Shields Middle School

Summary:

Shields Middle School is a public middle school located in Ruskin, Florida, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 1,867 students. The school is part of the Hillsborough County School District, which is ranked 47th out of 67 districts in Florida and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Shields Middle School faces significant challenges compared to its surrounding schools and the state as a whole. The school has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate of 43.3%, much higher than the rates at nearby schools like Dowdell Middle Magnet (46.7%), Giunta Middle (53.0%), and Rodgers Middle Magnet (44.6%). Additionally, Shields Middle School consistently underperforms compared to the Hillsborough County and Florida state averages in various subject areas and grade levels, with only 21% to 28% of students proficient or better in FAST/English Language Arts, compared to 44% to 47% for the county and state.

Shields Middle School also has a significantly higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 67.7% in the 2022-2023 school year. This is much higher than the rates at higher-performing schools like Randall Middle (16.54%) and Barrington Middle (34.38%). The school has consistently ranked in the bottom quarter of Florida middle schools, with a ranking of 1,042 out of 1,177 schools in the 2022-2023 school year, and has maintained a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years, indicating poor overall performance.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 15732 Beth Shields Way
       Ruskin, FL  33573-4901


(813) 672-5338

District: Hillsborough

SchoolDigger Rank:
1048th of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,037 Help


Feeder schools for Shields Middle School:

Elementary:    Cypress Creek Elementary School
    Reddick Elementary School
    Ruskin Elementary School
    Thompson Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  21.7 Help
Number of students:  1,867

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.3%
African American:
26.6%
White:
13.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Shields Middle School ranks worse than 88.4% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 38th among 44 ranked middle schools in the Hillsborough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 14.81. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Shields Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Hillsborough School District. Student population at Shields Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.3%), African American (26.6%), White (13.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 67.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Shields Middle School is 21.7. 38 middle schools in the Hillsborough School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Shields Middle School employs 86 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Shields Middle School is $8,037. 37 middle schools in the Hillsborough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Shields Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Shields Middle School 1048th of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Shields Middle School in the ranking list.)

Hillsborough:

SchoolDigger ranks Hillsborough 47th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Shields Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 31.57 529th 736 28.1%
2008 29.94 549th 740 25.8%
2009 28.66 582nd 780 25.4%
2010 34.44 593rd 839 29.3%
2011 23.95 702nd 891 21.2%
2012 19.84 733rd 897 18.3%
2013 21.98 760th 956 20.5%
2014 23.57 790th 999 20.9%
2016 15.09 880th 997 11.7%
2017 13.05 928th 1031 10.0%
2018 19.99 855th 1035 17.4%
2019 21.53 887th 1099 19.3%
2021 20.46 927th 1136 18.4%
2022 20.12 963rd 1148 16.1%
2023 14.81 1042nd 1177 11.5%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Friday, February 25, 2022

Open Quote esta escuela es lo peor de lo peor, primero deben de poner a una principal que tenga liderazgo y no deje que los estudiantes hagan lo que quieran luego expulsar a cada estudiante que cometa bullying oh agrreda a otro estudiantes sin record de incidente en la escuela,cambiar completamente el personaje del orden publico osea el policia el cual pierde el tiempo en la oficina y hablando en las esquina en vez de estar dando rondas preventivas alrededor de la escuela, otro cambiar cada maestro que no tenga el level adecuado para dar clases ya que esta escuela esta pobre de profesionales(no todos hay algunos que si se merecen el titulos de maestros.la comida en el comedor se le puede dar 0 en calidad . comida que enferma el estomago de los estudiantes. estudiantes que van sin uniforme a la escuela y ninas vistiendo en piyamas como si estuvieran en la casa con zapatos de dormir y otras vistiendo como si trabajaran en una discoteca, hay que ver como ha bajado la calidad de mandato en las escuelas que pena no entiendo porque venden y exijen uniformes si no hacen valer las reglas.. horrible escuela. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, September 19, 2011

Open Quote My kids went to Shields and went on to high school. Just like any other PUBLIC SCHOOL, Shields is not perfect. And every single school you can go to has kids who try to be bullies. Name one that doesn't. (Good luck!) That is life. We had a situation like that and my daughter's assistant principal handled it after she reported it. Shields is not a "bad" school. Seems like the main people who have a problem with Shields are parents who don't want their children around minorities or around children who grow up different from them. That is a very sad way to raise your children. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Open Quote I've heard this school is full of gangs, ne'er-do-wells, and incidences of young girls committing suicide because of bullying as a result of 'sexting.'

I would not recommend this school, unless your children would like to be exposed to a rather rough crowd. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Shields Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 319 36 11 686 1 n/a n/a 0 1053
2006 320 24 12 718 2 n/a n/a 0 1076
2007 318 37 16 726 0 n/a n/a 28 1125
2008 316 72 19 762 3 n/a n/a 36 1208
2009 323 100 15 811 5 n/a n/a 42 1296
2010 337 91 11 851 6 n/a n/a 30 1326
2011 279 126 10 912 8 3 35 0 1373
2012 280 154 16 904 6 5 31 0 1396
2013 286 163 17 940 5 5 29 0 1445
2014 262 176 17 957 3 5 43 0 1463
2015 264 159 11 998 1 3 38 0 1474
2016 232 160 12 916 5 4 39 0 1368
2017 245 182 12 919 3 2 31 0 1394
2018 209 219 19 923 1 1 39 0 1411
2019 222 270 12 1025 1 1 48 0 1579
2020 249 306 14 1127 2 5 57 0 1760
2021 224 333 7 1028 2 4 47 0 1645
2022 231 401 16 1083 6 3 52 0 1792
2023 248 497 19 1052 1 4 46 0 1867

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Shields Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 1053 63.0 16.7 80.2
2006 1076 64.0 16.8 82.9
2007 1125 51.0 22.1 81.8
2008 1208 74.5 16.2 80.3
2009 1296 99.0 13.8 82.7
2010 1326 86.5 15.3 81.3
2011 1373 82.8 16.5 82.3
2012 1396 83.6 16.6 86
2013 1445 85.0 17.0 86.7
2014 1463 100.0 14.6 85.2
2015 1474 99.0 14.8 89.3
2016 1368 96.0 14.2 86.8
2017 1394 95.0 14.6 86.4
2018 1411 85.0 16.6 86.8
2019 1579 89.0 17.7 87.2
2020 1760 94.0 18.7 85.3
2021 1645 103.0 15.9 88.8
2022 1792 86.0 20.8 77.3
2023 1867 86.0 21.7 67.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Shields Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 1053 63.0 16.7 80.2
2006 1076 64.0 16.8 82.9
2007 1125 51.0 22.1 81.8
2008 1208 74.5 16.2 80.3
2009 1296 99.0 13.8 82.7
2010 1326 86.5 15.3 81.3
2011 1373 82.8 16.5 82.3
2012 1396 83.6 16.6 86
2013 1445 85.0 17.0 86.7
2014 1463 100.0 14.6 85.2
2015 1474 99.0 14.8 89.3
2016 1368 96.0 14.2 86.8
2017 1394 95.0 14.6 86.4
2018 1411 85.0 16.6 86.8
2019 1579 89.0 17.7 87.2
2020 1760 94.0 18.7 85.3
2021 1645 103.0 15.9 88.8
2022 1792 86.0 20.8 77.3
2023 1867 86.0 21.7 67.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Shields Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $1,239 (17.7%) $5,765 (82.3%) $7,004
2019 $968 (14.1%) $5,873 (85.9%) $6,841
2020 $1,018 (13.9%) $6,326 (86.1%) $7,345
2021 $1,245 (16.1%) $6,466 (83.9%) $7,711
2022 $1,582 (22.6%) $5,407 (77.4%) $6,988
2023 $2,273 (28.3%) $5,764 (71.7%) $8,037

Data source: Florida Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Shields Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 887th of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 1042nd of 1177 Middle schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Shields Middle School)3227
 5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5449
 5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Shields Middle School)428
 34%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)6226
 36%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Shields Middle School)3528
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Hillsborough)5347
 6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Shields Middle School)2629
 3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Hillsborough)3147
 16%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Shields Middle School)3420
 14%
   8th Grade Science (Hillsborough)4741
 6%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Shields Middle School)5042
 8%
   End of Course Civics (Hillsborough)6764
 3%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Shields Middle School)7474
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Hillsborough)6360
 3%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Shields Middle School)94100
 6%
   End of Course Geometry (Hillsborough)5753
 4%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students15791867
 18.2%
African American270497
 84.1%
American Indian11
Asian1219
 58.3%
Hispanic10251052
 2.6%
Pacific Islander14
 300%
White222248
 11.7%
Two or More Races4846
 4.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients87.2%67.7%
 19.5%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,867 students attended Shields Middle School.

Students at Shields Middle School are 56% Hispanic, 27% African American, 13% White, 2% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Shields Middle School ranks in the bottom 11.6% of Florida middle schools.


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