School Details

W. R. Thomas Middle School

13001 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
(305) 995-3800
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 963 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

72%
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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 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
51%
55%
75%
57%
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
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

17%
35%
51%
62%
56%
56%
44%
42%
47%
83%
77%
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.
70%
75%
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
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
66%
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
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

W. R. Thomas Middle School is a public middle school in Tamiami. The principal of W. R. Thomas Middle School is Ms. Lisa L Pizzimenti and can be contacted at pr6901@dadeschools.net. 963 students go to W. R. Thomas Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 10% of the W. R. Thomas Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 963 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at W. R. Thomas Middle School is 16:1. Conchita Espinosa Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 94% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 8%
Asian 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 24%
Multiracial 0.4% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 73%
Limited English proficiency 10% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Im a 6th grader in this school and i enjoy the school alot because of its academic progress but!!!! there is alot of fight's and disrespectful teachers and STAFF such as AS PRINC and PRINC!!!!!!! im not one of the ones who behave bad and that's my critic im jut giving an opinion. the school has no windows (not a pretty school) becuase it is a shelter for hurricanes and stuff it looks like a prison by the way but it has cameras everywere like in every room so its pretty safe. i recomend this school to the students that are able to have the responsibility to work correcty and to be determined to do all class assingnments.... and no im not a nerd im just useing good vocab...... sooo yea BYE!! (.__.)

  • (1 year ago)

    WR Thomas has made it posible for my daughter to feel confortable and happy at an age that this can be difficult. She is currently in 8 th grade and the fact that she feels well translates in good grades.The only issue is that she has a large amounts of homework 3-5 hours of homework at least 3 times a week the rest of the days an average 2.5 hrs. The school environment is very friendly and open doors policy.

  • (2 years ago)

    IMy children are so happy and involve with the school academic program and with extracurricular programs and clubs. Cambridge ProgramTeachers are excellent; they not only teach the subject but also motivate students to research and expand their knowledge. Field Trips take students to places in which they could reenforce concepts learned in class. The Principal Assistant Principals and teachers supervise guide and encorage students to participate in school activities. The comunication between the administration teachers and parents is great Definitely I reccomend this school for having a Cambridge Program great teacher and excellent leadership.

  • (3 years ago)

    Well in my opinion this school is good. so far so good from august 22 until today. no problem. The cambrigde program is going so fast that the kids dont have time to think in other things. but every PARENT HAS TO SUPERVISED YOUR KID NO THE TEACHER ITS YOU!!!! Be next to him/her Ask who who where what happens ????? and you will know EVERYTHING about your child

  • (3 years ago)

    Being a former student and all i really think the school is not Good place to be the only thing that made me stay in that school was my friends but that school sucks not the best.

  • (3 years ago)

    best school ever. I wish i didn't move. I wish people would stop saying this is a bad school. ever since they changed principal the school has gone nowhere but up. we have so many great events like Turkey bowl( thanksgiving football game) talent shows band recitals sporting events almost every week. the assistant principal is a lot of fun but he still knows the difference between having fun and misbehaving. he also sings happy birthday to students in the cafeteria. great gifted program and Saturday school(weekend tutoring) also recently added Cambridge program. Education Excitement and Involvement. that's what makes this school great. I highly recommend coming here

  • (3 years ago)

    Best school ever. I love this school its fantastic! The teachers are great cheerleading rocks!

  • (5 years ago)

    i love this school its a awsome shool and the teachers are awsome i love it

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at wr and i love it there some people fight but not every day it is a good school. I do think the students are organized. Alot of kids fail but thats because they choose to do that. I strongly recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    im a student at wr thomas and i love that school its super fun all those rumors about the fighting everyday is not true. i know alot of people that like fighting but they never fight.when theres a fight thats because they get tempted. so i do recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has its ups and downs. There are fights that are unnessisary. And students are failing. But I think the students are unorganized. Alot of kids fail but thats because they choose to do that. My daughter went to that school and had no mayor problem. She picks the right friends and is a good listener. There are lots of strict teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is a awful school and I would not recommend it to anyone. The school is constructed like a prison. The staff just does not discern how to deal with the children and violence is at an all time high in this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am extremely disappointed in this school. The random acts of violence in this school leave little to be desired. As if middle school and FCAT is not difficult enough. Teachers are rarely in contact with the parents My son will be in private school next year. We are counting the weeks for this school year to be over with.

  • (7 years ago)

    I do not recommend this school to anybody. The students are rowdy and careless. Possibly with a different principal this school may change.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school is making great strides. The administration is strong and the attitudes are positive among the staff. The ESE program has improved and the inclusion model is succesful. Our Students love the school. They feel safe and parents are very satisfied with W. R. Thomas. These are the recent finding odf the annual climate survey. We are an A school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The ese program leaves much to be desired. Teaching is not given at a capable level and the classes are way to big some have 30 kids!

  • (9 years ago)

    I HAVE TO SAY THAT I am dissapointed with the kids at WR Thomas my daughter is a six grader and already I have had several problems with kids; It seems that there is no morals being taught to these kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    There are some major problems going on in this school. I had to remove my son from this school a month ago due to violence in the school. There are fights daily many involving the police having to come out to the school. Children who try to defend themselves are treated unfairly. The lack of security poses a major problem in this school and all our schools. Another problem is the number of failing students. Someone brought to my attention that a lot of the teachers at this school are not certified to teach the subjects they are teaching. Therefore with that fact in mind & the high number of failing students I must ask is the problem really our children or it is the lack of the qualifications of the teachers? I do not recommend this school to anyone.

  • (11 years ago)

    Too many student in the classrooms. The school needs to cleaned and painted. I don't understand why there is no supervision by a school security when school is out

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