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Young Middle Magnet School

Public | 6-8 | 561 students

 

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Posted April 22, 2013

I am currently a 7th grader at Young, and I really like it. Most of the staff are really nice but still get stuff done. One of the only things I don't like are some of the kids here, some of them can be very mean and/or rude. Still, the kids who aren't mean are great. Our new principal changed things, but one of the things she changed for the better is the uniforms. Last year a some of the girls wore 3 inch long shorts and a lot of the guys sagged. Uniforms also cut down some of the teasing, so that's nice. Sometimes I feel like I really don't want to be at this school because some of the behaviors can get quite overwhelming. Overall though, I think Young is a pretty good school, considering the neighborhood, which isn't the best. I think that if you want to send your kid to a magnet school, Young is a good choice.


Posted April 17, 2013

I am in 6th grade at Young Middle Magnet school. I enjoy the planting theme and all of the outdoor gardens. I am taking the agriculture elective and we get to plant in the greenhouse the rain garden and the outdoor hydroponic garden. I would recommend Young to anyone who is interested in how things grow. I was also able to help with Young's fair exhibit where we built and designed a city of the future out of legos. I love to draw and build. We just won first place for our exhibit.


Posted December 11, 2012

I have two children at Young Middle Magnet in 6th and 8th grade. I am so appreciative of the education they are receiving at Young. Their teachers are wonderful and are committed to providing high level instruction. The theme lessons are teaching my children how to work with others to solve complex problems. I enjoy all of the family nights and other oppotunities for parents to get involved. The school is clean and welcoming. My 6th graders is able to take accellerated math courses so he can take Algebra in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade. My 8th grader is on Young's VEX robotics competition team. I would recommend Young to any family with children that love science and engineering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2012

as a former student it was an awesome experience to see how middle school REALLY is my 6th grade year was spectacular i love ALL the teachers i graduated 2012 and you had your mean kids but you will always have a friend the staff is funny and not that stirct but they are vbery serious when it comes to education the teachers are wonderful they educated me even if you dont have them they are still kind.....there werent many lock downs but like 2 or 3 but most were practice lockdowns the school is safe.....uniform is a GREAT idea because some kids took advantage of the no uniform last year the teachers are funny and sometimes serious but overall they helped me.....the IPS program is great and AVID was so cool... SCIENCE MATH L.A and READIND helped me a lot some of the teachers from 2011-2012 left the school i dont know who is taking there places the knew princeple is great guidance counceler helped my out a lot


Posted April 26, 2012

As a parent of a former student at Young who has since graduated I am so impressed with how Young's program prepared my child for the IB high school they currently attend. My child has had no problem keeping up with classwork and meeting the challenges the IB high school program offers. While at Young, my child completed four high school level courses. I have to thank all of the teachers at Young for giving my child the tools to succeed in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

I have been a faculty member at Young Middle Magnet for about five years. I love working and teaching at Young. The smaller environment that magnet schools offer allows the faculty to get to know each student as an individual. We are very excited and energized about our new Creative Science theme...solving global problems and creating ways to make our world a better place! The kids are loving the theme and learning a great deal. I hear them talking about their classes quite a bit with excitement!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2012

I have been teaching at Young for several years now and have really enjoyed my experiences here. The new magnet theme has brought very challenging and hands-on lessons for our students- always integrating science and promoting our theme. Additionally, we have excellent and different elective choices for students to take and multiple high school credit courses (in math, science, engineering and Spanish.) Teachers care about students and work hard to ensure their success. I would strongly recommend Young to others with middle school age children. With our academic/elective courses, talented athletic programs, participation in competitions (like Future City, Odyssey of the Mind, Math League, Science Olympiad) our students are given many varied opportunities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2012

I am a parent of a current student at Young. I think this is a great school with dedicated teachers and administrators. My daughter is a part of the STEM program, and once she leaves Young, she will have earned three high school credits. Young also provides ample alternative/extra practice courses for those students that require additional help in their course work. They have a class where students are able to complete their FLVS (Florida Virtual School) assignments, Young also offers tutorial classes during the day, and ELP (extra learning practice) during the school day for students as well. This school's mission is to ensure that ALL students are successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

This is a horrible school and I wouldn't recommend sending your children here, nor would I recommend teaching here. You will regret it if you do and this is why: Uncleanliness The bathrooms are always filthy, the cafeteria also smells. Lunches have caused food poisoning to students and staff. Classrooms have mold while teachers and kids keep getting resperatory illnesses. Bad kids are out of control: Day after day of the same students terrorizing other students and teachers without consequence. Administration won't support teacher detentions or hold school detention because it is "Magnet". Teachers have documented endless interventions, only to be scorned and ridiculed by the principal. Absent Principal: The principal is rarely present. She will appear, make rigid demands only to disappear for days again. Non-existent academics: Young was an A for years. Since this administratino, it has dropped to a B, then a very low C. The 8th grade science teacher quit early on. Students have watched movies and hung out with various subs since. Science is FCAT tested in 8th grade and these students have had a whole year of no science instruction. I could go on and on .....
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Posted November 15, 2011

pros: excellent teachers and curriculum cons: clueless administration , students that seem to be in endless In school suspension instead of being expelled, weekly fights, resource officer never seems to be around and spends most of his day in the 8th grade building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

College Bound! Young has a awesome STEM program that prepares kids for IB Schools, College Prep and Advance Placement. The science for gifted and advance is combine with Physics, Ms Ellis is a wonderful teacher. The Engineering is advanced as well as algebra and geometry. The Administration department is great. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

My granddaughter when there and love the school, she love the teachers and she recived all a's and was on the honer roll.


Posted May 28, 2009

Everyone is always so helpful. My daughter likes her teachers and enjoys going to school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

This school is perfect for me. I've always been at the top of my class and I've never had any advanced courses available to me at any other schools. Now that I go to Young, I've been doing great and I've made some great new friends and I've learned so much. I love my teachers and the principal is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2008

P.L 5 stars teacher Q 4-5 stars E A 5 stars , this is school, not fun parent Inv 4 stars , better than most safety and dis, 10 stars , from officer gambrel to Dr Oliver, they dont put up with anything, they set a high standard of excellence and it shows with my son, I'm a happy parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

Young Middle Magnet creates an overall environment of academic excellence as well as safety. I have two children who attend the school and their experience has been rewarding for both them as well as myself. My youngest child wanted to attend a magnet elementary school as a result and will also be attending young in 2 years. I am encouraged that the school offers music and art programs as well as I have been able to attend several field trips and fundraiser events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I left a comment back on May 2006 when my daughter just finished 6th grade, I was happy with the school then and I am happier now. My daughter compared to my friends kids is more exposed to higher Math and tech. and I'm sure the diversity of the school and open mind of the teachers has helped her be more prepared to the day she goes of to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

This is a very friendly and caring place to have your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

Let me first state we are education snobs from the northeast and have been nothing but disappointed with Florida schools since we move here 9 yrs ago. But not with Young! My daughter literally jumps out of bed to go. She can't wait for winter and spring breaks to end and last summer, going into 7th grade, she was wishing school was starting weeks earlier. The treachers are awesome. From Ms C's English, to Tie-Man in math and Mr G in orchestra, I cannot thank these people enough for the love of learning and the love of life they have instilled in my daughter. They also show the utmost respect for the kids and instill in each a true sense of dignity. We cannot be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

My son has had a great time at Young. His teacher have been mostly helpful to him and myself. I have felt that his saftey was always looked after. He is in the ESE program and although he has yearly IPs I don't feel that the resources given/used were maximized. However, this is also partly my fault. It's hard to know when to let your child do on his own and when to say 'ok, you need more help'. I don't want him in any more 'special' programs or classes than needed.
—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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

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.

216 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
66%
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
Black 52%
Hispanic 30%
White 13%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 77%67%61%
Master's degree 23%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. NADINE JOHNSON
Fax number
  • (813) 276-5893

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1807 East Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33610
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Phone: (813) 276-5739

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