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Brown Barge Middle School

Public | 3-8 | 547 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 29, 2014

I've just graduated from Brown-Barge, and can say this is one of the best learning environments I've seen. It's one of the only schools in the whole world that uses integrated curriculum, and also has excellent band/orchestra programs that goes to Disney World to perform each year. And even though it is a bit hard to understand at first, what with the wacky schedule and all, it gets better. Brown-Barge has some of the nicest and most dedicated teachers around, including Mark York, band director, Mrs. Powe, guidance counselor, and Mr. Moran who is a long time veteran of Brown-Barge. So don't let your child quit after the first year because they don't get it, or it confuses them. We have the best field trips, and learn about the greatest things. There are 3 12-week long trimesters each year. The first trimester of sixth grade is just sixth graders, and the last trimester of eighth grade is just eighth graders. Everything in between is all the grades mixed together, which lets you make friends with people you never would have known before. All around we have a cool school full of smart people who you should really get to know. (There's also a PATS Center RIGHT next door)


Posted May 11, 2014

My daughter has almost completed 6th grade. I am very grateful and satisfied with the education she has received. She started as a shy timid but extremely bright child. Now she has developed so much more confidence that has allowed her to blossom. She has worked with many groups and completed tons of presentations. I believe this is going to be very beneficial as she moves on to high school and eventually college. I know several people who have taught at other middle schools in Escambia County. I count my lucky stars that she was accepted into this school. It is not perfect, but considering the age and hormones the students are going through I consider it close to perfect. Also from what I have heard from my child the students are overall respectful to one another with minimal bullying. The school really nips it in the bud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

I'm currently in 8th grade at Brown Barge Middle School and I truly love it. It's not for everyone, I know students who are very smart but struggle with the assignments but there are much more who gain skills to succeed in life.When I first came here I was scared that I would be behind in curriculum compared to other schools but I quickly realized that we are missed nothing, if anything we're getting ahead while having fun. This is a small school compared to other schools so honestly there are clics and there are some "mean people",but once you find that group you'll have a blast.The teachers are very committed in parent involvement and always are ready to help you. Gonna miss this school when I leave.


Posted September 30, 2013

As we know, this school is not just for anyone,but the lessons and teachers give an excellent effort for learning. Andrew
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

What an absolute honor it is to know that my daughter has been given such a magnificent opportunity to attend BBMS. I wonder how many of us parents truly understand the bigger picture of what's going on today with our sons and daughters? I encourage you to praise them for what they are striving towards. For it can only be that our children are striving towards greatness. So many of our sons and daughters have already gone through so much because of what we have drug them through with our own selfish agendas. No child is at this school by chance. Please encourage your children to do their best. Lead them in truth and teach them character from the home. Sit down as a family and discuss with them those precious little things that are in their little hearts. If we are lucky they won't put us in a nursing home one day. Thank goodness for BBMS and all it truly stands for in our community...signed...a proud dad...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

The worse school ever. I moved and could not get anything from the school to take to new location. Just got the run around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

This school is amazing. It is not for everyone, but for the creative type child it is the best. My daughter attends this school and the attached PATS center. I love thier learning methods because it keeps it fun and is very hands on. I really dislike living in this county, but I cannot move because this school is too awesome to give up. I wish there was a high school that would follow up to this amazing middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

My daughter attended BBMS from 2007-2010, I absolutely loved their curriculum and out of the box approach to educating. The Principale and Vice Principale's (we experienced 2) were very approachable, full of vigor & information any time I walked through the door. Dr. Kerringan and Ms. Harding always seemed well in tuned with their students. Mrs. Poe (Guidance) was there for my daughter for educational, social and emotional advisement. The teachers go above & beyond and are enthusiatic. It was a relief to experience BBMS! I have not been impressed with the Escambia County School's as a whole, but BBMS and West Florida High School, have been exceptional!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

I used to attend Brown Barge Middle School for the 6th grade and absolutly hated it. It is just a terrible school. They have a very messed up system, all its for is confusing you. In elementary school, I got all A's. In Brown Barge all I got was 1's and 0's. The teachers are terrible at thier job. One of the teachers I had rudely gave me a 1 in his class. All he did to teach his class was play rap music over the speakers to the class, getting the students off-task, and would always sit in the back and text on his phone. And they are way to social. In all of the classes, you always get time to socailize, which is totally unexceptable. The principal and assistant pricncipal, are very rude and harrass you. I hope you don't put your kids in this terrible school.


Posted December 21, 2009

I am a former student, fresh out of this school. I absolutely loved my 8th grade year, though since the school is so small, the amount of rude, conceited and mean students is 10x as concentrated, and It is CRUCIAL that parent's get involved and pay attention at this point in their children's lives, because I have seen TOO MANY of my peers with potential fall hard because nobody cared to pay attention to them. This school really prepared me for my high school career. When you find your niche, you really feel like a family. You can find many good friends that will stick for life, and many of us you will find are outspoken and confident because of all of the hands-on action. But watch it, because being excellent here is like balancing on a thin slab of rock. It's not like other schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

its a great school. when i moved away i was so sad cuz i missed that school a lot and my friends and teachers. they relly prepare you for the real world and i have better skills from going there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2009

I love brown barge... Im a former student of bbms and i can say they did prepare u for high school.. and for the real world..i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2009

it is a really good school i go there myself a ver creative and open-minded school :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

Great School and I am so glad I made a decision to send my child to BBMS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

I go to Brown Barge Middle School(BBMS), and it is amazing. There are so many hands-on activities, it almost feels like summer camp... BBMS makes learning fun and enjoyable. I get good grades there, and when it is time to go back to school, I am excited. :] The teachers are very nice, fun and interesting. I am glad to go this amazing middle school. :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2009

I go to Brown Barge Middle School(BBMS), and it is amazing. There are so many hands-on activities, it almost feels like summer camp... BBMS makes learning fun and enjoyable. I get good grades there, and when it is time to go back to school, I am excited. :] The teachers are very nice, fun and interesting. I am glad to go this amazing middle school. :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

I go there now am in 7th grade and i love it here in brown barge, the teachers really love there jobs and it is very special the way they teach there. In stead of periods we have streams. A stream is a period of 12 weeks that we have a certain topic we learn about. Right now i am in the flight stream and we learn about flight, history of flight, and the air.We have 4 teachers in each stream. Right now there is an art stream,mass media( were you learn all about media, radio and etc.Beside those streams we had ylyb which is your life/your buisness.Its about running a buisness, taking care of money and manufacturing products. We also have a stream called global. It is about other people in the world and how they live and there culture.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2008

My child goes here and loves it. This school is a great learning experience that prepares you for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

An amazing school that teaches you skills that you wouldn't learn elsewhere as well as your basic school knowledge. The teachers really care and it shows
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2008

An excellent school with teachers that care and know how to teach the talented kids in their classrooms. An environment for 'out of the box' thinkers who will one day be our leaders. My child's first year there was positive and an experience I do not believe he could have received anywhere else. This has been an incredible opportunity to partake of education with Escmabia and Santa Rosa Counties finest students from Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, a melting pot of unbelievably good and talented kids! An opportunity of a lifetime!
—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.
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The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

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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

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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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

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The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

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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 53% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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88%
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 81% in 2012.

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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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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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 60%
Black 20%
Two or more races 8%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%59%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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