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R. Frank Nims Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 469 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2014

This school is the worst school you can go too very bad kids And the teachers don't do nothing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

So far I love this school for my son. He didn't like school until he came to this one and although he has only been there a few weeks I can already tell a big difference in him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2010

When my granddaughter began at Nims I had heard mixed reviews about the school. I took a trip from Atlanta to Tallahassee just to visit Nims. It was a special day for parents to visit their child in the classroom and hear about the new programs and other areas of progress the school had made. I was so impressed with the energy, philosophy and spirit of the Principal it took me a while to focus on the other activities planned for parents. I attended the event with my son who is raising my granddaughter as a single parent. He was satisfied that her welfare, learning and social skills were of the utmost importance to her teachers and the principal. The most important evidence of Nims being a great school was the happiness and success my granddaughter is now experiencing there.I challenge negative minds to speak with the principle & happy students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

They have really bad control there. It is really poor and they really need a makeover.


Posted January 31, 2007

Nims middle school is a very good school they have the disipline and the education that students have and need to make it on in high school i would know because i use to go there and it really helped me to be a better person and now i am working on my sophmore year in high school but if i had to rate this school they will get a ten because the princpal is a really responsible person and they help kids understand the things that are important and the teachers there are wondefull also and they can help kids in the future.What I have seen in the inside is very good they have a stedy enviroment and they make sure thaty kids have a good education and the teachers are very good in helping the kids understand what they need to know and stuff like that is good
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 6, 2006

Nims is a poor school and needs a makeover. I mean they need to crack down and really makeit impossible for the kids to fihgt and get into trouble.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

I have two children who attend this school, one of them is disabled. At first the setting for the ESE classes which book skilld ans life skills really appeal to me for my son. now he is in his thrid year and i'm not satisfied at all, he seems to have no book skills what so ever. As for my other son who is not in ESE classes is doing poorly also. In my opion most of the teachers there are there for a paycheck and not to help with their students. I have tries to contact the teachers many times and have not recieved one responce from them. Which disappoints me because I tried to be involved in my childrens school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

School with a lot of potential. Great improvements with some of the administrators and teachers. Give this school 2 years and it will be one of the best.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 28, 2005

I want to say that nims is a good school it has great teachers they support the children in their work and study habits all the teachers and staff love them to they have good displanary on the kids good dress code for them even doe the children don't like tunking in their shirts and have their pants up thats good for all the kids Im Isaac jackson I graudrated from nims with pretty good grades but thats all i have to say about R.Frank Nims Middle school one the best in town.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
18%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
17%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
15%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
55%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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
Black 88%
White 7%
Hispanic 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%58%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. DESMOND COLE
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723 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32310
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