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6-8
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St. Petersburg, FL
Students enrolled: 914
 

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701 16th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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(727) 893-2400
(727) 893-1600
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March 19, 2015
This school has been plagued with issues from as far back as the 80s when it was called 16th st middle, if we didn't have transportation issues my kids would of never went here. Thankfully my kids get good grades and have always had good conduct because that's how they have been raised, I'm sorry to say that the area this school is located in is the main reason this school has major problems with kids having discipline problems and lack of respect for staff and other kids. Fights are a daily occurance, physical and sexual assaults are common and mostly swept under the rug. Anyone can search news articles and read the many issues this school has had. Many kids already have felony convictions, some are even pregnant. The principal claims horse playing or rough housing is what it is and he has never returned my calls in the 5 years that my kids have attended so far. When you have a school in a high crime area where many if the kids are growing up without positive guidance it is bound to trickle into the school environment.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2014
The magnet enrichment program at John Hopkins is fantastic, with creative teachers guiding extremely talented young people through the beginning and intermediate stages of their magnet focus. Magnet students are very caring and supportive of each other, which is so refreshing! Most JHop kids will progress onto Gibbs High School, so they are constantly learning more advanced technical and musical skills from their former classmates as well. We are honored to be a part of this vital outreach for the creative arts in this county, and support Mr. Robert Florio, our dedicated Vice President (and excellent drummer) as he grows the magnet program.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2014
I am a parent of a child in the Magnet Arts programs at John Hopkins. The program there is fantastic & thriving under teachers, admin & volunteers who care & it shows. These kids are some of the most talented I've ever seen & they are right here in St. Pete. This place is a goldmine & home of some of the best academics too. Stem programs, Tasp, history & many other before/after school extracurriculars. I urge everyone reading this to call the school & arrange a tour especially if you are a parent of a child interested in the Arts or a patron of the arts. You will be impressed & it's free if you are a Pinellas County School Zone resident. The same great education you would get at a private tuition Performing Arts School. Keep up the great work John Hopkins Magnet Program! Always a need more parent volunteers!!! Lets keep these kids shining!

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2014
John Hopkins is good school, the magnet programs are improving and getting better under the new leadership. There are many positive well rounded students coming out of the school. Just ask Giibb high school the feeder school for John Hopkins. Safety of your child is not a problem. My daughter is in 8th grade now and has not had any problems. Yes, there are things like stealing lunches and middle school antics. I can only speak to the arts programs and the teachers are passionate about what they are teaching. We wanted the drama project and thought there would be risk going in, but her experience has been a positive one.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2013
The magnet program for guitar and art sounded so great...and could be if it weren't at John Hopkins. The bullying against the middle class was so tremendous, I never thought kids would be that bad at that age. Tripping in the hall, using push-pins as weapons, name-calling, stealing of food right out from under your child's nose. The negatives outweighed the positives by a landslide. The classrooms sounded like circuses. I had to pay a tutor to teach my 7th grader math because his elderly teacher couldn't control her students.The teachers cared but the problems there were so much larger than they could rectify. I do not recommend.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
John hopkins is terrible i would never put my child there in the future wow all i can say is wow iI used to JHOP 2012-2013 school year every thing was good to this new magnet AP came it turned too a nightmare. PLEASE do not go to the school the teachers mess up your grades. PLus now im in 7th grade its wonderful at my new school. I really enjoyed it there but it was to much

- submitted by a community member

August 10, 2013
I have sent two kids to this school for the magnet programs. The principal here is top notch. The teachers are very good, especially Miss Makalala and Miss Smith!! If your child can get one of those two teachers, you will have a wonderful experience!!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2012
I have gone to John Hopkins (piano program- fine arts) for all three years and now I am at St. Pete. High school. To me, my years at Jhop were probably the best years I have had so far. The school is wonderful, if you just ignore the rough part, and the fine arts program is absolutely amazing. I have so many memories and good things to say about the teachers at John Hopkins. My 8th grade class didn't even want to go to a different school when the year was over with.

- submitted by a community member

October 25, 2011
A lot of the problems in school are due to low discipline in the homes of the students.

- submitted by a community member

October 18, 2011
What has happened to the Drama magnet program? It was on the rebound of greatness with the productions of "Willy Wonka" and "Grease". The teacher changes have not helped to produce more opportunities in learning for the students. I would hope that the program is evaluated and a stimulating direction for students is put into place. Trojan Pride has not come back for my children.

- submitted by a parent
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April 15, 2010
love John Hopkins. A lot of bad things have been said about it recently but actually, the school is on an upswing. Sure hope the principal gets to stay as a lot of good thing have been happening this year, unfortunately the school keeps getting bad press. Where was the press the last 3 years. Trojan Pride is coming back.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2010
I love John Hopkins. A lot of bad things have been said about it recently but actually, the school is on an upswing. Sure hope the principal gets to stay as a lot of good thing have been happening this year, unfortunately the school keeps getting bad press. Where was the press the last 3 years. Trojan Pride is coming back.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2010
I have gone to Jhop for three years now, and I have learned what a fantastic school it is. Sure, the school is a little ruff around the edges, but the good things outweigh the bad. The fine arts program is a great part of the school. It allows students a chance to learn skills such as dance, drama, and art. The team of teachers and students have come together to bring our school's grade up to a 'B' (actually 1 point away from an 'A'). I am really proud to be a part of the Jhop family.

- submitted by a student

April 08, 2010
Overall John Hopkins is a great school. It does have some rough spots, but there are so many great things about it that outweigh the bad. The fine arts program gives students the chance to learn many creative skills such as drama, dance, and art. There is a great team of teachers and a great group of students that have come together for our school to have a 'B' grade (one point away from an 'A').

- submitted by a student
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October 11, 2009
I am pleased with the new principal for the school year 2009. The teachers at John Hopkins care about the students. I feel my daughter is recieving a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2009
the program for the arts is phenominal, with exelent teacher quality. The principals have been unstable however, and much of the school general population is undesirable. The Fine Arts strand offers top quality education in all fine arts, including dance, drama and vocal. Mr. Butts is bombdidggitylicios.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2009
Magnet Program is great! They keep the children in their own areas away from the regular students. Teachers are very helpful. Too bad the new principal is already leaving!! He has made a difference.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2009
It is good to see jhop on the rebound it looks like the school board finally opened there eyes and hired a new principal who actually seems to care about the magnet programs lets just hope the school board supports him although the gang problem is becoming a bigger issue but i like his no nonsense actions to that also

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2009
John Hopkins Middle School is amazing necause it gives kids the opportunity to explore the arts through dance, drama, art, and music. All schools have there flaws (gang fights, food fights, etc.) but John Hopkins is overall a great school.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2008
My school is the best. We are a B school! Im very proud of my school. Oh and for the PCCA comment we have magnet programs to just not high school

- submitted by a student
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August 07, 2008
We have been very pleased with J. Hop. My children started at Bay Point Elementary a Math and Science Magnet School. We thought it would be good for them to shift focus to a school that had more emphasis on the arts. We have not been disappointed. They continued to be challanged in Math but were able to balance that with fine and literary arts. The teachers are very caring. Both of my daughters have scored extremely high on standard tests and my oldest daughter is now moving on to H.S. and had a choice of 3 magnet programs including the I.B. program. My children did enter through the Magnet program at John Hopkins. Some children enter the school as their neighborhood students. My 1st choice for new students would be the magnet program as it allows you to select a focus and that gives the children more options.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2008
My daughter is attending JHOP and we are pleased beyond belief. She moved from a private school to JHOP in 6th grade and we were worried that public school's standards would be lower and that she would 'get lost in the system'. We have had great communication with all of her teachers and she has recieved educational challenges as well. Being primarily a school with Arts, Communication and Literature oriented programs there are plenty of opportunites for the like cententered student. While the academic curricuum is FCAT centered (as all PInellas County schools are) the variety and methods that were introduced, as well as the high performance expectations of the student by the staff was a positive change from the 'hand holding' our daughter experienced in private school.

- submitted by a parent
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June 07, 2008
My son loved JHOP. He is a sophmore now and some things have changed. My daughter will be going there in the fall. I am a little concerned that the academics and the arts have changed for the worse. Hopeful for the future!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2007
I went to JHOP last year and it was an amazing three years. I had soo much fun...most of the teachers were really nice and smart and i learned a whole lot from them. I definetly reccomend the school though because i never had any problems at all and i will never forget JHOP. GO TROJANS!!!

- submitted by a student

May 14, 2007
I was extremely disappointed in this school. My child is on an IEP and I always had to initiate the meetings. Nothing was resolved. In the IEP meeting it was established that the teachers were to email me if there were any problems but I only received one email. My child was failing at one point and only one teacher was concerned enough to contact me. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I have one word that would describe this school ' Chaos'! Pure chaos! There is no parent connect, no parent teacher conferences, you never see or speak to the principal.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2007
I have two children at JHOP this year. It has been a terrible experience for one of my children. The arts program is wonderful however the students need to be watched alot more and the school needs to teach the students how to respect others and personal property. I do feel that some of the teachers are partial to kids. The school does not follow up with correcting problems. Their is alot of bullying going on and no one is trying to correct. I would recommend to any parent to check out all your resources before choosing JHOP. The one good thing that the school has going is the Inspirational Choir.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2007
John hopkins is an incredibly wonderful middle school,atleast in the arts program. . . they have extremely wonderful band program, the teacher Mrs Dunsizer is just wonderful. If you are unsure of the school don't be, it is truly a great school!

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2006
I love the school's Band Program. Mrs. Dunsizer is thee BEST woman on earth.

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2006
My daughter loves JHMS. The work is rigorous, but the teachers still let the students be creative. There is a variety of electives. The teachers work with the students to make sure they understand the material. The are problems at most schools, but I think the principal deals with the problems quickly and fairly.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2006
I was excited to send my child to this school, but very disappointed this far. My child is in the dance program and now not sure if she wants to continue. The way the administration changes schudules with out any notice is heart breaking. The children get in there comfort zone and then up rooted to different classes not very profesional about it and no explanation of why they changed the classes.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2006
Not a lot of schools have as much electives as this school does. They include Art, Orchestra, Chorus, Swimming, Journalism, Dance, Inspirational Choir, French, Spanish, Theater etc. They also have experienced teachers that teach your kids but also let them have fun once in a while. They are currently a B school.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2006
This is a very good school for the arts, but that is about it. There is little to no discipline and children pretty much run wild. The arts program is amazing though. The band has gotten superior ratings more than five years in a row and work on very challenging music. The drama program is phenominal. I have seen two of theri shows Bye Bye Birdie and Honk! and both were wonderful. If your child is interested in the arts, this is a good school for them. Otherwise, stay away.

- submitted by a student

March 01, 2006
This year the school got new principal who I hear is very good. She really works well with the kids. She is nice but knows how strict to be. This school has a very good arts program that I strongly recomend. It offers art, vocal, drama, band, and dance(ballet). The gifted teacher is magnificent!

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2005
This school could have potential... unfortunately, because of a high percentage of out-of-control, 'in your face' students... teachers who are afraid to discipline... staff burying their heads in the sand to the real problems of violence & bullying... latest principal leaving, who knows who the new principal will be?..., this school suffers. The students in the art program suffer. I think this is one school that would benefit greatly from some serious discipline... perhaps a non-violence program like Osceola Middle has in place. And uniforms... I say yes, uniforms for J-hop!

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2005
This school is a magnet school focusing on fine and performing arts. Emphasis on the arts is strong with electives such as steel drums and dance. Unfortunately, it is the academics that suffer. Half the day is spent in electives and artsy classes. Due to their unique schedule, class periods are only 40 minutes long, leaving academic classes only 160 minutes a day. More emphasis needs to be placed on academics to bring this school up to par.

- submitted by a teacher

September 24, 2004
This school was not what we were led to believe it to be. We have tried to work with office staff who don't even raise their heads to look at you when you walk in, and an overcrowded student population with plenty of harassment/fighting going on. We are looking elsewhere for next year.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2004
My son is a former student of J-hop. The school has a nice arts program, but a large portion of the student body is not part of the arts program and this is where the majority (but not all) of the violence problems are coming from. It's true about the fighting. The three resource officers have their hands full. The principal needs to learn some people skills when dealing with parents, and students. Classes are quite overcrowded. Don't expect this school to be like Perkins, it is most definitely not. My second child will not attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2004
This school was great for my child. She went all 3 years. She was in MSAP by choice. It has the best program that I have ever seen. She is now an Honors Student in Palm Harbor Medical Magnet Program. I recommend this school for any parent who wants there kid to succeed. I dont agree with the violence there we never had one program. I am sure they exist they do in most public schools. I have a 6th grader entering now for 3 more years.

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John Hopkins Middle School
701 16th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL  33705
(727) 893-2400
Last modified John Hopkins Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Hopkins Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top