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Murdock Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 826 students

 
 

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Posted June 8, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this school... Because i agree that some of the kids bully but seriously what kids don't i can tell you that everyone at least has said something unkind to someone else. As long as that is clear, than this school is amazing, you can tell that the teachers really do want to see you succeed. all of the staff that i have met are very helpful and kind. As being a student there i will tell you some (usually male) students Fight, this is simply because the wan to prove their popularity because unlike most immature teens everything is about competition. all in all i have mixed reviews in Murdock Middle School.


Posted October 29, 2012

Murdock Middle School offers Industry Certification for Microsoft Office which is an opportunity for students to have certification in programs that are usually reserved for adults in the workplace. As an IT Academy school, their technology program is outstanding! It definitely gives your kid a BIG headstart in their lives to be technology literate and MMS will provide that training with teachers who are excellent at their craft.


Posted July 10, 2012

Our school is great. I used to go to a different school and Murdock is better. I don't wanna go to any other one. Some kids cause trouble at all schools but just stay away from them. My teachers help me do my work and learn. They have dances and ROS with Officer More and other good stuff. I got awards there and my mom and my sister came.


Posted July 5, 2012

Murdock Middle is a very good school. The teachers are caring, provide feedback and the principal is willing to meet with and work with parents to help students succeed. My daughter was in band and the TAG program which provided challenges to her. Students from there have won awards and scholarships. There is a great band, a drama program, leadership classes, and the school is recognized for leading the way in technology. The Seven Habits are also taught and stressed there. Dress code is enforced, too. There is a parent SAC organization, but attendance at meetings is low. I've seen a few parents volunteer to help at the front office, with dances and plays, but they definitely need more parents to get involved. If parents would visit often and get involved, it would make a very good school even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

There is terribly bully problem and their is no accountability. Kids have created their own gangs to protect themselves... and sadly girls are pregnant...very scary! This has nothing to due with Gov. Scott. The budget cuts are because of our local politicians that have not created an solid infrastructure...we have no economy, no jobs and now too many houses in foreclosure! Schools get funded mostly through property taxes, if home prices are lower, less taxes can be collected...if they are in foreclosure the house value decreases and again, less taxes the county can collect. The more people that move out of the area, less money is collected in sales taxes... It is ignorance that has caused this area to become distressed! It is important for the parents to vote for the commissioners who are pro-business and we must vote in school administrators who want to work with parents and students and begin a 'leadership program" in all the schools. It is already established in MPE and should be done countywide!!


Posted March 9, 2012

Horrible school! Just a place where kids are warehoused daily. Visit a charter school, and see the difference. The education is free in charter schools too. Every school has funding constraints, but Charlotte County schools cater to the poorly behaved children. My son attended this school eight years ago. My daughter attended this school last year and was pulled out to attend a charter school in Sarasota County. The teachers are so busy catering to kids that do not want to learn, and who are unruly. There are no field trips when my daughter and son attended this school. My daughter made straight A's never had homework, never opened a book, and was bored. Charter school has FCAT too, but the teachers can creatively teach, make it fun, and they kick unruly kids out. Charter school does not look at FCAT scores alone to determine classes, they make sure the kids are challenged. They have field trips too. Strict dress code with uniforms in charter school. Public schools need to learn from charter schools. Visit Murdock Middle, 90% poorly behaved children. When you visit that dump you will see why free education should be privilege, and not a right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Everyone needs to get their facts straight. The students that review only like the school because it's easy and they have more control over the school than the teachers do. Besides, look at the students comments, including the kid that spelled wonderful like wounderful.I'm a prior student of that dump and it's TERRIBLE. This school isn't teaching you anything but how to become a future gang member. The teachers are lazy and never have control of the classroom. Everyone dresses like their going to be a stripper. All the guys have their pants hanging down low. Like anyone wants to see that! Go to Imagine School of North Port where you actually learn something and have fun doing it. They actually know what their doing and kick disruptive kids out.


Posted November 19, 2011

The teachers are very caring and they do the best they can under the current budget from Gov. Scott. (Who took most funding) I've seen several teachers buy their own supplies. They are forced to teach FCAT, as are all other schools. Their very jobs depend on the outcome. . The teachers are told they must keep up to standards, but they aren't given tools to do so. The teachers at MMS go out of their way to supplement the lack of funding.


Posted May 16, 2011

LIVING IN PORT CHARLOTTE ONLY SINCE 11/10 AND WITNESSING THE COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY MURDOCK MIDDLE 1ST HAND...I CAN ONLY COMPARE THE EXPERIENCE TO GOING TO A ZOO AND OBSERVING THE GORILLA/BABOON AREA...YOU JUST STAND BY, WATCH AND JUST WONDER..."WOW WHAT IS IT GOING TO DO NEXT?" CHARLOTTE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH RAISING AND EDUCATING FUTURE GENERATIONS OF CONVENIENCE STORE CLERKS AND LANDSCAPERS. MOVING AWAY IN SEPTEMBER PROBABLY 80% BECAUSE OF SCHOOLS ALONE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

This school is a joke. I've been dealing with this school for 5 years now and have 2 more years to go. My children have had a "few" great teachers who genuinely care about their students (thank goodness!), but most of the teachers I've encountered have chosen the wrong career. The leadership in this school is the biggest joke of all. Suspensions, expulsions, even arrests, have been common practice and the "solution of choice" for unwanted adolescent behavior. If you are a parent in a position to choose the school your children attend, then choose another. If I had enough money, I would send my children to private school in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

One teacher is rude rest is wounderful
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2009

This is my first year in MMS, and i already love it!!! All the teachers are very nice and they dont to expect too much of you.All of the students are very kind. On my first day of school,I knew nobody and some of the new students came up to me and we started to hang out. Now I have tons of friends. And there are no fights going on and every bully has behaved. I thought about it and i was very lucky to go to this school instead of PCMS
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

Its a great school...so yea there are like 2 fights a year, but those were three (hard) but great years of my life.. Any child is lucky to go there...they have strong discipline and great teachers..don't hold your son/daughter back by not letting her/him to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2009

This school may not be the best, but it has great teachers who really care about us students. I've actually learned a lot and am looking forward to attending again this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2009

this school is terrible. There is NO discipline what so ever and there are frequent fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2008

I think this school is really good. My child's math teacher even gave me her home # to call if I needed. They do projects and 'regular' work. The homework isn't too much. The teachers respond in a timely manner to all of my communications. It is clear to me that they really do want true student success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

Murdock Middle School is one of the best schools in Florida. Students obtain an excellent education, and have various opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities. The administrative team is supportive of students and their concerns. As a parent, if you have concerns, stop by during Navigator Nights and share.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 1, 2008

During my middle school years I would of course hated middle school, looking back now I realize how lucky I was to attend MMS. They have academic programs for all learning types, plenty of extra activities, and the best part was the teachers. The teachers I had were wonderful, they taught me a lot. Thank you Mr. Santa Maria, Mrs. Carbonie, Mrs. H, Mrs. Vida, Mrs. Orr, Mrs, Bohtelo and everyone else who taught me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

I don't know if it is just this particular school but it doesn't seem like they have many outside activities such as field trips as they should. Also, my daughter was not aware that she was able to take certain classes until after she had been in school for several weeks and by then it was too late. There was no opportunity to select an elective. The teachers themselves seem to be good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

Overall I was pleased enough with MMS when my older daughter attended, to have my other daughter enrolled this year. There are a number of positive incentive programs for behavior, and although there will always be those who choose to break the rules, I felt that my child was safe. I feel that the one negative which is present in all FL schools is the enormous emphasis placed on FCAT scoring. It is weighted far too heavily, and I think limits the teachers in providing a more well rounded and consistent learning environment for all students.
—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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

290 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

256 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "B".
  • 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

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%
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
White 69%
Hispanic 13%
Black 12%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 44%53%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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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17325 Mariner Way
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Phone: (941) 255-7525

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