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Tavares Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1015 students

 

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Posted July 10, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE!!! There are some dedicated teachers but the principal, assistant principal and guidance staff are a joke. They refused to listen to the students and parents alike. The 8th grade math teacher, Mr. Spiniolas, can't teach to save his life. Almost a third of his students had to attend summer school...think there's a problem there? Not according to the principal. I had several meetings with Ms. Mott and she doesn't listen, only wants to hear herself talk. My daughter had all A's in Math until Mr. Spiniolas took over the class. The guidance counselors spread rumors and gossip, not only to staff but to students as well, about the students that come to them for help!!!! The saddest part is that this is supposed to be the best school amongst Eustis, Mount Dora and Tavares. I am so happy that my daughter is going to high school now. Thank God she survived that place. If you can't afford private school like me...good luck! It's so sad that our children are not taken seriously and at the most crucial time in their lives. The county commissioners should SERIOUSLY consider replacing ALL of the administrative staff at this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

All I can say is positive things about this school. All the staff there are nice from the secretaries and administration to the regular teachers and janitors. They have a lot of school events like dances, band concerts, award ceremonies, art shows, plays, and talent shows. And yes, there is some bullying, but aren't most schools gonna have that wherever you go? They have a bunch of clubs that you can join along with their sports like soccer, cross-country, drama, art, etc. All the teachers I had were so nice and a lot of them put in so much extra work you wouldn't believe! I also made all my best friends here. This school is my favorite(: -former student


Posted June 6, 2011

LOVE Mr. Harris, Mr. Humphreys, Mr. DeMoss, Mrs. Goolsby. I wish I could warn about the bad! Mr. VonMaxey is a good teacher as well but he tends to favor athletic students and the kids know it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2010

The school is run like a police state, well possibly one in a 3rd world country. The administration takes the line that the student is always wrong and the teachers run roughshod over parents to make themselves look good. There are some exceptions but at the top HUGE gaps, and reported incidents are ignored or denounced. The only care taken is inflating the FCAT scores at the risk of all other meaningful instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Teacher Gina Vinson, and the great job she does!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

The students and staff are really wonderful to work with ~ lots of team and school spirit!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2007

The teachers are great, they really care about the students and the class sizes are small. There is a fair amount of time between classes. And the multi-building set up stops crowding in the halls. Except for the 500 Building where sometimes it can be hard to get in and out of. I like the fact that for the last ten minutes of lunch, if you want you can go to the courtyard and to your locker so you can see friends you don't have any classes with. Also, if you want you can wait in the gym after school instead of waiting for your bus in the boiling sun. The only downside is that teachers have to walk to students to lunch.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2007

I used to go to TMS until my family move to Memphis, TN, but its a great school you will a lot of nice and funny teachers! If you love to talk you will make new friends in one day!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 21, 2007

i used to go to private schools so this is my first year at a public school, but i love it. i used hated private schools and i never had any friends but here i have TONS of friends, the teachers are cool for the most part and just the advatages and quality of this school is awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2004

This school is great! The teachers are friendly and I loved going to school here. I had fun but I also learned a lot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2004

Two of my children have attended Tavares Middle School. I have been very happy with the teachers, administration and staff. I especially like the amount of communication that goes on between the teachers and parents. I always know what is going on at the school and they let me know when there are areas for concern. I also enjoy the many performances for parents during the year. They have band concerts, awards presentations and sports events. I feel valued as a parent and included in their planning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

At the present time Mrs. Denson is the Principal she is the best in Lake couty I have seen so far! We will miss her as she is going to a new School! The school has a Deputy there and she is also very good at what she does! Teachers I feel could be a little more Open with the pareents by letting us know what is going on Monthy I feel is not to much to ask! P.E. I was not happy with I feel that there are a lot more kids could be doing then learning about basketball & Nock out! What ever happened to Track, Soccor & Team challanges? They need to work on There Physical ed. Classes!


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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.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

330 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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 64% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%
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 69%
Hispanic 15%
Black 11%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%62%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. TRELLA MOTT
Fax number
  • (352) 343-7212

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1335 Lane Park Cutoff Road
Tavares, FL 32778
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