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  • Phantoms

    Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School - Home of the Phantoms

    Address: 6410 118th Ave. N, Largo, FL 33773

    Phone: (727) 547-4526 

    Fax:  (727) 549-6631 

    Pinellas County Schools Administration: (727) 588-6000

    Principal: Ija Hawthorne 

    Grade Levels: 6th - 8th

    School Hours: 9:40am - 4:10pm, Monday -  Friday

    About Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School

    Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, home of the Phantoms, was founded in 1975 and currently serves sixth through eighth-grade students in the middle Pinellas County area. Named after former Largo Middle School Principal Morgan Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Middle has been a pioneer in education since its inception.  The school was recognized both nationally and internationally for the implementation of the "house concept," a school design that supports grade-level academic teaming.  The physical plant was designed specifically to facilitate the house concept, providing a sixth-grade, seventh-grade, and eighth-grade house, each with its own office, teachers' workroom, and student restrooms.

    In 2009, Fitzgerald Middle opened one of three Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies in Pinellas County servicing gifted students in mid-county. The Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies is a school within a school magnet model designed to meet the unique academic and social/emotional needs of adolescent gifted students through full-time gifted services.  To learn more about this program, please visit Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies.


    Points of Pride

    • Multiple awards in the 2021 Future City Competition, including 2021 Regional Winners
    • 2021 Florida Regionals Science Olympiad First and Second Place Winners
    • Multiple awards in the 2021 Model UN Competition
    • Two state finalists in 2021 National History Day Competition
    • 6th Grader came in first place in the 2021 Central Florida Spelling Bee
    • 1 to 1 technology
    • Acceleration and remediation support offered daily before and after school  


    Special Services & Programs

    • Full-time gifted program through the Center for Gifted Studies where scholars are fully cohorted with their Gifted Classmates 
    • AVID School
    • Amazon Future Engineer Program offered leading to *Industry Certifications 
    • Robotics Club  
    • *Industry Certification (* Scholars are assessed by a certifying entity based on standards for knowledge, skills and competencies within technology courses. This certification results in the award of a time-limited credential that is nationally recognized and applicable to an occupation that is included on state/regional targeted occupation lists or determined to be an occupation that is critical, emerging or addresses a local need)  
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program 
    • Cheerleading, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Intramural Soccer and Flag Football  
    • PBIS Program and Store used to support positive behaviors  
    • Variety of before and after school clubs
    • Curriculum related field trips to include SPIFFS and annual Gradventure at Universal


    School Mission

    Our mission is to provide the highest academic achievement through a positive and safe learning environment to prepare each scholar for college, career, and life.


    School Vision
    Our vision is for 100% scholar success.


    Three Keys to Success
    Attendance, Achievement, Attitude


    Morgan Fitzgerald Principals 
    Fred Buckman 1976-1982
    Neil Spearman 1982-1983
    Bob Graeff 1983-1986
    Linda Tucker 1986-2005
    William Corbett 2005-2011
    Teresa Anderson 2011-2015
    Michael Hernandez 2015-2017
    Anthony Francois 2017-2018
    Ija Hawthorne 2018-Present



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