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6-8
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 716
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2948 Knights Lane East
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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(904) 739-5238
(904) 739-5244
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February 20, 2014
Great Students, Great Teachers, Great Leaders, Great School! Southside is a great place to be.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2014
Southside Middle has a great team of teachers and leaders. We are a school on the move. S. Oliver

- submitted by a teacher
February 20, 2014
this school is perfect for my son and i like it since it is a ib learner school and the teachers help my son when he needs help .

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
SOUTHSIDE IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL! MS. K IS MAKING GREAT STRIDES WITH THE STUDENTS. GO KNIGHTS!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
never send your kid never work here if you do it will be a living h

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 27, 2013
My son goes to school here (7th) No lockers!! Hate the whole uniform thing and chicken at lunch is RAW!! My son has told me hes seen ROACHES CRAWLING AROUND IN KITCHEN!! Dont eat their FOOD!!! Bunch bad kids running around in hall's cussing.CANT WAIT TILL HE'S OUT OF THERE!!! :( KITCHEN needs HEALTH DEPARTMENT VISIT

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
This school sucks never send anybody to it it's horrible please listen and never send your kid to it

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2013
You can't really fault the teachers for having to deal with bad kids! Parents do your job first!!! The teachers are there to teach academics! WE AS PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING OUR CHILDREN HOW TO ACT! The amount of parents I have seen at the school for open house & such is ridiculous. Be a part of your child's life & stop blaming everything on the schools. Take accountability folks!!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This school is terrible. I'm scared to go to it every day, and I'm thinking of transferring to River City Science Academy. People are complete jerks here and they have no respect. PLEASE DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL. THIS IS COMING FROM A STUDENT IN SIXTH GRADE.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2013
I CANT STAND THIS SCHOOL THEY THEY DONT DO NUTHING FOR STUDENTS THAT HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR WORK TEACHERS THERE THROW THE WORK AT YOU AND EXPECT YOU TO KNOW IT WHAT DO YOU GE PAID FOR TEACH RIGH WELL DO IT!!! I FEEL IM DO MOR TEACING AT HOME THEN THE TEACHER BETTER OFF HOME SCHOOL.PLUS THE SCHOOL IS SET UP LIKE A PRISION. AND YOU GOT BULLYING PROBLEMS THEY NEED A PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS THAT NEED HELP IN A SUBJECT WOW U GOT ONE PROGRAM AND THE LIST YOU HAVE TO WAIT MEANWHOLE THE STUDENT SUFFERS. GET MENTORS SOMETHING FROM HIGH SCHOOLS OR COLLEGES THAT MIGHT HELP THESE TROUBLE KIDS GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK IT HARD THEY MIGHT NOT GET IT AT HOME THEY CAN TRY TO GET IT AT SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
This is the most horrifying school that I have every had to deal with. I have 2 kids going there and it is just plain terrilble. The grade portable is never correct or has the wrong grades in it. Bullying is running wild. My child is constantly being picked on and the teachers don't even care. It 3 weeks to even speak with a teacher. SHUT THIS SCHOOL DOWN, it is not helping anyone

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
This is an awesome school. Especially if English is your second language. It helps you receive the attention and the basics needed for the 1st year to be able to go on to a neighborhood school for the 2nd year.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2012
I am a former student a southside and im sorry to say i went there for ONE year and i knew i had to get out! After attempting to go there for my 6th grade year i auditioned for lavilla school of the arts, later i was accepted to my advantage i got out of southside while i was still innocent!! Although i did not have a good experience there i belive everyone has a different experience depending on who you are.... Maybe this school has gotten better But i wouldnt hold my breath. -Former Student-

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2012
Im A Student At South Side Middle And I Honestly Dont Think People Give Our School The Credit It Deserves. People Are Always Judging Our School On Its Past And How It Used To Be But Our School Is Much Better Than Most People Think. We Have Amazing Teachers, Sure I don't Like A Few Of Them But Your Never Going To Like All Of Your Teachers. But Besides That Our Teachers Make Learning Fun, They Work To Their Best Ability to Help Us Learn. Bullying Is Not A Big Problem At Our School We Have A Few Boys And Girls That Like To Get A Little Mean But Most Of Them Are Just Problems From Home, You Know Ones With No Home Training. Like Most Schools Our School Divided's Its Self into Groups But No One Is Left Out Every One Has A Friend . Lunch Is Not All That Bad. Most Of The Time We Have Pizza Or Some Other Main Course And Then We Have A vegetable And A Fruit Along With Our Milk. I Really Do Feel Like One Big Family In My Classes. Over All South Side Is A Really Good School I Just Wish That People Would Realize It. But i Know And We All Know It Could Be Better If They Put A Little More Effort Into It. I'm Now A Seventh Grade Student At South Side. I Highly Recommend You Give This School A Try!

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
THIS SCHOOL IS PURE GARBAGE.... they only have three security guards available. majority of the facilty looks either scared or don't care. i hear about at least three fights a day. its kinda like a prison that the inmates took over. OHH, don't expect much help from the office. they really need to shut that school down or put under new administrative management.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
the cafetaria food is fattening and is mostly isn't fresh when it comes to fruits and vegetables. most of the teachers are fine and a few pass to amazing. this year in 2011-2012, the new principal is making the school look better this year but it cuts on the school supplys. there are a lot of unfairness when it comes to teacher and students. this year there are completely no lockers for any of the grades, they are replaced with benches. school uniform is a hassil for poor families. there are students who are outragously horrible and racist.

- submitted by a community member
November 22, 2011
I attended this school in the late 1990's. It was horrendous back then. The student body was atrocious and drugged out half the time. The teachers and administrators were substandard. I've heard from current students that go there that things have not improved much in the last 12 years. If it's anything like it was when I was a student, then keep your children far away from this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2011
This is the worst middle school I have ever seen.......they really don't want to be bothered with the parents......If your thinking of bringing your kids here please don't......It reminds me of eastside High....In the movie "Lean On Me"....the kids walk the halls all day and never wear the correct uniform:(......Always fights.......the staff couple care less!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
Sorry can't even give this school the lowest rating try a minus 10 for this school -10 southside middle school has nothing but hoodlums and thugs running the hallways beating up on kids, stealing from kids, threatening kids and intimadating kids.. The students there spend more time in the administrative offices than they do in acutal class. The parents spend more time on the phone than they do at their job. If you go for a conference you have to sit, and sit, and sit and wait and wait and wait. I would not wish this school on any student. There are a lot better schools out there where your child can actually excel instead of having their things destroyed and their body physically attacked. I can honestly say that my family lost about a $1,000 worth of books, backpacks, pencils, glasses etc in just ONE YEAR at southside middle school. If you care about your child and their education don't send them here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
im a current student at sms and i think its great.. i have no problems there nd i am a current a/b honer roll student

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2010
to start thing off i'm sick of parents writing suck bad reports about this school!!! the teachers try there best to teach us but some students just don't understand how important school is yet and it's not the teachers fault for this it's the parent!!!! i don't get bullied or anything but i can say these students are a bit to rash... once we had a sub and one of the student broke a window and caught the microwave on fire!!!!!>< but anyway the teachers try there best all you have to do is listen!!!!><

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2010
I currently attend SMS and things are different. We take books home and depending on who your teacher is then you wiil get assigned homework. I'm in 7th grade and have been at Southside since 6th.they have new administation and Mr.Emery (former 8th grade administation) is now vice principal :0 There have been less fights and we are wayy better than last year!!! This school is not 5 stars yet but getting there AKXL RIAS

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
My child atteneded Southside and I will forever regret it!!!! Now that he is in high school he is failing. Why?? Southside does nothing to instill any kind of study habits in the kids. Why?? Because they don't have homework because they have to keep the books at school. I can count on both hands the number of nights in 3 years that my son had homework!!! Absolutely ridiculous!!!!!! The teachers spend more time reporting kids for the stupidest things instead of dealing with them and moving on to teach class. The spanish teacher spent more time showing movies or throwing chairs in class than actually teaching class!! An absolute F school in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
I attended Southside Middle School for 6-8th Grade. Most Teachers are Great there are the handfull that act like the kids. The Administration at this school are Great they put a stop to things. Always willing to help! The only bad thing was in 8th Grade they say that they were preparing you for High school but the truth was that now im failing classes because the teachers that i had were treating you like 4th graders (Letting us keep our books in class ect. ). Otherwise GREAT School!!!!

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November 24, 2009
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September 22, 2009
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September 06, 2009
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August 03, 2009
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May 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
I have several children who have attended this school and it has progressively gone down hill. Some students make life a living hell for others yet nothing gets done by administration. They seem more concerned about preserving the schools reputation than they do about the students who are victims of the violence.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2008
To much vilolence and the school administrators are not well affecting the students rule breaking not alot is done..

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2008
I have not been impressed at all with this school. I have not received answers to questions I asked over 2 months ago and I feel that my child and I are being ignored. My child made good grades last year at another school but I feel this year is going to be a struggle and it certainly isn't because he isn't intelligent. The Magnet schools have proven (in my experience) to be FAR superior in terms of parent/teacher involvement and attention given to the child.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
To many changes in personnel since 2006. This causes the school's climate to be unstable and not be a productive learning community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 15, 2008
The turnover rate in faculty and staff during the current administration's time at Southside is astronomical. From the head custodian, to the principal's secretary (4 of them), to numerous teachers, guidance counselors, and other staff members, Southside Middle School has lost valuable assets to, what once was, a wonderful place to teach. There are a great deal of folks who 'bled black & gold' for years, who have opted to move on by early retirement, transfering, or changing careers due to the demolition of the now forgotten, Knight culture.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 14, 2008
I have been going to this school now for about 2 years me personal I don't think this is a very safe school and also I think that they can do more to make it safe.

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August 14, 2008
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June 07, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
Faculty turnover rate is insane. No discipline. Administration focuses on only what will improve FCAT scores, not students intellectual development and becoming responsible high schoolers. Also, limited resources for new teachers and some classrooms. Really there is just too much to mention. Administration assigns administrative duties to regular teachers. Too much hear-say, no open communication between principal and staff.

- submitted by a teacher
December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
this school is great. My child has kearned alot since she has been there, and she loves it. Teachers are friendly and nice.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
awsome is all i can say my cild loves it there. and im happy as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
I went to southside for 2 1/2 years and I think its one of the best schools in Jacksonville. southside teachers and staff put the all students before themselves and try their best to help them in anything they can. I really believe that school and the academic levels are fair in everyway. the administrators are thoughtful and if I could go back I would... I really miss southside and I think it is a good school

- submitted by a student
no rating October 25, 2007
I as a student here at southside middle that all teacher do not treat students equally as they should be. Ihave been attending this school for 2 years also there is 2 much violence used at this school(October25.07)

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August 28, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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August 07, 2007
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June 27, 2007
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May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2007
Since my son has been at this school, all I hear from my son is how this teacher scares the kids into respeacting him but the kids dont. he has targeted my son & a friend of his and I went and had a conference with that teacher and principal. and no problems have occured since that. He has gone from standard to advanced and grades have come up, but no homework or books brought home. I went through alot of red tape to get him to this school thats out of the district. This school needs help or close it. Get more qualified 'teachers'.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I am a 6th Grade Student at Southside Middle School, And this is my 6th week. My Teachers are very friendly, Kind, And understanding. If I do not get something, They are more than happy to help. Vice principle howard and Principle Hasty are also Very kind. And My Coach, Doesnt just have us learn the sport - He Tells us how it evolved Etc. You Can tell that the teachers there are there to teach - Not just to get a paycheck. Overall, I think this school is a Excellent school. Knights rule!

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2006
This school is great! The teachers are friendly. Overall good experiance.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
Southside Middle School I think is a joke, my son went to school there and didnt really learn anything. The teachers are trying to get through the day with any trouble from the kids. I think the kids run that school, not the adults. I got involved as much as I could, it was like hitting my head on a brick way sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
this school is cool i love it here i feel as though i am part of a little community

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2004
My daughter and I moved here from Ohio and I feel that the staff here at this school made her feel right at home and they have helped her in so many ways to acheive her goals to improve her grades. I feel good knowing that my daughter is going to such a remarkable school so that she can learn with pride.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
Southside Middle is a C school with the goal of becoming a B school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2004
Southside is a wonderful school and provides many academic and athletic opportunities for students. Southside Middle provides safety net programs such as morning and afternoon tutoring, a team-up program, grade recovery programs, as well as an Immersion program to help those students who have been retained in the past. Southside Middle also has a very good ESE program and an excellent ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) program. Every opportunity is given for students to learn and achieve. Southside also has an award winning Band program, and provides art, drama, technolgy, a flag corps and student council. Students are involved in an Autistic Buddy Program as positive role models and mentors for emotionally or physically challenged children. Athletically, Southside Middle school provides an excellent program of football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, boys and girls track, and boys and girls swimming. What Southside lacks is more parent involvement. Parents need to be more pro-active in using the excellent programs which are already in place to help their students achive and succed.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I was told at a parent/teacher conference that they do not assign homework as 80% of the students would not return it. A letter was sent home at the beginning of the 2002/2003 school year stating that the goal for that year would be to achieve a 'C' grade. I believe that striving for mediocrity tells the students to just do what you need to do in order to get by.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I beleive that there are some teachers there that are only there to collect a paycheck and not to help the students succeed, one English teacher in paticular, when my son would ask for help he was told if you didn't get it the first time then thats to bad.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
Southside Middle school has some great teachers but it also employees, verbaly absuive teachers with bad teaching skills. Parent involvement is very Low.

- submitted by a parent
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Southside Middle School
2948 Knights Lane East, Jacksonville, FL  32216
(904) 739-5238
Last modified Southside Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southside Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top