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Osceola Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 960 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 29, 2011

My son attended last year and was very well prepared for this year academically in another state. However, principal does not return phone calls (after 4 requests while my son attended, I still have never spoken to him). I signed up as a volunteer and was never called for anything. Took 2 followup calls to donate to the fundraiser. Some teachers are outstanding, but others are below standard. Do not expect administration to help or speak to you. Do not expect below standard teachers to communicate at all. The outstanding teachers are truly worth attending this school. My son had two friends who transferred to Osceola from Howard. Talk to parents before deciding. There are many good parents affiliated with this school, but participation is not encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

My son's teachers are caring and dedicated but the classroom is old with old supplies, tools, flooring, appliances, etc. and they need new technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

This school is a nice establishment. I have attended there for three years and I'd have to say the current principal has a clue of whats happening. He is also the principal of Eight street elementary. This school has wonderful teachers and amazing learning opportunities all tide together with it's nice teachers and excellent campus
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

I love Osceola! It's an amazing school! I have just one more year at Osceola and I'm so sad! The school has made a huge impact on my life and there is no words or actions to discribe how much they mean to me. I haven't had one teacher I didn't like. They are all so nice and kind! Some are a little more strict than others but they are all very fare. I love the curriculum as well. I have never dreaded a day going to Osceola Middle. I can't believe how fast middle school is going though. I don't know what I would do without Osceola. Even after I leave, Osceola will forever be with me in my heart. Thank you Osceola for EVERYTHING you have done and continuing to do! I love you OMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

The quality of education has slipped in the last few years at Osceola Middle. The current principal doesn't have a clue on curriculum or what to do for kids at the higher achievement level of learning. They keep lowering the standards at this school and cut out electives. For middle school in this county, Howard Middle is far superior as they have the Magnet program that offers electives such as foreign languages, advanced math etc for those at the higher end of the spectrum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2008

this school is awsome!-the teachers are a little strict but you learn what you need to learn. Advanced classes go a little faster than usual classes but if someone needs help the teachers are willing to slow down a bit-all you have to do is ask!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2008

Osceola provides a good environment for middle schoolers living in the area. It has an open campus and the current principal is involved and proactive. The curriculum for all middle schools is Ocala is standardized, so you get the same thing at all public middle schools. However, I have observed that there are more 'engaged students here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

My daughter entered the seventh grade mid-year. I am impressed with the structure of the school. Students are motivated to perform academically, it is wonderful. The students are involved in many community activities as well giving back something to the environment around them. I would like to see more languages for the children since this is critical to develop a well-rounded adult. However, overall, I am very impressed with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

This is a very good school. The teachers are very interested in the student's education. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

Osceola is an excellent school they have very high standards for the kids and they encourage academic success. There is some limitations on music and art programs but they have a great sports club. There is a great amount of parent involvment in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2005

Osceola is a decent middle school to attend in Marion County. Some of the teachers can be a little difficult but compared to other schools I've seen in this area this one is alright. They do not have a chorus or any type of classical music involvment. There is an art class that your child can take as well as a business class. The parent involvement is pretty low. Parents never know what is happening at school unless they constantly aggravate the teachers. When I went there, the school had a different principal so I can't say what the new one would be like. The quality of academic programs is sort of in between. I had only one teacher who even considered taking us on field trips. I learned a lot from her but not much from my other teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 52% in 2013.

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

316 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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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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 68% 42%
Hispanic 14% 29%
Black 12% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%63%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%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

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Ocala, FL 34471
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