School Details

Helena Middle School

1299 Hillsboro Parkway, Helena, AL 35080
(205) 682-5300
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 786 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

92%
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92%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Shelby County average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
82%
73%
95%
90%
86%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
87%
87%
76%

Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Shelby County average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
89%
79%
92%
88%
79%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Shelby County average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Helena Middle School is a public middle school in Helena. The principal of Helena Middle School is Mrs Jennifer Lee Goolsby. 786 students attend Helena Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the 786 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Helena Middle School is 17:1. Developing Alabama Youth Program is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 76%
Hispanic 5% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Helena Middle has been a great experience for my daughter. It has a high level of gifted students which creates competition for high level academics. Coach Knight is one of the most involved principals I have known. My only complaint is that they are much more supportive of athletics than the arts but that is a complaint of most Alabama schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    Neither of my children liked it there. My son was picked on to the point that he was suicidal. When I took him out near the end of the year and home schooled him he was much more relaxed. There are way too many kids in the schools in the US and because of that it's hard to make friends since every year there aren't the same kids in your class (like in Ontario). We are moving out of Helena because I refuse to send my kids back there. The teachers are trying their best. my daughter's science class had 36 kids in it. how can a teacher manage that many kids?

  • (4 years ago)

    The most important thing is the teachers there are very dedicated and my daughter is very happy there. The level of education there is excellent

  • (4 years ago)

    Helena Middle School is a great school!! The administration and teachers really care about our kids and truly want them to get the best education possible. We love HMS!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a wonderful school with great teachers anda principal. It has been a place to say that I am proud that my children goes to school there. I am so thankful for this Middle School.

  • (4 years ago)

    When you have a great leader at a school such as Ms. Goolsby it can't help but trickle down and create a great environment educationally emotionally and socially! Best school around! My child has thrived from day one!

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe that children get a great education at Helena Middle School.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is cutting edge with the curriculum and the staff and teachers are the best I have ever interacted with.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Helena Middle School because they care for the children and the teachers are excellent. The small town feel of our community goes hand in hand with our new Middle School and my son is having a great experience there. I choose to live in Helena because of the schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    HMS is focused on the kids. Great school to be at!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter receives special ed services and she never comes home complaining about school. She enjoys her class and her teacher and Mrs. G. is the absolute perfect example of an educator that is effective and caring.

  • (4 years ago)

    HMS is definitely the best... students teachers and most of all the administration!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are finishing up my son's 3rd year at HES. It has been a great school with an even greater Principal/Leader.

  • (4 years ago)

    Helena Middle is an amazing school with a great staff; from the administration on down. I LOVE to volunteer at this school. So thankful that we have a new middle school in our community.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parental involvement shows by the way the students interact with the administration. The children parents and teachers all have a great relationship with each other and there is tremendous community support for all Helena Schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school great teachers and staff. Fun place to learn!

  • (4 years ago)

    Helena Middle School is a beautiful school filled with great students who thrive to succeed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Helena Middle school is working hard towards excellence in education activities morale of student's. My children actually say they want to go to school. That speaks for itself.

  • (4 years ago)

    Wonderful School with an outstanding teaching staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has had a wonderful experience in Middle School at HMS. She has been challenged in her academics. She is involved in the band. i would recommend Helena to anyone looking for a great place to live.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

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