School Details

Thomas L Sims Middle School

5500 Education Dr, Pace, FL 32571
(850) 995-3676
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 873 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

60%
63%
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83%
71%
59%

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 2012
  • Santa Rosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
67%
55%
73%
66%
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 2012
  • Santa Rosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
66%
51%
72%
65%
56%
62%
60%
47%
92%
87%
79%

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.
90%
84%
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
  • Santa Rosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
67%
64%

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 2012
  • Santa Rosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thomas L Sims Middle School is a public middle school in Milton. The principal of Thomas L Sims Middle School is Ms. Wanda Knowles, whose e-mail is PR570332@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us. 873 students attend Thomas L Sims Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0.2% of the Thomas L Sims Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 873 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Thomas L Sims Middle School is 17:1. Avalon Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 80%
Multiracial 6% 7%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 40%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 0.6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    AMAZING and really nice teachers. I love how instead of giving you a 0 on a worksheet for turning it in late they give you a 50

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has very professional and caring teachers. Very impressed with the class offerings and style of teaching. No discipline problems or problems with bullying. Students are very welcoming and helpful to new students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Huge religious undertone same as Pace High. If you are atheist Jewish or if you belong to any other religious minority you will be ostracised. If parents want their kids to have a Christian education ship them over to PCA because this does not belong in a tax-funded public school. Academically the teachers teach solely off of the FCAT. The school is underfunded mostly because more attention is paid to instilling the personal beliefs of the admins and the school board on the students rather than educating them. Discipline can sometimes be a factor and it seems that 2+2=football is the extent of the math program

  • (6 years ago)

    It is an exellant school teachers and staff are amazing!

  • (6 years ago)

    We were very disappointed in what Sims had to offer. There are no art home ec specific computer classes. There is nothing extra besides the basic core classes. Only band and chorus. There are no organized sports offered through the school. My kids find school very boring. Nothing about it excites them. They do a good job teaching for FCAT. There are no 'rewards' or acknowledgement given to the kids until the end of the year.

  • (7 years ago)

    Sims Middle School is outstanding in every way. The teachers care about the students and academics are a top priority. There are few if any discipline problems and parental involvement is extraordinary. The students faculty staff and community all work together to make this school successful and school pride is evident from the moment you walk in the door. I am a parent of a student at Sims and I taught there for many years.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school my children have really enjoyed it. Great band instuctor. I would love to see them teaching keyboard in the 6th grade though. Otherwise I have no complaints about the school it's super.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both of my children attended Sims and overall I think it is an excellent school. The administrators are great--they really care about the kids. They also run a pretty tight ship--they don't put up with any nonsense. Discipline is swift but fair. Some parents may be uncomfortable with this so be aware. Frankly I believe it really makes a positive difference in the students' behavior. Also Santa Rosa County middle school do not have middle school athletic programs (a budget issue) another thing to consider. (Pace does have a good recreational sports program to fill in the gap.) There are plenty of opportunities at Sims for parents to volunteer--they have a strong PTA organization. All in all a great school not a lot of discipline problems.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school with many activities including band Yearbook ect. However children with disabilities do not get the help that they need. If you child has no disabilities it is exceptional.

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