Students enrolled 1327
Hours no info
School leader MR. STEVE C MCCORMICK
Transportation options Yes
District St. Johns County School District
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After school Yes

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3180 Race Track Road
Saint Johns, FL 32259

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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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April 20, 2014
I would rate the teachers a 5. My child is about to graduate, and all but two of his teachers have been stellar. He love s most of his teachers, and they've impacted him positively. He had two teachers even attend some important milestone celebrations in his life. He has been challenged academically, no doubt. The teachers are very caring and do a great job. The only complaints are the majority of the students and parents do not care for the dean. He could use more caring tactics with the kids and their parents. Also, the principal does not engage with the students and parents. But, all-in-all, it's the teachers who matter, and they are a 5! Creekside, here we come!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Two of my children have attended FCMS. As a military family, my children have attended numerous schools in the past. I would say that FCMS is the top. Although the size of the school is large, individual attention is given to each child and communication is great! I have seen by 8th grader flourish from starting in 6th grade at the school. They also are sensitive to the military kids needs. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
After reading this last post, I was compelled to set the record stright. My child attended this school for approximately a year, and was continuously bullied. In addition to being bullied, was denied restroom privileges while suffering from a medical condition. Teachers denied my child the use of a restroom although instructed by the pediatrician to use the restroom as needed, and was provided a note to show the teachers. Some of the teachers disregarded the note, and would only let my child use the restroom based on their terms. Cooperation with the school was limited, and everytime a request was made to speak with the principal, the principal made excuses not to be available. I realized that complaining to the district was ineffective, and ultimately elected to withdraw my child from this school, since they could not provide my child a safe learning envirnment. In response to the last post, it doesn't matter which quadrant of the county the school is located, it's the people that operate it that makes the difference.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
This is an excellent school in an elite academic school district. For anyone moving to the Jacksonville area, this is absolutely the only school district you should even consider. I have read some of the comments by so-called parents and I have to challenge the validity of those comments. EIther these parents have problem children or these rants and ratings are by the teens themselves. All schools located in the NW quadrant of St. Johns County are among some of the most elite academic schools in the entire United States. Trust me, I have lived in this area since my daughter started elementary school and she is now a sophomore at Creekside High School. If you want your child to experience an education on par with the best private school education but without the tuition or cost, you'll definitely want to live in the NW quadrant of St. Johns County and send your kids to the local public school, FCMS being one of them. The academic success of this region is due to great teachers and administrators, high expectations from the students, and significant parent involvement. You'd be hard pressed to find a better education in the public school system anywhere in America.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
This is a horrible school, it has ineffective administration, and discriminates against minorities. This is based on my experience as a parent, I get a lecture when I raise issues or concerns in the areas of education, and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
This used to be a great school. The teachers were engaged with the students (there are still many great teacher but just wait until the new k-8 school opens in Durbin and you will see a mass exodus) and administrators actually cared about each student ensuring they were appropriately challenged. The administrators that have been brought in the last couple of years do not seem concerned about the students but rather are focused on school ratings and FCAT scores so they can maximize their bonuses and advancement opportunities. Ratings and scores are important when used appropriately however they are indicators, not an end in themselves. This school, with the current administration, is turning into a cold mechanical institution where teacher/student relationships are dismissed and the joy of learning is being replaced with fear of failure if not scoring high enough on the standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
Im going to be new at this school in 7th grade because my schoo last year was horrible. I would love this one to be nice and hopefully be some nice kids. :( Wish me luck.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2011
After reading some of the most recent previous posts, I would say they are all valid. Not everyone is horrible, there are some kind and caring souls at this school; also some wonderful teachers. with high academic expectations. That said, the school is more similar to a military base than to school. Dress code does seem to be up there on the top of the list, sometimes to the point of ridiculousness! The principle is more concern about policy than individual students, many times policy is in direct opposition of what is good for a particular student. Students are classified by FCAT scores (Yes, really) and as a parent you have NO flexibility to undo a poor placement decision. If you have a child who desires to up the any and try a higher level class, sorry you are already pigeon holed. More parents need to speak up about poor policy. Most parents are too busy earning a living and leave the school in charge of decisions pertaining to their children. Also, everything costs money and lots of it! Not exactly equality in education if you've recently lost a job or don't earn the big bucks. Free after school activities are non-existent and even band class comes with a fee.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
This is my child's 8th grade year and he is really looking forward to it. 6th grade was a difficult year of transition, but slowly things improved. Middle school is not a time for parents to unplug - you still need to watch and intervene when necessary. Should you have to, I have found the staff to be very caring. Not everybody - that's not realistic. There are a lot of good people working at FCMS and a lot of good kids, too. Hang in there and ask for help when you need it.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
over the last couple of years, I have lost faith in the principal, deans, and teachers at FCMS. This school like others in the state is struggling with the new budget cuts, and I think it affects morale. The school now lacks enthusiasm for learning and extracurricular activities. I am actually relieved that this is the last year and my last child to attend FCMS. Looking forward to more involvement by my student and me once he hits high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
This school is very fake. I've had a friend go through depression and drop out because of harrasment. She went to the dean and the students who where bulling her only got a warning and the harrasment continued. She eventualy dropped out and is now in depression. She was going to go to creekside but now she's not because the people of fruit cove. The staff cares more about dress code than the actual students safty and feelings. I've had friends who where being harrased and they got in trouble for nothing and the people who where harrasing them didn't get in any sort of trouble. Not to mention, the teachers are crazy (most of them, not all) all they care about is the school LOOKING good. Once you see the true colors of this school you see how fake it is. I'm in 8th grade and counting down to the days until I can get outta here and praying my friend will come out of depression and go to creekside (although unlikly) Thanks fruit cove, thanks for making the worst middle school expirance for me and my friends......

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
My experiences at FCMS have not been great. Most of the teachers are great but some are horrible, uncaring. I believe the principle is very unfair, also doesn't know whats going on in the school. My daughter is in 8th grade and glad its her last year at FCMS!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 02, 2009
I find that the use of technology is abysmally poor. While teachers and parents are asked to communicate via email, I hardly get any responses to my emails from the teachers. Further, there is no consistency in the use of learning tools amongst various teachers in the same grade. For example, while one science teacher is meticulous in providing online assignments and links to various informative sites for students to visit and learn and practice for FCAT, other science teacher for the same grade is oblivious of the very existence os such resources. Overall a good school. If your child has special needs, then you have to advocate hard to get what you want.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
Fruit Cove Middle (Go Flyers!!!) For my sixth grade year was pretty good. I liked most my teachers (Advanced) and didn't 'dread' going to school. The principle is very stict about the dress code. Very. So if you are new to the school, make sure everything is within dress code. After school activities are so much fun, I just wish there was more variety. The dances were boring unless you were an eighth grader (They had themes and decorations). I'm going into my seventh grade year and looking forword to cheering at the games!

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2009
Awesome school worthy of anything very clean and I feel safe when I'm at school!

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2009
This school is clean and provides me comfortability for it being my first year. The teachers challenge quite enough. I'm in advanced classes now and i'm debating on whether to take AP classes?!. Anyone have any ideas about them?

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2009
My daughter used to struggle with math and reading, and over the course of 2 years, she is now in adavnced courses for both, due to the outstanding teachers and after-school help sessions. Fruit Cove is a great school and any parent shouldn't give sending their child there a second thought!

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March 08, 2009
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February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 22, 2008
Some teachers do not adequetly prpare students for highschool, while others tend to overwork their puplils. Not all classes are entirely efficient or beneficial, though others prepare student for real-life problems.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 10, 2008
I recently went to a meeting and heard the new principal speak of his ideas and plans for the school...I think he has the right idea. I loved the previous principal, but I think the new one is on target. I am sure there were adjustments during his first year, give me a break, the man is human! But, I think if people would talk with him and inquire about what is going on and see the research instead of going be the experience they had with 1 or 2 teachers, they would have a different attitude and opinion. The nice thing is that there are parents trying to get involved and staff trying to work together with that. I had a few years between one child going to high school and the other child starting middle school, and I'm impressed with the changes, I feel more welcomed participating than before.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
Some teachers do not prepare the sutdents well for high school. They spoon feed the test info instead of teaching mote taking and test preparation. They just want the students to get easy A's. There are a few outstanding teachers who not only teach the material, but also do an excellent job of preparing students in high school. Hopefully your child will get these teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2008
The school is good overall academically but it is under new leadership and it's suffering due to this. The last principal was excellent with the students but the new principal is taking away programs and activities that have been there since the beginning. He is unresponsive to parents and the students are not happy in the school anymore.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
The quality of the math classes at Fruit Cove suffers when the teacher uses AR math. When the teacher uses AR math to bypass in depth instruction of the math concepts the student is robbed of the understanding of math. It may help with FCAT scores but it does not teach true understanding of math concepts. Parent involvement is good. Sports programs could be added. Teachers need to work on the perception of their students that they do not care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
We are an A plus school- we score this consistently. Teachers would have to be great... I disagree- there is discipline.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
Academics fair. School nice & clean. Principal good, tries to improve academics and student behavior. Most teachers are mediocre quality. They make little attempt to control the kids. This causes better behaved children to suffer (some talk & all get punished, etc.). They set poor examples on behavior as well. Will observe bullying and do nothing! The lack of discipline is my biggest complaint with this school. Lack of discipline with staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
Overall the school is fine, just a few things I do not agree with. I do not agree with the time a lotted for the children to eat lunch, my son has come home several times saying he had to stand in line for 15-20 minutes and that only leaves him 10-15 mintes to eat. Also this time is for playtime/social time so of course a child is going to throw away lunch to talk to his/her friends. finally, I had actually called the PTO about his matter and have not received a response. Thank you....

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
Our child has a learning disability. We have been very displeased with this school's attempt at providing our child with the tools and resources he needs. We moved here from another state and our child was making incredivble progress there. We feel that this school has done close to nothing for our child.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
My son has grown so much academically as well as socially at this school. The teachers and staff are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
This is a superb school. The principle is wonderful! It is a positive learning environment and acadimically it is superior to most schools.

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January 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2003
My children have both had wonderful experiences at Fruit Cove School. They have been students here since the school first opened 2 years ago. The school is in an extremely fast-growing area and has doubled in size in the 2 years. The administration has been flexible and prompt in making the changes necessary to accomodate the growth rate. The teachers have done an outstanding job of accomodating individual student needs in spite of the tremendous amount of growth. I am thankful that they have had the opportunity to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2003
Fruit Cove School is in a class by itself. It is a wonderful establishment with excellent teachers and a wonderful administration. The kids are well behaved and motivated to learn and the parents are involved and concerned. A true gem.

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Fruit Cove Middle School
3180 Race Track Road, Saint Johns, FL  32259
(904) 547-7880
Last modified Fruit Cove Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fruit Cove Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.