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Hill Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 935 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 7, 2014

My daughter went to Ben Hill for all 3 yrs of middle school. I thought overall the school was a goodl. However, the Honors Spanish teacher had absolutely no control of her class. I sat in the back of the class as my daughter gave a presentation in Spanish. Part of the presentation involved bringing my dog to the class which is why I was there. I was shocked at the disrespect & lack of control. My daughter's math teacher in 7th grade was terrible!! She had a heavy French accent talking badly about my daughter. I ended up meeting with administration & after 3-4 months finally had my daughter moved out. Best decision ever, but sadly it took 3-4 months before the administration would listen to me that there was a problem. Finally, the current principle is terrible. I was fed up with the constant threats made to outgoing 8th graders. Rather than deal with the problem students she always threatened to eliminate dances or the end of the year party. Poor mgmt style. I have a child going into 6th grade next year that is incredibly shy &d can't risk the bullying from teachers I witness, so luckily she will be going to Walker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

This is my daughters first year at Ben Hill. I have been very happy with this school. My older daughter went to Walker. I feel I have a fair comparison of both schools. I have had great responses from the teachers at Ben Hill when I have questions. They encourage the students to excell and have good incentives when they do. Check out the school for yourself and form your own opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

There seems to be a brick wall up between the staff and administration. Parent's seem to always be brushed off at the issues the school has. Students are for the most part lazy and undisciplined. Teachers are not given any help in controlling the classrooms. As a parent I can only hope things improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

I go this school and its a good school theyve made some changes even since last year and its gotten better. Theres always opportunities to have fun and you get rewarded for doing well in school. The discipline is also great and you can talk to most staff if you need help i honestly feel like youll learn here and have fun at the same time. If your considering coming then but i think that there 'remodeling' is pretty stupid because theyre not doing anything but putting up green fences the school needs its work but its a good schoo


Posted July 6, 2013

Ben Hill Middle School has great teachers who really encourage learning, they have great coaches in every sport, and the principal is wonderful. When my older child first attended Ben Hill Middle school back in 2009-11 they had a horrible male assist. principal who I believe did nothing to help with the problems at the school, numerous fights, frequent bullying complaints, horribly behaved students, and poor response from the then male assistant principal. Since he is no longer at the school there has been drastic improvements. The principal is excellent and has a great team of administrators currently working with her. I agree that at one time Ben Hill middle had a bad rep, but the past year has been wonderful. The school has greatly improved, so visit the school and see for yourself. Overall, great academics, great teachers, excellent principal and administrators, tutoring, great coaches, sports, and friendly office. There are a few bad apples in the school, as would be at any school, who like to call other students names or demonstrate bullying behavior, but students need to report these negative experiences to their parents, faculty and administrators. immediately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

Me and my brother go here. I think overall it is an okay school. The school has many fights though .


Posted June 21, 2013

I am a student at hill middle school all these reviews are very bad. But those are the parents opinions i think hill is an amazing school the teachers are great and yeah they overload us with homework but its for our good and our better future to learn because they want the best of us the sports are great and the school is not bad!! I love Hill middle school!!


Posted May 9, 2013

WOW! Not happy about these comments. Don't think I will send my son to Hill Middle. HELP, anyone know of any good private schools in this area? Can't really rate the school since I was just checking out the reviews.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

The rating are design for ALL parents, students and teachers to put their opinions for other to see, so others can make their decision base on what they read and information that they gathered. Based on what I read and I can say the parents and student had simply put their true thoughts and opinions based on their experiences. For you as administrator telling all parents and students NOT to leave negative comments to impact the school rating and sweep everything under the rug is very deceitful. You are basically taking people's freedom of speech away. I'm sure you wouldn't have problem with people leaving positive comments, so why only stop people from leaving the negative comments? Please do let parents and student make their own judgement base on the truth! If Hill Middle School is a great school, I'm sure parents will see that themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

As the principal of Hill Middle School, I welcome any parent concerns and wish that the concerns would be addressed directly before posts are made. The latest post states that "two teachers quit" however this is not actually fact. The two teachers referred to both took leaves, one for health and the other for further schooling. Again, as adults, they have the right to take a leave when necessary, and neither of these individuals left without great hesitation. It was not their choice at the time. I do invite people to the school to visit and our administrative team is available to answer any questions parents may have. This IS a great school, and while the staff are not required or mandated to utilize Edline, as an administrator, I can only encourage the use of this tool for parents. There are many challenges facing educators today, and to have negative remarks posted for the world to view, without further investigating facts prior to posting, adds to the challenges of great educators who are doing everything possible to build a future for our students. Read what you may, but investigate for yourself. Thank you to the 970 families who do enjoy what this school does for their child!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 20, 2013

My son did all three years at this school it is a below average performing school. Regardless of what the district rates the school at, this school does not perform even close to an "A" school. There is no accountability I had to go to the school because of bulling in the boys locker room because there was no teacher monitoring. My son is very smart and has high goals and this school does nothing to challenge him to assist his competitiveness for high school and beyond. The discipline is a joke the kids are wild. We are have way through this school year and two of my sons teachers have quit and both classes are high school credit math and Spanish. I can't wait until June I would seriously look at other options before sending your child to this school. I have two still in elementary and they will never attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

All four of my children have attended this school and it has gone steadily downhill. I finally had enough and pulled my youngest out after one year. The bullying is out of control and the administration and staff do nothing to control it. Administration offers excuses but never solutions. Edline is rarely updated by most teachers. The principal is out of touch with this age group and is not accessible to parents when there is a problem (which is often).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2012

This school has a very well run environment. I visited today after a meeting and was pleasantly surprised at the calm and warm atmosphere that was surrounding me. These are middle school students and I was smiled at, students moved so I could walk through the crowded halls during the passing period, and I was very happy to see most every adult in the hallway greeting students. From my visit alone, I am considering sending my child there without question. I definately don't agree with the negative from my first impression today!


Posted June 5, 2012

This was an A rated school for many years under Mr, Davis, unfortunately under the new principal the ship is sinking fast in my opinion. She has lost control of her staff, constant food fights in the lunchroom, very little participation by teachers on EDLINE, and worst of all preparation( by most teachers ) for FCAT, Mid Terms and Finals consist of a study sheet that is never reviewed in class by teachers for students. In my opinion this is incompetence. In case your wondering my children have excetional grades in gifted classes, no thanks to most of the teachers and principal of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

This school is perfect if you want your child to have lots of friends and going to their birthday partys or even spending the night. But the 2011-2012 we had a food fight in 3rd lunch where kids were going home because they got mash potatoes in there hair. But there is not even a lot of home work you only get homework in your core classes such as math or science but depending on the teacher you might only have homework in math and every once in a while for science or geography we have very good sports we always for football our record has been 5-1 but also most of the comments are old and mr.davis wasnt a good principle now we have ms.scaglione who is wonderful because she let us listen to our ipods in lunch after the food fight we have a great staff and our deputy is awesome come to this school make friends and have fun. Also we have 1 of the top bands in the county.


Posted April 21, 2012

I hate this school, my daughter will not be attending another year there and I will not be allowing my other children to go when they get to middle school either. The kids are wild and have at times even been violent. The teachers...... I'm not even going there! awful school and awful staff. The grammatical errors in the reviews from some of the students speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

My daughter is finishing her 3rd yr here at Hill. Like all schools there are good and bad. We had all honors classes for every year & 6th grade was bogged down with homework 7th grade was just challenging enough and 8th grade I believe is preparing her for high school. She is able to get help from teachers before school or during lunch if needed and teachers are good about returning e-mails to engaged parents. Unfortuneatly the new administration is not up to par and we are loosing some very good teachers as a result. This will greatly impact the furture of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

I went here 4 sixth grade. I loved it. the teachers are great & actuley teach. it's not that bad,the kids are a bit wild,but thats mostly 8th graders. i REALLY wish my parents wld let me go there 4 8th grade,cuz my new skool stinks.


Posted July 24, 2011

first of all these crazy parents dont know what their talking about. ben hill is freakin awesome . sure some of the teachers are mean but the kids are not as loud and crazy as people say they are. I would know of all people because i went there. its an amazing school and parents if you want your kids to have an amazing middle school year you should send them there. [ plus the girls there look like supermodles ]


Posted September 30, 2010

uhhh iv been going to ben hill for 2yrs and their give lots of homework and really mean they need tho lighten up
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

331 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

323 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "B".
  • 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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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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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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
Hispanic 43%
White 38%
Black 10%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 80%67%61%
Master's degree 18%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5200 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL 33624
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