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Plumb Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 789 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted April 8, 2014

Plumb has excellent teachers and caring staff... new principal is wonderful ! Student safety and academic performance is the priority. I am very happy with the school and all they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

I have had 3 kids in 3rd, 5th, and now 2nd grade in the below teacher s class. In this short space, I can t express how grateful I am that my children are, and were in her class. She is a no-nonsense teacher, and does not put up with disrespect from the students. My second grader struggled with first grade but, since he has been in this teacher s class, his work and attitude have improved. It is not her job to love my child, that is MY JOB! I read and sign everything she sends home. This is why I know how my child is doing in class. If I need more information, I call the teacher personally , then if needed, I request a face to face conference. I firmly believe that teachers can t educate our children by themselves. They need the parents to take an active role in their children s education. From what I have read here, some of the parents believe that the teacher should be both teacher and loving parent. I am so pleased that my children were taught by this wonderful teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Plumb Elementary is an outstanding school in all areas! My daughter has attended Plumb for the past 5 years and has been very successful! The teachers are very enthusiastic and ready to educate children to the fullest extent. I would highly recommend this school to anyone new to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

This school used to be a great school. Their used to be a wonderful science shack were children were active hands on learners. This has been replaced with a science video for the lesson. The art teacher at this school squashes children's creativity. One quote from her to a student in first grade was "I have a three year old at home that can draw better than you" . Where is the school that builds children's self confidence? Not here, instead the reality here is favoritism and unequal opportunities for learners. If you want your child to love learning DO NOT send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

I am extremely disappointed in where this school is heading. I have been with Plumb for a long time. Ever since the new administration was assigned to this school, the school has started going down hill fast! The new administration has no respect for their parents or teachers. I have had many of my friends leave the school for this reason or be placed on a waiting list for other schools ( Curtis or Pinellas Prep).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Plumb has been the called the 'jewel of Pinellas County'...it's a wonderful school...with warm and caring teachers and parents. I've had two kids go through, and both are honor students and one is gifted. It's the closest thing you'll get to a private school. Wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Wonderful school, great academics! Children have great academica foundations and excell at higher levels in other schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

My daughter is finishing her last year at Plumb, the experience she had was wonderful. I highly recommend this school. Thanks to the great team!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2006

My family has moved a lot and my son has been to 5 different elementary schools. 3 up north and 2 in Pinellas county. We have finally settled down and he has been at Plumb for 4th and 5th grade and it is the best school he has been to. His grades are better than ever. He has only been bullied once and it was taken care of immediately. His last Pinellas county school was full of bullying. He cried that he did not want to go to school in 3rd grade. Now at Plumb he loves school. The teachers are very easy to reach and from what my son says, very nice. He's made a lot of friends which is hard for him because he is shy. They have phys ed more often than some of his other schools and a few really good field trips this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2006

My daughter amanda is in Ms. Ledbetter's 3rd grade class. I can not say enough about this fantastic school, her teachers, the YMCA, PTA and the family of teachers and parents I have grown to love. I recruit nurses and have developed a jewelry line. If not for the fantastic start we had at Plumb, we would have not had such great success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Plumb is a well rounded school. Parent involvement is amazing. The PTA is there to help the students and teachers succeed. The principal is there for success of the students. A positive enviornment full of learning and positive reinforcement. A public school with amazing school pride. The students succeed at their academics. The special education programs allow the students to achieve their goals with the necessary help. The gifted program allows the students to positively challenged. I cannot complain about anything. I am very happy with the school. Second grade parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

good school, strong volunteers. Emphasis on reading, writing, good p.e. varied activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

This is my sons 3rd year at Plumb and I have to say that we are very happy with this school. His teacher Mrs Meloy (third grade) is great. The school has alot of parental involvement and makes learning fun and adventurous for our kids! 'Kuddos to Plumb Elementary and the great staff'. Stephanie Stola
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Plumb elementary is considered by many to be one of very best schools in Pinellas County. Plumb has a great family atmosphere and high parental involvement. My own experience has been completely positive. The children at Plumb have become much more than just 'test takers', they actually develop a love of learning. All public elementary schools should be this great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

I was happy with this school last year because my child was lucky enough to have a good teacher. But this year was a big disappointment! My child was harassed by a bully in his class. He was so miserable and his grades slipped. Finally I reported it to the pricipal, she did take action promptly and took care of the bully. But since that incidence, my child was punished by his teacher with bad behavior and conduct grades! My child has never received any behavior complaints before until this teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

Larger school in a nice, stable neighborhood. High parental and community involvement. We had an excellent Kindergarden experience. The teachers we are familiar with have advanced degrees, national certification and a dynamic teaching style. This is a very upbeat environment for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

Plumb Elementary is a fantastic school, my child has had nothing but good experiences and is excelling in all areas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

My impression is that this is a great primary school. Unfortunately, this school district was done away with geographical districting of students. Thus, one cannot simply more into the 'Plumb District' and attend the school. This is a significant policy change. This school is in a very safe neighborhood, has good facilities, and a strong base of local support.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 16, 2004

After several months of observation, and quickly approaching the end of this school year I feel confident that this has been the wisest change we have made for our children. Coming from a parochial school we were slightly apprehensive about entering the public school system, but we knew how fortunate we were,with Choice in action, to get our boys enrolled at Plumb. That apprehension quickly faded and as we watch our three sons thrive we feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful extended family. The boys have so many opportunities that we did not have before and there is no doubt that they are receiving an excellent education. We have always told them that there is no limit to what they can achieve, and Plumb allows them to spread their wings and soar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2003

Before purchasing my home in 2001, I did extensive research on all of the Pinellas County Schools. I began by looking at school ratings, I spoke with parents who had children enrolled in several of the elementary schools to see how they felt about the quality of eduacation that their children were receiving, and I visited each school multiple time with both scheduled and unscheduled visits to classrooms of several grades. What I found was that there was a sharp divide. Several schools I found unacceptable, athe the remaining I felt encouraged about. With the Choice program in the making, I wanted to ensure that the school that I chose would be the one my son would indeed attend. I chose Plumb for several reasons and am happy to report that after 2 years, I am happy with that choice. This school affords parents the opportunity to be involved in many aspects and encourages that parent participation. If you are feeling overwhelmed about making this important choice, I can honestly say that you can't go wrong with this school. The teachers are dedicated and the learning atmosphere is very condusive to a safe, happy, and enjoyable learning environment.
—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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "B".
  • 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 65%
Hispanic 17%
Black 9%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%60%61%
Master's degree 29%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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