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6-8
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 952
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2034 Hubbard Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206

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(904) 630-6600
(904) 630-6605
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November 24, 2014
In response to the previous comments , if there is a problem with a particular elective teacher it needs to be specifically addressed with DCPS administration not unfairly broadcast anonymously on the internet. In response to the clubs comment, a total lie. This school has the following clubs actively meeting; chess club, zoology, collectible card club, video game design club, video game club, courtyard crew, yearbook club, and FLL robotics club. In regards to gifted teachers, when a teacher leaves (we had 2 teachers move) the District often replaces personnel with surplussed teachers and the gaining school has no right of refusal. We have quadrupled our gifted population the last 2 years and all teachers in gifted positions must take gifted training, this takes time. Gifted endorsed teachers "don't grow on trees" they are developed.

- submitted by a teacher
October 12, 2014
Thought this was the best school for my child, but 2nd year in this school is a joke. They promise electives in which the teachers don't even teach ? If you want to set a record on number of wasted hours reading books go to kirby. There are even teachers teaching gifted that never taught the subject with no background in the subject . Clubs no it's all lies just to get you in.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
Very disorganized. A lot of fluff about electives, but the truth is those are for selected children only.....kids and parent choices don't seem to matter. This is the 3rd year my child has been placed in same elective. These folks talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Any question to teachers are usually met with defensive rather than helpful attitude. I understand the teachers have a rough job too....but the kids should come first. I know Kirby wanted to be a path to Paxton so maybe the gifted kids have a better experience. However, the other kids, even the bright ones, seem to be an afterthought. Currently, a few of the teachers don't even post on the grade portal. Presumably, to keep parents in the dark so we won't bother them with our concerns. Our second child, who is in gifted, is now at James Weldon and what a difference! Kirby could learn a thing or two from James Weldon about how to improve, how to better utilize current technology, how to better communicate with parents. The only reason I gave 3 stars and not 2 is because there have been a few great teachers over the past three years, but the overall school experience has been disappointing. Lots of luck!

- submitted by a parent
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
February 05, 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?

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
January 04, 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
no rating October 10, 2010
Kirby is a great Science-Technology Magnet School and they require students learn responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
March 09, 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
March 01, 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

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 07, 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
no rating 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
October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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
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
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
August 06, 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
July 12, 2009
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June 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 01, 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
May 15, 2009
best school ever. Driftwood trip was the best I've ever been on and the teachers are the best.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 13, 2009
I think kirby smith is a great school it is helping me inprove thanks to kirby

- submitted by a student
no rating May 08, 2009
I am a student and i will like to say that kirby smith is one of the most eductional schools around. The teachers help you alot and its real fun to actually learn what their teaching because they break it down in a fun but educational way!!! from:student s07752116

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 10, 2009
My child loves Kirby-Smith, the teacher are dedicated and all students are expected to learn whether they are in standard, or advanced. The expectations are high, and the teachers went above and beyond to work with my child

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
My youngest son is in the 6th grade at Kirby Smith. he often tell us how much he loves going there. I now see why. I just return as a chaperone on a 3 day field trip to Driftwood. We had the best time. More importantly I know see why my son and his friends love Kirby Smith . The teachers truly love the children and are always trying to come up with creative , high tech ways to stimulate your children's desire to learn.We need more teachers like Mr. Paul Ohmann, Mr. Tony Guy and Ms. Kim Niebauer. They love what they do and it shows. My son has signed up for 2 summer programs at Kirby. Imagine that your child wanting to go to school during the summer break instead of playing video games all day. Way to go Kirby!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
This scool is a great school for kids who love science, math, and technology.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2008
I'm a former student of K-S. The kids there were, well...to say the best, odd. I noticed in my 8th grade year there was a serious problem with behavior in the younger students. The teachers are great, but they are not always there at every possible moment to protect the students. However if your child is smart, K-S teacher will help your child with anything, but the students may not be keen on helping.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 18, 2008
My son is in the 6th grade and it was his choice to go to school here much to my displeasure. I am extremely impressed with the teachers overall especially his science teacher who seems to really care about his students. The electives are great too. What I hate: the student population. There are way too many students with behavior problems, my son has been bullied a lot since the beginning of school, and he was pushed up against a wall in gym. If it was up to me I would pull him out of the school but he loves the teachers so much I am waiting to see how things go. If you child is meek or small, find another school. The kids here are scary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2008
I am a 10th Grader at Jean Ribault High school. I spent my entire Middle school years there. mde plenty of friends and teh teachers wwere awesome I say every student should go there. It will take you places , I am in the IB program and the ROTC program...the things they taught me at Kirby helped me with my discipline, and procrastination

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2008
We've been at K-S for 3 years. My daughter loves it because she is very science-oriented but I don't feel she is receiving an exceptional education v/s any other school. K-S has a very strict dress code that's enforced with military precision. The busing system is terrible so if you can, drive your child to and from. Expect to shell out a lot of money in field trips (avg. $100/mo.) if you want your child to participate. This year alone I have spent over $200 on field trips from August - December (Epcot, Busch Gardens 2x (yes twice), St. Augustine ghost tour). With holidays coming up I have to really had to scrape. I feel as though it's just the teachers' way of getting out of the classroom. On a few occasions during our 3 years my daughter has had to sit out and it really broke my heart.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
I love it! It's awsome! It's the school I always wanted to go to!

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2008
This school is a very good school, the teachers are wonderful. And the involvement of the parents and the PTA are better than any other school i have been to. I am now in the 8th grade at Kirby. This is my last year. So i have been going here ever since the 6th grade.

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October 07, 2008
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August 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2008
I completed all three of my middle school years and i can't say enough great things about this school i n fact i don't want to leave!! All the teachers care and gifted students are not favored over standard we are all held to the same standards. Student Government has an actual say in what happens which gives students a say in their education enviroment. we are pushed and challenged and slacking is not tolerated. The classes move fast and you have to keep up. Teachers offer after care help and peer tutoring is available. I swam for two years and we had a coach who cares and was there for us. I sports clubs and academics we were expected to be our best. All the admin offices and guidance hve open door policies that give students somewhere to turn. Any student who attends this school will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 16, 2008
to me this a good school this year i will be going to the 8th grade and i am proud i am also in the njhs i wanted to say that there is always going to be fights and you cant handle that im glad that i came here and i love it shout out to greer.

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
I would have to give the 2007-2008 school year the best year so far for my child. Mrs. Mills is the best and a blessing from above.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
Its my 2nd year at kirby and so far its awesome there has been fights, but if u do your homework you shouldn't be in trouble at all. the teachers and school staff expecially the principal is awesome, you can always count on them for a question on something you don't know.I recomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2008
This school has great teachers, interesting classes, and a wonderful historic feel to it. The architechture is very nice. Also, having the Challenger Learning Center there is a positive influence on the students.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2008
i am a student here at Kirby-Smith Middle School & i can honestly say the 3 years i've been going to this school its not a great school. the reason why i say this is because of all the fighting between students, not enough disipline, & its also not a clean enviroment. but i can say that the FCAT scores are great.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2008
My son is in the 6th grade advanced classes. He has always been a straight A student and had no disipline issues. But he really struggles at this school. You must be an incredibily organized student to attend this school. In many instances my child completed assignments but the over-all grade was dis-credited due to minor technicalities even though all major components and information about the project was complete. There seems to be a definate power struggles with teachers, students and parents. The assignments that the student complete is excellent and very challenging. Which I feel prepares them for a great future.

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January 02, 2008
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December 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
My gifted child thrives in this math and science school and the discipline is excellent. Only the long bus ride from the beach with HS kids keeps them from a perfect score in my book. The teachers are dedicated and the ESE staff in on the ball. Kamp Kirby orientation for the 6th grade and the separation for the 6th graders entering the school makes a difficult transition to middle school smoother than anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 23, 2007
My son is in his second year at Kirby-Smith, and I have been very impressed with the school during his time there. The principal's enthusiasm and leadership seem to be an inspiration to all her teachers and staff, and I found all my son's teachers to be dedicated and wanting to be the best that they can be. I volunteered regularly so I had an inside look at the school and I found it to have a positive atmosphere and never saw anything negative. Their electives are amazing - my son has taken Video Game Design, Art and Robotics, and been in the Computer and Guitar Clubs after school. I would not hesitate to recommend KSMS.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
I am speaking only on behalf of the advanced classes of this school I never attended any standard classes. I can easily say this was the best school I've ever attended. It was one of the more nerdy schools Iv'e been to but that's a good thing nerds like to learn. the classes where great and most teacher followed the you can lead horse to water but you make them drink philosophy not saying there lazy or anything they'll try and help there students but they'll alway's be more into the kids they can see are activily trying.

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 11, 2007
I love the Teachers and the Students are so well behaved. you should let your children go to that wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 10, 2007
We are very pleased with the experience our daughter has had at Kirby. Middle school is the hardest time for many children but we are very pleased with everything at Kirby Smith. Our daughter started in the 7th grade when we we highly unsatisfied with the school she attended in 6th grade. She finishing 8th grade and has been accepted into the IB program at Paxon next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
My daughter attends here in 6th gr. I wish I could say that I am happy here. The building is old, carpet terrible. Field trips are expensive.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
Middle School-The stories we were told, most of them frightening, were all laid to reast once my son began 6th grade at KSMS. The 6th grade team of teachers were awesome! They all used schoolnotes as a way of keeping the communication lines open. My son learned everything plus more that a 6th grader should be learning. He's now back for 7th grade and everything he learned in 6th is coming together nicely. Doing very well in 7th. We love the school overall. The teachers and staff all step out into the hallway between classes, and I believe their presence helps to keep students orderly. Like all middle schools, the students have their disagreements, but the discipline policy is enforeced appropriately. I highly recommend this school. Parent involvement is as good as any other middle school. The principal is a great leader.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
there is no doubt that middle school is probably THE most difficult time of a child's life. Having experienced 2 different middles schools - 1 inner city magnet, 1 at the beach, with 3 children has been eye opening. The years my son went to KSmith as a gifted student were bad years for him scholastically. The teachers and students were a FAR cry from what he was used to, and I made several trips down there. Teachers that threw lipsticks and erasers at the students - 'to get their attention', others called them names, others locked themselves in their 'rooms' and let the kids 'teach' themselves, students that had no discipline, a militaristic principal that focused on appearance, not performance... I was not impressed. When my son went on to Paxon magnet, it didn't get any better. I'm so sick of Duval county Public Schools - I'm homeschooling now.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2004
I thought we were blessed when my son was accepted into the Magnet Program at Kirby-Smith. Much to our surprise, it was no different than any other of the below average middle schools in Duval County. There is a very rough crowd there and my son was harrassed constantly. The education there is poor because the teachers are too busy trying to control the kids, which proves useless, instead of teaching. I did not witness a level of concern for the safety and well being of the kids. I did not feel it was a good environment for any child to be in, so I removed my son and home schooled him the remainder of the year.

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Kirby-Smith Middle School
2034 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville, FL  32206
(904) 630-6600
Last modified Kirby-Smith 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.
Kirby-Smith Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top