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Palm Harbor Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1420 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2014

My son likes it there. He has made new friends. There was a bullying situation but the 7th grade assistant principal handled it right away. My son is no longer bothered by the kid. Office staff is friendly. Teachers seem receptive and willing to help. I like that they provide after school tutoring for kids who are struggling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Staff are rude, teachers don't care, behavior is out of control. This school has no leadership whats-so-ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

The staff is very rude and the teachers are arrogant. I guess this use to be a good school but I don't see signs of it now. They are to arrogant to allow parent involvement. Watch out for health class they show a diagrams of a penis and a vergina in a mixed class. No notification given to parents so we can decide to opt out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

This school is terrible. The kids hurt and make fun of one another and the teachers do not care.


Posted January 1, 2012

My son has been very happy at this school. He has asperger's and tourette syndrome and is treated very well by all the teachers and students. He feels loved and accepted by all! He even had kids from this school ask to come to his birthday party. The teachers all tell me he's a wonderful boy. They have wonderful programs for kids with Autism and kids with Aspergers. They are separate and offer appropriate classes and help for each group. I love all the teachers and most all have experience with special needs kids. I am blessed to have him in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

This is an exceptional school! As an educator myself, in another District, I know first had how effectively it performs & how dedicated is the staff in this middle school . They have very high standards & an incredible staff! This school has been consistently high achieving-I've watched it since my own children were too young to attend (neighbors/relatives told me of its successes) and I see it now with my 7th grader attending (& a 10th grader who went through it & is now in an Engineer high program.) What troubles me is that this rating is based reviews dating back to '03 & '04-penalizing Palm Harbor Mid. for class sizes- which is not a fair accusation . Our "class size amendment" was not in effect until 2010 when it was decided 22 students was the class cap & PHM did EVERYTHING is had to & is currently in compliance in all its 'non-elective' classrooms. In response to the parent saying the school was crowded even w/ "Choice"...the fact that this school is so coveted & popular is testament to how great it is! Just like a crowded restaurant is usually indicative of how great the food/service! Kudos to all the PHS staff-keep up the great work! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My daugther love it, that is enough
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

PHMS is a great school. They offer a great variety of programs from the Autistic to the AP & gifted. Megsss/Imast and are also under the same roof. The comparison to the Fundamental schools is unfair because they have half the gifted and twice the reduced lunch population at PHMS. They also have three time the population. Overall PHMS is better learning place and preparation for high school, college and the " real world "..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

There are excellent teachers at this school, however not a great place for children with medical concerns or 504 plans. The 504 plan was overlooked for 4 months and it has been difficult to get the necessary people on board. The school nurse was excellent in helping with the medical issues once she was involved- it took a while to get the right people in place and was frustrating and exhausting for me as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I am a parent of three children who have attended this school. I can say that the music program and particularly Mrs. Cavanaugh, are outstanding. The advanced classes they have taken are challenging and fun so thank you to those teachers for all you do. As with most schools in Pinellas county, the teachers and administration only want you involved when they want you involved, otherwise they want you to butt out. This is understandable since many parents don't know there should be respect and boundaries with teachers and school administrators. On the other hand, some teachers don't even use parent connect so some parents are left in the dark about their children's progress. Part of a child's education includes learning how to deal with different personalities and becoming responsible and sometimes parents get involved when they should let their child handle the situation. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

My daughter is currently in her second year at PHMS. Unlike the previous reviewer, I have found ParentConnect to be very helpful and the teachers responses very timely. I also work full time and have to do most of my communication this way. My daughter is in 3 advanced classes and this is the only way to keep her occupied. I'm happy that these courses are available for her. The choral and Ms. Cavanaugh are stellar. I have has some issues with the way they grade P.E. and the lack of understanding when a student isn't feeing well. Other than that.... definately an A!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My daughter loves this school. I am very proud of the success she has been able to make while here. The staff is always willing to address whatever issues are brought before them..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

Great school and the majority of the teachers are great too. The Music program is the best I have seen. Lots of opportunities for kids to get involved both in school and after school. The PTA is very involved which is nice to see. My only issues is with some of the teachers. They hold the students to a very high level of accountable; which is great; however, they (the teachers) are not held accountable for what they should be doing. A perfect example is keeping ParentConnect and SchoolNotes current. Returning emails and/or phone calls from involved parents is also an issue. If you are an involved parent, you are viewed by a threat to some of the teachers which makes for a tough three years for your child. Once you get past the few 'bad apples' the school and the majority of the facility make this a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

palm harbor is a great school and my daughter feels like the teachers encourage her to try her hardest to do well in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

My granddaughter really enjoys Palm Harbor Middle. The curriculum keeps her challenged. I feel that most of the teachers really care about their students education. Her teachers keep me informed with her progress. Even though I work full time, I try to do my part in helping with fund raisers. I give the school an A.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

The academic programs are great. The music department including band,orchestra,and chorus are outstanding. Kids in the music,academic and extracurricular programs have a high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

My child attended this school for all three grades 6-8. I found it very good in the sense that it does help and support students which excel easily and are quick learners. However I did notice that the school does not have an adequate program for those students which may need more hands-on or may learn at a slower pace. Also, there is a severe lack of discipline for students and what they are allowed to do & say to each other within the halls. Academically I think the school is great, but could use a more variety of programs. When it comes to discipline & respect, they have a long way to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

My son is is advanced classes. The classes are will organized and teachers are able to give him the help he needs. I do wish the class sizes were smaller or each class had another adult. Tutoring is available if needed. Overall it has been a positive experience for my son and me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

Although this school has some top-notch programs, I always felt like my kids were being turned through a mill -it is so large! With all the upscale neighborhoods in the district, I felt that tthe kids' education was more about brands of jeans than high school prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

This school has been a tremendous disappointment. My family and I enrolled our child, requesting special ed. testing. This was repeatedly postponed, ultimately resulting in his grades dropping substantially. This school may have a strong reputation for students who do not have learning differences, but I would not recommend this school for students who require accomodations of special services. We will not be sending our child back to Palm Harbor Middle.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

432 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

436 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

473 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

473 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

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.

474 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

471 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

472 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

468 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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 80%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 3%
Black 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%60%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:45
School end time
  • 4:05
School Leader's name
  • MS. VICTORIA E HAWKINS
Fax number
  • (727) 669-1244

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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1800 Tampa Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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