School Details

Murdock Middle School

17325 Mariner Way, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 255-7525
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 826 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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 2014
  • Charlotte County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
57%
56%
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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 2014
  • Charlotte County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
38%
47%
55%
54%
57%
37%
44%
49%
56%
53%
56%

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.
85%
81%
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 2014
  • Charlotte County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
62%
66%

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 2014
  • Charlotte County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Murdock Middle School is a public middle school in Port Charlotte. The principal of Murdock Middle School is DR. MARIA GIFFORD and can be contacted at MARIA.GIFFORD@yourcharlotteschools.net. 826 children attend Murdock Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 3% of the Murdock Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 826 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Murdock Middle School is 18:1. Charlotte Virtual Franchise is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 71%
Multiracial 5% 5%
Hispanic 13% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 9%
Asian 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 61%
Limited English proficiency 3% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I have mixed feelings about this school... Because i agree that some of the kids bully but seriously what kids don't i can tell you that everyone at least has said something unkind to someone else. As long as that is clear than this school is amazing you can tell that the teachers really do want to see you succeed. all of the staff that i have met are very helpful and kind. As being a student there i will tell you some (usually male) students Fight this is simply because the wan to prove their popularity because unlike most immature teens everything is about competition. all in all i have mixed reviews in Murdock Middle School.

  • (2 years ago)

    Murdock Middle School offers Industry Certification for Microsoft Office which is an opportunity for students to have certification in programs that are usually reserved for adults in the workplace. As an IT Academy school their technology program is outstanding! It definitely gives your kid a BIG headstart in their lives to be technology literate and MMS will provide that training with teachers who are excellent at their craft.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our school is great. I used to go to a different school and Murdock is better. I don't wanna go to any other one. Some kids cause trouble at all schools but just stay away from them. My teachers help me do my work and learn. They have dances and ROS with Officer More and other good stuff. I got awards there and my mom and my sister came.

  • (2 years ago)

    Murdock Middle is a very good school. The teachers are caring provide feedback and the principal is willing to meet with and work with parents to help students succeed. My daughter was in band and the TAG program which provided challenges to her. Students from there have won awards and scholarships. There is a great band a drama program leadership classes and the school is recognized for leading the way in technology. The Seven Habits are also taught and stressed there. Dress code is enforced too. There is a parent SAC organization but attendance at meetings is low. I've seen a few parents volunteer to help at the front office with dances and plays but they definitely need more parents to get involved. If parents would visit often and get involved it would make a very good school even better.

  • (2 years ago)

    There is terribly bully problem and their is no accountability. Kids have created their own gangs to protect themselves... and sadly girls are pregnant...very scary! This has nothing to due with Gov. Scott. The budget cuts are because of our local politicians that have not created an solid infrastructure...we have no economy no jobs and now too many houses in foreclosure! Schools get funded mostly through property taxes if home prices are lower less taxes can be collected...if they are in foreclosure the house value decreases and again less taxes the county can collect. The more people that move out of the area less money is collected in sales taxes... It is ignorance that has caused this area to become distressed! It is important for the parents to vote for the commissioners who are pro-business and we must vote in school administrators who want to work with parents and students and begin a 'leadership program" in all the schools. It is already established in MPE and should be done countywide!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Everyone needs to get their facts straight. The students that review only like the school because it's easy and they have more control over the school than the teachers do. Besides look at the students comments including the kid that spelled wonderful like wounderful.I'm a prior student of that dump and it's TERRIBLE. This school isn't teaching you anything but how to become a future gang member. The teachers are lazy and never have control of the classroom. Everyone dresses like their going to be a stripper. All the guys have their pants hanging down low. Like anyone wants to see that! Go to Imagine School of North Port where you actually learn something and have fun doing it. They actually know what their doing and kick disruptive kids out.

  • (3 years ago)

    Horrible school! Just a place where kids are warehoused daily. Visit a charter school and see the difference. The education is free in charter schools too. Every school has funding constraints but Charlotte County schools cater to the poorly behaved children. My son attended this school eight years ago. My daughter attended this school last year and was pulled out to attend a charter school in Sarasota County. The teachers are so busy catering to kids that do not want to learn and who are unruly. There are no field trips when my daughter and son attended this school. My daughter made straight A's never had homework never opened a book and was bored. Charter school has FCAT too but the teachers can creatively teach make it fun and they kick unruly kids out. Charter school does not look at FCAT scores alone to determine classes they make sure the kids are challenged. They have field trips too. Strict dress code with uniforms in charter school. Public schools need to learn from charter schools. Visit Murdock Middle 90% poorly behaved children. When you visit that dump you will see why free education should be privilege and not a right!

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are very caring and they do the best they can under the current budget from Gov. Scott. (Who took most funding) I've seen several teachers buy their own supplies. They are forced to teach FCAT as are all other schools. Their very jobs depend on the outcome. . The teachers are told they must keep up to standards but they aren't given tools to do so. The teachers at MMS go out of their way to supplement the lack of funding.

  • (3 years ago)

    LIVING IN PORT CHARLOTTE ONLY SINCE 11/10 AND WITNESSING THE COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY MURDOCK MIDDLE 1ST HAND...I CAN ONLY COMPARE THE EXPERIENCE TO GOING TO A ZOO AND OBSERVING THE GORILLA/BABOON AREA...YOU JUST STAND BY WATCH AND JUST WONDER..."WOW WHAT IS IT GOING TO DO NEXT?" CHARLOTTE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH RAISING AND EDUCATING FUTURE GENERATIONS OF CONVENIENCE STORE CLERKS AND LANDSCAPERS. MOVING AWAY IN SEPTEMBER PROBABLY 80% BECAUSE OF SCHOOLS ALONE.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a joke. I've been dealing with this school for 5 years now and have 2 more years to go. My children have had a "few" great teachers who genuinely care about their students (thank goodness!) but most of the teachers I've encountered have chosen the wrong career. The leadership in this school is the biggest joke of all. Suspensions expulsions even arrests have been common practice and the "solution of choice" for unwanted adolescent behavior. If you are a parent in a position to choose the school your children attend then choose another. If I had enough money I would send my children to private school in a heartbeat.

  • (5 years ago)

    One teacher is rude rest is wounderful

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my first year in MMS and i already love it!!! All the teachers are very nice and they dont to expect too much of you.All of the students are very kind. On my first day of school I knew nobody and some of the new students came up to me and we started to hang out. Now I have tons of friends. And there are no fights going on and every bully has behaved. I thought about it and i was very lucky to go to this school instead of PCMS

  • (5 years ago)

    Its a great school...so yea there are like 2 fights a year but those were three (hard) but great years of my life.. Any child is lucky to go there...they have strong discipline and great teachers..don't hold your son/daughter back by not letting her/him to go to this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school may not be the best but it has great teachers who really care about us students. I've actually learned a lot and am looking forward to attending again this year.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is terrible. There is NO discipline what so ever and there are frequent fights.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school is really good. My child's math teacher even gave me her home # to call if I needed. They do projects and 'regular' work. The homework isn't too much. The teachers respond in a timely manner to all of my communications. It is clear to me that they really do want true student success.

  • (6 years ago)

    Murdock Middle School is one of the best schools in Florida. Students obtain an excellent education and have various opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities. The administrative team is supportive of students and their concerns. As a parent if you have concerns stop by during Navigator Nights and share.

  • (6 years ago)

    During my middle school years I would of course hated middle school looking back now I realize how lucky I was to attend MMS. They have academic programs for all learning types plenty of extra activities and the best part was the teachers. The teachers I had were wonderful they taught me a lot. Thank you Mr. Santa Maria Mrs. Carbonie Mrs. H Mrs. Vida Mrs. Orr Mrs Bohtelo and everyone else who taught me.

  • (7 years ago)

    I don't know if it is just this particular school but it doesn't seem like they have many outside activities such as field trips as they should. Also my daughter was not aware that she was able to take certain classes until after she had been in school for several weeks and by then it was too late. There was no opportunity to select an elective. The teachers themselves seem to be good.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall I was pleased enough with MMS when my older daughter attended to have my other daughter enrolled this year. There are a number of positive incentive programs for behavior and although there will always be those who choose to break the rules I felt that my child was safe. I feel that the one negative which is present in all FL schools is the enormous emphasis placed on FCAT scoring. It is weighted far too heavily and I think limits the teachers in providing a more well rounded and consistent learning environment for all students.

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