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Mandarin Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1460 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 27, 2013

Mingledorf shows movies everyday. Is that your idea of great teaching? You are clueless! He doesn't work hard.


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 August 19, 2013

This school is dynamic. School year 2012-2013 was an awesome year for my son. His teachers (Team-I) were outstanding, supportive, knowledgeable and responsive. I could not have asked for a greater team of professionals who care about the academic needs of their students. They recognized the differences in learning style and did not cookie-cut their lessons. One great experience was having a teacher personally familiar with ADHD and knew how to reach out / teach ADHD students. This is a subjective review. Mandarin Middle sets the bar with quality teachers & creative methods. Kids enjoy attending and it shows. Great learning environment !
—Submitted by a parent


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


Posted 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
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 24, 2009

great school/safe neighborhood/no violent crime/good gifted program...comp. to charter schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 52% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 64% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 42%
Black 16% 23%
Hispanic 11% 29%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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

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