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Altus Junior High School

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Posted October 4, 2010

If you are smart you will not allow your children to attend altus junior high. They are a viscious bunch of people. Your child is in harms way by attending this school, not only from the students who don't think twice about hitting your child,but also from the staff who work there,from the principle on down to the people who work behind the desk in the front office. They stick their noses in your childs personal business as to what they do off school property and on the weekend, it is none of the schools business what your child does off of school property. The disipline is not fair and consistanat. If you don't have the right last name your child will be targeted by the school and they won't stop until they have your child expelled. Don't even get me started on the sorry excuse of a board of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

I go to Altus Junior High. I am a straight A 8th grade student, cheerleader, in yearbook, and apart of the student council. I love AJH, It's the best school I've been to. A lot of parents on here say the education is all that great, well I disagree. Oklahoma is a Title 1 state so what's the problem? It's lower than most states so the work is extra easy. The teachers are excellent, too. One word: Easy. There are many clubs, too. But, one thing I agree with is the discipline is weird! Say you get into a fight or steal something and then someone else is caught talking in class. More than likely the person caught talking will get just as much, or more punishment. One more thing, I agree we shouldn't have our phones out during class, but what's with not being able have untill 3:30?! Overall: Great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2006

ALtus Junior High School is the best school my child has ever been because the students learn alot of things and the teachers are just so great so Altus Junior High stay as good as possible!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2006

As a parent that has put two children through this school, I see a lack of quality leadership from the principal down. There is an inconsistency in discipline. The leaders aren't even aware of their own rules and enforce what they think should be the rules, much to the frustration and rebellion of the kids. Children need to feel like they are in a good environment for learning, and it is sadly not that way at this school. Too many overbearing, oppressing rules make the kids feel like they are in prison, in stead of at school. Modification is necessary, then a decrease in fights may be the result, as well as happier kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

Scholastics at this schools seems to be very good. However, the school does not provide the sense of safety. As has been stated previously, there are too many fights. My child cannot learn in an environment where they fell threatened. School sports rules are harder on the student than a student who fights. If I am late in picking up my child (more than 10 mins) my child is punished. If this happens three times, my child is removed from the program. What happens if a child starts a fight? Especially those children who start fights routinely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

The clubs in this school are very limited. As the other parent has mentioned there has been a numerous number of fights going on. I believe the assistant principal acts like she is the principal. Thier absences policy is outrageous if you miss 10 days you fail.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2004

My child attended this school for 2 years. Over the 2 years I have lost count of the numerous fights and goings on he has witnessed. I think the staff is dealing with so many deliquent kids they become overwhelmed. My child did have a very good educational experience which is very important , but they also should feel safe when at school and I sometimes felt that he did not get this feeling. Once again the staff was great, as far at the other, this goes back to the parents at home and their involvement with their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

This school has great potential but the leadership does not communicate well and their is not a continuity of equal discipline for equal infractions in the system. However, the community involvement in school activities is tremendous. Access to the teachers is also very good.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
88%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 89% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2012.

220 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

222 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 77% in 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2012.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, grades 5 and 8 in science and writing, grade 5 in social studies, grade 7 in geography, and grade 8 in U.S. history and government. The OCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 54%
Hispanic 19% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 15% 17%
Black 13% 10%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1600 South Park Ln
Altus, OK 73521
Phone: (580) 481-2273

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