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Lawton Chiles Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 613 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A mi hijo le gusta mucho LCMS, yo estoy muy orgullosa que el este en este programa, los maestros son muy buenos, y quisiera animar a todos los padres y tutores de nuestros muchachos para que nuestra escuela siga subiendo su calificacion porque se la merece. Dios bendiga a todo el personal educativo y al administrativo. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

This large school has only has 620 students. The classrooms are incredibly spacious, huge in fact. The Principal and vice principal are just incredible. They have their finger on the pulse of everything going on and know each student. The Cambridge program they now have is equipped with the best teachers and highest quality materials. In their iPrep math, each student has a laptop. They no longer bus students there, so unless you are zoned for the school or were accepted into the magnet program and have your own transportation, you cannot go there. My child is happy each day to go to school. I hope they get more enrollment. Public schools are closing. Doral Middle was closed. People are choosing charter schools over public schools and it's a shame. If more caring parents with good kids would send their kids to public schools an spend their money supporting the school instead of giving it to private institutions we could save our public school system. It's one of the most essential institutions we have in this country. I see even public school principals that are making a lot of money choosing to send their own kids to private school. I think it's shameful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

We transferred to this school from Jackson Heights Middle. We couldn't be happier! We love this school. All the teachers and staff create such a welcoming environment for the children to come and learn in. Ms. Lawshe is top notch! Thanks for everything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

this school teaches the student to be involve and make themselves strive for a higher grade. They also improved my child's FCAT scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

It is an excellent school. They inspire kids to learn something new and how to become a great person in the future and thats why when you hear people speak of lawton chiles like we always say its were eagles soar
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2009

i am a student that goes to lawton chiles middle school. it is a wonderful school far as the teachers adminstraion staff custodians teachers . and your child is gurranteed to improve on the fcat. because i did i went to a 2 to a 4 on math and writing i had a 5.5 and in reading i had a 3
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2008

Well first of all i Agree with most of the ratings except for the bad ones. I am a student at Lawton Chiles Middle and i am very pleased with my three years in there. The only Complaint that i have is the the bathrooms were dirty most of the time. The teachers here are very well educated and they know what they are doing. I like most of my frinds would spend more years if we have to in this school. I ca say that this is on of the schools that i will really miss when i move on to high school. Lawton Chiles is definitely an excellent middle school for your child to attend to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2007

Lawton Chiles has some of the best and hardest-working teachers I have ever seen. My child loves Science class and is going on to High School well-prepared. He tells me that there are alot of class interruptions
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

I am a student there and I love it. It isn't actually an A school maybe just a B but the teachers I had weren't lazy, the field trips were fun and informative,and the school is pretty much clean except for the bathrooms. I might have to change my mind for the 2007-2008 school year considering how many teachers are leaving but overall the school is like any other middle school except that they are stricter then others and that they have no tolerance. One thing about the students there is that they will lie to get their way out of anything and make anyone else look like the bad guy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2007

My daughter attended for the last three years and frankly she loved it! She was involved in the gifted/honors programs and found most classes challenging and class size was much smaller than the magnet elementary school she attended. I was involved in the PTSA and found a small but dedicated group of parents out to make Lawton Chiles the best. She was lucky enough to be involved in the band and chorus programs with 2 amazing teachers. These programs were as good as any magnet school. I found the administration helpful and available. Most teachers were very good about emailing back when I had questions. I walked the halls many times without problem or fear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2006

This is a great place! It is true that there have been 3 principals, but 2 have retired and one was promoted! If my kids needed anything, their staff was more than willing to help with reasonable requests. And class sizes were less than 30 while my son attended this past year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2005

This is a very good school. It has a B as it's state grade. The teachers know what they are teaching. However, some bathrooms need to be cleaned. The school lunch is like all schools not good and not bad. Overall I give this school a 'B'
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2005

This is a new school with state of the art programs for Hillsborough county. If a parent is active and participates along with their child or children the school is fantastic.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted December 18, 2004

its a good school, good education, but not the BEST around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

Terrible school. Had nothing but problems while my child was enrolled at Lawton Chiles. There have 3 principles in the time frame my child attended Lawton Chiles. Classes are maxed out with the minum number of students in classes being 40. Rating Lawton Chiles a 'B' school is a joke!!!! Should be reviewed again by the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

I do not know how this school was rated a 'B' school. The turnover in teachers in tremendous and speaking from experience the school should be rated a 'D' school. I don't know where they get these statistics, but I had to pull my child out of the school and transfer him elsewhere. I also know 3 other cases that had the same experience and no longer have their child enrolled in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
52%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

225 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
79%
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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
95%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
59%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 59%
Black 36%
White 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. NELSON IZQUIERDO
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8190 Northwest 197th Street
Hialeah, FL 33015
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