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Varsity Lakes Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 988 students

 

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Posted October 2, 2013

I am a Lee County substitute teacher and as such I get to see and compare many schools in the area. VLMS is the best school I have encountered. If you are a parent your child may say it is a strict school, but it is not. The rules are appropriate and fair. Students here are learning more, and in a safe environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 12, 2013

My school is amazing. It doesn't hold the title of an A school for no reason. In Varsity we don't slack off but that doesn't mean we don't have fun. We have a whole range of clubs like leading ladies, the blue and yellow crew, pep club, the athletic teams, which are track team won 6 championships in a row, AVID, and more. We like to explore in Varsity and we strive to be the absolute best that we can be with the help of our amazing staff and faculty off course. We are a no bullying zone and the consequences of bullying are severe. In Varsity, everyday we end up mastering these amazingly difficult math problems, become the Albert Einstein of language arts, or even try to retain the skills of becoming the Micheal Jordan of medic ball. The goal of Varsity is to nurture it's students to become great leaders of tomorrow's nation. After three long and fun years in Varsity we leave with knowledge given to us by our peer and we move on to our future endeavors. We will always remember that there is an A in teAm.


Posted June 6, 2013

My school is very fun and nice were and A school and there is 0% tolerance of bullying it has improved on there organization and is very good school.there really need to improve on school rules but its just for our safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

varsity lakes middle school is the best but one teacher there that i have heard from many students is the band teacher . some students say that he is not a good band teacher he is rude and disrespectful some students think he should be removed and replaced


Posted April 27, 2010

This school is the best school I have went to and probably will ever go to. Yes, some bad things have happened at this school that gave it a bad reputation, but thats just the students and very few are badly behaved. This school has WONDERFUL teachers that are very supportive and tell you what you have to improve on to have better grades. This school is AMAZING and I am glad my mom and I chose this as our first choice. I would reccomend this school for middle schoolers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2010

As a parent of two students attending Varsity Lakes Middle School I can say that I am so very happy that I made this my 1st choice. This is a new and exciting staff. The teachers here are all top notch and committed to giving our children the education thet derserve. My daughter comes home as excited as she did in elemenatry school about math. I have had on occasion contacted teachers about my childrens grades and each one has been very supportive. They are all willing to help with any issues you might have. There is an after school program that is staffed by teachers to help your child with there academics. I feel very confident that my children are getting an outstanding education at Varsity Lakes Middle School. For my family this was the right choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

As a teacher at Varsity Lakes, I am constantly impressed with the students, parents, staff and administration of our school. Varsity Lakes is an 'A' school and provides a safe and enjoyable environment for our students to learn. The focus here is constantly on academic achievment, while providing a multitude of activities for students to be involved in such as: Odyssey of the Mind, Band, Intermurals, Pep Club and many more! I am proud to be a part of this outstanding school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 13, 2008

Having had children in the Lee County School District for over 16 years, my experience with VLMS has been extremely rewarding. We have two currently attending and wish the school was built when the older children were attending middle school. The rapport between the teachers and students/parents is welcome and immediate. The energy of this young staff is infectious and encouraged. The principal, Ron Davis, is very proud of this school and his pride shows in every detail: from the architecture to the content staff and high-achieving students. Our children love their school as do we!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

My son attended 6th grade at this school in 2006-07. He had a great experience and his best school year ever academically -- final grade were all A's. And he was in advanced classes doing 7th grade work! The work was challenging and he learned a lot. Windjammer Team teachers were exceptional! All very young, excited to be teaching, interesting and energetic. I think the fact that he was in the advanced classes was a hugh plus though as kids were very well behaved and teachers had to deal with very few discipline problems. I also give very high marks to the principal, Mr. Ron Davis, who seems very involved with the kids. I am comparing this school with the ones my son attended in NY for grades K-4 and would say it matches in quality of and exceeds in quantity of educational learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

I have completely lost all faith in the staff and teachers at this school. The parent comment above is so true.The teachers do not teach a positive learning enviroment and the children pick up on this. Disipline is not handled properly. All round the school is on my F list. Please save your child and not enter them into this school. More parents should express how they feel on this issue, so maybe the district will look into it before the drop out rate from this school rises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2006

My daughter had a very negative experience with the teacher-student relationship with her math teacher. Whenever my daughter asked for assistance in a chapter that she had difficulty with the teacher would respond that had she been paying attention she wouldn't be asking for help. The scrutiny that she received from her math teacher was enough to prevent her from approaching the teacher with further questions and as a result her math grade and comprehension for math this past school year dropped. When I addressed the principal with my concerns, I was told that it was a personality problem between the teacher and student. I feel that the teachers in general in this school lack rapport with the students not so much because of personality conflict but because they simply do not care.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 52% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
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 "B".
  • 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 29%
White 24% 42%
Black 23% 23%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%66%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 1%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 Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Scott Cook
Fax number
  • (239) 694-7093

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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801 Gunnery Rd N
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
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