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Kingswood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 615 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 30, 2014

I am so excited for the upcoming school year! This school seems to be headed in the right direction! New Principal that is awesome, an Asst. Principal that is awesome and a new PTA Board that is awesome! The new stuff for PTA is very exciting as it has not been a functional PTA for the past 2 years. Their new website is terrific and very informative which is exciting as the last one was quite dysfunctional! Looking forward to a very POSITIVE and exciting new school year!!! Kudos to the new PTA ladies, you certainly have been busy!! Thanks for all you have done and are going to do for our school! I will now get involved in PTA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2014

This school has made such a turn-around in the past year and I can't wait to see what this coming year brings. The new principal loves the kids but is also a no-nonsense type of person. She keeps track of everything that is going on at the school and if she doesn't have an immediate answer for you, she will find it quickly. For any of the parents that are not happy with the change, all she asks is that you sit down and get to know her. I bet your attitude will change. There is finally a very collaborative PTA board and that will make a world of difference. I cannot wait for the new school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

I came on this website to read some reviews and I am appalled about the parent(s) complaining of the new principal. (Seems like the same person submitting the review). First of all the school was going down hill thus the reason this new principal was brought in Dec 2012. The new principal is like no other. She was brought to the school to bring order to a school that was not doing well. This is my child's first year and wow what a difference. I see how the children love her and she is focused on the children. Please please don't let the negative comments pertaining to the new principal per away you in any way. How could a principal having a calender be a bad thing. I hope she does to be more effective. There are more than 600 children and quite a few parents and more than one will want to see at one given moment so a calender would bring organization!! Self centered people can't think that far. This is a great school great staff and great teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

I came on this website to read some reviews and I am appalled about the parent(s) complaining of the new principal. (Seems like the same person submitting the review). First of all the school was going down hill thus the reason this new principal was brought in Dec 2012. The new principal is like no other. She was brought to the school to bring order to a school that was not doing well. This is my child's first year and wow what a difference. I see how the children love her and she is focused on the children. Please please don't let the negative comments pertaining to the new principal per away you in any way. How could a principal having a calender be a bad thing. I hope she does to be more effective. There are more than 600 children and quite a few parents and more than one will want to see at one given moment so a calender would bring organization!! Self centered people can't think that far. This is a great school great staff and great teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

I have had my kids here for two years and have to say things have really changed there. I like the assistant principal and he goes above and beyond to help the children and the parents to be successful there. I loved the school last year until December 2013 when the new principal took over, the atmosphere has changed so much. The teachers are very good and try within what they can but the principal does not lead the team, she is a dictator type and we are losing good teachers. This school was an A school and one reason we chose this school. Now is a C school....hmmm wonder what you think about that because I think it is so sad!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

I am a parent of a student at Kingswood Elementary. I have had a very bad experience with the new Principal. We first spent the first 5 months of 2014 without even seeing her around in the hallways greeting the students and parents in the morning. We all new she was there but she didn't make herself available or approachable. During this time the face of the school was the Vice Principal who is a great person and really tries to assist the parents with any issues or concerns. He has always made himself available. This new principal came to rule with an iron fist , you are not a good leader when your staff fears you. We lost so many teachers last school year who didn't want to come back for this school year. And now they were not all bad apples. There is a lot of unhappiness with the way the principal leads the school and we are loosing more teacher for next school year who do not want to work under her. As parents we are not notified of certain activities with our children at the school because they don't want us there. Now to speak to the principal you have to talk to her secretary to make an appointment because her agenda is full.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Kingswood Elementary was a good school prior to the new principle taking over. This school went from being an A rated school to a C rated school in a year. The principle does not care about the students, teachers or parents. She does not take responsibility for her actions and when confronted about them she blames others at the school. Many teachers have left because they do not agree with the way she interacts with people. When you ask to meet with her, she never has time, and until you dont contact the school board she wont reach out to you and when she does she has an attitude about it. There needs to be a drastic change done at this school, beginning with the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

Best school EVER! I went to Kingswood from K-5 and I am now in 8th grade. The teachers there really do care, when I was being bullied there, the second the office staff heard about it they were working to put a stop to it. My favorite 3rd grade teacher was Mr. Gurgel - he explained the math so it was simple to understand. My favorite 5th grade teacher was Mr. Coonfare - he taught us all about science, now that I am in 8th grade I am still using the things he taught me in the 5th grade!! I highly recommend sending your child to Kingswood!!


Posted August 2, 2013

Kingswood has done a great job welcoming my family. Kingswood is a school that I myself attended when I was in the third grade for a short period of time, so my memory is very vague. However, my neice also attended Kingswood last school year briefly during the 2012-2013 school year, while she was in my care. As a first grader she loved it. Therefore, I could not wait for my daughter to start Kindergarten at Kingswood this year. I regeistered my child on yesterday, so she hasn't attended the school yet. However, I still wanted to let everyone know that although registration hours are posted the Registrar Ms. Debbie went out of her way to make sure that I could register my child due to my extenuating circumstances. I am so grateful for Ms. Debbie, because had she not accepted my paperwork I would have had to take off another day of work or wait until the first day of school to register my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I am a grandmother to a student at Kingswood Elementary School. The interpersonal skills of the support staff are excellent. I have not met the new principal, however the Assistant Principal is responsive and attentive. If your child is going to second grade, you want Ms. Flounroy; she is no nonsense and challenges her class. She is an absolute delight.


Posted April 11, 2013

I have two children in this school - 1st and 3rd, and they have both gone there since kindergarten. I LOVE this school. The new principal is out of sight, that is true, but the assistant principal is amazing, the staff is fantastic, and I always feel welcome and encouraged to come to the school, during hours or at after school functions. All our teachers have been beyond amazing and my kids have really grown and learned a lot. We love this school and highly recommend it! I expect a lot from my kids and have no problem with them getting lots of homework, helping them with it, and communicating with their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

My grandchildren are in 4th and 1st grade here and this is their first year. The teachers have been so patient and wonderful. The principal Amber is very approachable, they have gone above and beyond to help me help the boys to do better and excel. I support the PTA and any of the functions we can go to as a family we do. They are always helpful and I appreciate their patience helping me learn the system as well. Keep up the excellent work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

My daughter started here in her 3rd grade year and is finishing out her 5th grade year. Some people told us this was a very bad school and our daughter would have a rough time. But if it was a bad school, it isn't anymore. The teachers are very helpful and willing to assist parents and students. The principle and staff always listen to complaints and, when applicable, resolve the complaint quickly and amicably. I have always been treated as an adult at this school, unlike the previous school my daughter went to where I was treated like a second class citizen. I am very satisfied with this school and hope that they keep up the excellent work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

i am a former student at this school and i loved it especially my 5th grade classes it was the best school year of my life!! i love my teachers they were the best they would have us work in groups with our friends and have fun teaching skills.The teachers and staff were all so nice like all schools they had 1 or 2 really mean teachers and kids who got those teachers who complained but i was there for almost all my elementary and that was the best school ever!! i was extremely playful and i still got straight A's because they knew how to put it together for me to get an A i love mr.coonfare and mrs.glowacki :) - joselyn former student


Posted April 17, 2011

I think this is a terrific school I rate it 5.The teachers are wonderful. My grandson had a very good year. Thanks !


Posted July 11, 2010

I LOVED Kingswood. I went there from kindergarden through fifth. Those were some of the best school years of my life. The teachers are very caring and nice. They have a very good principal and assistant principal. I am now a 7th grader at Rodgers Middle, though i wish i was still at Kingswood. GREAT school.


Posted April 7, 2010

this is a nice school i love the way that they take care the kids when they go out tyo wait for pickup theyre responsible and caring ...good job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

i love kingswood elementry it is safe,and the the teachers our understanding.the assistant princibal is the best in the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

This morning was concern about my son's math work and his teacher Ms. Well was very polite and understanding. The Assistant principal was very sweet and understood my concern. We have been since the beginning of school and I just love the consideration and friendliness. Keep up the Great Job Kingswood Elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

Congratulations Kingswood, you deserve that A. My daughter attended Kingswood from K-5 and I have only wonderful memories. She had awesome teachers, small class sizes and she learned a great deal. Way to go Kingswood!!!!!!!
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "A".
  • 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
Hispanic 35%
White 31%
Black 23%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 39%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 81%67%61%
Master's degree 19%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. ANNETTE GADDY
Fax number
  • (813) 744-8150

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3102 South Kings Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511
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