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.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average middle schools: Stockdick J H and Morton Ranch J H. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the KATY ISD.
Stockdick J H earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) 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 81 in student achievement, 80 in school progress and 76 in closing performance gaps. It scored 80 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, Morton Ranch J H also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 80 in student achievement, 86 in school progress, 73 in closing performance gaps and 82 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.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Stockdick J H. They make up for 47.32% of student population, followed by African Americans (24.64%), Whites or Caucasians (17.63%), Asians (5.73%), Two or More Races (4.14%) and Native Americans (0.23%).
At Morton Ranch J H, Hispanics are the biggest group, comprising 56.99% of student population, followed by African Americans (19.33%), Whites or Caucasians (15.82%), Asians (4.27%), Two or More Races (3.10%) and Native Americans (0.42%).
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, Stockdick J H has 188 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 14.17% of student population. Morton Ranch J H has significantly more ELLs at 257 or about 21.51% of student population.
Stockdick J H’s bilingual students comprise 13.64%, gifted and talented students, 4.07%, while 15.52% are in the special education program. Morton Ranch J H bilingual students comprise 21.09%, gifted and talented students, 2.68%, and 17.49% are in the special education program.
Stockdick J H's 81 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 5.5 years with individual teaching experience averaging 9.4 years. Teachers at Morton Ranch J H, numbering 85 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 6.9 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.5 years.
Of its teaching staff, Stockdick J H no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has seven teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 22 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 17 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 30 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including five beginning teachers. Morton Ranch J H has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has ten teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 28 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 19 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 17 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including ten beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Stockdick J H there are 63 female teachers and 18 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, nine special education teachers are being assisted by 12 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 Morton Ranch J H there are 59 female teachers and 25 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, 13 special education teachers are being assisted by 17 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has five staff members in the school administration department and 15 more working as school support staff.
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