School Details

Dunedin Highland Middle School

70 Patricia Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-4112
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1131 students 18 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
  • Pinellas County School District 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 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
  • Pinellas County School District 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 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.
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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
  • Pinellas County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Pinellas County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dunedin Highland Middle School is a public middle school in Dunedin. The principal of Dunedin Highland Middle School is Mr. Christopher W Bates, who can be contacted at 1091.principal@pcsb.org. 1,131 children attend Dunedin Highland Middle School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 6% of the Dunedin Highland Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 1,131 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dunedin Highland Middle School is 18:1. Cornerstone Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 59%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 19%
Hispanic 21% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 54%
Limited English proficiency 6% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son started 6th grade in the gifted program this year and the quality of the teachers and the level of communication is great. The Principal is very enthusiastic and tries to get all of the kids involved in school activities. The school spirit and kilt rewards program are great. The school is very clean and the meetings very efficient and professional.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have gone to this school for 3 years i have to say the first year was bad but then the new principal came and changed everything but we sacrificed our freedom to wear whatever we wanted I'll give the school 4 because I think the dress code is to strict

  • (2 years ago)

    All these comments about how bad this school is makes me mad. this school is one of the best i have attended. Teacher are great at teaching yeah they push you but is because they care. I t is an amazing experience to attend this school even if i attended it for a year. trust me i moved around alot. been to more than 10 schools and states and Dunedin middle and high are both amazing schools to attend D

  • (2 years ago)

    Recommend strongly not going to this school if you want a real education. If you do get stuck in this school keep to yourself and youll avoid the fights.

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to this school now we have a new principal and things are really good. Ya there are fights its middle school drama. There have been alot of procedures put in place to protect students. There is also the Gifted Program There has never been a fight in our building. I dont know what teachers you had but mine care. I would tell anyone to go to this school i love it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school last year and it was the worst experience of my life! I am an A student who loves learning but the teachers here intentionally try to fail you the kids are violent and there are fights everyday. Teachers administrators and principals stand by while students are beaten or violated. If you are a good kid you get in trouble a lot in front of others so you can be made an example of. PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR KID THROUGH THIS. These people are imbeciles!

  • (4 years ago)

    Ugh....horrible horrible school. The teachers are rude disorganized have a lack of planning...if you're getting beaten up they just walk around with their hands behind their backs chin up high thinking "Kid I'm getting payed just to stand here. Do something yourself!" Oh the fights that happened there...every day. LITERALLY. More that 2 fights a day almost all of them got somebody badly hurt. There was a LOT of smoking going on too. The kids are VERY unfriendly the halls crowded (I gave up on having a locker...no time to get through the crowd!) there's little time to eat lunch nevertheless find a seat.People abused me physically and verbally. I abhored getting up in the morning to go here...and all of this happened within 3 months. I'm so glad I'm out of that school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Dunedin Highland Middle school it really cool. I have a lot of cool teachers

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a seventh grade student at DHMS and it is the worst school I have ever attended. The students are scary and if your child isn't a good fighter don't send them here. The teachers do little to nothing to stop abuse and bullying happening two feet away from them. The instructors move way too fast in the lessons for me and I've always been an A+ Student and they laugh when you flop. Go to another school if you are able.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school i'd never go to any other school here in pinellas county the other schools are o ld and smelly although this school is 6 years old it still looks and feels brand new! I enjoy the new Principal and the kids and all the teachers. DHMS is where it's at )

  • (5 years ago)

    i have had so many good times at this school. the teachers classes and events are amazing at this school

  • (5 years ago)

    I just graduated from Dunedin Middle School. Sad to say if you want your child to succeed then put them in advanced classes or the Fundamental program. I think that it will become the Scottie program. I wouldn't choose to go to another school if I had to choose. The teachers are awesome as long as you behave and the KILT program that we have is a good reminder of how the staff cares. We have great electives sports teams and the academics kick butt! Our principals have to be strict like any other school and yes we have created a not-so-good reputation but since I've been there I have overcome a lot of things. It all depends on the people that your child will choose to hang out with. It isn't the school's fault...

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is finally going to be leaving DMS and it won't be soon enough. The teachers are disorganized insincere and disinterested. I'm a teacher myself and I'm horrified at the lack of accountability from the administration. Do they have any idea what type of lesson plans some of these teachers have? Please don't send your child to Dunedin Middle if you have any other choice.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love dhms its a great school. all schools have their fights and the teachers are rally nice. my child has a lot of choices there too.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im a student at dunedin highland middle school im in 7th grade & people dont know how to control their behavior. The teachers teach you stuff you learned like in 4rth grade the halls are to crowded & you never have time to eat lunch you only have 5min. to eat it. Most school allow flip flops! this school absouletly doesn't. This school has to many rules & there's alot of bisbehaving kids that act like 2yrs olds.

  • (6 years ago)

    Is a good school but they some teacher that are bad potatoes and it make the school look bad. The school has a lot of extracuriculium activities. They need to updated about bullies and take out those bad potatoes(teacher) and it will be a good school. Those teacher that bully kids by putting in the spot not good. Those matter taking care of and will be a great awasome school that included officer too.

  • (6 years ago)

    If you have a choice where to send your child to middle school I cannot emphasize enough to not choose Dunedin Middle. My son has attended here for the last two years for 7th and 8th grade. Prior to Dunedin he had always been a straight A student in advanced classes. Since coming to Dunedin his grades dropped teachers do NOT communicate you only learn of issues twice a year when you receive a report card and truly the integrity here is far inferior to that of Palm Harbor Middle or even Safety Harbor Middle. I will have to hire a tutor this summer to help bring him back to speed for high school. I'm so sorry I didn't do something sooner. I hope this review helps a few parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is in 6th grade at Dunedin Highland Middle School. She has had and is having a great school experience. From the teachers principals and guidance counselor- all are extremely professional and caring. My daughter is really enjoying learning there and is being challenged. The communication with the teachers and administrative staff has been swift and very effective. I highly rate this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    i think this school is awsome. i think the people are great i mean there are drama queens there but ever school has one. the teachers were nice and i really felt like i was learning things. i learned a whole lot in science math and even chorus! even though there are fights they are resolved and everyone is sent back to class. its a grat learning enviorment and i really enjoy it there.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to school at DHMS for a year and hated it. They have a serious problem with bullies. They tought me things I had learned in the fourth grade but at the time I was in 6th. The bathrooms were filthy and the lunch lines were so unorganized that by the time you got your food you barely had time to consume it before you go to class. The health books were so old the covers would frequently fall off and you couldn't look at even one page without there being a dirty comment or drawing. There were never enough art supplies for the whole class and the science supplies were old and junky. The teachers would punish the whole class even if it were only one or two people misbehaving.

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