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Fernandina Beach Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 624 students

 
 

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Posted February 24, 2011

The bar here is set so low, it's just sad. We are not from here and the public school system we came from was much more challenging creative and fun! My child was bored out of her mind at this school. A lot of paper pushing. Most of her tests were the exact copies of the study guide. I received a letter from the school in December (the letter was dated in October) that my child's gifted teacher wasn't a certified teacher in the state of Florida. Of course, this is a 'fluff' class anyway, no real challenge to it. Very disappointing. The gym has no air conditioning, the school grounds are a mess, and the buildings look like they are going to fall down. Gym class is a joke. They tell the kids to 'find something to do'. If your child is average, they might be happy. If they are gifted, and truly love to learn, they will not like it at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

Excellent drama and band program. Guidance office very friendly and professional. Great staff. Good atmosphere for children and learning. Old facility, needs upgrade. Auditorium due for renovation at the end of this year - yeah! Algebra 1 Honors class receives high school credit - 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The teachers are very helpful and trusting and work well with our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Great teachers, great environment, good programs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

Im a student here at Fernandina Beach Middle School and I love it here! I just transferred from Callahan Middle and My parents and I are impressed with the acedemics here...Callahan is so behind and Fernandina's student have made me comfortable with the school and now i love going there. I like my teachers and gives us a challenge ,but its a challenge for me cause Callahan was behind. I also came here not only for the schooling but for the sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

This school was absolutely horrible! My son entered the school as an A/B student his entire life. Within a semester had gone to F's and D's. We couldn't get any help from his teachers. Second semester we pulled him out, started homeschooling him. What do you know... all A's and B's again. If you value your child's education, self-esteem, or future, you will not allow him or her to attend FBMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

Emphasis on academics and intellectual pursuits seem to be less of a priority than a rigorous dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

Dr. Mazzella is a wonderful Principal, and has done a good job over at FBMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

We moved here right as my daughter was starting middle school, 6th grade. I have heard for years how horrible middle schools are supposed to be. Not so here. Just love it! If you ever have a problem it is handled immediately! My daughter has had many great teachers and is challenged and does just great! Can't say enough wonderful things about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

The best school ever! The teachers are awesome and learning is so much fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

My child went to a private school here on Amelia Island she would complain about the school and i was tired of hearing it. She would tell me about how all her friends were leaving and she wanted to go to a public school. I finally let her and she was really excited when I told her. I feel like our relationship has gotten better since she has been there. There are bad kids there but she has made good decisions and she is hanging around with good kids. I think the group she is friends with now are better than the ones she had at private school. I also think the teachers and staff help the children more I would choose this school over any school in the world. I love it and I think you should sent your child here if they complain about their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

My daughter transeferred this year to FBMS from a private school. Although she has only been at FBMS for a few months, I am greatly impressed! While the homework is not as intensive as it was in the private school, she still has work to do each night & I would definitely not consider this school 'easy.' The principal & vice principal appear to be very involved with the kids and are very open to receiving feedback. Guidance counselors are also readily available and involved. Most of my child's teachers are excellent--as good or better than at the private school. The downside: kids are middle-schoolers and have the same issues (peer pressure, 'cussing' etc) that the kids in private schools deal with. Overall, I am very, very happy we chose FBMS for our child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

i love love LOVE this school, Sorry i just had to say that! -a person
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2005

Very mellow student body. Unpretentious, nonmaterialistic students. However, the trade-off for a safe and mellow environment is that the school is rather deficient in true intellectualism in terms of classes and workload ('easy' would be most applicable).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2005

Casual atmosphere despite the rigorous dress code. Limited electives. Minimal homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

fernandina beach middle school has to be one of the best schools i could ever send my children to. the outside of the school may not be brand new but it is nicely mantained. the teacher have been there since the dawn of time and i have yet to find one i don't like. the classes are small and every one knows eery one. the cheer team is in a national rank. this has to be the best school public or private any were near fernadina.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

We have been extremely pleased with the education our child receives at FBMS. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is challenging!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2004

This school is a great place for the kids to learn and to be thereselves. I wouldn't take my child out if it if the world depended on it. Everyone does so good in school here and the kids are so much fun.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "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

 
 
100%
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 77%
Black 9%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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315 Citrona Drive
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone: (904) 321-5867

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