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Van Buren Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 588 students

 

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Posted February 23, 2010

Although there are some respectable people there, Overall this school is disgusting
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2009

My son is an 8th grader at this school and has been there for 2 years and I am very pleased with the school. There are many children in this world that are very rude so why blame the school for the rudeness. My sone use to go to a Magnet school and they were the worst (Stewart Middle). I always get automated information from the school and the teachers care about the students. As you can tell by the comments the parents are the obnoxious ones that's where their children get it from. Give the teachers a break...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

This School Is Very Disgusting Some Children Have No Manners And The Principle iS Rude


Posted July 3, 2007

This school without a doubt is incredibley disgusting. I attended this school in 6th grade and I have to say that it was a very horrible experience. If your child is harrased nothing will be done about it and the school is in low supply of school items and nothing is provided for the students.I have seen janitors all over the school, but they seem to be doing nothing!! The restrooms are always filthy! The teachers, faculty and staff along with the children are incredibley rude and inconsiderate. They do absoultely nothing!! I am so glad that I was transferred to a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2006

This school is awful. If your child is a very good student, do not send them here because they will suffer tremendously. Teachers have no control over the students. The school doesn't get enough funds to supply the children with the necessary items, tissue or books for one example. I hate sending my niece there every day. All parents if you have a way to take your child somewhere else, please do so. If not, please beware and please stay involved so you know what is going on in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2003

For the most part I am happy with the school and the staff. I love the new gym. and hope it will be well utilized. I do feel there is a lack of discipline but also understand how the laws and climate in our society effect the teachers' ability to discipline. I do feel that parents signing out children should have a place close to the office to park and should not have to go upstairs! I am very upset about students not being able to use the lockers at school. Both of my childrens book bags are packed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Van Buren has always been a rough school with numerous problems. I have not seen any improvement in the past 20 years since I was a student there.
—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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
28%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
29%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
79%
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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
46%
Biology I

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

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 63%
Hispanic 24%
White 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%67%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. DERRICK GAINES
Fax number
  • (813) 631-4312

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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