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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts is an above average, public school located in Jonesboro, GA. It has 542 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
About Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts...
School District
Clayton County Schools
Address
2535 Mount Zion Pkwy
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Telephone
(770) 473-2785

Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1060
132 responses
Average ACT
22
46 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,470
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$896
National
$949
Median Home Value
$86,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Performance Hour
    33%
  • Spirit Week
    33%
  • Club Day
    22%
  • Homecoming
    11%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
542
Free or Reduced Lunch
99%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,557
Teachers in First/Second Year
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$10,018/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses

Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts Reviews

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Stilwell is an amazing place for students who want to be prepared to compete globally. This school offers an enriching and engaging environment that allows students to be the next future innovators and thinkers. In addition, Stilwell offers a variety of classes that prepare you to excel in both your fine arts and future endeavors. With a diverse population of students, Stilwell promotes a welcoming environment.
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I applied to Stilwell because of its involvement in the arts, and for the most part, am very pleased with its engagement. My art teachers care very much about our grades, and even our personal lives: how we are doing in respect to mental health and family life. Seeing this is true, it’s no secret that a lot of the students deal with family problems and mental health issues, myself included, which may be a deterrent for future students looking to be upcoming freshman. The faculty and staff however, are well known for being slow to respond, slow to care, and downright lazy. Most parents express this about the staff, and so do the students. Even so, most of the students are able to ignore this the best they can to recieve the education in the arts we love so much.
Stilwell is primarily focused on increasing the skills of the students in whatever department(s) they choose to major in. So, it is understandable that there is a great focus on that aspect of the school. Because of this cordial and mutual passion expressed for the arts, the teachers are incredible and the students have positive and uplifting connections to them. However, the main problem with M.E.S.S.A. is that the administration focuses far too much on discipline. Administrators such as Mr. Anthony Liggins do not seem to comprehend how it is a school (not a juvenile detention center) and by constantly imposing punishment on the students (majority of which are not disrespectful in any way), they are taking time away from their ability to learn and the their willingness to do so. Unfortunately, it is for this reason that Stilwell's general rating is subpar.