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Highlands Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 916 students

 

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Posted February 21, 2014

We are new here to Jacksonville and this was the middle school for our two 7th grade girls. The students here are a handful, but the teachers and the PRINCIPAL MR. Simons are amazing. Its a shame that he is the most concerned and dedicated principle my husband and I have ever met but the students make it hard for good students like my children to learn. He can only do so much. He is one person handling every issue we have ever brought to his attention. The bullying and the language this students use is terrible. Our girls are having a ruff time this year for the first time in our life's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

I really like this school. The teachers are dedicated to the childrens' success. My son has done really well since attending this school. Their after school tutoring is very helpful. Their stress free and focused environment for FCAT is great. I really like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

Uumm Highlands is cool once you get use to the kids there u will see how much fun learning u will be having...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

This is my daughters 3rd year at Highlands. My experience has been that the faculty - for the most part - is good. As a parent, you do however, need to be involved in your childs education. Speak with the teachers, get to know them so they will call you at the first sign of trouble or your child getting in with and behaving like a group of other children the child has not been brought up like. There are several well behaved children and several out of control (cursing, sexually active, disrespectful) children. Children know how to act the way theyve been brought up when at home around their parents. But if there is someone watching out for your child to let you know what theyre doing when theyre not around their parents, its a huge benefit. Involvement is the key.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

im a parent with a child at this school and 3 others have attended this school, i thought it was a great school until i had the chance to work there and man was i wrong. its not the school its the leadership that the school is under. too much inside drama. the principal is a real drama queen....all the time.


Posted March 25, 2009

I think that Highland middle is an okay school. i believe a lot of good things are in place, but there are a few problems that make it difficult. I think the majority of the students and parents are wonderful and have great potential. Occasionally, we get some really bad apples that change the teaching environment. I think, the teachers try but sometimes feel the pressure to behave in ways that would not be acceptable elsewhere or at least that is how I feel. There are some area in the community's culture which are encorporated in the school. This culture flaw is not good. However, I love my students, I love they subject, I love my administrators and most of my co-workers. I still think Highlands has a lot of potential. I believe it is capable of becoming a great school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 4, 2009

higlands is a good school for all types of people who are willing to learn but the only thing u have to do is dont be 2faced to your peers and that will be the best school in duval county
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2008

this school is the worst of the worst and should be closed besides the pest problem the teachers dont take there roles seriously
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

I was very disappointed in the overall performance of Highlands Middle School and teachers.This is an school that i will not recommend to any military family relocating to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

This is a great school. In where my kid gave his best shot to show lot of talents, because the school were cotinuously encouraging students to study hard and to join some extra curricular activities that can give him inpirations while doing their study at school and at home....You can hear mostly good comments from him, and you can fel that he wants this school very much thru his entire middle school years....Thanks for all the patience and by giving him good comments... As a parents, we will continuously monitor his progress reports and help him to maintain his good attitude towards his entire school years...More power to Highlands Middle School !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

This school is terrible. There are constantly problems with fights. Is there a principal at this school? I've never seen her actually do anything to help this school out. She just blames the teachers for all of the issues. As a retired teacher, and with two children in the school, I see what other parents are oblivious to...the lack of a good leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

My kids attend this school, I feel that this school has great leadership, concerned teachers, but not enough involved parents. It is sad when I see a great foundation, but not enough parent involvment. Some teachers have our childrens best interest at heart, however we prefer to defend our children and not accept that our children will make mistakes from time to time as parents it is our role to teach, assist and praise our kids. When we start blaming someone else for every mistake (peer pressure) our kids make then I feel we are condoning the rudeness and behavioral problems. As a parent if I have a problem with me childs teacher my child will never know. We should become more involved in our kids learning environment, they are the future. Lets get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

I go to this school and I think it is a great school with a few bad apples .I think over all it is safe and most of the teachings they make fun and they really do care !
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2007

this is an great school for your kids to go to i encourage all parents to let yo kids go here
—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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

305 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%
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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

279 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
17%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

279 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
70%
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.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • 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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
50%

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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
42%
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 87%
White 7%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%65%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 16%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. JACKIE SIMMONS
Fax number
  • (904) 696-8782

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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10913 East Pine Estates Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
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