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Benito Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1054 students

 

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Posted February 10, 2014

I went to this school in 6th grade. It had the worst teachers ever and one of them just only liked the minorities and hated the white kids. There were so many fights and you never got anything done in class but, otherwise I had two good teachers. Otherwise it is a nightmare.


Posted September 10, 2013

I am pleased with the quality of service from office staff to teachers. They are all very helpful and caring towards my daughter who is a grade 7th grade student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

I an currently an 8th grader here at Benito ive been here since 6th grade and it is an amazing school. Im on the Yearbook Team so i usally see more behind the scenes at the school than any other child. I havent seen any bullying and nothing bad. There are some bad kids but with the help of the students we can confront them as soon as possible you deffenatly should enroll in this school its education is amazing <3 i probably wont miss benito but some of the teachers i will miss the best teacher to have in 6th grade is Ms.Schecter but she wont be there anymore after having her baby but if you had her you know what i mean. 7th grade Ms.E & 8th grade Ms.Orlando/Ms. Gordon. Thats my point a view hope you had an amazing time here <3


Posted April 26, 2013

I am in 6th grade and I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! It has really nice teachers, no uniforms, great elective courses, and not a lot of homework(like TCMS). It does have some bullies but you can keep away from them. I have learned a lot this year!


Posted March 10, 2013

BENITO IS THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD IT"S SO MUCH FUN I STARTED THERE IN 6TH GRADE BUT THEN I MOVED AND IM NOW ATTENDING LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL BENITO IS THE MOST BEST SCHOOL IVE BEEN TOO AND HAS A GREAT FRIENDLY ENVIROMENT:))))))))


Posted August 1, 2012

i went to this school for 6th and 7th grade it has fights, bully and the teachers are so rude i can never get anything done in class


Posted August 1, 2012

I went to this school 6-8 grade and its not that bad. it has its fights like any other schools but the teachers are rude not all of them but most of them. i do not miss this school at all....


Posted May 15, 2012

I HAVE 2 CHILDREN THAT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL AND A 3RD.COMING IN THE FALL...i want to be more involved in therer life so i hope that benito has a pta,and are accepting of the parental involvement that i want to have..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

I really did not like this school. Indeed, i only did like it for my friends from my previous elementary school. Too much bullying. One kid in my old p.e class was a big bully. He hit my friend with a golden chain, and made him bleed. i told the p.e teacher. You know what happened? NOTHING! The bully came the next day. I have also seen him hit my friends. Classes are too large, teachers and administrators just DONT CARE! Its ridiculous. i came here in 6th grade, but now i am in 7th grade, and a former student at TCMS (A good school.) Please send your kids there if you REALLY want them to have the best education possible. Thanks.


Posted August 14, 2011

This school has excellent teachers strong principal leadership vary challenging programs I can't wait to go back


Posted September 17, 2009

This is my son`s first year in this school and I am nicely impressed about organization and discipline. Also, staff is very open to discuss issues about your kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

Benito Middle School is wonderfully awesome. I am currently attending this school and I think it is really good. The teachers are great, the music program is really fun and cool and basically, the whole environment of Benito MS is very excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2009

benito middle school is great and we couldnt be happier with it. the teachers are very caring and they help the students as much as they can. we have just came hear from a small town school in texas and my son loves it here more than anything
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

The classes here at Benito are large, and not all the teachers are teaching. There are no elective classes, and the Outstanding band program is dwindiling along with the other electives. Although the change in principles was good, The administration lacks involvement, and seemingly could care less about the student body. Im glad to be out of this dump of a school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

i think benito middle school is a good school and the teachers there are great and also have great teaching stratigys.They care about the student they teach and treat them as if they were there own
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

I am a student aty bms and have gone there 6th and 7th grade i love this school it has excellent teachers and a wonderful principal
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2008

This is an average school. If you want the best for your child you should'nt send you child here. It isnt the worst depending upon what team you are placed in. I went to this school in 6th grade. My parents were dissapointed with my fcat scores so they moved me to another school. the location of this school does make it seem very good. But the discpline, studies, and teachers are not good at all. The teachers do not spend to much time on indivdual students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2008

Big dissapointment! The school location makes you believe that this is a great school. There is no discipline, and the staff answer is 'there is nothing we can do about it'. The principal is not active enough and there are too many bullies and thieves. I have spend a lot of many replacing my son's school items, even his gym clothes, if you can beleive it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

i am an 8th grader at bms and ive been going there since 6th grade. the school could use some improving, and some cleaning up. Especially the student bathrooms. i also think the whole locker deal is ridiculous. it is so hard to get to your locker when there are two people on top of you, three people to your right, and your left. it is nearly impossible. also the gym locker rooms could use some major cleaning up. the lockers should be bigger, and not so close together, so we could actually get to them without getting books and school supplies dropped on my head.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2007

Benito is an excellent school. It has great teachers, great leadership, and a fantastic music program. I would recommend putting your student in this school because if you want your son to go to a great high school this would be it.
—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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

324 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

337 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

337 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%
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
White 38%
Black 27%
Hispanic 23%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%67%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School psychologist
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN SANDERS
Fax number
  • (813) 631-4706

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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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