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6-8
Public
Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 971
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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800 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801

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(407) 245-1780
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August 06, 2014
Howard is a great school that incorporates the arts with core subjects resulting in over the top test scores.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2014
Whoever mentioned that Dr. Cartwright is a "visionary" in an earlier review was absolutely correct. He is a visionary and he holds high expectations for the kids at Howard. The programs are amazing-visual and performing arts. Also the academics are great. It is not a perfect school, but it is one of the best public schools I've seen in Orlando. I truly believe that if every school in OCPS had leadership that values our children and their success as much as Dr. Cartwright and his staff do, OCPS would be #1 in the country. This school succeeds because of the dedicated teachers and staff that work very hard every day to create a wonderful student experience. It is a great place.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Coming from a private school environment, sending out two middle school girls to a public school was a bit scary. But the administration, faculity, programs, and magnet have not disappointed us and have exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this school especially if your child loves the fine arts.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
HMS Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts has been a godsend to my daughter. She is competitive academically, but at the time she was entering 6th grade, the only real choice we had for her was a middle years IB program. She attended and did very well, but there were no real arts programs for her to enjoy, and singing, dancing, and theatre are her passions. Academics can bring some accolades, but when the arts are enriched for a student in such a comprehensive and nurturing way, like they are at HMS, a student like my daughter will really thrive. Now, instead of dreading every school day, she bounds out of bed, anxious to see what the day will bring, what new song she will learn, what new dance step she will master, or what role she will earn in a musical. Through HMS connections, she has also thrived in outside musical activities such as Florida Opera Theatre and as a finalist in Orange County's Top Talent competition. There just isn't any opportunity in OCPS that compares to the administrators, atmosphere, instructional staff, and peers at HMS. They are priceless and I am eternally grateful for their presence in our lives.Looking forward to my 6th grader enjoying HMS too.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
Howard Middle School is an exceptional school thanks to their administration & faculty staff! Not to mention the great group of children that attend Howard! My daughter was previously in a different school last year for 6th grade. She was in the IB program and did well but I felt like the opportunities at Howard were so great that we transferred her to attend 8th grade in a school she loves!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
I had both of my children in private school for 8 years when my son was looking for a more engaging curriculum. We toured HMS and were so impressed by the Performing Arts Magnet and other electives, as well as the amazing principal and truly caring teachers, that we moved him midweek, mid school year! We were worried about such an abrupt move, but didn't not want to lose any time enrolling in the fabulous electives. We have never looked back. My son was welcomed immediately and wakes up early each day excited to attend middle school! We are Wow-ed by the administration and faculty. The trips to NYC, the Aviation Academy and Atlanta thrill even my well-traveled son. With only a few months left at HMS, we treasure our last year and half here and sad that it ends at 8th grade. In two words - AMAZING experience!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
I currently go to Howard Middle, and it is amazing. The choir and theater electives hae improved my acting and single skills by a lot. Thanks to the Music Theory and Composition course, I can now play the piano and write my own music(which we are currently doing). As for the core classes I never expected to be able to skip a grade in math, but now I take 7th grade advanced math. All of my other classes are advanced and the teachers are top notch. I love that in class we can do experiments and games but be able to learn all at the same time. I will be very sad to leave Howard Middle, everyone took me in and treated me with love. Parents, I may not know much about transportation and such, bht I know my mother goes out of her way to make sure I grt to school on time and thats because Howard Middle is the best school and you'll never find another one like it.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2014
Love Howard, We are in our second Year and Are very Pleased! I would recommend this program to any Middle school Student that wants to get more out of school. The Arts Rock and Academics are top notch! Bob Jones

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
This school is amazing in so many ways. The way all the teachers and staff care for the students. The way the students care for each other. My daughter wishes every day that this would convert to a high school so she didn't have to leave. It has exceptional programs and continuously trying to find more opportunities for the students to grow not only within their walls but within the community as well!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Howard Middle School offers opportunities like no other. Students are pushed to excel in not only their academics, but if they have a love for the arts the combination of curriculum available far exceeds what they would find anywhere else. The Faculty and Staff care way more than making the grade, it is their goal ago make sure my daughter actually understands what she is learning and why it is important. Dr. Cartwright works tirelessly to make sure all our Students have every opportunity available to them, the school has flourished under his leadership. We also have so many dedicated parents that I can't overlook their contributions and how instrumental they have been in the success of the programs at HMS. If your child has the chance to attend Howard,it is something you should seriously consider.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
The principal, teachers and staff are amazing!! The incredible amount of electives (over 30) to choose from were the big selling point for us two years ago. The wonderful opportunities (like trips to NYC) and the academics are second to none. We love HMS and are thankful to be a part of the VPA Magnet Program.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Wonderful teachers and staff. Perfect for a student who loves art, music and drama. Strong academics and teachers are always available to students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
I am extremely proud that my daughter is attending Howard Middle School's Magnet program. The staff and teachers follow in the footsteps of one very DEDICATED principle.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Howard Middle School staff and school culture is one that is very accepting of all students and expects students to perform to their fullest ability, academically, socially/emotionally, and artistically. I am proud that my son attended this school rather than his zoned school. It really helped him move forward in his musical and artistic abilities. I LOVE the principal. He takes time to get to know every student and works with the families to ensure the students are successful. He is a true leader.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Great School! And an amazing Principal!!! The preforming arts teachers and classes make school so much more fun for our students.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
This school has it's problems like any, but overall, I'm going to miss it. Howard cared about me. I had a room where I could go anytime if I needed a more quiet place. I was in Aviation club. I was a Teacher Assistant. There are the kids who aren't good, yes, but every school has that. When I arrived to the school, I was a level 1 in Math (I arrived in 7th grade). When I took FCAT in 7th grade, I rose all the way up to a 3. I got a 2 in Reading, but when I took 8th grade FCAT Reading FCAT, I went back up to a 3. I also got a 4 on Writing. Overall, I'm gonna miss this school as I go to Boone. Parents, if you're moving into Orlando, this is for sure the school zone to move in. They make the learning fun while challenging.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 26, 2009
I can tell how much the teachers love the kids and work very hard to make sure we learn all that we can learn.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 26, 2009
Howard Middle is a school where every child has a chance to learn and excel. They offer classes and programs that don't seem to be available at other schools and the students are receiving so many benefits from those programs. The teachers and staff have proven that the students are important to them and the students appreciate that fact. It's a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
It is a place where teachers care and students learn. We build relationships that last a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
The most amzing and diverse group of students, teachers, staff, parents and community members makes this one of the most successful urban schools in Florida!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Howard Middle is an awesome school where all children are challenged to succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
It is a great school, Everyone is contained in 1 building, not spread out in 50 portables, the teachers want your children to learn and progress in life. The principal does a excellent job with the teachers and children. And it is the only 'A' middle school in Orange County.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
The teachers are there not only to do their job but to help our children succeed in life. They really do care about our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
The facility is very well kept, very historicly preserved, the principal has raised the bar several levels successfully, the school has received state-rated grades of consecutive A-rated scores, and the teachers there are the most active, dedicated and caring across the board this parent has ever seen at any school!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
I have never worked with a more dedicated, team oriented faculty and staff. We truely care about our kids.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
Howard Middle School is the premier school in the heart of the city. That's right we are located in the heart of downtown Orlando!!! We are doing excellent things here at Howard through our Advancement Via Individual Determintation (AVID) program to ensure that our students go to college, we are a NASA Explorer School, we have some of the best and brightest inner city youth, our athleics program is strong, we have a Tutoring Room that students can go to make up work, get help with concpts they don't understand and so much more. There is a lot I could say about Howardm but I just might not have the space :0)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The principal has created alternative strategies to help at-risk children make up their grades by creating a tutoring room, where challenging children received individualized attention to complete homework and assignments they were unsuccessful in completing at home or in the regular classroom. Principal Cartwright is dedicated to 100% of his students' success, even the most challenging. No child will be left behind in this amazing learning environment!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
Teachers and students always give 110%. Howard has been an A school for the last two years which is a record for a Title I school in our district. Students are given all the tools and opportunities to succeed acadaemically and personally. There is no equal!

- submitted by a teacher
July 23, 2009
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August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 24, 2008
Both of our children will be at Howard this year. We have been very pleased with the school, especially with the teachers and the principal. The faculty and staff always keep you well informed of your children progress and difficulties.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
Our family has been very pleased with Howard Middle School. After reading the post dated June 25th, I found quite the opposite experience. My child does participate in advanced classes. However, I found these classes to be higher in numbers compared with some of the other classes I visited. The regular classes seemed to have 10-15 students. My child is very comfortable at Howard and has made many new friends. The faculty and staff truly care about the students and my child has excelled academically! I have found Howard Middle School to be very responsive to my child's individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
The only way to excell at Howard is to have a smart child, have him or her be placed in high academic classes, because ONLY then will you have a class size of 10-15 with teachers that care and kids that want to learn. Any average child coming into Howard, who has some sort of parental support and is motivated and wants to be in school, should seriously look into another school for middle school years. Howard will eat your child alive and expose them to things they shoudl not be witnessing at this age. The kids there are out of control!!!and the parent involvement comes from students with As and some Bs.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
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March 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
We love Howard and Dr Cartwright. They have surpassed our expectations!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
I go to Howard middle school, and I love going there. The teachers there are very nice, and I have learned so much. The school is also very safe, hardly any violence, or bullying. And remember, all schools have that, no matter what. But also, in Howard, there is no tolorence for bullying. The students here are also very nice, and we have many great academic programs. The students here truly love the school, and we all love that we learn a lot, while having fun doing so. We also have recess, which we are all very thankful for. And we have many great clubs, and very many opportunites. Howard is truly an amazing school

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
My daughter just graduated from Howard. She had 3 excellent years there, and was able to excel academically so well that she was accepted into the IB program at Winter Park High. Excellent gifted/advanced placement classes. Teachers are very supportive. Principal is excellent. We love that Howard is small and close to home. It truly is a hidden treasure. We are looking forward to another great 3 years there as our son starts next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
Howard Middle School is the unknown gem of Orange County. Facts: Downtown, urban, small, only middle school still having a much needed rec time, great academic learning strides are being reached yearly, great athletic, music, and choral program, outstanding mentor program, great AVID program. Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to excel. The teachers are very supportive and communication is always quick. I have 2 children there and have never had any problems. All questions are taken care of immediately and bullying or violence, which I must remind you, happens in all schools, is not tolerated. Howard takes great pride in providing a safe learning environment for the students. What a great school. I am extremely pleased with this public school. My only disappointment is parent involvement. It is growing, but still nowhere near where it should be.

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March 17, 2007
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January 03, 2007
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May 24, 2006
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February 08, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
February 08, 2006
Excellent fine arts program, sports, and extracurricular activites. Great strides have recently been made in academics.

- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2005
It is sad that no one has placed a review. People just need to know about Howard Middle. My son just started this year in the 8th grade and I must say that I am very pleased with the school & my son, the teachers noticed his potential and placed him in advanced classes. To some this might not mean anything but to a juvenile that is the world to them, to be noticed and recognized for their potential; it s a boost of new education and my son is taking it to the top. It encouraged him to study more, to learn more, and most of all it made him realize that he is powerful and he could be any thing he would like to be. I tip my hat to Howard Middle and all the staff. Five stars in my book. (IR)

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March 29, 2005
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September 09, 2003
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Howard Middle School
800 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL  32801
(407) 245-1780
Last modified Howard Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Howard Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top