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Davidsen Middle School

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Posted March 22, 2014

We have had three children attend Davidsen Middle School over the past 8 years. Throughout the years, certain things have changed but, overall we have had an exellent experience. The teachers along with administration are genuinely concerned with the success of the students academically and are always available to students as well as parents. The arts department is very strong at Davidsen and our children have enjoyed being part of the Davidsen band as well as fine arts. Davidsen has a uniquely strong PTSA and their presence is felt throughout the school, Davidsen supports community service by encouraging students to reach out and help others through charitable events or actions. Our experience with Davidsen has been a very positive one and one in which our children were fully prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Having had my girls in private school all of their lives, we had heard mixed review about Davidsen. When I asked my neighbors about the school, they all had good experiences and I never found any true negative issues to validate the rumors. My oldest started IB Magnet so we enrolled our MS child this year. I have to say it has been a wonderful experience. She had made alot of good friends that live in our neighborhood and has had the ability to take classes that were not available to her at the smaller Christian school. I love the opportunities she has been offered and she is now showing more interest in school and thrives in electives like Robotics & Art. Our primary hesitation was not having communication with teachers or admin but this has not been true. They have been amazing and have always been available to talk or meet at any time. The Admin has been wonderful also. We are very happy with the change and wonder if we should have done it sooner. My MS will be better prepared for the challenges of HS and life to come. None of the negative things I had heard about have ever occurred and she is in a safe environment. We are very happy and fully recommend the school. Go Dragons!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

Great school! My one child has already gone through and I have a second child at DMS. I is a great local public school, with lots of diversity (just like life), a fantastic band program, a very involved principal and a dedicated PTSA board. The moms are all about the students and the school, and they are really determined to provide the school with as much support as possible. Both my kids participated in the NJHS program and my older child is in NHS in high school...I think the school is what you and your kids make of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

This is our daughters last year at Davidsen and it has been a WONDERFUL experience! The teachers, administration & staff are great. We have never had a problem with communication, discipline or academics. You must get involved to know what is going on -- there are plenty of opportunities available!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

Great school! Principal is excellent which I believe keeps the teachers and faculty passionate about their jobs. We have been at Davidsen 3 years now and my kids love it. Many opportunities for parents to get involved, the PTSA is a great group!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Davidsen Middle is a great school. My daughter went to this school for 6th-8th and was very successful. My son is in his second year here. He loves it and the teachers have been really great and very caring. Yes, there is diversity at this school, but that is life in the real world. The office staff and principal have been very responsive to my questions. My advise, is no matter what school you choose, get involved so you are informed about what is going on and ask questions. I have no regrets sending both my children here and would recommend the school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

My son has attended Davidsen the past 3 years. He is an advanced Honors student and has done very well. The teachers and administration are fabulous. Their are tons of things for the students to be involved with, depending of their interest. He has lots of friends he knows from the Westchase neighborhood, as well as, many great new ones he has met while at Davidsen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Band. Best kept secret at Davidsen. If you want your child to have a thing in Middle School then be sure they are part of the Band. Mrs. Cochran has a wonderful gift for teaching EVERY child how to play an instrument. She has a unique way of teaching, engaging and empowering the kids. Trust, respect and fun are all part of her curriculum. Davidsen is a great school and this is one great bonus for Westchase. I highly recommend her and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

We have had a great experience here. My son is in advanced honors classes which are challenging and all of the teachers are great. I email them with questions and almost every single one has called me and had long discussions about how they can help my son do even better. We have not had any problems here and my son loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

This school is a wonderful school if your child is not special needs that is ... My sister has been attending this school for about two years now and time after time we have problems! One time as punishment my sister was forced to stay after class to apologise to a teacher making her miss her bus and when she had told an administrator they told her to walk to 5.6 miles to our home.. Luckily I was on my way to work because I pass right by the school and there my sister was at the corner if linebaugh and montague crying her eyes out because she couldn't remember which way to go ! Another time a boy was calling my sister retarded and she slapped the boy the boy in retaliation punch my sister in the face and started to choke her knocking her glasses onto the floor my sister was suspended as she should have been but the boy was not. My sister is scared to go back to school now


Posted February 3, 2013

This will be my son's last year at the school and that's sad because this has been a great 3 years! My son has soared academically! The teachers at this school are some of the best and the principal is the best we've ever had! The PTSA is the best one around! Get involved with the school from the beginning and you will see for yourself how wonderful this school is! Yes, there is diversity compared to the elementary school but that's the way it is in the real world! Give Davidsen a chance and you will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Great school, this is my son's second year at this school. He loves it and the teachers have been really great and very caring. Yes, there is diversity at this school, but that is life in the real world. The office staff and principal have been great. This school was rated an A last year. My advise, is no matter what school you choose, get involved, know what is going on at your child's school and ask them questions about what is going on at school. We love it here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

My daughter is a 7th grade in this school so far its been good. We dont live in the westchase area and really dont care for the area eighter but her teachers are caring and she is learning and haveing fun too. I just would like to see more difersity I belive that our kids make the school not where you live make how you are and i have heard from my daughter that there have been fights but this are girls from the area make trouble as it looks like they have nothing better else to do my daughter was pick on but that matter was resolve very quickly. but like i tell my child if is not with you do not get involved period! But other then that its a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

looks like the school staff logged into put 5 stars... no parents sending thier kids to this school seem to be happy... fights ?? Unacceptable. and unclean surroundings ...just unacceptable. no wonder the great schools rating is 6....


Posted June 5, 2012

Davidsen has interesting dynamics for sure - half upper class kids from Westchase and half not-so-upper-class kids bused in from a few miles away. It'd be great if the school was made up of more Westchase kids and less bussed in kids but Davidsen is not a bad school if your child is in Advanced Honors and involved in things like band. If you want your child in with kids who care and parents who are involved, definitely go for the Honors classes and activities like band. It's sad that it has to be that way. Too bad Davidsen isn't like Westchase Elementary, which is what a neighborhood school should be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Horrible experience, teachers are very disconnected from their students, Math in particular. We are very excited to be moving out of this area and having our kids start in a different school. I have heard numerous complaints about this school from other parents that pulled their kids, but didn't put to much into it. That was until my wife and kids experienced some of their students assaulting another student and an elderly woman. Authorities were involved and found the kids later that evening. This on top of their lack of academic consistency makes me question why I ever sent my child to this school. We have reached out to the teacher on numerous occasions and were given generic responses. A teachers job is to teach the students, and after hearing from our child and others, I question their intent. For being a Westchase area school you would expect much better. The elementary school was great, but cannot say much for the middle school. Teachers just do not appear to care about the students progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

This is our first year at Davidsen and so far I have nothings but good news to report! Like most Westchase families we were a bit nervous based on all of the "rumors" that we heard. Fortunately, we had the good sense to ignore these folks (& save $$). Let's face it, middle school is a tough time and you need to feel your child is getting the best possible education in a safe environment. Davidsen has met these expectations. The teachers are committed to the academics, the music & sports are great and more families are giving it a chance. Thus, your child will continue their education with their neighborhood friends. We have a great school in our own backyard & there are plenty of opportunities for parental involvement. My child loves it and I'm glad we are there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

I have a 7th grader and an incoming 6th grader. My 7th grader was accepted to a nearby IB school for this year but turned it down because she loves Davidsen! It's nice to go to a neighborhood school with so many great kids from our elementary school. The classes are challenging, the school has a large NJHS and it is committed to academic excellence! Sports, field trips, uniform, academic recognition and awards, charity involvement it has it all! Most importantly it is safe and run with the structure and order needed for a middle school. I applaud Davidsen and it's faculty! Only regret - I wish the sports teams could accept more students...unfortunately limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2011

i went here and liked it but there was this coach with a bald head and orange tan that always smelled like beer or alcohol last year. dude was wasted on a couple times i was in the locker room! slurred speech and everything. what a clown.


Posted November 4, 2010

I have a 6th and 8th grader at the school. My kids have a had a great academic, athletic, band and social experience thus far. The staff and teachers are excellent. My only wish is that more parents from WestChase would give this school a chance instead of sending their kids immediately to private school. Davidsen has the potential to be one of the best in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


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 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.

308 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

345 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

341 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

338 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%
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 52%
White 36%
Black 5%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%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 32%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. BRENT MCBRIEN
Fax number
  • (813) 558-5299

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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Parent involvement
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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