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C. W. Ruckel Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 974 students

 

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Posted March 31, 2014

My daughter is a "person of color" and had no problem making the team. The amount of kids vying for a position in the different sports programs can be very competitive - 100 kids may try out for 25 slots on the team. My daughter is very shy and has blossomed while attending RMS. She's in the Gifted and Talented Program, has performed exceptionally on the FCATs, has learned responsibility, and her teachers know they can expect a lot of hard work from her. We love the school and only wish her younger sister would be able to attend next year, but the military is moving us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

Please check your grammar before posting a review. Sorry for anyone who has had a bad experience, like us, for any reason. I wasn't aware that racism is an issue at this school but, there's plenty of other problems! Our kid was bullied for being a Christian from a conservative thinking family. Now, she's dealing with the same type pressure (censorship) at NHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Do not send your child there is they are a person of color or you hold a high value to intersectionality and diversity. This school is very uncultured.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

Thankfully principal retired and no longer subjected to her off-key Broadway routines. I agree they look the other way regarding bullying or maybe too afraid to respond. Cell phone use is rampant making less work for the teachers to do their job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

I do the cheer team at the school and im in 6th grade it is so fun and the classes are great hope i helped
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2009

O.k. i know I'm not a parent but I'm a student and my opinion counts too. Ruckel rocks!!!!! :D I love all my teachers, and make A's and B's in every subject. the school has great electives, though the school library is limited. I know at least 26 people that are switching to Ruckel from Destin next year. Overall ruckel is the best school I've ever been to and I've only attended it for sixth grade. I wish I didn't have to move next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2009

We are in the school choice zone, and we exercised our choice by switching to Destin Middle School. Ruckel seems to have changed for the worse since our eldest attended there. The halls are overcrowded, and the lockers are stacked three high. While admin. pretends to care about the students, their actions show otherwise. Socioeconomics plays a key role as to who makes school teams. Definitely more opportunity at Destin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

It is one of the best middle schools out there! The science teachers are great and the 3 A's of excellence is the standard. The three A's mean: Academics Athletics Arts The school has a LARGE reputation and is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

we have a son attending Rckel Middle School, and we are very happy, this school is GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

Both of my children attended Ruckel Middle School. The teachers, that my children had, were very knowagable in their field and held my children to high academic standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2005

My child came to Ruckel from 2 previous private schools. I have to say, I have been impressed. The teachers have made learning interesting and fun while challenging students at the same time. The teachers seem glad to be there, which makes the students more enthusiastic. We really like Ruckel Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2004

My daughter, Shannon Burton, attended RMS 6th thru 8th grade. I was constantly impressed with the quality of the staff, the genuine concern expressed by the staff and the eager participation by parents to get involved. I feel RMS was an outstanding springboard for Shannon as she went into her freshman year at Niceville HS, where she is now a junior. She was a career straight A student at RMS, and continues to be at NHS. I personally cite the professionalism and expertise of the RMS educators for her academic achievements. Thank you, RMS! Cynthia Burton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Every one of my children attended Ruckel and loved every year of it. I was very impressed with the quality of this school and would recommend it to any parent. It really is an 'A' school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 52% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 64% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 83% 42%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 5% 29%
Black 3% 23%
Asian 1% 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 18%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%57%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Debbie Goolsby
Fax number
  • (850) 833-3291

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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