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Howard W. Bishop Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 687 students

 

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Posted September 7, 2012

I am a 7th grade academy student and I love this school! The teachers are great and make learning fun. They will assist you if you need helf. and go out of there way to make sure you make your best effort!


Posted February 3, 2010

My son is in 7th grade at the HBMS Academy! It has been a great challenging program for him, a perfect fit. It is a great place for a child who is self motivated and able to be independent with school work. Technology is as good as they make it out to be. Math is challenging with different levels of teaching in each grade. Science is very creative. World HIstory truly expands your child's imagination of the world around us. Language arts leaves a bit to be desired. The course is not big into reading classic novels or critical about kids writing. In general it is probably the school's weakest subject! Band has always been a fun class for the kids with concerts to showcase their work. However, with only one band teacher this year, it can get a bit chaotic there.. Great education overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

The high ratings for this school, which is actually two schools in one, must have come from the gifted academy parents. Mainstream teachers get precious little parental involvement, and endure frequent violent disruptions among the students.


Posted October 9, 2008

i attend Howard bishop Middle school and i have been going there for three years now. I am an 8th grader and i am in the academy of gifted and technology studies and it is the best program ever! Of course your gonna say your school is the best but when i was a 6th grader i wanted to attend Lincoln people say we are worse than they are but they have fights every other day and we have won the mathematics competitions since before i was a student they may have a bigger school but we have the academic scores! and also we have the best teachers around especially the math teachers in the academy which are Mr. Rummel, Mrs. Masuda and Ms. Emma they are the best teachers and the really prepare us for high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

Music program at HBMS is great. The 8th grade academy teachers are incredible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

This school is great. It has the best academic program around. It is high- staked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

I'm not worried at all about my child as she climbs up the steps of her bus on hervway to school. When she gets to HBMS I know she'll be in a safe enviorment where there are loving teachers and staff there to keep her safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

Im a student at Howard Bishop a 8th grader to be exact. It has great faculty in cluding tachers,students, and you deffinatly learn a great deal. It is not the prettiest school as far as looks though and sometimes thats annoying but it is great with academics. you get to take tachnology as a class unlike many other schools. I used to type 14 words per minute now i type 96 words per minute. Its great with acedemics and students can really excel at Howard Bishop.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2005

the acadamy program at hoard bishop middle school is both exciting and educational. each teacher plan has a focus on individual subject while intertwinig all other subjects together. all five main subject teachers combine their lesson plans to create an individualized learning process. the teacher's are very accessable and are available for any questions. the focus for each student is goal oriented and each student is treated as an individual not a group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

The Academy of Gifted and Talented at Howard Bishop Middle School is absolutely the most nurturing and enriching enviornment for middle school students. The science and technology program is excellent. All of the Academy teachers are truly gifted certified and are extremely knowledgeable in teaching the gifted student. My daughter attended HBMS in her 6th grade year, and we were devistated to have to move and leave this fantastic school behind. For more information on the Gifted Academy of Science and Technology at Howard Bishop Middle School, just visit their website. It is a fantastic magenet program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

HBMS is the best school ever! The teachers are excited and willing. The kids and teachers earn respect for eachother and the subjects. The principal and VP are also very into what they do and run the school well. They have pride in what they have succeeded in and the kids are motivated by the many awards HBMS has already earned. It is the perfect school to send your kids to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2004

HBMS is by far the worst school I've ever attended. While I'm not a parent, I do know the school very well. I've been a student for two years. The teachers don't seem to know what they're doing, and spend the majority of class time showing off their emotional problems or letting the class watch TV. The work that is rarely assigned is never graded. Any parents that are reading this, please don't send your child here. While some people will think I'm being harsh, I'm only being honest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2004

I think HBMS is a great school! The teachers are energetic and the principal and vice principals are very enthusiastic and try to get the students involed in many activities. The deans are very good, I have heard, hear both sides of the stories regardless of what the referral states. The students are very determined to learn and that makes HBMS great!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
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 53%
White 35%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 36%44%61%
Master's degree 52%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 7%2%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • MR. MIKE GAMBLE
Fax number
  • (352) 955-6966

Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1901 Northeast 9th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
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Phone: (352) 955-6701

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