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Clearwater Fundamental Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 844 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 2, 2014

Clw Fundemental is a great middle school. Not only do they hold the students accountable for their actions, the parents are involved and in the know. Having to sign every piece of homework, test, quizzes, and demerits their child receives. I like the strictness with the demerits and detentions of a fundamental school. The school has it's act together and produce well educated children (just look at the schools test scores.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Clearwater Fundamental Middle School is solid ground for my grandson to build on for his future.


Posted January 5, 2014

My sons didn't attend an elementary fundamental school. The eldest of the two did NOT want to have anything to do with a fundamental middle school! Accepting the invitation to the program was one of the single best decisions I've ever made. My son had not been encouraged by strong and positive teachers since attending a private school during 1st and 2nd grade. All of his teachers at CFMS never stopped encouraging him. He made honor roll from his second semester of 6th grade throughout his completion of 8th grade. Our second son has been an honor roll student since attending grade school. He is also flourishing at CFMS. I'll be completing the application during the allotted time for our daughter to attend CFMS in the 2013-2014 school year. With strong ties, positive encouragement, and guidance, I know that our daughter WILL also fly high at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School. Beautiful campus. High ranking teachers. More than capable new principal. Straight-forward & zero tolerance for bullying, drugs, violence, and/or non-fundamental policies on campus. I love, love, love the assistant principal, Mr. Kurek, too. The SAC & PTA are top rated! Beautiful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

This is a really great school! My son came from a private school and completed 6th grade last year. At first it was bumpy because it took him awhile to make friends, but he did and fit right in. All the teachers, guidance counselor and administrators were very prompt at emailing me back whenever I had questions, and they were always very positive and willing to help. I feel they are genuine and really care about helping the children succeed as individuals. The vice principal is very serious about any bullying and reacts appropriately...my son feels very safe at this school. The before and after-care program run through the YMCA onsite is an absolutely wonderful program with great counselors and fun clubs for the kids. They also give the kids time to do their homework. We are very comfortable with the atmosphere of this school and are really impressed with the quality teachers. We are hoping the new principal will continue on the same successful course that has been put in place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

While I absolutely love the principal and the philosophy of the fundamental school, the children I have encountered here are worse than any of the students we've dealt with in the public middle schools. My oldest son went to Carwise middle then on to Palm Harbor IB and is now leaving for Cornell University, my daughter went to Tarpon middle and is now a sophomore in IB at Palm Harbor on the same track. I felt my youngest needed a little more structure so elected to try fundamental. He has been exposed to more junk through those kids than I ever had come home from the other 2 schools. Sex, drugs, fights, and bullying. Yes, the principal addresses it after the fact, however I thought the occurrences would be less when in fact, because the school is smaller, all students are more aware of everything that's happening so there is no sheltering. The other schools are so large that if they have a good peer group & stick with those kids, the other junk is not so "in their face" as it is at the fundamental. I have found some parents to feel that just because they are attending that school and go to a few required PTA mtgs, they are doing their job well & that is concerning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

We are entering our 3rd & final yr. @ CFMS. Although the beginning was a bit rocky, we never 2nd guessed our decision. We were commited to a philosophy lost throughout the yrs.; that school is for education, comradery & leadership. Children spend more time at school than at home. Peers can affect their decision-making regardless of upbringing For this reason we felt an environment that builds on character & integrity was cruicial. That is exactly what we found at CFMS. Academic excellence, responsibility, honesty & "Do the right thing" are consistently reminded as well as enforced. There will always be certain areas which may not be perfect but overall it is an excellent school! My daughter is a proud Trailbrazer and we will both miss it dearly when she graduates this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2010

Awesome faculty & staff! This school has a great sense of community. Even after moving and doubling in size, CFMS students & staff maintained their integrity. I very happy to have a kid there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

Coachmen is ok. academic wise its good. social wise is good but coachmen can be a bit boring. some teachers are strick while others are alright. the food is pretty bad! but over all the school is a 3.9/5.0
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2009

My son didn't go to a fundamental elementary school, so it was very hard for him to decide on Coachman Fundamental three years ago, because most of his friends were going to Oak Grove Middle. But then Coachman has good kids and nice teachers, my son made new friends fast and was happy to be there. He and his good friends will go to Palm Harbor University HS this fall. Thank you Coachman teachers and staffs for the good work, special thanks to Ms. Underwood who cares so much about our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

Two of our children have went to Coachman. I would recommend this school to children that need a more structured learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

I am currently a 7th grader at Coachman. My older sister is in 8th. I LOVE Coachman and easily will give it five stars. Coachman focuses on educating the kids, but also expresses freedom for the students. Some courses offered are Gifted for advanced children, as myself and my sister, and Media Productions, where we film the morning announcement (my sister is in the same class as me!). I am very proud to say that I am a Coachman student and a future graduate of 2009-2010. See ya and for anyone who can GO TO COACHMAN FUNDAMENTAL! And by the way, say hi to the AWESOME principal (and my pal) Mr. Dave Rosenburger.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2007

Focused on academics, with an emphasis on respect and responsibility, Coachman is a safe haven in a time when other public schools struggle with violence, low standards, faculty frustration, and parental indifference. Coachman's focus on family involvement and communication makes it easy to keep up with your child's progress. The small student body (around 550 students) makes each child feel like an integral part of the Coachman 'family.' Coachman is simply the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Coachman is incredible! The best thing next to private school...may even be better! If you are lucky enough to win the lottery to get in, you should celebrate because is better winning a money lottery. You don't have to pay to go there and you child will receive a great education. Good luck to all that try to enter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

I think Coachman Middle School is a great school and is in a great location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

The quality of everything that Coachman has to offer is fenominal. There is a wonderful balance between the arts and academics. The sports are somewhat lacking, but then again it is a fundamental school, and therefore not a compeating school. Of course also being a fundamental school, there is an extremem amount of parental involvement. That is the best part, from monthly SAC meeting, to PTSA and then signing every piece of paper the children bring home, there is no better was to be involved. I would definatley recomend that you apply all of your children, there is no better middle school for them to attend.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2005

This is a great school - very much into academics! If you want your child to be ready for high school and college, you want your child to attend a fundamental school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

Great!I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2005

Wonderful School! Parents and staff really care about the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2004

Great school. Lots of enthusiasm. My daughter really enjoys attending.
—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 53% in 2014.

286 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

286 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
97%
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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
70%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 78%
Hispanic 11%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%60%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1660 Palmetto Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
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Phone: (727) 298-1609

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