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Booker Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 843 students

 

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Posted March 27, 2014

Booker middle school is an awesome school .The Principal Mrs. Houston-Frost is absolutely amazing. They have an incredible teaching staff. My child loves the school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

This school has an excellent VPA program. The dance and music classes are exceptional and taught by master teachers. You will not find a better school if your child wants to study music. The jazz band is amazing. My daughter absolutely loves this school and cannot wait to go there in the morning even though we have to get up so early! The principals are very accommodating and friendly and are always available. The school is like one big family and very safe. I have never seen anybody get into fights or heard of any bullying whatsoever. I would sincerely recommend this school if your child is into the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

My daughter has went to this school for the past 2 years (6 - 7th grades) and will be going this year for 8th grade. She is in the Zephyer Gifted Program, and VPA . - 6th grade was pretty good overall especially VPA - Creative writing & TV Film which both had great teachers. The Zephyer academics were nothing special at all. 7th grade - downhill - they lost the TV Film teacher and the class never recovered. Basically a waste of time. Chorus that year was fabulous - again, they have since lost the teacher so now who knows? Academically again, 7th grade was nothing special at all - pretty basic. The principal was moved last year also, and again, things really declined and kept spiraling downward. The well being of the whole child does not seem present at this school. The communication with students, parents and staff is awful. She has been safe at this school, however I believe it is do to NOT being in the general population. Luckily my daughter is a strong and focused self learner in and out of school.... if not, we would be in big trouble!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

All I have to say is RUN as fast as you can... I have 3 children in this school a 6th grader, 7th grader and 8th grader. My 8th grader just got excepted into SMA, my 7th grader is an A, B student and my 6th grader is a good student as well however he has a learning disability. Today my 6th grade son was in a fight. And let me say this is NOT EXPECTABLE in my home. The other child PUNCHED my son in the face twice before my son who practices jui jitsu put him in a choke hold (so he could not punch him anymore) until a teacher got over to them. Let me add the teacher that saw the entire fight WALKED over to them as my son was getting punched in the face!!!! There were many students watching this including my other 2 students. Who could not get involved because my 8th grader would risk his going to Sarasota Military Academy and my daughter because obviously she is a girl. Both boys are being suspended. BOOKER MIDDLE SCHOOLS fighting policy IF YOU ARE BEING ATTACKED you are to cover your face and scream until an adult WALKS over to you. Because there is no sense of urgency unless its them thats getting beaten up. This is no joke this is what I was told by this BS school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

Tis is the best school I've EVER gone to. It has many great teachers, kids, and regular staff members.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2008

Booker is a great school that is getting better every year. I see teachers who love to teach and really care, also students who are excited and engaged. This is my fourth child through middle school and this is the best middle school experience any of my children have had. As with any school the individual experience any student has is dependent on parent involvement. I would like to see more parents actively involved in the PTSA and eating lunch with their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

I went to BMS for all 3 yrs, and was in their gifted program. It was great. The teachers were nice and all. But the school in general was what I had a problem with. Whenever there's an event, such as the Renaissance, its not organized. There's been a few fights every now and then. But the staff does a good job preventing them. All in all, its just an okay school. Didnt really enjoyed it much as I hoped.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2007

I've been teaching at BMS for 8 years and love it! The staff is like a family to me. We've had our share of trials and tribulations, but with excellent leadership, both at the school and district level, we CAN excel. Our students are very diverse - another reason why I love teaching there! They are extremely talented and creative, but of course, they are still children! I look forward to continuing my quest to help mold these students into responsible and caring young adults!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 8, 2006

BMS is a great school! But with any school it is all what make. Students need to take advantage of all it's resourses. Parents need to volunteer and stay active in their childs education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 10, 2006

My child has gone to Booker Middle School for 2 years. BMS has a wonder Visual and Performing Arts department, but I'm not impressed with the quality of many of the teachers I have encountered. I've also had difficulty getting Parent/Teacher conferences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

I feel that BMS is a great school and getting better everyday. They are starting a Civil Air Patrol program for students. The staff is staying on longer and not leaving every year. I seeit getting better and better. The have Gifted, VPA, Sports, and a good afterschool program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

Students Opinion- My grades and Fcat scores dropped two grades. The dicipline dropped alot, too many kids talk back and some of the teachers act like they have no heart and don't help kids try to get their grades up instead they let them do what ever they want no one should ever do that. Also sometimes I think we should have uniforms because for 2003-2004 everything dropped and thats not good also the shirts getting tucked had made everyone try to get out of Booker.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2003

I don't think the kids need to have their shirt tucked in. I'm not sure if it's standard for all middle schools to have that dress code or not. If it's not then I think that this school should have the dress code polished.


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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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
70%
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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 35%
Hispanic 35%
White 24%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%41%61%
Master's degree 46%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. LASHAWN HOUSTON
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  • (941) 359-5898

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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