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W. R. Thomas Middle School

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Posted May 13, 2014

This school is nonsense. the # of fights that take place in this school is ridiculous Not to mention a lot of haters/cyber bullys. The teachers don't care all they do is give them a detention. The teachers also are so strict and i am aware that most of the teachers were not educated in teaching the subject they are teaching. I am really dissapointed that my child will not attend this school next year but GMAA a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

Im a 6th grader in this school and i enjoy the school alot because of its academic progress but!!!! there is alot of fight's and disrespectful teachers and STAFF such as AS PRINC and PRINC!!!!!!! im not one of the ones who behave bad and that's my critic im jut giving an opinion. the school has no windows (not a pretty school) becuase it is a shelter for hurricanes and stuff it looks like a prison by the way but it has cameras everywere like in every room so its pretty safe. i recomend this school to the students that are able to have the responsibility to work correcty and to be determined to do all class assingnments.... and no im not a nerd im just useing good vocab...... sooo yea BYE!! (.__.)


Posted September 27, 2013

WR Thomas has made it posible for my daughter to feel confortable and happy at an age that this can be difficult. She is currently in 8 th grade and the fact that she feels well translates in good grades.The only issue is that she has a large amounts of homework, 3-5 hours of homework at least 3 times a week, the rest of the days an average 2.5 hrs. The school environment is very friendly and open doors policy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

IMy children are so happy and involve with the school academic program and with extracurricular programs and clubs. Cambridge ProgramTeachers are excellent; they not only teach the subject, but also motivate students to research and expand their knowledge. Field Trips take students to places in which they could reenforce concepts learned in class. The Principal, Assistant Principals and teachers supervise, guide and encorage students to participate in school activities. The comunication between the administration, teachers and parents is great, Definitely, I reccomend this school for having a Cambridge Program, great teacher and excellent leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

Well in my opinion this school is good. so far so good from august 22 until today., no problem. The cambrigde program is going so fast, that the kids dont have time to think in other things. but, every PARENT HAS TO SUPERVISED YOUR KID, NO THE TEACHER, ITS YOU!!!! Be next to him/her, Ask , who, who, where, what happens, ????? and you will know EVERYTHING about your child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

Being a former student and all i really think the school is not Good place to be, the only thing that made me stay in that school was my friends but that school sucks,not the best.


Posted August 21, 2011

best school ever. I wish i didn't move. I wish people would stop saying this is a bad school. ever since they changed principal the school has gone nowhere but up. we have so many great events like Turkey bowl( thanksgiving football game) talent shows, band recitals, sporting events almost every week. the assistant principal is a lot of fun, but he still knows the difference between having fun and misbehaving. he also sings happy birthday to students in the cafeteria. great gifted program, and Saturday school(weekend tutoring), also recently added Cambridge program. Education, Excitement, and Involvement. that's what makes this school great. I highly recommend coming here


Posted June 10, 2011

Best school ever. I love this school, its fantastic! The teachers are great, cheerleading rocks!


Posted November 28, 2009

i love this school its a awsome shool and the teachers are awsome i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2009

I am a student at wr and i love it there, some people fight but not every day it is a good school. I do think the students are organized. Alot of kids fail but thats because they choose to do that. I strongly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2009

im a student at wr thomas and i love that school its super fun all those rumors about the fighting everyday is not true. i know alot of people that like fighting but they never fight.when theres a fight thats because they get tempted. so i do recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2007

This school has its ups and downs. There are fights that are unnessisary. And students are failing. But I think the students are unorganized. Alot of kids fail but thats because they choose to do that. My daughter went to that school and had no mayor problem. She picks the right friends and is a good listener. There are lots of strict teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

This school is a awful school and I would not recommend it to anyone. The school is constructed like a prison. The staff just does not discern how to deal with the children and violence is at an all time high in this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 10, 2007

I am extremely disappointed in this school. The random acts of violence in this school leave little to be desired. As if middle school and FCAT is not difficult enough. Teachers are rarely in contact with the parents My son will be in private school next year. We are counting the weeks for this school year to be over with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

I do not recommend this school to anybody. The students are rowdy and careless. Possibly with a different principal this school may change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

The school is making great strides. The administration is strong and the attitudes are positive among the staff. The ESE program has improved and the inclusion model is succesful. Our Students love the school. They feel safe and parents are very satisfied with W. R. Thomas. These are the recent finding odf the annual climate survey. We are an A school.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 21, 2005

The ese program leaves much to be desired. Teaching is not given at a capable level and the classes are way to big, some have 30 kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

I HAVE TO SAY THAT I am dissapointed with the kids at WR Thomas, my daughter is a six grader and already I have had several problems with kids; It seems that there is no morals being taught to these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

There are some major problems going on in this school. I had to remove my son from this school a month ago due to violence in the school. There are fights daily, many involving the police having to come out to the school. Children who try to defend themselves are treated unfairly. The lack of security poses a major problem in this school and all our schools. Another problem is the number of failing students. Someone brought to my attention that a lot of the teachers at this school are not certified to teach the subjects they are teaching. Therefore with that fact in mind & the high number of failing students, I must ask, is the problem really our children or it is the lack of the qualifications of the teachers? I do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Too many student in the classrooms. The school needs to cleaned and painted. I don't understand why there is no supervision by a school security when school is out
—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.

About these ratings

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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

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 56% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

337 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

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 "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 "B".

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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
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
Hispanic 94%
White 4%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%58%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Special education coordinator
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
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
Speech and language therapist(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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • 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
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. LISA L PIZZIMENTI
Fax number
  • (305) 995-3537

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • 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)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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13001 Southwest 26th Street
Miami, FL 33175
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