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Sanford Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1500 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2014

We are zoned for Markham middle but were lucky enough to be selected to attend Sanford. I am very impressed with the teaching staff. The IB program is exceptional. The teachers are very knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they teach. I can see this through my son's eagerness to attend school. The teachers make the subjects interesting and fun. My son has learned so much in less than a year. I'm very impressed with the courses offered
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school for kids that have prospects in life. Especially the I. B Program. If a child want to become great in life, this is the starting point. Parents are also involved in d school activities. The teachers are amazing! They prepare kids for the real world and encouraes them to stay focus. Sometimes I think its too much for them but with Parents support and encouragement they always come out the best. You will never regret SMS. They have a Great Team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

I am a student of SMS. This is really a great school especially the programes ,It looks too much for us student some times but the teachers make it fun for us and with the encouragement of our parents and all the staff of SMS we always succeed . I would like to thank the government, the principal and all staff of SMS for the support in providing school supplies, books and quality teachers and encouraging school enviroment to beautify our life's for this beautiful nation.


Posted November 14, 2012

I am a student here at sanford middle and despite being in an uncomfortable neighborhood, its a great school. their science electives are great, i have had 3 high school courses, and the teachers are great (99% of the time) my only problem is the deans are too worried about catching bad kids that they sometimes will make false accusations against innocent ones but it normally turns out fine in the end but it should not worry you. this school should definitely stand out if your in seminole county. mellenium milwee and south seminole may be great but sanford is the best.


Posted September 7, 2011

Awesome school, great programs! The teachers really want the students to succeed, and work with them! I had a lot of fun when i was there, and i learned a lot more then i would have at another school.


Posted May 23, 2011

This is an excellent school with rigorous programs. Excellent teachers and very good web based communication tools like black board which includes course information, homework help, course materials in various formats like power point, various web links etc. My 6th grade daughter, with little motivation, works on her own. The entire school management rewards students frequently on quarterly basis to motivate achieving students to do even better. Great pre-IB programs and useful real life electives. I rate this school A+ !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

As the parents of a 6th grader in the Pre-IB program we are very pleased with the quality of the education that he is receiving as well as the educators at this school. The workload can be challenging but managed correctly our son has been able to achieve a 4.0 including such wonderful electives as Marine Biology, Aeronautics, Spanish, Golf as well as the additional advanced requirements. If your child is willing to put in the hard work, the rewards and preparation for the future are like no other middle school in the county. Incredible teachers that comunicate on a weekly basis with the parents to insure the success of the student. As parents what else could we ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

my child shool is best it prepares for future they have small class where the teachers can help her with her work when need extra help one on help and it's the most careing teachers principal and staffs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

The school is amazing! My son is in Pre IB and has had the opportunity to take Pre-Med, Engineering, Biotech to name a few in his 6th grade year! Next year he hopes to take Aeronautics and advanced courses in Medicine and engineering. If more schools were like SMS- we would have an amazing impact on future leaders! Mark Russi and his team do a great job! We are getting a Private school education without the cost- but wait- what Private School in Semionle County has Pre Med, Pre Vet, Biotech or engineering?? None I know of. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

The school is wonderfull. I go there and all of my teachers are wonderfull. Everyone is so loving and carring, I wouldent wa nt to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

Its a great and excelent school the people are more respectful and not much fights i enjoy the chorus and it has fine art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

There are some administors that take their job a little to seriously. They need to give their students their personal space. Also there are so teachers that have a little bit of a temper over little things that dont matter. Not saying that education isn't important but there are somethings that won't really effect your life or educaton. This is my last year here at Sanford Middle.I am in all Pre-IBclasses,I do take my work seriously. We also need to have more fundrasiers. Ithink it will help the school alot. Considering that we have students that need tutorial and can't go because of the activity buses being stopped. This will cause student to fall behind because the are stuck in a certain area of difficulty. We also need the teams back.Since the teachers cant talk among themselves.They end up giving us test and big projects due the same day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2006

My son attended Sanford Middle for 3 years and loved it there. He had a difficult time adjusting initially, but got a lot of support from his teachers, his Guidance Counselor and Mrs. Henry. Communication was really good and I felt like my son got the support he needed for SLD. Last year the Guidance Dept secretaries either ignored me or were really rude. That sets a bad tone for the school, but when you get past them, it's not bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

This is my son's first year at Sanford middle school. I am very pleased with all of his teachers and the staff. He started off a little rough with his classes but thanks to the communication between teachers and parents it has gotten a lot better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

My son is currently attending Sanford Middle. He has great teachers and he is very happy with the wide range of elective choices available. He is in the Pre-IB program and although it is challenging, he has earned straight A's all year. You can't ask for better than that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

Some of the teachers on the Starblazers team aren't the typical teachers. They give too much homework, but they make the lessons stick. In Pre-IB, Mrs. McLean pushes us hard, but dude, it's Pre-IB! It's preparing us for like high school. Pre-Algerbra is a lot easier than i thought it would be, but sometimes tough in a good way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2006

The teachers on the Pegasus team were excellent. They promote academic success and will work with both student and parent. The staff are also wonderful. I don't know about parental involvement overall but Sanford Middle is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

My son is in his second year of the Pre-IB Program at this school. I have been pleased with several aspects of his education. The communication between parent and teacher is far superior to that which we received in New York. The school has a good band program with an instructor who was an alumna . Most of his teachers have been innovative and have stimulated my son with the joy of learning. The student population is very diverse and is more of a representation of the real world than some of the other schools in the district. All of my son's friends come from different backgrounds and ethnicities. If attending this school I would suggest putting your child into the Pre-IB program. We do not live in the area but the district busses my son to the school. The school has not dissappointed my husband or I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

This is a great school. The curiculum is amazing, and the staff is very dedicated to helping students acheve a great future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 10, 2005

My son enjoyed his time at Sanford Middle. He liked the variety of classes offered and he liked most of his teachers.
—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 53% in 2014.

535 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

535 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

446 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

475 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

474 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

475 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

466 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

486 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "A".
  • 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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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 48%
Black 20%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 13%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 44%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%53%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:20 am
School end time
  • 3:55 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. RANDY SHULER
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (407) 320-6265

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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1700 South French Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771
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