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Caloosa Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 902 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 23, 2014

I was a graduate of the 2011 class at Caloosa Elementary and I absolutely loved every second of my time here. I remember having switched here a few months in from a different school in 1st grade and I was scared to death of going to a new school, but the teachers and students were so welcoming and I quickly felt very, very comfortable here. The gifted and enrichment programs allowed me to excel in class and shoot for further. The teachers were amazing - always encouraging, motivational, and inspirational. They made a huge difference in my education, and I couldn't thank them enough. The school also holds a fair dear of activities to enjoy and I always had a blast at them. There are also plenty of extra-curriculars at the school, especially for an elementary school. I know the school has changed a lot since I've been here, but I'm sure it's still excelling in every aspect. I loved Caloosa Elementary and what it provided for me, and will always cherish my days here.


Posted September 4, 2013

While we have been blessed with wonderful teachers at Caloosa I have found the Administration to be less caring. They have started losing teachers in the past few years as well. I think that speaks volumes about the leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

The staff is not very polite when asked questions. I called was asking a question and the lady just placed me on hold and then someone else picked up. Third time this happens, this is what our kids learn!!!! No respect. Very unhappy for a new parent of Kinder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

We love Caloosa! There is no perfect school but this one comes close to it. We have been part of Caloosa for 6 years with 3 different children and I cannot complain. All the teachers have been great, there is structure and compassion. The principle is a gem! I would definitely recommend Caloosa elementary :0)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

The teachers at Caloosa are beyond GREAT! I can't say the same for the 'management'. In my experience with the 'management', they're a little judgemental and stand-off-ish. They qualify PE as recess time. There is NO recess after lunch, and NO recess on days they have PE. After some back and forth last year, a 'conditional' recess was agreed to for days the children DON'T have PE. If you're wondering why our children are coming home all wound up after a day of school here, now you know. We wonder why childhood obesity is a problem in the U.S., yet at the same time, we strip valuable recess time from the schedule. Elementary school students should have a 10 to 20 minute recess BEFORE lunch, and a 10 to 20 minute recess after they've eaten their lunch. They blame it on the state's 'requirements', and that they only have the children for 6 hours. Excuses. They also like to tell our children what BOOKS they CAN'T read. They feel the need to test the children on EVERY book they check out of the school library, instead of making reading a FUN learning activity. We could change schools to fix my concerns, but then who would change the system?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

All three of my grandsons went there-one is still enrolled, and it was a great start to character building and their love of learning!


Posted November 12, 2009

this school is the best i love it keep it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

Caloosa is on the ball when it comes to student placement. They are aware of every teacher's attributes and accordingly position the student where they fit best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My daughter has attended this school for 2.5 years now and I love it. Her progress is amazing and I can' say enough good things about the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My son has been going to Caloosa since Kindergarten and he is in fifth grade now. My husband and I couldn't be happier. The staff is amazing. My daughter just started kindergarten this year and we are thrilled! We just had another baby and we hope she will go there in the future as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

Caloosa is an outstanding school. Both of my children have had nothing but positive experiences, both of their teachers (Ms. Smith-Kindergarten, Ms. Carwana-3rd Grade and Ms. Kerr-4th Grade) went beyond my expectations and did a fabulous job of preparing my children for the next level and more! I also LOVE the Media Center staff (Ms. Smith and Ms. B.) they are so loving, patient and really do a great job with all of the students! All of the staff is professional and will help when you have questions, etc. I feel that they are really on top of everything, so my children are very safe at school. Can't say enough good things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

This is our third year at this school and I could not be happier. We had the honor of having Mrs. Gay Page as a teacher. What a wonderful teacher and person. My son has Mrs. Einstein who just has a knack for her children and it shows. Mrs. Kovacs has shown her dedication time and time again. I recommend this school every chance I get. It is not like any other school. I wish all children had the opportunity to come to this particular school to be taught by these teachers and staff. Just amazing. We are looking forward to the next few years we have left. Shannon Cavanagh
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

Caloosa is a wonderful school! My son who is deaf and just turned 5 has been attending the head start program for the past 2 years! The quality education he is receiving from both his teachers and therapists have made all the difference! He is a totally different kid and learns something new every day! I couldn't ask for a better school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

My children are 7,6,6. The receptionist is always there if I have any questions. I feel my children are always safe and secure and they take proper safety precautions when anyone comes into their school. They exceeded my expectations on teaching. I am very proud that my children attend Caloosa. My children love all the awards and goals for learning. They look forward to getting up and going to school. Good job Caloosa! Keep doing a wonderful job teachers, it's recognized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

My twin boys have attended Caloosa Elementary since kindergarten. They will graduate this year and move on to middle school. Our experience with Caloosa, all the teachers and staff have been so fantastic. They are family and my kids enjoy going to school! Thank you Caloosa for the first class education provided, the respectful, safe environment and for the caring of my children, Thomas and Andrew. The experience has been a wonderful one! Caloosa EXCEEDS Great School status! Regina Herrick
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I love this school but more important than that, my son loves it! He is in 3rd grade and loves to get up every morning! He is in the gifted program and likes having a 'man teacher' too. We get plenty of feedback from his teacher (Ms. Kauffman) who is fantastic! The school has had a skating party and my son's teacher was even there! I just have a great feeling every time I go in this school to help out in the classroom, everyone is very child friendly and you can feel safe having your child here. The test scores are high and that means a lot to me. We were going to pull my son out and put him in full time gifted after his scores came back but this school is so good we will keep him here in part time gifted at least till year end.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

For me Caloosa is the best elementary school in town. Teachers really care about students and the enviroment is great. One of the things I love about Caloosa is friendly staff they have, they are always smiling and with a grat attituted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I love the uniform dress code! The afterschool program is great! However my son has been going there for 2 yrs now and I think the teachers are not doing the greatest job (maybe I have just had bad luck with his teachers) His teachers are not providing proper instructions with reading and math. I have gotten nothing but negative feedback about his day. They never write when he is good only the bad things and these things are common behavior for his age. I almost took him out of the school but I really like the atmosphere and location and was hoping that its just HIS teachers that hes been getting and not all teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2005

Great school. Wonderful environment. The teachers and parents really care about the quality of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Caloosa Elementary is one of the few schools that met Adequate Yearly Progress! Congratulations!
—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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 41%
Black 6%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%66%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%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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