School Details

South Seminole Middle School

101 South Winter Park Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707
(407) 746-1350
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1283 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Seminole County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
70%
56%
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57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Seminole County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
66%
47%
58%
69%
57%
50%
59%
49%
47%
56%
56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
82%
82%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Seminole County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
74%
66%
98%
75%
64%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Seminole County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Seminole Middle School is a public middle school in Casselberry. The principal of South Seminole Middle School is DR. MIA COLEMAN-BAKER and can be contacted at Mia_Coleman-Baker@scps.k12.fl.us. 1,283 students go to South Seminole Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 6% of the South Seminole Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 80% of the 1,283 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Seminole Middle School is 17:1. Milwee Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 53% 54%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 27% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 46%
Limited English proficiency 6% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Well like any school there are positives and negatives. For the positives Teachers seem genuine and caring. Communication is good and tutoring/resources are available. Cafeteria is spotless. For the negative Administration appears disorganized and policy questions go unanswered. Discipline is sorely lacking ( fights and unsafe environment). Common Core standards were applied this year with little professional development for the staff.

  • (8 months ago)

    My son has attended this school for 2 years now. I don't have enough characters to explain how many things going wrong here! Participation Grades of 100% across the board and then straight D's and F's on all test!!! When confronting administration they act clueless that they about the egregious education given to the LEVEL 1 & 2 FCAT KIDS!! DON"T worry if your kid is in the Pre IB program you'll get Books Homework and everything they needs to succeed. But if your child struggles they just get sloppy seconds and passed along!! I am pulling my son ASAP even if I have to work 2 jobs to pay for school.

  • (8 months ago)

    Bad school! There are even gang signs in the bathrooms. Why don't parents teach their children discipline anymore. They're just setting their kids up for failure!

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter is completing the 6th grade at SSMS. Moving to the area this year we were very hesitant having her zoned for this school. My daughter loves this school! The electives are wonderful and my daughter loves MR. Nick!! She has mentioned that there is some fighting in this school but she is enrolled in the Pre-IB program and has excelled regardless of the environment! I would recommend this school but if you have a motivated learner-definitely enter them into the Pre-IB program!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    My child currently attends this school. In the three years that she has been a student at the middle school its been one of the worst experiences for her. The school says they have a zero tolerance for bulling but the deans just tell students to solve problems on their own. This obviously doesn't solve problems with true bullies. She had a opportunity to garner knowledge from a handful of good teachers. Ms. Riley and Mr. Kornya are both valuable asserts for the school. Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Ougel also play a positive role in the SSMS team.

  • (1 year ago)

    South Seminole Middle School was the most horrible experience for my son. I only wish I had withdrawn him sooner than I did. He was bullied the entire 2 1/2 years he attended. So bad once where the police department had to become involved and the other student was expelled for the remainder of that year. The administration does absolutely nothing against bullying. I finally withdrew him during his 8th grade year after he was punched in the neck and stomach no disciplinary action was taken and no one admitted to having seen anything. This was definitely not a school for my son. The Dean is horrible I'm not even sure how he manages to hold his position. Having him transfer to a private christian school was the best thing I ever did. SSMS is more like a zoo no discipline whatsoever. Unfortunately I feel that if the administration doesn't begin handling the bullying in a professional manner someone is bound to get seriously hurt one day. If it were possible to give this school a negative star rating I would. Good Luck. /

  • (1 year ago)

    It is the best school it has great teachers and staff they don't allow fighting and my daughter went there and had a wonderful 3 yrs I love this school!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    bad careless the deans are horrible and so is there diciplineary system. mr.grace need sto be fired.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is ok in most areas..I guess having been in Fairfax County Va's school system I expect no less than the best...and what SSMS needs is uniforms...too many parents dress their daughters like S. OBT Hookers!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. Its the best ever!!!! all the guidance counselors are the best. Mr.Ougel is my favorite (no offense Mrs. Durand)! he is always there to talk to and he listens very well.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attended South Seminole and they have the best teachers in the Central Florida Area hands down. Every time there was an issue it was addressed with great diligence.The teachers work together as a team to give the students the best education possible.Team work is where its at!

  • (5 years ago)

    South Seminole Middle School is student focused on increasing student acheivement.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great per-IB program; enthusiastic and experienced teachers; diverse student population

  • (5 years ago)

    My child was in Pre-IB in this school and had a great year and a half so far she loved the teachers and the school she never came home saying bad things about the school and my other child that attended this school also had a wonderful year they both had As and Bs threw the years they were in this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teacher and staff are so friendly! I have an incoming 6th grader and I feel very welcome at SSMS.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended this school for 7th and 8th grade and did well at this school there is zero tolerance for fighting and the teachers (atleast the ones my son had) genuinely care for the students and their education. I have another child at this school who has been there for all three years and I have been very happy with his years there as well and he takes advanced classes and does well in them.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers should want to help the students more

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm surprised at some of the comments on this site. This school has made huge improvements and the pre-IB program is great for advanced students. Granted they expect a lot from the students and the discipline is firm but isn't that what you want? Teacher turn over is low with many of them teaching here for years. This is one of the best middle schools in the Orlando area for preparing kids for high school and college.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very disappointed in the overall performance of this school. They seem all too ready to quickly send a child home on 'suspension' for even minor infraction rather than do their jobs and teach. I can't wait for my child to move on to high school. This has been a nightmare for all of us.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers and administration seem more concerned with their numbers and FCAT scores than the students. Teaching for the tests is a disaster and the attitude of the students reflect this. We have had an unfavourable experience the entire time our child has been in this school. Their disciplinary actions are ridiculous. It seems much easier to just suspend a student rather than work with them on minor infractions. This school has much work to do to become an acceptable school which is really what an A school is all about. Caring about the students and the actual education SHOULD come first. It doesn't in SSMS. Very sad indeed. I won't be sorry to see my child move on from this experience. It's mostly been negative for us.

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