Kirby Smith Middle School
A dedicated Math, Science and Technology Magnet
Kirby-Smith is a proud “A” school and also a dedicated magnet. We have an intensive math and science curriculum, along with a technology department unseen at any other school in the county. Students receive a 3 year course of study with a focus on math, science, technology and engineering. To prepare students for college preparatory courses at the high school level, the program offers gifted, advanced and standard classes in core academic areas.
What makes Kirby different than the other middle schools?(There have been some changes from what is in the magnet reference brochure)
The addition to Kirby-Smith Middle School’s dedicated
magnet program is the development of a formalized advanced / accelerated and academically
talented track for students who have high achievement levels on the State
Standardized Test (i.e. FCAT, Florida
Standards Assessment), and high academic achievement in their core subjects.
The theme change will also facilitate Kirby-Smith’s program continuity to Magnet High schools such as Stanton, Paxon and Darnell-Cookman Advanced Studies High
Schools. Current continuity to Robert E. Lee's engineering program has not been changed.
This addition will
include students who are not staffed into the gifted program, but who qualify
in the following areas:
Accelerated: Level 5 on ALL state assessments or ninety five percentile on the
national norm assessments.
talented: Level 4 combination on ALL assessments.
c. Gifted/Accelerated: Staffed gifted within the State of Florida
Placement into the proper program will be determined as follows:
- Current DCPS 5th grade students- upon arrival at magnet tour schools officials will look up applicants 4th grade FCAT scores
- Non DCPS 5th grade students- applicant will be responsible for providing national norm assessment scores from 4th grade
- Accelerated/advanced and Gifted tracks
Successful completion of Algebra I will be required for program continuity by the completion of eighth
II. After the review of the state assessments,
students may have the ability to “move up” to another track.
-Kirby offers a Gifted and Academically talented team at each level.
-Kirby offers the same academic curriculum as all of the other schools in the county and in addition offers high school Algebra and Geometry to qualified 7th and 8th graders.
Specialized Course offerings and Electives
-Video Game Design (The only middle school program in Florida)
-Computer Applications (includes Microsoft Office Suite )
-Digital Media Design/Film Making – Mac Lab
-Graphic Art and Design
-Physical Science (HS Credit)Gifted and Accelerated(geometry)students only
-Algebra I Honors (HS Credit)
-Geometry Honors (HS credit)
-Spanish I-Honors (HS Credit)
Presentation /Tours begin- 8 Jan 2105
Presentation starts @ 8:30-until approximately 9:45
Meet in the auditorium. Tours are every Thursday
through Feb 2015
A special evening presentation/tour
will take place
on Thursday 29 Jan 2015 @ 5:30 Arrive early for parking
Presentation begins at around 6:00 PM followed by a tour of our facilities.
Applications will be signed. Non DCPS students please bring student records
from 4th grade which show standardized math and reading scores.
Magnet Mania/ School Choice Expo will be
at the Prime Osborne from 11-3 PM on
For Magnet information contact Paul Ohmann at firstname.lastname@example.org