School Details

Emerald Cove Middle School

9950 Stribling Way, Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 803-8000
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1222 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

67%
57%
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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
  • Palm Beach County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
58%
56%
66%
56%
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
  • Palm Beach County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
50%
47%
68%
58%
57%
65%
51%
49%
66%
65%
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.
90%
84%
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
  • Palm Beach County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
71%
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 2012
  • Palm Beach County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Emerald Cove Middle School is a public middle school in Wellington. The principal of Emerald Cove Middle School is DR. NANCY LUCAS and can be contacted at emeraldcovems@palmbeachschools.org. 1,222 students attend Emerald Cove Middle School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Emerald Cove Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 1,222 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Emerald Cove Middle School is 18:1. Polo Park Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Asian 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 34%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 26% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 29%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 60%
Limited English proficiency 10% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter started here in 6th grade. We had high expectations because we loved Equestrian Trails right next door and since they're in close proximity we figured they'd be somewhat similar. What we found was teachers that didn't want to teach the first year. We dealt with it figuring MS was different from elementary. Second year out of all of her teachers again one sub par teacher. 8th grade came and we truly saw a pattern. She had a science teacher showing the class baby bunnies being skinned. I had to sign a permission slip for my daughter to watch Titanic in 6th or 7th yet this didn't warrant the same? My daughter loves animals (as do we her parents) so this did not sit well. This teacher is well known in the parental and fellow teaching community to be incompetent. In addition the school is also bad with handling situations. As long as your child doesn't run into any issues here I guess I could see how you'd consider it an okay school. Unfortunately we had an issue. All they wanted to do was sweep it under the rug. There was no formal process at all. I wouldn't send my dog there. Hoping the incoming new Principal changes things drastically.

  • (1 year ago)

    Emerald Cove Middle School is a fabulous school with a rigorous education plan intelligent teachers and a strong Leadership Team. My concerns have always been addressed immediately by teachers guidance counselors the Nurse Front Office Staff and the greatest Middle School Principal on this planet Dr. Lucas!! I LOVE the strict zero tolerance rule at ECMS!! I LOVE their Homework Policy and that my daughter has never ever been given busy-work. Her assignments directly coincide with the class work of that day! I LOVE the safety rules on school wide events and I dearly THANK those who took the time to plan coordinate and ensure that my daughter had the best time at her year end trip. Dr. Lucas you will be so missed Ms. Chapman you are AWESOME!! Deborah Cirincione

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter was bullied and groped by several boys and the leadership there blamed my daughter. They didn't perform a thorough investigation and didn't follow proper Florida Regulations. Leadership there is a joke. Most of the teachers are ill-prepared - come on going to a hockey game for History Class? What about learning about Henry Flagler or St. Augustine/Ponce de Leon. No wonder why the kids in this school don't do well. Try teaching!

  • (2 years ago)

    Im in 8th grade and I hate this school. I rather be homeschooled I told the guidance counselor I dont feel comfortable in a class and the teacher is absolutely rude ( I basically get bullied by the teacher ) and all guidance counselor does is say you will get through it. They don't help at all. If it wasnt for couple more months of school I would of been homeschooled. A teacher I have is absolutely rude and picks on me even the whole class knows and they won't put me out. I can't wait to go to highschool so I can get out if this nightmare. I would not refer this school to anybody.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter was bullied for the majority of the year last year. I went in to the school on numerous occasions. The counselor informed me that things would be done. The bullying continued. I went in again. They told me I needed to calm down. My daughter is seeing a psychiatrist because of this bullying. The girls are still saying nasty comments to my daughter and bullying her. I have been homeschooling my daughter for the beginning of 8th grade; however she wants to go back to school because she misses her friends. I am debating to send her back to this school because the bullies are still there. Where is the justice? I think those bullies should have been punished or expelled from the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my last year in ECMS. The education is really good they have highschool courses so if your more advance you can take it. They have virtual class. Some teachers are really rude and they pick your elective but overall its an okay school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Well I must say my son attended this school and he was never the same. Although the teachers in the core classes were excellent the school itself had big problems. First the policy of a zero or 50% for missed homework is terrible. It is inconsistent and it promotes a feeling of failure for the kids. - to fail kids for missed homework is counterproductive. A policy to promote learning should be used--maybe assign double homework if missed.. Second there is no real partnership or attempt at partnership with parents. There is no strict rules on upgrading edline and many teachers don't even post homework.. For these kids it's all new to have 7 classes and 7 teachers and keep an agenda etc. but there is little support. Second PE is a disaster at this school. I recommend everyone to opt out of PE. It's a Mess with 60 plus kids with sometimes much more from all grades combined. Half the kids sit around because they can't even participate since there are too many kids. The kids at this school are rude to teachers to a shocking degree. The policy of no uniforms is a bad one for this age group as it promotes bully issues. Overall great teachers but bad atmosphere

  • (3 years ago)

    It is amazing how a few parents who have problem kids and have to deal with administration give this school a bad name. From my personal experience I have had nothing but positive experiences with the school. They have always called me back and have the best interest of the children of the school as their top priority! Stop bashing administration just because you child gets in trouble!

  • (3 years ago)

    ECMS was a very good school but this new year is seeing it start to fall apart. Electives are forced upon you lunch is a mess and the car line is disorganized. 6th graders mixed in with 8th in the same classes and broken school properties. As a student who has been here 2 years I can honestly say this.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school as a person with experience i would love to go to this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I find it hard to believe such a horrible school could exist in Wellington!! The entire school needs to be revamped!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child was extremely happy at ECMS. Her Grades were always high and her teachers were always there to help.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love this school i go to it and its awesome music plays between classes lots of fun!!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    i started ecms since 6th grade and the best teaches are mrs lawry for 6 period and mrs mophesis for 1st they where awsome.

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to this school its ok but mr. lamisky is the best teacher ever! fyi he teachs 6 & 7 grade history! go mr. l

  • (6 years ago)

    I can't you what a relief it was to find out that this school offered a week long pirate camp for incoming 6th graders. My son went from knowing no one to making a ton of new friends. As well as getting to know the wonderful caring faculty. Kudos to Ms. Leathermen who headed up this week( one of the guidance counselors who volunteered). I can't wait for daughter to come summer of 2009. Did i mention it was free.....

  • (6 years ago)

    I go to school at emerald cove and this is my 2nd year now honelsy the teachers are great and it is a great school they have adv. And honner classes and give you choices for high school. I have a lot of friends and people are very nice there *if you get student aide as your elective make sure you get mrs.Payne she's the best you'll lov her!

  • (6 years ago)

    my child is in 7th grade and he loves the school.He also loves that they offer high school courses

  • (6 years ago)

    this school needs to have less homework and more social events because the students hardly get any.like the events all cost money which doesnt allow everyone to attend.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to emerald cove and I personally love it there. It was Fun and the teachers are awesome. I have to admit the homework late thing was a little tough but some teachers made exceptions and it was to teach us responsibility. I Loved my year there. I <3 Mrs. Riga

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