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Apollo Middle School

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Posted June 22, 2014

As a parent I have some concerns about my children attending this school I have one child who graduated this year another one going to the 7th grade and a third child that might be attending 6th grade at Apollo Middle. My soon to be entering into 7th grade child has always been consistent with excellent, but his math grades have dropped drastically at Apollo Middle Gem program the math teacher that they claim was so good had terrible communication skills and in the end she left.Didn't even finish out the school year with the students.They also changed the kids teachers more than once which had me even more concerned. I think some of the teachers at this school whom are given more responsibility than they can handle should not have the responsibility at all if they're in the classroom teaching let them focus on just that because it can from my experience be a bit overwhelming and my child's grades suffered!! I don't think I want to risk my 3rd child not continue on his road to success because of Apollo Middle. Not an A school to me but a C..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

As a student just entering middle I would have to say the school is great. Mr.Zimmermann-finance-he is very watchful to help students with money. Mrs.Gomez-science/aeronautics-she is very hands on with us. Mrs.Beeber-world hist-honest and won't stop until she has proved a point. Mrs.Hsu-math-tough yet helpful she puts everyone up for a challenge. Mrs.Brown-language-rigor but will help you to understand everything. This is my schedule. School is nice and on top of everything for all students and teachers. All teachers have discipline but will help to make sure everyone understands. A+ SCHOOL


Posted August 4, 2013

Apollo Middle School dedicated its new, Daniel Torres and Greg Ashley 'STEM' in the Gardens Learning Center- Powered by State Farm, on Wednesday, July 24th. When students return to Apollo on August 19th, they will be welcomed by a functioning garden including herbs, fruits and vegetables, a butterfly garden, life-sized chessboard, 20 new laptop computers and a technology cart, and a fully equipped botany lab. This Common Core learning environment was funded through a grant provided by State Farm, and will operate to serve students during and outside of school hours. Designed to support the school's STEM magnet curriculum, the Learning Center will revolutionize learning and introduce students to skill sets that will serve them in the future. Students will explore horticulture, botany and life sciences, critical thinking, mathematical concepts and complete laboratory experiments. School functions will also be facilitated throughout the year to ensure the entire Apollo community is able to appreciate and benefit from this fantastic new addition to Apollo. The sky is truly the limit, and the staff of Apollo Middle can't wait to use the Learning Center to help their students blast off!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 4, 2013

We were excited to send our son to the STEM program due to their philosophy of hands-on science education. However, by her own admission, the sixth grade science teacher does not actually teach the students nor does she do labs with them. She gives the students packets to read and expects them to complete the packets on their own. I have never met a teacher who makes no attempt to teach before. She is the worst teacher I have ever met, and her attitude is viscous and malicious. It was obvious the other teachers in the room were embarrassed about her and for her. I would not recommended wasting your time to send your children to the STEM program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

I cannot say enough about this school. My son is having the best academic year yet and for the first time, just achieved straight A's. The teachers are wonderful on his team, every single one of them. My son is in the ESE program for language and Ms. Crawford and Ms. McCauley are very focused on him, although there are so many children in the program. They go over and above what they are typically required to do. My son likes school and is challenged by the work but far from overwhelmed. Apollo is a perfect fit for our family and the aftercare program is also wonderful. He finishes all of his homework in school so there is time to enjoy life at home after school. Looking forward to another great year next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

It is understood that teachers have the right to set a line of respect with the students, especially when children don't pay mind to their academics. However my son attends the school and becuse he is not such a nerd and might not love school as many others, the teachers tend to always hit him where it hurts, they don't encourage him to make it better, instead they put him down in front of others, they lack on staff to prevent the fights, then they want to suspend your kid...Where's the education? you can't just send a kid home for a period of time to do nothing..to my understanding school is to teach the kids and disipline, atleast that't how I was taught. Over all the school is average, they only look more towards the kids in the advance classes,as they are the ones to maintain the school with a good rating and they forget about the ones that require the help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Since there has not been a review on this school since 03/11, I would like to review this school. I am a parent of a student who just started 7th grade in the STEM program. It is only the beginning of the school year, and so far, I am very pleased with Apollo, the teachers, the administration and school environment. My son also loves the school and tells me each day how much he is enjoying his classes and teachers. He makes new friends daily and is happy to go to school each day and when he gets home. He came from a small montessori school where he attended 6th grade and had no problem transitioning to Apollo, even with the larger amount of students than the montessori school. Hesays the kids walk from class to class with each other so he never got lost in the halls or felt overwhelmed & was comfortable on the 1st day. All a parent wants for their child in a new school is for them to be happy, engaged and comfortable and my son is! I have made calls to the school to different administrators who have both called me back within a few hours. There is a wam feeling in the school and my family is very happy with Apollo and look forward to a fun and challenging school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

I moved from california to florida a few months ago I went to apollo for 2 days and HATED it. it's not a very good school the people get in fights and there not very welcoming they give you your schedule and expect you to know where to go I went to all the wrong classes on my first day the teachers are rude to the students and the people in the office are very unprofessional I was sitting in there for an hour waiting for someone to take me to class and the sectary was talking about going clubbing I wouldn't recommend going there


Posted June 30, 2010

I'm Am Going To Be Attending Apollo Middle School In Hollywood , Fl For My 8 th Grade Year And I Wanted To Know Can The Students Wear Jeans To School ?


Posted November 24, 2009

So what if there are some bad attitudes from the teachers? Some students in this school give them a hard time!I think the teachers should get a better feedback! They work hard! Trust me,I know half of this schools teachers!They deserve a break every once in a while!I even struggle with some of these students' behavior!So,don't think of this school as a one ticket to a life of misery,think of it as a opportunity to learn from past mistakes this school has suffered from!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2009

I was an 8th grander just this year, now im heading for high school. I spent two years at this school (7th & 8th). This school is.. Alright. Its not one of the worst. But i wouldn't recommend it too much. There's a fight like everyday. The teacher are okay. They are strict. If your going i definitely recommend going into the kee team. Its way better than the other teams,the teachers are better and people are nicer. I must warn that kids obviously bring drugs, and even sell them, but you don't see that in the kee team. Oh,and i don't know much about the new principal, the one i had this year left for west hollywood elementary (which is an amazing school btw) i love this school, and im definitely going to miss it a lot. Good luck to all(:<3 go rockets!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2009

My son went to this school for one year, the principle was nice, the ladies in the reception area were always nice and considerate also was the school nurse. My son did think some of the teachers yelled too much and treated the students with lack of respect. Which I think too many teachers are getting away with too much these days...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

not happy with the teachers invovlment with the students in the teaching process I do not feel the students are learning information that they will retain for future use or in the grades to come. My son is an average student and I believe I teach him more than some of the teachers at this school. I am not happy with most of the teachers my son has had at this school as far as the teaching that is going on here. I am sorry but I have encountered a lot better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I am currently a 7th grader at this great school.i love apollo, you get to meet the most caring and open hearted people ever.The teachers they are the best.They help you untill you know what to do and they never give up.They also understand us and always greet you with a smile and opend arms.I turly love all my teachers.The activities we do for the school and the community are great,(we help out a lot).In Apollo you will meet the most awesome people that care for you.This school is like a second home to me,theirs older and yunger siblings,and yeah we fight sometimes, but at the end the Rockets always have each others back and cheer each other on. I love this school.Yeah one more thing a strongle disagree with the ratting of the school Apollo is a TEN!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2009

i am i 6th grader at apollo and i think it is an amzing school... when i got there i was scared and i to meet new people and i got the best teachers. mr.t and ms.watson are two amazing teachers, so is ms.chern... i love that school and everyone in it... the teachers are amazing and the friends that u make are amazing.... i love apollo middle school and i would recammend it to any parent who is thinking about taking thier child there... I LOVE APOLLO
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2009

No fluff, no fancy words, no two ways about it, the teachers at Apollo are busting their backs to educate, nuture and parent the students in their school and the community. Look at their participation with the evening activities, such as parenting nights and check out the cars in the lot after 4:00PM as well as before 8:30 AM. This speaks more than words can. Apollo YOU ROCK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I love this School even though unfortunately I am not able to go to this school anymore because of where I happen to live. But in all experiences at the 5 different middle schools i have been to (yet I am only half way through 8th grade) this has definitely been the best one ever!!!! Go Apollo Rockets!!! =]] and the best teachers ever are: -Mr.Trujillo -Mr.Rodriguez -Mr.Porter -Mrs.Aveni -Mrs.VanMetre -Mr.Malagon(band) -Mrs.Givens(Business) -Mr.Israel!(i was there when he first started) This school is the home to the coolest friends a.k.a. Family i have ever had !! =] - 08-07 Student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2008

My daughter went from being a c student in elementary to being a honor roll a+ student in Apollo. Thank you to a great staff of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

My child is in 6th grade. They had a wonderful team of teachers who really seemed to care about my child and have amazing teaching skills, there team was Mrs. Markowitz, Mrs. Smalley, and Mrs. Chern. Mrs. Chern was my child's favorite, she was beyond an awesome teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

My child has special needs. Ms. Fordin has been working with him for a few years now. He is is 8th grade. You could not ask for a more compassionate and caring teacher than her. It was much better when the students were in a pull out program and left the main stream classroom for her help.
—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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

356 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

393 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

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.

333 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

424 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

354 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

433 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
80%
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

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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 66% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

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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 43%
Black 34%
White 15%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%53%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. SHAWN AYCOCK
Fax number
  • (754) 323-2985

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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