Booker Middle School really is the best kept secret in Sarasota. This is my daughter's 3rd year at this school I was very reluctant to send my child to this school 3 years ago I heard so many awful stories about fighting drugs gangs. But I told by a teacher at my child's elementary school to to go check it out. And I did. Needless to say I was amazed . I was welcome in without an appointment I was able to talk to the then interim Principal Lashawan Houston Frost I was simply amazed. Three years later I am still in awe my daughter will graduate with two high school math credits and with a great foundation to continue her academic excellent.
Booker Middle School is a public middle school in North Sarasota. The principal of Booker Middle School is MS. LASHAWN HOUSTON and can be contacted at Lashawn_houston@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 843 children attend Booker Middle School and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the Booker Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 60% of the 843 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Booker Middle School is 13:1. Sonhaven Preparatory Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.1%||0.5%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0%||0.09%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||60%||45%|
|Limited English proficiency||8%||6%|
This school has an excellent VPA program. The dance and music classes are exceptional and taught by master teachers. You will not find a better school if your child wants to study music. The jazz band is amazing. My daughter absolutely loves this school and cannot wait to go there in the morning even though we have to get up so early! The principals are very accommodating and friendly and are always available. The school is like one big family and very safe. I have never seen anybody get into fights or heard of any bullying whatsoever. I would sincerely recommend this school if your child is into the arts.
My daughter has went to this school for the past 2 years (6 - 7th grades) and will be going this year for 8th grade. She is in the Zephyer Gifted Program and VPA . - 6th grade was pretty good overall especially VPA - Creative writing & TV Film which both had great teachers. The Zephyer academics were nothing special at all. 7th grade - downhill - they lost the TV Film teacher and the class never recovered. Basically a waste of time. Chorus that year was fabulous - again they have since lost the teacher so now who knows? Academically again 7th grade was nothing special at all - pretty basic. The principal was moved last year also and again things really declined and kept spiraling downward. The well being of the whole child does not seem present at this school. The communication with students parents and staff is awful. She has been safe at this school however I believe it is do to NOT being in the general population. Luckily my daughter is a strong and focused self learner in and out of school.... if not we would be in big trouble!
All I have to say is RUN as fast as you can... I have 3 children in this school a 6th grader 7th grader and 8th grader. My 8th grader just got excepted into SMA my 7th grader is an A B student and my 6th grader is a good student as well however he has a learning disability. Today my 6th grade son was in a fight. And let me say this is NOT EXPECTABLE in my home. The other child PUNCHED my son in the face twice before my son who practices jui jitsu put him in a choke hold (so he could not punch him anymore) until a teacher got over to them. Let me add the teacher that saw the entire fight WALKED over to them as my son was getting punched in the face!!!! There were many students watching this including my other 2 students. Who could not get involved because my 8th grader would risk his going to Sarasota Military Academy and my daughter because obviously she is a girl. Both boys are being suspended. BOOKER MIDDLE SCHOOLS fighting policy IF YOU ARE BEING ATTACKED you are to cover your face and scream until an adult WALKS over to you. Because there is no sense of urgency unless its them thats getting beaten up. This is no joke this is what I was told by this BS school.
Tis is the best school I've EVER gone to. It has many great teachers kids and regular staff members.
Booker is a great school that is getting better every year. I see teachers who love to teach and really care also students who are excited and engaged. This is my fourth child through middle school and this is the best middle school experience any of my children have had. As with any school the individual experience any student has is dependent on parent involvement. I would like to see more parents actively involved in the PTSA and eating lunch with their kids.
I went to BMS for all 3 yrs and was in their gifted program. It was great. The teachers were nice and all. But the school in general was what I had a problem with. Whenever there's an event such as the Renaissance its not organized. There's been a few fights every now and then. But the staff does a good job preventing them. All in all its just an okay school. Didnt really enjoyed it much as I hoped.
I've been teaching at BMS for 8 years and love it! The staff is like a family to me. We've had our share of trials and tribulations but with excellent leadership both at the school and district level we CAN excel. Our students are very diverse - another reason why I love teaching there! They are extremely talented and creative but of course they are still children! I look forward to continuing my quest to help mold these students into responsible and caring young adults!
BMS is a great school! But with any school it is all what make. Students need to take advantage of all it's resourses. Parents need to volunteer and stay active in their childs education.
My child has gone to Booker Middle School for 2 years. BMS has a wonder Visual and Performing Arts department but I'm not impressed with the quality of many of the teachers I have encountered. I've also had difficulty getting Parent/Teacher conferences.
I feel that BMS is a great school and getting better everyday. They are starting a Civil Air Patrol program for students. The staff is staying on longer and not leaving every year. I seeit getting better and better. The have Gifted VPA Sports and a good afterschool program.
Students Opinion- My grades and Fcat scores dropped two grades. The dicipline dropped alot too many kids talk back and some of the teachers act like they have no heart and don't help kids try to get their grades up instead they let them do what ever they want no one should ever do that. Also sometimes I think we should have uniforms because for 2003-2004 everything dropped and thats not good also the shirts getting tucked had made everyone try to get out of Booker.
I don't think the kids need to have their shirt tucked in. I'm not sure if it's standard for all middle schools to have that dress code or not. If it's not then I think that this school should have the dress code polished.