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Palmetto Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1075 students

 

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Posted January 24, 2014

My child goes to this school for the 2nd year now. First year he got all A's but his FCAT scores were low. This year he struggled with Math as Kaplan is his teacher. He is very aloof and a hard-nose and generally do not seem to care as he is one of the teachers that can't be touched. The administrators this year seemed indifferent and I noticed a remarkable drop in morale among the teachers. The counselors are useless. Their beloved band teacher left and the music program is suffering under a very incompetent green teacher that they got at the end of September. All in all its a subpar school UNLESS your child is in the gifted program. The school has many bussed in kids and it changes the climate of the neighborhood. If you can't get your kid into Ammons or Southwood then I guess you better get them in the gifted program here otherwise might as well be homeschooled through Virtual which many kids are doing. If you want a mediocre school for your child and hopefully find him an amazing highschool afterwards then yes to this school, otherwise no.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I am a student at Palmetto Middle (8th grade boy). It's pretty much just an ordinary middle school. The cons- Language arts teachers are not fun at all and just want to be prepared for FCAT. Also the security guards are not very good, in the PE locker rooms kids fight all the time and the security guards don't even care. The pros- great school. Even if you know the area there are tons of new kids to meet. The science and math teachers are really good. The social studies teachers are different. Depends of who you get. Nice environment. In the morning you have tons of places to meet friends including a garden. Iprep is definitely something to look into. Its fun and you learn. The teachers are great in iprep. Look and try to accept the other reviews. Same as any middle school though. The best way to know about the school is from the students.


Posted October 15, 2013

Great teachers, responsive principal, energetic clubs, a clean environment . . . it's a solid neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

My child started attending this school this year. Although many rave about it, I don't see what all the fuss is about. The teachers have cliques in their classrooms with kids they like and play favorites to an extreme. The level of educational quality (my child is in gifted) seems very low to me. The cafeteria is a mess and my child does not even want to eat in there due to the noise and smell. There are many kids from outside the neighborhood that are bused in and it alters the environment. A student was arrested so far this year for attacking another student. I have visited the office a few times and met with the counselor and found her to be totally indifferent to my child's needs. She could not be bothered with our minor inquiries. The staff generally to either not care, or if they do care, they are clearly overwhelmed. This could have been a good school if it were smaller and the quality of education were better. I am very disappointed with Palmetto Middle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

My son went to this school some of the teachers are nice but the vice principals are rude, the guidance consoler doesn't help the only people nice there are the security , teachers office aids and the people who work in the office I wouldn't recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

My son is about to complete his first year at Palmetto Middle and we could not be happier! He has had a wonderful experience this school year and actually enjoys school! The school has wonderful teachers, an incredible PTA, and great administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

I am a student at palmetto middle and it is a great school! it has an amazing principal and he is hilarious! Teachers get students well prepared and the clubs are very fun! I am on the green team Spanish club fbla and njhs.. I recomend this school!


Posted July 18, 2011

Palmetto Middle School is great. The Principal, Vice Principals and administration are involved in every aspect, every minute of the day. And they listen to both parents and students. The teachers my son had were dedicated and unbelievably attentive. The music program is first class, winning top awards for performances. Even drama, art and dance are like a magnet school. But at Palmetto, education comes first. The PTSA at Palmetto Middle works very hard to ensure the needs of the students are first and foremost. More afterc-school sports programs would make Palmetto Middle a perfect school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

I am a current student at Palmetto Middle, and I must say that I am at the top of my school, I take the highest acedmic classes that it offers (Geometry, Earth space, language arts 3 gifted, american history gifted), and I must say that I am dissatisfied with it's variety of classes. Next year, I am going to graduate and attend Coral Reef High School for the IB program, and while I am only going to be taking biology for science, all of my friends from Carver and Ammons are taking Chemistry, due to their school's variety. Other than the lack of classes for overachievers, I must say that iiiit has friendly, helpful teachers who you can easily contact anytime. In contrast to that, the administration tries to hard to authoritize its power by enforcing new rules like wearing lanniards and uniforms. In my personal opinion, I believe that students have a right to express themselves. In addition to that, the school has also gotten rid of all of its extra band programs, and now just has beginning and advanced band. All in all, I am dissapointed at the lack of classes, but I am satisfied with the teaching staff.


Posted April 26, 2010

We have been an 'A' school for 8 years in a row!


Posted August 23, 2009

omg!!! i just left this school! it is the best ever!!!plus,it's an A+ school and has been for i don't know how many years! but,like every other public school,do your kid a favor and make him/her bring their own lunch.Also,there is no such thing as a bad school or teacher,it's the way your kid reacts in the school and with the teacher.kids actually shape the way a school functions so,bad school?bad kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2009

I'm a former student who just graduated the previous year. I have to say it's a great school, the principal and assistant principals know their job and perform it wonderfully. Their pep rallies were good, and their concerts are almost always on time. Whenever the parents attempt to get their children out of school, it takes much too long, in my honest opinion. The kids are suspended too easily, even if they have done nothing wrong. And it's exceedingly difficult to get help at the front desk when one needs something. Overall, it's a great school, and I highly recommend it !


Posted January 21, 2009

My kids have thrived in the challenging environment, as the teachers encourage interactivity and creativity. Palmetto Middle enjoys a high level of parental involvement and it has an extremely active PTSAs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

This school is in my opinion one of the best. I am an 8th grader. This school has given me friends and self confidence that never knew I could get. I am in the gifted program and the teachers really push you to do your best in the present and in the future. Our school is wonderful on safety. Parents are always involved helping our school as much as they possibly can. The activities are great also. Mrs. Noffo is not a bad principal but she has made rules that the parents and students are not too particular about. I will be truly sad to leave palmetto middle school because the teachers and students are like family to me. I strongly recommend palmetto middle school to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

This school is awesome! I love it!!!! The teachers are very nice and even though the schools a little overcrowded you meet a lot more new people and that is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2007

I love this School and disagree with what some of the parents are saying I think that the grade book is a great way to see your grades and you do not need to be contacted by teachers about grades since you have it. I think all the programs are great and I am exited about the new drama program that we are getting. I do agree that the school is very crowded but that just shows how good the school is because all these kids are going to this school! Overall I think Palmetto is a great school and I reccomend that you take your kids to this school!:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2007

Hi My name is Leah and i go to palmetto. I love it! the gifted programis great. and the kids that go there are super!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2006

My best friends daughter attends this school and she is loving it. She is extremely challenged by all her teachers in order to reach her full potential. Great school with wonderful extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

My niece is a 6th grade student at this school. Both her mother and I are impressed of how the teachers challenge the students as well as all the different resources that are available to the students at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

The quality of the academic programs in the gifted programs is excellent. Unfortunately, there are some teachers that because of tenure are in the program and should not be. The level of parent involvement, as in most middle schools, is not as prevalent as in the elementary level. Yet, there is a strong pta that assists with the shortfalls.
—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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

337 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
73%

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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

362 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

381 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

383 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

377 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
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
Hispanic 42%
White 37%
Black 14%
Asian 6%
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 30%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%58%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:50 pm
School Leader's name
  • John Lux
Fax number
  • (305) 233-4849

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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7351 SW 128 St.
Pinecrest, FL 33156
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