Students enrolled 1175
Hours no info
School leader MR. GARRISON T LINDER
Transportation options Yes
District Pinellas County School District
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3301 Bentley Drive
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

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4 stars
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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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2014
This school is great you actually learn stuff and there are not as much fights as people say

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
Horrible school THERE IS TONS AND TONS OF BULLYING!!!! THIS SCHOOL IS THE WORST MEAN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

- submitted by a community member
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
October 01, 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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
no rating April 08, 2010
Do not send your disabled child to this School!!!!!! The special needs program is horrible!!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 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
October 05, 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
no rating September 09, 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
June 03, 2009
To many bullys and not enough programs for kids and their interest

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 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
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
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
July 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 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
January 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 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
February 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
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
January 12, 2006
this is one of the worst schools in the county! Teachers are indifferent, adminiistration is indifferet! I wish i could have my choice back! A lot of fighting.

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 05, 2005
This is an excellent school. My daughter went here for her middle school experience and enjoyed it greatly.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2004
1600 children in the hallway makes for a dangerous walk to and from the bus The teachers do not proactively let the parents know what will be studied. I suggest that each class have a syllabus handed out at the beginning of the year. If college students are not responsible enough to get the information day to day, then middle school children certainly are not responsible enough. The teachers are inaccessible and defer to 'I have 150 students' when asked to participate in the education and discipline of a child. The parent is not in school. The parent cannot be there to discipline at the time of poor behavior choices. This is where Carwise fails.

- submitted by a teacher
January 07, 2004
I have a 7th grade daughter that is is the Jazz Band and Advanced band. She is also in the Imast gifted science program. She absolutely loves the school and thrives there. I think that it is wonderful that she gets to have band classed twice a day. I could not have picked a better school for her.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2003
I am overall pleased with the school and the progress my son has made in these past three years. The school is only 11 years old and has hurricane window protectors that show how much they care about the safety of our children.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2003
Hi I am a 7th grader at Carwise now and I just love it. The teachers are great. So is the rest of the staff.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
I have a 7th grader at Carwise this year in advanced classes and Jazz band. This is a great opportunity for her that other schools do not offer as part of the school-day curriculum. I am very pleased with the education and experience of the teachers. My daughter believes she is at the best school!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2003
I had one son graduate from there and another is going into 7th grade now, and I just love carwise. Both of my boys have done great there. The teachers are outstanding and I will miss Mr. Leanes.

- submitted by a parent
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Joseph L. Carwise Middle School
3301 Bentley Drive, Palm Harbor, FL  34684
(727) 724-1442
Last modified Joseph L. Carwise Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joseph L. Carwise Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.