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Dowdell Middle Magnet School

Public | 6-8 | 613 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2014

Dowdell Middle Magnet school is a much underappreciated school! I believe that the teachers here do everything they can for their students and work together as a team to make the students futures brighter. Now that is not to say that it is perfect because what school really is but i believe they do the best they can with what they've got. I would be happy to send my child to Dowdell Middle Magnet School because I know they would be surrounded by teachers who want to teach and have their best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

This school has the most respectful and well-behaved students and staff of any middle school in the district that I have visited. Dowdell implements a strong classroom management and character education program. This school has been designated as the only Model School for the CHAMPS classroom management program in the district and will continue as the model school for this program in 2014-15. Teams from other schools visit Dowdell to gather ideas on best practices for implementing the CHAMPS program and continue to come away impressed with the positive culture of the school. The reduction in discipline issues has allowed staff to focus on offering students a strong academic program in a respectful environment.


Posted April 2, 2014

My experience with this school was a very good one. If you' re a student who is willing to learn and be an active student, you are guaranteed success here. Even students who may be uninterested in academics are greatly encouraged to take a part in learning here.


Posted April 1, 2014

Dowdell is a great place to learn. The magnet program and its teachers are top-notch. Although our neighborhood middle school is an A school, we chose Dowdell and are so happy we did. The teachers and administration really know and care about my child. They are always available to me for questions or concerns. My child completed many high school level courses and enjoyed being a student in a diverse environment that encourages hands-on, fun, and creative learning. My child has always felt challenged, encouraged, accepted and safe. Where else can you go to middle school and learn about environmental science by working in wetlands, learn about animal science by caring for chickens and bunnies, and learn about global sustainability by creating entire ecosystems? Dowdell is that place. What my child put into her education at Dowdell has returned to her ten-fold. She is completely prepared for a rigorous high school and college career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

My child attended Dowdell Middle Magnet School for all 3 years of middle school, grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. I was very satisfied with this school. I have seen a great deal of improvement in the behavior of the students over the 3 years my child was enrolled there. My child was a magnet student interested in helping the environment and helping animals. She participated in the magnet elective classes. She went on camping trips, attended field trips to plant native plants, and helped in community clean-ups. I was very statisfied with her teachers. I felt the leadership was good and liked her guidance counselor. I have recommended Dowdell to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Dowdell Middle Magnet School is okay. They have improved greatly over the last year. The teachers show a special interest in the children and their development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

This is a dangerous school. My daughter loves environmental science, so we thought it'd be a great place for her to learn. Over the course of one school year, she was sexually harassed by male students, and several girls made threats to jump her. One girl threatened to shoot her and the school did NOTHING about it. I had to ask them to move the girl to another class and they did nothing until I got fed up and called the school board to file a complaint. Kids set off an acid bomb in the hallway and I received NO phone call about the school being on lockdown for 7 hours. The principal is a politician (all smiles, ineffective action). My daughter loved her teachers and I feel as though they supported her in any way possible. The teachers are the ONLY benefit to this school. The "magnet" portion of this school consists of two elective classes. The magnet/non-magnet kids are lumped together. I went to the office one day and there was a kid sitting there who couldn't even tell time; the woman in the office laughed it off, but I thought it was a shame that he was sitting there in punishment for not having the uniform shirt on, instead of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

This school is very unprepared, no school assemblies or dances, most of the staff and teachers are rude to almost everyone (use favoritism), school sports coaches don't know the sport or interact with the kids!! A lot of the kids are rude to but there are some nice and ready to learn kids. They need to encourage kids to want to learn make school fun, so they want to go to school, they also very much need to enforce rules!!! There were many kids who didn't wear their uniforms and got away with it! There was a tea her who sat there and ate doughnuts while there was a mandatory lock down!!! HORRIBLE SCHOOL


Posted August 10, 2009

Dowdell is an enviromental studies and educational school it teach me every thing i know now this is a great school on thursdays is tutorial. Tutorial is like when youre failing in a certial calss or if you need help you spend mosty half an hour getting help in that one class im going to the 8th grade this year this school has done nothing but help me suceed in my classes thats why i reccomend your child to go to Dowdell Middle Magnet School were we do things naturally
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2009

I was a student at this school. The teachers may have been a little unorthodox but they gave me the most information I had ever received. And I remember 99% of it all. I'd been to Burns Middle and Bloomingdale High in Valrico for 6th and 9th, there teachers don't hold a flame.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2009

Dowdell waz a okay school my daughter loved iit she literly cryed when ii took her out
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

This school has many fundraisers including dances, candy sales, etc. so people can perform at our school and talk. We have dinners and plenty of field trips depending on money raised. To help us, every thursday, we attend a class we need help in and or failing called'tutorial day'. We sign up for them ourselfs. I reccomend you come to dowdell,'Where We do Things Naturally!'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

My daughter is finishing out her 8th grade and has been enrolled at this school since 6th grade. My daughter is on the basketball, track and volleyball team. She is also school president this year. This school has wonderful teachers that are willing to help their students learn so they are able to move on to better things in high school. My daughter had a tought time in elementary, but thing turned around at Dowdell and she is making A's and B's. Dowdell is a wonderful school. Thanks to Ms. Belign.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My daughter is finishing out her 7th grade year and has had a wonderful experience. Last year she was also at Dowdell, although it was a first year and she is shy and even though acedemically she did wonderful (straight A's) she didn't really feel like a part of the school. This year has been much different, she played on the Basketball team again this year and they were undefeated, she is a member of the Junior National Honor Society and has participated in a lot of functions due to this, she has a good group of friends and her teachers this year have been outstanding. I personally love the school, although it isn't for a student that may tend to get in with the wrong crowds or be a follower and not very acedemically strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

I`m on the Falcons team and I couldn`t be happier.If my grades were slipping the team`s teachers would schedule a student conference to find out the problem and fix it. The teachers are fun and encouraging. So if you want your child to have fun and learn at the same time this is the scchool for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2005

I have had 2 students at Dowdell, the oldest graduates from High School this year and her experience in the Dowdell Magnet program was priceless, she will graduate with honors! The youngest entered 6th grade this school year. The Magnet faculty for 6th grade is outstanding, my daughter has gone from a less than confiedent student to an all star performer. Mrs. Shafer, Mr. Setter and Ms. Bedford are amazing. You can tell each of them enjoys their profession and it shows in the test results and confiedence of the students they teach. It's not all fun and games but they do a great job of balancing the less than fun side of education with learing experiences that are truly fun. My daughter is proud to be a Panther at Dowdell and her test results and grades show it. I highly recommend the Magnet program at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

I pulled my child out of this school after one year and would have done so sooner had there been a seat available in another magnet school. I found several teachers narrow-minded and intolerant of any child expressing individuality. My child met with prejudice and was misgraded on several papers, which I brought to the attention of the principal. Nothing was done to reprimand the teachers in question. If your child is not a sheep, this is not the school for him or her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

My child has been at this school for 3 years and really enjoys it. It's focus is environmental, so if your child loves anything to do with animals and their environment it is the perfect choice. Parent involvement is low, but we are working on that, I think most parents don't feel they need to be involved in middle school, but they do. This school is constanly getting the kids interested in many aspects of science. Check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

The teachers are great my children really enjoy the fact that the teachers are cool and they teach the material in a clear matter. The teacher really care about the children and make it their goal so that the child understands the material and there is always open communication with the parent just as well. I as a parent really apperciate the fact that I have the opportunity to participate in the schools activities, with or without prior notification to them and they welcome me open arms, what a refeshing thought that you are not going to be told that you are not welcome and the securety measures are excellent, for me the school is rated 'A'.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
60%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "C".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 49%
Black 27%
White 19%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%67%61%
Master's degree 25%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(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)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROGER STANLEY
Fax number
  • (813) 740-3616

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(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)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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