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South Seminole Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1283 students

 

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Posted June 10, 2014

My son has attended this school for 2 years now. I don't have enough characters to explain how many things going wrong here! Participation Grades of 100% across the board and then straight D's and F's on all test!!! When confronting administration they act clueless that they about the egregious education given to the LEVEL 1 & 2 FCAT KIDS!! DON"T worry if your kid is in the Pre IB program you'll get Books, Homework and everything they needs to succeed. But if your child struggles they just get sloppy seconds and passed along!! I am pulling my son ASAP even if I have to work 2 jobs to pay for school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

Bad school! There are even gang signs in the bathrooms. Why don't parents teach their children discipline anymore. They're just setting their kids up for failure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2014

My daughter is completing the 6th grade at SSMS. Moving to the area this year, we were very hesitant having her zoned for this school. My daughter loves this school! The electives are wonderful, and my daughter loves MR. Nick!! She has mentioned that there is some fighting in this school, but she is enrolled in the Pre-IB program and has excelled regardless of the environment! I would recommend this school, but if you have a motivated learner-definitely enter them into the Pre-IB program!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

My child currently attends this school. In the three years, that she has been a student at the middle school its been one of the worst experiences for her. The school says they have a zero tolerance for bulling but the deans just tell students to solve problems on their own. This obviously doesn't solve problems with true bullies. She had a opportunity to garner knowledge from a handful of good teachers. Ms. Riley and Mr. Kornya are both valuable asserts for the school. Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Ougel also play a positive role in the SSMS team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

South Seminole Middle School was the most horrible experience for my son. I only wish I had withdrawn him sooner than I did. He was bullied the entire 2 1/2 years he attended. So bad once, where the police department had to become involved, and the other student was expelled for the remainder of that year. The administration does absolutely nothing against bullying. I finally withdrew him during his 8th grade year after he was punched in the neck and stomach, no disciplinary action was taken, and no one admitted to having seen anything. This was definitely not a school for my son. The Dean is horrible, I'm not even sure how he manages to hold his position. Having him transfer to a private christian school was the best thing I ever did. SSMS is more like a zoo, no discipline whatsoever. Unfortunately I feel that if the administration doesn't begin handling the bullying in a professional manner, someone is bound to get seriously hurt one day. If it were possible to give this school a negative star rating, I would. Good Luck. :/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

It is the best school it has great teachers and staff they don't allow fighting and my daughter went there and had a wonderful 3 yrs I love this school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

bad, careless, the deans are horrible and so is there diciplineary system. mr.grace need sto be fired.


Posted December 8, 2009

This school is ok in most areas..I guess having been in Fairfax County, Va's school system, I expect no less than the best...and what SSMS needs is uniforms...too many parents dress their daughters like S. OBT Hookers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I love this school. Its the best ever!!!! all the guidance counselors are the best. Mr.Ougel is my favorite (no offense Mrs. Durand)! he is always there to talk to and he listens very well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

My son attended South Seminole and they have the best teachers in the Central Florida Area, hands down. Every time there was an issue it was addressed with great diligence.The teachers work together as a team to give the students the best education possible.Team work is where its at!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

South Seminole Middle School is student focused on increasing student acheivement.


Posted September 20, 2009

The teacher and staff are so friendly! I have an incoming 6th grader and I feel very welcome at SSMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

My child was in Pre-IB in this school and had a great year and a half so far she loved the teachers and the school she never came home saying bad things about the school and my other child that attended this school also had a wonderful year they both had As and Bs threw the years they were in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Great per-IB program; enthusiastic and experienced teachers; diverse student population
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

My son attended this school for 7th and 8th grade and did well at this school, there is zero tolerance for fighting and the teachers (atleast the ones my son had) genuinely care for the students and their education. I have another child at this school who has been there for all three years and I have been very happy with his years there as well and he takes advanced classes and does well in them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

The teachers should want to help the students more
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I'm surprised at some of the comments on this site. This school has made huge improvements and the pre-IB program is great for advanced students. Granted they expect a lot from the students and the discipline is firm, but isn't that what you want? Teacher turn over is low with many of them teaching here for years. This is one of the best middle schools in the Orlando area for preparing kids for high school and college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

I am very disappointed in the overall performance of this school. They seem all too ready to quickly send a child home on 'suspension' for even minor infraction, rather than do their jobs and teach. I can't wait for my child to move on to high school. This has been a nightmare for all of us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

PRE-IB PROGRAM - The 2006-07 Academic Year was SSMS's first year to offer the Pre-IB program. We came from a private school, academic environment and were very nervous about putting our daughter in a public school. WERE WE SURPRISED! Our daughter had an excellent year, worked hard, had challenging, creative assignments and really blossomed in the Pre IB Program. I highly recommend this track for a motivated, focused student. My only criticism is that the gifted program is somewhat weak and is used more as a private tutoring program rather than an enrichment program for gifted student. But, the Pre IB Program more than made up for this weakness. Great teacher and administration response to any concern, no matter how small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

The teachers and administration seem more concerned with their numbers and FCAT scores than the students. Teaching for the tests is a disaster and the attitude of the students reflect this. We have had an unfavourable experience the entire time our child has been in this school. Their disciplinary actions are ridiculous. It seems much easier to just suspend a student rather than work with them on minor infractions. This school has much work to do to become an acceptable school, which is really what an A school is all about. Caring about the students, and the actual education SHOULD come first. It doesn't in SSMS. Very sad indeed. I won't be sorry to see my child move on from this experience. It's mostly been negative for us.
—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.

378 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

377 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

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.

485 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

485 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

412 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

413 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

412 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
76%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
96%

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 66% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
98%
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 27%
Black 13%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 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 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%53%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. MIA COLEMAN-BAKER
Fax number
  • (407) 746-1420

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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