Students enrolled 1339
Hours no info
School leader MS. DEBORAH SMITH
Transportation options Yes
District Duval County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5100 Hood Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257

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(904) 292-0555
(904) 260-5415
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4 stars
Based on 77 ratings

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August 17, 2014
The July 4th posting "obviously" did not have a positive experience. That's fine. This school can't be that bad considering this year's enrollment (2014-2015) boasts a 400 student body increase (i.e. total 1500) as well as new "additional" teachers; " In Spite Of" the new charter school opening a couple blocks away. "Obviously" this person assumes previous positive postings are by administrators. Don't assume unless you have the "FACTS". Parents "Do" support the positive and post as well as those parents who unfortunately experienced the otherwise. Here's a thought....could you be a disgruntled employee posting as a parent ? Mandarin Middle is an "A" school for several years running.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2014
Last few reviews obviously written by administrators worried about losing more than the usual 100 students per year to charters. A charter is opening a block away next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
This is top notch education. Cambridge and honors program is a stellar. Staff is on top of their students and safety. Many students here excell in sports and academics. This school is at the top of Duval county public schools. Wide range of diversity which is needed in our society. FCAT is a priority slong with college prep. Proud of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Rasism is defended at this school. Many kids are bullied and gang beatings occur. Very bad school

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
This school is fantastic! Issues will come up in any school, and I'm sorry for the bad publicity right now. There are two sides to every story. I gave this school 5 stars in everything but parental involvement. Parents don't want to be involved with the school or help out with volunteering, and then they complain about every little incident. For those of us going to the school to help out once in awhile, we can see that the teachers care. They are there because they love teaching, and they care about the students. I realize that the students are not going to like every single teacher, just like in life they are not going to like every single boss or manager that they will have. Some personalities just don't mesh. I would recommend the school to anyone who is considering a charter school. It has not been an "A" for 13 straight years for nothing. Go Mandarin Middle!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Great school! My son had a good first year. Easy transition from elementary. Helpful staff. Super teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
In my experience as a 7th and 8th grader at Mandarin Middle, I found it to be a great school. The teachers were very caring about the students and their educations. I am currently attending Mandarin High, and find that I miss many of my middle school teachers. The educational system at the school was great in my opinion, and I actually learned and retained much of what was taught, especially in the English program. My 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Bishop was one of my favorite teachers, someone who really impacted my life by being very understanding and helpful, and was always there for students who needed her academically and emotionally. I was also a member of the swim team for both of my years at the school. I thoroughly enjoyed my practices and meets, and really felt a sense of team unity and bonding. Overall, I found MMS to be a excellent school, and never felt threatened by anyone or anything. The security was not overwhelming and very friendly, but were not afraid to take action if necessary. I enjoyed my time there, and I believe upcoming students of the school will, too.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2014
The staff is only there for the paychecks not the kids. They allow fights and act as if they don't see it. This school is perfect if you don't mind if your kid fails and gets into serious fights.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
I am horrified at the lack of interest in the bullying and brutality that happens daily at this school! There is no follow up and the child being bullied is punished as well as the abuser. What kind of policy is that?! As if the child has not suffered enough...! Not a safe place!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
This school definitely accompanies the lowest common denominator. From my time there as a 6th, 7th, and 8th grader this school rates far below par. There are terrible students (disrespectful), teachers move due dates back further and further to accommodate the majority of the class who didn't do the assignment, and there is a lack of enthusiasm and teaching mechanics. The only teacher who inspired me was my 6th grade history teacher Mr. Mingledorff, any other was mediocre and the school is just uninspiring I got straight age from MY KNOWLEGE and needed no help from those "instructors." I applied to Stanton College Prep. and I am succeeding there no help from Mandarin but I can humbly say to look elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
Seems to be well thought of, I have a child that attends,, and he is doing very well

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2012
I wouldn't listen to the parents, they have no idea how great the school actually is. I was in the top classes, on a sports team, and in several clubs and I had an amazing few years at this school.I have NO idea what parents talk about 'bullying' there was NO bullying at this school. There were fights, but they were broken up winthin a minute and both student were fighting. I havn't seen any bullyng at the school and I won't. It's a great school and perple who say it isn't are just listening to their whiny kids complain.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2012
My son was there for 3 years. My son has ADHD and a short term learning disability with an IEP. He is main streamed and has a high IQ. He was in advanced classes and doing pretty well. The home page was always up to date. They were also always there if we need to ask something or get verification, emails usually returned within the day. That was a huge PLUS! However with that being said... His spelling is actually atrocious! We work with him at home but got no help at school. I was told that this is what spell check is for. That the FCAT is what they have time to teach and unfortunately do not have time to spend on that.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
Bullying is rampant in the school and no one recognizes it. The so called "good" kids are the worst but they are too smart to get caught. Teachers are so-so with some teachers that are biased towards certain students. P.E contains no actual physical education just the students sitting in lines waiting. The food is excellent though. I dislike the higher up staff (principal,vice principal) for being unhelpful and uncaring. Certain kids are picked out by their peers for bullying and some have been forced to drop out and become home schooled. I disliked my experience there and I will remember it as one of the worst times of my life.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2011
We had to make the hard decision to leave a smaller school population and our neighborhood school zone was Mandarin Middle. It turns out we were blessed to be living in this area as the progress of this school conveys. It would be nice if it there were more middle schools for the area because it is very large, but students adjust I think better than parents to that reality. The band program is excellent if you want music education for your children. Would be nice to see more parents around is my only complaint.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
I too moved to mandarin so my son could attend Mandarin Middle and I have to say our experience has been excellent. I was worried about the sixth grade shift and my son absolutely loves this school and was 1 point away from straignt A's this last 9 week period. He had great teachers some kept me informed more so than others - but I am extremely pleased with my son's prgress this year.

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March 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
I actually moved to Mandarin specifically so my son could go to school at Mandarin Middle because I've heard it was such a great 'A' school. Honestly I've had nothing but disappointment with this school. Everyone from the front office staff, to the guidance counselors to the teachers just seem to have an uncaring and an 'I don't want to help, just do my job' attitude. I've left messages w/ the principal who couldn't even bother to return my call when I've had a problem. I know a teachers job is hard but that's the profession you chose so do it to the best of your ability and stop giving up on your students.

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October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 14, 2009
Was very happy with the elementary school. When our children moved onto the middle school, it was quite a different story. Lack of communication between the school and parents. Most teachers did not seem to take the interest in their careers. When something arises and a parent should be notified, no phone calls are made. If a child gets hurt, the parents are not aware of a situation until after the event. Very sad indeed. Very disorganized school. Our children now are much older and glad middle school days are behind us. Our children are so much better off in a school with faculty and staff in a wonderful atmosphere. Parents are kept up to date, phone calls are made, everything is up to par, as should be! Hoping things get better for a future generation of Mandarin. Good Luck.

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September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 31, 2009
the excel teachers r spectacular in the seventh grade my child loves them. but she has been bullied at bus stop and school and none of the teachers reconize it. It's an A school but not when it comes to the 8th graders this year they pick on the kids and my child has thought of moving schools evry day

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
Mandarin Middle is okay but sometimes irritating. Some teachers teach fun with games to study, others will be incredibly old-fashioned and boring, which loses their students' attention, and occasionally makes them sleep....... They're usually great, but my biggest problem is their last minute information they send in the mail not even a week before school begins for some students. And that's what irritated me more than anything bout MMS. School begins in almost less than a week, and i don't know what school supplies to get.

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August 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 31, 2009
I love mandarin middle its such a great skool and the teachers ae great they take care of the students and do there job

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July 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I love mandarin middle so much because it it the coolest school in the world and u have so much fun there i hate summer because i miss school and the amazing teachers i cant wait to go back

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2009
I went to this school for all of my middle school years, it's a great school. I am now a freshman, so I still remember what it was like. They have great programs, would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 24, 2009
great school/safe neighborhood/no violent crime/good gifted program...comp. to charter schools

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June 08, 2009
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June 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 28, 2009
Just a typical Jacksonville school. It's too bad they don't have neighborhood schools anymore. My child did not have a good experience there. You have a faculty that for the most part is just lame to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I love this school!!!! This is my second child to come thru Mandarin Middle and I have nothing but the highest praise for the staff.

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no rating April 24, 2009
As a mother of a 6th grader, I am very disappointed with this school. They have a very bad bully problem and the teachers are never around to stop it. When I call or go into the office, they just give a bunch of lip service and NEVER follow through. I will never put my child in this school again. I can't wait for this year to be over. It does not matter that the school is an 'A school'. It is overwhelmed with bullies and lack of concern from the staff.

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April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2009
I attended Mandarin in sixth grade(2006-07) and was apart of the Kota team. i had come in the middle of the year so I had some adjusting to do. The students are generally friendly. My favorite teacher was Ms. Albert. She really improved my learning experience there. It was fun school.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 04, 2009
i am in the 8 grade there have been there since 6 grade it is a good school just not the food flavor

- submitted by a student
no rating February 09, 2009
Mandarin Middle is an excellent, education school.I am proud to have my child attending the school.It is safe and secure, they have recently installed school cameras for observation of the school, which I believe is great. Thank you Mrs.Joy Recla and all the educating teachers.

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January 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
i attented MMS for 6th and 7th grade until i got into darnell cookman and it was probably the best public school ive gone to since the teachers really want to help you from my experience and thanks to Mr Harrison and all of the kota/supreme hawk team for a great experience

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December 12, 2008
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November 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
I attended MMS for 6th, 7th and 8th grade, (2004 - 2007) and I absolutely loved it! I did not come from a feeder school, so I knew nobody there, but by my last year I had made many friends, more than I had in elementary school. The teachers and staff are PHENOMENAL. The teachers are some of the best educators in Duval County and beyond. Most of the teachers are happy to help the students and are experienced so they know how to teach without using that FCAT crap. Now, of course, some of the teachers and administrators are not so good, but that's expected with every school. But, the amount of good teachers make up for it. If you are a parent (or student) looking for a new school, I would HIGHLY recommend MMS! I went from MMS to Mandarin High, and I wish I could go back!

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2008
I attended Mandarin Middle for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade and I met a few people who have changed my life. Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Barnwell, Mr. Scott, Mrs. Recla, Ms. Murray, and almost all of the teachers I had while I was there. Coach Fennel, Mr. Dye, Coach Kraatz, this school made the biggest difference in my life out of anything i've ever expirienced.

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June 12, 2008
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no rating May 28, 2008
I have found MMS to be not very concerned about a child doing weel. There is not enough communication between teachers and parents. The group conference is also uncomfortable and makes you not want to go. I have not found a teacher there yet that seemed to really care about the students. Not impressed and can not wait for next year to be over. If you do not make straight A's they seem to not like the student. If you can go somewhere else I would.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2008
I am in the 7th grade and this school rocks ! I love the school amd the teachers espically they set a great example and if you need help they strive to get it for you They are wonderful. The only bad thing that I hate is the FCAT...... All they teach you till march is the stupid fcat that everyone has to take and evryone hates it the teachers do to. Wee all you need to know is that MMS is the best school on the entire world

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2008
My daughter has attended all three years and it has been a wonderful experience. The teachers care about the students and keep you well informed about their progress. You can email the teachers too. The principal is great, she knows her studends by name.

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January 15, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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January 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I have twins at MMS. I cannot remember the day, till they arrived at Mandarin Middle that they actually looked forward daily to go to school. They both are doing well there. Teachers at MMS notify us if they are having difficulty and readily meet with us. I cannot praise the staff, the principal and her assistants. The school is wonderful. With parent involvement in the academic process all children should do well at this school! Keith Hutson

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I am an 8th grade student at Mandarin. I have completely fallen in love with this school! I have great friends and have had the most amazing teachers. They have supported and help me every step of the way! The staff is great and they have not only prapared me for high school, they have prapared me for life! Thank you.. Mr. Harrison, Ms. Henderson, Ms. Greer and last but not least Mrs. Stieghner you guys rock! Go Hawks!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 01, 2007
mandarin is the best school ever. i attended mandarin middle for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. all my teachers were the best. the best were my 8th grade teachers they got me ready for high school. i enjoyed going to mandarin. yours truely Brittni Brinkley. i was on Kahunna hawks 6th grade, Tiger hawks 7th, and Sky hawks for 8th.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
I'm currently a eight grader at Mandarin Middle, I started this school in sixth grade, There are things I dislike about this school but one thing I have liked about this school is the teachers, they are wonderful. Out of all the the teachers I have had my favorite was Mrs. Price. She really opened my eyes to all of the aspects of language, she taught me that language is really not that hard, that it's only as hard as you make it. At our school we have tons of sports, but you have to a seventh or eight grader to be involved in these programs. We also have awesome electives where you can be inspired to do anything, My favorite was 3D art. But if you plan on joining a club, they usually have a lot of after school activities especially drama club.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2007
I'm a student at Mandarin Middle. This is a great school and I've had an awesome time here. It has great teachers especially on the Xtreme Hawk. I am in 7th grade and look forward to 8th grade but it is sadly the last year and I will miss Mandarin Middle

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2007
While considered an A-rated school, I found Mandarin Middle to be subpar. The teachers are overworked and the administration is unresponsive to parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
This school is an awesome school and the principal and all of the teachers and facilty are great!I am very proud to be able to go to a school as wonderful as this one!

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2007
I moved to this school last year and I'm in the 8th grade this year. I'm in the gifted program, or 'Xtreme' Hawk. I have so much fun and I'm really glad I'm there. It's a beautiful, fun and very active school

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
My daughter loves this school and the office staff are super friendly too. The car riders pickup areas are a hassle sometimes because alot of people these days have no manners! Other wise its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
i love this school so much. the teachers are great.its excellent.

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May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I am very pleased with Mandarin Middle School. My son has attend 6th, 7th, and 8th grade there. My son struggled in the 7th grade but with the help from his teachers in the 8th grade, my son is an A-B student. I would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Moses for the everything she did to keep my son on track this year, and Ms. Richardson for allowing my son to come in early to make up work. The teachers are more than willing to help the kids if the kids are willing to help themselves. Keep up the good work Mrs. Rollo

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Our experience at MMS has been very positive. The school has 1800 but class sizes are around 20.They do not offer very many clubs but the general education has been very good. The teachers care and problem students are dealt with or removed. Adv classes should be held for students in the areas they achieve and regular for the ones they don't. Not an all or nothing attitude. Too bad Florida doesn't do away with FCAT it is a bad way to evaluate students.This what is used for advanced classes, come on its one test! Safety is not an issue at this school. Very positive experience.

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May 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
We have found this to be a pretty good school despite what some said a few years ago. The teachers are concerned about the students and do well with what they have. These early releases and having to constantly teach 'Passing the FCAT' is ruining our children's education though. Also, to discuss your child's progress, having to meet with all the teachers as a group is not comfortable, therefore avoided.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
Well-run, over-crowded but every school in any city of any size is these days.Teachers interact with students and the community. Excellent program for physically/mentally challenged.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
The leadership is lacking at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
We are very pleased with Mandarin Middle School. My son has attended MMS since 6th grade and is currently in the 8th grade. He takes advanced classes and has had a wonderful team of teachers for all his years here. He plays football, basketball, and baseball for MMS. They also offer swimming, soccer and volleyball. Our son has many friends that are in the honor society at the school. We have known many parent volunteers. The school also offers a morning and afternoon homework assistance program.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
I'm very disappointed with MMS.There is no guidance as far as principal and parent and teachers w/parents. My son is two grades behind I've asked for help so many times I can't remember and do not know what else to do. The assistant principle is very unknowledgable when it comes o knowing what is best for a student . I'm at wits end and have a daughter that is just beginning there. If your student doesn't make straight A's they could care less. I'm wanting to move because of this.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
Mandarin Middle school is extremely overcrowded. This makes for many discipline problems. Communication from the school to parents is very poor. Parents are not notified of incidents, usually end up reading about them in the local newspaper. Seems to be poor morale among teachers - overcrowding may have a lot to do with this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2006
This school is terrible and we should have researched it more before moving to the area within this district. This school offers very limited Art and Music electives. The teachers do not seem to be concerned with the children's education, more about the children's physical appearance. Teachers do not send letters home or even contact the parent if there is an academic problem, and sometimes do not even notify you when there is a 'behavior' problem. Good thing my daughter is in 8th grade and the year is almost over.

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March 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
This is a large school serving this area. The academic program were better than most in the city with availability of music and art classes for your child. Teachers are caring and provide students with a sound learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
We moved here from NC and based on statistics and local info had been told this was the best middle school in Jacksonville. What a disappointment. The 8th grade curriculum is terrible. No computer classes, no foreign language. This is a very large school (approx. 2,000 students) and very few teachers seem inspired. Some of my child's teachers seem like they are just passing time until something else comes along. Also, there seems to be more safety issues than at other schools we have been involved with. Not enough communication with parents as to school happenings. No regular newsletters. We cannot wait for this year to be over - just wish we had looked in surrounding counties before moving into this district.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
Excellent quality of program. Great parent involvement. My son loved it.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Despite the size of this school, there is a 'can do attitude.' Many of the faculty have been at MMS for years which adds to the stability of the school. Wonderful 'Gifted' program. Very active PTA and volunteer programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
We had a very unsatisfactory time with Mandarin Middle. I put my child in private school. The bullying at this is school is unbelievably bad. The administrators need more training in how to handle this situation. If you have child at this school be sure you stay involved and aware of what is going on. They even had my child in class for learning challenged when he had never even been tested. When we were finally aware this was going on alot of time had been lost. They apologized but it was a mistake that was hard to correct. It is not easy to afford the private school but we are glad we did.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
As a parent, this is my first intro to Mandarin, my other children went to Magnet schools. The school is kept very clean, I love the day to day messages on Schoolnotes.com. PTA has a lot to offer for parents to be involved in. Office personnel were friendly and my son is happy.....

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
A nice school in a nice area. A lot of veteran teachers and experience counts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2005
Mandarin Middle School has committed teachers who deire to give their students the best education possible. THe PTA is very strong and provides many opportunities for parents to participate. I have had two children attend Mandarin Middle School and was very pleased with the quality of education.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2004
Mandarin middle is a great school. I have had two children attend and looking forward to my third child atttending. All of the teachers that my children have had were devoted to making sure that they achieved their potential and received any extra help necessary.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
Excellant teachers and an outstanding PTA. The only problem with this school is over crowding. Duval county must start building some schools in the southern portion of the district

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
Too big. Halls are gloomy/ kids look very unhappy there. The lunch line is too long, the kids don't get a chance to finish their meal. Schedule is too confusing. A day B days, 1, 2, 3 4, 5 days!!!

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July 22, 2003
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Mandarin Middle School
5100 Hood Road, Jacksonville, FL  32257
(904) 292-0555
Last modified Mandarin Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mandarin Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 89 reviews.