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Gulf Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 781 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

Our son is a student at Gulf Middle since last year and we only have a very positive impression. The teachers are really good and try to teach as much as possible. Overall our impression is that the education level is very high. If there are any questions they will get back to you very fast and the whole communication between GMS, our son and us was always very friendly, open and cooperative, so I cannot confirm the concerns from the other reviewer. Also we never faced any problems regarding the dress code, which just covers the standard recommendations. To sum up: We are more than happy with the school, the teachers, the way they support our son and us and we would recommend that school to anybody asking us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

This school uses intimidation to control the students. The vice principle stands in the door way upon arrival scoping children down, observing dress code. No greetings, just intimidation. Even if children are in dress code, the vice principle will send them to the clinic (even though they are not ill) to change their shirt into this enormous shirt that lets other children know they did something wrong. If students refuse to wear the shirt, in fear other students would tease them they are then sent to in school suspension, no verbal warning, no parental phone call. Children also are not allowed to bring water bottles to school and teachers seldom let the kids go to a water fountain for it is a distraction. If that wasn't bad enough, students are lined up like cattle at lunch time told where to sit and seldom sit with their class or peers. Administration bullies children by dehumanizing them along with intimidation. Unfortunately, this school DOES have amazing teachers but the administration makes the experience dreadful. The district would greatly benefit by sending surveys to households so that they may be aware of the internal problems in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Gulf Middle school is my support. This school has truly guided me in the right direction. The teachers, and students always support and respect me for who I am. The education is nothing but the best. This school helped me to make the right choices and follow my heart. I recommend this school to everyone.


Posted August 16, 2011

Gulf Middle School has a very safe learning environment with a friendly staff dedicated to getting your child the education he or she needs. The school has two main rules: Keep your hands to yourself and watch what comes out of your mouth. Each and every student has those two rules memorized by heart thanks to their principal, Mr.Lane. On announcements every morning he reminds them that they come to school to get an education. The students give a hundred percent effort at what they do. In fact, when I attended this school, our FCAT scores was one of the top in the county. Our were Writing scores were one of the top out of the state. Not only is the school great academically, but they also have great rewards for the students after every quarter for their hard work. I had a very fun 3 years at Gulf and have made so many memories that I will carry for the rest of my life.


Posted August 12, 2011

My son is in 7th grade this year. Gulf Middle is an excellent school with great teachers. Parents if you are considering a good school "Gulf Middle" is the one!!!!!!!!!!!!.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

I have two children in Gulf Middle School. The teachers in the 6th and 7th grade are not good communicators. They don't tell you they are having a problem with your child until they get to the point of referrals and then they don't tell you that the child is going to be punished by after school detention and In School Suspension for the same infraction. They also don't seem to care if the student is failing and don't keep up the grades on Parentlink in a timely manner, even though all the schools encourage parents to use Parentlink all the time. My kids mostly make really good grades all year and then fail the FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

As a transplant from NY, I was very concerned about the quality of schools here in FL - I had previously heard they were not equivalent to what we were used to. Unfortunately I found this to be true to some extent. My son easily scores almost perfect FCAT scores without even studying (the Holy Grail according to the state of FL, I guess), yet almost fails many of his classes due to lack of interest and motivation. He also has been bullied quite a bit at this school, which is causing him to not enjoy school, and affecting him academically as well. I've asked the school for assistance several times and have been ignored. Recently my son has been suspended several times for getting into fights with the kids that were picking on him. Needless to say I'm very disappointed on the way this is being handled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

My daughter is in the 6th grade and the only disappointment isthat Gulf Middle School does Not teach Spanish only French, this is disappointing we have moved from Cleveland Oh. and has found that Spanish is so important to learn in this state. Also when she goes off to high school she will be behind with other students that have gone to other middle schools that all offer Spanish
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

Gulf Middle is the greatest school I have ever attented I am a current 8th grader and love it! Every student and teacher there is kind and considerate! If you want your child to attend a great school you should consider Gulf!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2004

This is an excellent school. My son is in 6th grade and is doing very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

This is quite a good school for a child to learn the basics. Not all teachers care or are adequately competent, but in the main, chances are your child can achieve good progress if he/she care to study seriously. Kudos to the principal: a good administrator and quite responsive to parents communications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

As far as Lee County schools go, Gulf is about the best that can be hoped for. I am the parent of a gifted 8th grader recently transferred here from Collier County. I find the gifted education programs fall far short of other programs she has been involved in in Hillsborough and Collier Counties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

As a parent of an elementary student and a teacher in Gulf Middle, I will do anything in my power to get my child into Gulf Middle School. It is an outstanding school where I feel safe, students are taught respect, discipline, and advanced thinking skills. It is the best school I've ever experienced in my 16 years as a teacher. The administration and staff are both top notch.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%
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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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 64% 42%
Hispanic 25% 29%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 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 56%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%66%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
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  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. William Lane
Fax number
  • (239) 549-2806

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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