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Swift Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 759 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2013

I have two children at Swift Creek, overall an excellent school. Great parent involvement and attentive teachers. Very safe environment, never had a concern about violence or drugs. Sports and extracurriculars are great, very pleased with Swift Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

Teachers at Swift Creek truly care about their students. They have gone through several administrators over the past few years, but the teacher involvement with the parents and students remain constant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

Great school. A lot of changes this year it seems. Kids are still getting a great education because the teachers really care about them. Morale is definitely down among staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2011

This middle school has been A+ going on 12 years. This past year it went up in all core academic areas which include Science, Reading, Writing, and Math on state tests. It is the only middle school which teaches Creative Writing as a mandatory subject, and it has an excellent bridge to Advanced Placement program. The school is safe with a top rated SRO officer. It is in the middle of a beautiful and safe residential area.


Posted June 2, 2011

I have been very impressed with some, but not all, of my child's teachers. Communication is "hit or miss." Some teachers don't use the internet at all, so it is impossible to get missed work that way. Some teachers don't update the parent portal regularly, so you can think your child is doing OK in a class and then find out at the last minute that he/she is not. Finally, for verbally gifted children, the so-called "bridge" classes are not challenging in content. There is a challenging AMOUNT of work, but a lot of the work in some classes is filling out worksheets. Apart from one very good writing class, my child has had no real writing assignments in the "bridge" program. If you have a child who is very verbal, take a look at other options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

I was a student at SCMS from 06-08. I honestly loved that school, it was extremely fun. Most of the teachers were nice. The enviornment was very safe, and scms was like one big family. I totally recommend this school to any middle school child. i promise you'll love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2008

I'm a student at SCMS and I love it. Clean, spacious classrooms, clean lunchroom, all complete with a courtyard and the best S.R.O officer you could ask for. They truly care about students' safety and comfort. For example, there was and overload on my bus and they did everything in their power to get my stop with at least 35 kids to get their own bus to relieve the overload and it is accomplished and i feel so safe. I'm also an office aide and the office administrators are very friendly and patient especially the secratary and vice principal! We have been an A+ school for 10 consecutive years and running! And we've got the plaques to prove it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2008

This is truly a school that I would recommend to every parent. The administration at Swift Creek truly cares about the kids and works hard to see that every child succeeds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

I'm a student at swift creek middle school and i want to say that swift creek is an awesome school and that the teachers there are really caring and they do not let you down but it is one thing that they need to change i think that we should have 5 minutes in between classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2008

Great A school with good teachers.It has great atheletics and an even better FCA program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

Good school with caring, well-trained teachers. Principal's leadership is ineffectual because of a lack of connection with the realities of campus culture, which weakens the sense of school unity. However, grade level teams are very cohesive in 6th and 7th grade, and teachers try to be 'on the same page' in their approaches to discipline, homework, classroom management, etc. Very good Spanish teacher, excellent band program, good art and other electives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Excellent music department as well as trained teachers and staff. Dr. Caswell, the principal, and her staff go the extra mile to provide a quality education for all students and an open door to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2005

This is a great school. Friendly Teachers, and tons of nice students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2004

My child is in sixth grade at Swift Creek and I have been very impressed with the teachers, administration and clerical staff. I am thrilled to have my child's ongoing grade average posted online so I can access it and help provide positive reinforcement and homework reminders when necessary. It's great to know there could be a problem in time to do something about it before the report card comes home with a low grade! The school gets an A+ in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2003

A terrific school! An 'A ' school for 5 years! Many parents only become involved when their child is in trouble academically or because of discipline. This is sad because the more involved the parent is in the school the more the child becomes involved! The 6th grade teachers, in particular, are very caring and provide not only a supportive, transitional environment, but one that makes learning fun! Kudos!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

This school needs new leadership! It is a beautiful campus in a nice neighborhood. This children attending are a little unruly but again, with new leadership all would come together beautifully. One of the better Tallahassee schools.If you get the right teachers or staff to talk to when you need help, They are fantastic but you have to know.


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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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

223 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

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 64% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 58%
Black 27%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. SUE RISHELL
Fax number
  • (850) 414-2650

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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2100 Pedrick Road
Tallahassee, FL 32317
Phone: (850) 487-4868

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