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Omni Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1403 students

 

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Posted May 31, 2014

By far the worst school I've ever been to. Many people complain about bullying, when in reality, that is not the school's biggest problem! I spent a little over two years as a student at this school and I've seen unspeakable horrors. I came in as a straight A, well-behaved, honor student, but Omni really changed me. Of all the teachers I had, three were good, eight were awful, and the other few were neutral. The worst part about the staff is that they focus on nearly-harmless name calling or small arguments, ignoring the real issues. They turn a blind eye to major problems and try to hide them away, because the school's only interest is FCAT scores. So many kids get held back, so there are even some sixteen-year-olds there. The staff can be very disrespectful to parents and even more so to students. My parents regret the decision to let me attend Omni more than anything else they've ever done, and I can't say i blame them. We were attracted to the good ratings, but clearly that is not a reliable method of choosing a good school. Horrible, horrible school. Please spare yourself the trouble of putting yourself through the same awful experience that I went through.


Posted January 7, 2014

Omni is a great school. My son is in seventh grade and is constantly challenged, especially in his math and English classes. The teachers have high expectations and do a great job in responding to my concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

i really didnt like this school because kids get bullied allot there and plus the teachers and staff dont really help i dont go there


Posted July 9, 2013

I was very disappointed with this school. It enjoyed a good reputation, but the teachers did not do an effective job with my son. My son had the potential to excel and he fell through the cracks achieving below average performance. To make matters worse, the administration did nothing about it even after several conferences. I think that palm beach county needs to address the administration staffing on the future of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

I am very sad as to my child having to deal with all the bullying this school has. Staff is not to helpful. Teachers are sometimes unaware of what is going on in the classroom. The worst 2 years of my childs life was here at Omni! Too many kids and not enough awareness!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

I chose this school zone due to the overall ratings. I am extremely disappointed in the teachers. Out of 6 teachers only 2 are good. The 4 that are lacking speak horribly to the students. One gives their personal opinion on ethnicity, religion and politics...As an educator shouldn't you stay neutral and just state the facts and let the students make their own decision? The staff in the student service department talk to the kids like they are lower than low. The 4 poor teachers I am speaking about also speak horribly to the students. How do you expect the students to be respectful when all of you teachers are acting like Neanderthals? Very disappointed in the educators and administration. Maybe they should take a course on social skills and courtesy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

After having attended this school for 3 years, I think that this is a good school. Nothing more, nothing less. I admit that this school, with over 1500 students, is grossly overpopulated. It has many excellent teachers, though, and a plethora of academic opportunities, along with very good elective programs. The band is one of the best in the entire state, with and amazing conductor. I started sixth grade not able to tell a saxophone from a trumpet, and after a year I was a talented saxophonist, able to play complex solos and sight read with ease. It has many very gifted students who are able to excel at academics at this school. However, the pros end there. I was subject to terrible bullying throughout my time being there, with the teachers and principle doing little to nothing about it. The majority of the children there do not care about their education, and write graffitti and bully other students just for the hell of it. This is an issue with most public school, I understand, so this is probably still better than most of the other "public" middle schools in the district. Overall, while I wouldn't recommend this school, I wouldn't say it is terrible.


Posted March 7, 2013

This is a bad school: - Teachers barely teach the concepts - The amount of homework is minimum - School priority is the FACT scores, actual learning is 2nd priority - Cafeteria food is bad I am looking at alternatives right now, but the private schools aren't that great either in this area. Anyway, this is Florida, where education is not a priority. Land of elderly and tourists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2012

Instead of always saying how we need to improve the schools how about someone just do it? My kids are all stuck in these FCAT driven institutions. Florida schools are still misappropriating funds and the direction in which education should be prioritized. All of our kids will be out of these over crowded schools before the education levels are improved. If I could move out of state I most certainly would.It is a disgrace how over crowed Omni School is . 1600 kids ....come on . The campuis needs a steam cleaning and is filthy . Finally, another principal? Where is the consistency? What are we showing our kids with all of these principals leaving after just a year. Look at last year with the multiple principal changes. What a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

you would not think omni middle was in boca raton.my son goes to omni and get bullied everyday.this will be his last year here.we have talked to the teachers and they do nothing.i would not recommend this school to my worst enemy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

We have a Child in 6th Grade at Omni and we couldn't be happier. We are very happy with the education she is receiving, as well as most of her teachers. Mr White the Guidance Counselor is terrific especially whenever there is a problem or issue. We had an issue recently and as far as we are concerned the Principal wanted nothing to do with this and we were told we needed to take it up with the AP. The New principal at this point needs to be reassigned to another school, because Omni is not for her. She wants no interaction with the parents nor the kids and puts it all on her staff. Our Daughter also is very happy at Omni and has made some great friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

This is my child's second year here at OMNI middle school. She absolutely loves it her and so do I. The new principle is great, there are many parents who complain about their "concerns" but the truth of the matter is that the school is great and the teachers, staff, and principle are doing a fantastic job at educating our children and doing their best to keep them safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

Omni middle school is a really awesome school so far. This is my son's first year here and I've heard mixed reviews but the negative feedback is appalling. The teachers and new principle have been nothing but great to my son. He actually likes going to school! Go Jaguars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

My child right now is attending Omni Middle school for her 2nd year. Her first year was a bit a rough but since the new principal joined the jaguar family this year, my daughter experience here has been much more enjoyable. I'd recommend this school to anyone looking for a safe place to send their children for education. Recently I've heard of people being unhappy with the new staff and principal. Without any merit people complain about this change. I have spoken to the new principal myself and I have to say that she seems very passionate about her job and really cares for the students. Her past endeavors speak plenty enough for her professionalism and character. The teachers at this school have been very helpful and have answered any questions and concerns I have had about my daughter and her education. Go Jaguars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

my son is in the 6th grade and is in advanced classes and an honors class. my only complaints are that I think car line should be more controlled at the drop off point so it is not a free for all. I always fear an accident . Also, the school is too big. Boca has grown so much over the years and they desperately need another middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

As a parent of an 8th grader I am happy to see a principal in place who not only wants the best academically for the students, but is concerned about their general well being. Mrs. Elfe clearly understands that the middle school years are difficult ones, and is a caring and compassionate administrator. She draws that fine line between setting appropriate limits and still allowing them to be children. We will miss her next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

Last year was our son's first year at Omni and it was not a good one because of the constant bullying. We must say, though, that EVERY single time we complained, administration ALWAYS acted promptly to put a stop to whatever was happening. This year my son is not having any problems, thank God, so he is much happier. He loves his teachers and has made good friends. We never had any complaints about the quality of education he was getting. His teachers all did a great job, as far as we are concerned ( we are both educators ourselves). All of his teachers have always been there for my son, even though teaching conditions nowadays are not easy. We do believe that our son is getting a good education. Is the school perfect? No, but every single school you go to will have some problems ( even the expensive ones). I would recommend Omni to anyone who asked
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I have had two children that have had the opportunity to go to Omni Middle and have been more than pleased. Two different kids and two different experiences, but both very good. The teachers are helpful and supportive and the administration has been involved and caring. The PTSA is also a big part of the success at Omni. I've had the pleasure of knowing the current principal from my kids' elementary school and can tell you that she listens to parents and makes decisions that are in the students interests both academically and socially when needed. My older son is now a Senior at Spanish River and can directly point to his years at Omni as part of the reason for his success in school now. My kids have also been involved with the athletics at the school. This year several of my son's teachers made it a point to come to his baseball games just to show support. Kudos to those teachers that find the time to care even after the school day is over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

Its my sons first year at Omni, its been an awful experience. There is a lot of issues with bullying. I've come to learn that Omni has a horrible overcrowding issue, which allows the students freedoms that are not offered in other environments . Not enough security to oversee necessary problems. I witnessed one of Omni's staff being TOTALLY disrespectful to a parent, who barely spoke English and was struggling to converse - it was over his sons uniform. Which had a small plaid pattern on his shorts, not solid, and the child was dismissed from school. Interesting to me, being that when my son was harassed for 2 months by a student with a long history of issues, I spoke with the assistant principal on numerous occasions, nothing was done. In addition, there are a lot of kids that are "left back"which speaks for itself about the education of these students. If we had it all to do over again, I would have NEVER sent my child to Omni. We are currently looking into other options. Whatever I heard about the reputation of palm beach county school, is 100 percent accurate! Its terriblel!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

An outstanding school. The quality of education, staff and administration is superb. The PTSA is the best in the county, winning PTSA of the year for seven straight years.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

431 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

428 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

428 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

464 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

483 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

489 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

486 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

510 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 5%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%73%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. GERALD RIOPELLE
Fax number
  • (561) 989-2851

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
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Boca Raton, FL 33496
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