School Details

Safety Harbor Middle School

901 1st Ave N, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(727) 724-1400
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1371 students 18 student/teacher

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 2013
  • Pinellas average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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 2013
  • Pinellas average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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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 2013
  • Pinellas average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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 2013
  • Pinellas average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Safety Harbor Middle School is a public middle school in Safety Harbor. The principal of Safety Harbor Middle School is Mrs. Alison Kennedy, who can be contacted at 3741.principal@pcsb.org. 1,371 students attend Safety Harbor Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 5% of the Safety Harbor Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 47% of the 1,371 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Safety Harbor Middle School is 18:1. Safety Harbor Montessori Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 59%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Asian 3% 4%
Hispanic 20% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 54%
Limited English proficiency 5% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very fun. The campus is clean and tidy and the teachers are fun and nice (besides a rare few). The MEGSSS and IMAST programs are very important because they seperate the higher level students from lower-level ones so they don't get dragged down or forced to do something they already know. Also the 'one-way hallways' are helpful because you can get to class easier without people pushing and shoving from all directions. I've learned a lot going here but there are still flaws. Mainly the principal is horrible and strict. She focuses on keeping kids off the grass and trash off the floor making our school look good instead of improving the academics. It seems like every day we have to "walk to lunch with our teachers" or "get detention for running at a school party" or some other useless thing for practically no reason. Other than that I think this school is very good.

  • (2 years ago)

    what are your guys talking soo bad about the princibal i mean shes not that bad i mean taking one day too do fun stuff wont hurt us.and all of our test scores are pretty good and the people that usually get bad test scores either dont care and wont listen i recommend safety harbor to anyone

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughter has been at Safety Harbor Middle School since September of this year and we are very pleased with the experience so far. She is in the gifted program. We've been impressed not only with what she is learning but with how much she seems to be enjoying the challenge as well. Fantastic teachers strong administration...excellent school!

  • (3 years ago)

    I suggest this school for kids it is awesome it certainly has lots of sports activities

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is pretty good. It's not overcrowded the students generally learn at least something useful when they come home and the test scores are pretty good too. However I think that the school keeps hiring teachers who are too young and don't know what they're doing. I don't think the young teachers get much support from the older teachers because they don't really talk to them and instead make friends among themselves. I also think that the principal focuses too much on things that are unimportant overall such as keeping students off the grass and forcing students to be led to lunch by their teachers. What she should really focus on is making sure students learn things and score well on tests because they learn things not having little parties for everyone who wears a Rays shirt on a certain day. I also think it would be nice if they offered gifted language arts and social studies classes because there are many students that are unchallenged in those subjects. But other than those things it's good. Also if it matters the band and chorus teachers are excellent.

  • (3 years ago)

    Over all the best middle school around. The older teachers work well with younger ones good balance of experience and enthusiasm. Wonderful parent support and great guidance counselors.

  • (3 years ago)

    To all student body at Safety Harbor and anyone reading this the Special Needs Program needs your help.Your Principal is not standing up for the kids in this program instead of Carwise kids coming to Safety Harbor Special Needs program they Our kids have to move to a school with unsuccessful Special Need teachers a recent school resourse officer stabbing and no life skills learning area like kitchen stove washer dryers etc that are currently in Ms Russell's room. Ms. Russell has been at Safety Harbor for 22 years. Please help our students. Call 7241407 or 5

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has provided my daughter with an excellent transition from elementary school. The gifted classes are challenging and engaging. But all of her teachers are challenging and engaging. The principal is strict and no nonsense but cares about the students and the teachers which I think creates a safe and comfortable environment. PTA seems to be strong and supportive.

  • (5 years ago)

    Seriously...Safety Harbor was amazing...no faults

  • (5 years ago)

    The School is great but the Administrator/Principal Mrs. Kennedy has a lot to be desired.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been at SHMS for all 3 year. I think it's an overall an okay school. I admit it is clean and enthusiastic. Though the teachers are friendly they usually always chose favorites and i would like to put in or advise the up coming students to not take chinese for a class the class is horrible and sloppy.

  • (8 years ago)

    MEGSSS IMAST and gifted programs are excellent. Band program is excellent because of teacher who is tremendous!

  • (9 years ago)

    General academics are good as are arts music and band. Our experience was that ethnic discrimination kept our son out of higher level classes until we challenged the school. Never placed in any advanced courses he was all of a sudden found to be in the 'gifted' range. Principal was not supportive and was very condescending. IEP protocol is a joke.

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are outstanding. The ESE Department works hard to ensure that ESE students are successful in the general education curriculum. Extracurricular activities are ongoing throughout the school year. They are offered both before school and after school. Parent involvement is welcome and appreciated at this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    bottom line - no great communication tool being utilized to keep parents informed of classroom activities - the promises of the school website are getting extremely old. It's all about the FCAT and not the individual child.

  • (11 years ago)

    Never would have went to another school! I loved it!! Taught me all I could ever need for Highschool. Excellent MEGSSS IMAST and Gifted programs!

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