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Dundee Ridge Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 958 students

 

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Posted March 18, 2014

We are extremely disappointed in this school. Bullying occurs daily, as do fights. Students are constantly texting or on the phone DURING class. When my daughter brings it to the teachers attention because she is constantly distracted by this in class, the teacher calls her a tattletale! Teachers award "bonus" points to students for non academic work simply to pass them. When we asked for this policy to stop with our two children attending, our son went from a 90% average to a 50%. Now it is too late to get him properly prepared for the next grade and we, as parents, are choosing to hold him back. When in a parent/teacher conference, the teachers would get angry and threaten to walk out of the meeting because they don't want to be "told what to do in their own classroom". This school does a HUGE disservice to students and is an utter JOKE. Next year, the are supposed to be a "magnet" school. I'm not sure what the logic is behind this, because the school, administration and teachers cannot control their students long enough to actually educate them. Needless to say, we are pulling both of children out and finding an alternative school for next year. We are absolutely disgusted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

When I remember this school, I can only remember a truck full of bad memories and a hand full of good ones. I'm now in high school, but this was my middle school. I got bullied at this school often, and saw my friends get bullied as well. The mentality is that if you ask a teacher for help, what good will they do? They'd just maybe move them and say there's nothing they can do. The teachers and students don't want to address this problematic issue, and don't look like they can even step in. Trying to turn a blind eye to people that become outcasts. I was bullied heavily in 6th grade here, I had to go to the dean to cool it down. I promise, the school simply raises kids that show no respect and have poor ethical values. Shame that kids like me had to be affected. Now, granted, there were good teachers at the school that showed concern and helped me out: I will be grateful for those teachers, and my former librarian. The set up of how things work for the kids at the school make it so easy for people to be outcasted and picked on- I wish they could make improvements. I did learn at the school: the teaching quality isn't really the problem.


Posted June 24, 2013

My school is horrible! The discipline there is very bad. There is fights almost every day. But, the teachers do absolutely nothing to stop them. Some of the teachers there allow cursing and bullying. There are teachers that even insult the students. Coach Louis deserves to be fired. She talks to kids inappropriately. I've witnessed it myself. Mrs.Perry also deserves to be fired. I was crying in her class one day because of a family issue and she yells at me. What kind of teacher yells at a student for crying? She does. Do not send your kid here! If you do, i guarantee they won't be getting a diploma. WORST SCHOOL EVER!!


Posted February 11, 2013

I had two children that attended DRMS. They were so terrible to my special needs son that it was border lining on abuse! My daughter was singled out by the principal and staff because of the issues they had with my son. If I could give it 0stars I would. They even made the withdraw process a hassle. I am a stay at home mother of five & very involved with my children's education. I dreaded having to deal with DRMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

I went to dundee ridge middle and it was bad. I hated it. It is not a smart school u wouldn't want to go to that school


Posted April 18, 2012

This is a great school. There are few students that misbehave, but in my opinion its because the parents did not teach them how to behave at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

Both of my children attended DRMS, one is still there in 7th grade. Over the past four years, I have had no problems. In my personal opinion, the teachers there have helped shape my children in to the confident people that they are today. My children are extremely involved with FFA and the opportunities that they have had have only made their future brighter! THANKS MR. C!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

Im a student at drms and i think this school is overcrowed and horrible. the teacher can be flat out rude. i was called a name that hurt my feelings by the iss teacher in lunch. this school would be better if there wasnt as many students and if we had more than 3 minutes to get to our classes exspecially when all of our classes are spread apart. im not trying to be rude but this school needs to support and know about the more improved students instead of acting like all the students that go there are bad. overall i would give this school a 1 out of 10


Posted May 4, 2010

I'm a student here, i'm in the 8th grade, and I've attended this school for three years, what a disaster. I used to go to a school in Naples, Florida, when I moved here in 5th grade, I realized that the school is a wreck. When I was in 6th, there was literally a fight everyday. 7th grade was the same. This year, kinda stopped. The main problem is they give us ABSOLUTELY no time to talk to friends. We have 3 minutes in between classes. It takes me 3 minutes to get to class because my classes are spread through out the whole school. When I first came here they were teaching me things I learned in the 3rd grade, and this year, towards the end, there teaching me things I learned in the end of my 4th grade year. This is just an all around HORRIBLE school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2010

Ok i am in 8th grade and to be totally honest, this school lacks in areas where they need to be imporved. If they would lets students have more time to pee, or if they worry more about the childs education this would be better! this is an ok school, but the reason why i'm rating it because it truly does need impoving
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2010

Discipline is a huge problem. Dean of students does not enforce school rules or support teachers. Students bully, fight, curse with little to no consequences for their actions. Teachers have no support.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 10, 2009

I was very disappointed with this school. Half the teachers didn't even know who my son was at confrences without looking up his name. I witnessed kids kicking and hitting other kids while waiting in lunch line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

Very organized, great facility and good security, y kids are doing great, Just moved in and I like, I will like to see more club and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

The staff needs people skills & doesnt seem to like kids in general. I love all kids good, bad, misfit and anyway i get them. Being a foster parent gives you understanding which this staff has none. Not everyone staffed is poor, but the administrators are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

Very organized school, great safety for the kids, reasonable and dedicated teachers, modern facility, I am very happy my two boys attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

We just moved from Miami. We don't know anybody here. I had the hope my son could find social involvement in the school, to help in his transition, but the school has been a nightmare. No time to do anything, barely to eat, and even less to talk to anybody. No extracurricular activities, no sports, no brakes, any kind of recreation from 9AM to 4 PM. My son is going mad, I have to find another school, or he will lose the school year and he is a very good student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

My son is attending Dundee Ridge Middle School (DRMS) for the first time. He is a sixth grader. He has had to adjust to middle school life quickly! I am grateful to the school for having great structure. I love that about a school. The only thing wrong with this is that rules and school policies sometimes affect sometimes in a positive way and others in a negative way. For example, If my child needs extra time in the bathroom he should not get penalized for going to his next class late. That next teacher should be understanding. Another example would be allowing more that 22 minutes for more than 400 six graders to get their lunch sit down and eat it. Structure is good but reality sometimes strikes and flexibility is in order. Modifying and upgrade policies and procedures always help a school. I wish DRMS the best this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I think Dundee Ridge Middle School is not a good school for my child. The teacher didn't help the student when they needed it. They just frustrait the student. When you try to find a help for your child they didn't give you the right choice. They wanted to sent my child to Special Education without my authorization and without evaluating him, just because he didn't want to do his class work. I am not happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2004

My son has been in this school for 2yrs now and I find it to be o.k.. It should have more activities for the kids to get more involved. And it needs to teach a little more. My son did not get much work last year. So how can he learn if there seems to be not much teaching. We need more dedicated teachers in this school for it to be an A or at least a B school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2003

The children should have more time between classes. They should also have more extra curricular activities so that the kids can be more involved. But overall the school is okay except for those problems.


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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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

387 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

408 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

410 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

388 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

352 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 47%
Black 28%
White 20%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 37%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%66%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Autism

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45
School end time
  • 3:59
School Leader's name
  • MRS. STACY GIDEONS
Fax number
  • (863) 419-3157

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(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
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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  • Video / Film production
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5555 Lake Trask Road
Dundee, FL 33838
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Phone: (863) 419-3088

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