Choosing the right middle school for your children can prove to be a daunting task. Middle school is when children start to flex their growing independence. This is a critical transition period for students. As they assert their independence, their responsibilities increase, they attend multiple classes and their academic performance are closely monitored and graded. Schools focus on preparing them for the more rigorous academic grind in high school.
Landrum Middle School’s regular student population is 973 with a 17.9 students/teacher ratio. The student population at Spring Branch Middle School is 1,127 students and a 16.4 students/teacher ratio.
Landrum Middle School earned a State accountability rating of C (70-79) based on three domains: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Scores are scaled from 0 to 100 to align with letter grades. The school scored 71 in student achievement, 82 in school progress and 68 in closing performance gaps. It scored 78 overall in post-secondary readiness, a broad term that refers to student preparedness to undertake multiple pathways after graduation, or specifically, their preparedness for college education.
On the other hand, Spring Branch Middle School earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 88 in student achievement, 83 in school progress, 79 in closing performance gaps and 85 overall in post-secondary readiness.
A distinction designation acknowledges districts and campuses for outstanding achievement based on the outcomes of several performance indicators. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics.
It is in this area where the two schools differ. Except for Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Landrum Middle School earned one out of seven distinctions. Spring Branch Middle School's two out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA) and post-secondary.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, the dominant group in Landrum Middle School is Hispanics who make up nearly 91.37% of student population, followed by African Americans (2.67%), Whites or Caucasians (2.26%), Two or More Races (2.16%), Asians (1.23%) and Native Americans (0.31%).
The student population at Spring Branch Middle School is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 46.05%, followed by Hispanics (40.11%), Asians (5.50%), African Americans (3.99%), Two or More Races (3.82%) and Native Americans (0.53%).
In terms of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), a term used in the United States that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English Language, mainly because it is not their native language, Landrum Middle School has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 58.38% of its student population compared to 22.45% at Spring Branch Middle School.
In addition, Landrum Middle School has 56.53% bilingual students, 4.73% are in the gifted and talented program, while 11.41% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Spring Branch Middle School with 22.27% bilingual students, 16.77% gifted and talented students and 10.20% students in the special education program.
Landrum Middle School's 54 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 5.3 years with individual teaching experience averaging 8.3 years. Teachers at Spring Branch Middle School, numbering 68 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 5.8 years with individual teaching experience averaging 10.5 years.
Of its teaching staff, Landrum Middle School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has three teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, ten teachers have worked for 11-20 years, six teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 25 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including seven beginning teachers. Spring Branch Middle School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has ten teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 16 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 16 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 20 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including five beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Landrum Middle School there are 37 female teachers and 16 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 24 special education teachers are being assisted by seven teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has four staff members in the school administration department and five more working as school support staff.
At Spring Branch Middle School there are 46 female teachers and 22 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, two special education teachers are being assisted by six teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and seven more working as school support staff.
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