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Alachua Elementary School

Public | PK, 3 | 365 students


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Posted March 21, 2014

My son is in third grade and absolutely loves his teacher and his school. This school offers a great community environment. The communication between the school and parents is top notch. This is possibly one of the best elementary schools in the district!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2010

This is a wonderful school! The students are exceptionally respectful with great manners and the staff are the same. The teachers communicate with parents and work with students well. My son and I are very happy with this school and it's much better than the school we came from in SWFL, which is an A-rated large charter school. My son feels more comfortable at this school than at the old school. At Alachua Elementary, it's a different atmosphere - nice. Hard to explain, just take my word for it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2009

The teachers and couselors are wonderful. My grandson was under performing as he entered 3rd grade and by the time he took the FCATs he reached expectation and > 5th grade math.The family helped, we monitored him and he was tutored by school system. He worked hard. Would not have happened without the guidance of the professionals which includes speech, counselors, tutor program, principal, secretary, school nurse, teachers and latchkey. This school is outstanding.

Posted April 28, 2008

My son, Logan, transferred from Glen Springs Elementary to Alachua Elementary for his 5th grade year. We couldn't have been more pleased or happier with this school. The teachers are all hands on and so very friendly, caring and helpful. It reminds me so much of the elementary school I attended as a child. K. Chircop
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2007

Not a great school. Low FCAT scores, Principal not concerned with acedemics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2006

I am very impressed with Alachua Elem. My son has moderate ADHD, and his previous schools always looked at him as a problem or an issure rather than as a little boy. Here he has been welcomed and loved and treated with dignity and respect. He is flourishing and doing great. We nolonger get notes home about not finishing work or poor attention. He is excited to go to school and excited about learning. They have an awesome extended day program with activities and field trips. My son looks at me when I pick him up and asks 'can't I stay longer!. The free breakfast for all students this year really puts them on the right track. Love the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2005

I have interned at Alachua Elementary for both my pre-internship and full-internship while a undergrad and graduate student at the University of Florida. I have volunteered at many Gainesville schools, and Alachua is my top pick! The overall environment of the school, the commununity of the students and teachers, as well as Mr. Brandenburg and his constant involvement and support instantly drew me in. I instantly felt accepted by the staff at the school, as well as the parents and students. Art, music, PE, and technology are constantly integrated into the children's school day, as well as extensions such as a greenhouse, garden, birdfeeding station, and science lab. These elements make Alachua Elementary stand out above all of the rest. I strongly recommend anyone interested in choosing this school for their students to go and check it out for themselves. It is a wonderful community and amazing school!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted July 14, 2004

Very caring teachers. Excellent computer training. Lacking in extracurricular activities. Communication with parents is not timely which adds further stressors to professional parents whose schedules are not flexible on a daily basis
—Submitted by a parent

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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About the tests

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests

Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Black 29%
Hispanic 9%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%44%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 7%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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13800 Northwest 152nd Place
Alachua, FL 32615
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Phone: (386) 462-1841


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