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Sawgrass Springs Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1179 students

 

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Posted August 18, 2013

My child's school is a step-up from his previous school. He's happy with the teachers as well as with his classmates (no bullies this time). He's in the gifted program and he's being challenged with the more in-depth coursework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

i put my daughter in chater thinking that it was small and safe but everyone used to bully her but i heard that sawgrass was a a school so i tried it and it ridiculusly amasing she is now going to high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

This school isn't good. This is the worst school I ever been to. The teachers don't even care about you. The students aren't good. The academic levels are going down too.


Posted January 16, 2012

I HATED THIS SCHOOL!!!! I went there in sixth grade and at the end of the year I was sooo happy to be moving and going to a new school. Most of the teachers don't try to even help you learn anything, its like you get one bad grade and then they give up on you. The kids are no better, they all think they are better than you. If you are a girl and you are not wearing hollister or abercrombie, then have fun sitting at the loser table for the rest of your years. And if you are a boy who is not a sneakerhead, don't waste your time trying to even talk to the kids who are. They are all bullies and are not nice at all. I'm a very petite girl, and I remember that at my bus stop there was a boy trying to hit on me, and when i said that i didn't like him, he threatened to beat me up!!! And then when i told the school, they blamed me and i got a detention for pushing him away because they said it was physical violence. I am now an 8th grader at Ramblewood Middle School and I am doing a lot better in school, and i have many more friends.


Posted December 15, 2011

Hate this school!!!! My son goes to this school and the teachers are bullies. They pick on students and everyone at this school yells. I went for a shadow and all the teacher did for the first 15 mins of her class was yell and say how much she didnt like that class. The vice. princ. screamed in my face after I told her a teacher picked on my son and slapped him on his hand and you all ready know they covered it up. Ask you kids about the teachers and staff. The principal cant even control his staff granted that he is new but I think if your kid goes to this school just ask them about things they might have seen that was unjust to them or other students. This school also does not follow up with children needs on a acedemic level. I was told that because my son was to slow may he should drop out and go to a center called Dave Thomas a become a auto tech. That is a heck of a thing to say to a child with a learning disablitiy and yet a that any child parent. This school runs like boot camp and have the staff of a prison yard. A bunch of liars they are they paint a pretty but that school has many complants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

This is honsetley a HORRIBLE SCHOOL!!!!!!!! I hate it sooo much, I feel as if the teachers dont even care about you. The kids have NO RESPECT! Its just discusting -Student


Posted August 7, 2011

This is a excellent school. The teachers cares for their students and my child is doing a whole lot better since she started attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

We have a great school. The teachers and students work very hard to get the job done. The FCAT is one day out of 180. Come and visit and see our wonderful school. We can only teach what the parents send usl
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 11, 2008

The faculty is not only exceptional academically, but they seem to know and care about their students individually. Each of my child's teachers seemed to really know the personality and needs of my child when we spoke. I was very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

Excellent staff from the principal to the counselors to the teachers. Every staff member goes above and beyond for the well fare of the students. My children thrived in this middle school. Many clubs and electives offered. The best middle school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2008

We have had 4 children attend Sawgrass Middle School. The administration, teaching staff, faciliites, and overall environment of the school are outstanding. All of our children loved attending, and were well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2007

the teachers are nice and helpful.......that makes it feel almost funner. :) !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2007

My son is an 8th grade student and takes gem classes and advanced classes. This school has excelent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

I am a 7th grade student at this school and I think it provides excellent education. There is a multitude of clubs for kids to join. The teachers are also extremely friendly. You can also join music programs such as band and orchestra.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2006

I am very pleased with SSMS. My daughter had some difficulty in elememtary school. Once she started SSMS she really started to excell. She is now in 7th grade and has all advanced classes. The teachers are wonderful and really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

SSMS is an excellent learning environment for your children. It has been awarded the 5-star school award for five consecutive years. Academic programs (such as the GEM program) available in this school are not available in most schools and ensure that your child succeeds in every aspect of his/her life. The teachers in Sawgrass Middle are the best of the best. Many of them have been recognized by Broward county and some even by the state of Florida. There are many parents volenteering for PTA and they help make Sawgrass Springs Middle the wonderful school that it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

I rated this school the same way that I am going to review it. It is, by far, the best school, in my eyes anyhow, in Broward County. ESPECIALLY for a middle school, the age is hard to handle. SSMS is a fantastic school, and constantly keeps up with current events, and society which is extremely important to forming a childs mind. The academics are off the chart as far as greatnes, the 'GEM' program stands alone. My son is not only interested, but constantly being challenged. It is a wonderful thing to have your child enjoy school, he wants to go even when he doesn't feel well. I rate this school as an A+ all the way around, and changed my mind last year about moving out of state because of it, we will stay until he finishes. Excellent school, excellent staff! I would recommend it to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

The academic programs are top notch here. I completely recommend this to any student of any level. Also, the music is incredible here. The band, chorus, and orchestra are both incredible and spectacular programs that really show the achievement of the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

Excellent school - I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

This school offers the finest elective program throughout Broward County. The music program offers chorus, band, Jazz band, chamber groups and orchestra to more than 700 students a day. Jeanne Halberg, chorus and Orchestra Teacher was the State winner last year. Ron Helm, the Band director was the runner up the year before for Arts Teacher of the Year. This is the only middle school that offers Health in grades 6,7, & 8. The Art program is one of the finest around and the Art teacher is one of the finalists for the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year. The Physical Education and Health program has won State Awards twice since the school opened. We also pilot many innovative programs throughout all the curriculum. The interscholastic sports program is extremely competitive and County Winners each year. The teachers are extremely qualified and creative. The staff really cares.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

351 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

452 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

448 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

445 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

445 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 37%
Black 28%
Hispanic 27%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%53%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JAMES CECIL
Fax number
  • (754) 322-4585

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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12500 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: (754) 322-4500

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