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Deerlake Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 939 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2014

I graduated from Deerlake 2 years ago. I really liked my middle school experience. I liked every single one of my teacher that I had there. I would look forward to going to school each day just to see my teachers. A couple of the teachers there have inspired me to become a teacher in the future. They interacted with their students very well, and they wanted (and it showed) all students to be successful. The office staff is so friendly. They would take care of problems as quick as they can. The dress code there is is strictly enforced. The teachers were never lenient on the code. The campus is well kept and the hallways seemed sparkling clean. I think Deerlake is the best middle school in the county. This school has the best faculty and staff. This school is very similar to a private school. The staff does not put up with nonsense, which is the reason why this school is so great.


Posted April 19, 2014

Overall this school is great! This is my second year going there and I've had so much pleasure in my grades! The campus is huge and there is a little confusion at first how to get around. They definently award you for your hard work. They have a luncheon with the principal for all A students. They also give something special to students who got good citizenship and A-B honor roll. They have a Bringing Up Grades club too. Beware though, they have a VERY strict dress code.


Posted August 18, 2012

Deerlake Middle School is a competent school. Most students in this school are from working class families who are motivated to succeed academically. Teachers are capable, effective and responsive providing positive learning situations and challenges. Administration and office staff are professional and efficient. It is a finely-tuned machine producing a body of capable students who meet the standards and are ready for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

I go to school at deerlake and it is a amazing school and I have so much fun there! Teachers are really nice, very clean, and if you need help, they will help you.


Posted October 4, 2008

This is a great school! i love it here. They have the best dances and they have cool clubs. Its a really good school for students to go to. Im in the school now and im lovin it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

deerlake is a great school and it has many good teachers and good students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2007

My child went to Deerlake for 3 years. It is driven by test scores. The teachers generally are very good, but don't expect the closeness your child may have experienced in elementary school. The school also fails to enforce its dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

Deerlake Middle School is great and i wouldn't want too go to anyother school.It's like a second home too me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

I used to go to deerlake, and I believe that it was a wonderful school in every single way. The teachers made sure that you did the best that you could, and they made sure that they would help you if you were struggling with any work. The dress code was great. They didn't care what you wore, as long as it was acceptable and not showing everything. The campus is great. It is clean, and beautiful. Supervision is amazing, and I felt safe every second I was there. I loved deerlake, and my children will be there when there in middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2006

Great school but there is a noticeable separation between students from higher income families and those without as much. I believe school uniforms could help with this. Children are made 'fun of' if they don't wear the name brands that are in fashion. Besides that, teachers are all willing to go above and beyond in any way they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

As a parent of a new student moving in from outside Florida, this has been a very disappointing school. It is ranked as one of the best in the state, however, it simply doesn't compare to schools in other states. The focus is on school average test scores and public relations at the expense of focusing on the needs of individual students. Beware of the hype if you are considering moving to Florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

Overall a great school. Campus isn't as large as it appears to be and easy to find your way around. Teachers are very friendly and work hard with students to help team succeed. Most of the Admin and other office staff are friendly and always willing to help out. Like every school it has its discipline problems but their usually taken care and their isn't much tolerance for higher discipline (such as drugs and such).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2004

The principal is available to the students as a leader, the teachers have close contact with the students, the campus is easy to get around.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

315 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

311 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

317 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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

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98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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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
White 75%
Black 9%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. SHANE SYFRETT
Fax number
  • (850) 488-3275

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(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
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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9902 Deer Lake West
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Phone: (850) 922-6545

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