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Kirby-Smith Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 952 students

 

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Posted February 24, 2014

My first impression before my son attended - hmmm old school, poverty neighborhood, hmmm ... But you can't judge this "book by it's cover" - the school is great!! The teachers have been top notch - they are very attentive and approachable, they want the students to succeed and really care about each student and get them to rise to the challenge!! The gifted, AT and standard programs are great at preparing students for their next level. Many of the top graduates move on to Stanton, Paxon, RE Lee. We travel 25 miles to get to Kirby because my son loves it enough make the early long journey every day. The school has great technology electives, athletic teams, afterschool clubs and more. It's a wonderful group of kids there as I see all 960+ of them during my lunch monitor day. The school is a diamond in the rough and continues to improve and glow from the inside out. The school starting next year 2014-2015 has been granted continuity for gifted students to Stanton, Paxon, and Darnell-Cookman. I rated it a 5 knowing no school is perfect but there is no 4.5 stars choice and it's better than a 4. If your child likes the techy niche - environment they will enjoy being at Kirby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

I'm the grandmother of a Kirby student. The reviews are fantastic. I'd like to hear about the progress of my grandson and get to know his teacher. Who can I be more involved long distance?


Posted February 4, 2014

I am a graduate of Kirby Smith and I am now a junior at Darnell Cookman High School. Kirby is an excellent school with great programs. Kirby Smith really prepared me for highschool structure with A&B schedules and rigorius academics. I can proudly say that I am an honor roll student at Darnell Cookamn, and I went to Kirby Smith Middle School. The teachers are amazing. My favorite of all time was my 8th grade LA teacher Mrs. Quantiance. I'm not sure if she still works there, but her homework load and system was the class that really prepared me for highschool. This school is amazing and I would recommend it for any on coming 6th grader.


Posted August 28, 2013

My child attended for about 6 months because of the"technology" program. He came from Fletcher Middle School Gifted Program making straight A's. With in 2 months he was failing at Kirby Smith. But most important, the teachers could not care less.It took 2 months to get a conference because they were too busy. The whole experience was awful. He is now back at Fletcher High School in the AICE Program making A's again. I have since talked to other parents who had same experiences. They should close the school down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

Even though I'm new to the school as a 7th grade student i know we are going to have a great school year.


Posted February 28, 2011

Kirby is a great school it has taught me a lot of respnsiblity i learned to do homework without being asked by my parents and kirby may not be the cleanist school on earth but i became a better student athlete and person because of Kirby Smith Middle School. Thank You Kirby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted January 4, 2011

I think Kirby Smith a a school in general is great, and so is most of the staff but, i have found some negative experiences with some teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Kirby is a great Science-Technology Magnet School and they require students learn responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

This was my son's first experience in public schools. He entered KSM in the eigth grade and we were very nervous at first, especially since he has special needs. However, I have to say that it was a great experience nad we/he absolutely loved this school! We were so impressed with the teachers/staff, from the pincipal down. It was the best school year experience that my child has ever had and we hate that he is graduating this year. The teachers and staff were attentive to his needs and for the first time ever, they made him feel like he had something of value to share/say. He has thrived in this school like no other school that he has ever attended. And although there are occassional fights, he has felt safer here than in previous private schools that he attended. When they say 'Zero tolerance' to bullying, they mean it. Mrs. Marshall is a great principle. Two thumbs up for KSM!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Im in 7th grade and im in mr gee's homeroom. I absolutly love kirby smith! The teachers are very nice and supportive. I am currently in cheerleading abd i am loving it everyday! Thank you Kirby Smith!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2010

I have to admit 6th grd was tough, teachers trying to get the students into shape, unreal expectations of students, but it seemed to work once we got thru it. The reamaining years have been amazing. Good disipline, fair, teachers supportive, approachable, really care, realistic expectations. Mr Ohman and Ms. Mills are the most amazing teachers. The teachers will lead you down the right path, but the choice is still yours. It has been a wonderful experience and I hate to see us leave for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

I graduated from Kirby in 2008-2009 and I have to say the school is a little dirty. The teachers there are great though. Some honorable mentions are Mrs. Reed, Mr. Broussard, Mr. Vail, and Mr. Ohmann


Posted February 7, 2010

Before my niece started at Kirby, we were really worried because we hadn't heard many 'good' things about the school. Thank Goodness we relied more on our faith than rumors because Kirby is the best thing that has ever happened to my niece. She loves going to this school and her grades have improved tremendously. She even made the AB Honor Roll this semester and she hadn't done that in years. The principal and the teachers are awesome and she loves to learn. She hated math at Susie Tolbert but now loves it. I love that the young men aren't allowed to wear sagging pants and have MUST tuck in their shirts. They look like young gentlemen in the hallways. There is so much good going on at this school and I pray that her next next two years are as great as the first.


Posted January 7, 2010

When we were looking for a middle school, we were so impressed with the 6th Grade Science teacher. There really are SOME good teachers here...but then there are others who seem to think that the students should be teaching themselves. The students ask for help and are told the teachers don't have time to talk to them or give them help. 'Look it up on the internet' even! It's difficult to get the teachers to communicate and often seems like no one really cares. It's a shame because the curriculum and the 'feel' of the school is great. Just could use some teachers who actually care to help the students succeed. We've already told our next child that we'll think twice before letting him go there...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

I am a student at Kirby smith middle school and I have to say I am really impressed. The school could be a bit cleaner and there are a few fights now and again but the electives and classes that Kirby smith offer greatly outweigh the few minor cons. Overall Kirby smith has been a good school, my only other complaint is that the dress code is a bit harsh but other than that this is a great school. I recommend this school to anyone that has a interest in technology.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

I have a 6th grader and he barely passed the 5th grade. I'm so proud to say that he is doing great in Kirby. The teachers care and my son is learning so much. I'm glad he is attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

I passed 6th grade but the year that i went to Kirby was horrible. there were many fights and it is a very dirty environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2009

i am a student at Kirby smith i am going into the 8th grade this will be my 3rd year here and i would like to say it is a great school but true there are fight the kids who do fight get into a lot of trouble also being in advance classes the work is hard but if you really care for your life don't slack of the way i did trust me in not fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2009

i might not have passed the eighth grade but it was a fault all on my own. i wouldn't blame the teachers there for anything. every group of teacher i had for all three grades were amazing; caring, funny, relate-able, everything that defines an excellent teacher. if you're going to send your child to this school, then by all means, do it. there are hardly any fights and the administrators, despite my few run-ins with them, know what they're doing and keep everything in check. the extra-curricular activities are diverse and provide an environment for practically anyone's interest. it's hard not to find a circle of friends here. i'll miss mrs. reed and mr. vail the most. <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2009

The teachers and staff at Kirby-Smith are good and caring but as far as the administration they lack leadership skills and do not provide little safety for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

324 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%
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

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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 57%
White 31%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%65%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JUNE L MARSHALL
Fax number
  • (904) 630-6605

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Girls sports
  • Volleyball

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  • Dance
  • Drama
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2034 Hubbard Street
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