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Apollo Beach Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 593 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted November 13, 2013

im new to the area and i was looking for a school for my kid's to go i call to see what grade was the school and was told a D my kid's are comeing from A school i can't see that right now.


Posted August 22, 2013

Apollo Beach Elementary is a great school. With wonderful teachers and a caring staff. My now 7th Grader loved it there, and my 5th Grader is doing great. We all can not imagine a better school that you could send your children too. My Children have had some learning issues and have had to attend summer reading camps before at other schools in the county. I was so happy to get back to ABES the following fall, other schools are just not the same. My only wish was that this school went all the the way through Highs School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

There are some new teachers that my son has gotten for kindergarten and first grade and they have been wonderful. Great communication and very passionate about teaching. I wish more of the teachers were as caring and dedicated to the children. Many parents aren't shy when they share information so I would be careful not to get too close, personally I don't care much for the social click and gossip as far as the PTA, and administration go. Too many of the same people worrying about your business.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

We moved house just to get in the zone for this school .... amazing place - the teachers so far all seem wonderful. Both the principal and vice principal are extremely friendly and welcoming. The school is a nice size without about 500 children, compared to many other school in the county that have many more pupils. It is not the newest school in the area, but has all the facilities that you would require ... especially with such wonderful staff. The school works really hard to engage parents in fund raising ideas ... because the more funds raised, the more your child will benefit. There are extra curricular activities every single month including things like: skate night, silent auction, weekend carnival. I cannot sing this school's praises high enough, and I am so pleased that we moved home to enable us the opportunity to send our children to this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

I am very impressed with the teachers, administration and staff who are friendly, caring, and accommodating. My second grader loves her teachers and her school. Her homework is appropriate. She has math assignments every night and reading and spelling assignments every other night. She is also encouraged to set a goal to read every night of her choice of books. The school sets very high expectations for the students. I am very sure my child will excel in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

The administration, staff, and teachers are fantastic and provide a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for the students. The teachers go above and beyond the Florida state educational standards. Parents are VERY involved in the school and are always made to feel welcome by the staff and the wonderful PTA. The Principal and VP are enthusiastic, fair, very friendly, and they truly care about the students and providing quality education and great school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

This is my child's 2nd year at ABES and I have been very impressed with the school, staff, administration, and parent involvement. It's obvious Mrs. Gerding has high expectations of her teachers, which they strive to meet with enthusiasm and dedication to their students. I just read a few earlier reviews from 4-5 years ago and was truly surprised by some of the negative comments. Goes to show a lot can change in that amount of time. We feel very fortunate to have such a great school in this area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I went there from K-5 and I just thought all of the teachers were amazing. They set great expectations for students and do not give up on them. They are very encouraging to students. I am hoping my son will get to go there when he starts K.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Great teachers and staff. Always several options to solve a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I have 2 students that attend ABES. Oldest since K5 and is now in kindergarten. We love the teachers, education and staff and the community involvement. Wouldn't send my kids anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

A school is only as good as it's leaders. I have never been so impressed with a principal! We moved here this December and couldn't be happier. Our sons teachers are top notch and really invest in him and his progress. We had heard some bad stuff about the Florida school system but Apollo Beach has stood out as a real gem of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

A fantastic staff, dedicated and involved. The school has gone through a major reconstruction and is beautiful! My children are loving it here! Their grades have also improved over the course of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

This school does a lot of extra curicular activities. Involved in community. Great teachers and parental involvement


Posted December 4, 2008

I went to Apollo Beach Elementary when I was a child and now my daughter attends this school too. She is now in second grade and this school as been wonderful for her. The school is clean and was freshly painted over the summer of 08. The teachers are wonderful and many of them have been their for quit a few years. The teachers and administration reallly care about these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

i have 4 children that have been threw apollo beach elementary and 2 still going there.I really love everyone there,They are like family.The teachers are awesome i have no complaints.Mr Roth & mrs Gerding are Awesome too....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

Mr.Roth,The principal is most devoted to his students.He goes above and beyond the call of duty.And that the way he leads the faculty.There is always something going on to keep the children excited about learning.I was extremely impressed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

My son no longer attends Apollo Beach Elementary. I found the school to be older and dirty, and they didn't have age-appropriate materials in the classroom. They also seem to have an exceptionally high turn over rate with the staff, which is a red flag to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

I have two children at this school and have been pleasantly surprised by it since they started. I hadn't heard good things about FL public schools in general, but my children have gotten a great, individualized education and have had uniformly intelligent, caring teachers. While I have also seen the lack of resources other parents have mentioned, nothing I have seen reflected poorly on this school in particular, but on the district itself (which is way too large and unwieldy, policies and actions can be very un-child-friendly). I've also been amazed at the parent involvement -- very impressive to me. The administration and office-staff seemed a bit cold to me until I had been at the school longer, but now that I know their personalities, I have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Wave of happy students? SHOW ME? My children attend this school and I am in the process of getting them out of there. The faculty doesn't even seem happy to be there. My children were top students and high achievers until this school. They hate it there, and I can tell why when I go, it is a miserable, run down hole. The school is unkept, the kids are unruly and the plave is chaos. Forget CASINO night and GOLF tournaments people, how about mowing the grass and making the place smell better. How about teachers who seem to TRULY care about your child and their progress. This school needs a COMPLETE over haul, DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE..the priorities are not in order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

August 31, 2006 This is my son's second year here & so far we're not very pleased. The first graders don't have the materials they need(no workbooks, which after a month of being in school I find unacceptable), the work that Is sent home is missing instruction sheets or any directions at all. I think there is too much homework for 6 year olds and I'm wondering why this school doesn't have a well running copy machine when it is so clearly needed. Hopefully, we will get some answers in tonight's meeting regarding the educational materials, etc.. (on another note, I never heard of a school Not doing fundraisers such as wrapping paper and the like. Casino Night & Gold Tournaments get Very expensive) Mr. & Mrs. Duckstein
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 State average
White 76% 42%
Hispanic 18% 29%
Black 3% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 83%67%61%
Master's degree 17%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%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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501 Apollo Beach Blvd
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
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Phone: (813) 671-5172

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