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Walker Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 671 students

 
 

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Posted September 23, 2013

Walker Elementary is one of the BEST public schools in our area! The staff is friendly and student safety is their main concern. The principal is approachable and very caring with all the students. My daughter loves her teacher! She's wonderful, knowledgable, and kind with her class. We're very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Walker has the best principal around!!! The teachers enjoy teaching and our children enjoy learning!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I love that Walker Elementary embraces the 'Fish!' Philosophy. Showing our kids the energy, creativity and passion that exists inside each of them as they learn to love what they do. JWES makes my day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Excellent teachers and staff. Transparent. Welcomes parents as Dividends. Great communication. Just an overall awesome school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Walker Elementary's teachers and students really care about learning and having fun doing that! We believe in 'being there' for each other, 'making each other's day, and choosing our attitude. We also work hard and play hard while learning! Everyone is passionate about their work. The heart of our school is our principal, Dr. Phillips. She makes learning fun and our teachers in high spirits. We love Walker! We are an A school, 5 star school and a Golden School! But the proof is in the smiles of our staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers, staff and students love to be there everyday! Then energy within the building makes for an awesome learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The core of any school stems from the principal. Our principal Drl Kathy Phillips is one of a kind. She is active in all facets of the school. I've spotted her in the car line greeting the kids in the morning frequently. I've also seen her in the parking lot pushing a car because someone broke down. The thing that really sets her apart from all the other principals though is her ability to unite an entire school. She has an incredible staff of teachers but also keeps even the custodian motivated so that he is a treasure to the whole school when he sings Happy Birthday to every kid in the whole school on their respective birthday. Dr. Phillips is an incredible listener and she also has an incredible memory and knows every kids name in the whole school within a very short period of time. She sincerely concerned with each and every child in the school. She is, as I said, a one of a kind. She is dearly loved. She recently won principal of the year. She really deserves it every year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Love this school the teacher and staff are outstanding!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

Joan Walker is a Wonderful School. Both my Children enjoy going to school and they adore their teachers. Most of all the teachers have made special arrangements for me si I can go on field trips. My involvement is very important for my children as well as myself. The only flaw that I can find is with parent communication. This not Walkers fault. The fault lis with the county as it has become very lacidazical in the past few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

I have had to call the front office several times as the teacher's voicemail is always FULL. I write notes which go unanswered. It has been very frustrating. I have not been happy with the level of education which my child has receieved this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

My child has attended Walker for three years and we have had a wonderful experience so far. There are plenty of smiles and laughter to help balance out all of the new academic requirements put on young children these days. I feel very welcome at the school and my child is making great progress. I am very happy that we found this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

We just started our 4th year at Walker. My oldest started in K the first year it opened and is now in 3rd grade. My youngest just started K and was very excited to join her big sister. MANY evening activities for parents/children. Focus on education and fun. Utilize the FISH philosophy and focus on making the children good citizens. Walker has the Seminole County principal of the year year and the rookie teacher of the year for 2006. My children love Walker and are learning lots!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

We are entering are fourth year at Walker and have been very happy with the administration and teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

We transferred our first grader from a private school to Walker in September and feel that it was one of the best decisions we've made as parents so far! His first grade teacher was great, the Principal is fantastic and the school is wonderful. At the end of our child's first year at the private school he couldn't wait to leave for the summer at the end of this year at Walker he didn't want to leave for summer break! What a change in his feelings about school! He's excelled in all of his classes, receiving 'outstanding' ratings in areas that he once had 'needs improvement'. He came into Walker below grade level in certain subjects that he is now above grade level in. We love Walker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

We started kindergarten at Walker and are now finishing first grade. We are extremely pleased with our child's curriculum and the excellent progress he has made. His teacher is wonderful with all of the children in the class. They use a system whereby the kindergarten teacher moves up to first grade so that the children have the same teacher for 2 years. I think this is excellent and definitely indicates where children fit in the scheme of the 'business' of teaching. Though I would like to see more traditional outside recess the specials classes are good in that they involve music, art, and computer, as well as heath and PE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

The teachers at this school are really helpful and kind to meeting the students needs. The administration and staff are pleasant and friendly. They make the atmosphere very welcoming and inviting to bring your child. I love this school. They provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning. The facility is always kept very clean. I love Walker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Our children have been at Walker Elementary for two years (since it opened) and the teachers and staff have been great. There was an instance that I had to contact the principal regarding a teacher and my child. Meetings were set and though I think it took too long to resolve, the issue was resolved and my child continued to progress with a great attitude toward school. Teachers are will to work with parents and students to assist them in doing their best. The SLD teachers work extremely hard to see that the students progress as well as the teachers that have the SLD students. Allowing the students to remain in the classroom and having the SLD teacher come in works very well. They've done a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2006

I feel that even though this is a brand new school (only in it's second year) it has a long way to go in putting children first. This school does not put their children's needs first. This school is run like a business. Bottom lines and 'school grades' is all that counts! fcat... Is all that matters! i am pulling my child out of this school even though we only live across the street from it. My child is in the 'gifted program' but is receiving no higher level learning! she her self has asked to be pulled from this school because of the way the students are treated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

Safety of the chidren is not a high priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 68%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 5%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 159%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%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 58%53%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%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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3101 Snow Hill Road
Chuluota, FL 32766
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Phone: (407) 871-7350

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