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West Hernando Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 746 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

I went here for 8th grade and enjoyed my year there. Being mostly a lonely student and just trying to focus on my studies; all my teachers except one were very nice and graded fairly. Art was fun, and I usually hate P.E. but this past year I liked it because they let you do so many different things. The 8th grade dance was awesome, with popular music for kids our age and a slideshow running in the background of pics of us. Lots of food and drinks for free, the only things you had to pay for was $5 for a ticket and I don;'t remember how much for pictures. 8th graders also get a graduating T-shirt with all the names of the 8th graders on the back, the t-shirt design was a drawing contest last year. We also had a field trip to Epcot for those of us with no really-bad disciplines, and you could run a fundraiser for money to go. 8th graders - as long as things stay the same, I know you'll have fun.


Posted October 31, 2012

This is to all parents that have children going to this school or will have children going soon.. Some of the teachers in this school dont care about teaching only a paycheck. The principal Rufa is all talk and NO action so dont waste your time having a meeting with him. I also noticed they dont care for hispanics. If your child will be attending this school good luck with your teachers. There are a few teachers that are young and love to teacha few men as well but thats just a hand full of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

I LOVE this school. It is the best school i have ever went to. I <3 WHMS!!!


Posted December 6, 2009

i hate that school it is mean and dumb but also cool i like the teachers and students but not mr.rufa
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2009

this school is fun and very interesting
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

My son is doing fantastic at this school and he enjoys all of the tachers and fellow students. This school gives students P.E. everyday, no school uniforms, and the outdoor Aviary they have is so nice. My son is an 'A' student and in 'AP' Math and LA/Reading classes. I was concerned that he would not be challenged enough, but thanks to the new highly professsional principal and her wonderful teaching staff I am very happy with our decision to keep our son at WHMS. A special thanks to Dr. Marcia Austin for starting to Rev Up the math in our county!!! My son loves it and is doing Fantastic and for those of you who have children that excel in Math & Science then you will be very pleased with the new math program she has interjected in our schools!! Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

My daughter has gone through middle school here and it has been an absolutely positive experience for us. The administration is very responsive to parents' concerns and I had no problems with my child's teachers or the course content. Her academic teachers as well as extra curricular teachers were supportive and encouraging. This is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

Used to be technology person at this school. Dedicated, innovative faculty and administration who take a personal interest in each student. I would send my kids there. Great folks to work with - Teachers are not there for the money- pay and benefits in Florida schools are awful, but faculty at WHMS always give 100%. Parent involvment is strongly encouraged there. Be sure to help , not hover.


Posted June 1, 2007

My son will be entering 8th grade this fall at WHMS and I have nothing but praise for this school, teachers, and principals. They offer a wide variety of classes and reward good behavior and grades with kayaking trips that he really loves. They have an aviary on the grounds that the students are responsible for, and use it as a teaching tool for other area elementary schools. Best of all, I feel he is safe there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

Very disappointed in this school. Having 5 children from college down to elementary school this was the most disappointing school I have ever dealt with. There are more poor teachers just there for a paycheck then teachers who care. I have waited 3 weeks for a teacher to return a phone call and some will never return phone calls. I think most teachers truly don't want parent involvement, even though they like to 'say' they do. While the main principle is great and one of the other assistant principles is a nice man and fair as well, the only female asst principle is an awful person who I truly believe could care less about anybody or anything except her paycheck. This school gets a D- from me. I am just thankful my kids wont be going there again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2006

My daughter is in her 8th grade year at WHMS, we will be so sad to see her leave. What a great learning experience, and not just in the classroom. There are a lot of handicapped students here, and to see them mixing easily with the regular ed students can really warm your heart. I was terrified when I dropped her off in 6th grade,but now I know she is safe everyday. The principal is awesome, clearly loves the kids but really commands respect of all. The students have built a huge bird aviary, the PE program is incredible--rock-climbing, riding bike trails, kayaking. WOW! I don't think there could be a better program anywhere (and its free!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2005

A++ SCHOOL!! For parents w/ IEP students, no school is better than West Hernando. After years of generic goals on IEPs and some violence at DS Parrott, we enrolled our daughter at West. She improved three grade levels in one year under Mrs. Davis/Mrs. Brown. We worked together focusing on her strengths and how to improve her 'below averages'. I could write a book on the differences. Also the kids there are better disciplined and the teachers believe in them. The teachers seem to want to be there; not just paying their bills. I can have lunch with her and not hear vulgar conversations or witness inappropriate behaviors. There are plenty of extracurriculars & team sports. Communication is fantastic between administration, teachers & parents. I get a call with the calendar of events bi-weekly; great parent coordinator. I continue to be impressed w/ this school and recommend it to all. Blessings, L.Deeter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

My daughter has attended WHMS since 6th grade. I find it to be a fantastic school. The teachers contacted me immediately when they saw my daughters grades falling so quickly throughout the marking period. At the school's suggestion, my husband and I sat around a table with ALL of her teachers to get to the heart of the mattter. There are many other strong qualities to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

Very disapointed in this school. They have poor conflict resolution and seem to adhere to double standards. My childs IEP is routinely overlooked. He does have a few good teachers but they are overwhelmed with approx. 34 students in the classroom. I will seriously look elsewhere for educational instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2003

Our son is a 7th grader, he has had very positive experiences at W.H.M.S. for the 2nd year now, the enviroment is very calming, yet very exciting for the students, He has several teachers that are so outstanding,one being his football coach,who goes way above the call of duty every single day on that field, where he has learned so many valuable lessons in patience, respect,sportsmanship and endurance. Also the principal is very visable through out the school and at the extra activities,very hands on and involved.
—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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

323 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

283 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "B".
  • 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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

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.

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 74%
Hispanic 15%
Black 7%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
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 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 8%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%64%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 22%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. CARMINE RUFA
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (352) 797-7135

Programs

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Brooksville, FL 34614
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