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Southern Oaks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 950 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

This school is amazing it so much fun here I'm In 8th grade and I'm loving it all my teacher and it's a very safe school


Posted January 10, 2011

I love this school so much! I am a 6th grader here at SOMS and anyone's child that goes here is really lucky! All the teachers and staff are so nice to all the students. I hope my sister goes here next year so she can have the same experence as I do! GO HAWKS!!!!!


Posted February 9, 2010

Right now, Im an 8th grader at Southern Oaks, and all of my teachers from this year (and the past two years) are amazing and they know what their talking about. This is such a great school, I love it. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2009

I attended this school for all three years the fun begins here for most time,the teachers will teach you anything they know.I understand how the ways are going,the principles are good leaders.Some people love or hate the P and the AP but that's there problem.There are many rewards and consequences everywhere but here it matters.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

well im a 7th grader right now(09-10) and i really am intrested in all the activities and stuff that we do here at SOMS!!! i also really enjoy the classes like right now in mr. Jones' class... well this 9 weeks we are buildinq a DaVinci tank and its really fun!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

Hi im a 6th grader here at SOMS [southern oaks middle school] and I adore the teachers here the teamleader of the talons team is ms Diamond she is the best my teachers are ms.Thompson,Ms.Armstrong Ms.Kinder, Mrs Walsh,Mrs.dixon,Mr.Barrish,and Mr.babcock. They rock!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2009

Im a student here here at southern oaks... this year im going into the 8th grade. To all the parents/students that might be reading this you should enrole into southern oaks. Take it from a student that does not want to move on but knows that all the things that i have learned will help me when i go onto high school en then into the real world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

i love this school i go the and i am in 7th grade it is the best they have fantastic teachers there
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2008

i just graduated from soms! its was the best! they have the best staff in the world!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

This is my son's second year at SOMS and he loves it! I think that most of the teachers are great but I wonder why they don't use the 'portal' . It would be wonderful if the parents could be a little more involved in their kids' school life; The 'Parents Portal' is a great tool that would help them to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

I love this school and my child loves it too.I think its the best middle school ever made in florida
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

My son loved this school the one year he spent there. We moved from another state. He had good grades, but in this school he became involved with the student council, joined the band and became an A student. On my part, we lived around 5 miles from the school, so it was a long ride for him. He also had alot of books to carry daily; although, the teachers allowed them to do homework in school(he never brought any home), and if your child is interested in the band and you have other children in other schools, you tend to have to drop them off and pick them up after school often for practice, which could be hard to juggle. Overall, a great school. My son will miss it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I am convince my kids spend 85% of the school year learing to do well in taking the F-Cat test. Which seem's to have earn the school a lower rating, due to poor absent's. And let's not forget some of the kids, just did not get it! What a waste of time for the students who want to learn. On the issues of disclpline 75% of the teachers seem to be helpless in handling this issues. We were told every kid has books to take home, so it is not needed to carry the books home everyday! This is a joke! Please don't reads this as I am not speaking of all teachers, because some go up and beone the call of duity.
—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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

316 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

325 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

326 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 66% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 47%
Hispanic 25%
Black 23%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 5%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%65%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. LISA SULLIVAN
Fax number
  • (772) 785-5660

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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