School Details

Fort Clarke Middle School

9301 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 333-2800
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 878 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
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
51%
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56%
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
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
39%
51%
65%
56%
56%
58%
51%
47%
87%
80%
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.
86%
79%
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
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
66%
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
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fort Clarke Middle School is a public middle school in Gainesville. The principal of Fort Clarke Middle School is Ms. Donna Kidwell, whose e-mail is fcms@gm.sbac.edu. 878 students attend Fort Clarke Middle School and identify as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian. 2% of the Fort Clarke Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 39% of the 878 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Fort Clarke Middle School is 17:1. Trilogy School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 8%
Multiracial 6% 5%
Asian 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 46%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 36%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 49%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I would give this school a 5. The teachers are always helpful and they go out of the way to help you. Their REACH progam is preparing the children for later sucess.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is for sure the best middle school in the county. The teachers are always helpful in teaching kids the correct way. They won't really mind staying after school if a child needs individual help from a teacher. The principal and office staff are usually friendly and informative. The programs are the best part about this school. The REACH program offers a very challenging and high level reading and writing class and math teachers do summer programs so students when ready can skip ahead a math level. Very nice school with lots of oppertunities.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my first year at Ft Clarke. We transferred to this school. I have only been at this school a few weeks and have heard nothing but complaints from other parents about how rude the office staff treats parents. I experienced this from the day I registered. I am told the principal has heard many complaints but really does nothing about it. I certainly hope the teachers are better than the initiation I got from the front office. I hope this move wasn't a mistake.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child is in his second year at this school. Overall he is pleased but the 7 of 10 (C) rating seems to be accurate. The principal is very friendly but not very efficient in handling educational issues. Her asst. principal (new this year) gives out inaccurate information without checking and this does not seem to be addressed by the principal. Most of the teachers are sufficient but many are much more concerned about the union and their 'rights' rather than the best educational process for their students. Many are very defensive when asked questions and many times it is cumbersome to schedule conferences. Several very above average teachers are here but few and fair inbetween. Don't take it personal if the front office staff are not always friendly. Overall an OK place to send your children but certainly average would describe this school accurately.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son absolutely loved his 3 years at Ft Clarke. If he could have stayed for another 4 I'm sure he would have! The teachers are amazing think outside the box and had wonderful relationships with the kids. This school is a gem!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school we are zoned for city of Alachua schools but he has a zoning exemption because I love this school and planning to zone him again next year.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Schools has not published many reviews because they only seem to be interested in positive results about teachers. I have been in many school throughout the county both employed and as a parent with children. I now have a child at FCMS. Many of the teachers at this school are very good but some of them are the worst in the county. Overall the teachers are average as are the test scores when comparing to other middle schools in the county. The administration is weak when it comes to resolving student issues especially when it involves a teacher. The PTA is not strong but the band program is awesome. Overall a 3 rating is being generous.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School is thw worst if you have the chose go to kanapaha. The deans favor the kids and they tried to adopt a bullying program but my child has been bullyed by someone and the deans do nothing about it. This school is a bad choice.

  • (6 years ago)

    There is a wide variance in the teaching at this school. The older teachers are really good but the principals seem bent on getting younger teachers who seem more interested in having kids like them than in teaching them. The principals seem to have favorites in parents students and teachers. If you aren't a favorite you're in trouble.

  • (8 years ago)

    Fort Clarke Middle provides an excellent learning environment. Administration encourages parental involvment and I found it easy to arrange parent/teacher conferences. My daughter was well prepared for high school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I love this school. This school has tought me more then just math reading scocial studies and all that stuff. It tought me how to become a good student. This school does not get the credit it deserves!

  • (10 years ago)

    Best school ever. They have ASD which is saturday school even if your child is late. It teaches your child not to be late. ASD is saturday school.

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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