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New Smyrna Beach Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1152 students

 

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Posted February 6, 2014

I taught here and would not want my own children to go to this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 5, 2014

Overall NSBMS does a good job with students who have learning and attention issues. There are some teachers, however, who don't want to take the time to give the modifications/accommodations afforded to children with IEPs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

I'm a student at New Smyrna Beach middle school. New Smyrna is not a good middle school to be at. New Smyrna is the worst school to go to. I've been trying to tell my mom to let me go to Creekside or somewhere else besides our middle school cause is not a good school to go to I don't even want to go to our high school either is not even good either for what it is if you who ever get a chance to leave our middle school don't come back or don't even think about coming here


Posted October 22, 2013

This is the worst school ever never changes. They are not equipped to take care of disabled children. But they will not let my son be transferred out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

I'm an 8th grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle. I've been at the school for two years and is something happens, it spreads fast. There are some teachers that are alright and some that are wonderful but other than that it is not a safe place. They have this room in the school called ARC(attitude re-adjustment center) for all of the kids that get referrals or lunch detentions. I will tell you one thing, it is anything but a punishment. Lot's of people love ARC and get in trouble just to get in there. And most of all, they never learn their lesson. Most of the time the administrators never take the correct disciplinary action. Rumors and threats swarm the school and the administrators KNOW and don't do anything about it. And when you go to a guidance councler all they say is 'Oh, we will keep an eye out.' They only take action when there is physical contact and usually it isn't a fair action. But what about all of the students that are threatened and humiliated? I've been humiliated plenty of times and tried to get help and they don't do anything. There are also students that get special treatment. And don't think that I'm a 'know it all,' I see what happens and it isn't right.


Posted January 11, 2011

Absolutely VIOLENT school with minimal disciplinary action from the administration. So many fights and no increase in staff to deter this. Staff simply does NOT care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

we love the principals as well as all the teachers. thank you for 3 great years. keep up the good work as well as the strong mentor program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

I have 2 kids that attend this school, one in the 8th grade now, and one in the 6th grade. My oldest that is now in the 8th grade has gone for 3 years and loves it. She is in all advanced classes and has a 4.07 GPA. My son who is in the 6th grade has all A's also. Mr. Tager, the principal, is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

I'm a parent of a 7th grader. He loves NSB Middle School! The teachers and principal are fantastic! Way to go #1 Stingrays Teachers, Staff, and Students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

i am a 8th grader i have been at this wonderful school since 6th, its a great school, if your not making the best of grades the counselers will get involved in your future successes , this school is for kids that will try ,grades are important to this school unlike the others the better the grades you have the better prividges you will be granted , only kids who dont try or don't care hate this school because you need grades to accomplish these great activities..
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

It is a small town school with great people! The teachers are A+


Posted September 23, 2009

Administration and staff are the greatest, MrTager-Principal is always in view of his students,and accessible. He is one of the most upbeat and enthusiastic school personnel I have encountered in the Volusia County school system and it spreds to his staff , students and their families THANK YOU MR. TAGER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Because they have an award winning year book for 3 years in a row that the kids are involved in making all year and are very proud of their awards. Because this school really involves parents and encourages them to get involved in the different activities with their kids. Because all of the staff at NSB Middle School wants to make winners out of their students and they have a SOAR program once a week that if a student is struggling in a subject that teacher meets with the student one on one to work with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Our first year in Volusia County School System and My 7 grade daughter is doing wonderful. New Smyrna Middle has a great Leader with Excellent teachers & Counselors. Our move from David Lawrence K-8 in North Miami (great school) also to New Smyrna middle was more successful than I ever taught. My daughter is doing very well and have made a smooth transition. I am a very happy and grateful parent to be a part of the two great public systems of education. Anastasia Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

I went to New Smyrna Beach Middle School. I was in all advanced and gifted classes. The principle, Mr. Tager, who came in my seventh grade year brought of change for the better. The teachers were all excellent. My favorites were Mr. Norman, Mr. Young, and Mr. Gmitter. The school is good and the teachers care. However, due to the falling economy and budget cuts, the classes are rather large. Your child needs motivation at home because the teachers simply don't have to time to attend to every minor drop in grade. Please understand it is a hard transition from elementary to middle school wherever you go. Also, please disregard the comment later on from Bobbi Parrish stating those who won awards that year were all smokers. I won Spanish, and Gifted History, and several other awards that very year. And, I promise I did not smoke and never will.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

im 13 and i go to nsbms in 7th grade. and its an absoultly amazing school<3 i dont gett why people think this sschool is 'bad'' we tthere totally wrong. because i love this school sooo much. i went to creekside and it was an absoultly terrible shool i hatted it thats why i transfered back. and i was reading some of these comments parents are making and that one chick said he daughter got a B or something, well nobodys perfect and if she expects her daughter to be perfect then put her n a private school? well anyways when i came to nsbms i had a whole bunch of friends. Goo Stingrays!<3
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2008

3 out of 5...no comunication between teachers and parents unless you email or call repeatedly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2007

Yes I have a son in 8th grade . he been going there for 3 years. It is a great school to go to. The teachers are great there. We have a greate principal to care about our kids. We have a great school. Thanks Lewis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2006

This is the worst school my son has ever been to. The teachers have so many students that they just don't have time for any individualized attention. The academic programs are strong but the teachers assume no role in making sure classwork or homework is completed. At this school, they celebrate mediocrity and allow the good students to fall by the wayside. My advice, find a different school. I did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2006

My daughter's first year was the best time at school she ever had.The teachers are wonderful and academic programs at these school help her to do well in school.She can do almost any elective she is interested in because she wants to be an artist she took art. The principle should be very proud of his school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2014.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

394 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

397 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

367 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

372 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

370 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

369 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

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
White 80%
Black 8%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%56%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSEPH RAWLINGS
Fax number
  • (386) 424-2504

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
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1200 South Myrtle Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
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