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West Middle School - 37

Public | 6-8 | 617 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 10, 2014

My daughter attended West Middle School for 8th grade this year. We moved here from out of state. This school is amazing. Her teachers are some of the most compassionate people I have had the luxury of knowing. The teachers are only as good as the administration, and the administration is awesome. Very supportive, very caring, I cannot say enough about what a positive experience this move has been for my daughter and for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

We are grandparents of three students who currently attend West Middle School. Our five kids also attended West. We strongly believe that it is one of the best middle school anywhere. Teachers and admin,esp Mr Foley, are top notch, and we are lucky to have them guiding our children. Fun, interested in encouraging kids, offer many activities, disciplne good when necessary, admin staff and teachers alike all seem to know each child as an individual. Attend one of the programs there or an awards ceremony and you will be so impressed with the number of students who are working at or above their capabiliies, all because of encouragement and help from both parents and staff. Thanks to all the teachers there!


Posted March 15, 2010

I am not a fan of West Middle School. The teachers do not present an encouraging atmosphere and the administration is severely lacking. Could I do it over again, my children would not go to West - or any other school in Rapid City - they would have been homeschooled through their middle school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

I remember the time when I was at West Middle. The teachers and administration were beyond excellent, and I made friends with nearly every single kid in my grade all three years in a row. I'm a sophomore at Fort Lauderdale High in Florida now, and I still look back to my middle school days. I'll always be a West Wolf for life. Middle school class of 08!


Posted July 12, 2009

This year at West Middle School i learned alot and it has great teachers and many programs
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

We had four children attend West Middle School and we felt that they had a great all- around experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

west is a very great school. it has great teachers. and everybody is really nice i love west
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

West is a very good school to be going to. The teachers are excellent in every way, and the principle is terrific. But I can't forget the vice principle! The teachers will answer every question with an educated response, and help your children succeed in and out of school. I'm an 8th grader this year, and sadly I will have to leave West next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2006

My children had a great experience at West. Lots of good teachers who made it enjoyable--especially a certain 6th grade teacher. Academics were stressed but in a non-threatening way. Sports were a blast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2003

Excellent experience. While in a system as complex as core-based curriculum, you can't expect every teacher to be at the top of their game, but somehow they are -- not a dud in the bunch! Great, caring leadership and environment. Accountability stressed and enforced -- perfect for adolecents! Great foundation for future success evidenced in my own!
—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 79% in 2012.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
87%

2008

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2012.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

193 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2012.

193 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
78%

2008

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2008.

212 students were tested at this school in 2008.

2008

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
Native American79%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native American64%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female84%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native American54%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American54%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female71%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native American40%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native American56%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 76%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 16%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Asian 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1003 South San Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 394-4033

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