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Mckeel Academy Of Technology

Charter | 6-12 | 1150 students

 

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Posted September 19, 2006

Thanks to McKeel Academy my son went into college with enough scholarship money to finance his higher education. His transition has been very smooth and he credits McKeel. We have one child left and hopefully she'll utilize the wonderful programs, teachers etc that McKeel offers. Thanks to the teacher, staff and Mr. Maready
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

There is no other school that I want my son to be in.He is in the best school polk county has to offer.They strive to keep there students safe,busy,encouraged about everything they may be doing.They have no'quiters', no one fails in the academic department.They offer more extracurricular activies than most schools, and are still adding to the list. They always have the childs well-being first. The parent involment is amazing, they are so tuned in with each parent they can be tuned into. I have had alot of visits at the school,spoke with most everyone there,and throughout the years,they still know who I am. As teachers and staff, they are so in tune with each other, they all know at any given time what is happening with students,and the students don't even have to be in their class or grade. They watch out for everyone. And mr. Maraedy... Awsome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

Impressive is the attention these kids get from teachers and staff, not overbearing but not to allow them to slack off their potential. That is important to me, working parent with several children. I'm alerted when necessary. Discipline is not a problem with their check system, bad behavior is simply not tolerated. That allows more time for instruction, constructive class time, and excellent field trips without student disruption. And of course, less worries. Their website gives access to grades and class assignments real-time and teachers quickly respond to emails. The culture makes it easy to partner with teachers for the benefit of the children as opposed to not working together, since we truly have the same goal - education of our children. The only downside is the long waiting list to get in. If you get called that there is an opening - take it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

This school has been terrific for the transition from elementary to middle school. The teachers are supportive and persistent to get the kids prepared although they are very strict. There are a lot of rules and restrictions, but once the kids learn them, it becomes easier for them on a daily basis. The curriculum moves rapidly along but again teachers will offer help to any student that asks. If the child keeps up with assignments, it goes much smoother.
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Posted August 26, 2003

I drive 30 minutes to have my son go to this school, and we are districted in one of the best middle schools in Lakeland. I have been pleased with most of the teachers, and really do like their very specific method of behavior management - the check book system. 6th grade is a tough year, but by the 7th grade students seem to get the rules. I have never met the principal, and my exposure to the assistant principal was upsetting. There is a problem making sure that the older kids don't pick on the younger ones, but that must be the case everywhere. All in all, the teachers are good, the environment as well as can be expected anywhere, and you don't have to deal often with the principal! As with all schools, the bus ride home is the worst part. I don't care what anyone says, a bus driver can't drive and supervise 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.

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n/a

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

223 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
96%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

272 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
89%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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 70%
Hispanic 14%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 43%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 97%N/AN/A
Female 57%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 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 74%66%61%
Master's degree 26%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • MS. LINDA ACOCELLI
Fax number
  • (863) 284-4383

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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1810 West Parker Street
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