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Citrus Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 727 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2014

We have been at CSES for 4 years now, I have had kids start in Kindergarten and graduate from 5th grade. I love this school. The thought and care that I have seen through the years has just been astounding. I have gotten involved with some of their events and the appreciation that comes from not only the staff, but the students is fantastic. I see a school who is attentive to needs of children, that strives to keep parents involved, and tries to use many different mediums to help kids achieve. My kids have done success make before and after school where I have seen results. We have worked on ways to make sure they learn when a subject may be hard and teachers are always accommodating any challenge my children may have. They are willing to think outside the box to help my children understand. I have also had instances where the kids need reprimanded and the school has always handled it well. The school also puts an emphasis on special classes such as Music, Art, Gym and Spa recognizing that kids need creative output to be able to maximize their required input. I thank the staff, administration, other parents and students for recognizing that we have a treasure in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2014

This school may be good for typical students, but it is absolutely HORRIBLE for kids with special needs. The self contained class teacher and the administration of the school has no patience for children with disabilities. They do not provide adequate supports for children with Autism, and when you call the district ESE office (Which you inevitably will have to do), you are then labeled a "complainer". I ended up having to move my daughter to CREST because they continued to send her home everyday, traumatizing her to the point that she simply refused to go back to that school. The administration of this school is dishonest in their documentation for ESE purposes, and will document your child into an alternative setting rather than providing the least restrictive environment, as they are required to do. They did seem to do a great job with my neurotypical child, who learned a lot and was happy during her time there, but inevitably once I moved my Autistic daughter, I moved my other daughter as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

I loved this school! My daughter went to KG here and I'm so sad we had to move. Our new school is awful! I love the security in place. The school stays locked during school hours, unlike ours now which is directly across from a high crime neighborhood with KNOWN drug busts! The staff is very caring and the community help is awesome! Reflections Church does a lot to help this school as well! They have a great PTO as well. They do a ton of activities for kids! If we weren't moving out of state now, I would definitely pay the fines to put her back in CSE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Citrus Springs Elementary School is excellent. They are very kind & friendly. My daughter is a 5th grader. She has been there for the 2nd year now and she says that "it is the best school ever". She is an Honor Student and her teacher "Ms. Ryan" is a great teacher. Thank you CSES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

citrus springs elementary teachers are very friendly and caring, however this school does not seem very challenging for kids, coming from school in the northeast, this school is about two years behind, in other words, what my child is doing in 4th grade, he already did in 2nd grade in MA. What is sad is half the kids struggle with what they are doing, my guess is it has a lot to do with the parents, in MA the poverty rate is low and parents are better educated and actually work for a living, it is too bad for this school that they have to deal with so many poverty stricken kids and parents with absolutely no education to help their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

This school is the best school in the community! Such love and respect for the children and strong community ties. I always out of zone my kids to go here, where I know they will succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

This school just truly does not know how to handle kids with disabilities. Children with disabilities are shoved to the side and unfortunately the school doesn't have a desire to help them nor the education for their teachers to know how to help them.. The teachers fear talking to the parents -- they won't say anything that isn't previously approved. Those who have are gone. With ESE kids, look somewhere else or spend at least 5 years of your child's education fighting a school system that doesn't care and spend those 5 years stressed out.There is no ABA therapy here either. My child is now getting what is needed at a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

I would like to thank the citrus springs middle school staff, for thier constant willingness to excell, not only academically with the children but in all aspects ,emotionally and even endevor to see them succed , teaching the importance of community service and helping others. It is in my opion a Number one school. with a first class quality of teaches and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

I would not recommend this school to anyone with an ESE child. This school lacks adequate support for children with special needs. I found the principal to be very organized, but lacked people skills and the ability to communicate effectively with parents. My children were removed from this school when I felt the school no longer had their best interest in mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

The Principal is really great!!! She is very warm and caring...The Assistant Principal is really nice..The PreK team really provide your child with a warm and caring atmosphere. Mrs. Bishop [kindergarten] goes above and beyond her job to help your child..My kids loved her..! The ESE program definetely lacks. This school is excellent if you have a normal developing child..If not, I would highly advise you to seek out a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

My children loved this school. We were new to FL and the teachers were great in helping the children to adjust to a new area as well as become proficient in new skills. We were kept up to date on their progress on a regular basis. Very friendly school and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

Both of my daughters had Mrs. Deipen, and I recommend her to anyone who wants a teacher who really cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

The overall school education program, is adequate. Their ESE program is lacking in content, and acountability. Their staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

We are very pleased with the overall performance of the school. I am happy to live in this district. The teachers and the staff are very helpful.


Posted May 4, 2003

We love Citrus Springs Elementary! Great staff, they really care about the children.


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.

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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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
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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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 78%
Hispanic 10%
Black 6%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%58%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. ALICE HARRELL
Fax number
  • (352) 249-2110

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3570 West Century Boulevard
Citrus Springs, FL 34433
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Phone: (352) 344-4079

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