School Details

William O. Darby Jr. High School

616 North 14th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 783-4159
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-9 622 students 10 students/teacher (AR avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

67%
77%
77%
72%
71%
70%
34%
39%
41%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2011-2012 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fort Smith School District average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
74%
77%
52%
62%
65%

Benchmark Exams (BE)

In 2011-2012 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fort Smith School District average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
78%
77%
90%
71%
72%

End of Course Exams (EOC)

In 2011-2012 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fort Smith School District average
  • Arkansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

William O. Darby Jr. High School is a public middle school in Fort Smith. 622 children attend William O. Darby Jr. High School and identify as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 93% of the 622 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at William O. Darby Jr. High School is 10:1. Union Christian Academy Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 43% 29%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Asian 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93% 71%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Omg I'm going to darby for 7th grade I'm in 6 and I've heard a lot of awsome things about darby and I think ima love it because it's fun and educational at the same time

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a 7th grader going into 8th grade next year. This school has been great the first year i attended it. Even though this school does not have a very good reputation it is not bad. The students are what make it the school. The teachers are very good here. I have really enjoyed Darby and i encouarge more students to attend it. Even though mi mom is making me attend Trinity a private catholic school i will alwayz remember the good times i had here especially the good teachers that hepled me all through the school year and Dr. Farrel the best principal i had ever had!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great however they do not have the time needed to make sure students have understood instruction as they have 8 classes and are too limited on time thanks to the principal He is a good man but needs to cut back to 7 classes and they need more tutoring programs not enrichment classes after school and this 7 classes would help teachers have more time to make sure kids are understanding their instruction. Their Gate program is lacking it is very restrictive rather lacking. The teachers are great if administration would just get out of their way and allow them to teach. Kids are too rushed due to very few minutes between the three story school.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter and son both go to darby junior high and love it dearly! Last year they attended Ramsey but disliked alot! My children are making better grades at Darby and they love the staff and there fellow class mates! I am very thankful and happy my children go to darby and so are they! I would recommend every junior high student go to Darby its a great place for your children to learn and have fun! -Nancy

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at Darby Junior High and she loves it she is making great grades! The staff at darby is wonderful the teachers are very nice and are great teachers. I would pick no other school for my daughter to go to. Thank you Darby junior High.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at Darby. She is very lucky to have teachers who spend time getting to know the students as people not just as names or numbers. I am very pleased with Darbys staff. My child is getting a great education and also having fun at the same time. Darby gets an A+

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Overall score

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