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Greenwood Lakes Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 994 students

 

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Posted January 18, 2014

I'm a student at greenwood in 7th grade. This school has very good academics and the teachers are really nice. They have great staff and the students are decent , there isn't really any bullying at all.The electives are really cool we have Spanish and sign language and band , tv production , step team , basketball , volleyball , track and cross country. And alot! More overall it's a really good school I would recommend it to anyone.


Posted September 30, 2013

Sometimes the Discipline phone calls are very petty , but I Love the fact that they will keep the Parents inform on activities from your and or student ..No problems with the school on an academic level, because i feel they give the students a fair amount of opportunity to excell academically, but they have to work on their discipline department they are not conducting it properly. I will not pull my 2 kids out for a glitch such as this because i realize working with children that aren't your own is Training aevery day :) no worries.. It's A pretty good school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

The academic quality has declined at this school in recent years. The location is good, and there are some good teachers, but overall a disappointment. I'll be looking elsewhere for my youngest child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

This is one if not they best middle schools in central Florida! The teachers are the best and the interaction and development they provide one on one to the students is exemplary!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

This is the best school ever! The teachers are great and will do anything to help you learn. Mr. Bradley is one of the best-- correction Mr. Bradley is The best teacher ever. At this school we get a great education and the education we get is not one that we forget.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2009

Have had 2 children in the school - while authority very responsive to parental concerns school very lax on bullying and violence
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

I have sent 3 childern to this school over the last 12 years and have always found the staff the be caring, well equiped to get their job done, and willing to work with parents and students to educate them and prepare them for the demanding challanges of high school. I will be sending my fourth child their in 2 weeks and couldn't be happier. New admin. this year who hopefully will be as wonderful as Dr.Marcy was. Already hearing great things from teachers who have workred him in the past.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

Excellent school for the most part. New principal is caring and related well to children and parents. 8th grade AP is great with children! Advanced science teacher is awesome. She inspires and challenges students to do their best. She is a great role model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

I am in my last year at GLMS. The school is great. Dr. Marcy is nothing but ncie to us. We always see him and he interacts with us alot, I could be walking to class and if he sees a gum wrapper on the floor, he'll pick it up. Dr. C-B is alright. She's kind of scarey sometimes though, shes tough, but shes a really nice lady. Mrs. Ruffing is the best science teacher I've ever had, she really goes above and beyond to give us good grades and teach us for things we will need in LMHS or the other high schools.my teachers are constantly writing my mom letters about how I'm doing and telling them if i'm missing any work, having everyone on top of me helps me strive to do better.there arent many extra curriculars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

Great School! Excellent teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

My son has completed 6th and 7th grade at GLMS and has had a terrific education and relationship with his teachers. He is happy and here and feels safe. The principal, Dr. Marcy & Mia Coleman-Baker can't be beat. Kudos to them both.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2006

A new and very impressive principal has arrived for the 2006-07 school year. The school did suffer a setback in the previous few years, and I agree with some of the comments mentioned here. I have sent kids to this school for the last four years, and I am confident that GLMS will once again be a school that prepares its kids well for the demands of Lake Mary High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

The SLD program in this school is wonderful. The teachers are very caring and indeed want the shcildren to succeed. Mr. Gordon has been wonderful to both my boys. Thank you all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Not happy with GLMS. My daughter is in her 3rd year at the school. Administrative staff prefers to ignore the parent and child vs help. Guidance Counselors are not worth even speaking to (not helpful). There are only a handful of good teachers left. There is no quality in the majority of academic programs. If your child is in intensive reading or math - this is a joke. It is also apparent that the teachers and administrative staff do not get along. My oldest went to this school 7 years ago. Teachers were great but again, the administrative staff and principle, vp, etc, were horrible. I have seen so many principle come and go in the last 7 years it scares me. I do not recommend this A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

My daughter hated this school. We, as parents hated this school. Teacher/parent feedback was non existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Both of my sons went to GLMS. This school prepared them oustandingly for LMHS. They were taught the materials and skills to earn scholarships to college. The teachers were genuinely concerned with their well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

It's a good other then the new Principle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2005

I liked Greenwood although they are under new leadership which most kids now hate. The gifted programp is great!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2005

This is an amazing school, a terrific enviornment for any child.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

GLMS has an administrative staff that does not welcome parents' involvement other than for manual labor assistance for events, with the exception of a handful of popular, full-time PTA moms. From what I have seen, the guidance counselor does little in the way of handling discipline problems in a professional manner. I have seen a number of incidents of 6th gr. guidance just hollering and intimidating instead of working on the problems. The TMD program leaves a lot to be desired, as the kids do not interact with non-disabled peers. The hearing impaired program is particularly inferior. The majority of children is isolated and leaves to attend the state school for the deaf. Of note, the cafeteria staff is superb! They seem to embrace the disabled with no problems providing help and have a wonderful attitude! There is a wonderful science teacher in the lab, and children find him fascinating!
—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 53% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

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 56% in 2014.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a
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
White 50%
Hispanic 25%
Black 19%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%53%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Health & athletics

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. DEBRA ABBOTT
Fax number
  • (407) 320-7699

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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601 Lake Park Drive
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