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.
McCullough J H performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A (90-100) 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 95 in student achievement, 92 in school progress and 98 in closing performance gaps. It scored 96 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, Wilkerson Intermediate earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 88 in student achievement, 87 in school progress, 76 in closing performance gaps and 84 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. McCullough J H's five out of seven distinctions are in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, post-secondary and with 25% student progress. Wilkerson Intermediate’s only distinction designation is in Science.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Whites or Caucasians comprise the biggest group at McCullough J H. They make up for 57.59% of student population, followed by Hispanics (23.21%), Asians (9.67%), African Americans (4.74%), Two or More Races (4.26%) and Native Americans (0.39%).
The student population at Wilkerson Intermediate is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 39.43%, followed by Hispanics (37.21%), African Americans (13.97%), Asians (4.05%), Two or More Races (4.05%) and Native Americans (0.78%).
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, McCullough J H has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 6.82% of its student population compared to 15.54% at Wilkerson Intermediate.
McCullough J H’s bilingual students comprise 6.53%, gifted and talented students, 21.76%, while 6.00% are in the special education program. Wilkerson Intermediate bilingual students comprise 15.27%, gifted and talented students, 12.66%, and 12.01% are in the special education program.
McCullough J H's 114 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 10.3 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.7 years. Teachers at Wilkerson Intermediate, numbering 48 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 5.8 years with individual teaching experience averaging 9.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, McCullough J H has four teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has 22 teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 34 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 25 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 24 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including six beginning teachers. Wilkerson Intermediate has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has four teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 14 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, eight teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 19 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including three beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At McCullough J H there are 92 female teachers and 22 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 18 special education teachers are being assisted by 13 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has five staff members in the school administration department and 12 more working as school support staff.
At Wilkerson Intermediate there are 41 female teachers and seven male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by 12 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and 11 more working as school support staff.
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