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R. Dan Nolan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 994 students

 

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Posted November 13, 2013

My son started 6thgrade this year and we choiced into Nolan because of what we heard about their acedemics and the TSA programs. What I was not prepared for is the level of excellence in the teaching staff both from an acedemic standpoint and a dedication standpoint. I have emailed teachers at 2 in the morning with a panicked homework question and gotten answers before I got to work at 7:30 in the morning. Not just with one teacher, but with all of my son`s teachers. The support staff at the school is just as positive and helpful as the teachers. This school iswonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

This is my daughter's second year at Nolan Middle School and she loves it! She takes advanced classes with excellent teachers. Every person in that school goes out of their way to help parents. There is a zero tolerance policy on bullying. It's great that she can go to school and be in a safe, friendly environment and get a wonderful education. When my daughter was sick, the nurse was very kind and considerate and even let her stay in the clinic for an hour since I could not get away from work! I really appreciated her treating my child like she would treat her own :) This is a great school with very caring staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

We just moved to this area this year and my child loves Nolan. This is the first school she has attended that did not have bullying at all. The kids are all so friendly and welcoming to new children and it was easy for my child to switch her electives around. I think this is the BEST middle school in Florida!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

When I met the principal (Mrs. High) while touring the school last year, I found her to be warm and friendly. I couldn't believe that several middle school girls asked her for hugs-talk about approachable. This school has been amazing- I don't have a single complaint! My organized child became more organized and the transition to middle school was seamless for our family. Academics, after school care, teachers...thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

I believe three stars is a little too high but in fairness to the handful of amazing teachers I'm giving it a three. Aside from the Gal in the front office, the office staff and nurse are extremely cold and borderline rude. I had two children go through Nolan but finally pulled out after two years. So many people pull out for the same reason, lack of leadership, lack of discipline and bullying. Ms. High, while the sweetest woman that walked the earth is clueless when it comes to this age. When bullying has been reported by parents, she talks with the child/children involved and then tells the parents that the students feel bad and didn't mean it. No consequences. At first I thought it was my child, but when my second child came home with stories of friends being slammed against the wall, back packs grabbed and thrown down the hallway, I knew it wasn't an over reactive child. My children have thrived in their new schools. Turns out the there is no supervision in between classes. At their new school, the teachers stand outside their door in between classes giving bullies little chance to body slam or torment other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

My daughter is entering her third year at Nolan. There is no doubt the culture and learning environment is far above the others in the area. We are so pleased to be part of this school and when it is time for mymyoungest to attend middle school he will go to Nolan. Mrs. High is amazing and her leadership is impecable. The faculty and teachers are genuine and that speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

Both of my children attend Nolan Middle School, one in 8th grade and one in 6th grade. My 8th grader has been there all three years and I have had nothing by great experiences there with both the teachers and the administration in general. Both of my children are "gifted" and I feel that even though they are at a public school, there are opportunities through Advanced and Honors classes, as well as a Gifted Class, to be challenged. My oldest son will have four high school classes completed this year, by taking Honors classes and higher level electives such as Spanish I, before he attends high school in the fall. My younger child is loving the new technology teacher and the hands-on experience he is getting in the class. He is very excited about being in TSA next year and learning more sophisticated techology techniques. I have found the teachers to be strong, yet fair, and accommodating when a child is sick and must miss school. I am hoping the high school can continue to match the high standards set by Nolan Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2010

This school is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Great teachers, strong classes, and has wonderful students. My children have been there for two years now and they don't want to leave! :) They are yearly honor roll students. My kids were in a bad school before and once i put them in Nolan, their grades have gotten better by a long shot! They love waking up everyday to go to Nolan. I strongly reccomend you put your children in R. Dolan Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We have had a wonderful year at this school! One thing I would like to mention in particular is how strong their TSA class is now! They have a brilliant teacher who has led the kids to achieve many awards in TSA this year. The principal is a very caring person who simply wants the best for the children. This has been one of our best school years! Thank you Nolan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Nolan is the strongest middle school in Manatee County. They continually have the highest test scores and send scores of students on to compete nationally in history fair, science fair and music competitions. The principal is responsive and hands on and teachers are excellent. It has been a great school for my children for the past three years. They provide so many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom and reward students that take learning and academics seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

R. Dan Nolan has the best faculty, staff, and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 22, 2009

I absolutely love this school! I have spent my three years here, and I don't want to leave. It's like family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2007

This school is the best. My kids love going here! The teachers are amazing and very patient. The teachers spend enough time with each individual student that needs or asks for help. There is great student/teacher/parent communication, my kids really enjoy all the friends they have made. Thanks so much Nolan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2006

I agree with the comment on leadership at Nolan. I don't agree with the way in which the students are disciplined in front of their peers. Some students are disrespectful and could use a word or two about appropriate behavior. Administration chooses to look the other way in most instances. As a taxpayer and a parent, this is not they way I expect professionals to treat our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

I am a parent of two children who've attended Nolan and also an occasional substitute teacher at this school. I've found the teachers and administration very responsive to my needs and inquiries as a parent, and also responsive to my needs as a substitute. The school is structured fairly well to keep mischief to a minimum, and when one of my children was being bothered, the school took it seriously and made immediate changes to reduce the potential conflict. Academically, this school has performed well and I am pleased with how my children have performed thus far, with one of my children entering into advanced classes and scoring within the top 5% nationally in math. I feel fortunate that my children attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

This school is very undiciplined. The few teachers that they have are very good teachers, but their leadership is 0.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 52% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 14% 29%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 2% 23%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 23%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%54%61%
Master's degree 48%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nancy High
Fax number
  • (941) 751-8210

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  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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