School Details

Merritt Brown Middle School

5044 Merritt Brown Way, Panama City, FL 32404
(850) 767-3976
Bay
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 793 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bay average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bay average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
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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
  • Bay average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Merritt Brown Middle School is a public middle school in Lynn Haven. The principal of Merritt Brown Middle School is MS. CHARLOTTE MARSHALL. 793 students go to Merritt Brown Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.1% of the Merritt Brown Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 92% of the 793 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Merritt Brown Middle School is 16:1. Bay Haven Charter Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 71%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 15%
Multiracial 5% 5%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 53%
Limited English proficiency 0.1% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    My son went to this school in 8th grade 2 years ago and did great. He was in the advanced program and the teachers are excellent some of them are the best in the district! My daughter has been going to this school for 3 years and is also in the advanced classes. She loves her school (except lunch - the food is terrible and not orderly). The advanced teachers are excellent. The principle keeps the kids in line with strict but fair rules and takes care of the occasional problem. She runs a tight ship which is a good thing at this age! The iffice staff and counselors are also helpful and nice.

  • (3 years ago)

    So far so good! Our 6th Grader is loving her first year of middle school. Of course it's only been a month and classes are still pretty easy. We especially appreciate Mr. Fant a very dedicated Math Coach! Wish there was more parent involvement but that pretty much goes for any public school especially after grade school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I had one child at this school all last year. We have had only a couple of issues with harrassment from other kids and the teachers have been careful to take care of the problems promptly. Academically my child has soared at this school. That same child found Bay Haven to be far too stressful and had gone there from K-5th grade. Straight A's in advanced classes with top scores on FCAT are enough proof that this school is awesome. Teachers such as Mrs. Sermons and Mr. Fant go above and beyond for the kids. We are very happy with this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Merritt Brown used to be... not the best school in the county because of various teachers and too-easy academic programs. But since about 7 years ago Merritt Brown has been transformed into a new school and most of the bugs have been worked out probably because of a Principal that shows true leadership. I've found that other schools in the county lack in academic challenge compared to this school. the teachers show that they care about their students. Gym is a class that can push you to the limits and get you into shape and educate you about your body at the same time as reported by my son. this school is way better than other middle school my children have attended including Mowat Jinks and Bay haven.

  • (5 years ago)

    Despite the comments of some of the other parents who have rated this school MBMS is still a wonderful school that is even better than bay haven!

  • (6 years ago)

    My family has had several children go through this school. They were always in advanced classes so I can't speak toward the quality of the general education but they always had good experiences that prepared them well for challenges in high school and college. Mr. Fant and Mrs. Sermons are academic pillars that all my kids loved. I've had children interested in band sports (volleyball basketball track) technology math team art and just about everything else you can imagine and they were never short of extra curricular activities to keep them engaged in school and working hard. As with anything the school is what you make it. Some reviewers have called it dirty but I'd like to compliment them on the progress they've made in that regard since my first child started there in 1999. I'd recommend it strongly to anyone looking for a solid all-around program.

  • (6 years ago)

    My student love her school. It makes me feel safer and helps not to worry about her during the day.

  • (6 years ago)

    One word to describe this school awesome I am a member of the ITV crew there the band Mathcounts Team Track Team..... I have learned so much! I'm in the sixth grade and I'm going to the State History Fair! The teachers here are perfect I think especially Mr.Fant my pre-algebra teacher who also coaches our wonderful Mathcounts Team. Go Bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am not happy how there is children that are being singled out by staff.I think its more on staff getting the grade then the students.There are teachers that should not be teaching if they want a paycheck find another job.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Merritt Brown. This is my 3rd year and I'm still in love. MBMS has helped me academically and phisically. Thanks to all my teachers...yall are the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    Merritt Brown is an awesome school. All the teachers that my kids have are always helpful and supportive. The extracurricular activities are great.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my son's third year at Merritt Brown. If we didn't live so far from the city and need the bus transportation I would definately prefer him to be in another school. They are not consistent with their rules except for the recent uniform (dress) code. The language and behavior of the students is appalling.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is our second year at Merritt Brown and although I'm not sure about rating it five stars for the most part I have not had issue with the school. They appear to stand by their plan and if/when it has had problems they have adjusted. My son is doing well even in subjects he's not thrilled with. Problems (inevidable problems) are not ignored and dialog is always welcome.

  • (7 years ago)

    We moved our 7th grade son to this school because of a move to new location. It was the best choice we made. We realized that the school he was at was not academically challenging him (he is an advanced student). Merritt Brown's honor classes and teachers are awesome. So far we are incredibly pleased. My son misses his friends from his old school but that is it and it is the most popular public middle school in Bay County. The teachers and counselors have been very responsive to anything I've ask or questioned since before we enrolled him. As far as parent involvement you can become a volunteer and there were quite a few people at open house in the upper grade levels - which says there is parent involvement but I'm not sure to what extent. I highly recommend this school for at least the honors programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is pathetic when it comes to compassion and care and thoughtfulness and respect to the students. The teachers seem to want to target those kids whom already have problems with academics and make things worse for them. THey make learning a chore instead of a joy. They know not how to show compassion and respect to the students yet they want respect regardless of how they treat your child.

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