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Palm Springs Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1608 students

 

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Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

I am not sure about other programs but band program in this school is like joke- teacher does not care about students advancements, nor does he keep up with competitions or enhancement programs...you need private lessons, they will not get your child ready for audition or anything (like other Band Directors do in other schools)and band will play same music each year so challenge for young musician is minimal. My kid is at the Dreyfoos now but I feel that we wasted time with this school, if you want them to go forward- you are on your own here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

I initially enrolled my daughter there because supposedly they had the dual language program. To my dissapointment, they don't. My daughter does like her teachers, school and sports there. But I must agree that their is alot of bullying there. Ive had boys and girls bully her there. On a better note, i do like the fact that there are police officers there. I just think they should b helping more with traffic instead of standing around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Palm Springs Middle School is a pretty good school. I do think that the teachers do a great job. I like that there are policemen there everyday to protect the school. The only thing I am not crazy about for my kids is that there are a lot of bullies. Another thing I'm not crazy about is the parking. The parents can't line up in their cars to pick up their kids until 3:40. Parents start pulling out of their spots and practically hit each other every day. Something needs to be done about that. And if you park on the side of the school and try to get out the kids that walk home take over and it's hard to get out of the parking lot. They should have someone there to help the kids cross and also let the parents leave the parking lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

Great Teachers and Stuff. My son love this school. I talk to studens who did go in this school and they told that they are not used to the amount of work they getting in High School.


Posted March 14, 2011

First of all, I love this school. I do note that a lot of the high reviews include the band and gifted program. (Both of I am in, so I completely understand.) First, if you are sending your kid here, put them in an arts program instead of gym or being a runner. Having a productive school day is important. I suggest music, orchestra or band (Having being in both.) unless that isn't your child's forte. As for the teachers, they are very helpful in answer's students' questions or helping them extra. A good amount of homework, not too much but good for a healthy middle schooler. As for some of the negative reviews, your child may be part of the...Bottom ten percent, shall we say. And the teachers can get a bit frustrated when their students aren't behaving right, but other than that, if your kid needs academic help, the teachers teach them the best they can and they have plenty of side programs to help your child succeed. I hope this clears up any confusion of some things. Send your child here, you will not regret it.


Posted September 23, 2009

Listen, this school is amazing.. Im in the 7th grade here and i love the dual-language and band program put your child in one of those programs and you will not here them complaining.. The band teacher rocks.. Mr. M.. Everybody loves him.. And the spanish teachers are awesome..Ms.Z, Mr.P and Ms.V...This is an awesome school!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2009

This school is amazing if you get into the gifted, arts, or advanced classes programs. If it werent for those programs the school would be terrible. Get into one of those programs if you want to learn more, have fun, and get a family in school. In gifted we learn to love each other and have really become a family. Band and theatre too. Our arts and sports always win. If you dont get into any of those things, good luck.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2009

I dont know why there are a lot of bad reviews. Ive been there for two years. I think the school is great and the teachers make sure you understand. Even if we have uniforms we dont have to tuck our shirts in (which I hated in elementary school.) I admit that I get in trouble but its my own fault. The band program is so great that I take it twice. I actually cried when my teacher Mr.Campo said he was moving. Can you believe that; a student crying for a teacher. Mr. M is the bomb so is Mr.Friedman. We miss and love you Mr.Campo
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2008

I am shocked by the bad reviews. My son is in the 6th grade and I was very nervous about middle school in general due to him being dyslexic. But I was surprised on how all his teachers are not there just for a pay check there are there to teach and are very willing to work with the parents. I am very pleased with Palm Springs Middle!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

My daughter attends and she is happier here than she has been at any of her other schools. The teachers are hard working and will work with both the students and the parents in the event of a problem. The Orchestra director is wonderful, constantly praising the students for their hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

I noticed that all the bad reviews are from parents, look if your kid isn't doing well it's because he/she is not trying, all the teachers try hard to teach. It really is a safe school and teacher make sure of that, its not like other schools that there's gangs every were. This school has a great gifted program and great gifted teachers (Mr.dowling, Mrs.bredeweg, and Mr.williams) and a great arts program, like band, and the band teachers are alsogreat, go Mr.M and we'll miss you Mr.campo
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2008

I have been extremely happy with the school, its programs and the band department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

I believe that the Palm Springs Middle school band program is the best in the district. Over all the school is one of the best. Mr Magersuppe and Mr. Campo are the greatest band directors ever! I learned a lot with them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2007

If your going to palm springs make sure to join handbells. Ms.Bredeweg is the greatest teacher in the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

The academic programs I find are difficult especially when you have teachers that do not have the patience to sit and explain to the child how toi do the work, instead they send the child home clueless. I recently attended a 'meet the teacher' and it was a mess, there was no coordination, the teachers ran through explaining their curriculum and had no time to answer the questions parents had. I feel that the security of the school and how the school handles its conflicts are handled horribly. My main concern is that my child learns her studies not become overwhelemed and stressed and depressed becuase she doesn't fully understand
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

I attended Palm Springs back in the early 80's when it was still called Jefferson Davis. The only positive experience I had was with band. Now, unfortunately, my daughter is attending the same school. Nothing has changed. The band is still great for the kids, but as for the rest... it's like sending her off to the wolves everyday. I only wish we had enough income to send her to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

This school has a strong administration and dedicated teachers. It is a Choice School for the Arts, and has excellent music and arts programs and extracurricular activities. It has won awards, on a continuous basis, for its school newspaper and yearbook, and students have won many trophies in Academic Games competition. What many don't realize is that Palm Springs Middle is one of the safest schools in the District.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 7, 2006

Palm Springs Middle is not a school that I recommend. If your student isn't in band, then he/she will not get the attention deserved. There is no parent involvement, the students don't get the deserved discipline, and don't even think about afterschool activities (they are the worst). Please, if there is a school not to send your child, this is it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Not happy with the way they handle certain situations. No one to speak to when a child may have a problem regarding any kind of problem? As a parent also feel like always getting the blown-off. Looking to find hopefully another school soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

I just found this web page and read the reviews for Jefferson Davis. I want to add that the school was never a D school. When my child came three years ago it was a B, moving up from a C. It still is a B and is an excellent school that doesn't deserve the stories people tell about it. The teachers are dedicated. The principal works hard to have a wonderful program that is focused totally on having every child do their best. They even started a Choice school to provide special classes in art, communications, and music. My son was in music, and the band program has to be one of the best in the county! I hope my son has as good an educational experience at his high school as he did at Jefferson Davis Middle!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

469 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

469 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

587 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

586 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

564 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

566 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

564 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

559 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

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.

465 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
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 64%
Black 19%
White 14%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%73%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. SANDRA M JINKS
Fax number
  • (561) 434-3303

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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1560 Kirk Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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Phone: (561) 434-3300

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