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Southside Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 716 students

 

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted January 22, 2004

Southside Middle is a C school with the goal of becoming a B school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
31%
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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
94%

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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
25%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 36%
White 29%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 4%
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 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%65%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. ZEINA KHANACHET
Fax number
  • (904) 739-5244

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2948 Knights Lane East
Jacksonville, FL 32216
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