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Walker Middle Magnet School

Public | 6-8 | 900 students

 

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Posted July 25, 2014

very good.i like this shool,my daugther is in 8 grade and now i have my another daughter in 6 grade and my son in 8 grade too
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

After scouring the area for a quality ESE program, I was thrilled to find Walker Middle School. It has to be the best ESE Program school in our area, including private schools I checked out. I'm sure there's other great schools out there, I just happened to find this to be the best I have ever encountered. My 12 Yr old son has been attending Walker for 1 year, and I couldn't ask for a more qualified and caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter just completed her USF student teaching at Walker. She loved it!!!! The faculty and staff were very supportive and the students very eager to learn. The parents she came in contact with were also very supportive. Any student, anywhere, gets out of education only what they are willing to put in to education. The resources to excel are readily available at Walker Middle School for any child willing to open their minds and put forth the effort. My daughter was very sad when her semester at Walker ended and wished she could stay on as a full time member of the faculty. She will carry what she learned from Walker through out her career and she will never forget her "first students".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

My child's school is a wonderful place for learning, and my child loves it there. The teachers are nice to her, and it is the perfect place for her to learn with students in her advanced-honors level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

A parent , walker middle is the best school my two children love it there they are hands on my son has adhd he's doing fantastic he struggled at other schools .Its a thirty minute ride from home but well worth it .There staff are well respectful and helpful no books required if you have a tablet .always know how my children are doing in school Edsby no other school i know has that.You havd communication everyday with school text on my phone gives me no worries and updates on bus routs being late or events taking place.For my kids they love it there . They have sibling going next year she can't wait.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

My school is the best school in my opinion because the school helps the students learn in the best way that they can learn, and also they help students do their best in everything. The school also encourages students to expand their umbrella of possibility and help them realize and see the whole world as one big place where they can succeed.


Posted November 15, 2013

I transferred my child from another public school to Walker in 7th grade as we rec'd an "offer" and thought it would be a great opportunity. When comparing it to our previous school, the biggest difference is the work-load and, unfortunately, a lack of direction and communication from the teachers and administration. There is a LOT of busy work and homework that leaves virtually NO time for after school activities. There is only one semester of PE and I find that very sad. Kids need to have physical activity and with the work-load it's almost impossible to play a sport. Communication with teachers & administration is poor at best. It is still not "officially" an IB school as they are still in the process of becoming one. The grass isn't always "greener" on the other side!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

drop like an earthquake and bow chicka wow wow and bootay yum yum with lollipops and sugah chicken wing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

No complaints about the teachers. The principal, however, had to have gotten his job based upon someone he knows. He is condescening, ineffective, and it is no secret that he does not possess a spirit to serve. My children witnessed this behavior and we turned it into a teachable moment: even those in authority over us don't always respond in best manner, but we still must respect those in authority over them. I will respect him by taking my kids away from his school. Bummer I was so excited about it being an IB schoolsch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Do not send your child to Walker !! Despite having a great neighborhood middle school we chose to put our child in Walker for the IB. The teachers have shown no communication skills and could care less about their students. I actually have witnessed eye rolling in a conference while discussing my child's lack of progress. There has been no growth in anywhere except band. The band teacher is excellent and definitely shows the passion for her students lacking in the rest of the school. Bullying is very present in the school and despite a report line you can make anonymously nothing is ever addressed and the bullying continues to get worse. The car line is extremely unorganized and they actually scream , blow whistles and flail their arms around and around like crazy people at the parents. Its quite the scene! I am so relieved this school year is finished so I can put my child in a different school. Honestly any school is better than this school!! I have heard nothing but complaints from fellow parents about what a joke it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

walker was an amazing school to attend. i left last year befor they changed into an IB school. the library has thousands, among thousands of interesting books. i dont like to read but somehow the librarian, mrs.LaBarbera got me to read some interesting books. the teachers work with your skill levels and make sure that you are understanding what they are lecturing on. our administration was the most< down-to-earth, caring people and are very easy to work with. when i was attending walker i was proud to be a wolf and always was greatful for everything that they help me with. lastly, our volleyball team was amazing and thanks to them, they helped me accomplish make my high school team. with a 2nd place district win under my flag i was thrilled to go on and live my dream of volleyball. goood luck choosing a school for your child, but i would highly reccomend WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL :] go wolves


Posted February 27, 2012

Unfortunately, this school and IB program did not meet my expectations too. My child is an honor student and the demand of work the teachers give is apalling!!! Massive amount of homework and weekend projects constantly. It's not ideal if your child is involved in after-school sports. The school also needs major renovations and upgrades. If considering, make sure you look into how many students transferred or opted out of the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2012

Though this school has now become IB (International Baccalaureate), it has not met my expectations. Williams IB, another middle school that is experienced at IB, is supposed to resemble this school. According to the IB website, IB was created so that students could go from school to school without a change in curriculum. Walker is extremely poor compared to Williams, and I wish they would improve the quality of their school.


Posted April 13, 2009

this is an awesome school i like the organization and children of help
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

the teachers are pretty good, butthe princepal stinks. we cant have backpacks because there a 'saftey hazard' so out backs constantly hurt becausewe have to have the string backpacks, and they break all the time.mymom spendstonsof money becausethe sstring bookbags break every other day and we have to have one. we also cant carry alot of book, so were late for class becausewe have yo go to ourlocker, and the passing period has been changed so we have 3 minutes instead of the usual 5.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2007

My son attended Walker in 6th grade, and is returning this year for 7th. We are very pleased with Walker, last year was the first time my son made straight 'A's (even in his advanced classes) --- all while playing sports and being a memeber of the Walker band. We look forward to another great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

My child is a student at walker middle school. He is attending 8th grade this school year coming up. I am sure this is not the norm of the school but last year we had some terrible teachers! My son entered walker as a advanced student in advanced classes and my son is a child that loves to learn. This past school year that all changed and we struggled getting him to focus and enjoy school. after many parent/teacher conferences nothing seemed to change. I am praying for a better school year this year coming up with teachers who are motivated and have the patience,encourgement and dedication to teach. I know other parents who had problems with these teachers as well and their kids were advanced & great students! what a shame! Keeping my fingers crossed for a better school year 2007-2008!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2007

great school.great teachers. they care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

I had three children all attend Walker Middle School. We had children in the school for six consecutive years. I am so happy with the school, they push each child to their fullest ability offering help where needed. My three children entered High School in Honors or Advanced classes. The youngest of my three entered Walker an average student and left Walker an advanced student. The staff is supportive in both academics and athletics. Each child is given the opportunity and the encouragement to be the best they can be. The parent faculty communication is excellent. I do not know any families from Walker that have any complaints.
—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 53% in 2014.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

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 "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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

2013

 
 
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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 41%
Hispanic 31%
Black 12%
Asian 10%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 61%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%67%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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 18%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ANTHONY JONES
Fax number
  • (813) 631-4738

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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8282 North Mobley Road
Odessa, FL 33556
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