Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy

800 South 4th Street, Lake Wales, FL 33853
(863) 678-4233
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 747 students 12 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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
  • The Schools of McKeel Academy average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
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57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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
  • The Schools of McKeel Academy average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
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50%
48%
57%
52%
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49%
51%
48%
56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.
75%
74%
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
  • The Schools of McKeel Academy average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
56%
66%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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
  • The Schools of McKeel Academy average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy is a public middle school in Hillcrest Heights. The principal of Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy is MS. SHARON CHIPMAN and can be contacted at sharon.chipman@polk-fl.net. 747 students go to Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 747 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy is 12:1. Endtime Christian School Of Excellence is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 44%
Hispanic 29% 29%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 45%
Limited English proficiency 6% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attended school there for a very short period this year and I was very disappointed. Based on the programs offered I thought the school would be a pleasant place for my son to attend but it was not. He was scared to change classes because other students would push him down and threaten him (he did not know who these students were). He also did not seem to receive the academic support needed to help him move forward but he said it was due to the amount of behavioral problems the teachers had to deal with. I will never send my son back to this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter does well at the school. She is in advanced placement classes. She scored well on the fcat I found the sixth grade and seventh grade teachers to be excelent. She does not mind sitting on the bleachers before schoool. She is active in drama a great program. We recently attended a family bowling night. Few families showed up but it was still fun. Just like everything in life. It is what you make it.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm parent of a 6th grade student at this school. All I can say is 'wow!' And I'm not being positive. This school spends so much time creating a structured enviornment for these students that it is similar to military/prison. The go to school and sit on a bench outside. They can't stand around and talk to friends. They sit. A song (yes a song) plays and they go to class. Lunch is not get up and walk around. They sit in a designated order (apparently by sex) and can not get up till a teacher calls out their class to leave. What!? this school puts so much effort into controlling order but is a D school! Last year test scores were 30%!! Would it really hurt to stop treating/turning these kids into a bunch of robots and focus on the education!?? The child is in grade 6 and she 'rarely' has homework.. on a plus note if you drop your child off early they don't like any kid hanging around in front of the school so they put them in a room with a teacher. My daughter uses that as a tutor if she needs help with homework. All together I am not impressed.

  • (5 years ago)

    its a great school my son loves it its so much better than bok

  • (6 years ago)

    the best school ever! its not fair that our funds are cut because of bok!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an alumni from this school and I must say it was ridiculous. The teaching was well but the discipline was terrible and unjust and I must say I hated all three years I was there. It was pointless and the saddest days of my school career. But I did enjoy the band program Mr.Chance rocks.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a sixth grader at Mclaughlin.Everyday I am scared to go to school.whether it's the gang activity bullies or mean teachers.It is the worst school I have ever been to. I am really hoping to be accepted into Jewett Academy!

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