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Pinellas Park Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1058 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2014

The middle school ages are some of the strangest years of life. Kids undergo changes and within the span of 2 years go from little kids to young adults. Their hormones are raging and they do not know what to do with themselves. They need support! I am a middle school teacher and find it appalling how teachers are bashed. Teachers do the best they can with the resources or lack there of that they are given. There is only so much they can do.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 2, 2014

This school is absolutely horrible! Most of the teachers are overwhelmed or disinterested with the exception of a few. The children are completely out of control and the administration does nothing to discipline them. There are many fights daily and nothing is done to stop them. My child has been attacked several times and the principal always says he can't see anything on the camera footage. Today my child was attacked again and I won't be sending him to another day of bullying there. I'm pulling him out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

I am happy with where the school is headed.. If you are not then you can move and end up at even worse schools.. Do you realize that they have added 9 more schools to the list of schools that are now under the watchful eye of the State.. And the 4 you so fondly refer to is from the reviews on here and as you know personally.. Only people that have an issue waste their time on these threads.. Have yo been to some of the last few school function?? The parent involvement is at an astonishing high level.. This school had its issues in the past.. Its not something you can fix overnight but you need to realize that its not only the teachers that need to change.. the parents who use school as a babysitter need to spend more time helping their kids.. Thats where the change starts.. If you child is failing then work with the child to find out whats going on.. Middle school is a culture shock for most and many kids stumble no matter the school.. And if you are a concerned parent, you will know that...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

Yeah! for the person that criticized my grammar. I thank you for that. as a parent you should have been concern about the school not my grammar. Did you see the number that this school rated? 4 out of 10 and your satisfied? Yes I don't speak perfect English or used a proper grammar but I can assure you I don't just drop off my kid to school to get free time. I send my child to school to learn and get the best educations. Your opinion doesn't mean anything to me and by the way I didn't post that other review as I will never call the principal a clown. Though the recorded phone calls announcements are clownish and annoying hope he change it soon. But if you are a parent and happy with the school then good luck to your children and to the rest of the kids that attends Pinellas Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

My child was a straigh A student that recieved national honors before attending PPMS. Less then a year later, she's in danger of failing 2 courses. The teachers are lazy and apathetic to the children and the principle is a clown (The recorded phone calls announcements are clownish and annoying). I can't wait to move because there is NO WAY my child will spend anothe second in that HORRIBLE school! To top it off, My child came home with head lice. We got it taken care of and kept he out of shcool and reported it to the staff. They said they didn't have procedures to handle headlice outbreaks and nor did they seem to care that we reported it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Hey I'm A Student And I Think Ppms Is pretty Legit , Theirs Not That Many Fights As Much As Anymore I Think Theirs Really None With The Rumors And Stuff. But Mostly The Fights Allways Start in The Begining Of the Year Because Not Everyone Has Learned Eachother Personality So Give Ppms A Chance! :D


Posted October 5, 2011

Yes, i know this is a bad school. but about two years back when i was a sixth grader it was a wonderful school. the next year it got out of hand. now its a horrible school. i still go there because of the memories.its is a d school and one of the baddest schools in pinellas county. do not bring your child to this school until you see better reviews


Posted July 26, 2011

This is a very badly run school. The administration does not support their teachers. There have been numerous arrests and an uncountable number of fights. The follow through on discipline is very lax. A student will get 5 or more referrals before they receive a punishment. The students who want to learn are left to fend for themselves as the teachers are consumed with controlling the others. It is very sad.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 6, 2011

VERY VERY bad school my daughter goes there and she says there are at least 3 fights every week teachers dont help your students or care. they have been in the newspaper 3 times about how bad it is and in the 2010-2011 year they had 62 arrests and still counting they are the baddest school in pinellas county! DO NOT let your child go there!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2009

Im actually a student at Pinellas Park Middle Schoole and its the best school ever ...the teachers pay attentoin to you and help you with what you need and if you get in trouble they give the right pushment ..everyone try there best to make you want to learn and get home every morning to go to shcool... all i got to say is that I LOVE PPMS!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2009

The teachers at this school are so dedicated to their students. They give their students a chance to be helped privately. The administration handles altercations very well. The food is average in the cafeteria.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2008

2 years later... Not only am I an educator, I am a parent FIRST! This is my 7th. year w/children at this school and I have not been as happy as I have been in previous years. This IS the last year, however. There was some decent amount of 'housecleaning' done as far as administration so I'm hoping for more positive changes. There ARE some very dedicated teachers and staff in administration. Front desk needs to smile not only when parents come into the office but when she answers the PHONE, as well. JMO.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 18, 2008

I give this school an above average rating because, considering the many changes the district of Pinellas County went through recently (2007-2009 school years), and the fact that the school has gone through three principals in the last 5 years (Matway was only there for 2 years), the teachers remain flexible and open to the many changes that come their way. They continue to educate their students with genuine care and high expectations. No place is perfect, but Pinellas Park Middle is a resilient institution thanks to its teachers. Many teachers have been there for years. The newest administration addresses discipline problems promptly. The school currently has a B grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

Academic quality is average to good. Music program rocks, with LOTS of instructor and parental support (as well as from other students)! The atmosphere needs to be monitored more closely. Hoping it improves or we'll have to look elsewhere for the rest of middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

345 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

344 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

339 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

347 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
72%
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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 66% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
91%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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 51%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 13%
Black 11%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%60%61%
Master's degree 24%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%1%1%
Other degree 3%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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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. DAVID B ROSENBERGER
Fax number
  • (727) 547-7894

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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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6940 70th Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
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