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Paul R. Smith Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1068 students

 

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Posted February 13, 2014

I am an 8th grade student here at Paul R. Smith. I've been going here since 6th grade. I excel academically and am in honors classes. The best thing I can say about this school is how wonderful our teachers are. They are all very supportive and always helping you reach your goals. The worst parts of this school is the communication with staff and the sports teams. Seriously, we lose EVERY game. I am in the Paul R. Smith middle school symphonic band, and all I will recommend is come here for the band. The band itself is full of interesting and friendly people, and the band teacher, Mr. Krikstone, is awesome. If you're looking for a school with good communication and good sports teams, don't come here, but if you're looking for a school with amazing teachers that will remain your lifelong friends, a pretty good environment, and an amazing band, I would consider coming to Paul R. Smith.


Posted February 13, 2014

My family and I moved to this County last year. My son attends Paul R. Smith middle school but I wish I'd of never enrolled my son at my son at this school. I'm highly disappointed in the professionalism of the teachers and Administrators at this school! I'd suggest you consider private school and or Florida Virtual school before having your children tormented at this school by the people whom are there to teach and protect the kid's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

My Son has entered 6th grade for this 2013-2014 school year. I know it would be an extreme adjustment for all of us. I am extremely involved in my son's life in general, especially when it comes to School work. I remember when I entered my middle school, there is a lot of pressure however that was another compared to what the state requires from theses children. I mean what I have been taught has been put down as ancient history and the Math, WOW!~ "they need to send home letter of HOW TO"S with example's", in order for us to get close to what their teacher is teaching them. Ya know, One thing I find has not changed, You do a have a selected few Teachers who still love what they do , will go to extra mile and mellow out any questions, concerns parents or our children their students. Unfortunately We have way to many negative teachers that make you feel there's no hope or that teacher will not take the time. If a child falls behind in one it, These teachers are just setting them up for failure!!!Communication and confidence in our Children our keys to success. Sandra Sulinski Parent of Jospeh Sulinski
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Our school is a Title I school and we were the number one Title I school in our county based on last year's performance. Our teachers and staff give 110% and we are the best group of people chosen to work with our student population! I am so glad to work here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 16, 2013

Paul R. Smith Middle School, great teaching staff! My daughter just graduated with all A honors! This is because of not only her hard work but the hard work of the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

This school is amazing. They have an group of teachers who are dedicated and hard working. The administration does a great job of keeping control of a school this size. I am excited for the things going on here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Paul R. Smith Middle School does outstanding things to benefit its students. During summer students are given the opportunity to attend a variety of camps. There is science camp that encompasses science standards, field trips, and even some physical fitness. Band camp takes place each summer. The school has a technology camp that offers students the chance to learn and work with current software programs. Smith also has a "Notebook America" summer project in which students create notebooks that are sent to other schools around the country and returned with photos and messages. These camps are offered to all students regardless of income and transportation is often available.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2012

I am a past student at prsms and possibly had the best time ever there. The princible helped everyone who needed help. The guidence counciler wa the sweetest woman i ever met and helped me personally get through alot of things. Also my little sister goes there now and she said she loves it but some of the students are brats when they dontget there way


Posted November 19, 2011

I'd like to know why my review was removed, who's running this site anyway - the schools???? I complained a couple of weeks ago about the guidance counselor reporting our family to Child Protective Services because of a bruise. This will probably be removed also, but I'll keep posting my review anyway. People should be forewarned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I am not very happy with Paul R. Smith Middle School as a parent with a child that has Special needs, I find it very disturbing that my son has been harrassed at this school for the past two years. I was not happy with how it was resolved last year and I am not happy with how it is being resolved this year. If the school has students that are bullying other kids and the school is aware of it, then something needs to be done. Not just referals and a slap on the hand. These kids are bullies and need to be stopped. Not only was my child taken down to the ground, but was humiliated in front of other students when food was thrown on him. Where are the teachers to see this, where is the principal. It looks like the kids that are going to Paul R. Smith are animals and need to be domesticatic. Perphaps the parents should be brought in and advised of what their kids are doing or at least let the parents handle it amoung themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

i have a seventh grader at PRSMS and i have to say since starting this school year out his grades have changed drastically for the better. Last year he was struggling to get by and had a very negative attitude twords school but this year he is very close to making the honor roll and he loves his teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

i love coming to this school everyday. this is my second year here and im enjoying it very much. the teachers are friendly and strict at the same time and they work very hard everyday to make learning fun. and to all haters: this middle school is better than any other school in pasco if ask me..


Posted May 1, 2009

I am a parent of my child, she goes to Paul R Smith and her grades have improved with lots of A's since we moved from her old school with F's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

My daughter transferred from Pinellas county, and was having trouble getting help with her academics there, and I had a real problem with the crowded school system there. We are very happy to say that she has made straight A's this year, and the honor roll. The classes are smaller and my daughter is getting more help. I had to call to get an early release and I had to answer 5 personal questions that i had to go get forms out of my file cabinet to answer, this NEVER happened in Pinellas county they just release the kids to anyone with a note. I believe your experience at a school is what a parent and child make it. I think this is a great school and that the faculty is doing an outstanding job!!I feel well informed as a parent, and my daughter is successful, that is most important!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

PRSMS is an outstanding school..The staff and Principal especially try and make this an excellent environment for all middle schoolers and parents! Keep up the good work! I have 2 kids there and one has a learning disability and they do their best to help him in any way they can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I think PRSMS is a joke! The staff states that they want all students to succeed. Nice lie. As long as the students fit their mold and don't have any issues everything is fine. If your child has learning issues, good luck getting help here. I would not rec. this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I HATED this school. The students were terrible. Some teachers were very mean. Also the guidance counselor I had was terrible! I left the school and am now home schooled.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

I think the teachers try their very best to make learning fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

This school is great! as a student, i would know. I think the teachers are very helpful and experienced. They are always willing to help. The staff keeps the school running, clean, and safe. Awesome school! go 8b patriots!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

I love teaching at Paul R. Smith, and look forward to coming to school each day. We have a staff that is FULL of hard-working, devoted, and loving teachers. The administration is very supportive and they truly care about the students and their well being.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

348 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

370 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

372 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

369 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%
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 70%
Hispanic 16%
Black 6%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 170%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 61%63%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 23%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. MARGARET M FACKELMAN
Fax number
  • (727) 246-3291

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
Transportation options
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School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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