS VERY VERY RUDE, SHE RUNS THIS SCHOOL LIKE IT IS A PRISON. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BOOKS FOR ALL OF THE STUDENTS AND THE DRESS CODE IS SILLY. TAKE MY ADVICE AND DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. LOTS OF BULLIES AND NOTHING DONE ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

I have 3 of my children going to Van Buren and I also have a Sophomore in HIgh School who attended Van Buren for all 3 years of middle school. It really upset me to read the nasty comments people have about it. This school has helped all my children to reach their full potential from a child who started in special ed. to a child in regular ed. going towards gifted. The teachers and staff are wonderful and do everything in their power to help all the children be the best students and citizen they know they can be. Maybe if you had a bad experience here its because you looked on the outside instead of what was going on inside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

Van buren is a very good school. It has amazing teachers and students. Even though in the news they talk really bad about Van Buren that is not true. My daughter used to be there and I heard the news and all the bad stuff so i decided tomove and in the other school they put her in gifted classes she was very advanced. So don't belive what the news say because that is not true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

The teachers at Van Buren are amazing! They are very knowledgeable in their fields and enthusiastic about education. The Vice Principle is caring, involved, and in general fantastic! The only improvement this school needs is more money - to buy books, computers, fix up the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

My kids have gone to Van Buren for 2 years now and they are happy there. The school has an undeserved bad reputation, there aren't any more problems there than you find at any middle school. They are in a poor neighborhood and they do a pretty good job with what they have. They have a gifted program and if your child is advanced in math they will send them to the high school for it. The teachers there will give the kids more advanced work if they need it so they don't get bored. I have friends that send their kids to other APS middle schools and I don't see any difference in the quality of education. Check it out for yourself before you decide. The staff and principal are more than happy to talk to you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

My son was given no homework all year. My son has not been challenged in any subject. Sports offered are soccer, boxing, track, football and basketball. My son appreciated the CAP (Civil Air Patrol) class, and it definately got him in better physical condition. Small class size, also the school offered all boys or all girls classes in 6th grade, and we were very happy with that. Would like to see it in all the grades. I appreciate that it is a uniform school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

We at Van Buren are very sorry that even one of our parents felt that their students needs were not met. We are in a poverty area but as a school we have more resources than most. We choose not to have a textbook that may be outdated at print for every student, but choose to have a set for each classroom to use as a reference. We are a school dedicated to moving forward with technology and information is increasing at a rapid rate that technology can only keep up with. The money not spent on each student is the used to purchase enrichment materials to be used in the classroom. Any concern can be brought to the office. We try to help resolve all conflicts.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted July 12, 2007

My son attended Van Buren for his first and only year at a middle school in ABQ. My son never had homework, never once had a book from school, many students came and went with not even folder in hand. There is no consistency or follow through with rules/policies and as for the 'uniform' attire. Many times I entered the front office only to find myself being assisted once again by 'student help' that seemed more like a teen girl gossip group. Administrators that I dealt with had poor follow through, and it appears to me that they have little or no interest in educating...just 'showing up for work'. My son requested going back to CA. or moving to a better school cluster. How sad is that??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

This was the first year my son attended Van Buren, and it is horrible. It is a low income school, and does not even have enough books for each student. He never has homework, EVER! He is not getting the education he needs or deserves from this school. We are moving just to get away from this school cluster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

Both my sons attended Van Buren. It is an excellent school with learned and caring staff and administration. I personally have taught here for eight years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2006

My son has excelled at Van Buren, the teachers are extremely committed and they have receive high marks for safety
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2003

My daughter goes to this school and she loves it. She used to go to a middle school inour district and got in to many fights now she wants tostay at Van Buren. Make sure you guys keep up the good work


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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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

207 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
11%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
17%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

183 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
10%
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 Students21%
Female18%
Male24%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Native American27%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities6%
English Language Learner Current6%
English Language Learner Exited41%

Reading

All Students35%
Female35%
Male35%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native American55%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities3%
English Language Learner Current14%
English Language Learner Exited57%
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 Students23%
Female24%
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Native American36%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities4%
English Language Learner Current4%
English Language Learner Exited56%

Reading

All Students30%
Female33%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Native American46%
White33%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Current9%
English Language Learner Exited59%

Science

All Students30%
Female29%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Native American36%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities19%
English Language Learner Current6%
English Language Learner Exited67%
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 Students30%
Female28%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asian60%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities6%
English Language Learner Current12%
English Language Learner Exited47%

Reading

All Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian60%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities9%
English Language Learner Current18%
English Language Learner Exited85%
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 78% 59%
White 8% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 10%
Black 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 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 99%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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700 Louisiana SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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