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Darnell Cookman Middle/High School

Public | 6-12 | 1166 students

 

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Posted June 18, 2014

very rigorous and impossible to pass unless you have lots of time to study and the necessary dedication to pass.


Posted April 21, 2014

Your child must have the ability and maturity to learn on his/her own and keep up with the fast-paced workload. I finally will be pulling them next year, going to either private or a charter school. Unfortunately it has declined over the years. There are some major issues that need resolution. It just does not have the ability to provide an education for children anymore. To be honest, I think the school is putting more effort on a fake reputation, then the education and development of the children. My children have said for a long time that when visitors come to inspect what is going on they have to act as if nothing is wrong. With the increase of violence, lack of guidance, ridiculous class sizes (70+ students in the electives, I am not exaggerating!) and a large amount of students failing this school does not get my recommendation anymore. It is sad as they really have a great program for the medical arts. Please do your research, call the school board, ask about the dropout rate or how many students request to go back to their neighborhood schools. You would be shocked. These are not students that are unintelligent, etc. Many go from 4.0 GPAs to failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2013

Not exactly the best school ever, although perhaps good compared to some other schools. Some of the teachers are alright, but others either don't teach or don't seem to care. A lot of the better teachers and staff are leaving, though, and DC needs more clubs and the such. Also, to me there is too much focus on "medical" (so that students are watching bloody surgeries in 7th grade) and not enough on other aspects, which is why DC can't ever get past JWJ in competitions. Some of the teachers can be nice, though some of the kids aren't so great. That said, some of the kids and some of the teachers are also good, though DC isn't as good as I wanted it to be. And though it might not be the best school, there's still separation between Gifted and other students, and it has a magnet program, and it's still better than a lot of schools. It may be easier than JWJ for the middle school, though there aren't as many opportunities. There are also fewer sports available, and not as much school spirit as I'd like to see, perhaps because many of the people aren't being satisfied.


Posted October 5, 2013

As a sixth grader starting school I really don't like the school it has bully it is just not a good school to go to for a sixth grade to start I just don't like the school I hate Darnell Cookman. Teachers don't keep track of time makes us late for our. Next class. Unprofessionalism.


Posted October 2, 2013

As a 9th grader at Darnell Cookman , i believe it's not such a bad school at all. Some people are complaining saying the teachers give too much work , well yeah i agree but do you realize every homework they give us , if you do it right , it's good for you . You succeeding at that school ensures you that you'll have a successful future. Some kids are complaining about how the high the high schoolers ruin the experience but i strongly disagree. If you don't step on their way and just go to your classes on time , then you don't have time for them to be 'bullying' you. Another thing , some complain about the teachers. As of now My teachers are Mr.percy (AP human geo) , he's alright. He gives you notes to take and if you do it right ,you will succeed in his class . The only teacher i don't like is mrs.roche and thats because she doesn't teach anything . She gives you classwork ,you do it ,GOOD !, you have a test next period. Anyways , Darnell cookman Is awesome , i mean , if you want an awesome future , then you'll love it


Posted May 20, 2013

this school is cool ..I am a student at darnell and its a litte hard but there are people that help u like teachers and friends .


Posted April 20, 2013

My child has been at DC for 4 years, she begged to attend high school there since she went through middle school. She regrets it very much. She has begged me to pull her out, but it is impossible at this point because of the magnet application process. I am afraid that she will lose her magnet opportunities. The HS vice principal does not ever listen to the children and he will always take the teacher's side no matter what. The principal is more involved I the middle school than the HS. They should separate the two schools and have two principals. Maybe that way they could put a little effort into the hs. The middle school experience was wonderful, the middle school Vice principal is amazing and the MS counselors are caring and committed. There is too much of a turnover in teachers, and that should tell you something. The best teachers from ms are leaving to go other places. It is unfortunate, but they need to do something to make the kids happier. The work load is too much and the teachers just pile on the homework instead of teaching in class. There needs to be more clubs offered and they need to start having hs sports soon. Do something to make your hs students happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

This is the best school ever the teachers are nice mostly.though the high schoolers mess everything up for the middle


Posted April 10, 2013

I DONT LIKE IT YOU HAVE TO GET ACCEPTED THE STUDENTS BEHAVIOR IS TERRIBLE IM NEVER TEACHING THERE AGAIN
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

this school is great and everyone that is complaining about this school just can't handle the work and if you can't handle the work then GET OUT, you're not wanted and if you have a problem talk to a staff member instead of coming here to complain.


Posted August 29, 2012

This school is ok. They have a nice medical program, but if you don't have an interest in medical I wouldn't bother applying. It's not all do bad but medical is good if you have an interest in it.


Posted June 18, 2012

I am a student here at Darnell Cookman and have been coming here for 2 years going on 3 and I enjoy it here. The classes are good especially for earning high-school credits in 7th and 8th grade. MOST (not all) of the teachers here care about you and your grade and work as hard as they can to help you pass. However, if you come to Darnell Cookman and slack off by not doing projects and homework you will have a hard time here and will not enjoy your experience very much.


Posted April 27, 2012

My children have been at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High for 2 years and we are very pleased with the results and help they are getting in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

this is the worst school especially this teachers they called my son dumb and retarded i disagree because my son was in the accelerated program and he was told to go to the advance program which i didn't him to go to. they also tried to call me out during a parent teacher conference next year my son is going to Paxon i heard they act more mature over there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

omg i hate dis school!!!!!!!!!! but we be wildin!!!! omg im in da * grade n we be runnin thru da hallways bangin on da lockers n rappin. den we be messin wit da teachas n dey be fights n drama all da time. nobody do da homework n projects but errybody always pass. so we be havin fun. DC STAND 4 DRAMA CENTRAL AYYYYYEEE CLASS OF 2016!!!!!


Posted August 5, 2011

This school is AWESOME and AWE-INSPIRING.....I have attended DC for 5 years and have watched it grow from just a middle school to a middle/high school. Some of my good friends are going to be in the first graduating class this year (2012). This school pushes you to the max and doesn't let you get by doing nothing. Expect a lot of homework and outside of class assignments (sometimes it seems like I am in school for 12 or more hours because of homework) but it pays off when you pass the AP Classes and exams. The teachers are great in both middle school and high school and they really care if you do good or not. I had a choice of this school, Paxon or Stanton and I chose this one and am glad I did because I love each and every day and can't wait for school to start back in a couple weeks.


Posted February 2, 2011

This school is fantastic. My child never comes home complaining! Great teachers and very friendly. I'm so glad she ended up at this gifted magnet. No problems and worries here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

I love this school. I especially love the teachers. They're so nice but still strict. The medical program is just amazing. The lab fee isn't costly, plus you get to hold all this equipment. Each morning the principal is standing there always wishing students a good morning. I love Darnell Cookman! I'm not afraid to recommend it!


Posted October 30, 2010

Thay have great teachers. Both my children have gone there and love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

I have attended Darnell Cookman for the past three years and I've been on the gifted team all three years. I will be returning to Darnell in the fall to kick off my freshman year. The staff is great and the teachers are histerical (Not in a bad way, they're just a pleasure to be around). The eighth-grade Runics team is the by far the most interactive team on campus. Recently, a variety of new clubs have formed in Darnell Cookman, and I am proud to say that the as the president of the Viknig Volunteers, that our service opprotunities we open to the students are beneficial to the community in more than one area and really touch the lives of all who participate. I have a special connection to this school, so I will graduate from this school in 2014.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

256 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

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2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
95%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
66%
Biology I

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 48%
White 22%
Asian 19%
Hispanic 8%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 100%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%65%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CAROL DANIELS
Fax number
  • (904) 630-6811

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
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