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Pinellas Park Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 995 students

 

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2011:
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Posted March 19, 2014

BAD SCHOOL PERIOD!!!! Most of the teachers( NOT ALL ) in Pinellas Park Middle School does not care if your child fail academic. Very sad for our kids that are so behind with educations because of lazy teachers like most of them who just want to collect paycheck from a TAX payers money and don't do their job as an educator. Very sad my child told me that sometimes she ask her teacher explained or help her understand what she supposed to do, and her teacher told her to figure it out, nothing wrong with telling the child to figure things out. But the only problem was the teacher was playing video game at that time. So much more negative about this School
—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


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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 52% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 64% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 42%
Hispanic 22% 29%
Asian 13% 3%
Black 12% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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
  • Ms. Robyn R Witcher
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 Ave N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
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