School Details

Destin Middle School

4608 Legendary Marina Dr, Destin, FL 32541
(850) 833-7655
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 605 students 20 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

65%
61%
55%
74%
70%
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65%
63%
53%

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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
64%
52%
74%
71%
59%

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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
65%
55%
71%
66%
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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
69%
51%
79%
66%
56%
78%
65%
47%
88%
75%
79%

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.
87%
80%
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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Destin Middle School is a public middle school in Destin. The principal of Destin Middle School is Dr. Diane Kelley. 605 children attend Destin Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Destin Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 19% of the 605 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Destin Middle School is 20:1. Addie R. Lewis School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 85% 69%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 7%
Asian 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 40%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Destin Middle School is open-minded in trying new things on a tight budget.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dont listen to all the bad comments destin middle school is a very good public school with great teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school seems like an expensive private school in that it offers a high quality education in a smaller protected environment. Peers are offspring of mostly professionals who have instilled a few manners so delinquency issues are practically nonexistent. Don't believe any rumors about snobbery. This is the best public middle school the area has to offer.

  • (6 years ago)

    You couldn't find a better middle school than Destin Middle! Awesome caring and dedicated teachers and staff and a principal that we will miss since this is Mr. Britt's last year at the school. Opportunities abound in this school and academics are challenging but definitely worthwhile for the students. The Arts are emphasized as well as sports. Great parent involvement ensures a well rounded learning community. Go Marlins!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Destin middle was a wonderful school! I had been to many other schools but this one was the best! The teachers are very helpful and the principal is very on top of the things that go on at the school. I would highly reccomend this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am extremly disappointed w/DMS. The core classes are good for Florida standard but they do teach to the FCAT rather than to what will be taught in the next grade for that subject.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter is a student at DMS. This is a great school. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the academics the teachers and the staff. The teachers are open and willing to work with the kids to help them achieve. The band program is very strong and the band director does a super job with the kids. There is great parent involvement and great school spirit. There are many extracurricular activities for the kids from sports to clubs. The SRO Officer Jacox does a super job with the kids and I have no concerns for our daughter's safety. After several years of dismal school experiences we have found a breath of fresh air here.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our child attends DMS. The teachers are accessible and caring the staff is on top of the game and the opportunities are excellent. The band director is super and does an excellent job with the kids! Academics are strong and there is tutoring available. The teachers really want the kids to succeed. We have found the staff to be responsive. The on-site school Officer is great with the kids and I feel confident in our child's safety. After many crummy school experiences DMS has been a breath of fresh air!

  • (8 years ago)

    Principal is a 'non-factor' do nothing principal and unresponsive to parent's concerns. After school programs are lack luster with little to no pride discipline and inspiration. Extra-curricular activities are dismal at best. The football team consistently posts losing records year after year (4 wins in 4 years). The Band is also an embarrassment. Parent involvement is also dismal because the parents feel that there is nothing that they can do to affect change. From an academic perspective Destin Middle School is a good school. The teachers are accessible and the overall education experience is positive.

  • (9 years ago)

    Destin middle school is a great school.

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