SURFSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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300 NAUTILUS ST
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL 32413
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Phone: 850-233-5180
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Bay County Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 350
  • Number Students: 1050
  • Number Teachers: 65
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4298
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 200
  • Principal: Ms Sue Harrell
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (39 ratings)
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    School Reviews (24 Reviews)
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    Posted 2014-01-18
    "As an 'Alumni' of this school i have had first hand experience to the bullying, teachers, administration and EVERYTHING. I will do my best to WARN parents away from this pit. 1. Teachers: I've only had one experience with a teacher that has actually changed my as a person. Mark Douglas, he teaches Geography, US History, and Creative Writing. He's cool, young and he UNDERSTANDS that not all students learn the same way. He uses a combination of fun educational videos, worksheets and lectures to fully engross you with knowledge. I graduated SSMS 2 years ago and we still keep in contact. I obviously haven't taken every class in the whole school but i've heard from many friends that Mr Holmes, the band teacher, has been the most influential person in their lives. 2. Bullies: Yes, parents, the year is 2014 and bullying is very much still around today, but not the way that you remember it. Kids dont give others wedgies. Instead they'll call others 'faggots' 'losers' 'nerds'. They'll trip, push, or knock you down. Your kids swear. I know it's not something you want to hear but EVERY kid in ANY school nowadays (elem. schools are exempt...for now) swears exponentially. ITS JUST 'COOL'"
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    Posted 2013-05-27
    "My daughter chose to go to Surfside for her 8th grade year. It is by far the worst school my ever daughter has ever attended. The teachers and staff do not put the students first. There are some teachers that will even go as far as blaming the students for their lack of teaching/planning skills."
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    Posted 2012-08-02
    "We moved to Panama City Beach last year and enrolled our child at Surfside. This school has been an incredible experience for him. He doesn't play sports and isn't in band, so we thought he may have a hard time getting involved. We were wrong. He joined one of the service clubs, Kiwanis I think, and got involved there. They also have a Leo Club and a Beta Club. His teachers do a lot of small group work which helped him get to know a lot of his classmates. I thought it was really nice that the first week of school his teacher made it a point to find other kids to go to lunch with him and introduce him around. Academically, they are an A school. He did really well on the state's standardized test this year and his classes seem challenging. He's really excited for school to start in a couple of weeks. I would recommend this school to any parent coming to PCB."
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    Posted 2012-01-06
    "This school is great! I volunteer at Surfside on several occasions. Sure there are issues with children getting in trouble (as there are in all middle schools in the country), but this school has Zero tolerance for bad behavior. I have seen 4 students get into trouble this year, and they were immediately EXPELLED!! The only bad remarks I have heard from parents have been from the parents who were picking up their children who had caused the trouble. My child has seen none of this bad behavior, the staff has handled each issue extremely well. The teachers are all very kind to my child, as well as the other children. Students at Surfside are given the opportunity to excel in their academics with support from teachers, office staff and parents. Dr. Harrell is very connected with the students, she knows most (if not all of them) by name. I am proud to be a Surfside parent!"
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    Posted 2010-12-25
    "We pulled our son out of this school. Surfside Middle has been the worst experience with any school ever. The Principal is detached and seems to never be available. We had an issue with a teacher who did not return calls and the administrators(secretaries) are not professional, incompitant and rude. We had a meeting with them where they did not take minutes of the meeting. When I brought it to there attention they did, but left out important facts and refused to add them. I added my own comments and signed off on it. Then, the administrator started editing my statement after I had signed it! A few days later they let somone else take my son home after missing the bus. They refused to allow him to call us and the person who picked him up was not on the list of approved people. The administrator told me that they were not responsible because the log where he signed in to the office to try to call us was a few minutes after "school hours" They also took cash for afundraiser and did not deliver the products, and have not had any refund. NOTICE!! all the great ratings on this site are from teachers from the school or students, no parents."
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