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Howard D. Mcmillan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 858 students

 

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Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

Great school! My son started here this year in the magnet program and we're very happy with our decision to come here! The principal is wonderful! Very helpful, sincere, professional, encouraging and caring! High quality teachers that truly care about their jobs and the office staff and counselors are very accessible with any concerns. The asst principal is very involved as well. I was very concerned with my son starting middle school but have seen that they have high standards for the kids and address any misconduct. It's a safe and effective environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2014

I attended a school tour today and was very glad to see such a wonderful school in operation. The students in class appeared to be in a very challenging, exciting and nurtured environment and every teacher that we encountered in class was full of spirit. You could see the glare in their eyes that they loved what they were doing, and that is the secret of success in any school. It is a trickle down effect that starts from the top. The principal (Ms. Thomas) is a disciplined & very passionate woman who genuinely enjoys what she does and works diligently with everyone at the school so that all runs smoothly. The magnet program lead teacher (Ms. Severino) is a lovely, patient, intelligent and very caring individual who adds so much to this wonderful school. This school has a phenomenal reputation in the community for all of its positive features. I believe this is absolutely the best middle school in our community. Thanks and keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2014

This is a great school with absoutely wonderful teachers. My son is a straight A student who has never received anything but 5's on his FCAT, my point being this is by no means his home school and quite a drive...but worth it. The Magnet program can be very demanding at times, so be warned. As for fights and drugs I have not seen any, but by no means is my child lingering around the school before or after hours. That is asking for problems in ANY school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

What I think: I think this school is the ... BEST school EVER and forever will be that title. This School is NOT a drug school. The chances of a drug kid is : 1 out of 800. There is NO way this school could improve it is too Perfect. I think is was Bio (High school class) got 95% Passed. (My mom works here so I know) When it comes to sports ... We arent the at the Top in : Softball. But when it comes to Track& Field we are STARS and we will RULE any school. I've never EVER seen such a school with a better Team. I think one of the reasons why we score so High in FCAT is because we dont have lots of kids. But that means Our teachers can focus more on every Child. The uniforms have the most colors out of any school. Lately I have found LOTS of adults that Went to H.D Mcmillan. And now they are flying above everyone with jobs that changes out world today. This is not a Fake Writing Unlike some. This is coming from a student who goes to this school. I will NEVER regret going to this school. This is finally going to be the BEST year Ever. Go panthers.


Posted October 2, 2013

Love most of my child's teachers but possibly the most unprofessional adminstration i have ever encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Absolutely wonderful teachers working under a TERRIBLE administrative team. Decided to place my son in a charter school because of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

was better. too many kids into drugs this time around and fights. Need better rules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

I am very happy to have chosen this school for my daughter. Excellent teacher. Excellent principal and assistant principal. This is an outstanding school as far as academic and discipline. It is a shame that Spanish was removed from electives choices. Other than that I have the best opinion. I'm soooooo! glad that I chose this school for my daughter. Escellent enviroment!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

im a student class of 2010-11 this school is fun the teachers are very nice ,and funny and some are mean like all schools have the rules are a little too much and the school doesn't have windows so when when the a/c doesn't work you cant breath unless the teacher brought a fan. the kids are mostly funny if you go with the good children the bad ones are always in trouble and if your new to the school you will get lost but just ask the teachers im in 8th grade and i came in 2010 i got lost for a month or two and all the walls looked the same but you will get use to it


Posted October 13, 2010

I love Howard D. McMillan Middle School because of its great teachers, its learning environment and its wonderful administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

MY WIFE AND I ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE PRINCIPAL AND HER ASSISTANT. THEY BOTH HAVE A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE SCHOOL...EXCELLENT DISCIPLINE, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND COMMUNICATION..PARENTS WE KNOW WHAT EVERY MOTHER AND FATHER GOES THROUGH WHEN THEIR CHILD FINISHED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND IS TIME TO MOVE UP...SCHOOL LIKE THIS ONE ARE VERY FEW.THE SCHOOL STAFF IS COMMINTTED TO EXCELLENCE. THE ONLY THING MISSING IS A BASEBALL PROGRAM..... GO GET THEM PANTHERS...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

Awwsome school, but too strict. Class of 2008!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2007

Dr. Whyte runs a tight ship here. I am glad he' strict about the uniform policy. Other schools should follow suit. The school is clean and security seems to be on the ball. I have never seen a first day of school go as smoothly as it did at this school. Way to go, Dr. Whyte and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

Both my sons started to attend McMillan Middle in the 7th grade. Coming from a small elementary school environment, I was cautious in choosing an appropriate school for my children to go to. When I started to inquire about the different middle schools available to us, I was surprised with the negative feedback and reputation that this school had. Despite this, I chose to find out firsthand about the school, so I met with the Vice Principal and took a tour of the school. It was then, that I found that I had been misled; Mr. White and his staff had actually been doing a great job. This school had everything that I wanted in a school and much more. The school is impeccable and the teachers and supporting staff are caring, helpful, educative and informative to the parents, yet strict about the kids' appearance and mannerisms. I would give this school an A++ and would recommend it with no reservation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

My stepson is autistic and goes to this school. I have only heard good things about it so far. It seems to have activities for ESE students; additionaly, he likes his teachers and going to school in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

My daughter is in this school and I believe that it is a quite excellent school.But I think it needs a little bit of more extracurricular activities like for example more dress down days and more field trips.It also needs do have less strict rules because when my daughter dosen't have a school colored sweater she can't wear one because she'll probably get a detention.I thank all the teachers for all their assistance and all,also the staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2005

The teachers try to help , but the students that attend this school are kids that do not have any parentail guideness at all. The school needs to have sports or more afterschool activities so their minds are occupied and also give thems a goal to do better in class because if they have bad grades they won't be on the team. Also they need parents to be more involved in the school we need to show our kids we care and we want to be apart of there school activities. This school needs all of this and needs to more strict with the kids...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

The school is good. You will always have someone who will answer the phone when you call and they are very pleasant. The only problem I have is that some teachers are very hard to reach. You have to call several times before getting a response.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

My daughter attended this school for 1 yr, where there she was a C-D student. This is a terrible school, gangs, drugs, smoking in the bathrooms and this is just middle school. I took my daughter out and placed her in another school, she is now a B student, received a scholarship in history and is going to highschool. As for her close friends that stayed behind, 1 failed her grade, the other is in a gang.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2004

I went to this school. When I attended I can honestly say, most of the teachers are excellent. There are some that are just rude. I think some of the rules are dumb and dont make any sence. I think they need to worry about what needs to be done, to help kids be more involved with the school. I have gone back to the school, and I see that things have not changed with the staff in the office. They are extremely rude all the time.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

289 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

223 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
71%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
66%
Biology I

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 90%
White 7%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 18%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. HILCA THOMAS
Fax number
  • (305) 387-9641

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Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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