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Joseph Stilwell Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 862 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 16, 2014

This has been a great year at Stilwell! The entire administrative staff is dedicated to supporting the academic climate. They are always out in the hallways and in classrooms, making sure that students and teachers have what they need to be successful. There is no better school on the westside. With structured movement, dedicated teachers and staff and a majority of our parents who care, you need to see Stilwell again with new eyes! Come by and ask our principal, Mr. Bloom, for a peek. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2014

Bullying is downright rampant at this school. Someone I know was bullied all the time here and no one has any sense to do a thing about it.


Posted November 9, 2012

No to impressed with this school. They do nothng to solve their problem with fights. very text book procedures. No one going above to care or solve any problems. I wish nothing more than to get my son out of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

New leadership...new school. Thank you for sending a real principal who cares about the safety and success of teachers and students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2012

Keep something in mind; out of the hundreds and hundreds of students to attend this school each year, there are only a small handful of comments. The people who come online to post comments about school such as Stillwell are ones who feel they have a bone to pick, or a need. In many larger cities, some inner city schools receive hundreds of negative comments per year. Stillwell is an average school. Troublemakers will find trouble, bullies will bully, and the week and timid will still be picked on. This is a recurring theme in all American public schools, not just this one. The racial ratio is nearly even at Stillwell, and there have been very few serious incidents over the years. There really isn't a better public middle school on the West side of Jacksonville. If you still fear for your child's safety, home school them, put them in private school, or move. That pretty much summarizes your options.i
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

Well I was a student from Stilwell I am now goin to highschool but Stilwell is not a bad school we have some bad students like every other school in duval county stilwell does not have drug activity and there is no bullies at our school almost everyone get along with each other but like every other school there our fights but only a few fights but if your child can stay focus and out of drama then they can go to do this school or any other school


Posted May 28, 2012

Poorly manged School in dire need of attention. Onging apathy towards parents, teachers, and children. Needs better leadership and organization.


Posted March 23, 2012

I'm a substitute teacher and I've had the displeasure of working at Stilwell several times. I'm not sure where to begin. The administration is a joke. They refuse to back up their regular staff, let alone temporary staff members like myself. The students are retched little monsters. Their in-class behavior is atrocious. The lesson plans left for me were a joke. Watch a video, listen to a CD player read your history textbook to you, sit there and do nothing while an assistant tells about his glory days. I've had harder assignments in my elementary school classes. Before you put your child in Stilwell, take a good look around to see if you can find a better school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2012

I would give this school a -1. This is one of the worst middleschools in Duval county. The children are out of control, violence is rampant and drug activity takes place. If you aren't with the bullies, you are a target to be bullied. Many talks with the on campus police and the admistrative staff and yet nothing really changes. It's a shame that parents who actually parent have to subject their kids to this kind of abuse. I would suggest you really take a hard look at this school and the type of kids you see running around out of control before you assume your child is safe here or even getting an education. It's pretty aparent this school has issues just by the fact they have a hired police officer on stand by. Parents pay attention to your kids. Facebook is where these kids start a lot of the violence that carries over into the school yard. Teach your kids to speak up for eachother when it comes to bullies. Many of these kids see things and never say a word because the parents don't ask and they are afraid. Get involved and encourage your child to be their own person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

I am a student at stilwell and i have to say that while it is'nt a terrable school if you are a priss and dont have friends here it will probably be a rougher experience.There is alot of drama but it if you stay out of it and dont have a big mouth it will be alot easier on you.I love Stilwell and will say that we are inproving.Our new principal is NOT the best but were hoping to get rid of her soon.Your experience with the teachers depends on what teachers you get.


Posted October 31, 2011

As the parent of an 8th grader at Stilwell, I have mixed feelings about the quality of my child's education. We have a new principal, who is totally inaccessible to both students and parents. Some teachers are very professional and others are totally worthless. As a parent, I would strongly encourage other parents to keep their fingers on the pulse of everything involving your child's education. You should not rely totally on the school to ensure the good quality of your child's education. You are your child's best advocate. Maintain a constant presence with both teachers and administrators. Unfortunately, the current principal chooses not to even disclose her email address. That, to me, speaks volumes. Work closely with the faculty and staff, talk with your child about their day, and utilize "My Grade Portal". Don't look to the school to raise your child, that is the parent's job. Just make sure that the school provides a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

My daughter has attended Stilwell Middle School for the past 2 years. The principal had addressed the issues causing the school the bad reputation. Most of the teachers have been replaced. I think there needs to be more parental involvement at the school and definitely more representation in PTSA. Unfortunately, we now have a new principal and from what I hear she isn't doing very well.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

Im a student and its nice...Great learninq program.....You will not like it if you dont have friends
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2010

i am a student there and it is not the worst school but it is a bad school if u are veryconsered with your kids safty i think it would not be good to go here but i get good grades and all my teachers care at least a little it is a farly clean school but the prienceable has really changed the school in so many ways !
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

This school is really bad!i was a student there last year 07-08.& i hated it.The students there are very disrespectful and loud.the teachers dont care and dont understand whats going on.Dont send your child there!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

I was very dissatisfied with this school. All they want to do is suspend kids. The teachers (some) don't care. I will NOT send my child there again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

This school is definitely unsatisfactory. Only exceptional students can excel here. We were warned, as we left the fifth grade, that if your student wasn't independent and scholarly, his/her needs would be ignored and the student would, ultimately, be left on his/her own and the administration of the school would not care. This was a true statement from someone who knew what the situation at Stilwell was. Ultimately, kids are out of control, due to frustration, and the school only sets students with problems up for failure. No one should send their child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

My son attends Stillwell and he hates it. The students there need to be taught respect for others. I am certain he will not return next year. Please really think about alternatives if your chils has to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

Some teachers are good and seem to care and will work with you. Others don't make any attempt at all to help your struggling child. Get some teachers aides in the school or something. Too many students too little teachers! I would call the school 15 times before I could get a teacher to contact me. My daughter hated the school and felt like it wasn't safe. Of course that could have been just the transition from elementary to middle school. On a positive note, it has improved over the past couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

I attended Stilwell for all three years and will say it's a decent school. It has many problems, but the teachers and staff are trying to put them an end. Occasionally, they go about it the wrong way. If you send your child to Stilwell be prepared to write your child a medical pass so that he or she can use the bathroom, since it wouldn't be allowed by either the teachers or the principal. On another note, while most teachers at Stilwell are fantastic teachers, there are a few teachers there who can not teach very well. If you send your child to Stilwell and they begin to complain about not learning in such and sos class, listen to them. If Stilwell keeps improving, I say it's safe to send your child there. If it doesn't keep striving to improve, I'd look into a different school. - Megan Howell
—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 53% in 2014.

269 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

266 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

266 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

280 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
71%
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.

342 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".

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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 43%
Black 42%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%65%61%
Master's degree 29%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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