Okaloosa Stemm Center

Summary:

Okaloosa STEMM Center is a highly-ranked public middle school serving grades 6-8 with an enrollment of 365 students in Valparaiso, Florida, part of the Okaloosa School District, which is ranked 8th out of 67 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Okaloosa STEMM Center consistently ranks among the top 1-2% of middle schools in Florida, often placing 1st out of 1,177 schools statewide. Its students demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, with 95-100% scoring proficient or better on state assessments, far exceeding district and state averages. The school has a relatively diverse student population and maintains a low chronic absenteeism rate, significantly lower than the state average. Okaloosa STEMM Center also spends more per student ($10,406) compared to the district and state, likely contributing to its high performance.

When compared to nearby middle schools in the Okaloosa district, such as Davidson Middle School, Shoal River Middle School, and Max Bruner Junior Middle School, Okaloosa STEMM Center stands out as the highest-performing, with significantly higher test scores and a stronger overall academic profile.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 379 Edge Ave
       Valparaiso, FL  32580-1033


(850) 833-4120

District: Okaloosa

SchoolDigger Rank:
1st of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,406 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  18.2 Help
Number of students:  365

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.5%
Hispanic:
11.5%
Two or more races:
10.7%
more

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  24.4% Help


 See top rated Florida middle schools

 Compare Okaloosa Stemm Center to nearby middle schools!

Performance Trends
Help
Compare Details Okaloosa Stemm Center ranks better than 99.9% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks first among 8 ranked middle schools in the Okaloosa School District! (See more...)
Help
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.19. (See more...)
Help
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
Help
Compare Details Okaloosa Stemm Center has the smallest middle school student body size in the Okaloosa School District. Racial makeup is: White (68.5%), Hispanic (11.5%), two or more races (10.7%). (See more...)
Help
Compare Details 24.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Help
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Okaloosa Stemm Center is 18.2, which is the 3rd best among 8 middle schools in the Okaloosa School District. (See more...)
Help
Compare Okaloosa Stemm Center employs 20 full-time teachers.
Finance
Help
Compare Details The average total spent per student at Okaloosa Stemm Center is $10,406, which is the 3rd highest among 8 middle schools in the Okaloosa School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Okaloosa Stemm Center was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Okaloosa Stemm Center 1st of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Okaloosa Stemm Center in the ranking list.)

Okaloosa:

SchoolDigger ranks Okaloosa 8th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)

Average Parent Rating:

Read all reviews and ratings detail for Okaloosa Stemm Center.

What do you think?

Your rating for Okaloosa Stemm Center?

Rank History for Okaloosa Stemm Center

Help
Compare
Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 98.44 4th 999 99.6%
2016 99.15 1st 997 99.9%
2017 98.96 1st 1031 99.9%
2018 98.81 1st 1035 99.9%
2019 98.66 1st 1099 99.9%
2021 99.40 2nd 1136 99.8%
2022 99.27 2nd 1148 99.8%
2023 99.19 1st 1177 99.9%
See the entire list of Florida Middle School Rankings!

Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Okaloosa Stemm Center Test Scores
Tests: 
  
Grades: 
  
Years: 
  
Group by: 
District Scores:
State Scores:    






Data source: Florida Department of Education

Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 1)
0%

0%

0%

0%

100%

  

Reviews:
by a parent
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Open Quote My child went to this school for a month and we withdrew her. Now she is in virtual public school (making straight "A's" and loving learning again), and getting so much better education than this school could hope to offer. The math teacher at Okaloosa STEM was missing in action, literally. Couldn't find her most of the time, and had substitutes in her class many times. From what I was told, I believe she was too busy working on her PHD, while her students needs were second to her own. She pulls homework/school work from one of 17 math books (had my daughter count them and list the names so we could use later) she keeps in classroom. Offers NO help to students. After working one problem for 10 days, going to this teacher 8 times (when she could find her), my child knew no more how to solve the problem than the first day. Actually, she knew how to solve the problem, just not the EXACT way the math teacher wanted it done, and she wouldn't offer any help except to "go work on it some more." When I complained to Administration, her buddy, the digital arts and design teacher, wrote to me that my daughter "did not have the ability to follow simple instructions." This from the guy that handed out flyers for his class (in orientation) with the wrong contact email (some digital art expert, huh). I don't think HE has the ability to follow simple instructions. Even the Office Coordinator said they had no idea where this guy was most of the time. He would just disappear when class wasn't in session. So much for helping the students. The laptops they gave students had so little RAM that it would take almost the entire class (90 mins) to download a program for that class. Yes, the teachers run this school, which is NOT a good thing. Consider that the Principle is retiring (2018-2019) and not really up for correcting this cluster. The best thing about this school was their Science teacher who was engaged, helpful and attentive to the students needs. My kid was (and is) a straight "A" student. I was not gonna let this school discourage her love of learning. They really need to re-evaluate some of these teachers. To call this school a STEM school is a grave misuse of the term. How anyone would ever consider them to be a true STEM academy, is beyond me. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Okaloosa Stemm Center

Help
Compare
Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 68 5 3 5 0 0 5 0 86
2014 111 3 3 7 1 0 10 0 135
2015 138 10 6 11 2 0 15 0 182
2016 152 7 8 13 1 1 13 0 195
2017 165 9 8 17 2 1 18 0 220
2018 175 11 10 21 3 0 19 0 239
2019 202 13 9 27 3 0 25 0 279
2020 212 17 13 25 3 0 30 0 300
2021 202 18 9 25 2 0 36 0 292
2022 216 18 11 38 2 1 42 0 328
2023 250 19 13 42 1 1 39 0 365

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 Okaloosa Stemm Center

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 86 4.0 21.5 27.9
2014 135 8.0 16.8 16.3
2015 182 10.0 18.2 17
2016 195 10.0 19.5 17.4
2017 220 12.0 18.3 20.9
2018 239 12.0 19.9 18.8
2019 279 17.5 15.9 20.1
2020 300 18.0 16.6 18.7
2021 292 19.0 15.3 20.5
2022 328 18.0 18.2 18.6
2023 365 20.0 18.2 24.4

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 Okaloosa Stemm Center

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 86 4.0 21.5 27.9
2014 135 8.0 16.8 16.3
2015 182 10.0 18.2 17
2016 195 10.0 19.5 17.4
2017 220 12.0 18.3 20.9
2018 239 12.0 19.9 18.8
2019 279 17.5 15.9 20.1
2020 300 18.0 16.6 18.7
2021 292 19.0 15.3 20.5
2022 328 18.0 18.2 18.6
2023 365 20.0 18.2 24.4

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 Okaloosa Stemm Center

Help

YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $387 (4.5%) $8,192 (95.5%) $8,579
2019 $1,054 (9.8%) $9,679 (90.2%) $10,733
2020 $538 (5.5%) $9,201 (94.5%) $9,739
2021 $842 (7.3%) $10,734 (92.7%) $11,576
2022 $1,786 (17.5%) $8,391 (82.5%) $10,177
2023 $2,110 (20.3%) $8,296 (79.7%) $10,406

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Okaloosa Stemm Center

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 1st of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 1st of 1177 Middle schools
 0%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa Stemm Center)10098
 2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa)6358
 5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa Stemm Center)9799
 2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa)5853
 5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Okaloosa Stemm Center)10099
 1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Okaloosa)7362
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa Stemm Center)10098
 2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Okaloosa)6655
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Okaloosa Stemm Center)100100
   8th Grade Mathematics (Okaloosa)6554
 11%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Okaloosa Stemm Center)9898
   8th Grade Science (Okaloosa)6761
 6%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Okaloosa Stemm Center)9999
   End of Course Civics (Okaloosa)7870
 8%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Okaloosa Stemm Center)100100
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Okaloosa)7865
 13%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Okaloosa Stemm Center)100100
   End of Course Geometry (Okaloosa)7365
 8%
   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 Students279365
 30.8%
African American1319
 46.2%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian913
 44.4%
Hispanic2742
 55.6%
Pacific Islander01
White202250
 23.8%
Two or More Races2539
 56%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.1%24.4%
 4.3%


Schools Near Okaloosa Stemm Center









Frequently Asked Questions about Okaloosa Stemm Center

In the 2022-23 school year, 365 students attended Okaloosa Stemm Center.

Students at Okaloosa Stemm Center are 68% White, 12% Hispanic, 11% Two or more races, 5% African American, 4% Asian.

Yes! Okaloosa Stemm Center is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 1st of 1185 Florida middle schools.


Rate Okaloosa Stemm Center!



Sign up for updates!

Be the first to know when there is an update for Okaloosa Stemm Center!




SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





Diagnostics

None retrieved from Database in 52 milliseconds.