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About This School

McLaughlin Middle School is a public middle school in Lake Wales. The principal of McLaughlin Middle School is Ms. Sharon Chipman, who can be contacted at sharon.chipman@polk-fl.net. 801 children attend McLaughlin Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the McLaughlin Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 79% of the 801 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at McLaughlin Middle School is 12:1. Bok Academy 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
White, non-Hispanic 40% 45%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 21%
Hispanic 27% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 67%
Limited English proficiency 6% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (4 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 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.

  • (6 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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