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Emerald Cove Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1222 students

 

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Posted June 5, 2014

My daughter started here in 6th grade. We had high expectations because we loved Equestrian Trails right next door and since they're in close proximity we figured they'd be somewhat similar. What we found was teachers that didn't want to teach the first year. We dealt with it figuring MS was different from elementary. Second year, out of all of her teachers, again, one sub par teacher. 8th grade came and we truly saw a pattern. She had a science teacher showing the class baby bunnies being skinned. I had to sign a permission slip for my daughter to watch Titanic in 6th or 7th yet, this didn't warrant the same? My daughter loves animals (as do we, her parents), so, this did not sit well. This teacher is well known in the parental and fellow teaching community to be incompetent. In addition, the school is also bad with handling situations. As long as your child doesn't run into any issues here, I guess I could see how you'd consider it an okay school. Unfortunately, we had an issue. All they wanted to do was sweep it under the rug. There was no formal process at all. I wouldn't send my dog there. Hoping the incoming new Principal changes things drastically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

Emerald Cove Middle School is a fabulous school with a rigorous education plan, intelligent teachers, and a strong Leadership Team. My concerns have always been addressed immediately by teachers, guidance counselors, the Nurse, Front Office Staff and the greatest Middle School Principal on this planet, Dr. Lucas!! I LOVE the strict zero tolerance rule at ECMS!! I LOVE their Homework Policy and that my daughter has never ever been given busy-work. Her assignments directly coincide with the class work of that day! I LOVE the safety rules on school wide events and I dearly THANK those who took the time to plan, coordinate and ensure that my daughter had the best time at her year end trip. Dr. Lucas you will be so missed, Ms. Chapman, you are AWESOME!! Deborah Cirincione
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

My daughter was bullied and groped by several boys and the leadership there blamed my daughter. They didn't perform a thorough investigation, and didn't follow proper Florida Regulations. Leadership there is a joke. Most of the teachers are ill-prepared - come on, going to a hockey game for History Class? What about learning about Henry Flagler or St. Augustine/Ponce de Leon. No wonder why the kids in this school don't do well. Try teaching!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

Im in 8th grade and I hate this school. I rather be homeschooled, I told the guidance counselor I dont feel comfortable in a class and the teacher is absolutely rude ( I basically get bullied by the teacher ) and all guidance counselor does is say you will get through it. They don't help at all. If it wasnt for couple more months of school, I would of been homeschooled. A teacher I have is absolutely rude and picks on me even the whole class knows and they won't put me out. I can't wait to go to highschool so I can get out if this nightmare. I would not refer this school to anybody.


Posted October 20, 2012

My daughter was bullied for the majority of the year last year. I went in to the school on numerous occasions. The counselor informed me that things would be done. The bullying continued. I went in again. They told me I needed to calm down. My daughter is seeing a psychiatrist because of this bullying. The girls are still saying nasty comments to my daughter and bullying her. I have been homeschooling my daughter for the beginning of 8th grade; however, she wants to go back to school because she misses her friends. I am debating to send her back to this school because the bullies are still there. Where is the justice? I think those bullies should have been punished or expelled from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

This is my last year in ECMS. The education is really good, they have highschool courses so if your more advance you can take it. They have virtual class. Some teachers are really rude and they pick your elective but overall its an okay school.


Posted March 1, 2012

Well, I must say my son attended this school and he was never the same. Although the teachers in the core classes were excellent, the school itself had big problems. First, the policy of a zero or 50% for missed homework is terrible. It is inconsistent and it promotes a feeling of failure for the kids. - to fail kids for missed homework is counterproductive. A policy to promote learning should be used--maybe assign double homework if missed.. Second, there is no real partnership or attempt at partnership with parents. There is no strict rules on upgrading edline, and many teachers don't even post homework.. For these kids, it's all new to have 7 classes, and 7 teachers, and keep an agenda etc. but there is little support. Second, PE is a disaster at this school. I recommend everyone to opt out of PE. It's a Mess with 60 plus kids with sometimes much more from all grades combined. Half the kids sit around because they can't even participate since there are too many kids. The kids at this school are rude to teachers to a shocking degree. The policy of no uniforms is a bad one for this age group as it promotes bully issues. Overall great teachers,but bad atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

It is amazing how a few parents who have problem kids and have to deal with administration give this school a bad name. From my personal experience I have had nothing but positive experiences with the school. They have always called me back and have the best interest of the children of the school as their top priority! Stop bashing administration just because you child gets in trouble!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

ECMS was a very good school, but this new year is seeing it start to fall apart. Electives are forced upon you, lunch is a mess, and the car line is disorganized. 6th graders mixed in with 8th in the same classes, and broken school properties. As a student who has been here 2 years, I can honestly say this.


Posted March 29, 2011

I love this school, as a person with experience, i would love to go to this school!


Posted December 26, 2009

I find it hard to believe such a horrible school could exist in Wellington!! The entire school needs to be revamped!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

My child was extremely happy at ECMS. Her Grades were always high and her teachers were always there to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

i love this school i go to it and its awesome music plays between classes lots of fun!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2009

i started ecms since 6th grade and the best teaches are mrs lawry for 6 period and mrs mophesis for 1st they where awsome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2009

i go to this school its ok but mr. lamisky is the best teacher ever! fyi he teachs 6 & 7 grade history! go mr. l
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

I can't you what a relief it was to find out that this school offered a week long pirate camp for incoming 6th graders. My son went from knowing no one, to making a ton of new friends. As well as getting to know the wonderful caring faculty. Kudos to Ms. Leathermen who headed up this week( one of the guidance counselors, who volunteered). I can't wait for daughter to come summer of 2009. Did i mention it was free.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

I go to school at emerald cove and this is my 2nd year now, honelsy the teachers are great and it is a great school they have adv. And honner classes and give you choices for high school. I have a lot of friends and people are very nice there *if you get student aide as your elective make sure you get mrs.Payne she's the best you'll lov her!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

my child is in 7th grade and he loves the school.He also loves that they offer high school courses
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

this school needs to have less homework and more social events because the students hardly get any.like the events all cost money which doesnt allow everyone to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

I went to emerald cove and I personally love it there. It was Fun and the teachers are awesome. I have to admit the homework late thing was a little tough but some teachers made exceptions and it was to teach us responsibility. I Loved my year there. I <3 Mrs. Riga
—Submitted by a student


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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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

384 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

415 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

408 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

367 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

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 66% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
98%
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 45%
Hispanic 26%
Black 21%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 82%73%61%
Master's degree 18%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. NANCY LUCAS
Fax number
  • (561) 803-8050

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
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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