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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Students enrolled: 782

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9480 Macarthur Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

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(561) 776-3600
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July 28, 2015
the school has the best robotics and medical program and the kids there are great.

- submitted by a student

July 13, 2014
I'm A Student at H.l Watkins!!! my school is one of the best school's in this universe, the teachers are the best teachers in the world they would do anything to help any student if needed my principal DR. Hoffman is the best principal any school could ever have..... the band program, medical and robotics program is the best experience you can have through the years you are there .. From the bottom of my heart i love the staff, my principal, and all the teachers.......And if your wondering if you should put your child at this school yes.. because i love my school and im pretty sure your child will love it also even you.......

- submitted by a community member

June 20, 2014
This is the worse injustice to a generation I've even seen in my career life. Teachers are unhappy , burnt out and some just don't care ,others are just counting the days to retirement. I feel sorry for the children, some teachers and most of all the country. The level of disrespect is unbelievable. H.L Watkins should be closed.NO tax dollars should be spent on such institution.

- submitted by a community member

June 01, 2014
I'm proud of my school it has really grown over the years.it has a nice medical academy and a pre engineering academy . i think this school is good it has nice enviorment and its preety good rated for a school 3 out of 10:(. this will be a really good school especially if your students want build amazing technolgy or learn on the medical field. in my opinion hl watkins is a really good school.(And mr.davis is not violent he's just a funny man with humorus jokes he's one of the wisest and greatest teachers you may encounter ;) .

- submitted by a community member

June 29, 2013
I am a student that went to Howell L. Watkins it is a very great school there is a music program that I was in and I had the chance to win medals for the school and sing in front of 2000 people just by going into the class also I was there 6 grade year my grades was good and they're still good in 7th grade and Im promoted to 8th grade and I love that school I was also on the cheerleading team but two years you should always bring your child to Howell L. Watkins don't think Howell L. Watkins is a bad school its not you sometimes think that because of the students that around your child and your child can be a leader so don't blame it on the school hope you read this and always bring your child to Howell L. Watkins Thankyou

- submitted by a community member

September 18, 2012
It is very fun at Hl Watkins mr David is the best math teacher but he is only for 5th grade but you get fun Friday and parties but he is also strict. The 7th grade math is mrs rudich and or mr Williams. The pre med program is fun to and these mentors come in and talk about there different fields of work. This was the best 3 years of my life and I would go to that school again if I had the chance. And they have a new principle because the old one went to dwyer high school. But forget what other people tell you because this school is the best

- submitted by a community member

July 12, 2012
If you really love your kids then you should take them out of that school. My daughter was there for sixth grade the first semester she did great, then she started acting up. Her math teacher Mr.Davis hits children and everyone in the entire school knows about this yet they do nothing to stop it. There's always drama and fights. She also told me ISS is the funniest place in the school because the person there lets the kids do whatever they want. I'm taking her out of that school and she's never going back.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2012
My kids both attended HL Watkins in the Robotics program. They had wonderful teachers and Dr. Sheffield was an amazing principal. She has gone on to high school but hopefully the school will stay on the path she has set. Mr. Perry is an amazing teacher and mentor for the kids as well.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2010
Our school has an outstanding staff and administration. We have two wonderful choice academies. These academies are both honors programs and are taught from 6th to 8th grade. We have small class sizes and offer advanced classes. Our Math Department offers high school Algebra and Geometry. Our extra curricular activities range from debate to chess clubs. We offer all the major sports including flag football.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
October 10, 2010
Most Teachers are concerned for students wellbeing.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2010
I just graduated from this school. After going here for three years I'm really going to miss it. I've dealt with having to let go of one principal and having another. It turns out that the principal we had before was ten times better than the one I had this year. Now they have a new principal, and hopefully she'll make the school better. Yes, the school went through a few things- such as violence, and horrible teachers, yadda, yadda, blah, but it really is a wonderful school. At first, I had my doubts, but now that I'm leaving I realize it's a great school to be at. As long as you concentrate on the work, you'll get by. This school has prepared me for High School completely. I'm positive that if I were to go to any other high school, I would'nt be as ready.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
July 19, 2009
the school will be a little better now that there is a new principle. just give it a chance. and now that assistant principle richard brown is there, the kids will be alot better

- submitted by a student

May 03, 2009
I wish my daughter never had to go there. They teachers are incompetent! The children skip classes have no respect. They might have a new principal but how long will it take he/she to clean this crap up. My child should not have to be afraid to go to her on school. So therfore my child should not go there. J.F.K is way better!

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2009
I think H. L Watkins rocks. i attended to this school 3 years. And the teachers are so kind. especially mr. keppler and dr walcott. they are the best teachers eva...

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 02, 2009
Help is on the way! Finally, after incompetent, ineffectual, and 'invisible' leadership, a new principal will take control. Teachers at this school are extraordinary, but due to this mis-placed principal, and her total lack of leadership, knowledge, and committment, they have had to work to control discipline without support.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2008
i have gone to watkins all three years or middle school. We are not the best school. We have our problems, but what school doesnt. Some of the teachers are great, others not so much! This year you can deffinatly tell that they are working to make it a safer and more comfortable school for students!

- submitted by a student

December 03, 2008
As a parent, I am terrified to drop my daughter off at this school in the morning. The only reason we agreed to let her attend Watkins was because of their Medical Science Academy. They have no control of thier students, you hardly ever see parent participation in any after school functions, and the teachers are not as good as everyone says. Bottom line is that my daughter will be going to a different school next year, one that I will feel safe leaving her at.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 12, 2008
I think this school rocks! I see that the teachers are able to work with and/or control the students more in the aura of the 'Horse Whisperer', using positive words and encouragement rather than punishment. I see almost every student at this school being respectful and generally trying their best to perform scholastically as well as community-wise.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
May 20, 2008
The school would be a much better place if the violence was better kept under control! Children should feel safe at school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 16, 2008
I have had nothing but a great expierence with this school since my son started in January. I say 5 Stars.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 14, 2008
That is the best school ever

- submitted by a student

June 14, 2006
The school is okay overall. I feel the teachers have little control over their classes. Often have been frustrated over the lack of professionalism by the staff. There is little accountability with the teachers relative to the students participation. There is little to no support outside the classroom for students. Sporting programs are poor at best. Almost no sense in having them.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2006
This school has excellant Asst Principals, however my daughter has told me more than often that the Principal is never there. She says he probably doesn't know any of the childrens names. I really feel that great leadership starts at the top. There are some great teachers there then there are the others who bring the moral down in the student body. They bring there personal problems with them to work and they don't know how to relate to the students.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2006
The school has lots of technology available for student use. They offer advanced and gifted level classes for high achieving students and ESE and intensive classes for students that need extra help. Teachers are easy to get a hold of via email or phone call. Grades can be tracked online.

- submitted by a teacher

April 22, 2005
Teachers seem to be frustrated with the fact that their recommendations on students who need additional academic support sometimes falls on deaf ears. My son was in need of an AIP, which two out of 4 teachers recommended but the faculty in the office does not seem to treat these as a priority. Leaving the student to suffer the consequence. I have mixed feelings about teachers. Some seem to be very interactive with parents...I have not heard a word on others in the entire year.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
Any child leaving an elementary school to go to Watkins is in for a culture shock. This school is out of control. It pains me to watch my children go here. They do learn though, they learn to run: they learn to fight; they learn to skip school: they learn how to be disrespectful. I know first hand, my 4 children had to go there. I thought this was a home school, I see my children as the minority there. God help out children!

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2005
We moved to Juno Beach and daughter was sent to Watkins. I was HORRIFIED when I walked in to register her. These kids looked like thugs. We were terrified of the environment. I knew it was bad when she felt she was the smartest kid in the school. My daughter has always struggled with her grades in Texas schools, she was a B-C student. At Watkins she had straight A's. The next year they offered her to attend another school because it failed Florida standards more than twice.

- submitted by a parent

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Howell L. Watkins Middle School
9480 Macarthur Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33403
(561) 776-3600
Last modified Howell L. Watkins Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Howell L. Watkins Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top