School Details

Joseph Stilwell Middle School

7840 Burma Road, Jacksonville, FL 32221
(904) 693-7523
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 862 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
  • Duval County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
47%
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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 2014
  • Duval County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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37%
47%
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53%
57%
34%
47%
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.
73%
78%
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 2014
  • Duval 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 2014
  • Duval County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Joseph Stilwell Middle School is a public middle school in Jacksonville. The principal of Joseph Stilwell Middle School is MR. JASON BLOOM, whose e-mail is bloomj@duvalschools.org. 862 students attend Joseph Stilwell Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Joseph Stilwell Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 72% of the 862 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Joseph Stilwell Middle School is 17:1. Eagle's View Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 38%
Black, non-Hispanic 42% 44%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Asian 3% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 50%
Limited English proficiency 9% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This has been a great year at Stilwell! The entire administrative staff is dedicated to supporting the academic climate. They are always out in the hallways and in classrooms making sure that students and teachers have what they need to be successful. There is no better school on the westside. With structured movement dedicated teachers and staff and a majority of our parents who care you need to see Stilwell again with new eyes! Come by and ask our principal Mr. Bloom for a peek. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

  • (10 months ago)

    Bullying is downright rampant at this school. Someone I know was bullied all the time here and no one has any sense to do a thing about it.

  • (2 years ago)

    No to impressed with this school. They do nothng to solve their problem with fights. very text book procedures. No one going above to care or solve any problems. I wish nothing more than to get my son out of that school.

  • (2 years ago)

    New leadership...new school. Thank you for sending a real principal who cares about the safety and success of teachers and students!

  • (2 years ago)

    Keep something in mind; out of the hundreds and hundreds of students to attend this school each year there are only a small handful of comments. The people who come online to post comments about school such as Stillwell are ones who feel they have a bone to pick or a need. In many larger cities some inner city schools receive hundreds of negative comments per year. Stillwell is an average school. Troublemakers will find trouble bullies will bully and the week and timid will still be picked on. This is a recurring theme in all American public schools not just this one. The racial ratio is nearly even at Stillwell and there have been very few serious incidents over the years. There really isn't a better public middle school on the West side of Jacksonville. If you still fear for your child's safety home school them put them in private school or move. That pretty much summarizes your options.i

  • (2 years ago)

    Well I was a student from Stilwell I am now goin to highschool but Stilwell is not a bad school we have some bad students like every other school in duval county stilwell does not have drug activity and there is no bullies at our school almost everyone get along with each other but like every other school there our fights but only a few fights but if your child can stay focus and out of drama then they can go to do this school or any other school

  • (2 years ago)

    Poorly manged School in dire need of attention. Onging apathy towards parents teachers and children. Needs better leadership and organization.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a substitute teacher and I've had the displeasure of working at Stilwell several times. I'm not sure where to begin. The administration is a joke. They refuse to back up their regular staff let alone temporary staff members like myself. The students are retched little monsters. Their in-class behavior is atrocious. The lesson plans left for me were a joke. Watch a video listen to a CD player read your history textbook to you sit there and do nothing while an assistant tells about his glory days. I've had harder assignments in my elementary school classes. Before you put your child in Stilwell take a good look around to see if you can find a better school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I would give this school a -1. This is one of the worst middleschools in Duval county. The children are out of control violence is rampant and drug activity takes place. If you aren't with the bullies you are a target to be bullied. Many talks with the on campus police and the admistrative staff and yet nothing really changes. It's a shame that parents who actually parent have to subject their kids to this kind of abuse. I would suggest you really take a hard look at this school and the type of kids you see running around out of control before you assume your child is safe here or even getting an education. It's pretty aparent this school has issues just by the fact they have a hired police officer on stand by. Parents pay attention to your kids. Facebook is where these kids start a lot of the violence that carries over into the school yard. Teach your kids to speak up for eachother when it comes to bullies. Many of these kids see things and never say a word because the parents don't ask and they are afraid. Get involved and encourage your child to be their own person.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student at stilwell and i have to say that while it is'nt a terrable school if you are a priss and dont have friends here it will probably be a rougher experience.There is alot of drama but it if you stay out of it and dont have a big mouth it will be alot easier on you.I love Stilwell and will say that we are inproving.Our new principal is NOT the best but were hoping to get rid of her soon.Your experience with the teachers depends on what teachers you get.

  • (3 years ago)

    As the parent of an 8th grader at Stilwell I have mixed feelings about the quality of my child's education. We have a new principal who is totally inaccessible to both students and parents. Some teachers are very professional and others are totally worthless. As a parent I would strongly encourage other parents to keep their fingers on the pulse of everything involving your child's education. You should not rely totally on the school to ensure the good quality of your child's education. You are your child's best advocate. Maintain a constant presence with both teachers and administrators. Unfortunately the current principal chooses not to even disclose her email address. That to me speaks volumes. Work closely with the faculty and staff talk with your child about their day and utilize "My Grade Portal". Don't look to the school to raise your child that is the parent's job. Just make sure that the school provides a quality education.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Stilwell Middle School for the past 2 years. The principal had addressed the issues causing the school the bad reputation. Most of the teachers have been replaced. I think there needs to be more parental involvement at the school and definitely more representation in PTSA. Unfortunately we now have a new principal and from what I hear she isn't doing very well.....

  • (4 years ago)

    Im a student and its nice...Great learninq program.....You will not like it if you dont have friends

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a student there and it is not the worst school but it is a bad school if u are veryconsered with your kids safty i think it would not be good to go here but i get good grades and all my teachers care at least a little it is a farly clean school but the prienceable has really changed the school in so many ways !

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is really bad!i was a student there last year 07-08.& i hated it.The students there are very disrespectful and loud.the teachers dont care and dont understand whats going on.Dont send your child there!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I was very dissatisfied with this school. All they want to do is suspend kids. The teachers (some) don't care. I will NOT send my child there again.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is definitely unsatisfactory. Only exceptional students can excel here. We were warned as we left the fifth grade that if your student wasn't independent and scholarly his/her needs would be ignored and the student would ultimately be left on his/her own and the administration of the school would not care. This was a true statement from someone who knew what the situation at Stilwell was. Ultimately kids are out of control due to frustration and the school only sets students with problems up for failure. No one should send their child to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attends Stillwell and he hates it. The students there need to be taught respect for others. I am certain he will not return next year. Please really think about alternatives if your chils has to attend.

  • (7 years ago)

    Some teachers are good and seem to care and will work with you. Others don't make any attempt at all to help your struggling child. Get some teachers aides in the school or something. Too many students too little teachers! I would call the school 15 times before I could get a teacher to contact me. My daughter hated the school and felt like it wasn't safe. Of course that could have been just the transition from elementary to middle school. On a positive note it has improved over the past couple of years.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended Stilwell for all three years and will say it's a decent school. It has many problems but the teachers and staff are trying to put them an end. Occasionally they go about it the wrong way. If you send your child to Stilwell be prepared to write your child a medical pass so that he or she can use the bathroom since it wouldn't be allowed by either the teachers or the principal. On another note while most teachers at Stilwell are fantastic teachers there are a few teachers there who can not teach very well. If you send your child to Stilwell and they begin to complain about not learning in such and sos class listen to them. If Stilwell keeps improving I say it's safe to send your child there. If it doesn't keep striving to improve I'd look into a different school. - Megan Howell

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