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Mulrennan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1133 students

 

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Posted July 17, 2014

My child has attended Mulrennan for 6th and 7th grade and it has been nothing but a COMPLETE nightmare! It starts from the administration and I can count on one hand how many decent teachers my son has had. The students are just a number and forget a parent who has concerns or tries to be involved. MANY teachers frankly just have too much and too little time to go the extra mile for the kids, but who suffers? OUR kids do. The homework load is ridiculous, As a parent, I feel I should be getting a salary for all the late nights and outside tutors we have had to get just to get by. When asked by friends if 'like' my kids' school? Umm, that's not hard to answer with a big NO! Very much considering pulling them out and going elsewhere. This school's administration needs to seriously revamp 'EDSBY' (what a joke), instill back in their mentality why is it they actually chose teaching as a career, and putting children first to remember they are not herds of cattle or robots, they are young impressionable kids that are not all the same and be treated and taught as such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

When will they send the information packets for school ? I like to start my school shopping early so I don't have to do it later. My daughter is so excited to go to 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I am a parent that came 2 years ago from Puerto Rico. My first son was 7th and 8th grade in this school and my second son is currently in 6th grade. My third son is coming to 6th grade next year in this school. It is a great school, great gifted program, academically challenged curriculum and a great principal that makes the school a very safe place for the studetns. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I am a student here, and I can proudly say that Mulrennan is an excellent school with an amazing staff and teachers who actually care about the students. The teachers here are nice, caring, and they actually have a sense of humor and are able to make learning fun! If you are having trouble and are not as smart as others, they have wonderful tutoring programs in the mornings, and teachers would be willing to help the student as well. The staff here is dedicated and willing to do whatever it takes to make our Mulrennan Mustangs healthy, safe, and they want us to succeed. This is my last year at Mulrennan, and I have to say that I am sad to go. This is a wonderful school, and if you are considering putting your student into this school, there really is no better choice than Mulrennan.


Posted October 5, 2012

i think that this is the best school i have ever been to. i loved mulrennan. it had a fanominal band and orchadstra with my most favorite teacher mr. vail. he helped me on my way to greatness. i play the violin and viola. it is funny that he doesnt know how to play the violin but he can teach it perfect. and mr. klas my science teacher was also one of my favorite. he teaches 8th grade science and i really recomend him. i really have nothing bad to say about this school. there are some fights once in a while but i mean what school doesnt


Posted September 29, 2009

My grandson was ill recently and thanks to the generous and beyond her scope as a teacher, Mrs. Forsythe (6th grade math) helped him keep up with his assignments.


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter loves to go to Mulrennan every day! She love all her teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

I went to mulrennan all three of my middle school years. I'm currently a junior at Durant. Mulrennan made me the success I am today. The teachers inspired me to live up to my potential and to pursue anything, without hesitation. I had a rough home life. The teachers at mulrennan stepped in as parents and never let me fall. I am thankful that I have been blessed to have gone there. The Choral Program led by Mr. Mallernee is phenominal as well. Mulrennan is a family, always embracing and cherishing the hope for tomorrow.


Posted March 30, 2009

awesome school! youll get a kick outta this one! mr. ducker, the principle, is very talented and is a fantastic leader:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

This is my second year at school here and i love it! They try to make sure parents aand children are happy and they go to a great extent to show it. Many parents say that they haven't been informed of anything and the administrative office is unorganized but i can assure you that children are told and they send out letters and even call home. Im very proud of my school and i also love my teachers. I have learned alot from fifth grade to now and i know your children will too. [=
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

This is my last year at Mulrennan, and it's a nice school. Not strict enough in my opinion, and not hard enough on the students. I am an advanced student though, but everything is to easy for me. Top classes are not enough, but they will do. Yes, I loved it here all the teachers are great, but I can not wait till high school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

I am a teacher at Mulrennan and have been here since day one. I recognize individuals have opinions both favorable and nonfavorable: that is the right of each person. Yet, for the sake of individuals who want a fair, honest picture of how the school truly is, let me point out a few things about our school. Parent Contact/Involvement: 1. We have quarterly Parent/Teacher conference nights. 2. We have a website with great information. For instance: a. A calendar of events (including extr-curricula activities) b. Teacher homework webpages with homework assignments posted daily. c. Grades posted online updated at least weekly. d. Teacher email addresses 3. We have a local radio station that broadcasts school events. 4. We have the Iris System, a direct-call phone system that alerts parents to important events. Instruction: The school has scored an 'A' every year since its opening. I have more to say, but not enough space provided. We are a great family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 6, 2009

Tons of my teachers are absoulutley hilarious. Mulrennan has most certainly improved since my 6th grade year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2008

im in the 6th grade and love mulrennan it can be hard and teachers can be mean but they are mean because kids have done something wrong.i love this school and wish to be here my next to years of middle school.mr.ducker is an awesome teacher, and mr.mallarney our chrous teacher, and mrs. ogrady.they are all nice and funny so rate our school #1 GO MUSTANGS !and also our school is a place to excel.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

my son has has just started this school and enjoys it very much. the 6th grades teachers are always informing us on our sons progress and they will responed via email any question i may have
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

this school is not the best but it's very fun for me im in my last year here and the earlier years wre great..mr ducker is an awsome principal... he's very friendly and easier to realte 2..he not like most principals that re just all work no play he has a fun side thats awsome...some of the teachers arent so great but the good one have taught me life lessons.... pep rallys and dances are awsome... and the school lets us add our own oppinion of what should go on in the school...this place is like home and is getting better ....soo all the parents that are adding rude comments about this school needs to stop because Mulrennean is an amazing school where kids can learn more than whats in the books but life lessons that will make the excel....
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2008

this is a great school with great teachers and an exelent ag program in fact im now on special asighnment to this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2007

After having two other kids in middle school, this is an awsome school. I cant say enough about it. Thie pric. is great. How many princ. do you know will go on the kids field trip at the end of the year and walk around in the heat just making shure all is well and that the kids are having fun? The teachers are wonderful also. With the online program, I can go on every day to check the school work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

I am going into seventh grade this coming year, I was in the honors 'team' last year, which was a very well behaved group of kids.And our teachers strictly enforce an orderly classroom, and for their pupils to give them respect.But,as we came across kids from other teams, the teachers grasp on the children,seem to dwindil.Electives are very easy to get into, and so are sports.In sports, however, they check if the child is passing.Parent evolvement is not of the utmost, but I have been to a PTA board meeting(it was right before a concert)and there was about 40 parents there.Teachers are genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of your child.But it does seem your child is!Kids generally don't convey what's going on at school,or that the teacher wants a meeting with you.You usually find a piece if paper in their backpack.I think the school,overall, is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2007

I have a child going into 7th grade, and our experience in the 6th grade has caused great concern! This school has been very de-motivating for my child, and we are considering moving. This school needs a serious overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

346 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

374 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

410 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

412 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

409 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

409 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

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.

419 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "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 66% in 2014.

237 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%
Biology I

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

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n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Hispanic 27%
Black 11%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%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 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. TIM DUCKER
Fax number
  • (813) 651-2104

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4215 Durant Road
Valrico, FL 33596
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