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Destin Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 654 students

 

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Posted May 21, 2010

Destin Middle School is open-minded in trying new things on a tight budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Dont listen to all the bad comments destin middle school is a very good public school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2009

This school seems like an expensive private school in that it offers a high quality education in a smaller, protected environment. Peers are offspring of mostly professionals who have instilled a few manners, so delinquency issues are practically nonexistent. Don't believe any rumors about snobbery. This is the best public middle school the area has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

You couldn't find a better middle school than Destin Middle! Awesome, caring and dedicated teachers and staff and a principal that we will miss since this is Mr. Britt's last year at the school. Opportunities abound in this school and academics are challenging but definitely worthwhile for the students. The Arts are emphasized as well as sports. Great parent involvement ensures a well rounded learning community. Go Marlins!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

Destin middle was a wonderful school! I had been to many other schools, but this one was the best! The teachers are very helpful and the principal is very on top of the things that go on at the school. I would highly reccomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2006

I am extremly disappointed w/DMS. The core classes are good for Florida standard but they do teach to the FCAT rather than to what will be taught in the next grade for that subject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

Our daughter is a student at DMS. This is a great school. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the academics, the teachers, and the staff. The teachers are open and willing to work with the kids to help them achieve. The band program is very strong and the band director does a super job with the kids. There is great parent involvement and great school spirit. There are many extracurricular activities for the kids, from sports to clubs. The SRO, Officer Jacox, does a super job with the kids and I have no concerns for our daughter's safety. After several years of dismal school experiences, we have found a breath of fresh air here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Our child attends DMS. The teachers are accessible and caring, the staff is on top of the game, and the opportunities are excellent. The band director is super and does an excellent job with the kids! Academics are strong and there is tutoring available. The teachers really want the kids to succeed. We have found the staff to be responsive. The on-site school Officer is great with the kids and I feel confident in our child's safety. After many crummy school experiences, DMS has been a breath of fresh air!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

Principal is a 'non-factor', do nothing principal, and unresponsive to parent's concerns. After school programs are lack luster, with little to no pride, discipline, and inspiration. Extra-curricular activities are dismal at best. The football team consistently posts losing records, year after year (4 wins in 4 years). The Band is also an embarrassment. Parent involvement is also dismal, because the parents feel that there is nothing that they can do to affect change. From an academic perspective, Destin Middle School is a good school. The teachers are accessible and the overall education experience is positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

Destin middle school is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 56% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
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 53% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
100%

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 66% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 79%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 131%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%57%61%
Master's degree 44%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. DIANE KELLEY
Fax number
  • (850) 833-7677

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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4608 Legendary Marina Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 833-7655

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