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Clay Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 15, 2012

Principle was horrible as well as the teacher we had. Teacher said my child was below level. I find this funny since my child now attends a Private School and makes honor roll. My child was scared to go to class. No child should feel this way. If you have an option don't send your kid to this school. You will regret it. I'd add more but the rules for posting ads don't allow me to say what I really want to say. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Poor leadership at Clay Springs. School is lead by a principal that is not "parent" friendly. Negative atmosphere throughout the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

I think Clay Springs is a great school. The teachers really support reading, and seem to truly care about their students. I give this school an A rating in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

I think Clay Springs is a great school. They never should have layied off Mrs. Owings. She was a great teacher to my child. she was always nice and funny to all her students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

My child has been in this school for 2 years and I feel the teachers don't take the time with the children as needed and I feel that as long as it is an 'A' school they won't because that's what they are really concerned about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

Most wonderful school and staff is caring and excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My son had a wonderful experience in his six years at Clay Springs Elementary. From Ms. Brown in Pre-K through fifth grade, the school has terrific teachers who truly care about the students. I just love the addition of the Science Lab and Mrs. Eages, the science teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

Terrible teaching skills- so far behind, my child wasn't being taught half the stuff my friends kids were at other elementary schools- had to pull her out and move to a new school and get a tutor to play catch up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Clay Springs is an excellent school with outstanding administrative and teacher support. The community strongly supports the new bilingual program and the school earned another grade of 'A' even with the non-English speakers. I would not want my kids to be anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

My daughter went here in kindergarten and 1st grade. She passed 1st grade with the 'improvement plan'. The next year we moved to a different school and she has been honor roll ever since. I don't believe the teachers take the time they should with these children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Clay Springs has steadily gone down the tube, especially with the HUGE influx of non-english speaking kids. The FCAT for 3rd grade reveals a 21% drop in reading, and a 7% drop in math. In fact, all scores were lower with the exception of 5th grade math. Now, the school's on track to be as sorry as Lovell, Dream Lake, or Apopka. So, 'No Child was left behind,' they spread the denial of a good education unilaterally across the grades...so they're all behind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

I as a parent have become very disappointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Clay Springs so far is a great school, we moved here 2005 from NYC and what a difference in the environment and the caring attitude of all the staff, I'm amazed. It's too early for me to tell if anything needs change or needs to be added. But for now, I do give it an 'A'. I've participated as an addition and helped out with the book sale during last year. Parent involvement is crucial in many areas for the school and students benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2006

Overall, Clay Springs is a good school. Some flaws here and there. The school is clean and so far very safe. My child has been there for six years and I have been a volunteer there also. The school has lost some magnificent teachers and it has been very hard to replace them. I think they are behind in music, science and extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

Clay Springs is a great school with a pleasant atmosphere! Music,computers media library and more are all part of the child's day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Clay Springs is an awesome school. Although my daughter is repeating kindergarten, I know it is in her best intrest. Her teacher was so supportive. My only frustration is the new 'system' on picking her up from school. It has been 2 weeks and not one day have I not waited more than 40 min. She is a car rider. I like the idea of the name tags in the window for safety. I don't like not being able to park in the parking lot and walking to pick her up. I, as many other parents, take a lunch break to pick our children up. I'am hoping the school will see that this 'system' is not effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

I am pleased with Clay Springs for the most part.My son is repeating 1st grade and I too have issues with special needs.Testing is a very long process and he is repeating first grade this year due to reading skills. I believe it for the best but I fell if there was a tutoring program after school that would help so much. I know other elementry schools provide one. Once the testing was completed he was put on a program but I really do not see the results of it. I now am faced with spending $25-$40 a hour for extra help! I love his teacher but the evaluation staff and testing needs attention! I feel as if they give you the run around and never really give you a answer or just give you some computer sites for your child. I did not feel as if they cared!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

Very good school with good programs avaliable. My concerns rested in the area for children with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Both of my daughters have gone to Clay Springs and it has been an excellent school. The teachers have been outstanding, the school is clean and orderly and it's obvious when you drive up and see the children as well as the parents that it is a very positive environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

There is a huge lapse in getting special needs children the help they need. My child repeated kindergarten, is now in 2nd grade in danger of failing. Though he has been on the 'adacemic improvement plan' every year since Kindergarten, he is not getting the help he needs to master reading. I read with my child every night and on the weekends, but he is terribly frustrated. His teacher has asked for him to be tested. Last year, his teacher asked that he be tested. A screening was done after I had to make four phone calls over the course of months. Then the case was sat upon until I called back to find out why things had not progressed. I was told key school staff needed to meet to evaluate the findings from the screenings to determine if testing was needed. Holy cow. The red tape is ridiculous!
—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 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 43%
Hispanic 41%
Black 9%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 222%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%66%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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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555 North Wekiwa Springs Road
Apopka, FL 32712
Phone: (407) 884-2275

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