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Driftwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1615 students

 

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Posted November 25, 2013

this school is ratchet af. the principal cares more about the grass than the students. the students are some of the stupidest ive seen, too many tween pregnancies, dont come here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 18, 2013

There were a bunch of fights like before they made the rule of 10 day suspension. This school isn't aware but there are gangs, drugs, and a lot of setups for fights. A bunch of 13 year old girls that are doing things they really shouldn't be doing. Some of their parents are aware and don't care. The school website should be updated more often. I have no idea where I am suppose to go tomorrow. I didn't get a call that I should report anywhere. They should also put the schedule on pinnacle, it only works on some mobiles, I'd like to know my schedule which would make tomorrow less hectic. One of my teachers last year let the class do whatever they wanted, they'd walk out no problem. They also did this escort to the bathroom thing, where they have security walk us to the bathroom, WHICH SUCKS!!!! I hate it everyone hates it, I am about to pee myself and the security is late to pick us up. Its a stupid rule and it was never a good idea. I don't know what they were thinking at all. I understand people were doing bad things but there can be security outside the 3 bathrooms, what if something actually bad happens and security are too busy watching kids pee. This school has worsened. :(((((


Posted June 1, 2013

I am currently an eight grader in his last week at this school. My experience here was sub-par, at best. First of all, there are staff members (3) "monitoring" the cafeteria. They do a terrible job at that. Throughout my 3 years here, the staff don't notice anything (fights) unless every student starts yelling "ohhhhhh" or cheering. The school doesn't do a good job in the communication area. Each time they have been called (teacher/administrator) the individual will fail to call back after a message is left via voicemail. They decided to lock all bathrooms in the school and made an escort required for any movement during a class period. This was around 3 weeks before school ended (people like me relieve themselves on a certain schedule). When it comes to teachers, some are very good at what they do. Mr.Ogden (history) entertains students while teaching them which is very hard to come by. He does a very good job teaching us and he has to be one of my favorite teachers. I've had terrible experiences with teachers this year as well. This school is mainly focused on test scores (EOC, Finals, FCAT) The staff even tries to make you clean up during a Saturday detention.


Posted January 4, 2013

I'm an eight grader now and what I have experienced in this school is great. The teachers are strict sometimes because their trying to teach a lesson and my school has staff members and a policeman checking the hallways to ensure no horseplay or students skipping class. Since I got to this school it was okay but it has improved a lot. There are some teachers that go over the extreme and are unfair. Also I have seen that lots of kids are applying to this school. The only thing I would change is when school ends and the walkers have to exit to the back of the school. Other than that its good also there's lots of clubs and sports. Just letting you know the coaches will remove your child out of a sport depending on their grades they don't tolerate students with low grades on a sport team even if the student is a great player. Our food is good due to our new vending machine that now sells yogurt parfait and chicken wrap. This school is great, one more thing on your first day students just need to bring 3 pencils a bookbag and paper because that day teachers will give them their school supplies list. I hope you found my comment useful.


Posted August 8, 2012

I don't like it because of the lunch seating. And everything else. The lunch isn't good. The teachers are mean. And I'm gonna start the school and I don't know when or the supply list.


Posted November 3, 2011

DMS is the worst school I've ever dealt with. There's no communication between teachers and the office, and definitely none between the teachers and parents. My daughters are in 6th and 7th grades there now. My 6th grader had a problem with a teacher swearing at them and calling them names. My 7th grader has problems with her teachers just not taking the education they're supposed to be providing serious enough. And calling the school to set up a parent/teacher conference is easy.. but returning a phone message after a guidance counselor calls you is a joke. Knowing that a certain person works there... the office will tell you otherwise. This school is a joke and I can't wait to pull my kids out of there!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I have never had any issues with the school. the things that i do not like is that they have this wikki spaces and to me it is very hard to e-mail a teacher and see what is happening. I also don't like the fact that the principal makes the children walk a different way after they get out of school causing some of the kids to miss crossing guards and all. I think the only reason he has the job is of who his falther.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

We pulled our child out of the school after his first year. We had a horrible experience with bullying that went largely unaddressed. The principal is one of the worst administrator's I've ever had the displeasure to meet. (Note: his father is a prominent member of the Board of Education.) I was one of the "lucky" few who obtained an audience. Another mom whose son was being bullied remarked she would have a better chance of getting an appointment with Obama. The only positive was that several of my child's teachers were kind, caring and effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

I agree with the lack of communication with the teachers and office staff at Driftwood Middle School. This is definitely an error of concern for involved parent(s).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

Lack of communication with the teachers and front office staff is terrible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I am very pleased with Driftwood Middle School! The teachers are very caring and dedicated, the principal is very hands on and the school is spotless!! The administrators are always just a phone call away. The PTSA is new,but very involved in the school. I am proud my son attends Driftwood Middle School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

i am new six grader and when i took a step there i was shocked by the faculty and how nice they were including the principal.i am in the gem and they push you to sucess.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2009

im a 6th grader going to 7th at driftwood middle and i love this school and meet a lot of amazing people you too will love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

I am a 6th grader at driftwood middle school and i would say i love attending this school since the beginning of the school year! all the teachers are nice and most students are friendly! this school is really fun and strict at the same time! dms is a physical wellnesss magnet school that has its own gym and aerobics room! I say that is focuses on physical wellness as much as it focuses on the other academics like math and such! dms is a really great school and i would recommend it to anybody and everybody!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

im an 8th grader at dms,this is my third year attending and i would say that i love the school. the healh and wellness program is grate. i think any one would fit in at this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2009

I am in seventh grade a DMS. I am in advanced classes and i have physical fitnness and learn to plant plants. All the teachers at the school are very helpful to get us the help we need and to get us throw the fcat. I am having such a great time if anyone wants to go there they will have BLAST
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2008

I am an eighth grade student at DMS. I am currently in the gifted program and in the school band. I believe the school band is the most amazing part of the school. The band teacher, Mr. Mortan, has an amazing talent for music and loves to share it with all. Also the schools jazz band is quite awsome. We tend to liven crowds with our exciting up to beat music and bring smiles to faces! I highly recommened Driftwood Middle as an incredible school that students will love. Lastley two amazing teachers, besides Mr. Mortan, are Ms. Goldberg and Mrs. Turner. You learn so much in their classes,while having a BLAST!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

The teaching and guidance staff here are excellent they really work with the kids and address issues quickly. Teachers make every effort to keep parents informed and this year we have the virtual counselor all parents need to use this tool my youngest son still attends driftwood it is his last year and this year he has been moved into all advanced classes! both my sons have gone to this school 2 yrs apart and i believe they received a tremendous education here both through their studies and in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

im a new 6 gradern at driftwood middle, i want to the elm,i been it in for about a week and i love it already the teachers are nice,some r seorios. but they are willing to help.this would be a great school for 6-8 grades,all parents should cheack it out. and im a avd. student in gem math
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2008

I am a seventh grade gifted student currently attending Driftwood Middle. I entered the gifted program halfway through 6th grade. The gifted program at this school is exceptional. Students in the program experience a wide range of curriculum, including outdoor activities. I honestly feel that the gifted students are more privledged than the advanced students, having experienced the curriculum of both. The teachers I now have are amazing. Ms. Stasiw is my favorite teacher at DMS. She goes out of her way to make learning science more fun. In her class we tend to our garden, in which we have rare endangered insects and plants. Ms. Stasiw has sparked an interest of science in me and I will never forget her.
—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 52% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

517 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

509 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

509 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

514 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

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 State average
Hispanic 46% 29%
White 25% 42%
Black 21% 23%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%53%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 10%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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