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Lake Stevens Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 650 students

 

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Posted May 23, 2014

Lake Stevens Middle School is actually pretty great! For the seventh graders, there is a very awesome program called iPrep. It is a very good program and the teachers not only prepare you in the course of mathematics; they prepare you for life! They are super awesome. All in all, the teachers and councilers are very easy to talk you and some always let you know that they are here for you. They teach very well and if you don't like their work ethic, you still learn anyway! I love all the teachers because they do push me to thrive. I love Lake Stevens! -Student


Posted July 20, 2012

Lake Stevens Middle is crazy. Some of the teachers do only enough to get by. I feel sorry for the students who don't understand that a good education is what is needed to get ahead. I withdrew my child this year. She is an honor student, her grades slipped, one teacher was intimidated by her because she reads, another allowed their class to watch tv during FCAT BECAUSE they had nothing else to do. I was comforted by principal who told me that that's the way it is at all MDCPS! Good Riddens
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

The teachers don't teach as they should and use unapporpriate language there. The children are not supervised as they should. I was waiting for my child when i saw a boy and a girl doing stuff they shouldn't in front of other people waiting for their kids as well. In the office there is no one who speaks my language (spanish) and i think they should have at least 3 people who speak spanish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

If you are thinking of sending your child to Lake Stevens Middle. Dont. The office staff brings a new definition to the word lazy. My son will be entering 7th grade at a new school and thanks to Lake Stevens as a failing student. He entered Lake Stevens as an A/B student. The transfer process on their end was completely inefficient and an overall horrible experience. But at least I have learned how to babysit adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2010

The latest review that was posted stated "a school is as good as the teachers that are teaching there". I would like to add that other aspects were left out such as parents, students and the community. I am a proud teacher at Lake Stevens and I would like to highlight some of the positive things that go on at our school. If you come to the school you would see: 1. a modest garden that was a math project 2. Smartboards in every room with a new computer lab just for math. 3. students getting prepared for the New Generation Sunshine State Standards 4. students learning about their data 5. a PTA that is begging for more parental involvement to make our school stronger 6. things like a concert from Mindless Behavior trying to motivate our students to stay in school. 7. rewards for students that do well and incentives for students to do better. I cannot say that our school is perfect because our society is not perfect, but we try our best. I would recommend seeing our school and making your decision based on research and your personal observations. Also, I would like to invite you to become part of the solution rather than magnifying the problems.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2010

A school is as good as the teachers that are teaching there. Lake Stevens Middle is a Jungle. Nobody cares for your child at that school...If you are working an o not have time for your child , chances are your child will become a failure at that school. No effort is made on the part of the school to really teach the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

I am a parent of a 6th grader. The schools seems to be find, they just dont have enough positive activities for the kids to participate in. They need more activities to keep them positive, also they need more security nearby the school( at the bakery accross the street)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

I think this school has evry thing a great school needs except the office and staff should come out a liittle more
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I went there 5 years ago, and returned to visit my younger brother there. Aside from administration changes and the removal of Art, Band, and Home Ec. its still as horrible as it was when I attended. The school is full of teachers that could care less whether students apply themselves or even pass, the security is basically there for show and to make kids get tardy passes, and theres a lot of violence. I am a mild-mannered person, but managed to get into numerous fights to defend myself. Avoid this school at all costs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

i went to this school. its more of a 50/50 to me. the school barely has activities and that makes students want to skip school! i was a student 2 years ago, and it was not all that! i wish i had a more fun and enjoying experience. but it was not all that bad
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2007

I've had two children in this school and am thoroughly disappointed. Just transferred my second son out thru NCLB. The teachers are not helpful and many times did not show up for conferences. Poor communication to parents, general lack of caring is the impression we received. I'd avoid this school at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2006

As a parent and a teacher I am very disappointed with this school. Students who need help don't get it, and those who need enrichment....forget about it. Students are running the classroom. They are disruptive and don't allow others to learn. Most of the teachers do not know how to motivated student learning. My child had four different Science teachers this year. Now, It has become MY responsibility in preparing my child for the upcoming Science FCAT this coming school year. How Lake Stevens became a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2005

This is bad school. Lots of violence, and fighting. It is old and dirty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2005

This is a good school. The principal goes out of his way to make every parent he deals with feel that he is concerned with them and what they want. I have seen this Ph.D guy play the role of receptionist over and over just to be closer to parents. The school is professionally run but the emphasis is on the FCAT and student responsibililty. It is a public school so you can't expect them to do a lot of hand holding. They are dealing with teenagers and if you accept that they expect your child to know responsibility at and learn it home, you won't have many problems with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

I was very disappointed with this school.It was very hard to get in contact with teachers and I rarely ever saw any home work assignments.My daughter had an art class but they never went to a museum or saw a film.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

The staff and adminstrators at this school are not the least concerned with the safety of their students, violence incidents are alarmingly high. Not a learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

This school is a great school. It has a variety of different people there. it has great activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Poor teacher quality, lack of parent involvement...treating students differently...whats acceptable for one student should be the norm for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2003

I only had aproblem with their 'tardy' policy.The rest was just fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
61%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%
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
Hispanic 52%
Black 47%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 51%58%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • DR. MARK SOFFIAN
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