Petal Middle School

203 Hwy 42 East, Petal, MS 39465
(601) 584-6301
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 & ungraded 617 students 10 students/teacher (MS avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

82%
82%
63%
86%
86%
66%

Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT)

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
93%
93%
93%

Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP)

In 2011-2012 Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Petal School Dist average
  • Mississippi state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
72%
55%
88%
88%
73%

Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT)

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
79%
79%
64%

Mississippi Science Test (MST)

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Petal School Dist average
  • Mississippi state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
95%
78%

Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP)

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Petal School Dist average
  • Mississippi state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Petal Middle School is a public middle school in Petal. 617 students go to Petal Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 617 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Petal Middle School is 10:1. Petal Upper Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 79%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 15%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Asian 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    This school absolutely sucks. The scores may be high but that is only because the pressure us to make the high scores. They don't truly care about the students' well being only how the school is seen on the outside. Everything is centered around sports especially football. I am in showchoir and we have to pay every penny ourselves with no help from the school. The highschool spent 7 million dollars on a football field that was not needed whatsoever and cut back on the budget for everything else. The gifted studies program used to extend into 8th grade and they have now cut it back to 6th because of funding issues. Many of the teachers are rude and don't care about the students. Some even target certain students because of their appearence which definitely isn't uncommon in Petal. The principal is nice enough but like I said before he only really focuses on sports and how our school is seen by others. There is also a strict uniform which of course has it's benefits but keeps us students from expressing ourselves. I have no earthly idea how this school got a 10/10.

  • (5 years ago)

    Petal Middle School is a public school with ALL the private school benefits. Thanks to our Principals Teachers Staff members and superior Volunteers our students will be prepared to lead this country!

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a great school with fantastic teachers and a wonderful principal. The middle school years are some of the toughest for children as they adjust to becoming more independent teens and I think our school does a great job of nurturing them as they grow into young men and women.

  • (6 years ago)

    Petal Middle school consists of highly educated teachers that go to great lengths to see your pupil succeed. The social status appearing at this school however is not very appealing seeing that the children usually socialize in 'cliques'. But looking at the educational success Petal is 1 of the best public schools in Mississippi and in the US. On a scale from 1-10 I give it a 9.5. If you are planning to send your child into the hands of these educaters please inform your child that there is a possible but usually rare chance that their will be some teachers usually occuring in most places that will choose certain students for tasks of running errins but they usually do not let those interferences effect your child's grades.

  • (6 years ago)

    As far as acedemics the school is great. However on the social fairness of this fragile age of entering adolescents the school can be very unfair and partial. Some students are allowed to get away with things while others are not. The children are pre-targeted based on older siblings previous to them. Most people here have money that talks those of us who are not upper middle class our children do not get the same treatment all of the time even if our childrens grades are good. I realize school is a place to learn not socialize (per say) but its hard to learn when your child dreads going due to unfair judgement and partiallity from some of the staff as well as other students. If a child constantly feels like the don't belong outcast the will sometimes start to rebel just to cope.

  • (8 years ago)

    Petal is a great school. My son was only there for 17 months and durning this time the principal and teachers made such a positive impact on his life. The teachers at this school actually enjoy their job. They all want to see each child succeed. We hated to leave this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student at Petal Middle School and this is my first year here. School is great here and i enjoy gping Mon-Fri every week.

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