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Westwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 846 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2013

West wood is a great school for children who are focused and ready to learn. I like how they encourage students to become better readers and pass the FCAT . They also talk to the students and give out rewards to students with good behavior , witty teachers , very few ESE students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I think Westwood is a great school. This is my daughter's second year being here and she absolutely loves it!! I love the teachers and staff..as well as all the extra curricular activities they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

Do not recommend this school to anyone.. Too many fights.. Concern's about safety. Lack of supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

We are very dissatisfied with this school. We should not have sent our child to Westwood. The atmosphere is very negative-more like a prison than a school. Very damaging to a child's self-esteem. A lot of stress for both students and parents. Matters are not always handled in a fair manner. It's been one bad experience after another the whole time. We would definitely not recommend this school to anyone..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

I am a 6th grader at westwood and I have to say I'm not quite impressed on my first year here , because we only have 3 minutes to change classes and most of mine and my friends classes are spread out along campus not to mention the fact that we have heavy binders and I have 3 of them beacquse the school won't let us have backpacks . This school also dose not have the best teachers because mine don't help students learn what they don't understand and say bad things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2008

This is a great school. I recommend it to every parent with a teenage middle schooling child. Westwood Middle has great hands-on activities to participate in classroom activity, pertner work and sportsmanship, once you go Warrior, you don't go back. Well, I've gotta say: Westwood is an excellent school. -Dianna Simpson Head of County Commisioners
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

Westwood is an average school in an average town. It's not outstanding, and it's not terrible. On a continuum of schools available, though, there are better ones in Winter Haven. I don't want to make it sound bad, because I know the teachers work hard, but the school has low self-esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Westwood Middle is wonderful and I am proud to have my children here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Westwood is the best school in Winter Haven.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 1, 2003

Mrs.Hamitt is a great women


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

258 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

296 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

292 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
80%
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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
n/a
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
Hispanic 40%
White 29%
Black 27%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%66%61%
Master's degree 29%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. BENITA PIERCE
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (863) 965-5585

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(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
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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3520 Ave J Northwest
Winter Haven, FL 33881
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Phone: (863) 965-5484

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