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Herbert A. Ammons Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1216 students

 

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Posted September 7, 2014

I'm currently a student in the 8th grade at Ammons, and I can honestly tell you that it is a great school. Most of the teachers there really care about you, and how to prepare you best for high school. While there are some teachers that seem to give you too much work, they have your best interests in mind, and while it might seem tedious at the time, I promise you that it is worth it. It not only prepares you for the rigorous magnet programs in high school, but also helps you mature as a person. Before coming to this school, I often procrastinated and neglected my responsibilities, but after a year here, I soon realized that I had to be more mature with how I handled y responsibilities. Not to mention, Ms.Perlman is a great counselor, and she's bound to help your kids with any problems they might experience here. The workload here can sometimes be intense, especially if you're taking Biology/Geometry but it's all to prepare you for the dreaded EOCs. The teachers here really do know what they're doing, and while I thought my workload for Algebra & Civics was too much at the time, I realized after taking the EOC that they didn't give us anything we didn't need. Go eagles! :)


Posted August 24, 2014

Ammons was recommended to us by several people and our daughter is currently in 8th grade. We have not been disapponted in the least. The work load is very reasonable. Students at Ammons know what the expectations are. They work hard but they have sports And many activities to recognize And praise their efforts. Ms. Costa is the best principal we have ever come across. The teachers are fantastic and work great together. The only negative side we find is the actual infrastructure of the school. They deserve an actual building instead of a bunch of portables.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

the school is horrible. the work load is way to much. i spent countless hours a day doing homework and studying. i have no social life because of this school.


Posted August 24, 2013

My daughter who is now a Sophmore graduated from Ammons and I can say that it was a wonderful school. Teachers are really committed and dedicate their time to make sure the kids are on point and ready for whichever high school they decide to attend. I would say having my daughter attend this school was a great decision and would recommend this school to anyone who is seeking for a higher level of education for their son or daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

I am a former student at Ammons. The 3 years that I attended there was truely an amazing experience. The education and dedication that the teachers and administration offered helped the students like me to strive and helped prepare us for high school. The curriculum can be challenging at times but the teachers there are more than willing to help you along the way to reach your goal. There are feild trips, clubs, teams, and many rewards for the students allowing them to have an incentive to keep on thriving in their work. Ammons is a wonderful and great school for any child to attend. It is like a huge family who help each other. There is no bullying, prejudice or fights. It is a safe and well coordinated academic environment that anyone from student to parent to community would fall in love with. I strongly recommend any student to attend this school. GO EAGLES!!!!


Posted March 18, 2013

It has been a great experience having my child attend this school. If you want your kids to go to what is in my humble opinion the best possible Middle School then, look no further. If your child is lucky enough to get into this school then make whatever sacrifice needed but get them here. Just be aware that as a parent you must be involved and be aware of all the requirements to graduate especially if you want the I.B. Certificate which I highly recommend your child strive for. Currently they have a great Principal and Program. The school is very safe as most children here are all serious students and trouble makers or children with poor grades are relegated to their home schools quickly. Going to Herbert A. Ammons Middle School is a privilege so act accordingly. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

I am a student at Ammons and I think this is a great school. Sometimes the teachers do give a little too much work, but it prepares you in class. The i.b really helps in the future when youre signing up for high schools. I really do like the school even though it is a trailer park. If you are thinking about enrolling your student in this school you should! The teachers are great and very nice. Your child would be happy to go here, trust me. Execpt for academics, the school has great clubs and teams. The track team and cross country team are absolutley amazing and its a great experience.


Posted December 20, 2012

I love the school. It works as a community where everybody cares about everybody else. Excellent class environment and the teachers are always available to help you out with any concernes you could have about your kids. The kids have to work very hard and they are always challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

Having been here at Ammons Middle for 3yrs. (8th grade now) - I have to tell you - This school is AWESOME!!! Really, the stories I've heard from other schools don't come close. I'm so happy I had the chance to expose my child to this school... My daughter is in Honor/advance classes - she gets the work, if ever an issue teachers work with her to make sure the work is understood. When I send emails and have questions, they respond. The band there is also amazing. Teachers, Academics, Staff/Principal all on point, they respond to any concerns childs academics etc. I see why they get a 9-10 grade and are always an A school. I'm so going to miss this school as we're preping for HS magnet applications. Other schools should mirror the way Herbert A. Ammons is run - we would have better prepared student going forward to build our future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

i am acurrent 6th grader and ammons middle s AWESOME!!!!!! the classess are fun, the teachers are loving and caring, and the staff is very nice. there r a lot of security around the school so its very safe.


Posted September 4, 2012

My oldest son graduated from this school, it is such an excellent school that prepared him for high school and got him into a magnet program for HS. He made great friends and got a great education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

I am a current 8th grader at Ammons M.S and I honestly can't think of a better place to be in the past 3 years of my life! My elementary school was so boring compared to Ammons. There were barely any field trips, the yearbook was stupid, and they barely congratulated us for doing well in anything! However, when I entered Ammons, I felt like I was just so loved by everybody! The teachers, the students, even the administration!!! Ammons is truly a unique place that everybody will immediately fall in love with. Ammons has taught me to take my education seriously, strive to succeed and go exceedingly far in life! Ammons will always be kept in my heart.


Posted October 10, 2011

Hi there! Our son is a 6th grader at Ammons. So far we are extremely pleased with the way this school is run. Most teachers seem to be genuinely dedicated to making sure your child is successful. Of course there are some exceptions! I have already had a significant run in with one instructor that thought she could judge & label my kid. I was not shy about giving her my thoughts on her behavior and now it seems like we are going to be ok. Lesson for parents on this one is stand up and be an advocate for your child. One GREAT thing about ammons is the PTA. They make sure parents have a chance to be involved. We both work full time, but there is ample opportunity to be involved. Finally, I have to comme on some of the amzaing staff at ammons. Ms. Garcia in the Media center is amzaing. she is always there for the kids. I have never seen a library that is such a popular hot spot. Mrs. Santiago, Mrs. Torres, Mrs. Cabrera, and Mr. Pardo..................THANK YOU for making my son LOVE going to school!!! you guys ROCK!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Hey! I am a student at Ammons Middle and I love it. There are a few teachers who give a lot of work and are very strict but then you have teachers like Mr. Mullin , Ms. Fletcher , and Mr. Mike for science who are just great teachers and make the class fun. Electives are a lot of fun too. Chorus is amazing it's such a fun class and you really learn a lot. I've heard that art, drama, and all the other electives are a lot of fun too. They also have many activities to help you get your service hours like school beautification day and the walk-a-thons and they can be really fun. The IB portfolio can be a lot of hard work, but it helps you to understand the work you are doing at Ammons and the purpose of doing it. My past years at Ammons have been really good and if you are thinking of coming here, I think you will realize once you go that you have made the right choice. We have a lot of fun activities and classes here that I'm sure you will enjoy so go to Ammons!


Posted June 4, 2011

I am a student at Ammons currently, and I can say that this school is great. It isnt completely perfect, however. Like all public schools, there are a couple of batty teachers or staff and administration that aren't very popular with other students. However, the good teachers outnumber the bad by a lot. Teachers such as The Earles (algebra), Mr. Mike (earth-space science), Mr. Hutchinson (band+guitar) and Mr. Mullen (6th grade geography) really stand out. Additionally, the IB program gives students a half-semester of P.E. and Technolpgy each, a foreign language, and a 40minute study period every morning to read and study. It also adds community service requirements, which aren't bad, and IB "learner profiles" and a portfolio required to get your IB Certificate. Thus, the school is slightly more angled to those better at reading and Language Arts. The school isnt as demanding as thought of, unless you get an elusive teacher that assigns a lot of work. There are only one or two points in the year when it gets really frantic. As for the kids, just remember that admissions are randomly chosen out of the eligible, so all arent that well behaved or smart. Current 7th Grader


Posted June 2, 2011

My child attends Herbert A. Ammons Middle School and is in the 7th grade. I think the truth about the school is in the middle. The IB curriculum is great. Each teacher has the opportunity to be great. Some abuse the priviledge. The environment is excessively competitive and can be deterimental depending on the child. I have personally met with several teachers who have no shame or conscious when talking to children and neither did I when I talked to them. The administration does nothing to provide a positive "tone". The teachers appear to know the curriculum but that does not a teacher make. Some definately need to retire and find themselves. I would advise any parent to remember that you know your child. Weigh their concerns and act accordingly. And the student was right, the things they say to your children are not the things they say to you. That is why there is a region and a district!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

My child is a 7th grader at Herbert Ammons MS. My child attended a Christian based school from K2 thru to the 5th grade. I would not have sent my child to any other public middle school in Miami Dade county with the exception of Herbert Ammons. This is a great school with a lot of parent and student involvement. Obviously, the student below has a lot of issues he/she need to work out with their parents and a therapist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

I am a student at ammons and i can honestly say this is the worst school in dade-county. The atmosphere is horrible. The school is baisically a trailer park. the bathrooms are repulisive and the walls literally drip with tar. The a.c. always breaks and the rooms are either extremely hot or extremely cold. Besides the fact that the school itself is ugly, but the teachers are horrible. They are mean and mostly just a joke. The teachers there love to play tricks with your mind and make you feel dumb, then when your parent comes along to talk to them they lie and tell them nothing is wrong. Not only the teachers are bad, but the people to, everywhere you go you are put down or there are people talking about you. This school needs an absolute attitude check. The school only acts its best when a. i.b. representative or someone else comes along for a checkup. I can truly say if the school was secretly video recorded it would be stripped of all its rewards. And not to mention that the school gives an overload of work. If you want a students opinion, don't go to Ammons Middle School it'll be the worst decision you make.


Posted February 15, 2011

A great school has excellent leadership, caring and competent teachers who challenge their students, and a well-rounded academic program. Ammons has all of these attributes.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 12, 2011

Getting a hold of any teacher is impossible! and when finally someone calls you back its a counsler that takes a very defensive roll on explaining how the teachers are never wrong. For the most part there are wonderful teacher at ammons, but on the other hand some others are a joke.I am not happy when the counsler tells me that a B grade is alright and that theres nothing to worry about instead of finding out or siding with teacher and feeling he has to protect them, He should realize that the school along with the parents have the same goal making sure that the student reaches his/her full potential.
—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 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.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

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2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

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90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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94%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

400 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

407 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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 66% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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99%

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95%

2012

 
 
89%

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86%
Biology I

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

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96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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99%

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U.S. History

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

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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 68%
White 16%
Black 11%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%58%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%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

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(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 psychologist
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
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • 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
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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

School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIA COSTA
Fax number
  • (305) 971-0179

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(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 psychologist
  • 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
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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17990 Southwest 142nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33177
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