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About This School

Fernandina Beach Middle School is a public middle school in Fernandina Beach. The principal of Fernandina Beach Middle School is Dr. John A Mazzella, who can be contacted at john.mazzella@nassau.k12.fl.us. 656 students go to Fernandina Beach Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 2% of the Fernandina Beach Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 656 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fernandina Beach Middle School is 17:1. Nassau Virtual Franchise is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 77% 83%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 2% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 45%
Limited English proficiency 2% 0.9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The bar here is set so low it's just sad. We are not from here and the public school system we came from was much more challenging creative and fun! My child was bored out of her mind at this school. A lot of paper pushing. Most of her tests were the exact copies of the study guide. I received a letter from the school in December (the letter was dated in October) that my child's gifted teacher wasn't a certified teacher in the state of Florida. Of course this is a 'fluff' class anyway no real challenge to it. Very disappointing. The gym has no air conditioning the school grounds are a mess and the buildings look like they are going to fall down. Gym class is a joke. They tell the kids to 'find something to do'. If your child is average they might be happy. If they are gifted and truly love to learn they will not like it at all.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent drama and band program. Guidance office very friendly and professional. Great staff. Good atmosphere for children and learning. Old facility needs upgrade. Auditorium due for renovation at the end of this year - yeah! Algebra 1 Honors class receives high school credit - 8th grade.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are very helpful and trusting and work well with our children

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers great environment good programs

  • (4 years ago)

    Im a student here at Fernandina Beach Middle School and I love it here! I just transferred from Callahan Middle and My parents and I are impressed with the acedemics here...Callahan is so behind and Fernandina's student have made me comfortable with the school and now i love going there. I like my teachers and gives us a challenge but its a challenge for me cause Callahan was behind. I also came here not only for the schooling but for the sports.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school was absolutely horrible! My son entered the school as an A/B student his entire life. Within a semester had gone to F's and D's. We couldn't get any help from his teachers. Second semester we pulled him out started homeschooling him. What do you know... all A's and B's again. If you value your child's education self-esteem or future you will not allow him or her to attend FBMS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Emphasis on academics and intellectual pursuits seem to be less of a priority than a rigorous dress code.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dr. Mazzella is a wonderful Principal and has done a good job over at FBMS.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved here right as my daughter was starting middle school 6th grade. I have heard for years how horrible middle schools are supposed to be. Not so here. Just love it! If you ever have a problem it is handled immediately! My daughter has had many great teachers and is challenged and does just great! Can't say enough wonderful things about this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    The best school ever! The teachers are awesome and learning is so much fun!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child went to a private school here on Amelia Island she would complain about the school and i was tired of hearing it. She would tell me about how all her friends were leaving and she wanted to go to a public school. I finally let her and she was really excited when I told her. I feel like our relationship has gotten better since she has been there. There are bad kids there but she has made good decisions and she is hanging around with good kids. I think the group she is friends with now are better than the ones she had at private school. I also think the teachers and staff help the children more I would choose this school over any school in the world. I love it and I think you should sent your child here if they complain about their school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter transeferred this year to FBMS from a private school. Although she has only been at FBMS for a few months I am greatly impressed! While the homework is not as intensive as it was in the private school she still has work to do each night & I would definitely not consider this school 'easy.' The principal & vice principal appear to be very involved with the kids and are very open to receiving feedback. Guidance counselors are also readily available and involved. Most of my child's teachers are excellent--as good or better than at the private school. The downside kids are middle-schoolers and have the same issues (peer pressure 'cussing' etc) that the kids in private schools deal with. Overall I am very very happy we chose FBMS for our child!

  • (8 years ago)

    i love love LOVE this school Sorry i just had to say that! -a person

  • (8 years ago)

    Very mellow student body. Unpretentious nonmaterialistic students. However the trade-off for a safe and mellow environment is that the school is rather deficient in true intellectualism in terms of classes and workload ('easy' would be most applicable).

  • (8 years ago)

    Casual atmosphere despite the rigorous dress code. Limited electives. Minimal homework.

  • (8 years ago)

    fernandina beach middle school has to be one of the best schools i could ever send my children to. the outside of the school may not be brand new but it is nicely mantained. the teacher have been there since the dawn of time and i have yet to find one i don't like. the classes are small and every one knows eery one. the cheer team is in a national rank. this has to be the best school public or private any were near fernadina.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have been extremely pleased with the education our child receives at FBMS. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is challenging!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a great place for the kids to learn and to be thereselves. I wouldn't take my child out if it if the world depended on it. Everyone does so good in school here and the kids are so much fun.

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