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Burns Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1260 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2012

a great school i went there has great classes you learn a lot the saying not in our house!!


Posted August 1, 2011

Okay school. I've only gone for a year and I don't like it. Rude people. We had 7th graders drinking in the car pool. Trust me, you won't like it in the long run. Not all teachers are the best, but there are some really good ones.


Posted March 23, 2011

One of the Best Middle Schools in the country! High School level Academics, Caring Teachers and Staff, Outstanding Music Dept. especially the Orchestra.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Excellent middle school! I moved into the area to get my son away from McClane Middle School. I was partially nervous that all middle schools were the same, but Burns was great! Every teacher my son had has been very caring, they actually care about the students, not just their paycheck. My only warning would be about the PE department. If you have a child with any condition that can cut into PE time, there are a couple of PE teachers who will give your child a hard time. Be prepared to get involved and do NOT let him intimidate you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

Hey I went totally awesome and the koolioest year ive ever had academic wise and behavior wise its unbelievable
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2009

Burns middle school is very good academically and especially the music department is great as well. My son feels at home. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

Amazing leadership from Brenda Nolte. Music program one of the best in America for middle school kids in a neighborhood school. The music teachers are heroes. My kids are about to graduate high school and their success began at Burn's. Superior academics with strong, traditional teaching in all subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

awesome middle school and encouraging
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

I have two daughters attending this school and it's wonderful. So many children, especially pre-teens and teens are not taught to be respectful anymore. I appreciate the discipline that the principal and her staff enforce on the kids in this school. I expect the best from my girls because I know their potential and this school does as well. As a result, I have two straight students in gifted classes. Obviously something is paying off. It's been an 'A' rated school for the last 7 yrs and they definitely deserve it!!! If you have the opportunity to put your child in this school, jump on it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

Awesome School. Geat Principal. Principal can be seen all over the school involved in every activity the school has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

This school is one that others should strive to be. Mrs. Nolte(principal)is wonderful with very high expectations and strict discipline which is needed at this age. Mrs. Nolte really cares and shows up for all after-school activities whether it be sports or music. The teachers are very caring and communicate well with the parents via an online website with grades. As with every school I have encountered the parent involvement could be better. I picked my home for the 'A' rated schools and I am not sorry. I love Burns and my daughter does also. They have great music programs, sports and clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

I have had 2 children attend this school and I can't wait for my son to finish 8th grade this year. The discipline is harsh and unforgiving and the teachers appear to unaware of developmentally appropriate teaching methods for this age group. The expectation is that these middle school students act as mini-adults with no lapses in judgement. The AP's at this school are primarily responsible for discipline and are extremely quick to levy out-of-school suspensions for the smallest infractions. There is little communications with parents. The message is 'If your child acts out then it must be the parent's fault.' Both of my children are extremely bright gifted students that were in no way motivated to perform up to their potential at this school. If you are thinking of sending your child to this school I would encourage you to look elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

Great School. Great leadership. Great teacher. One of the best in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

I have had 2 of my children attend. Negative with Poor attendance communication. The principal tries to maintain the school, but ap's are impossible to deal with. I do understand the policy and the rules are there with purpose of their safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

I have had 2 children attend, one with a learning disability, and one in advanced classes. They both have struggled to get through this school. Principal tries to maintain the school, but AP's are impossible to deal with. I haven't met a teacher there that understood they are dealing with pre-pubescent teens that do not behave like preprogrammed robots.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

I attend Burns and Its a very nice school.I feel safe when Im there and the teachers are extremely understanding and helpful.The only thing I don't like is the choice of electives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2006

Teachers are good.. But most of the students are very cliquey. I went there for my 6th 7th && 8th grade year.. Needless to say, Im glad that Im out. Lots of drama for everyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 7, 2006

We recently moved to the distric and I am very pleased with BMS and their attention to the students. The school is organized, safe and firm with students that need behavior direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

My daughter attended Burns for her 8th grade year. Overall I was happy with the school.I do wish they had offered tutoring in math,since she was not doing well. They did offer Social Studies ,but never math.I would recommend this school.Just make sure you stay informed so you can help your child get the help they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

I've been totally impressed with Burns. My son will be entering 8th grade this coming year. The leadership at this school is by far the strongest and fairest I've ever encountered in my 12+ years dealing with public schools. The principal, Mrs. Brenda Nolte, is superb. She's geniunely interested in each and every student, as well as staff. My child feels safe and that alone helps to foster better opportunities to concentrate on learning. I look forward to my youngest attending this school, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2014.

384 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

384 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

411 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

412 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

465 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

468 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

472 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

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.

441 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
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
White 62%
Hispanic 20%
Black 9%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%67%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 1%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

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MATHEW DIPRIMA
Fax number
  • (813) 740-3623

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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