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Los Alamos Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 563 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

As a parent of an 8th grader at LAMS and a high school aged child, who attended LAMS, I am giving this school 4 stars. I think that overall, LAMS is a good middle school. The school recently completed a large remodel. The students are in pods now, which gives them a safety circle. LAMS is, however, not without its problems. I feel that the LAMS teachers are good, with one exception: the math department. My older child had a pre-algebra teacher in 8th grade who spent almost the entire class having the students grade each other's homework from the previous day and then basically just assigned that days homework, with little to no instruction. My younger child's 7th grade math teacher also didn't teach. Instead, she had them watch videos/films that "taught" that day's lesson. Also, I feel that the PTO/PTA at LAMS is clique-ish. I attended every PTO meeting the year my older child was in 7th grade and at the end of the year, the board nominated new, incoming parents (who they had known at their elementary school). I found this insulting and clique-ish. A strong parent organization could really be an asset to LAMS, but it won't happen as it currently stands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

Needs improvement! Some teachers openly admit they do not like kids. Academically substantial (average kids are insulted), athletics need more support, normal social issues for mid school. Music program is not friendly! Sex and Drugs are beginning to trickle in the 8th grade. 3 different VP's in 2.5 years. No other choice so good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

This school is wondeful it has a wondeful staff that really wants to teach kids and not just recieve a paycheck! When school ended this year all the teachers gathered on the front steps of the school and waved to the students as the buses left the school! That is a staff that cares about their students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

Things they are a changin.... The Los Alamos Middle School is a different place than it was fours years ago. The administration is new and there is a positive energy in the school community that did not exist previously. The staff is very committed to the students and are in a very tough place as the Elementary Schools think things are too tough and the High School think things are too easy. Being a bridge in a small community is difficult. Yes sometimes there are problems with PowerSchool, but at the same time teachers who do not fit the school's vision are asked to use their skills elsewhere. We should applaude our Middle School staff members as they teach one of the toughest ages in the educational system with a lot of grace. My son had a great time at Los Alamos Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

My daughter attended LAMS and barely made it through. Some of the teachers do not spend enough time with their students. They are not adept at using the PowerSchool software and I never knew what was going on with my daughters grades. Some teachers also expected too much from 11-14 year olds. LAMS staff need to be reminded that these children are not college students. They are adolescents, and should be treated as such. I am still helping my daughter (who is in 10th grade now) figure out that learning and school are fun. LAMS completely turned her against school. Thank goodness for Los Alamos High School. If you are thinking about moving to LA, wait until your child starts 9th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

Middle school age is always hard but LAMS seems to be doing a good job. LAMS has many very dedicated and interested teachers. They actually fire bad teachers! Administration is responsive to the parent's concerns and encourages parental involvement. Music, art, choir and other electives are excellent. School could use more electives. Some sports programs are a waste with bad coaches but most are great.
—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 41% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

277 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities43%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited92%

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities41%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited100%

Science

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities57%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
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

Math

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities24%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited82%

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities55%
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
White 66% 26%
Hispanic 26% 59%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Black 1% 2%
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 0%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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1 Hawk Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: (505) 663-2230

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