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Cypress Lake Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 778 students

 

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Posted July 21, 2013

I debated between choosing Lexington Middle and Cypress Middle for my son. It was a tough choice because Lexington Middle is a newer school which appears to have a modern, classy school appearance. The principle at Cypress Middle, however impressed me with the way she just connects with the educational needs of a middle school child. It seemed to remind me of old school thought " discipline, respect, fun, and school work are top values". I have to say that the education at Cypress is phenomenal and totally reflects these values. My child loves this school so much that he does not want to miss a day of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

Cypress Lake Middle School is one of the very best schools that my children have ever attended. They have been in school out of state and in a local private school. This school however has far outweighted the rest in staff, students, talend, and education. I think CLMS is absolutely amazing in everyway!!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Discipline policy needs review. Too much slides by, whike a shirt tail out rates a "grounding" for the entire semester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

I'm not sure if i agree with the statement about the math department, i am currently a student and they excel in teaching and participation in the class. All of the other departments are great to, the only thing that might not be so excellent is the dance department, they do not really give anything to the students who are not in the highest level.


Posted June 29, 2010

The teachers are friendly, professional and communicate well. The administration creates a family atmosphere conducive to achieving the full potential of our star student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

Gr8 school but I think they should let up on the kids just a bit. My son comes home stressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

Cypress Lake Middle is the best school. I absolutly love being in all of the arts and academic programs. If you are a panther, you are taught to be a team player and have fun with your friends. I love CLMS so much and I would have never gone to a different school if i had the option.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2009

I love this school my parents went here and my sister so its kind of cool and im a dancer and its great to dance all day and in school it kind of fills in for recess in elementry school but its middel school so i love this school its a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

I love cypress lake middle school its so interactive with all the sports, dances, clubs, and fundraisers. You'll never be board here the scheduaks are so jamed backed and fun. If you don't go to cypress you're missing out on al of the FUN!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

My son is a 6th grader at Cypress this year. He has severe ADHD, OCD, and Tourettes Syndrome. He also has pretty serious nosebleeds at times. I wrote a letter to the principal and each teacher at the orientation to make them aware of his situation - unlike his elementary school every teacher acknowledged the letter and have been extremely understanding - some have even reported new 'tics' associated with his Tourette's. He is in advanced classes as well as band and has just started Steel drums and has been on the A-B honor roll so far this year. He wanted Cypress at sign-up and luckily an opening came up before school started - we couldn't be happier with it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

I have a 6th grader at Cypress Lake Middle School, she is excited to go to school each and every day. Her teachers are great, she loves the Arts School here, already had Band now she will be in Dance! Keep up the Awesome Work Cypress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

Cypress Lake Middle School is an excellent school. If you are aspiring to be in the arts,this is a great beginning. I started at Cypress last year as a fresh little sixth grader. Cypress has wonderful teachers,a fun principal, and great values. Turning down a school like this would be a big mistake.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2006

My daugther has done well at Cypress for the most part. The problems we have had are: They are extremely rude and have no business being 'in charge' of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

My daughter is in 7th grade at Cypress Lake Middle School. The school has met our expectations. We are impressed with the academics -- the school is able to accomodate high performers and gifted students, even though it is not an official Gifted Center. The best thing about it is that is a well-rounded school. The arts are very important (it is an Arts Magnet School), which diminishes the importance of 'jocks' and cheerleaders in the social pecking order. My shy child went from a small private school to (huge) CLMS in 6th grade, knowing no one. She has blossomed in all ways, gaining confidence and a sense of who she is. The wide range of arts and extracurricular activities has enabled her to find her place and thrive. The teachers, students and administrative staff all seem to have an 'energy' that you just don't find at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

I like this school so much. It helps their education much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2005

The academic programs were very good. My son really enjoyed all of the music and sports activities. They encourage parents to become involeved in the school. I was a volunteer in their reading program and found it to be very rewarding. I would highly reccommend this school if your child enjoys the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2004

Cypress Lake has a very pleasant campus, with open hallways and landscaped areas. Whenever I called or visited the school, the staff was receptive and helpful. I never felt that my son was lost among many students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

CLMS is an awesome middle school! The teachers are wonderful, they are always available to answer questions. My son has grown artistically since attending Cypress Lake Middle School. He has a newfound passion for art while still being challenged and engaged in his academic studies. I would highly recommend Cypress Lake Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2004

My child is so thrilled with her school that she literally sings while getting ready for each new day there! The academics are strong, teachers are dedicated, the student mentor system eases the transition to middle school. Bravo, CLMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

My child's experience at Cypress has been wonderful. He has developed musically over the past three years under Mr. Flory's direction and dedication as well as the the schools focus, support and involvment with the Arts program. Middle school can be a challenging experience for many students and parents, but Ms. Folares' positive attitude, openess and involvement as well as the enthusiam of the staff has made this a great experience we will treasure. We will miss you all after this year!
—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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

227 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

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n/a

2013

 
 
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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 59%
Hispanic 21%
Black 16%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%66%61%
Master's degree 29%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. KELLY MANISCALCO
Fax number
  • (239) 481-3121

Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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8901 Cypress Lake Drive
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