School Details

Kanapaha Middle School

5005 Southwest 75th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 955-6960
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 964 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 2014
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
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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 2014
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
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61%
57%
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49%
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56%

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.
79%
79%
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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 2014
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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70%
66%

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 2014
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Kanapaha Middle School is a public middle school in Gainesville. The principal of Kanapaha Middle School is MRS. JENNIFER WISE, whose e-mail is wisejl@gm.sbac.edu. 964 students go to Kanapaha Middle School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 3% of the Kanapaha Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 49% of the 964 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Kanapaha Middle School is 17:1. Fort Clarke Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 50% 45%
Asian 5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 36%
Hispanic 11% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 53%
Limited English proficiency 3% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    After attending this school for three years and graduating an honor student I can personally not suggest you to send your child to this school. Thanks Kanapaha for making middle school the worst years of my life! I would get bullied by a group of popular boys and the teacher didn't even care. Kanapaha likes to act like it does a lot about bullying but in all honesty in does not. I favor the eighth grade staff since they do actually take you seriously but I really didn't see this in sixth and seventh grade. Honestly most of the problem is how some of their teachers see bullying but blow it off. A lot of racist and homophobic students attend this school-- I should know considering I was severely bullied for my race and sexual orientation from the time I came out. I really liked some teachers but I did not have a good experience in this school although I think it's mostly because of the types of families who reside in the areas the school is zoned for. I've seen so many white popular kids being able to get away with many things that other kids wouldn't have been able to do like this gifted white boy who was close with teachers would make fun of me for my race and they didn't care.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been wonderful. My daughter loves all of her teachers and the administration has always been receptive helpful and quick to respond to any questions that I've had. The gifted program is the best around and they really prepared my daughter for high school. Great school!!

  • (1 year ago)

    teechers are miserable i ask a question and they make fun of me so all the students make fun of me to for asking. all we get is homework and busy work in school i wish i could learn more. i dont know how to fix things

  • (2 years ago)

    I asked my grandson what he thought about going to Kanapaha Middle School. He said that he likes it and is pleased with his school and his teachers. That made me smile!

  • (3 years ago)

    It's embarrassing to see students write in and not even know how to spell or punctuate correctly - that in itself speaks volumes - doesn't it? Maybe they like it because they are not challenged! Very Sad.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is okay compared to other schools in Gainesville but the Gainesville school system is seriously behind the curve. I was so disappointed when my Sons started school here. I expected so much more for a big college town. The schools here are like 2 years behind the school up north. The teachers are okay. They seem to just teach out of a book and do not explain much. Also it seems like for 8 months out of the year they just teach for the FCATs. It's such a disservice to the children.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the best im doing great im in an advanced class

  • (5 years ago)

    i went to this school.! and i loved it.! i would love to go to this school again.! i liked everything about it.!

  • (5 years ago)

    Everything the satff does puts childrens education and well being first! Top notch academics!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school with great teachers

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a student at Kanapaha. Kanapaha is by far the best school in Gainesville Alachua county and probably one of the top in Florida. I have fabulous teachers who always offer after school or during lunch help whenever needed. They give a lot of personal attention to those who need it. If a kid is struggling in class the teacher typically helps them out a little more than others and that's ok. ~ 8th grader Kanapaha Middle School

  • (9 years ago)

    Some excellent teachers but more are just OK or really not very good. One gifted class available per grade (l hour per day) but other classes not nearly challenging enough. Teachers on average do not foster mentoring relationships with students but a handful do a terrific job at this. Administrative staff very personable communicate well with parents and students. Band and chorus available not much other music or art available. Excellent pta core group but other parent involvement low.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has been great for my child. Discipline is not a problem for the administrators and it is a safe environment. The teachers care about the kids and their school. This school also has a very involved parent base.

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are challenged because of the inability of many of the teachers to deal with 'less interested and motivated' students. In addition for students with ADD and similar issues the teachers seem to 'brand' them as deficient resulting in a tendency to treat them poorly. As for music art and sports the Alachua County School system has the ridiculous opinion that these programs do not enhance or support the education process. The middle schools have no organized sports programs (one of the very few in the state) leaving that to United Way funded programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs and other independent organizations. The music program is constrained and it is my understanding that the choral program has been eliminated. Parental involvement seems solid for a select few...i.e. if the parents are interested they are real interested. If not then no involvement at all.

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are first rate for a public school. The school's 'A' grades the past two years have proven that. The majority of the current teachers hold an advanced degree in education. Others are currently enrolled in classes to achieve this in the near future. The music program is phenom! The awards received from students in the jazz festival and concert bands are unmatched in the county. KMS also offers Spanish Technology and Physical Education as electives. Parental involvement at KMS is important for the school to be successful. Teachers use a telephone service called 'homework hotline' and many use email to correspond with parents. The PTA is very strong and supportive.

  • (9 years ago)

    One of the newest schools in town with a great faculty wonderful student body and caring administrators. If you want your kids to excell at academics in a public school environment this is the place for them.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers are great. We have had a wonderful experience with this school. My child has enjoyed the technology program and has had opportunities for activities not available at other schools in town.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent school. Exceptional in their ability to work with the child and the parents to fit into the right courses. ESE classes are exceptional. Teachers are understanding and accommadiating to children with special needs. Guidence coun(s) and Dean are very compassionate and work with the children and the parents. Quality of academic programs Excellent. Level of parent involvement Excellent....always available to assist the parents and children. Highly recommend this middle school.

  • (11 years ago)

    too much homework not enough discipline

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been going to Kanpaha for 6 and 7th grade and I think the teachers are doing a great job at teaching and preparing us for what life brings. -Kayanna H. 8th grader at KMS

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