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Joseph L. Carwise Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1175 students

 

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Posted Friday, July 25, 2014

I spent my whole middle school years here and honestly I wouldn't have wanted to spend it anywhere else. The teachers and administration wore great and always super helpful with what ever you needed and the people who attended the school weren't so bad either. There is a mixture of different types of people who attend this school so your destined to find people who you fit right in with. My 3 years at Carwise Middle were the best 3 years of my life.


Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014

I just finished my 8th grade year here, and it was an overall good experience. The teachers are very mixed throughout teaching styles, motivations, and policies. Mostly all of the teachers are liked in some form or another, and it seemed like every year there were at least three teachers always willing to help and care more about the student's motivation and inspiration more than their test scores. Always be open to each teacher's style because you'll notice that some teaching styles overlap, but each teacher has their own way of "spicing up" their class (whether the students enjoy it, that's a different story). When it comes to teachers, I have one piece of advice: choose your battles wisely. Student to teacher interaction can be one of the toughest things to master at this school. And to address the bullying, that could use more attention. I was bullied twice and the action they took was effective the first time, but not the second (and that one was the worst one). The second time, my friend and I were physically and mentally abused and nothing was done. But its a nice school with dedicated staff that care about what they do and their impact on the world.


Posted January 6, 2014

This school is great you actually learn stuff and there are not as much fights as people say


Posted August 22, 2013

Horrible school THERE IS TONS AND TONS OF BULLYING!!!! THIS SCHOOL IS THE WORST MEAN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS


Posted August 22, 2013

Carwise Middle School leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to bullying. Some of the teachers don't really want to teach. When bullying was brought to teachers, guidance counselor and principal, they seemed to brush the problem under the carpet. They didn't want to deal with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

Carwise middle school is like any other middle school, it has kids, teachers some bullies and, well a building! Yes I know their is bullying at this school, but you can't side from that, all other schools on this planet have bullies! The academics are great you can learn above your grade level and you don't even know it. It all just comes natural with the way the teachers teach! In the past 3 years after middle school I still mis it, being a middle schoolers at carwise is a hole lot better that being a high schooled in Dunedin! The teachers their are great some of them are a little ruff but hey that is the way that life works, think if their ruff know it's only to teach you what to expect in high school and after high school! At Dunedin high their are about 12 kids that came from carwise and all of those kids are the best in class, in the grading system it lists all the kids with the highest grade average and score in the school all the carwise kids bet the seniors and juniors and sophomores combined! I just want to say I miss you carwise! And I will never forget you! GO SHARKS!


Posted April 13, 2011

I am on this site because I am considering private school for my 7th grader who is currently at Carwise. The teachers are indifferent at best. One has admitted in writing, to giving up and letting him do his own thing. This is a child who was absent for 13 days straight with medical documentation and has a 504 plan in place. Yet I cant get teachers or the administration to help make up for lost instructional time at all. so an honor roll student taking advanced classes is now failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

This school is bad - period! The teacher's are lazy and never go out of their way for any child who may be experiencing difficulties. The kids are mean to each other and the school never teachers them how to care and respect each other. The VP is a joke. She is unprofessional at best. If you child is different in anyway - find another school - you won't be accepted here and no one will be educated enough to help you - this includes the teaching staff. My child is in seventh grade and is miserable. The teachers are disrespectful and have not figured out that they are teaching for the students - not only to collect a pay check. Poor professional ethics. It's impossible to get anyone to help you and you are virtually shut out of the school if you have a problem or need help. This is a prime example of how schools are failing our kids. The only reason students score so high on standardized testing at this school is because Florida's standard are very low and many of the students at this school come from educated families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Carwise Middle School is over all the best middle school ever. All the teachers are fun, nice and understanding, and really do care about your grade. I'm in the band and Mr. Obara is the best ever!! He's so much fun. I really recommend this school!! Go Sharks!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2010

Do not send your disabled child to this School!!!!!! The special needs program is horrible!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2010

I have been a student at this school for two years and the teachers are spectacular and the kids are great. I would say that it is the best school that someone can go to in this area. I hate to disagree with those who say it is a horrible school, but I am now in the MEGSSS and IMAST programs and I am learning beyond my grade level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

I will have to say it's more what I hear from all 3 of my children that have gone or are going to Carwise Middle school. My oldest who is in college at USF, still thinks this was the best school she went to of all. It gave her the foundation to go on through High School with Honors and advanced classes. They taught her how to organize her schedules to accomplish her homework and studies to become a productive student and citizen. My 2nd daughter who is in 10th grade enjoyed the School song theme and still sings it to this day - 'Don't Laugh at Me' which is a song teaching diversity and accepting the differences in all of us. She believes this is something all children at any age, need to learn. If this little song can help just a few to remember the feelings of others before they speak, just think how the world may turn out in a few years. My son, who currently goes there, is having so much fun in the 7th grade. He has come a long way since last year. He had to struggle with learning the routine of getting home work for 7 classes in 6th grade. This year has been a turn around so far. He is coming home and doing homework before I even ask him about it. He has improved his handwriting and planning for his projects. I would say allot of it is due to his summer school teacher. Just the little extra time she spent teaching them how to learn while having fun has done wonders for him. I am incredibly thankful that my 3 children have had the opportunity to go to such a wonderful school. I only wish that every child had the same to be taught so many things that are needed to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

One of the worst schools we have encountered! The kids are nasty and disrespectful not only to eachother but to the teachers who seem to be numb to this behavior. Do not send your child there. After 3 weeks we pulled our child after relocating to the area and have enrolled her in a fundamental school instead where respect for one-another and their self is taught and trust me everyone was happy. Especially the kids at not being bullied and stressed out. Please look for alternatives. You and your child will be glad you did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

To many bullys and not enough programs for kids and their interest
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I love Joseph L. carwise middle school . All teachers care about you and your grade. My child had a F in math class and the math teacher talked to him/ her and helped her improve him/her grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

I love my school! They handle problems affectnetly and have great teachers! I would never want to go anywere else for middle school! Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2008

carwise is the best school in the world the teachers rocks and they care about kids grade mrs hert is the best math teacher at carwise for 7th grade
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2008

The school has positive and negative points. I'd like to see teachers be more pro-active, alerting parents (via email or phone) of issues and concerns re: a child' grades. Also, bus drivers should be evaluated. My chidl is in 7th grade and takes the bus and has indicated the driver speeds and drives crazy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I think that Carwise is overall a good school. We have had a couple issues there with the halls being blocked by bullying children in the 8th grade but, as soon as the concern was mentioned, there were more people in the halls to watch what was going on and ensure the safety of the children. The guidance counselor, Mrs. Laird, is great and is patient in listening to concerns and great at helping to try and get them resolved and look for positive ways to help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Good school overall. Some really excellent teachers. Would like to see more learning opportunities such as field trips and activities and rewards for good student behavior and achievement. My son has never gone on a field trip in two years.
—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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

333 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

366 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

368 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

441 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

434 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

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 64% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
78%
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 75%
Hispanic 14%
Black 4%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%60%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. GARRISON T LINDER
Fax number
  • (727) 724-1446

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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