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Heron Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 874 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2014

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! Front office staff are nice and helpful. Teachers are pleasant. Lunchroom is sooooo clean!!! Buses run on time. School grounds are kept clean. Middle school children are allowed to express themselves (within reason) as they like.... haven't witnessed or heard of any bullying issues (and I volunteer at the school a lot)....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

I was a student for the full three years. The first two years my teachers rarely ever assigned homework. My 8th grade year was much better. I had a teacher and he was a new teacher and he wasn't like the other pushover teachers at the school. He actually challenged us, and I personally like that because it teaches us what we can do. But most teachers aren't like that, all they do is sit on their bums and hand out packets! Oh and don't even get me started on the band teacher... Oh my! He was rude and terrible towards the orchestra teacher! All year they had fundraisers with those gross chocolate bars! YUCK! They kept asking band/orchestra students to keep hawking out those gross chocolate bars to their friends and family! The guidance counselors this year was a complete joke! I honestly don't know what they were doing but they sure weren't helping the students! If you want your child to have a good middle school education/experience do NOT send your child here!! Also at least twice a school year a rogue alligator crawls into the pond by the bus loop or the campus! Yikes! -Disgruntled Student


Posted October 31, 2012

Do not send your child to this school if you want them to actually learn. My child went there for 6th grade and she honestly very rarely had homework or a test. I would ask her everynt and she would say no and when I email her teachers they confirmed they rarely assign it. No wonder they don't even give the kids books to take home. they have to share with the other 1000 kids. My child is now in 7th grade at another school and I'm so happy with the actual teaching. She has homework in every class along with multiple quiz/tests. I can go on the school website and see homework for each class and grades. Heron Creek Middle school is a shame. No wonder so many kids do poorly on the FCATS. I also didn't feel my child was very secure there. With the open campus style these children (11 year olds) can easily have some pedifile off the street walk up to them. There is nothing keeping just anyone from walking freely around campus. Don't move to North Port if you want super schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

Bad place to send your kids. Dont send them here. Both my kids went here and my experience with the stupidity and narrow mindness of some of the teachers makes me sick. Forget fundraising, theives. Theives is what the band is when it comes to fundraising and crediting the students. Shell out your money over and over, ask your friends for money. You raise the full amount of the trip yet you pay the full amount on top of that. Disgraceful and dishonest, No integrity. No place to send you kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2010

I am happy with the school. There is no fighting it is very safe. I can check my daughters grade on the computer. There are sports like volleyball and track. We like the back to school night they have every year where we can talk to the teachers and I always get a response when I e mail the teachers. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

Lack of teaching in this school and lack of communication with parents. Some teachers are there for a paycheck only. Great orchestra program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Little to no communication from teachers to parents. Parent are allowed little imput towards placement of their children and when a placement status changes parents are not informed. Teacher, support staff, and administration are difficult if not impossible to contact. When contact is made staff are immediately defensive and borderline combative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

Our children who attend Heron Creek JUST LOVE IT!! The teachers are enthusiastic and motivating, and the new Principal has created an excellent learning atmosphere for all of the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

This school is the best i am a former student. the time i spent there was the best.


Posted September 12, 2007

I think my school is pretty good. I think some of there rules are ridiculous but the curriculum is very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2007

I don't think the students are being challenged enough. They barely get sent home with homework, because the work is so easy, they get it done in class. That is fine, but I say the work is too easy. Most of the things we've learn, we've have already accomplished in previous grades. I think the school standards should be raised.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2006

Staff here make great strides to help students learn all they can. Students are offered differentiated instruction in the classrooms. Each child has specific needs, and each teacher understands that. Be it with remediation, or through challenge curriculum, staff works hard to help our students achieve. The school follows the priniples of Community of Caring, teaching Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trust and Family. Staff here welcome and appreciate diversity, and help students to do the same. We have over 14 different cultures and languages represented in our student body! Teachers are continually trained in best practices, and the school offers many enrichments to the educational day. They include an outdoor classroom, clubs, before and after care programs, exemplary art courses, music, technology and health programs to name a few. Staff are trained in a customer service model, and strive to make every experience the best for students and parents alike. A great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 20, 2004

A school where children are the focus of teachers and staff. Parents are routinely asked for input and assistance. Programs are offered before and after school for students to participate in. School participates in 21st Century and Community of Caring. Differentiated Learning and Literacy are high on the list at this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

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 56% in 2014.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

295 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

292 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
74%
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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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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 68%
Hispanic 14%
Black 11%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 141%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 51%41%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MICHAEL JAMES
Fax number
  • (941) 480-3398

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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6501 West Price Boulevard
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