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Braden River Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 952 students

 

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Posted June 15, 2014

The staff is beat down. They can't advocate effectively for themselves nor their students. The teachers are gagged to talk to the parents and public by actions that can and have been taken by the administration and downtown. Like if you say anything that is not on the permission list, next year you get all students who are on grade level 1 without an assistant. This means they use the poor kids as cudgels against the teacher. She is overwellmed and can't be an effective techer because the principal loaded her down with students who do not follow instructions. Just because they are "highly rated" on a system that is suspect at the least is not a reason to send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

Not a good school for special education. The staff did not meet my child's needs by teaching her at her level. My child was fragile emotionally but she was continually suspended for behavior she couldn't help. This school used a standard discipline code with no exceptions or understanding of the inner experience of my child. The adverse treatment sent her spiraling into severe depression. Worse, the administration and special ed. department blamed me and my child and took zero responsibility for their own harsh treatment. They didn't want me on campus. I do not fault the teachers with the exception of the special ed. dept. I'm in the process of writing an article and am using this school as an example with all names changed of course. The east Manatee schools have a good reputation for educating their more academically successful students. But I've heard abysmal reports of kids who don't fit that mold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

I'm a student at Braden River and it is an amazing school. The teachers really care about us and are really fun. We have rewards for good behavior and grades. They offer many extracurricular activities. Ofcourse there are occasional fight and such but that's only because you can't put almost 1,000 adolescents in one place and not expect conflict. I'm currently an 8th grader and my past two years have been the best school years of my life and this year is starting of to be the best ever. If u are considering letting your child enroll in this school don't listen to parents who don't experience what the students experience everyday at school. Listen to an actual students who says it the best school I have ever been to!


Posted May 28, 2013

This school is horrible. It is full of drugs and criminals and the school teachers have completly lost control of the students. Dont bother to try and talk to anyone about being unhappy with it either because they dont care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

My daughter is a 6th grader at this school.. I would rate this school average. Some teachers are very active with parent involvement and send emails daily updating homework and materials, while other teachers do not follow up, even after multiple emails and phone calls have been made. I do like the FOCUS website where you can view all of your childs homework and test scores, but multiple times grades have been entered wrong and I've had to follow up with teachers to get it fixed. Its disappointing that I have to babysit the teachers. I am happy with the strictness of rules and that they are inforced, but I am disappointed with the culture of the school. I hear regularly of fights happening at school, my daughter complains about the constant vulgar language and my daughter was also offered drugs at school. Luckily she is smart and communicates openly with me so we solve those problems at home, but its still scary to think about what happens when she is there. I am not naive to believe that middle schoolers do not deal with the above mentioned, but it just seems like it happens more than usual at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

My child has been at BRMS for over a year. I'm happy with the teachers, surprised by the lack of homework, and unhappy with certain office staff. One of the AP's continues to prove the fact that he's an arrogant, self centered "person" with little regard for the students' happiness. The school nurse is rude and unbending with little regard for the well being of her charges. Generally, too little or inadequate information is given to the Parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I have a daughter in 6th grade and she has found the transition from elementary to middle school very easy with the staff and teachers at BRM. She enjoys the school very much and I am pleased with her teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

I am currently a sixth grader at Braden River. I am not to crazy about this school. There has been a lot of fights, and arguments. I just lost 4 of my best friends. From lies. Anybody could just walk in or out of the school anytime they want. The teachers dicipline you in front of all my peers. I might change schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2009

my daughter is in 8th grade, shes been there since 6th, and absoultly loves it! shes made lots of friends. made bonds with the teachers, and is challenged to work her hardest. I wouldn want her to have gone to any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

This is a great School I have 2 students there and for one it's her 3rd year, the principal it's always available and ready to solve your problem, the teachers are great very open. Most of the kids have parents that are involved and interested in their child academics develop. Actually I canno't ask for a better academic expierence for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

New to a fabulous placeto learn in all aspects of education & socialization. Thank you for all the hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I'm a current 8th grader at BRMS. I love this school and I have attended it since 6th grade! By far Mr. Haskins, Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Eckelman, and Mrs. Donaldson have been my favorite! I feel much prepared to go onto high school! I am going to miss the staff very much! - Karley
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

I really liked this school. It was a lot of fun and i had a lot of great teachers. Your kids will have fun for sure and love it. It definately prepares you for high school. I kinda feel like kids get exposed to alot of bad things tho too early, but i dont know if its like that at other middle schools too. The school didnt really watch the kids too much. I know i got away with alot of stuff and so did everyone else.Pretty bad stuff haha
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Excellent school!! I can't say enough good things about this school. It just so happens that I had a child here and one at haile middle school this year- brms blows haile away in everyway from the involved principle to the caring teachers right down to the active resource officer who made it a safe place to be! Thank you i'm looking forward to another great year 08/09!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

i love this school. i went there for my 6th and 7th grade aand i loved it! i learned alot and cant beleive i had the experience of going there. the people are nice, the teachers are understanding, and i never went to a school like it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2007

This was a great school, and had a fantastic staff, willing to help. I'm going to miss it there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2006

My son attended BRMS, and had a good experience overall. He was well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2003

Good school. Tiger Team was a great addition. Allowed kids to move at a faster rate then what set befor them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

Great school, They have tried various programs like the Tiger program which combined 7th and 8th grade students to allow faster learning kids to move ahead and learn more.


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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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

351 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

350 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 66% in 2014.

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n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Hispanic 29%
Black 12%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%54%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. RANDALL PETRILLA
Fax number
  • (941) 751-7085

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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6215 River Club Boulevard
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