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About This School

Brookside Middle School is a public middle school in Sarasota. The principal of Brookside Middle School is Ms. Kristine Lawrence, who can be contacted at kristine_lawrence@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 844 students go to Brookside Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 4% of the Brookside Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 64% of the 844 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Brookside Middle School is 15:1. Suncoast School for Innovative Studies is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 66%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 26% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 52%
Limited English proficiency 4% 6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I have really enjoyed our experience at Brookside Middle School. The staff is dedicated and very helpful in every way!!! I want to thank all of you!!! Michael Z

  • (4 years ago)

    i love this school it may not be nice as pine veiw or ssas but it is a great school the teachers are very serius about their students they help them when they need it i thinnk that parents need to check their backpack before and arter school

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school! The teachers are highly educated and it doesn't matter which program you choose! The same curriculum is taught in both the IB program as well as the Academy of Technology program. The IB program is not the same as the Riverview IB program so don't be swindled!

  • (5 years ago)

    Brookside is a terrible school for gifted children. My child goes there and is unchallenged unenthused and can't wait until next year starts. Hopefully the teachers will be better suited for bright kids and not focus entirely on negative reenforcement rather be more encouraging and more positive. This isn't kindergarten and they should not be treated like it is.Some teachers should treat the students with a little bit more respect and they in return might get some back. There are a couple of teachers that are good but the overall experience here has been awful.

  • (5 years ago)

    i go to brookside its an awsome school ) its fun every ones nice and kind..

  • (6 years ago)

    Brookside is awesome and i highly recommend it. IB is awesome and we have great activities for student who get 3.0 gpa and higher! also great after school programs and staff!

  • (6 years ago)

    Brookside is a really great school. I loooovveee the activies there.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am going to this school right now and I am enjoying every minute of it. I highly recommend the International Baccaulaureate Program for any 5th grader going to this school next year. At first you may seem uneasy about starting middle school but once you come here you will be glad you did!

  • (6 years ago)

    An awesome school with kind great teachers and staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    I recomend this school highly. I recomend the ib program. Its an awsome school with kind great teachers and staff. Thats why im going to come back here next year to 8th grade.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this is a great school for my child to go to. I like the organization and the amount of corage to teach my kid and I love that [they] get her on task and ready for high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    im going to that school next year and i heard it was great

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to brookside from 6th until 8th grade and it was amazing. I reccomend AofT to any student. The only thing is that the last year i was there they began to get very tuff on every student like making them tuck in their shirts it is annoying and they need to take that rule away.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an 8th grader here at Brookside and have been since 6th. I would not recommend this school to anybody. In 6th grade I had really great teachers on the Aim6 team. I was challenged and if I needed help they would be welcome to. School is meant for learning and a little social time but this school only focuses on behavior. The current principle Mrs. Rose is not really involved with the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has surprised my whole family. My daughter left Phillippi Shores which was an amazing school in order to start middle school. I had concerns about her feeling comfortable with the change about me feeling that she was safe and about the quality of her new teachers. Well I am thrilled to have her at Brookside. She is very comfortable and is happy with her teachers. She is in Aim6 and has a lot of homework which is wonderful. The work that they assign is interesting and challenging! This school gets our vote!

  • (8 years ago)

    Brookside has a good reputation and serves the average student well. However they are very cautious when it comes to challenging gifted students and stimulating gifted resources are not available. For example they would rather say here`s 5 extra worksheets than just give a child 1 worksheet that makes them think.

  • (8 years ago)

    Brookside is a good school. We're happy that our son is improving academically and socially. The environment is nice. What we don't like are the school hours. I have to wake up my daughter at 5 30 in the morning even she does not attend Brookside in order to take my son to school on time. Then at 2 00 o'clock it is impossible that any parent can leave work to pick up his/her kid. The administration should change that. There are many parents that have siblings in elementary school which don't start until nine o'clock. Those hours can be too difficult for many parents who have other kids in elementary schools

  • (10 years ago)

    We relocated to Sarasota from Pennsylvania where my 7th grade daughter attended a 'Blue Ribbon' school. We have been so impressed with Brookside. Seeing our daughter improve academically as well as socially has been a huge relief for us. My husband and I are extremely impressed with the quality of teachers and administration.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a former student of Brookside and this school was such a nightmate experience for me that I had to drop out and attend a private school. The bullying was too much to stand and the administration couldn't care less.

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