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Sierra Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 870 students

 

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Posted February 7, 2012

The phrase "You get out of life what you put into it" definitely describes SMS accurately. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, you will succeed. Inappropriate language is everywhere, so it is not distinct at Sierra. The teachers (especially in the magnet programs) are great. I think they are inspired to teach by the students' desire to learn, and that made my learning experience especially unique. I never really interacted with my principal. P.S. The most successful students graduating from high school are...usually from Sierra Middle School. The LCHS BBC is dominated by Sierra media magnet alumni, and the academic rigor is pushed by Sierra science magnet alumni. Juuuust saying.


Posted November 7, 2010

If you are looking for the best middle school in Las Cruces, here it is! Sierra has magnet programs, especially the science magnet. We go on so many fun field trips. I feel like Sierra is my second home. The teachers here are awesome, some of the best I've ever had, and I've had a lot of teachers. If you are going to go to Sierra, you'll have the best time EVER!


Posted September 24, 2010

Sierra Elementary has been a disappointment for us and our child. We expected a great school, however, and from the start, the classes have been over-crowded, sixth graders are beeing bullied and put in class with eighth graders when teachers are absent, and there is a lack of guidance, follow-up, and communication. Sierra was the best in its class but the leadership has gotten complacent about their ranking and they simply don't care anymore. That's a shame and my feelings are resonating throughtout the 6th grade parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

This is the best school ever!!!! Any student would be lucky to go there. They have great teachers, programs, everything a mom and dad could want. WHOO WHOO GO FALCONS!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2009

This is a wonderful school in Las Cruces. Great magnet programs and principal leadership. The school also offers great art and music classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

Great if you want to do anything in science and media. Good science magnet and music department.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2008

Great teachers, motivated classes. The Science Magnant has great field trips and teaches skills needed for high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2006

In addition to being known for the magnet programs, this middle school should also be recognized for its' traditional program. The teachers at this school are dedicated to the students and willing to work with parents. My son had always struggled acedemically in elementary school. When he came to Sierra he has made instant and tremedous strides. I credit the dedication of the teachers at this school for my son's success. The teachers are always willing to help my son and always answer all my questions as a parent. My son is presently on the School's Honor Roll, Band, and Civil Air Patrol and participated and placed 2nd in the Science Fair. A one hundred eighty degree turn around from his acedemic experience in elementary school. Teacher quality and leadership do make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

This middle school has a media magnet, a dance magnet, a science magnet,a theater magnet and a piano magnet. No other middle school in the southern part of the entire state offers this amount of intensified curricula. My child has benefitted from the science magnet immensely, with many field trips, projects, science fairs including overnight trips to other cities and states. My child will be going on a field trip to California at the end of this year and it will only be the end of the7th grade. For a public school , the personnel, the administration, the parents all rival any school in the nation including private academies. They are very dedicated, very involved and work hard day in and day out. It is what education should be and if the student is responding in kind, he or she will be a major success in what is pursued beyond.
—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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

304 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
33%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

262 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
27%
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 Students50%
Female51%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities18%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited55%

Reading

All Students55%
Female61%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities11%
English Language Learner Current5%
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 Students45%
Female46%
Male45%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities13%
English Language Learner Current16%
English Language Learner Exited36%

Reading

All Students57%
Female60%
Male53%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities23%
English Language Learner Current5%
English Language Learner Exited46%

Science

All Students53%
Female49%
Male57%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities24%
English Language Learner Current11%
English Language Learner Exited32%
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 Students45%
Female47%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities14%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited49%

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities33%
English Language Learner Current22%
English Language Learner Exited93%
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 70% 59%
White 23% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Black 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1700 Spruce Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: (505) 527-5800

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