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Fort Clarke Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 836 students

 

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Posted May 7, 2014

This is the first year for my son, a 7th grader. We moved from out of state. It has been one of the most difficult years yet. I tried getting my son tested for gifted in the summer. He didn't make it based on his IQ alone. He was 7 points below what they consider gifted. Never mind he scored Advanced on the MCAS (like FCAT for MA). Never mind he had straight A's in 6th grade. I pushed and they tested him again. He scored above what they require. It took 8 months but he finally qualifies for gifted. In the mean time they put him in below level classes. They knew he was bright. WTH? I had to discover REACH on my own via an internet search- no one at the school office told me about it. He applied and was accepted. Best thing about this school is the REACH program and the Band program. If it weren't for REACH, band, and the fact he finally got into the gifted program, we would have jumped ship and bailed when the Lyceum Program called and said they finally had an opening. This is a rough school-an element of students they can't control, fights every day in the hallways, bullying. So many kids get referrals daily that they throw parties for the good kids each quarter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

This is my first year at this school and it is amazing. The teachers are so helpful and caring, and words just can't describe how much I love this school. They also have a fantastic R.E.A.C.H. (Research, Evaluate, Analyze, Communicate, Historical perspective) program, that is not only challenging, but rewarding in the long run.


Posted January 20, 2011

I would give this school a 5. The teachers are always helpful and they go out of the way to help you. Their REACH progam is preparing the children for later sucess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

This is, for sure, the best middle school in the county. The teachers are always helpful in teaching kids the correct way. They won't really mind staying after school if a child needs individual help from a teacher. The principal and office staff are usually friendly and informative. The programs are the best part about this school. The REACH program offers a very challenging and high level reading and writing class, and math teachers do summer programs so students, when ready, can skip ahead a math level. Very nice school with lots of oppertunities.


Posted August 31, 2010

This is my first year at Ft Clarke. We transferred to this school. I have only been at this school a few weeks and have heard nothing but complaints from other parents about how rude the office staff treats parents. I experienced this from the day I registered. I am told the principal has heard many complaints but really does nothing about it. I certainly hope the teachers are better than the initiation I got from the front office. I hope this move wasn't a mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My son absolutely loved his 3 years at Ft Clarke. If he could have stayed for another 4, I'm sure he would have! The teachers are amazing, think outside the box, and had wonderful relationships with the kids. This school is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My child is in his second year at this school. Overall, he is pleased but the 7 of 10 (C) rating seems to be accurate. The principal is very friendly, but not very efficient in handling educational issues. Her asst. principal (new this year) gives out inaccurate information without checking and this does not seem to be addressed by the principal. Most of the teachers are sufficient, but many are much more concerned about the union and their 'rights' rather than the best educational process for their students. Many are very defensive when asked questions and many times it is cumbersome to schedule conferences. Several very above average teachers are here, but few and fair inbetween. Don't take it personal if the front office staff are not always friendly. Overall, an OK place to send your children, but certainly average would describe this school accurately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

I love this school, we are zoned for city of Alachua schools but he has a zoning exemption because I love this school and planning to zone him again next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Great Schools has not published many reviews because they only seem to be interested in positive results about teachers. I have been in many school throughout the county, both employed and as a parent with children. I now have a child at FCMS. Many of the teachers at this school are very good, but some of them are the worst in the county. Overall, the teachers are average as are the test scores when comparing to other middle schools in the county. The administration is weak when it comes to resolving student issues, especially when it involves a teacher. The PTA is not strong, but the band program is awesome. Overall, a 3 rating is being generous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

This School is thw worst if you have the chose go to kanapaha. The deans favor the kids and they tried to adopt a bullying program but my child has been bullyed by someone and the deans do nothing about it. This school is a bad choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

There is a wide variance in the teaching at this school. The older teachers are really good, but the principals seem bent on getting younger teachers who seem more interested in having kids like them than in teaching them. The principals seem to have favorites in parents, students, and teachers. If you aren't a favorite, you're in trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Fort Clarke Middle provides an excellent learning environment. Administration encourages parental involvment and I found it easy to arrange parent/teacher conferences. My daughter was well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

I love this school. This school has tought me more then just math, reading, scocial studies, and all that stuff. It tought me how to become a good student. This school does not get the credit it deserves!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 7, 2004

Best school ever. They have ASD which is saturday school even if your child is late. It teaches your child not to be late. ASD is saturday school.
—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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

310 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

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 52%
Black 27%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 144%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%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%44%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%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

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • MS. DONNA KIDWELL
Fax number
  • (352) 333-2806

Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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9301 Northwest 23rd Avenue
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