Desoto Middle School

420 E Gibson St
Arcadia, FL 34266
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
2/
10
Bottom 50%
Desoto Middle School serves 1,035 students in grades 6-8.
Desoto Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Florida for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 28% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 48%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 33% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 52%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the Florida state level of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Florida state average of 64% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,035 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 19:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 68%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in FL
  • Math Proficiency
    : 28% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 33% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), FL Dept. of Education

School Overview

Desoto Middle School's student population of 1,035 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 55 teachers has grown by 7% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
Total Students
1,035 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
55 teachers
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School Rankings

Desoto Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,655 schools in Florida (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Desoto Middle School is 0.61, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (FL)
Overall Testing Rank
#3003 out of 3655 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
28%
48%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
33%
52%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
19:1
16:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
3%
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Hispanic
53%
36%
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Black
12%
21%
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White
32%
36%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.61
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
62%
50%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
3%
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School District Name
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), FL Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desoto Middle School's ranking?
Desoto Middle School is ranked #3003 out of 3,655 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Florida.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
28% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 48% FL state average), while 33% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 52% FL state average).
How many students attend Desoto Middle School?
1,035 students attend Desoto Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
53% of Desoto Middle School students are Hispanic, 32% of students are White, 12% of students are Black, 2% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are Asian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Desoto Middle School?
Desoto Middle School has a student ration of 19:1, which is higher than the Florida state average of 16:1.
What grades does Desoto Middle School offer ?
Desoto Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8
What school district is Desoto Middle School part of?
Desoto Middle School is part of Desoto School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 1,035 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 19:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 68%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 28% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 33% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), FL Dept. of Education

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