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Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 934 students

 
 

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Posted May 11, 2014

My student has complained about how the bullies and poorly behaved students rule the school and make it difficult for teachers to teach the students who want to learn. It seams that the administration gives no support to the teachers in this respect. My child has survived by just keeping quiet and doing what the teachers ask. She feels that the bad kids get all of the attention. I am looking forward to getting away from this school. Prior to AMS we had good experiences with MC schools. AMS needs a Principal who is more involved and is there for all of the students. The current principal does not seem to recognize the students that follow the rules every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

Like any school, there are teachers at Anderson that go above and beyond and show true concern for the children and know the importance of education. My only wish is that there were more of them. Out of 7 classes, my daughter has only one truly exceptional teacher. Most of the teachers do not update their class pages frequently and some do not even have theirs activated. If the school wants the parents to be involved, then perhaps they should make sure the teachers are updating their pages, so that we as parents are able to view the lesson material for each class. I hear a lot about bullying amongst the children with little or no intervention by the administration. Although, I believe this occurs in every school, I would like to see a more pronounced anti-bullying stance and program implemented to help prevent it. My feeling is that this school does not take it seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

From a parent, Very good school, but like all schools I think you get out what you put in, so if you are prepared to work and listen and do your best then the teachers are with you all the way. Deserves a much higher rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

Ignore all of the ignorant remarks that people have made about this school. AMS is a great school filled with many, many after school activities and such. I know this because I'm in 8th grade here, a cheerleader here, and have gone here for three years. There are only a few fights, three at the most during the whole school year, and it honestly is a very very very safe school. No need to worry about your child's education or safety. If needed, the teachers are super super nice and helpful. You are NOT treated like a number, but as an individual student with their different needs and feelings. Also, most teachers are available for help/tutoring before and after school. In addition, there is an online grade checker called Pinnace where you can keep up with your child's grades and communicate with teachers with ease.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

I love it there. Feels like home to me..
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2009

im going into 8th grade and i do not like this school very much. the rules are sort of strict but not really. and even though there is a dress code that doesnt mean that there is pressure to wear things form Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch. which are VERY exspensive. we have to wear collared shirts but if it doesnt have the right emblem on it then its not cool. (same with jackets, pants and shoes) if your worried about clothing pressures its no different here. you might as well enroll your child to a school without such a strict dresscode so that way he or she can wear his or her school clothes on the weekend too. there are also a lot of fights. it feels like your treated like a number and not like a student with feelings and opinions of your own.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2009

Moving from the Midwest (where my child's educational experience was excellent) to S. FL, I knew nothing about the area and relied heavily upon my Realtor's advice, choosing a school I was told was A rated. False info! It is not an excellent or inspiring school. On a regular basis, my child comments upon the extremely strict and limiting school policies, dress codes, student social control, lack of meaningful after school clubs and activities and a very small variety of sports programs. As a parent, I feel the administration does not foster any kind of parent/teacher/administration interaction. Also the curriculum is not in any way a challenge. For the most part, the teachers seem to be on auto pilot and do very little to stimulate the students or encourage higher thought processes. One given, the school is beautifully new. In hindsight, Hidden Oaks in Palm City would have been much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

I went to this school for a year. It has very low security and there was a lot of fights. Lets just say thank god i moved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

I'm an 8th grader and have attended this school for the full three years now since it opened. Many of the teachers are amazing, nice and good at their jobs, interacting with students and making sure everyone in their class obtains a high grade but others are horrible, not caring about your grades, and writing students up left and right. I do agree that students need discipline, but this is crazy. Dr.Howard and Ms.Husander are two of our administrators and they are extremely strict and will even punish students if their shirts happen to come un-tucked. I do not recommend this school because many students would rather attend another one. Unless your child plans to kiss up to all the teachers and administrators then this is not a school for them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2009

I am the parent of a student that has been at Anderson Middle School since it started. I am shocked at the array of comments on this site. I am in complete agreement that the administration (read Dr Howard here) is completely incompetent. There are some excellent teachers but there are many more that are just as incompetent as Dr Howard. Gifted does not mean more work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

My son attended Anderson for two years. The administration is out of touch with todays youth and does not want to listen to any opinions other than their own. The academics wer below standards and many of the teachers were incompetent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

Great school ,But they have to strict of a dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

Anderson Middle School is a wonderful school. My son was a D student in 5th grade and when he started at this school he became a straight A student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

I think the dress code is great for the school it makes you look like someone and I also think the administration is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

The majority of teachers here are wonderful, and the technology is top notch, if only the same were true for the administration, namely Dr. Howard. She rules the school like a dictatorship, her way or no way. She looks with contempt at the parents who wish to be involved in the school. This school would be much better off with someone who can lead with compassion and intelligence in a cooperative atmosphere instead of an 'It's my way or the highway' attitude. As far as extracurricular activities, there is no football team which upset some students. The students also see how unhappy the teachers are there, which I think has a direct influence on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

The teachers are amazing, however, I believe our administrators (namely Dr. Howard) need improvment. Our dress code is horrendous. Some of her rules are positively ridiculous. I have adored every school that I've attendend until this one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

I think this school is great. The quality of academic programs is very good. The school had many programs such as linguistics and equations. There are also after school programs that teachers have for student help. The availability for other programs is also very high. There is volleyball, soccer, basketball-girls and boys, art club, yearbook club, musical theater, chorus, National Junior Honor Society, news anchor and tech crew, and more. It also has a large amount of parents involved. I saw that almost everywhere they go they see a parent volunteer.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

280 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

285 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

295 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
99%

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 66% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
n/a
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 59%
Hispanic 31%
Black 6%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
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 83%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%68%61%
Master's degree 25%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%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 20%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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