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About This School

Tavares Middle School is a public middle school in Tavares. The principal of Tavares Middle School is Ms. Trella Mott, whose e-mail is mottt@lake.k12.fl.us. 1,030 students go to Tavares Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 2% of the Tavares Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 1,030 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tavares Middle School is 16:1. Carlton Palms Educational Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 57%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 15% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 57%
Limited English proficiency 2% 4%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE!!! There are some dedicated teachers but the principal assistant principal and guidance staff are a joke. They refused to listen to the students and parents alike. The 8th grade math teacher Mr. Spiniolas can't teach to save his life. Almost a third of his students had to attend summer school...think there's a problem there? Not according to the principal. I had several meetings with Ms. Mott and she doesn't listen only wants to hear herself talk. My daughter had all A's in Math until Mr. Spiniolas took over the class. The guidance counselors spread rumors and gossip not only to staff but to students as well about the students that come to them for help!!!! The saddest part is that this is supposed to be the best school amongst Eustis Mount Dora and Tavares. I am so happy that my daughter is going to high school now. Thank God she survived that place. If you can't afford private school like me...good luck! It's so sad that our children are not taken seriously and at the most crucial time in their lives. The county commissioners should SERIOUSLY consider replacing ALL of the administrative staff at this school!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    All I can say is positive things about this school. All the staff there are nice from the secretaries and administration to the regular teachers and janitors. They have a lot of school events like dances band concerts award ceremonies art shows plays and talent shows. And yes there is some bullying but aren't most schools gonna have that wherever you go? They have a bunch of clubs that you can join along with their sports like soccer cross-country drama art etc. All the teachers I had were so nice and a lot of them put in so much extra work you wouldn't believe! I also made all my best friends here. This school is my favorite( -former student

  • (3 years ago)

    LOVE Mr. Harris Mr. Humphreys Mr. DeMoss Mrs. Goolsby. I wish I could warn about the bad! Mr. VonMaxey is a good teacher as well but he tends to favor athletic students and the kids know it.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is run like a police state well possibly one in a 3rd world country. The administration takes the line that the student is always wrong and the teachers run roughshod over parents to make themselves look good. There are some exceptions but at the top HUGE gaps and reported incidents are ignored or denounced. The only care taken is inflating the FCAT scores at the risk of all other meaningful instruction.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teacher Gina Vinson and the great job she does!

  • (4 years ago)

    The students and staff are really wonderful to work with ~ lots of team and school spirit!

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are great they really care about the students and the class sizes are small. There is a fair amount of time between classes. And the multi-building set up stops crowding in the halls. Except for the 500 Building where sometimes it can be hard to get in and out of. I like the fact that for the last ten minutes of lunch if you want you can go to the courtyard and to your locker so you can see friends you don't have any classes with. Also if you want you can wait in the gym after school instead of waiting for your bus in the boiling sun. The only downside is that teachers have to walk to students to lunch.

  • (7 years ago)

    I used to go to TMS until my family move to Memphis TN but its a great school you will a lot of nice and funny teachers! If you love to talk you will make new friends in one day!

  • (7 years ago)

    i used to go to private schools so this is my first year at a public school but i love it. i used hated private schools and i never had any friends but here i have TONS of friends the teachers are cool for the most part and just the advatages and quality of this school is awesome.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is great! The teachers are friendly and I loved going to school here. I had fun but I also learned a lot.

  • (10 years ago)

    Two of my children have attended Tavares Middle School. I have been very happy with the teachers administration and staff. I especially like the amount of communication that goes on between the teachers and parents. I always know what is going on at the school and they let me know when there are areas for concern. I also enjoy the many performances for parents during the year. They have band concerts awards presentations and sports events. I feel valued as a parent and included in their planning.

  • (11 years ago)

    At the present time Mrs. Denson is the Principal she is the best in Lake couty I have seen so far! We will miss her as she is going to a new School! The school has a Deputy there and she is also very good at what she does! Teachers I feel could be a little more Open with the pareents by letting us know what is going on Monthy I feel is not to much to ask! P.E. I was not happy with I feel that there are a lot more kids could be doing then learning about basketball & Nock out! What ever happened to Track Soccor & Team challanges? They need to work on There Physical ed. Classes!

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