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River Springs Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1365 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

This school is about the staff and not so much focused Ono the children,the girls and boys basketball team won championship and they weren't applauded for that and that should say a lot all by it self. Some staff are very nice others can be very rude,that is not setting examples for the children that be hanging out early in the morning or in the late afternoon unsupervised with all of the profanity that goes on.I am so happy I have removed my child from this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My son has done wonderful with all of the teachers help. I would say this is a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

Hi I am a student and I have Been at this school for 2 years. I am now going into 8th grade. Over all I love all of my teachers and the staff. The only thing I wish they would crack down on is the bullying I have been getting bullied for the past two years. They do try to help but it doesn't always help. But over all I love this school and the staff and when I leave for high school I will miss everyone here.


Posted May 13, 2013

My son attends this school and has mild autism. The experience I have had with him and this school has been amazing. The teachers and support staff that my son and that I deal with are great. They are very compassionate and wonderful people. My experience with River Springs Middle has been wonderful! I am so grateful for all they have done for my son and my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

I have to say I am truly disappointed in this school. There is no communication between the school and parents. If I call the school to express any concern or a complaint, you would think the principal would contact the parent back to address issues but that is not the case. The school year is drawing to a close and I don't believe I have seen the principal one time throughout the school year and I am at the school daily dropping off and picking up my child. It's almost as though the principal intentionally hides and avoids the parents. Any emails to teachers generally go left unanswered by staff. Also, I am utterly disgusted at the amount of bullying and violence that goes on at this school. My child has been hit on numerous occasions. Teachers turn a blind eye to the problem children and, when I report it, I'm constantly told that there is a "no hitting" policy and the school has a bully awareness program. If a student tries to report being hit, the staff has a tendency to refuse to listen and just 'sentence' the students to detention (even the child who was being hit and not hitting others). I don't see any potential for this school without new admin and staff changes first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

My son has attended this school for three years. Overall, we've been very pleased. They run a pretty tight ship, discipline-wise. I appreciate that and feel confident that my son is safe while at school. Most of the teachers are good and communicated with us in a positive way. We were mostly disappointed in the science teachers; not one of them has been enthused or effective in that subject. Sad, because we had hoped that science in middle school would be more interactive and interesting than in elementary. I know a number of families who have had kids attend other middle schools in West Volusia, and I've heard lots of tales of non-communicative teachers, daily fights, and kids hating to go to school. We don't find this to be so here. I truly believe River Springs is one of the best middle schools around..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

My step daughter goes to this school and the school has issues. On the surface they appear to want to help you but in reality their communication is terrible. We have been involved parents and its a shame they just pass this kid along to get her into high school. She did a math page got 6 out of 9 wrong they corrected it in class. I found the paper in her bookbag wrote the same problems on another sheet of paper she had no clue how to do it. Find work un-done in her bookbag school says she getting b's and c's but cant do the work when I put it in front of her
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

Go Riversprings, keep on doing well and hope u guys succeed and meet state standards cuz i know Galaxy Middle School isnt ..... Good luck !


Posted August 18, 2010

This school may be new but there are teachers there that are stale minded, abrasive and bias.I believe this school may be filled with the muck from other schools who removed them from their faculty. I do like that they enforce the dress code and conduct. The principal is hardly and doesn't return calls, his secretary and receptionist are aloof. I really thought it was going to be a productive environment but Intro to Tech all that was learned was how to put legos together and watching the teacher's home movies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Hi, My Granddaughter attends River Springs for the 6th grade this year and I have been most pleased with her academic progress, her self-esteem progress,and her overall enthusiasm with River Springs. Yea-- to Mr. Atkinson and staff !!! Pls. know that we appreciate all you are and all you do......


Posted December 9, 2009

i love this school:) it has such good displine and i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2009

i think that they should do more about movies
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2009

i love my skool it is the best!!! i love the teachers and the staff word can't descride them! They are just the best!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2009

It's my second year at the school and I think that it's fair to say that this isn't really the best school. The teachers are scary. And it seems that only the male teachers can't keep their classes quiet, in one of my classes, we aren't given much work and the only thing that kids do is talk (the teacher doesn't care either). As for the gym, with one of the coaches, you are expected to run a mile in under twelve minutes or you're running it again the next day, which isn't really fair for the larger kids. Needless to say, I don't wake up every morning excited for school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2009

I really like the school, and, as an 8th grader, i think they plan a lot of fun things to do, like dances and field days. They should have better elective choices, but the school isn't perfect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

I am so happy with this school. I wish there were more options for children regarding their electives.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

413 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

415 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

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 56% in 2014.

436 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

448 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

443 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

452 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

446 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
76%
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.

429 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "B".
  • 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 "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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
80%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 69%
Hispanic 19%
Black 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%56%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. STACY GOTLIB
Fax number
  • (386) 968-0018

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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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