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Mandarin Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1339 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 4, 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


Posted June 9, 2014

Mandarin Middle School. 2nd year there & again a dynamic group of teachers (Excel Hawk). No cookie cutting, individual learning styles addressed, open door policy. Teachers (Mrs. Fenner, Ms. Cleaveland, Mrs. Buckland, Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Kern, Mr. Dye, Mrs. McClung) provided well planned lessons. Extra credit provided to help encourage understanding and boost weak grades. Looking forward to his last year there. Expecting nothing less than what has been experience already at MMS. Awesome school. There will always be something contrary to someone's opinion, but you get what you deposit. Our experience has been a positive one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 22, 2014

Rasism is defended at this school. Many kids are bullied and gang beatings occur. Very bad school


Posted 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


Posted May 22, 2014

Great school! My son had a good first year. Easy transition from elementary. Helpful staff. Super teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted May 30, 2013

Seems to be well thought of, I have a child that attends,, and he is doing very well


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted June 7, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


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.

About these ratings

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.

409 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

410 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

437 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

432 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

428 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

429 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

475 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
98%

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

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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
99%
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 65%
Black 16%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%65%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. DEBORAH SMITH
Fax number
  • (904) 260-5415

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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