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Don Estridge High Tech Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1248 students

 

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

I'm currently an 8th grade student here at Don Estridge, and it's OK. MOST of the teachers here are amazing. There's just a select few that ruin it for me. Don't get me wrong; I've learned a great deal at this school and I felt safe, secure, and that I was getting a good education. There are just some teachers though who do not even come close to the others. They don't really pay attention to who's being disruptive and can get very off topic. Also, the administration has been going way overboard for lunches. We've had to have assigned seating and silent lunches at our only free time during school. That is definitely not fair to the students that do the right thing. Other than unfairness and some of the teachers, this school has a lot to offer. I highly recommend taking art as an elective. Mr. Green is fantastic and an inspiration. Also, Mr. Francis has an awesome technology class but that's about as high tech as it gets except for CPS. My test scores have gone up each year and I've learned a lot here. I have to say I will miss Don Estridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2014

As a former Don Estridge student I say in all honesty that this school didn't make me resent getting out of bed in the morning. The teachers are more than amazing at their job and try to improve if given constructive criticism. Yes there may be lots of homework, but only for difficult courses. If your child can`t handle the curriculum then they should get a schedule change. I left that school with three high school credits and a great education, I`m proud to say I`m the alumni of Don Estridge High Tech Middle School.


Posted December 8, 2013

Don't let the name fool you...There is nothing high tech about this school. 'High tech' means the kids have to use remote controls to enter their test answers so it's easier for the teachers to grade. Lots of homework, with little content. Academics take a back seat to everything, especially sports. There aren't any academic awards for 6th or 7th graders but 1st cuts of the volleyball team makes the front page of the website. Absolutely NO consistency in the use of the main communication channel (Edline). Teachers routinely post erroneous grades & do NOT keep the calendar updated. This means posted homework assignments aren't really due on the posted dates and tests/quizzes 'appear' out of nowhere the day before. This is NOT just 1 teachers: This is 75% of them. The icing on the cake are the 'Silent Lunches' where the kids are not allowed to talk during lunch. Ridiculous. Ironically there is no real discipline as students who are disruptive just have to leave class & come back the next day to repeat it. Students caught CHEATING ON TESTS are just asked to stop cheating. Things have changed since 2011 & Don Estridge is turning in his grave that this school carries his namesake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

"The Don" is an awesome school. I highly recommend it! From the beginning, I was impressed with so many things. There was a helpful new parent orientation which was very organized and informative. The school is very safe (no/min bullies), no dudes with attitudes, no drugs, and it is impeccably clean. The teachers are very knowledgeable, helpful, caring, organized, positive people who use unique and creative ways to teach. They remind students of H W and upcoming tests. They go the extra mile to offer help! The admin, office staff and guidance staff is very helpful too. Any emails or problems were handed quickly and responded to. The courses included today's technology as promised. The only negative thing was the adaptation socially. Keep in mind only a certain amount ie,( 3-5) students from a lot of different schools in the county get picked for the lottery. Your child will not know many people going into the school. This could be a big adjustment if your child was socially active in elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

The schools teachers are ok. There is alot of different races. I did'nt like it because they treated me UNFAIRLY, i cant stress that anymore. I wouldn't want to see your kid have the same problem.


Posted July 20, 2010

An excellent school in all aspects from curriculum to staff. The students are all challenged academically. The behavior of students is to be commended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

DEHTMS offers the best in learning within the public school system. Principal Karen Whetsell is one of the best administrators within the district. Her concern for the overall development of each child is amazing. She excels her communicating the concerns of the teachers to the parents and visa-versa. My child has achieved amazing success both academically and socially under the guidance of this strong, organizes, and caring institution. DEHTMS should be the nation's model for operating and conducting complete educational services to middle schoolers. The overall staff demonstrate their happy disposition by assisting everyone with every concern or need. The support staff is by-far the best I have ever seen. There are no problems that arise which are not addressed. The academic programs are the best available. My child explored world cultures, had mathematical challenges, scientific adventures, environmental experiences, musical and art experiences only seen from private instructors. Amazing School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I love it because my Daughter's love it. The teachers are innovative and keep the kids inspired to learn. The motivation at this school is awesome and the administration is great and they are very involved and visible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

When this school opened several years ago its 'tech' story had buzz. We're finding that it's tech focus is largely defined by technology in the classroom and not truly accelerated science and tech. Its basically a good public school in a nice neighborhood. But I get the sense that some of the specialization in public schools contains a healthy dose of marketing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

I love this school! The kids and teachers are all awesome. We get to learn so much, this is a great school. It is a great privlage to go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2010

There are a lot of great teachers. The technology is awesome. The people and staff make learning fun
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2009

The school is very amazing!!!! We all should be so fortunate to be selected into this magnet lottery school!!!! It's amazing!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

Don Estridge is an awesome school! All the teachers are nice and they teach very well. I am in sixth grade currently and I think it is very awesome here. My favorite part of this school is the high tech class and band. In band we have concerts and play a bunch of music, in technology we do things like PowerPoint, word, excel, and more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2008

My son just finished sixth; DEHTMS is a great school. The teachers are awesome, the students are smart, the school looks great ... it even has a great athletic and arts program. My kid did great on his FCAT's -- he's always done well but after a year there his scores were awesome. It's summer and he's actually looking forward for school to start again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

My son just completed his first year of middle school and he absolutely loved it. The school is beautiful and the teachers and the staff are amazing. My daughter will attend there next year. We couldn't be happier with our experience so far. Go Dragons! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Both my kids are graduating from this school in May. They don't want to leave. :o) My kids and I have had a very positive experience here. The teachers are very good and caring. I feel it's the teachers that make the school, and this school is awesome in that area. I've dealt with ESE teachers and regular teachers there, so me have lot's of experience with them. Hope this helps anyone thats deciding about this school. Much luck to you all!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

I am currently in 7th grade at Don Estridge and I had attended in 6th. I love this school. The teachers are awesome. The students are clean cut and kind. The curriculum is regulated in different levels of challange. If you ha ve the chance to enter D.E.H.T.M.S DEFINATELY do so !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

Nice kids, amazing curriculum, clean well maintained school! We're happy to be a part of such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

I go to DEHTMS now, and it is the best middle school, just listening to what my friends say. Anyone who is thinking about appliying definately should.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

I attended DEHTMS for the first 3 years that it was open(6th, 7th, and 8th grade). It was the best school i have every attended. All of my teachers cared and that is hard to find in some schools. My 8th grade teachers prepared me for 9th grade, which I am in now. You would learn but have fun while doing it. All of the sport teams keep up with their grades. It is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


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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 52% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

402 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

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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n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Biology I

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

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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 State average
White 48% 42%
Hispanic 21% 29%
Black 20% 23%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%73%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. David Benson
Fax number
  • (561) 989-7810

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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  • College/career center
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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