"A Center for Talented and Gifted, and Outstanding Arts Program"
Students enrolled 940
Hours 9:30 AM - 3:50 AM
School leader Dr. Nathan Shaker
Transportation options Yes
District Lee County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4750 Winkler Avenue Ext
Fort Myers, FL 33966

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(239) 334-1357
(239) 334-7633
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4 stars
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November 21, 2014
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School offers a wealth of opportunities for your student to learn and grow. Students with a variety of talents, will have those talents nurtured. The faculty and staff are dedicated to seeing all students succeed. If you are looking for a school for your middle school student, I highly recommend giving PLDMS strong consideration. You can attend the Student Assignment Open House that is offered in January, and follow the school on Twitter @PLDUNBARMS to find out more.

- submitted by a teacher
November 21, 2014
I have been working in education in some capacity for the last 16 years. Here at PLDMS, I have had the opportunity daily to collaborate with some of the hardest working and professional team members. The students at the school are enthusiastic and love to participate in what the school offers; including the after school tutoring programs, clubs, as well as the sports that are offered here. I am fortunate to have found a home here at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, with such outstanding students and staff.

- submitted by a teacher
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
its the best :) Ms. Joiner is awesome the AVID program the best I LOVE THIS SCHOOL :D

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February 10, 2010
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August 23, 2009
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August 17, 2009
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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 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.

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August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 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!!! :(

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January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 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
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
no rating 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.

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October 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
This is a great place to go if you want to succeed in a positive environment!

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June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
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!

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
4750 Winkler Avenue Ext, Fort Myers, FL  33966
(239) 334-1357
Last modified Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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