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Thomas L. Sims Middle School is a highly rated, public school located in Pace, FL. It has 967 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.

Thomas L. Sims Middle School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
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Median Household Income
$64,966
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$977
National
$949
Median Home Value
$165,100
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
967
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$38,648
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.7%
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I did my research on schools before moving to FL and specifically chose the Pace area so my child would attend this school once she became a middle schooler. This is her first year at Thomas L. Sims Middle School and she loves it! This is her first year changing classes, being in band, and dressing out for PE. She was terrified at first, and now those are three of many of her favorite things about the school. It is a breath of fresh air having her in this middle school compared to the school we came from.
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My school has given me some great opportunities such as yearbook and drama club. As part of the yearbook staff, it is my job to dig into the lives of our students and portray their personalities in the theme of the yearbook. I have talked to many students, but certain kids caught my attention. Such as students who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. They don't have much of a safe place to talk to other kids who identify the same and face similar struggles. I hope that my school will change with the times and set up a gay-straight alliance for the students. Also, I have noticed a few upsetting cases. Some of which I have spotted self-harm marks on kids. I would love to see more action toward helping students who are struggling with depression and suicidal tendencies. We could have professionals lecture to full classrooms about mental illness and coping skills so that no student will be outed to classmates.
I really enjoyed this school. The teachers overall were great, but some of them lacked in the key qualities I would want in a teacher. Key qualities would involve great knowledge of the subject they teach. Some of the teachers followed that perfectly while others tended to not enjoy their subject, leading to an incorrect teaching of the subject. Homework was not valued as it should at this school. Here in the south, extra curricular activities are valued and teachers want to be on the side of the pupils where they are more interested in activities rather than their education. Homework was lacking which I found extremely disappointing. But, the experience that came with this school was great. By ruling out the things I didn't like in my learning experience, I learned the techniques that I liked to help me study. Middle school is a place where no studying is needed because all the answers are given. It was a big shock to me when I realized how much I needed to study coming into High School although I had studied when I was in middle school as well. I studied in middle school, but studying was not strictly enforced. Studying was recommended but not a high priority.