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Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 967 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2012

More like a reform school than a middle school. Dunbar is absolutely awful.The school is full of drugs and fights. We did NOT want our child there but thanks to the ridiculous "school choice" program(which gives you really no choice at all) we are stuck with Dunbar. The teachers and administration do not respond to letters/emails and never return phone calls(including the prinicpal). Our child is in AVID and the gifted program so she is somewhat protected from the bullies and the gangs but it is frustrating to not have any communication with staff when there are issues. I' m constantly told Dunbar isn't as bad as it once was but I find it hard to believe. Never have I seen ANY school have a seperate sign out book for children's probation officers or to sign children in/out for COURT! That sums up Dunbar right there and unfortunately those children are taking up the staff's time leaving the involved parents and their non criminal children out in the cold.Had I known last year what I know now I wouldve homeschooled! Lee county has great elemntary schools but after that it's hard going...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

This school is wonderful! The staff there always encourage students to succeed. Though I do wish they offered dance. You rock PLDMS! For being one of the only REGULAR (not a magnet school) schools in Lee County PLDMS has many wonderful encouraging programs helping the students live up to their full potential. Some people don't like that school because of the kids (they think they are mean) but I have met many friends there and I am a good student, not a bully. I get good grades ect. Our band teacher is amazing and funny, our Drama teacher is funny and very laid back. He teaches us wonderful good things.


Posted March 10, 2011

Being a a gifted student I need to be academically challenged or else it's completely worthless to try. Unfortunately, PLDMS wasn't able to stand up to my needs. The teachers are always having to deal with problem students (the schools is crawling with them) andthe "gifted program" is really just more of the same work, making you reguritate information you have already mastered. There isn't a week I can remember the students not breaking out into fights or causing problems. If you want your child to succeed, this is not the school for him or her. With bad teaching methods and a horrile staff, though there are a few jems in the bunch, this is definitely a breeding ground for failure. This might not be the nicest review, but from a ex-student, it's the truth.


Posted May 20, 2010

its the best :) Ms. Joiner is awesome the AVID program the best I LOVE THIS SCHOOL :D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

I'm a student, And I have to say, I got in a lot of fights at Dunbar Middle. It is not a safe school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

I love Dunbar Middle. I recently switched to Canterbury School, and I really do regret it. They have a great gifted program that really challenged me. I miss my friends and I want to go back! Miss you guys!!! :(
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

I can't imagine how PLDMS has only a '7' Great School Rating when its quite apparent its by far the best school for academically gifted children because they are pushed in all subjects. I can't imagine Cypress Middle getting a '9' great school rating when my son who attended both schools always found PLDMS a lot more diffcult academically than Cypress Lake Middle, where he would get A's with a minimum of effort.... go figure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

I am a student, 6th grader at this school at I absolutley love Dunbar. I was a staright A student in elementary school, but that was a school where I wasnt challenged enough. When I moved to Dunbar in Advanced classes and in Pre Algebra with 15 other students, my grades have gone down, but that only tells me that I am being challenged. This is a very good school and if your a parent reading this, I highly recommend you to enroll your child into this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

Academically very enriching for my 6th grader. Though a straight A student in private schools, when placed in the gifted advanced PLDMS program for all her classes, she is somewhat struggling, specially since she's only 1 of about 16 students taking 8th grade pre-algebra. Very challenging curriculum, not too happy about the class of students in general, but that's preparation for the real world. Great teachers, electives & IB program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

This is a great place to go if you want to succeed in a positive environment!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2003

This school Is positively wonderful. My child makes straight A's and always comes home happy and goes to school ready to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

321 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • 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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%
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
Black 37%
White 31%
Hispanic 27%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 25%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 52%66%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. CHERISE TRENT
Fax number
  • (239) 334-7633

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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