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Desoto Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1076 students

 

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6 reviews of this school


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Posted February 8, 2010

In my opinion, this is one of the worst, if not THE WORST, middle schools in Florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

The schools is okay..mostly clean..Most teachers seem to be nice and reasonable amount of homework...Only problems are the kids...Many fights and doesn't seem the safest, but thier trying. Ms.Bowman is awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2009

I love the schol but I wish that their was a less strict rule system and more activities :))
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2009

Great school my daughter loves it.. but I think there should be a little more home work sent home for the kids..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

The school is clean and well organized. Good teacher support and easily accessable. Very up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

It is my favorite school in the world and I love the name.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

366 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

366 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

333 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

333 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

343 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

343 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

348 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

340 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

348 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 44%
White 42%
Black 12%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%68%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 6%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. GARY WHITE
Fax number
  • (863) 494-6263

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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