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Sarasota Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1219 students

 

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Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014

SMS has exceeded my daughter's expectations. Mine too! Absolutely love this school. Any student who wants to achieve... aspires for greatness in all aspects of their life, is given all they need here. I give SMS an 11 in my rating system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

I just finished 7th grade in the PGA Gifted program on the Blue Team and I love it! This is my favorite school by far and it is a lot easier because in the gifted programs you stay with the same teachers all three years. Sixth grade was challenging because I wasn't ready for the projects but I'm used to them now. It took a while to get used to how they grade their work but I love this school. My teachers are amazing! They are very good at preparing students for high school according to the high schoolers that come and visit. I've never had a problem with anyone here. All the teachers are so nice and I've made many friends here. I'm not part of the "in crowd" and they have those cliques at every school but if you don't pay any attention to them it's easy to have a good middle school expierience. There is something for everyone here. I wish I didn't have to go to high school at the end of the year. With the eighth and seventh grades in the program with you it's easier to know what the teachers expect. I can't believe I have to leave! If I could I would take my teachers with me.


Posted April 29, 2012

I was a student that went to the school and I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT. I got bullied every day and I told the teachers and they did nothing about it. I will never go there ever again.


Posted November 14, 2011

We also moved to a specific neighborhood so that my son could attend SMS - word out was this is the best school. When our son attended school in Connecticut, he had several friends, was never threatened by anyone and was treated with respect by teachers. From almost the first week of school at SMS, my son was chastised by his history teacher who was big into public humiliation and shaming students. She also ignored my FOUR attempts at contacting her until I had to go to the school and speak to the Vice Principal. For some reason, she also thought it was OK to pull my son out of his science class so that she could write a note to me in his assignment book. There was also some bullying behavior from the band teacher, who then said he was leaving the school but then changed his mind. Band was his favorite class until the Vice Principal pulled my son out because of situation. The one teacher my son was doing well with ended up out on maternity leave at the Christmas break. After my son was beat up afterschool and it was video taped and posted on Facebook, I was told by Vp that there was nothing they could do and I was on my own. I pulled my son out that week. What a disaster it was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Most teachers are very helpful in making sure students are prepared. The school staff is helpful, school is the cleanest I have ever seen and I love the fact that the school is really safe. Great job of preparing students improve their reading skills that have a direct improvement on kids obtaining success on the FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

Both of my children have gone to SMS and we believe it is the best middle school in Sarasota. We relocated here and chose our house because it was in this school district. Excellent administrative staff. The principal is very fair and runs with school with determination and common sense. The PTO is huge (especially for a middle school) and provides great financial support and several activities for the students. The gifted programs score as high (and most of the time, higher) than the all-gifted school, Pine View. But the other teams are also well run and provide another reliable choice if you would rather have your child in a straight-grade environment. After 6 years with this school, I give it my highest recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

Yes it is most excellent. I love it here and always will. I have made lots of friends and everybody just excepts everybody. Although the math grades here are horrible and there is a clique but I dont care and neither does anyone else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

GREAT gifted program ... interested teachers, interesting students ... very supportive environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

It was far more interesting back on the old campus down from Sarasota High School. When I taught there, teachers were allowed to teach with their own creativity. For the past twenty years schools have been teaching out of a box.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 7, 2006

sarasota middle is truly one of the best in sarasota. great teachers. great programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

Sarasota Middle School seems to have an adequate academic program and the teachers seems to be able to inspire motivation for school projects. However, there is some concern about discipline in regards to a recent discovery of drug activity on the campus. To prevent a recurence, students have been advised that there will be NO lockers or bookbags (unless they are transparent) in the coming year, which leads me to wonder how students will manage to carry a heavy load of books from class to class. On one occasion I felt it necessary to contact the school regarding an event that involved a student who appeared to be ill in the lunch room. My student, and others reported that some of the teachers behaved inappropriately. I spoke with the secretary to the Principle. The result was not reported to me. I felt I should have had feedback.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Our son was in 6th grade this year. Sarasota Middle appears to be an excellent school for normal kids but our son is learning disabled. For the past two years, he had attended a private school that specialized in such children and by the end of that time he was getting straight A's. Despite this history, the school did not even evaluate him for ESE without considerable pressure from us. They then used 2 1/2 year old testing that did not include an IQ test and decided he was not learning disabled. As a result, his grades have fallen to C's and D's and we will have to put him in a private school again. Since he is not considered disabled, he does not qualify for a MacKay scholarship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Having relocated from Illinois and a top-notch school district we were worried about all the negative things we had heard about Florida schools. What a pleasant surprise to find SMS. The school is as good or better than what we left behind and the teachers and staff really care about the kids. My daughter is getting a great education here and even tested and made it onto the new 'gifted' team this year. She is being challenged and is very happy, as are we.
—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.

394 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

395 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

444 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

444 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

375 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

375 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

375 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

376 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

389 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 77%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 35%41%61%
Master's degree 65%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music teacher(s)
Nurse(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)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • MS. KAREN ROSE
Fax number
  • (941) 361-6798

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(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
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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4826 Ashton Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
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