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About This School

Mandarin Middle School is a public middle school in Jacksonville. The principal of Mandarin Middle School is Ms. Deborah Smith, whose e-mail is SMITHD3@DUVALSCHOOLS.ORG. 1,460 students attend Mandarin Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 3% of the Mandarin Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 30% of the 1,460 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Mandarin Middle School is 17:1. Jacksonville Adventist Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 39%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Asian 4% 4%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 44%
Hispanic 11% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 49%
Limited English proficiency 3% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Mingledorf shows movies everyday. Is that your idea of great teaching? You are clueless! He doesn't work hard.

  • (12 months ago)

    This school definitely accompanies the lowest common denominator. From my time there as a 6th 7th and 8th grader this school rates far below par. There are terrible students (disrespectful) teachers move due dates back further and further to accommodate the majority of the class who didn't do the assignment and there is a lack of enthusiasm and teaching mechanics. The only teacher who inspired me was my 6th grade history teacher Mr. Mingledorff any other was mediocre and the school is just uninspiring I got straight age from MY KNOWLEGE and needed no help from those "instructors." I applied to Stanton College Prep. and I am succeeding there no help from Mandarin but I can humbly say to look elsewhere.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is dynamic. School year 2012-2013 was an awesome year for my son. His teachers (Team-I) were outstanding supportive knowledgeable and responsive. I could not have asked for a greater team of professionals who care about the academic needs of their students. They recognized the differences in learning style and did not cookie-cut their lessons. One great experience was having a teacher personally familiar with ADHD and knew how to reach out / teach ADHD students. This is a subjective review. Mandarin Middle sets the bar with quality teachers & creative methods. Kids enjoy attending and it shows. Great learning environment !

  • (1 year ago)

    Seems to be well thought of I have a child that attends and he is doing very well

  • (2 years ago)

    I wouldn't listen to the parents they have no idea how great the school actually is. I was in the top classes on a sports team and in several clubs and I had an amazing few years at this school.I have NO idea what parents talk about 'bullying' there was NO bullying at this school. There were fights but they were broken up winthin a minute and both student were fighting. I havn't seen any bullyng at the school and I won't. It's a great school and perple who say it isn't are just listening to their whiny kids complain.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son was there for 3 years. My son has ADHD and a short term learning disability with an IEP. He is main streamed and has a high IQ. He was in advanced classes and doing pretty well. The home page was always up to date. They were also always there if we need to ask something or get verification emails usually returned within the day. That was a huge PLUS! However with that being said... His spelling is actually atrocious! We work with him at home but got no help at school. I was told that this is what spell check is for. That the FCAT is what they have time to teach and unfortunately do not have time to spend on that.

  • (2 years ago)

    Bullying is rampant in the school and no one recognizes it. The so called "good" kids are the worst but they are too smart to get caught. Teachers are so-so with some teachers that are biased towards certain students. P.E contains no actual physical education just the students sitting in lines waiting. The food is excellent though. I dislike the higher up staff (principal vice principal) for being unhelpful and uncaring. Certain kids are picked out by their peers for bullying and some have been forced to drop out and become home schooled. I disliked my experience there and I will remember it as one of the worst times of my life.

  • (3 years ago)

    We had to make the hard decision to leave a smaller school population and our neighborhood school zone was Mandarin Middle. It turns out we were blessed to be living in this area as the progress of this school conveys. It would be nice if it there were more middle schools for the area because it is very large but students adjust I think better than parents to that reality. The band program is excellent if you want music education for your children. Would be nice to see more parents around is my only complaint.

  • (4 years ago)

    I too moved to mandarin so my son could attend Mandarin Middle and I have to say our experience has been excellent. I was worried about the sixth grade shift and my son absolutely loves this school and was 1 point away from straignt A's this last 9 week period. He had great teachers some kept me informed more so than others - but I am extremely pleased with my son's prgress this year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I actually moved to Mandarin specifically so my son could go to school at Mandarin Middle because I've heard it was such a great 'A' school. Honestly I've had nothing but disappointment with this school. Everyone from the front office staff to the guidance counselors to the teachers just seem to have an uncaring and an 'I don't want to help just do my job' attitude. I've left messages w/ the principal who couldn't even bother to return my call when I've had a problem. I know a teachers job is hard but that's the profession you chose so do it to the best of your ability and stop giving up on your students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Was very happy with the elementary school. When our children moved onto the middle school it was quite a different story. Lack of communication between the school and parents. Most teachers did not seem to take the interest in their careers. When something arises and a parent should be notified no phone calls are made. If a child gets hurt the parents are not aware of a situation until after the event. Very sad indeed. Very disorganized school. Our children now are much older and glad middle school days are behind us. Our children are so much better off in a school with faculty and staff in a wonderful atmosphere. Parents are kept up to date phone calls are made everything is up to par as should be! Hoping things get better for a future generation of Mandarin. Good Luck.

  • (5 years ago)

    the excel teachers r spectacular in the seventh grade my child loves them. but she has been bullied at bus stop and school and none of the teachers reconize it. It's an A school but not when it comes to the 8th graders this year they pick on the kids and my child has thought of moving schools evry day

  • (5 years ago)

    Mandarin Middle is okay but sometimes irritating. Some teachers teach fun with games to study others will be incredibly old-fashioned and boring which loses their students' attention and occasionally makes them sleep....... They're usually great but my biggest problem is their last minute information they send in the mail not even a week before school begins for some students. And that's what irritated me more than anything bout MMS. School begins in almost less than a week and i don't know what school supplies to get.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love mandarin middle its such a great skool and the teachers ae great they take care of the students and do there job

  • (5 years ago)

    I love mandarin middle so much because it it the coolest school in the world and u have so much fun there i hate summer because i miss school and the amazing teachers i cant wait to go back

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to this school for all of my middle school years it's a great school. I am now a freshman so I still remember what it was like. They have great programs would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    great school/safe neighborhood/no violent crime/good gifted program...comp. to charter schools

  • (5 years ago)

    Just a typical Jacksonville school. It's too bad they don't have neighborhood schools anymore. My child did not have a good experience there. You have a faculty that for the most part is just lame to say the least.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school!!!! This is my second child to come thru Mandarin Middle and I have nothing but the highest praise for the staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a mother of a 6th grader I am very disappointed with this school. They have a very bad bully problem and the teachers are never around to stop it. When I call or go into the office they just give a bunch of lip service and NEVER follow through. I will never put my child in this school again. I can't wait for this year to be over. It does not matter that the school is an 'A school'. It is overwhelmed with bullies and lack of concern from the staff.

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