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Silver Trail Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1479 students

 

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Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

Number one school!!! My daughter just graduated from eighth grade and did great. The teachers are wonderful and very bright. They are strict and the security is awesome Thank you guys for all three years. Now I have am eighth grader and she us excited to start. That makes me so happy cause she enjoys all her teachers and new friends. Thank you to all teachers and principal and assistant principal and everyone at Silver Trail Middle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2014

I just recently graduated from Silver Trail and it is a well controlled school. The principal is always there wondering the halls, giving secret visits, ETC. There are vice principals for every grade. There is little to no bullying.The guidance counselors are very helpful. It is strict on ID policy. The school is a very safe environment, example, there was a bomb threat an they evacuated immediately and passed out waters because of the heat. Overall the school is incredible. I recommend it for parents who are looking for a good school.


Posted April 30, 2014

Some teachers are horrible. Especially the algebra and Gem math teachers. The algebra teacher simply did not teacher the material. Some of the administrative staff don't care about giving the children a good foundation in certain subjects. Overall, very unhappy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This school is terrible. I'm from new York and my daughter was in accelerated math. I moved to this school and was put in their 7th grade accelerated math, but the things they're teaching right now in STMS are things that the sixth grade regular math in the old school were learning. The teachers aren't too great either. My daughter is very unhappy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

We have had a truly wonderful experience at this school. Quite different from the previous school attended by our children. Other families that I brought to the school have also had a positive experience. Kudos to the Administration, parents, teachers, staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Silver Trail Middle School is the best! My oldest boy graduated from there two years ago and my youngest is in his last year there. Both have expressed having positive experiences. We as parents have found this to be true as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I agree with the 5/17/13 review. Based on our experience, there are instructors that have good teaching skills and listen to student and parent needs when they are raised. However, there are still many instructors that, when approached or questioned about their teaching methods or response to students who respectfully question why something is done, react in a very defensive and negative manner. This negative response is to both the parent and student. To the parents, as in our case, they simply defend why they do what they do without even considering possible alternatives simply because...."THEY ARE THE TEACHER!" I'm sorry, but that just simply is not a good enough response. The position of the faculty is that they are open-minded and willing to work with students and parents to make learning and overall school experience a positive one but when those faculty members that are not meeting this goal are actually challenged to meet this expectation, there responses are very disappointing. Therefore, these instructors (who have developed a poor reputation amongst students and parents) continue to remain less than average because of their stubborness to keep an open mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

the school is exellent, very strict and the teachers very well qualified. they encourage students always to do extra curricular work to maximise their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

I have had 2 kids in this school. My daughter is extremely bright & well behaved. She has an an okay experience, however she has never had anyone in the school help her meet her fullest potential. My son on the other hand is equally bright, but has required more attention & has hated his experience in this school. We have raised a child with leadership traits & not the type of child to sit quietly if he feels he is being mistreated by children or staff. He is finishing the year feeling that he has been bullied by kids & staff. The staff lacks common sense and/or the resources to deal with children as individuals. Their intrepretation of policies have also made us feel as if they are pro-bully. So if your child is not a drone that will always fall in line, this may not be the right school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

My son is in 8th grade and has been going to Silver Trails since 6th grade. I honestly dont think his teachers care. They constantly lose his work. They mark him unexcused when I am one to call first thing in the morning when my kids are sick. The school needs a new staff or something. Not happy at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

Let me first say that there are some really great teachers at this school, the environment is safe, and the kids are generally friendly & courteous. However, the Principal overemphasizes the school grade, to the point that EVERY student is required to take Reading & Research all 3 years. In 6th grade, this class was almost entirely FCAT prep worksheets. In 7th grade they did a research paper & read an award-winning book, but now (in the 2nd quarter) my son is back to doing boring FCAT prep worksheets. He's a level 5 reader & I really think he would have gotten a lot more out of a 2nd elective. His PE class was focused almost entirely on workouts rather than learning to play a sport he might actually be tempted to pursue outside of school. School moral is poor. There are not a lot of activities to get the kids or parents involved and excited. When there are, my son often has too much homework to attend. He does hours of homework most nights. The math department is excellent, though of course there is always homework in math. It could be a great school if they would concentrate a little more on enrichment programs and less on covering the basics for the umpteenth millionth time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

I went to Silver Trail all three years, and I can honestly say they provided a safe atmosphere, with some fun loving & caring staff members. If you are looking into this school and you are a parent, I would recommend this school. There are no fights, no out of control students, none of that. Almost all of the students remember that they are in a school and act respectfully. The teachers are very easy to come to and really try to resolve issues! I can say I had a good experience going to Silver Trail and they really prepared me for high school. I think Mr. Lewis, Ms. Tchir, & Mr. Eichenbaum are wonderful teachers that have taught me things that I feel I will use outside the classroom. Ms. Raden, & Ms. Negron are wonderful! There are some staff members that I feel the school should get rid of, but other than that it is a wonderful school! (:


Posted December 11, 2011

My daughters first year in middle school - was very nervous but now so happy with STMS. The principle is visible, open and friendly at the school not just behind a desk. The school is beautiful and clean, involved with local and nation programs like adopting a Wing in Iraq to send supplies to. My daughters says it best... this school ROCKS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

I am a former student at Silver Trail, and a current student at a local Charter school. In my new school, tons of kids make fun of me, whether its the way I look, the way I act, or my opinion on general interests like music. But at Silver Trail, nobody made me feel left out in anything. My seventh grade year at Silver Trail was one of the best school years of my life! Everyone was okay with who I am and nobody judged me. I made awesome friends and had great classes (good enough to get me straight A's for the first time). If you have the choice of schools for your child, please pick STMS. I know I want to go back there instead of staying where I am now.


Posted January 27, 2011

My daughter is continuously being harassed by a girl in school. the girl's mother is a teacher, and she things is ok to harass my child everyday. I left a message with the guidance counselor, I've spoken to her in the past and she is very nice. I hope she can rectify this problem ASAP. The girl even put water on my daughter's lunch, so she couldn't eat it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I love this school soo much but there is this one girl who keeps threatening me the 6th grade administrator would only suspend her for short periods of time then she moved away and now she is moving back to silver trail again for 7th personally i think she should be expelled for her threats and all of the trouble she caused at this school she not only bullies me she bullies other children and does not listen to anyone not even the principal of the school. P.S. the girls name is Kaitlyn Snow and the


Posted January 29, 2010

It seems that Silver Trail Middle Schools policy on bullying is overlooked. My son along with other kids are being bullied and seems as if the principal for the 6th grade looks the other way or turns it around. So much for a no-tolerance school policy. The same child that bullied my son has bullied others with just a verbal caution. Not acceptable
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I think the school i strict but it keeps the kids in line. Also the teachers care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

Yeah this school is strict but its awesome! All the teachers know what they are doing and are really nice. All my friends and I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2009

this school is a lot stricter than expected i just got here from elementary and wow its strict i mean chewing gum gets u a detention and they don't let u do anything but it is still a nice school i give it a 3
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

439 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

440 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

460 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

493 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

490 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

490 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

537 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

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n/a

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Biology I

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

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n/a

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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
Hispanic 46%
White 32%
Black 12%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 5%
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 28%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 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. STEPHEN FRAZIER
Fax number
  • (754) 323-4385

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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