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  • Terri Pennix

    Martinez Middle School10

    Lutz, FL | Hillsborough County


    January 8, 2015

    My son graduated here with Straight A and presidential award. As military we used to stationed in Germany where he attended from 2nd grade to 7th grade and he never got to the Straight A (only honor student). So, I'm questioning the over all Stateside schools. compare to the German schools, US schools are way behind. They are more concentrated in entertainment like sports and band.. where other countries have more in academics.. I'm sure my son (now playing in a band) won't be needing to play clarinet to apply for jobs later.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 17, 2014

    Martinez Middle School seems to focus to much time on FCAT instead of teaching students about life skills. The teachers seem to hand out good grades even when the students don't earn them. My student isn't handing work in on time, sometimes weeks late and still earns full credit, do they want to set the students up for failure, or do they want to teach them a sense of entitlement because that is what they are doing, there are no consequences for their actions. Is it because teachers now get paid on how the children do in school if that's the case, the next generation will consist of a bunch of adults that will think they don't have to do their part and expect to get paid for it. Some of the teachers reply to emails quickly others don't reply for weeks.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 17, 2013

    Good school socially for sure - this is not my son's first year year there and in our conversations he says he hasn't witnessed any bullying thus far, nor has he heard anyone with drugs or talking about them. With all the craziness out there, that alone would make me happy. It's in a fairly affluent area so you have many involved parents and the upkeep of the school (cleanliness, etc.) is great. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that I don't believe the academics are that challenging. My son is in the most advanced classes possible and it still requires very little effort for him. Math, in particular, is a bit of a weakness. The elementary school next door is known for winning or placing at all the county-wide math competitions and yet Martinez does not do well at all. When taking Algebra 1 Honors as a 7th grader he said it was "all lecture all the time"....it actually lessened his interest and enjoyment of math. Overall I really like the school but I think there is an opportunity to improve the academics.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 6, 2013

    I signed up to get information on the different middle schools. I will be purchasing a house and I thought this would help me make the correct decision on what area I should purchase my home. I only entered this rating because it wouldn't let continue without filling that out.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 14, 2012

    Martinez is a very good school. The bullying here is almost non-existent and MOST everyone is nice to everyone else. The amount of potheads and thieves here are about 1/90th of those of other schools! Most of the teachers are great and very experienced! They know all of the tips and tricks on how to teach the teenagers. The school is pretty strict and has uniforms. Teachers care a great deal about their kids, (i WOULD KNOW) and if they see a distraction, they alert the guidance counselor and change your schedule. Teachers are open and ready for conferences and don't give too much homework overall. Martinez has a very structured curriculum that's challenging to the kids. By 8th grade, about 1/2 the students are taking AP courses! It's been rated an "A" school several years in a row and I don't expect anything less from them. If you want a safe, fun, and challenging learning experience for your kids, Martinez is some of the best they have to offer.

    June 12, 2011

    We moved to Florida from out of state and chose Lutz area because of Martinez. We have been very pleased with the school. At times I think it is a little easier than the school my daughter went to out of state, but socially she is happy and the kids are good. No bullying. I want her to get a great education in a safe environment and really think Martinez offers just that. Thanks to all the teachers.

    Submitted by a teacher

    February 21, 2011

    I disagree with the part about the teachers not being very caring or responding to emails. This is my son's 1st year and he is in all AP classes. I have emailed his teachers and I usually get a response immediately. The principal, however is another story. I could probably get a sit down with Obama easier than with her. She is visible during dismissal, but absolutely unavailable to parents. She is too inexperianced. The Vice Principal woud make a much better head of this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 12, 2010

    This is our child's 3rd year at Martinez. She is in all Honours classes . 2 classes, are for high school credit's this year. The kids are expected to do their very best. She loves her teachers, and talks about how the teachers Do care. They do expect the kids to work hard, if not there are concequences.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 17, 2010

    The teachers are not very caring at this school. There is no parent communication. I send emails and most of the teachers either don't respond at all or finally send a response two or more weeks later.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 4, 2009

    They excel in every thing they do. It is rated one of the top schools in HIllsborough county. The majority of the students are in honors classes.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 18, 2008

    Martinez is so fun, the teachers are very nice and the school is very clean, Martinez rocks!

    Submitted by a student

    August 2, 2008

    Martinez is a wonderful school. My daughter is going to be a 7th grader here next year. The only downside in my opinion is that the teaching staff does not respond to the students needs fast enough at times. The FCAT seems to take over and some children fall into the cracks so to speak, but for the most part, I love this school for my daughter. If they stopped the FCAT, I believe the children would respond to the ciriculum instead of focusing on the testing and the teachers could teach again, and be more in tune with the students on there level of learning instead of the state pushing and the students would retain much more of what was being taught.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 31, 2008

    This Is One Awsome School!! My Child Loves It There!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 30, 2008

    There is so much to offer and they have awesome faculty snd staff and give a decent amount of work and decent lunch

    Submitted by a student

    April 21, 2008

    This school claims to be one of the best middle schools in Hillsborough Co. but the administration is unresponsive. They are so concerned about maintaining their image that they ignore serious issues like bullying and parental concern about classroom instruction meeting state standards.

    Submitted by a parent

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