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6-8
Public charter
Thonotosassa, FL
Students enrolled: 659

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11734 Jefferson Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

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(813) 987-6555
(813) 987-6565
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December 10, 2014
I am very pleased with TCMS. My daughter is in her third and final year and I am very happy with the education she is receiving and the overall feeling at TCMS. The staff all care about the children who attend their and want to see them succeed. My daughter has an IEP and every year she is excited about school. I wish that TCMS taught at the high school level but I know she is very well prepared. Right now we are touring high schools, magnet programs, private school, and charter schools researching what will be the best fit for her high school career. Every school we have visited is excited and interested when they learn she attends TCMS. They know that children from this school have a solid foundation and are prepared for high school. The only thing that has been a struggle at times is transportation. There is a couple fee based services, however the one we used to utilize no longer goes to TCMS and after utilizing the other service for a month we demanded a refund. There is a carpooling option that seems like the best bet.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2014
Best Middle school, I could not more grateful to all the teachers and staff. My daughter will finish her middle school with a excellent base to start H.S. thanks to TCMS.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
TCMS just received it's 2nd National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. The school is one of only 25 middle schools throughout the US that received this prestigious award in 2014.

- submitted by a teacher
July 31, 2014
I have be to that school and what I went through was the worst thing ever. The teachers were mean I asked for help and they told me figure it your self. Then I found out they were scamming my family by saying you have to pays this to stay at this school, and when the county sayed they are not allowed to do that and you did not need to pay. I would recommend Benito Middle school , they would help you out more and the teachers did their best to make lessons seems easy and understanding.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
It is refreshing to send my child to a school that believes in high standards and expectations. And more importantly they hold the students and themselves to these standards.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
Let me start off by saying that we had high hopes for this school based on small class sizes, hard bullying rules and a focus on education. They tell you to expect 2 hours of homework per night and no late papers accepted. This is a major understatement! Many, many projects would take entire weekends with the entire family helping. You will not be able to participate in extra activities like sports. Some of the teachers are great and some of mediocre. Homework, projects and scores are posted on Edline. Expect to print lots of paper. We went thru 2+ ink cartridges a month. It's a challenge to find what is expected because teachers don't follow standard process in posting. Projects and homework are submitted, but no feedback except score, no returned papers/projects to help improve. Don't submit your rubric and lose 20%. Academically a lot of the expectation would be college level work and textbooks don't support. If you child is average or slightly below, or has any kind of special needs, they will struggle to succeed at this school. It has been the absolute worse school year we have lived through. A major regret is not pulling out at mid-year.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2013
This school mistakes information overload and overtesting for academic rigor. (Content, classroom discussion, higher critical skills like analysis matter far more in intellectual development than rote memorization.) Likewise it mistakes harsh and disproportionate punishment for strictness. The most recent case I m aware of is a student who was suspended, stripped of her honor society title, and barred from extracurricular activities, field trips, and future honors all because she ate 2 bites of another student s lunch! (The accused is a sweet, conscientious A student.) This is not punishment, it is bullying. And it illustrates a general tendency to overreact without properly investigating, giving far too much credibility to mere tattling peers. Unlike others here I find the email response of teachers and administrators spotty and selective. Parental input is supposedly sought, but the annual survey with check boxes includes little space for actual comments. Volunteer hours are too high: many volunteer opportunities are created artificially so one can fulfill the expected 10 hours: but one arrives and there's nothing to be done! A waste of good time.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
We moved our 6th grader mid year to TCMS from Williams IB. It was not an easy decision. Williams IB is an impressive school and has an incredibly challenging curriculum. But TCMS is closer to us and ranks number one in the county so we moved her. I also have an older child who attends Bartels Middle School. So I have a unique perspective on public, charter, and magnet middle schools here in our county. We have been most impressed with TCMS as a whole. They have excellent teachers, supportive and knowledgeable staff, and a nice campus in a nice area. The school is very well organized and ran, staff respond to questions via email lighting fast! My daughter thrives in their meticulous, academically driven environment. I know getting into this school is tough. The lottery is huge and only a fraction of the applicants get spots.I highly recommend trying though. I would also recommend putting in for the Williams IB lottery as well. We loved Williams IB and would have stayed there if our TCMS number didn't get called.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2013
I would beg to differ with the reviewer who says that the arts are marginalized. On offer are band, chorus, drama, and art. Next year they are adding a show choir and possibly some music history type course. That seems like an arts-heavy set of electives to this reviewer! Space and resources are limited at a school like TCMS. Fundraisers are not just for extras, they are for things like computers so that students can all take their mandatory online FCAT testing. Parents should be aware that charter schools do not receive the same amount of funding that "regular" public schools (including magnet schools like Williams), and depend heavily on their fundraisers. If every child donated just $100 per year, (and those that can afford to donate a little more), the school would be in great shape and possibly able to offer more options for electives.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
If your child is use to working hard or academically inclined and wants to excel in school, then they would like TCMS. My daughter was only able to go to this school for the the first 6 month of 6th grade before making the difficult decision of dropping out to pursuit her sport full time and supplement it with virtual school, but she loved the school and her teachers. My daughter tends to be an overachiever and perfectionist, and has always made straight A's in elementary school. This school is not recommended for every child, but if your child wants to excel in school and is willing to work hard, then I would recommend this school. This school will give the child a great education and discipline, that they will be able to use for any higher education successfully. There is a lot of homework, rigorous learning and strict discipline. No bullying policy and uniforms does keep the kids in line and focus on education more. Be prepared for high parental involvement in your child's school and their schoolwork if you want them to maintain straight A's, because not only does your child work hard, so will you, especially the first year.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
My son went to TCMS for 3 years had good grads and great teachers. Now in high school the teachers do not have the time, too busy breaking up fights and do not pay attention to the kids who need attention. I wish this school had gone on to high school. I sure miss it.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
My son was only able to get into TCMS for eighth grade, but that one year was enough to redirect him back to the high achieving student he was before traditional public middle school killed his spirit. For those bemoaning the lack of a comparable high school, cast your eyes down Fowler to BROOKS DEBARTOLO; it's much better than you may assume. My rising junior has already completed his first Dual Enrollment class, and is challenged by teachers who actually know him.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
I'm certain TCMS has its problems like any other school, but this I know: My son was on the waiting list for all of 6th grade and half of 7th. When he finally got in during the 2nd half of 7th grade, I asked him how he felt about the school 3 weeks in. "Mom, it's like a dream come true" is what he said. His intelligence and character are valued at the school, not just by the teachers but by the other students. Imagine going to a school where being a good student is COOL. I can overlook a lot just for that!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
Considered the finest Private middle school education for FREE in central Florida. Parents are committed, students are respectful and eager to learn, staff cares about each student and has high expectations for every learner. Every teacher is required to have a master's degree, gifted teaching certification as well as yearly reading in-services. There are very few discipline challenges and so many extra curricular opportunities for every interest.

- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2012
Phenomenal school. My son's work ethic has become second to none. The academic program is superior to any school in the district. The only slight negative is communication. I have only had to send 2 emails in the two years my son has attended the school, but each one took me sending repeat emails and waiting several days for a response (both emails were about edline discrepancies..

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
TCMS is an exceptionally well organized and educationally focused middle school. This school exemplify all the great quality to produce present and future academic superstars

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
It is a sad situation in our great nation when you have to win a lottery to get a quality education like this; that is you literally have to be one of 200 students picked out of 2000 applicants, afterwards you have to communicate with school via email every month, volunteer and participate as a parent, or your space will go to the next family on the waiting list. My son was dropped the first year because I did not respond quick enough; he went to a school where there was a revolving door for troubled kids, and I wish he was never exposed to that at 11 years old. All I am saying is that none of the trouble makers would take the time to keep there kids in such a challenging school, so this place is a haven for high achievers. Both of my sons are AGP and honors students, they find the curriculum challenging and engaging. Please contact me if you have a high school that measures up to this within 100 miles, because I am struggling to find one anywhere near Tampa unless you consider the IB schools that require the same lottery ticket. Pray that God saves our children from the educational system.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
My daughter attended this school and it was the best school she attended , I hope my son can get in next August.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
it is my first choice for middle school. i hope i get in. my good friend goes there and loves it.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2010
This is an excellent school! It is a challenging curriculum, but the kids are learning so much!!!!! TCMS challenges each child to do their best and the school offers support when extra help is needed. We love everything about the school and the staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
TCMS is the most amazing middle school. I believe it is the best education you can find anywhere at any price. I really wish the school would extend to high school! The school truly prepares students to succeed in whatever they choose to do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
An excellent school that offers a high level of academics with a great environment. The student body and staff share good values and have a mutual attraction for their school. Best School!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Great school. Wonderful teachers, administration and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
TCMS is an unbelievable school with great administrators & staff. This school provides quality education and is bar-none the best granted the 8-time AYP award

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
A school that changes lives. Incredible teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Quality education for all students. Great teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Rules are followed, academics is #1 priority, teachers are caring and consistant.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Because of the great education opportunity they have provided my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
This is an excellent school -- high standards for academics with a safe environment. Great teachers and administration; fabulous students.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
My 2 daughters attended this school and the teachers ranged from average to unbelievably great. Overall, we are extremely pleased. The environment and the peer pressure have had a very positive impact on their lives.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
My daughter joined in the 6th grade and just loves it. The teachers are wonderful and the principal is just great. Highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Terrace Community Middle School is a place full of learning exploration! The teachers love what they do and the parent community is very actively involved!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great teachers, great education!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2009
The previous parent has laid claims of 'cherry-picking' on TCMS. I'mnot sure where this comes from since the 'choosing' is done via a live lottery at the school. Do they expect your child to achieve to their highest ability? Yes, they do, don't you want the same for your own child? The principal and all the teachers I have had the pleasure of working with have all been very helpful. My duaghte ris having issues with completing her assignments and organization, her teachers and the Guidance Counselor have been very actively involved in helping her work through these issues. I feel the previous post was done by a parent whose child did not make it in through the lottery, a lot of children don't. This school has become a much sought after school due to their level of achievement, unfortunately this means more applicants for the same number of openings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2009
This is a great school for high acheiving students. It's wonderful that they are providing for the cream of the crop, but they shouldn't be allowed to turn away those that aren't. AFter all, this is a public school. Don't go here and support their cherry picking attitude.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
I love tcms but if you kid is a slacker this wouldnt be the best choice for them.This school it the best school in the county.It makes sure that you will remember the stuff they teach you.Also they have tutoring in the morning so if you dont understand something they will make sure you will.It will deffinatley be a change from elementary school , there homework is at the most 2 hours and at the least of 1 hour.This school will not take any kind of bulling or misbehavior.I deffinatly think this school will prepare you for whatever you want to do in life.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2006
My duaghter left our local middle school to attend Terrace Community for 7th and 8th grade. She loved it and excelled. I feel the teachers really care and take extra time to help the students;they are willing to offer free study sessions after school! The administration and principal really care also. The principal makes it a point to know each student my name. I am going to miss having a child at this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
TCMS is an excellent school that prepares students for the rigors of high school and beyond. While the academics are challenging, the caring, supportive and family-oriented atmosphere creates a balance that you do not often see at the middle school level.

- submitted by a staff
September 12, 2005
This is the best school any of my children have gone to. The teachers are committed to helping each child succeed and they push them to do their very best. Teachers and administration are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
Excellent academic record both performance and test scores. High parent involvement from a structural perspective - family volunteer contract required. Band is available as is art. The sports program is not as strong due to current space limitations. Expect that will change with completion of new campus. Extracurricular clubs and sports programs available directly after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 01, 2004
TCS got a great boost of energy when Mr. Hocevar was recruited as the new principal this year. The school was already very good. But Mr. Hocevar was able to motivate and recruit staff members, shared his experience and vision with students and families, and gave everybody enough autonomy to get things done. The result is that teachers have local control over how the school functions. The students are very motivated. There is a huge amount of parent involvement. In fact, the entire band program grew from a few parents volunteer work, and is now funded as a regular elective.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2003
This is my daughter's first year at TCS as a 7th grader. I have always done very thorough research on the schools I wanted my daughter to attend. After a very intense research on what school she should attend for 7th grade, I was lead to TCS. I don't have any complaints about the school. I feel that the teachers are like friends to the kids instead of disciplinarians. They do discipline when it's needed, but just knowing that a teacher can be a friend of a child goes a long way. My daughter is always coming home and talking about something positive about TCS. She is really being challenged when it comes to the school work and I think that's a plus. I would recommend this school to anyone that wants their child to have a very good education. TCS as a whole is GREAT in my book!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2003
TCS has an ambitious and dedicated staff and leadership from principal who is dedicated to excellence. However, having transferred my 3 children from other schools to TCS grades 5, 6 and 8, I feel as though I am an outsider especially on the 8th grade level. I have confidence in our choice of TCS for academics this year, but would feel better if there was more comunication between parents and the Parent Resource Association(PRA)and more personal understanding and inclusion from the current administration. Just bugs to work out, but we are still enthusiastic about TCS and the superior educational opportunities they have to offer above and beyond our other local schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
This is my forth year associated with TCS and I can not say enough about this school I have seen my daughter grow from an average student to the top of her class. The teacher here take the time to make sure the student have eveything they need and then some. The atmosphere is always upbeat and everyone feels like a part of a family.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
The teachers at Terrace Community School care as much about my child's education as I do! Their dedication is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2003
I have 2 children at TCS. TCS sets high academic expectations which challenge the children to meet them and at the same time nurtures their social/emotional needs. TCS has awesome teachers and the principal is outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2003
Moving our children to Terrace Community was the best academic decision ever made for our 2 students. They have truly blossomed in this small teacher to pupil ratio environment. The teachers care about their students and in turn the students care about their learning. Awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
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Terrace Community Middle School
11734 Jefferson Road, Thonotosassa, FL  33592
(813) 987-6555
Last modified Terrace Community Middle School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Terrace Community Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top