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Ponce De Leon Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1106 students

 

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Posted October 24, 2013

Whenever you walk into the school, the staff has a smile on the face. They are very helpful and care for their students. The director is incredible and met the challenge of transforming a school catering a very diverse student population, teaching kids from any disadvantaged neighborhood together with gifted children in an IB middle school program. Yes, there is way to improve on the organization, but the most important is that the heart of the staff is on the right place. Students get a hug when they need it but they are also taught discipline and self confidence. Students that get kicked out of neighboring schools, such as Carver, tend to regain confidence and growth at Ponce de Leon. This is not because Ponce de Leon is an easier school, it is just because the school philosophy is warm and welcoming, valuing each student at a fundamental level. This is what encourages students to give their best and regain confidence in themselves. I appreciate the individual approach to counseling, which high school is best for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I remember sitting at the classroom and learning through multiple lectures. Meeting teachers and students alike in which are peculiar and yet cunning. I remember meeting friends and friends of friends that have multiple characteristics. Some per say can be a bit annoying. Others are what you can say a wisecrack. Some are shy and others are outspoken. I remember the memories we shared. Through thick and thin, we stand our ground. I remembered the trouble makers and the happy go lucky people. (ei. Fieldtripper, point dexter, skipper, vultures, chicken foot gang, g the loudest, Einstein, et cetera) All I can say is that there are times when you are paired up with people whom can be a great asset and others not so much. There are times when you are pit into real life situations and such which can prepare you for the future. To the kiddos going to the school, let me give you and advice. Whenever you get the chance to do something, do it. Do not procrastinate! Do not belittle things. Always do your best so in the end you would never regret your actions. Balance your academics, extracurricular, and community services. Whatever you do, face your consequences head on and never complain.


Posted September 11, 2013

Ponce is a great School for all types of students. I am an 8th grader and this is my third and last year at Ponce. I have enjoyed every year I have spent here, I have learned and grown so much.


Posted September 10, 2013

My son started school this year and absolutely loves it. He loves getting up and ready for school now. He cant wait for the chess club to start so he can learn how to master the game. I found the principal to be very knowledgeable and friendly during the craziness of orientation. The school grounds are lovely and well kept. I love the fact that they have maintained the authenticity of the historic buildings but yet are able to provide a great environment for a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

im very happy with the progress that ,my duagjhter has acquired here at ponce. I pleased with her teachers and class schedule. I will defeneletly will be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter is a 7th grade gifted student in the IB program.She's had a great experience so far at Ponce. Last year i was worried about her entering a big school campus after a fairly cozy elementary program, but her teachers did a great job reaching out to her and made themselves available via email from the beginning of the year, and were great at responding, whenever there were concerns or questions. The lead teacher in the IB program is FABULOUS!!!!!! She is like a mom to the kids: nurturing them, but also giving them the kind of advice they need to navigate middle school. She really knows the kids. Academically, teachers have challenged her with interesting, cross-disciplinary projects, which is what the IB program is all about. Her science teacher last year was amazing and committed - she led a group of kids on a fabulous camping trip to learn about the Everglades! Her Language Arts teacher was a fiercely dedicated burst of energy and creativity. The French program won first place in the county for middle school for I think the 2nd or 3rd year! Math was a great experience too, and she was well prepared to enter the Algebra (for those who qualify). Ask to meet a current parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

My son is a student at the IB program of Ponce de Leon Middle. The administrators and teachers of the program are phenomenal. The curriculum is challenging and very globally-oriented. My son is studying hard and very motivated, and I have the school to thank.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

This is our 3rd year at Ponce and we continue to be impressed by not only the curriculum of the IB Program but the quality of the Ponce teachers and administrators. They are a team of motivated and dedicated academics striving to ensure our kids succeed. Our son is very proud of his school, as are we. We highly recommend Ponce to any family looking for an excellent education, administered by a highly professional team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

Great school. I would not want to work anywhere else. It is a true representation of the excellence that can be produced when everyone works together.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2011

My son has excelled at Ponce De Leon Middle School. The teachers are professional, attentive nd serious about teaching. The teachers earnthe respect of the students because it is apparent that they care. The principal is energetic, motivated and positive about the future of the students. The PTSA is envolved and has made great strides in bring community to this schoold. The IB program is challenging and is providing a well rounded view of the world, politics and economics that the students need to be sucessful in the future. I would recommend Ponce De Leon Middle school to any student that is serious about their acedemic future.u
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

An excellent education by a caring teacher group; and advanced curriculum which will be respected when my child applies for college; the chance to play sports, make friends, perform music in concerts; all of this and more is what Ponce offers. My 7th grader has advanced tremendously in the program, and is learning more than I could have imagined. As a result of the excellent teaching in this advanced program (the IB program), my child will complete high school (yes, they plan ahead that far ahead) with much of his first year of college credits completed, saving costs for us, and giving him greater opportunities to advance there, as well. They took a field trip to the Everglades, learn languages, and study guitar. There are art programs and other great opportunities. If you are looking for a school program that can help your child have a well rounded education, and social network building, this school is a wonderful choice. As for the test scores, consider that the school is only partial magnet, so the scores are for the entire school. The magnet only program would have awesome scores, if they could be shown alone. What would I change? More parents getting involved more often.
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Posted October 9, 2011

I am so proud to say that my daughter chose Ponce, out if her many choices for middle school. I am extremely happy with her performance and mostly for the performance of her teachers! I was concerned about where Skylar would go to middle school and was very confused by our choices. Skylar was very interested in going to South Miami and was accepted but after weighing her options and all the benefits of the IB program she chose Ponce. I wad extremely happy with her decision and really feel she made the right choice! I think Ponce has so much more to offer her than any other option we had and she has had the best two years of het life there! She has amazing, well rounded respectable friends that I am so happy for her to have as piers! I find the program challenging for my intelligent child but also a place where she has made friends for life! I give her experience an "a" and will recommend this school to everyone !
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Posted August 5, 2011

As a parent of an incoming seventh grader I give Ponce de Leon Middle an excellent rating. My son excelled academically and made lots of new friends during his sixth grade year. The IB teachers are caring, involved, and responsive. The IB coordinator and all the administrators are hands on professionals who will strive to help your child on an individual basis. Ponce is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

Ponce is an exceptional school. The teachers are caring and proactive. The leadership team is also exceptional and extremely student and parent centered. It is one of the finest schools in teh area. The IB programme is a notch above all the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

this school in all honesty is filled with empty minded students, trust me i wasted 3 years of my teenage life there for no reason...this school does not give student the option to explore the arts, let alone sports. the teachers are lazy most of the times, i attended Ponce since 2005-2006 (6 grade) 2006-2007(7th grade) and 2007-2008 (8th grade) i am now a Senior at South Miami Senior High for the School of the Arts for Fine Art, and DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANY PARENT to send their child to this middle school...my brother is the most recent of our family to have left Ponce, me and my sister and 3 other cousins beofre us have gone there...during the years of my cousins up until my years the school has been moderate enough for a good educaton, but now my parents are truly disappointed that my brother was not challenged enough in his stuides, everything was to easy...and to prove that we're not slaker children, my older sister will now be graduating from FIU with a double major in marketing and accounting, i go to South Miami Senior High for Fine Art and my brother will now be moving on to Miami Coral Park for engineering


Posted September 28, 2010

HI ! its ASHLEY AMAYA & ALEXANDRA VELASCO speaking ! PONCE DE LEON middle is an AMAZING school. We should know , WE GRADUATED from there ! we are class of 2009-2010 <3 which makes us now freshman at coral gables senior high. Well alexandra's favorite part of ponce de leon was the people because their all DOUGIE which means'' fresh '' (: & My favorite part of ponce de leon middle was the teachers and how cool they were with us when 8th graders ruled the schooll ;D & LAST BUT NOT LEAST MINE & ALEXANDRAS favorite part of ponce de leon middle was MR.MELTON ! BEST MATH TEACHER OF LIFE ! without him we would'nt of made it to highschool and yet till this day me & alexandra have intensive math againn <3 well we recommened your students to go to PONCE DE LEON !


Posted May 20, 2010

it is awesome. so many clubs , great teachers, and a nice staff.
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Posted January 22, 2010

I have been substituting at Ponce for the 2009-2010 School Year and I find it to be excellent! A very positive environment, great students and adm/faculty, and a beautiful campus!
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Posted April 12, 2009

This school is great. This is my last year at this school and i can honestly say that i do not want to leave. The teachers are very caring, and are just simply amazing. Each student finds ways to bond with each teacher here, which makes the whole experience way smoother. The teachers are willing to motivate and push every single student to do better instead of just punishing them right away. The school has a big campus, and has strong security. The administration, apart from a select few, are very caring, but at the same time do not let students walk all over them. The principle, though, is another issue. She's doing fine with the school, but she really wasn't the best choice.Its got alot of extracurricular activities, lots of educational but fun field trips, and you will make lasting memories & friendships. But great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

this is school is very caring they treat every single student like family...i would recommend this school highly...i just left ofor high school, on early relase i had to go back to thank every single one of my teachers form 6-8th grade!!! the advanced teachers are the best!!!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

368 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%
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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

389 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

354 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

390 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
75%
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.

445 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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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
Hispanic 78%
Black 13%
White 7%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%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 47%58%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%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 12%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

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  • Emotional behavioral disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:40 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARTHA C CHANG
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 666-3140

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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