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Palm Springs Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1230 students

 

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Posted September 7, 2013

The administration at this school was instituted under nepotism. The school has steadily gone down hill under the current administration. The band program has been gutted; previous "skill-born" electives have been eliminated; the cafeteria looks like a "kindergarten" but security/enforcers do not allow the students to socialize with their friends during lunch - their only free time What a shame that the students do NOT COME FIRST at this school! The administration needs to be overhauled immediately!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

This middle school is the best by the end of the day you walk out with a smile


Posted April 25, 2013

One of the best schools in the county. I have been a teacher at this school for the past Thiry-Three years. I have the highest respect for the teachers, staff and administration, (past and present).
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2011

PSM is again an "A" school! Some of the most highly qualified and caring teachers make this a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

It's the best middle school in Hialeah, with an awesome Band program, Business, Journalism, & adv/Gifted academics. The admin has changed recently, but the teachers have always cared & taught to make this school great. Highly encourage kids to attend here over other hyped private/charter schools that don't TEACH nearly as well.


Posted July 9, 2008

I am one of the best experiences at Palm Springs Middle. I sope to Dr. Deveaux in reference to a situatio that my child was involved in. Dr. Deveaux showed so much compassion. My experience with the other administrastion was not so positive. I thank Dr. Deveaux for being fair and encouaging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2008

This school was such a good experience for me. The teachers were great , always trying to put a smile on your face. Especially, Mrs.Curry she always put a smile on my face everytime I saw her. Even, if my brother misbehaved at times, she was always encouraging him. So if it werent for Mrs. Curry palm springs,wouldnt be palm springs today. ..Thanks to all my gifted teachers that were always there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2008

My daughter attend this school and i am very happy her improve in each subject , she is part of the chorus and she like it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

Both of my daughters have attended Palm Springs Middle School and I found it to be a rich rewarding experiance for both. My eldest finished there with good grades and a sense of school spirit, which were shared by her friends as well, that was, to me remenicent of my own experiences of adolescence. I feel the teachers there had alot to do with it, all showing great support in school activities. They were friendly and went the extra mile to help kids adjust to their new environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

Very god school, teachers are helpful and the staff is friendly. I was frequently updated with the status of my child.
—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.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

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 56% in 2014.

429 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

426 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

455 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

454 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

448 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

392 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "B".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
57%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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
Hispanic 93%
Black 4%
White 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 30%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%58%61%
Master's degree 37%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Distinguished School (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. ERIC ACOSTA
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 828-3987

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Prents are always invited to volunteer in the school performing a number of different jobs, from filing, calling homes, to cafeteria duty.
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Students typically come from these schools
Dupuis Elementary
Twin Lakes Elementary
Meadowlane Elementary

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hialeah High
Hialeah Miami-Lakes High
Barbara Goleman High
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1025 West 56th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012
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Phone: (305) 821-2460

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