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Sandpiper Shores Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 802 students

 

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 23, 2014

Wonderful school. My daughter has just started 3rd grade in an advanced class. The teacher involvement and concern is in par with a private school. Science and math programs are great. Pricipal is a great leader and runs that school like a top. Happy students,happy staff, great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

Great school! specially the science program, the children are always challenged and feel very happy there. The principal is a great person always supportive and knows every student by name.The art program is not the best but not bad either. Miss Finger the best ESOL teacher ever. Very proud about about our FCAT scores. Way to go Sandpiper!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Excellent academic program. The children are encouraged to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

There are some excellent teachers at the school. The Guidance Couselor is very helpful. The principal seems distant and out of touch with student needs. The school administration is overly focused on FCAT scores and I do not feel they are actually focused on overall student education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

Overall, a very solid school with much parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

Great location, friendly staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

No parental involvement. The parent & teacher attitude was so bad we moved back to pa. Staff left kids in lightning storms under shed! they sent home tests to study to boost scores! they are horrible and will create idiots! teachers(most)just care about going home. Meanest teachers and parents (most)i ever met. Glad we left it was a horrible experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

My son is in the kindergarten program at Sandpiper and he's so happy--we're really so thrilled with the school environment and his teacher this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2005

My nephews go to this school and as an educator I must say I m very happy with the academic contents of the courses, the personalized attention that the school gives to the students, the great teachers they have and the desire to make the school and the kids better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2004

The students seem to be underworked. Any child that has attended a quality preschool will be bored with the very simple work. The school work seems to be geared to children that have never attended any form of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2004

There is a lack of professionalism and understanding regarding the school staff starting from the principal. There are few exceptions (Mr. Paradis and others) but generally speaking teachers are not prepared or do not have the support needed to perform minimum tasks. I had to move out so my child could attend Waters Edge Elementary.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 49%
Hispanic 35%
Black 8%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%73%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. RACHEL AMBURGEY
Fax number
  • (561) 883-4050

Resources

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  • Library
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  • Cheerleading

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11201 Glades Road
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